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CREATIVES FOR OUR FUTURE

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GHISLAIN IRAKOZE

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Ghislain is a sustainability entrepreneur and activist based in Kigali, Rwanda. With a vision for a climate-resilient and waste-free world, he founded Wastezon, a cleantech company that leverages cutting-edge technology to provide e-waste traceability, sorting, and collection services. So far over 400 tons of e-waste have been transacted on the Wastezon app. Prior to founding Wastezon, Ghislain initiated the “Recycle for Environment” a Creative campaign, which involved over 200 students in creative waste recycling in partnership with Samsung Engineering.

“Sustainable development presents a great opportunity to rethink our systems and re-align them in a direct that impacts the society, environment and economy

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As a sustainability consultant, Ghislain worked with the EU Commission DG Environment on Africa-EU Circular Economy Cooperation and he has assisted the African Development Bank in developing a green growth investment program in Africa with a focus on the Rwandan waste Management and the circular economy sector. Ghislain is also a former youth think tank researcher at the Mastercard Foundation. He has received awards and recognitions such as UNEP Young Champion of the Earth-Finalist, Qitcom Startup Hub Award, One Young World-Audi Scholar, CoC Youth Conservation Innovation Poster Prize, and he was featured in CNBC and National Geographic.

Through the support of the Creatives for Our Future program, Ghislain has launched the Kigali Green Gallery, which is exhibiting 100 works by 100 artists depicting endangered African species and made using banana trunk canvas.

Creative Practice

Ghislain is launching Kigali Green Gallery, a creative project that aspires to artistically reconnect Africa with extinct and endangered species.

 

Founded by young people, Kigali Green Gallery will be youth-centered, involving 10 young artists in residency to develop 100 paintings while promoting environmentally sustainable artistic design using eco-friendly painting boards made from Banana Trunks.

 

Later, the project will conduct 5 showcase events, displaying the paintings in different communities in Rwanda to provide a platform for Rwandans to learn conservation issues and strengthen their conservation efforts.

Sustainable Development

Sustainable development combines the drive to impact 3 Ps; People, Planet, and Prosperity. Over the last centuries humankind has carelessly grown the global economy disregarding environmental degradation. Their consequences are being experienced by the current generations as the climate change associated with social tensions has become more destructive.


Sustainable development presents a great opportunity to rethink our systems and re-align them in the direction that impacts the society (People), environment (Planet), and economy (Prosperity). We owe that to our future generations as they don’t have to bear the consequences of our actions.

Positive Impact

The overall impact is to develop 100 eco-friendly palettes from at least 5 tons of banana trunks while diverting them from going to landfills, preventing over 500 tons of carbon emissions.


Involving 10 youth (5 Females and 5 Males) in a residency to develop 100 paintings for extinct
and endangered species. Conducting five art 
showcases in five districts of Rwanda to involve
over 1000 citizens and authorities in art-inspired conversation on conservation, learning from the species extinction history, and reinforcing conservation efforts.

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