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Barbara Toorens

Barbara Toorens

Director of External & Partner Relations

WorldLoop

Brussels Area, Belgium

Effective communicator at all levels and across multiple cultural and lingual scenarios with business experience in Africa, Europe and the Americas. Offers substantial expertise in the world of high-tech, CSR and sustainability operating on a global scale. Seasoned in public speaking & PR, event management, product launches, ...

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WorldLoop

Director of External & Partner Relations

WorldLoop, launched in 2012 to help bring e-waste solutions for Close the Gap’s projects in sub-Saharan Africa supporting social enterprises start voluntary IT e-waste take-back and recycling programs.

- Co-developed strategic/operational plans with founding team and owned communication, PR and marketing strategies and deliverables aligned to Close the Gap's messaging.

- Monitoring trends and legislation as it relates to e-waste recycling and trans-boundary movement of hazardous waste in Africa Europe, and US.

- Representing organization in multi-stakeholder groups and projects: Step, PACE, FP7 Cobalt Project, Horizon 2020 EWIT Project (expert lead)

- Supported social enterprises in 9 African countries start e-waste collection and recycling in accordance with all relevant legislation and regulations.

- Develop pilot projects on battery collection and compliance management for recycling partners

Close the Gap

Director of External & Partner Relations

Founded in 2003, Close the Gap is an ICT for development organization providing high quality reused IT devices to socially beneficial projects in more than 40 developing countries. In 2009 Close the Gap founded WorldLoop to make their ICT for development projects more sustainable.

- Co-developed strategic/operational plans with founding team and owned communication, PR and marketing strategies and deliverables aligned to Close the Gap's initiatives.

- Monitoring circular economy, social entrepreneurship, reuse, EPR, recycling, and business development trends

- Launched social media strategy and internship program