Maria Hughes

Specialist, Global collaboration, Sustainability solutions , Sitra


Maria Inkeri Hughes is one of the people making Sitra’s carbon-neutral circular economy work international. In particular, her work involves helping to organise the World Circular Economy Forum (WCEF) and international stakeholder co-operation. Maria is especially interested in developing the relationship between society and the environment in a sustainable manner, in Finland and abroad.


Having worked for several years in environmental administration, Maria knows the importance of implementing environmental administration and legislation in the promotion of complex systemic changes. She has also gained experience in circular economy projects in Finland and Spain.

Maria is the person to turn to, for example, if you would like to know about circular economy business solutions for ports or if you are wondering how to get a grasp of broad issues by managing them in smaller portions.

Maria graduated as a biologist from the University of Turku. During her studies, she learned more and improved her language skills by doing voluntary work in Mozambique and on exchange in France. She became interested in the circular economy towards the end of her studies, and dragonflies, which she had been studying until then, were replaced by the promotion of the circular economy.

What else?

After work, Maria often heads for capoeira classes. She also finds time for outdoor activities and likes to be out in nature backpacking, paddling or biking.

Maria believes that “disposable” will be a forgotten concept in the future.