SPEAKER

Megan Best
Managing Director, Native Events

Megan Best, Managing Director of Native Events since its inception in 2017, has a background in forestry and environmental sustainability with over 20 years experience in the international events and festival industry. Lecturer in event management, co-founder of Attention Attire – a clothing brand which upcycles festival waste materials such as tents and sleeping bags into street wear – and curator and host of the Green Room on Dublin City Fm – focusing on the interconnection between culture and sustainability – Megan’s passion lies in bringing environmentalism to all aspects of life as we transition to a more just and circular society in the face of the Climate and Biodiversity crises.

Native Events was set up in response to the lack of sustainable solutions available to the events and cultural sector in Ireland. As the environmental movement gathers pace, Native Events work with an expanding community of partners in the sector including events, festivals and cultural organisations but also with the wider network of industry suppliers, ensuring a systems-wide transition to sustainability, circular economy and regeneration. Services include sustainability consultancy and production for events including solar installations and smart power, waste management reduction, At ADE Green in Amsterdam in 2019, Native Events became a co-signatory with long term sustainability partner Body&Soul to the Green Deal for Circular Festivals. This is an initiative of the Dutch Ministry for Infrastructure and the Environment, with 16 other international pioneering festivals, aiming to become circular by 2025. Native Events work to innovate new systems in collaboration with participating festivals by sharing knowledge and developing circular solutions for the international industry.