Mayuri Wijayasundara PhD, CPA on Circular Economy – The role of management accountants

Circular economy is an alternative economic model to the current linear economic model we are in. In a linear economy, we manufacture, distribute, and consume products leading to generation of waste. This model leads to degeneration of the environment not only through resources extraction, but also with the disposal of waste. In the alternative model, which is called a circular economy, we consciously redesign resource cycles (or nutrient cycles) at the time of design of products, components, and materials, so that options to regenerate these are proactively mapped out, before they are manufactured.

Australia has recently started transitioning to a circular economy and circular economy policies have been launched in several states including Victoria and NSW, and there is global movement promoting circular economy as a means of conserving resources.

Circular economy is a business and economic proposition as much as it is an environmental proposition, therefore awareness of business leaders is crucial to transition to the new model.  The session will introduce the principles of circular economy to management accountants and discuss how planning transition will have an impact on key knowledge areas of managerial decision making.


Mayuri Wijayasundara PhD, CPA

Mayuri is an expert in strategy and transformation and specialising in enabling transition to a circular economy.

Mayuri obtained her PhD from the University of Melbourne and is a chartered management accountant of CIMA, UK. She worked in senior management leading transformative projects during her corporate career, in resource recovery and building material industries. She was leading a research group in circular economy as a tenured academic at Deakin University till end 2021.

Mayuri currently works as Director at Anvarta, a management consulting company providing insights, consulting services and solutions.

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Professor Janek Ratnatunga is CEO of the Institute of Certified Management Accountants. He has held appointments at the University of Melbourne, Monash University and the Australian National University in Australia; and the Universities of Washington, Richmond and Rhode Island in the USA. Prior to his academic career he worked with KPMG.