is recognized as a pioneer in building the plastic pollution movement. In 2009 he convened the first Strategic Council on Plastic Pollution at the Google headquarters, and soon afterwards he co-founded Plastic Pollution Coalition, bringing together over 150 organizations worldwide. Manuel
is co-founder and co-producer of the media project Midway Journey and the documentary film Albatross by Chris Jordan, which in 2018 was screened at the United Nations and has won multiple awards internationally. Manuel
is the founder of El Plástico Mata, leading initiative in Spanish language to stop plastic pollution, and of Le Plastique Tue, serving French-speaking countries. Manuel
has spoken, lectured and taught internationally on plastic pollution and has been featured in leading news outlets.
Manuel teaches innovation, circular economy and social and environmental entrepreneurship at UC Berkeley, where he is currently designing the curriculum for UC Berkeley’s new Circular Economy online program. Manuel also consults and teaches internationally, with a focus on sustainable innovation and circular and regenerative economies.