Step Supervisory Committee

The role of the Supervisory Committee is to oversee the overall objectives of the Step and provide guidance and support to the Management Board in order to meet those objectives. The Supervisory Committee will consist of seven members serving in their individual capacities.

Chair of the Step Supervisor Committee

 Adrian, Stephanie 

Stephanie Adrian is the senior international electronic waste policy advisor in the Office of International and Tribal Affairs (OITA) at the United States Environmental Protection Agency in Washington, DC.  She has worked on international issues since 1999 and is a lead on global policy issues related to international electronic waste and the Basel Convention.  She has an undergraduate degree in biology from the University of Connecticut and a Masters in Public Health from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and Hygiene.  Her interest in environmental health originated during her two years spent living and working as a public health specialist with impoverished communities in the Dominican Republic.



Step Supervisor Committee
 Cox-Kearns, Jean

Jean Cox-Kearns, RLG Executive Vice President Compliance Solutions.Before her appointment at RLG, Mrs. Cox-Kearns worked for more than 17 years for Dell as Global Director of Compliance, and she also managed the company’s Resale & Recycling Business for customers in Europe, Africa and the Middle East. Over that time, she obtained a Master of Science degree in executive leadership. In addition, Mrs. Cox-Kearns has a marketing diploma. Currently, she heads the service offerings of RLG, ranging from cross-national licensing and waste disposal solutions to environmental compliance services.


 Gunsillius , Ellen

Mrs. Ellen Gunsilius, GIZ Eschborn, Senior Advisor. Ellen Gunsilius has worked in the GIZ sector project “Concepts for sustainable solid waste management” since January 2009 and has worked on several focus topics related to waste management in general, and e-waste management in particular. This work has spanned the integration of the informal waste sector; economic incentives and cost recovery instruments for SWM; the prevention of marine litter; and other waste-related initiatives.

Launched in 2016, the advisory project on e-waste management she directs explores e-waste approaches and positions for the German Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and for other German development cooperation projects. The project also supports capacity building on e-waste management in developing and emerging countries. The project's focus concerns regulations and financing mechanisms for e-waste management, specifically implementing extended producer responsibility mechanisms and forming stakeholder partnerships.


 Linnell, Jason

Jason Linnell is co-founder and Executive Director of the National Center for Electronics Recycling (NCER) where he leads activities for the NCER, including research on electronics recycling data and policy and management of the Electronics Recycling Coordination Clearinghouse (ERCC). In addition to these activates, NCER manages and oversees the statewide networks of collectors and recyclers for the Oregon State Contractor Program and Vermont State Standard Plan.


 Perry, Jonathan

Jonathan joined Dell in May 2005. He has been responsible for the promotion and support of Dell’s Asset Recovery Services programme and for the Implementation of the WEEE and Batteries directive for Dell in the UK and other EMEA countries. 

In his current role Jonathan monitors and supports developing e-waste legislation across EMEA and also supports projects in EMEA and globally relating to producer responsibility, data security, partner compliance and Dell’s commitment to take back and recycling.


 Wang, Jingwei

Dr. Jingwei Wang, Executive Director of Shanghai Collaborative Innovation Centre for WEEE Recycling; Professor of Shanghai Polytechnic University (SPU). For 12 years, Jingwei served at Baotou research Institute of Rare Earth in Inner Mongolia, China. He became involved in WEEE recycling during a Sino-Sweden academic exchange program. During his stay at the Luleå University of Technology, he worked on the EU project CARE (Comprehensive Approach for the Recycling of E-waste) VISION 2000. As the founder of the School of Environmental and Material Engineering of SPU, he launched academic programming around research and development of WEEE management and recycling in Shanghai. In addition to his involvement in policy creation, Dr. Wang developed a PCB scrap bioleaching process, automated recycling equipment for toner cartridges and dismantling lines for household appliances. During a Masters program studying the WEEE industry in China, he set up Shanghai Collaborative Innovation Centre for WEEE Recycling. For his work in the field of WEEE, he has received award of “Model Teacher” in from Shanghai municipal government and “Science and Technology Awards” of Guangdong province.



Ex Officio

Kuehr, Ruediger

Since January 2010 Head of the United Nations University Institute for Sustainability & Peace (UNU-ISP) Operating Unit SCYCLE. From 1999 till 2009 he served as Head of the European Focal Point of United Nations University's Zero Emissions Forum in Bonn (Germany). He was Secretary of the Alliance for Global Eco-Structuring (AGES) and is a Political and Social Scientist by education and PhD (Dr. rer. pol) in Political and Social Sciences and MA (Magister Artium) in Political Sciences, Psychology and Geography.



Former Supervisor Committee Members

Allam, Hossam (active from 2012-2014) 

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.

