Bio

My name is Manuel Maqueda. I love helping people make the world a better place -embracing a holistic definition of success that encompasses the entire web of life.

I have a strong background as an impact entrepreneur and innovator, a serial NGO founder, and a transformative organizational consultant.   I am involved in a variety of organizations and projects to innovate our transition to a just, wise, thriving, life-sustaining and ardent culture, with a strong, pioneering focus on circular economy and plastic pollution innovations.

I am a Strategy Advisor to Jeff-Bezos-funded Long Now Foundation, dedicated to fostering long-term thinking in the context of the next 10,000 years.

I hold a Master’s degree in Economics, and a Law Degree. I teach Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Circular Economy at the University of California Berkeley, and at other international business schools, including some rated in the top 3 in the world. I am a certified Executive Coach, a member of Social Venture Circle, a founding member of the Bay Area Wellbeing in Business Lab, and a mentor for The Venture, a global social business competition awarding 1 million dollars every year.

I am also the author of the forthcoming book The Meaning Economy, about how meaning is transforming the economy, and our future.

I am married to transformational dance activist Raquel Santiago, who founded the Alchemy Spinning supermindfulness practice. We share our lives with our identical twin baby sons. We were all born in Spain, live in California, and are citizens of the world.