StEP Supervisory Committee

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The role of the Supervisory Committee is to provide guidance and support to the Executive Director in order to meet StEP’s objectives.

The Supervisory Committee is established on a broad geographical basis with representation from major stakeholders including business, governments, international organisations, academia and NGO whom have an interest in taking necessary actions associated with a sustainable solution of the e-waste problem. The Supervisory Committee consists of up to seven members serving in their individual capacities who are elected with simple majority by all StEP members.


Meet the StEP Supervisory Committee


Eelco Smit is a Senior Director at the Philips Group Sustainability team where he is responsible for all eco-design, compliance and continuous improvement activities. Furthermore, he is responsible for the sustainability performance of the Personal Health Business groups in Philips. In recent years he has actively worked on the implementation of the Circular Economy program at Philips with a specific focus on business model innovation, Circular product design and increasing the use of recycled plastics. In this role Eelco represents Philips at several Industry Associations where he is actively involved in discussions on the Circular Economy and waste legislation.


„We at GIZ consider that finding solutions for improving e-waste management requires the input of a vast variety of stakeholders. StEP is a great forum to bring together these different stakeholders with the specific perspectives and experiences. I think it is important to actively involve more stakeholders in the network and to develop activity lines and outputs that are useful to many stakeholders globally.”

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.


Garth Hickle serves as a board member of the Global Product Stewardship Council and the Sustainable Electronics Recycling Initiative (SERI). He is also a Senior Lecturer and Visiting Scholar at the University of Minnesota.  He has published in the Journal of Industrial Ecology, Journal of Cleaner Production, Resource Conservation and Recycling and Business Strategy and the Environment. Garth has a strong emphasis on environmental product policy and the circular economy. Previously, he led the product stewardship program for the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA).


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.


“E-Waste is truly a global issue and trend of more portable and wearable products make the issue tougher than ever before. By joining StEP, an international platform, we may work closer with the members towards e-waste solutions.”

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.


Heinz Böni has a degree in Rural and Environmental Engineering from ETH Zürich with postgraduate studies in Water Supply and Wastewater Management. He worked as a scientist, in development cooperation and more than 10 years as engineer and consultant in Waste and Resources Management in Switzerland.

At Empa he is head of the research group CARE – Critical Materials and Resource Efficiency. His scope of work covers research in WEEE recycling, auditing WEEE recycling companies and capacity building in WEEE management in developing countries.



* Chair of the Steering Committee