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Keynote speaker & panel chair

Katie Treggiden’s keynotes inspire and inform in equal measure, keeping audience members gripped from beginning to end and giving them actionable steps to take away with them. Her seemingly effortless, engaging and conversational panel events belie the meticulous planning she orchestrates behind the scenes. Katie chairs press conferences, delivers keynotes for international conferences and is a regular at design events such as Milan Design Week, Stockholm Furniture Fair and the London Design Festival. 

Katie invests herself fully in the events she speaks at, engaging with speakers and delegates alike on the broader themes of the day. She equally comfortable presenting live and in-person, or virtually via digital channels in both live and pre-recorded formats. 

She is frequently called upon for expert commentary by radio, podcast and TV broadcasters who rely on her to deliver original insights in a concise, articulate and engaging manner.

Client testimonial

'The feedback we received from our webinar with Katie was nothing short of fantastic. Her presentation and delivery were impactful, concise and engaging, and I learned so many new things along the way. Working with Katie was an absolute pleasure – I would highly recommend her to anyone looking for a dynamic speaker for their next event.'

Clara Kippelen
General Assembly
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"I wanted to take a moment to thank you from my heart. Working with you over the last few weeks has been a sheer pleasure. The way you brought out our brand narrative through hours of conversations and a methodical approach of tying it all together, was simply fascinating."

Kanupriya Verma
Client testimonial

'Katie Treggiden delivered a hugely important talk during the 2020 Atlanta Design Festival. This talk highlighted the many issues we have as a world with waste, and the inescapable future we are building if we don’t start changing the way we categorize waste.'

Daniel Nelson
Atlanta Design Festival
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‘Katie is the obvious choice when looking for a respected face from the world of design. She engages audiences, keeps panellists on point, and delivers in an authentic and conversational way.’

Rachel Newman
Iris Worldwide for Mini Living
Client testimonial

‘Katie cuts through the bluff and bluster of trends to eke out the underlying ideas shaping the design industry. As a critic and commentator in print, online and radio, her reporting and analysis enriches the debate with hard-gleaned insight, clarity and charm.’

Josh Fehnert
Monocle 24


“I would love to speak at your next event. My goal is to engage, inspire and educate audiences, motivating them to bring about meaningful change in the move towards a circular economy. My talks address several of the UN Sustainable Development Goals in a way that is accessible and easy to digest.

I’ve been speaking publicly for 20 years and have given talks and hosted workshops in workplaces, universities and showrooms, and at festivals and conferences. From groups as intimate as half a dozen to audiences in the hundreds, I’m comfortable speaking to a range of audiences and demographics.

In November 2020, I will be delivering the closing keynote speech at the 10th annual Vancouver Zero Waste Conference. As always, I will focus on the positive changes that the audience can make, starting today.” – Katie Treggiden


Understanding something intellectually is one thing, but to know it ‘in our bones’, sometimes it helps to get our hands dirty. 

Working with smaller break-out groups after a keynote speech, Katie facilitates workshops where ‘hand knowledge’ works in concert with ‘head knowledge’ enabling participants to put into practice the principles explored in her talk. These hands-on DIY sessions often enable those who take part to experience the intersection of craft and sustainability first hand, making a tangible reminder of the day to take home with them afterwards. 

Circular with Katie Treggiden

Circular with Katie Treggiden is a series of conversations with the thinkers and doers of the circular economy – the people bringing about genuine change by challenging the historic ‘take-make-waste’ model of production and consumption and instead proposing new ways of meeting our needs without compromising those of the planet, other species or future generations. Series one focuses on waste and the potential of repositioning the things we currently throw away as the raw materials of the future.

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Katie loves talking about waste and the role that craft and design can play in a more sustainable, circular economy. She has been interviewed for radio, print and online features – and appeared on camera – exploring these vital topics. If you’re looking for someone to speak with passion and credibility about waste, craft, design or sustainability, Katie would love to speak to you.


Katie Treggiden is a purpose-driven writer and keynote speaker championing a circular approach to design – because Planet Earth needs better stories. With 20 years’ experience in the creative industries, she regularly contributes to publications such as The Guardian, Crafts Magazine, Viewpoint Magazine, Design Milk and Monocle24. She is currently exploring the question ‘can craft save the world?’ through an emerging body of work that includes her fifth book, Wasted: When Trash Becomes Treasure (Ludion, 2020), and a podcast, Circular with Katie Treggiden.