Who we are … Discover the founders and partners of ReBin and find out what drives them to support sustainability : Foundation Board You can find me here Mark E. Giannelli President & Founder When I left the financial sector in 2014, I figured three things would affect my future: Education, Entrepreneurship and Leadership. Innovation is a mindset. People say you need to think different or do better; well I believe you should aim at doing both. Albert Einstein said: “The world will not evolve past its current state of crisis by using the same thinking that created the situation.” During my professional transition and the MBA studies at Business School Lausanne (BSL), I have learned many things. The most important in my view is to seek for the value creation rather than profit maximization, and the envisioning of an organizational perspective that develops a business model for the common good. Sustainable development is the way to go forward, generating an enormous source of opportunities for the future generations. The sustainable business agenda has never been more relevant today. The challenges that Humanity is facing cannot be left only to governments or NGOs to solve. Business has the creativity, the energy, and the scale to make change happen. Climate change, income inequality, loss of biodiversity, access to clean water, jobs, health, and many others are economic problems as well as social and environmental issues. The idea behind ReBin is to address particular challenges and look how we can use the industrial model, this very model that creates immense amounts of waste and pollution, into a new approach that addresses the problem rather than just improving the current situation. And we want to do that by involving all stakeholders and uniting all actors in the supply chain… Reduce, Reuse, Recycle your Bin. ReBin. It’s about doing more than simply wasting. You can find me here Sylvain Massot Vice President & Treasurer After a long career as a banker in London and Geneva, I wanted to devote myself to Impact Investing, an activity that I contributed to develop in my last position in a reputed institution based in Geneva. I am also a member of the Executive Board of “Sustainable Finance Geneva”, an association that promotes Geneva as a world center for sustainable finance. Indeed, our planet now faces immense challenges, both social and environmental, as illustrated by the “17 Sustainable Development Goals To Transform Our World” published by the United Nations in 2015. It becomes clear that these challenges cannot be solved without the massive support of the private sector, since States are facing chronic debt issues. My experience has shown that a growing number of investors want their investments not only to provide a financial return but also reflect a positive impact on society. The ReBin project adapts perfectly to this logic as it aims to meet the dual social and environmental issues without neglecting economic ones. It is primarily social since it provides education for the younger generation, reduces social inequality and promotes local expertise. Environmentally it presents a solution to the problem of waste disposal; too often abandoned in nature. It also permits recycling and reintroduces the waste commodities into the industrial cycle of raw materials that are desperately needed in developing countries. Finally, the economic implication is the aim to pay people for their sorted waste in one of the poorest African countries and create employment requiring special skills. ReBin aims to reconcile the viability of a project and of an organization (economic performance) with ethical principles such as environmental protection and preservation of the social link. On a modest scale at first, the ReBin project hopes to expand across Benin and its borders once the economic and business model has proven itself. You can find me here Position to be filled General Secretary Job vacancy (voluntary) If you are interested, please contact us by e-mail: email@example.com You can find me here Cyrille Oguin (Ambassador) Resident Representative Members of the Foundation You can find me here Didier Allaz Consulting Member (Project Management) “If you do not try to improve, you’ll quickly stop being good” This is my philosophy; pushing one’s limits, discovering other perspectives and listening to others. Transmit, share, learn. Become better. And what is valid for me is also true for the Planet. So the link was quickly made between my values and the ReBin Foundation, contributing with my experience and openness, participating on the field to the project itself. What attracted me to this project was the ability to listen to the real local concerns, to understand all the ins and outs, not only to meet the local actors, the people who live and experience the ‘waste’ in everyday life, but also to understand their approach, their realities while bringing solutions from a more Western vision, without ever derogating from the local reality. While infusing a certain dose of entrepreneurship. Coming from the world of service, tourism and management, my career has allowed me to travel a lot and in particular to work in several countries and on several continents; discovering other cultures, other approaches, other ways of working and thinking. I had the chance to discover Africa few years ago when I was working for a Swiss airline company in Cameroon. There I discovered and lived the inequalities but also understood how it was possible to overcome them, to develop a certain harmony even with much less. Returning to Benin 25 years after my first African experience has been a great source of motivation. On the one hand, development: the omnipresence of mobiles or even better access to individual mobility. But on the other hand, pollution has never been greater, and waste is everywhere; plastic, landfills, children who live in this environment. It’s not acceptable, and that’s what we want to change. Step by step. By bringing affordable technical solutions, creating jobs and skills locally, but also by constantly raising awareness of a new balance. By offering them a way to improve their quality of life as well as their income while sustaining the system with a long-term vision. This is what we are doing in Toffo, which we will develop elsewhere in Benin and beyond. Oscar Wilde said: “The one charm about the past is that it is the past.” You can find me here Sarah-Jane Barrier Consulting Member (Public Relations) I was born in Geneva and raised in an International environment. I studied in Paris and graduated at the “Concierge Clefs d’Or Institute” where I learned that improving quality of service to guests is done with integrity, professionalism, co-operation and by sharing information. After a successful career in the hospitality industry, I moved to London where my two sons were born before returning to Geneva, my home town. This move was an opportunity to assess my aspirations and pursue a professional career while taking care of my family. My personal background enriched by more than 20 years travelling and multicultural encounters has increased my awareness and sense of urgency to the environmental and human crises we are confronted with. Being part of the Foundation Rebin that promotes adherence to common values has reinforced my belief in Sustainable Development philosophy and credos. My competence in Public Relations together with a strong network is the way to contributing to the organization today. My children are at the centre of my concerns. Their future is already influenced by our consumption models. This generation is willing to participate, share and grow together. The strength I draw from them makes my conviction to act even stronger. Samuel Beckett said that to make an effort for little things is to reach greater ones over time. You can find me here Ravi Pariah Consulting Member (Architecture & Construction) Born and raised in Mauritius, my educational paths took me to London, Los Angeles and finally, Geneva. Living and working in these different countries has allowed me to get a more global perspective and a broader view on cultural differences. After graduating from university with an architecture degree in London, I developed practical skills at the drawing board but was also exposed to the various aspects of project and client management. During this experience, the interactions with clients and members of the management shaped my interest in project management as a career choice. The Planet we live in has finite resources. Respecting and helping the environment is the duty and work of everyone. In my opinion, it is not exclusively for the government nor is it the sole responsibility of corporations to solve environmental problems. It is my belief that every individual doing his/her part can solve these problems if we create enough awareness and receive commitment and involvement in return. Here in comes the cooperation with the Foundation ReBin. The Foundation aims at helping people tackle the environmental problems at the root cause, by educating people and changing the perception of “trash” and instead be viewed as a “resource”. Having an open-minded attitude and being amenable to change are the key assets for development and help people in achieving those goals. Having recently earned an MBA at Business School Lausanne with a focus on Sustainability and Leadership, I have become more aware of the limited means that are available to us. I would like to work with the Foundation through the knowledge gained from my studies and by using my expertise acquired during my career in management, project management, construction, and architecture. With the help of the primary stakeholders, it is my desire to develop new strategies, discover opportunities and cultivate rapport with locals in Benin. This is my way of doing “my share” in helping the community help themselves and in the same time the environment.