Mehran Zarrebini is the CEO of PFE International Inc., a diversified group of companies in South and Southern Africa. He earned a BEng (Hons) in Chemical Engineering from Loughborough University, a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Cambridge and an MBA (Cum Laude) from the University of Stellenbosch Business School. His research at Stellenbosch Business School focused on carbon footprint management utilizing multiple decision criteria to evaluate the tradeoff between carbon, cost, and profit in sustainable manufacturing. He is currently completing a Masters in Blockchain and Digital Currency from the University of Nicosia.
Mehran spends time traveling between the United Kingdom and South Africa. His passion for sustainable manufacturing has resulted in his businesses in South Africa benefiting from a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions of over 70% in a period of 5 years. In 2016, Mehran established the largest tyre recycling facility in Southern Africa employing individuals from previously disadvantaged communities, creating much need employment. The forward-thinking circular economy initiative has resulted in the development of new materials out of waste tyres that were previously seen as fit for landfill. Collaborating across the waste and academic sector, Mehran’s research into tyre derived crumb has led to the development of new products suitable for the built environment and is being utilized across the globe.
Available conferences include:
- Creating wealth from waste - a circular economy approach to sustainable manufacturing
- From trash to treasure - the alignment of the value, profit and people proposition in waste recycling.
- Resource efficiency and waste prevention - realizing business opportunities in recycling in emerging markets.
- Sustainable manufacturing in emerging markets.
Violinist and Spanish TV Host
Inspirational speaker, former CEO of Sunrise Cambodia (2015-2016)
Vice President, Business Development and Innovation at Toyota AI Ventures.
Business Development Director at Wizeline and Director of Silicon Valley Bank’s Global Gateway team (2016-2018)