KEVIN DE CUBA
Senior Circular Economy Advisor
Current Position: Team Leader - Colombia, Circular Plastics in the Americas Program (CPAP)
Organization: GFA Consulting Group GmbH
CEP Position: Co-founder & Founding Member
Representing: Americas Sustainable Development Foundation (ASDF)
Fields of Expertise: Closed looped cycle production (CLCP), sustainable consumption and production (SPC), Cradle to Cradle® (C2C), Circular Economy (CE). Particular expertise in Circular Economic Policy Development at city, regional, national, and international levels.
Kevin is the Director of the Americas Sustainable Development Foundation (ASDF) an official partner of Worldwatch Institute, a renowned think-tank based in Washington D.C.; and as an official partner of McDonough Braungart Design Chemistry (MBDC) an authorized representative for Cradle to Cradle® in Latin America and the Caribbean.
Kevin served for more than a decade as Senior Energy and Sustainable Development Specialist at the Department of Sustainable Development of the Organization of American States in Washington D.C., addressing sustainable development challenges throughout Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC). From 2008 to 2015, he developed and managed the U.S. Department of State funded - Closed Looped Cycle Production in the Americas Program where he introduced and led the first regional effort to apply and validate the concepts of Cradle to Cradle®, Closed Looped Cycle Production, and Circular Economy and engaged in the first practical applications in SMEs and drafted Circular Policies for several nations in the LAC region.
Kevin is a Senior Fellow at Worldwatch with specific focus on the application of circular economic thinking and planning in island nations in the Caribbean; he is a Circular Policies Mentor at the Circular Economy Club; and is member of the Renewable Energy and Carbon Management Advisory Group of the Cradle to Cradle Standards Development Advisory Group at the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute (C2CPII) based in San Francisco, CA. In 2016, he co-founded and serves as first Chairman of the Circular Economy Platform of the Americas (CEP-Americas) to continue to contribute to the region’s transition to achieve a global circular economy. Presently he is leading part of the organization of the inaugural Circular Economy Forum of the Americas (CEFA) which is the annual international Forum that gathers the circular economy community of the American Continent to discuss, share and learn from each other to build a circular conscious continent.
Kevin holds a master’s degree in Sustainable Development with specialization in Energy & Materials from the Copernicus Institute at Utrecht University and a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Technology with specialization in Waste Management and Waste Water Treatment from the VHL University of Applied Sciences in the Netherlands. (updated: 2018)