Alhilali, Smail (active from 2012-2014) 

Mr. Smail ALHILALI is currently an industrial development officer at United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO) HQ in Vienna, Austria. He is a mechanical engineer graduated from Ecole Mohammedia d’Ingenieurs, Rabat, Morocco and has a master degree on nuclear safety engineering from INSTN, CEA, Saclay, France. From 1994 to 2003, he served in different positions within the national centre for energy, science and Technology (CNESTEN) in Morocco and was deputy director of environment, health and safety department. He was the national focal point for the implementation of several projects under technical cooperation with international atomic energy agency (IAEA) in Morocco and Africa. In 2003, he was appointed director of Morocco cleaner production centre established in 2000 under UNIDO technical cooperation programme and financial support from Switzerland. During his mandate from 2003 to 2007, he served as international expert for UNIDO and UNEP in the Africa and Arab regions for the implementation of Cleaner production projects. Moreover, he is a founding member of the African roundtable on sustainable consumption and production (ARSCP) which was institutionalized in 2004 in Casablanca. Since 2007, he has been working at UNIDO HQ in the environmental management branch with cleaner and sustainable production unit. He is responsible of the implementation of UNIDO projects on Resource Efficient and Cleaner Production in Cape Verde, China, Guinea, India, Iraq, Mauritius, Senegal, South Africa, Tunisia, and Uganda. Moreover, he is coordinating UNIDO activities on environmentally sound management of e-waste in developing countries.

Cox-Kearns, Jean (active from 2010-2015)

Director of Compliance Dell, Global Takeback Have been focused on Take Back and Recycling since May, 2004. Responsible for driving the implementation of computer recycling initiatives across the EMEA region while also ensuring full compliance with the WEEE legislation (Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment) and programmes to support Dell’s policy of Individual Producer Responsibility.

Döfnäs, Per

Per Döfnäs has worked for Ericsson since 1979, working with product specifications and verification for compliance with applicable technical regulations worldwide, as well as international standardisation in the area. For more than 15 years Per has been engaged in initiatives related to the shaping of product regulation for the electrical sector. Since 5 years he is responsible for general matters related to Technical Regulations within the Ericsson Group. This nowadays mostly relate to influencing environmental legislation for eco-design, hazardous substances and waste.


McCann, Duncan

Duncan is the founder and director of a small not for profit organisation called WEEE Help based in london that offers an independent perspective on the management of e-waste and associated policy issues. His focus is on delivering innovative projects and proposals that seek to turn the e-waste problem into an exciting opportunity, both at a local and international level, through the creation of jobs and an improvement in the lifecycle of electronics, where desirable, through responsible reuse and the development of sound policy instruments.


Li, Jinhui

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.


Mesker, Christina (active from 2012-2014) 

Manager Business Development & Marketing at Umicore Precious Metals Refining since 2008. She is responsible for market research & development, and for brining Umicore's ideas and expertise on closed loop material cycles and recycling forward in interactions with stakeholders such as universities, research institutes, industry associations, government agencies and other actors in the supply chain. Authoring publications and presenting at conferences is part of her job. Christina has a PhD in materials science and graduated as metallurgical engineer. Besides Step, she serves as member of The Minerals Metals and Materials Society (TMS) Recycling committee and is past vice-chair of the Materials & Society committee.  

Hagelüken, Christian (active from 2004-2012)

Senior Manager Business Development, Market Research & Marketing at Umicore Precious Metals Refining, Hanau, Germany and Hoboken/Antwerp, Belgium Ph.D, MSc in Mining Engineering, MSc in Industrial Engineering Numerous publications on metals recycling and materials flow analysis.


Sonnemann, Guido (active from 2008-2012)

Programme Officer United Nations Environment Programme, Division of Technology, Industry and Economic, Production and Consumption Unit in Paris (France). He holds a PhD in Chemical Engineering from the University Rovira & Virgili, Spain (2002) and graduated from the Technical University of Berlin, Germany (1995) with a specialization in environmental engineering.


de Leeuw, Bas (active in 2007)
Head, Integrated Resource Management, Division of Technology, Industry and Economics, UNEP (United Nations Environment Programme), based in Paris. His responsibilities include supervising the Secretariat of the International Panel for Sustainable Resource Management and UNEP's work on life cycle management, sustainable innovation, ecolabelling and SCP indicators and national programmes, which is being carried out as contribution to the ten-year framework on sustainable consumption and production (the Marrakech process). Bas de Leeuw is acting chair of the International Life Cycle Panel (ILCP) and he represents UNEP in the Management and Policy Committee of the UNEP/Wuppertal Institute Collaborating Centre on SCP. He is an economist from the Rotterdam Erasmus University the Netherlands.
Hieronymi, Klaus (active from 2004-2007)

Hewlett Packard, Head of the Environmental Affairs Department EMEA, based in Germany, member of ERP (Environmental Recycling Platform), studies in "Natural Science" and "Business Management"
Radulovic, Verena (active from 2006-2008)

  Program manager for EPA’s Plug-In To eCycling campaign in the EPA’s Office of Solid Waste. Prior to joining the EPA, she was at the Environmental Law Institute in Washington DC, where she worked with industry to incorporate more pollution prevention measures into their operations.

Hengrasmee, Charuek (active from 2004-2010)

1967-2000: ESSO Standard Thailand/Exxon Mobil Thailand, Project Engineering, Operations, Planning & Evaluation, Sales & Marketing, Human Resources and Business Line (Lubricant) Management. Since 2000: President of Electrical and Electronics Institute, Foundation for Industrial Development, Ministry of Industry, Thailand.
Widmer, Rolf

MSc in electrical engineering and MBA for development co-operation. Recently he joined the Technology and Society Lab at EMPA (Switzerland), a research institution belonging to the ETH domain. Project Manager Knowledge Partnerships in e-waste Recycling, which started in 2003. Co-founder of the entec ag, a Swiss company specialized in decentralized hydro power for rural energy supply. He is the author of several publications in this field.