Leyla Acaroglu

Founder of Disrupt Design, the UnSchool & the Co Project Farm Awarded UNEP Champion of the Earth 2016

  • Founder of Disrupt Design, the UnSchool & the Co Project Farm
  • Founder of Eco Innovators
  • Developer of the Disruptive Design Method
  • 2016 UNEP Champion of the Earth
  • 2012 CORE77 Design Award
  • 2005 UNEP Pathfinder Award

When Leyla Acaroglu is booked for events, they are known to discuss the following speaking topics:

Sustainability (all aspects: technical through to implementation)
The Circular Economy (technical application of and inspiration to engage with)
Systems Thinking (analog and applied systems thinking)
Sustainable Design and Innovation
The Disruptive Design Method (creator)
Ideation and creative problem-solving
Cognitive Bias and behavioral change
Environment folklore and myths
Gamification and Experience Design
Life Cycle Thinking
Creative Leadership
Social Entrepreneurship
Social Innovation
Gender Equity
Experiential Education

Leyla Acaroglu is a leading Australian designer, pioneering sustainability and activating positive social change. On a mission for a more sustainable and circular future, Leyla is the founder of Disrupt Design, Eco Innovators, the UnSchool and the Co Project Farm. Describing herself as a ‘sustainability provocateur’ Leyla is now booked as a sustainability speaker for corporate events and has formerly spoken at TED events with her talks gaining over 1 million views.

Challenging audiences of her speeches to think outside the box in regard to how the world works, Leyla has sustainability at the forefront of her agenda. She is the creator of the Disruptive Design Method and has won countless awards for her contributions to design. She has previously been the recipient of the 2010 Melbourne Design Award, the 2012 Melbourne Design Award and the CORE77 Design Award. She has also claimed prestigious awards from the United Nations, such as the 2005 UNEP Pathfinder Award and the 2016 UNEP Champion of the Earth Award.

Leyla has also contributed her design skills as a Creative Director for The Secret Life Of Things and been featured in both The New York Times and Quartz. A highly educated individual, Leyla has also achieved a PhD in Pro-Sustainability Change-Centric Design and has been a visiting scholar at NYU.

Now booked as a sustainability speaker, Leyla covers how she can use design as a medium to create change in the world. From restoring a farm using sustainable design principles to promoting sustainable living, Leyla is highly commended for her passions for activating social change. Leyla has been well received as a public speaker, having previously been invited to deliver the TED speeches ‘Paper Beats Plastic? How to Rethink Environmental Folklore’, ‘How Do We Value Invisible Things?’ and ‘Why We Need to Think Differently About Sustainability’. A cultural protagonist committed to making a shift towards a more sustainable and eco-friendlier world, Leyla Acaroglu is a fantastic sustainability speaker for corporate events.


Official Testimonials

Leyla Acaroglu is regularly booked to engage audiences at events, read their latest feedback below:

“People like Leyla Acaroglu are so important to driving this change. Leyla is a 2016 UN Environment Champion of the Earth for science and innovation. Leyla inspires and helps people to equip themselves with agency, tools, and knowledge they need to shape the world and transform our lifestyles”

Erik, Former Executive Director, UNEP

“Creative force Leyla Acaroglu uses innovative design and systems thinking to create positive change”


“As the preeminent thought leader in her field, Leyla Acaroglu, has been championing systematic life cycle sustainability as key to a sustainable future”

Lieu, Australian Design Review

To enquire about Leyla Acaroglu for your event or corporate function, simply contact us via agent@sustainability-speakers.com or call a booking agent on 0207 1010 553.