TalTech Innovation & Business Centre / CompAct / Circular Economy Estonia

Kaisa Hansen

[email protected]


5-10 years

Home city/town


Current location of work




Languages spoken

Estonian (Native), English (Fluent), German (Intermediate)

Kaisa has worked with sustainable business, innovation & circular/regenerative economy for 10 years, including founding two greentech startups. Kaisa believes that not everybody should BE an entrepreneur, but everybody should ACT like one. Her main fields of work are circular economy, sustainable business & innovation, ESG, zero waste, degrowth, startups, deep tech, and smart city. She also works with hackathons, design sprints and mentoring in these fields.

Certified Zero Waste Ambassador

Do you have the Zero Waste Ambassador Certificate, issued by the "BEZWA" project?


Certified Zero Waste Trainer

Do you have the Zero Waste Trainer Certificate, issued by the "BEZWA" project?


Zero Waste Mentor

Are you already or will be a mentor to municipalities for the Zero Waste Cities Certification, hosted by MiZA?


Zero Waste Auditor

Are you already or will be an auditor to municipalities for the Zero Waste Cities Certification, hosted by MiZA?


Municipalities/Territories worked with before:

Estonia The Baltics Germany The Netherlands Denmark Switzerland Iceland United States of America

Fields of Expertise



Reuse & repair initiatives

Prevention of food waste / knowledge of food systems

Single-use plastics prevention

Extended Producer Responsibility schemes

The recycling process for key waste streams (paper, plastics, metals)

Organics management and composting

Separate collection of recyclables and residual waste

Economic incentives for waste reduction (e.g. PAYT)

Engaging the community in zero waste initiatives

Residual waste disposal methods

Key waste & circular economy related EU legislation

Knowledge of specific pieces of EU legislation:

Green Deal / Green Deal Investment Plan ESG regulations Circular Economy Action Plan

Fields of Expertise



Digital Communication

Delivering / facilitating short-term workshops (1h-1 day)

Delivering / facilitating long workshops (+1 day)

Public speaking / oral communications

Advocacy & lobbying

Consulting municipalities and/or businesses

Project-based monitoring & evaluation

Other relevant qualifications / certifications?

Studied Sustainable Business & Innovation, Sustainable Development and Environmental Management & Degrowth in Kiel University (Germany) Working as Startup Centre Manager at TalTech Innovation Centre for the past 4 years

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