Ghislain Irakoze is a sustainability entrepreneur, activist and researcher. He founded Wastezon, a cleantech company that provides Machine Learning-powered materials traceability services with an aim of innovating for materials circularity. He strives for developing tools and frameworks that can allow underserved communities to have environmental justice.
As a former Research Fellow at World Wide Web Foundation and Sustainable Partners Inc, Ghislain has developed circular economy policies and frameworks in alignment with sustainable development. He worked with the EU Commission on Africa-EU Circular Economy Cooperation and he has assisted the African Development Bank in developing a green growth investment program in Rwanda. Ghislain is a former researcher at Mastercard Foundation’s Youth Think Tank, He is a current climate fellow at Subak where he is creating predictive models for measuring e-mobility materials maintenance.
Ghislain sits on Global Greengrants Fund’s Next Gen Climate Board and EU Commission-International Partnerships’s Youth Sounding Board. For his climate and sustainability impact, Ghislain has received recognitions and awards such as the Green Biz 30 Under 30 Honoree and UNEP’s Young Champion of the Earth Prize-Finalist.