Reinhardt Smit is the South African co-founder of Closing the Loop and is responsible for all the company's operations in Africa. He has experience in working with the informal sector in the collection of electronic waste and in transporting this waste for responsible recycling. In addition to this, Smit is involved in discussions at a higher level to develop business models that facilitate the collection and sound recycling of electronic waste from developing countries. Together with the PREVENT Waste Alliance and the StEP Initiative, he worked on a discussion paper regarding the practical implementation of the Basel Convention PIC procedure, which was presented in Geneva in June 2022.
Before joining the Ministry of Environment, she worked at Rwanda Institute for Conservation Agriculture as the administrative coordinator for academic affairs, extension and applied research. Prior to that, she served as an environmental audit and monitoring officer at Rwanda Environment Management Authority (REMA) for more than seven years and also as the alternate focal point for the Montreal protocol on substances that deplete the ozone layer, and the Nagoya Protocol focal point, where she managed different projects aiming at regulating access to the genetic resources. In her capacity as an environmental audit and monitoring officer, she conducted environmental audit activities for different projects under operation and monitored their compliance with environmental regulations.
She is a member of the African Women in science and Engineering. A Rwandan national, Beatrice holds a Master’s in biodiversity conservation from the University of Rwanda.-->