Regional focal points

The primary purpose of the Regional Focal Points is to serve as a link between the Step Secretariat and Step members, activities and issues in their corresponding regions.

Latin America


Reyes, Laura 

Laura is a qualified Environmental & Sanitary Engineer of La Salle University in Bogotá. She holds an master's degree in International Business Management from UWIC University in the United Kingdom.  

Laura has substantial experience in the environmental management industry. As part of this work, she helped develop the ITU Tool Kit For Sustainable ICTs as Co-writer of Chapter VII Sustainable E-waste Management. She has spoken at E-waste conferences in Geneva, Kenya and Germany. At these meetings, e-waste leaders share experiences and best practices around Electronics Green design, sustainable use and final disposition. 

Currently based in Colombia, Laura actively participates on local and regional initiatives that aim to develop a better and more formal electronic recycling industry in Latin America from a legislative perspective.




Middle East and Northern Africa

Allam, Hossam

Hossam is the Head of ICT for Development Unit at the Centre for Environment and Development for the Arab Region and Europe (CEDARE). CEDARE is an international organization based in Cairo, Egypt. He has a Ph.D degree in Computing from the University of Plymouth, UK, and MSc degree in Computer and Information Science from the University of New Haven, USA. He has a BSc degree in computer and automatic control engineering from Ain Shams University, Egypt. He has more than 14 years of international experience in promoting the use of information and communication technologies (ICT) for sustainable development. He is currently engaged in the promotion of applying safe and economical e-waste management systems for the end-of-life ICT equipments in the North Africa and Middle East countries.


East Asia

Jinhui Li

obtained his PhD at the Research Center for Eco-Environmental Sciences, Chinese Academy of Sciences in 1997. His chief research areas are diverse and include the recycling and disposal technology of e-waste and hazardous waste, the policy and management on solid waste with an emphasis on e-waste and hazardous waste, the disposal and treatment engineering of hazardous waste, soil pollution remediation and environmental risk assessment. Since 1997 Dr Li has worked as a post-doctoral researcher and associate professor at the Department of Environmental Science and Engineering, Tsinghua University. Currently he serves as executive secretary of the Basel Convention Coordinating Centre for Asia and the Pacific – one of the 14 regional centres under the Basel Convention on the Control of Transboundary Movements of Hazardous Wastes and Their Disposal and one of the 8 regional centres under the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants. He also acts as deputy director and head of expert board, Solid Waste Branch of Chinese Society of Environmental Sciences, as a member of Subsidiary Expert of Asia 3R Forum, and as a member of PCBs Elimination Network (PEN) Advisory Committee of the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants. Dr Li leads the implementation of 60 projects, of which 12 are full e-waste projects. Dr Li has published 86 full papers appearing in international conference and academic journals, of which 43 contribute to the e-waste topic. Additionally Dr Li has been an invited speaker at numerous international conferences and also organizes international, regional and national conferences and workshops.



South Pacific

Herat, Sunil

Dr. Sunil Herat is a Senior Lecturer in Waste Management at Griffith University, Brisbane, Australia. His research interests include solid waste management in developing countries, implementing cleaner production practices and how different countries deal with the problem e-waste. He has a special interest in capacity building activities related to e-waste in Asia Pacific region. He has a sound knowledge of the issues confronting Australia with respect to the e-waste problem. Dr Herat has published number of research papers in international peer-reviewed journal on various aspects related to E-waste. He has also presented in number of international conferences and appeared in number of media interviews. Dr Herat is a current member of the Step taskforce on capacity building.