Joost de Kluijver

Professional Title: Director & Founder

Industry: Social Enterprise

Currently with: Closing the Loop

Previously with: Techreturns, The Global Reporting Initiative

THNK Connection: Creative Leadership Program



Joost de Kluijver – engaged, father of two boys – is the founder of Closing the Loop, an organisation that buys broken mobile phones (e-waste) in Africa and Asia. Joost previously co-owned an electronics re-use company, which led him to Africa. The idea behind Closing the Loop was conceived during a project in Tanzania in 2010, where he saw that e-waste led to huge problems at the end of its life-cycle. As a result, he founded the company in 2012, with the mission to ensure that these devices are collected in developing countries and recycled responsibly. Closing the Loop aims for profit, but also for ‘a world where waste is not wasted’. At THNK, Joost will be looking at improving Closing the Loop’s position in the telecom industry, strengthening its role as a circular frontrunner and developing its business case, while also working on improving his management and leadership skills. Joost has worked for Accenture and the Global Reporting Initiative. He lives in Amsterdam and loves being in nature, running and playing squash.