Chris Whyte is a co-founder of the ACEN Foundation and director of five commercial companies working in the circular economy space. As a circular economy strategist with 30 years’ experience, his impact has created thousands of jobs across Africa and earned him 18 national and global awards. His primary focus is innovation: using waste to create value chains. This unlocks economic opportunities in energy, water, waste, agriculture, infrastructure, construction, mining, manufacturing and tourism, with positive impacts in health, education, the environment and social upliftment. He believes that a circular economy transition is the only path forward for Africa.
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.-->