Patricia Schröder obtained an MBA, a BSc in Chemical Engineering and a master’s degree in Environmental Management. Patricia is a registered Chartered Environmental Manager with the Chartered Institute of Environmental Manager’s, London, and a Certified Director ® with the Institute of Directors of Southern Africa. Patricia has a passion for environmental protection and SMME Development in this sector, and her career of 30 years supports her passion. She serves on various Boards and is an executive member of professional organisations and serves as Chair on various Environmental Committees. She is the current Vice President for the Institute of Waste Management of South Africa. She serves on the International Solid Waste Association (ISWA) working group as Chair of Legacy and Sustainability. Patricia’s legacy involves founding and developing successful award winning SMME’s, which operates nationwide and internationally, within the environmental services sector. Patricia’s current role as seconded to Circular Energy NPC as CEO which is focused on the growing demand for assistance and consultation regarding Environmental Services, Extended Producer Responsibility development and support, Producer Responsibility Organisation development and compliance services, Circular Economy principles, waste management, take-back and recycling solutions, environmental best practice, and training, among other professional offerings. She has completed national and international Environmental Services contracts as an expert for projects with the World Resources Forum (WRF, Switzerland), the GIZ – German Society for International Cooperation (Frankfurt), the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (Austria), and the United Nations Environmental Program, among others.