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Entrepreneur | Plastic Waste Expert | Speaker


Mimi is an impact-driven plastic waste management and circularity entrepreneur and executive with a vision of a zero plastic waste future.  She co-founded and was CEO of Myanmar Recycles, a global pioneer and market leader for post-consumer plastic bag collection and recycling based in Yangon, Myanmar.  Her latest venture Global Green Solutions offers plastic waste management and circularty advisory from assessing and developing new businesses to strengthening and securing supply chains to building knowledge databases.


Mimi spent 11 years living and working in frontier markets in Asia and Africa in the fields of sustainability, global public health, public policy, financial inclusion, and economic growth.  Prior to founding Myanmar Recycles, she notably worked with the World Bank, IFC (World Bank Group), USAID, and Management Sciences for Health. 

Mimi has a Master of Public Policy and BA Economics from the University of Virginia (USA) and certificate from INSEAD's Social Entrepreneurship Programme.  She is a Cartier Women’s Initiative Fellow and Wild Digital’s BOOM21 Disruptor of the Year 2021.  Through Myanmar Recycles, Mimi was selected to pilot 3R Initiative's first ever global plastic credits market and joined the Alliance to End Plastic Waste’s and Plug and Play’s End Plastic Waste Innovation Platform accelerator.  She has spoken on panels for institutions such as Bain, the University of Virginia, and Wild Digital.

Mimi's engagements aren’t just testimonies of her accomplishments but a beacon for what the future can hold when vision, expertise, and passion converge.





Mimi brings a wealth of experience as an entrepreneur and executive, specializing in circularity, plastic waste management, and climate tech.

Offering both strategic and operational consulting, her contributions have been essential in diverse projects, particularly in the Global South. 


Mimi has proven expertise on projects including designing plastic waste management systems, tracing global supply chain, and commercializing climate tech solutions.  She is seasoned in new market entry, strategy development, operational design, sales, fundraising, government relations, and team building.



  • Plastic Waste & Climate Change

  • Plastic Pollution Crisis & Management

  • Innovative Technologies in Plastic Recycling

  • Green Transition & Global South Investment

  • Infrastructure & Technologies in Developing Countries

  • Financing Mechanisms & Plastic Credits

  • Global Plastics Treaty & Governmental Solutions

  • Entrepreneurship & Leadership: A Female Tech Perspective

  • Social Entrepreneurship & Impact Investing

Upcoming (select)

  • WE Entrepreneurs NYC, 09/2023

  • Butterfly Effect Podcast, 09/2023

  • Lead with Impact, 10/2023

Past Engagements (select)

  • KNOW MORE KNOW LESS on Plastic Pollution

  • Cartier Women’s Initiative on Curiosity

  • Bain Panel on Infrastructure Solutions

  • University of Virginia on Entrepreneurship

"‪Mimi is a cogent, engaging, and natural communicator with practical experience.”

Alison Carter


Three Good Spoons‬

"She is savvy and innovative in leveraging business as a force for good."

Wingee Sampaio
Global Programme Director Cartier Women’s Initiative

"Mimi is passionate, inspired, and connected with purpose.”

Ylenia Balbinot


Think Tank Eroi Normali

Speaker Videos

Speaker Videos

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Mobilizing Women-Led Green Entrepreneurship Panel

Mobilizing Women-Led Green Entrepreneurship Panel

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Our plastic world and recycling challenges w/ Mimi Wu (ep#38)

Our plastic world and recycling challenges w/ Mimi Wu (ep#38)

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Mimi's Profile by Cartier Women's Initiative

Mimi's Profile by Cartier Women's Initiative

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