Patu Ndango is a young Cameroonian who hails from the Northwest region of Cameroon. She is a zero waste activist and a circular economy strategist. All her activities and projects revolve around turning waste into wealth in a bid to promote circular economies and promoting environmental education for sustainable development. She is a graduate from the University of Buea and has a pending Masters degree in International Relations from the International Relations Institute of Cameroon.
She is the founder of Closed-Loop System Ventures, a social enterprise created in 2016 which turns different types of waste into valuable consumer goods. Her initial focus was on organic waste matter which they transform into natural fertilizer and later expanded to include other wastes such as waste tires, plastic waste and old clothing. She is equally the founding President of CLSV Foundation, a not-for-profit organization with main objective to contribute in reducing the amount of waste which ends up in open dumpsites and eventually in landfills through the development and implementation of a variety of projects, programs and events.
She has had the opportunity to be a speaker at international events such as the International Youth Conference 2018 organized by UNDP in partnership with UN Women in Nairobi. She was equally a speaker during the side event organized by UN-Habitat at the fourth United Nations Environment Assembly which took place on the 12th of March 2019 at the United Nations Head Office in Nairobi under the theme: “Urban Circular Economy and Marine Litter –Technologies and Impactful Interventions in Cities”.
At the national level, she has had the opportunity to share her experience as a speaker or panelist during events organized by organizations such as the European Union Commission in Cameroon, the United States Embassy as well as the Denis and Lenora Foretia Foundation.