Kelley Rowe

Location: Cape Town, South Africa

Kelley’s massive transformative purpose is to accelerate the transition towards a sustainable and meaningful future. Kelley is an Innovation Lead at Brink enabling teams around the world to tackle some of the biggest challenges with clarity and courage. Kelley loves dealing with complex problem spaces and helping teams and organisations to co-create for a future they believe is possible.

Kelley has over 14 years experience working across many different sectors as an advisor, coach and consultant at the intersection of strategy, innovation and technology and now the circular economy). Kelley is a Board Member of Brownie Points (Africa) and holds an MBA and a Masters Degree in Industrial Sociology; and is a certified Open ExO Innovation Coach and Advisor, an active community member of the Circular Economy Community of Practice led by ICLEI Africa, and the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s ‘From Linear to Circular’ Alumnus Group.

At the beginning of time, Kelley was doing a module on Trade Unions in South Africa as part of her Industrial Sociology undergraduate degree, and became even more fascinated with the world of work, technology and livelihood systems. To learn more, Kelley literally arrived at local municipal trade union, offering her time for free to ‘work’ at the Trade Union but insisted her time could not be used taking minutes, doing admin or filing (the internet and digital systems were still becoming a thing)… “but we aren’t looking for anyone they said”. Soon after, Kelley spent 4 incredible months learning, exploring and growing whilst finding every opportunity to add value at the Trade Union.

Questions Kelley is exploring in their work right now:

  • How do we collectively ensure we are designing and enabling a better and inclusive future where no-one is left behind?
  • How do we get rid of the ‘noise’ and truly create inclusive economies where humans and the environment are held at the centre?
  • And can the circular economy create this type of reality, and if so, how?