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

 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.



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.


 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.


 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.


 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) | CEDARE

Alhilali, Smail (active from 2012-2014) | UNIDO

Cox-Kearns, Jean (active from 2010-2015) | Dell, Global Takeback

Döfnäs, Per | Ericsson

McCann, Duncan | WEEE Help

Li, Jinhui | Basel Convention Coordinating Centre for Asia and the Pacific

Mesker, Christina (active from 2012-2014) | Umicore Precious Metals Refining

Hagelüken, Christian (active from 2004-2012)| Umicore Precious Metals Refining

Sonnemann, Guido (active from 2008-2012) | United Nations Environment Programme

de Leeuw, Bas (active in 2007) | UNEP (United Nations Environment Programme)

Hieronymi, Klaus (active from 2004-2007) | Hewlett Packard

Radulovic, Verena (active from 2006-2008) | EPA’s Plug-In To eCycling campaign

Hengrasmee, Charuek (active from 2004-2010) | ESSO Standard Thailand/Exxon Mobil Thailand

Widmer, Rolf | Technology and Society Lab at EMPA