Kees Baldé splits his time between three employers. At the United Nations University, Kees is the Focal Point on e-waste quantifications, and statistical capacity building. At Statistics Netherlands, he is the Deputy Head of the team Environment Statistics. Next to that, Kees is a Member of the board of directors of the Dutch Waste Electronical and Electronic Appliances Register. He is an official delegate at several meetings and an experienced panelist and speaker. For Statistics Netherlands, he takes place as the chair of the Taskforce on Waste Statistics of the UNECE Conference of European Statisticians (CES), and he is in the board of the EU-H2020 Project Optimising quality of information in RAw MAterials (ORAMA Project). Kees earned his PhD at the Faculty of Chemistry at Utrecht University (Netherlands).
Vanessa Forti recently joined the SCYCLE Programme hosted by United Nations University (Vice-Rectorate in Europe) to work on e-waste related research projects, which aim to quantify both global and regional e-waste amounts and problems. She is recently involved in conducting capacity building workshops in developing countries on e-waste management and statistics in cooperation with key international organizations or United Nations institutes. Prior to this position, Vanessa worked on various projects aimed to solve the waste problems in developing countries. Vanessa is recently graduated with a Master’s degree in Environmental Engineering from Università di Bologna (Italy) with a background in Civil Engineering too.
Vanessa Gray is the Head of the Division for Least Developed Countries (LDCs), Small Island Developing States (SIDS) and Emergency Telecommunications within the International Telecommunication Union’s (ITU) Telecommunication Development Bureau (BDT). In this position, she is responsible for studying the ICT needs of LDCs, Landlocked Developing Countries (LLDCs) and SIDS, developing specific programs of assistance tailored to address the particular vulnerabilities of these countries, and identifying ICT for development opportunities. Vanessa coordinates the BDT’s work in the area of emergency telecommunications, to develop ICT projects and provide assistance for disaster prevention, preparedness, mitigation, response, and recovery. She is also responsible for the BDT’s work on e-waste and climate change adaptation. Vanessa holds a Master’s degree in Political Science and Economics from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva (Switzerland).
Ruediger Kuehr is the Head of the Sustainable Cycles (SCYCLE) Programme hosted by United Nations University Vice Rectorate in Europe. He co-founded the Step Initiative and functioned as its Executive Secretary from 2007-2017. Previously, he served as Head of UNU-IAS Operating Unit SCYCLE and as Head of the UNU Zero Emissions Forum (ZEF) – European Focal Point. A political and social scientist by education, he holds a PhD (Dr.rer.pol.) from the University of Osnabrück (Germany) and a M.A. (Magister Artium) from the University of Münster, (Germany), plus additional post-graduate studies in Tokyo (Japan) and Berlin (Germany). Ruediger has authored, co-authored and co-edited several books and regularly publishes and lectures on environmental policies.
Paul Stegmann was previously a project coordinator for the technical cooperation department at the International Solid Waste Association (ISWA). He is currently a PhD-Candidate at Utrecht University, working on projects in the fields of circular economy & waste management, bio-based economy and development cooperation.