Kristin Hughes is the director of the resource circularity pillar and a member of the World Economic Forum’s executive committee. She also leads the Global Plastic Action Partnership, a public-private partnership that aims to shape a more sustainable and inclusive world through the eradication of plastic pollution.
Over the past twenty years Hughes has represented companies and governments in driving complex global programs focusing on sustainability, economic development, gender equity and stakeholder engagement. Focusing an approach that addresses both social and environmental impact throughout her experience, Hughes has addressed the needs of those working in a number of industry supply chains, improving working conditions in factories and remediating human rights atrocities while designing sustainable, environmentally focused strategies for companies’ approach to their business models.
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.-->