Manuela Zoninsein

CEO, Founder, Shway

United States

Manuela is a Brazilian-American passionate about accelerating the transition to a sustainable and circular economy as an investor, communicator, and operator.

As an angel investor, Manuela funds women-led companies focused on sustainability. She has invested in 25 start-ups across materials science, circularity, hardware, software, energy, and consumer.

Manuela is cofounder of modeDurable, the sustainable fashion fellowship that trains fashion, beauty, and lifestyle media to confidently cover environmental issues. Within one year of operations, modeDurable will have sparked 60 million sustainability impressions globally.

At Pentatonic, as a board member, Manuela advises on strategy to transform post-consumer materials and supply chain surplus into high performance, luxurious solutions for the world’s largest companies and most influential brands.

Most recently, Manuela worked at Palantir Technologies focused on international business development. She previously launched two business in agritech, one in Brazil and one in China. She studied at Harvard and Oxford, and will receive an MBA from MIT in May 2020.

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