Elisa Yavchitz is the general director of Les Canaux. After graduating from Paris Dauphine University, she worked in consulting for 12 years. She then joined the Ministry of Health before becoming the speech writer for the Mayor of Paris, Anne Hidalog, and later her economic advisor. She left her position at Paris city hall when Anne Hidalgo launched Les Canaux. Les Canaux is one of the most important support associations for the circular and solidarity economy, and initiates, organizes and hosts many programmes and events to help, train and inform all those who want to achieve a more sustainable, united world.