Ke is leading the development of “energy minerals and circularity” as a new programmatic pillar at WRI, addressing the grand challenge of meeting the world's demand for energy transition minerals, both in time and in ways that are responsible for people and nature.

Prior to her current role at WRI, Ke was the Program Director of PACE (Platform for Accelerating the Circular Economy), where she managed the program team and oversaw a broad portfolio including electronics, food, plastics, textiles, capital equipment, and metrics. She led PACE’s flagship knowledge products such as the Circular Economy Action Agenda, and Circular Economy as a Climate Strategy, in collaboration with over 200 experts and stakeholders. Before joining WRI, Ke had been active in circular business model innovation in renewable energy and built environment. She has successfully set up and managed complex partnerships, including large project consortia such as EU Horizon2020 CIRCUSOL (circular business models for the solar power industry).

Before pivoting her career to sustainability, Ke had nearly a decade of experience managing medical technology innovation at Philips, including neural implants, ultrasound imaging, and minimally invasive cardiovascular healthcare. She holds a Ph.D. in Applied Physics from Stanford University and an Executive MBA from Rotterdam School of Management.