The idea behind Closing the Loop was born during a project I did in Tanzania in 2010. My former company brought mobile phones to Africa for reuse. I saw firsthand the damage mobile phones do at the end of their life-span. Closing the Loop is the result of a long-term effort and strong local networks. I am proud of that.
Joost de Kluijver
I grew up in South Africa and Ghana. I studied IT and Hospitality in the Netherlands, then got interested in communication and workflows of organizations and projects. Started my own company. In the course of my professional activities, I came across the world of electronic waste and recycling. At Closing the Loop I focus on strengthening the existing networks.
IT is creating a positive contribution for our welfare for many years. The only challenge though is that it is lagging behind in our effort to make this world more sustainable and circular. As being active within IT for more than 15 years I'm now glad to contribute to a circular business model which results in sustainability for IT.
As a business developer I am experienced in expanding, developing and overall commercial growth. Over the last 8 years I have been active in hospitality and e-commerce, and ever since I got my first it hardware my personal interest for circularity, sustainability and e-waste has been evolving. Closing the Loop is an ambitious, innovative and creative company that represents an eagerness to make a difference in a rapidly changing climate.
Josefien de Kool
The future includes me, and I am committed to working to accelerate circular and innovative solutions. I joined Closing the Loop because it puts me in the front lines along with companies working to enhance a circular economy, not just talk about it. I am applying my international experience in public and private sectors in Russia and the US building partnerships.
Closing the Loop has an innovative and effective business model for circularity and the reduction of e-waste that combines social, environmental, and economic value. I am applying what I know about business and environmental science & policy to support the development of solid operations and procedures for use in Europe and Africa at Closing the Loop. I am the person on the team to make the supply chain fully responsible and compliant.
Stef is an entrepreneur in sustainability, convinced the world needs reforestation, can completely run on renewable energy, and can successfully implement the circular economy in all sectors. He has leadership experience with cradle-to-cradle and circular economy and is a sought-after speaker at the European Commission, EIB, London Business School, IMD Lausanne, Rotterdam School of Management, the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, the World Economic Forum at Davos.
Jan van Berne
Jan van Berne is a hands-on investor actively helping and driving growth for scale-ups. Jan holds board positions in companies including Closing the Loop and Eco- Movement. Jan has over 20 years of international operational (in more than 14 countries) and M&A experience. He invests in biotech and agritech, IT, media, and telecom, with a strong focus on impact and sustainability.