Industrie(s): FinanceSector: Government

Carl Johan Wahlund

Investor in waste and water for the Norwegian government's fund for investments in developing countries.

Previous experience in circular economy since 2006 from recycling companies in Europe, management consulting and investments.


Industrie(s): Other (Please specify)Circular economy/ EnvironmentSector: Non-profit organization / company

Chelsea McLean

Chelsea works part-time for Planet Ark's Australian Circular Economy Hub and is also the founder of Circular Economy Pioneers in Australia.


Industrie(s): Other (Please specify)Circular EconomySector: Non-profit organization / company

Chris Whyte

30+ years in the sector with multiple national and global awards in developing innovative technological applications in waste beneficiation. Focus on a just transition to a circular economy across Africa where there are clear financial benefits and measurable impacts and outcomes


Industrie(s): Other (Please specify)Consulting and adviceSector: Consultant

Christian Olesen

I grew up in the Danish contryside near nature and close to the sea. I hold a M.Sc.(Economics and Business Administration) and I bring more than than 20 years international experience within different aspects of sustainability.


Industrie(s): EnergySector: Business (for profit)

Derek de Bres

The company has two directors:- Chris Whyte and Derek de Bres.
Chris is a world leading circular economy expert with close to 30 years experience
Derek is an engineering technology design expert with over 20 years experience in the waste and energy sectors.

Industrie(s): Other (Please specify)Sector: Consultant

Dr Rob Smorfitt

PhD in SME development. MBA. Started and owned many businesses. circular economy is dependent on SME business skills and knowledge for success but often ignored. Many tools and much training material which is being put on line currently. Worked extensively in South Africa in this context. Private and government.

Industrie(s): Other (Please specify)4RevsSector: Non-profit organization / company

Felix Iziomoh

Felix Iziomoh is the Project Lead 4Revs Africa, 4Revs (4 Revolutions) is a unique, co-creative ecosystem that aims to help humanity solve these four survival challenges in one generation between, 2020-2050. He spearheads the Waste Management Challenge, which aims to empower a new generation of problem solvers to find and implement innovative solutions to the environmental challenges associated with excessive plastic waste.


Industrie(s): Sector: Government

Flic Blakeway


Industrie(s): Other (Please specify)Small BusinessSector: Non-profit organization / company

Gail Styger

Gail Styger is a social entrepreneur who has worked in Diepsloot for the past decade. Known as Sister G, she is fully committed to uplifting the community and promoting the growth of women and young people towards opportunities, particularly in the green economy


Industrie(s): ManufacturingSector: Business (for profit)

Guera Romo

Corporate solution delivery professional turned emerging eco-industrialist with an interest in smart automated manufacturing solutions for the artisanal recycler.


Industrie(s): Other (Please specify)Business Development ServicesSector: Business (for profit)

Isabel du Toit

Head of Sustainability Programmes with Fetola | Small Business Growth | CSI focused on the Circular Economy and environmental sustainability


Industrie(s): Other (Please specify)Cross-cuttingSector: Non-profit organization / company

Katharina Gihring

I completed a Master of Science in Environmental Management with the focus on the circular economy at the University of Johannesburg whilst working as project coordinator for a diversity of projects that linked research and societal applications. My experiences reach from multidisciplinary and mix-method research, project management, action plan development to educational facilitator.


Industrie(s): Other (Please specify)Sector: Government

Kogilam Govender

Industrie(s): Other (Please specify)International CooperationSector: Non-profit organization / company

Laura Cavert

Sustainability | Circular Economy | International Cooperation


Industrie(s): WaterSector: Consultant

Lutendo Donald Rambau

PhD Candidate in Engineering Management with interests in Circular Economy, Industrial Symbiosis, Energy Efficiency, Water and Wastewater.

A Certified Natural Scientist with South Africa Council for Natural Scientific Professions (SACNASP) , Chemical Engineer Candidate Engineering Technologist with Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA) , Professional PC Water with Water Institute of South Africa (WISA) and a member of African Circular Economy Network (ACEN).

A performance-focused young professional with 10 years of experience in Water and wastewater industry ( industrial effluent treatment and reuse, Biological and Activated Sludge Wastewater Treatment, Water reuse and Energy Efficiency ), which includes process optimization, modelling, project management, supervision, plant commissioning and process engineering.


Industrie(s): Other (Please specify)Circular EconomySector: Consultant

Mare de Witt

Maré de Witt is a Circular Economy Consultant with extensive experience contracting with the ACEN and Circular Vision. Based in Cape Town, she has contributed to policy development, food waste management, and the creation of South Africa's circular economy platform, Circular South Africa. Maré holds a Master’s degree in Industrial Engineering from Stellenbosch University and a BCom in Economics from UNISA. She has worked as a Research and Development Engineer at The UnSchool of Disruptive Design. Her career highlights include research, policy development, and consultancy roles, with a strong focus on sustainability and systems thinking in various sectors.


Industrie(s): TelecommunicationsSector: Business (for profit)

Naresh Jeaven

Experience of 28 years in the electronic and ICT sector, including manufacturing, managed services, professional services, electronic maintenance and repairs.

Industrie(s): Other (Please specify)Solutions Provider Sector: Business (for profit)

Nobantu Mtimde

Today, our business advocates for and implements strategies that support the recovery and reuse of critical minerals and raw materials to minimise the environmental impact of extractive industries.


Industrie(s): Other (Please specify)Built EnvironmentSector: Research

Ntobeko Mlotshwa

Im currently pursuing a PhD in the field of Town and regional planning focusing on waste picker integration into sustainable zero waste management practices. I am part of a big influencial project focusing on diversion of organic waste coming from the informal markets of Warwick in Durban and the integration of waste pickers.


Industrie(s): Other (Please specify)Plastic RecyclingSector: Business (for profit)

Oliver Nudds

My mission is to work towards a better future for our planet and through our work with companies and governments, we are on a journey towards a future where all their plastics can be fully recyclable at source and remanufactured as part of our circular economy, giving old plastic multiple new lives whilst minimalizing consumer habit change. - I think of it as an investment in reusable raw materials as opposed to a single product purchase.

My vision is to create an emerging circular plastic economy for small-scale recycling entrepreneurs, one that will lead to a monetised waste plastic economy that empowers disadvantaged communities across the African continent and the developing world.


Industrie(s): Other (Please specify)ResearchSector: Research

Pearl Thusi

Works in the cleaner production space at the NCPC-SA for the last 13 years

Industrie(s): Other (Please specify)Circular EconomySector: Non-profit organization / company

Peter Desmond

Circular Economy Strategic Advisor


Industrie(s): Other (Please specify)policySector: Non-profit organization / company

piotr barczak

Piotr is a Belgian/Polish national with over 11 years of experience in circular economy policy development. Currently he is a Circular Economy Program Manager at the African Circular Economy Network (ACEN) Foundation, and a Council Member of the European Environmental Bureau. Previously he worked at the Polish Ministry of the Environment, and Polish Humanitarian Action in South Sudan as a FSL project coordinator, collaborating with FAO, WTO, UNHCR and Caritas. He holds two Master Diplomas in Spatial Management, Environmental Sciences and Geography.
In 2022 he accomplished Leaders for Nature Academy by MAVA Foundation.
His current work at the ACEN Foundation involves strategic development of the circular economy programs in Africa, Circular Economy Roadmaps and Action Plans, roll-out of circular technologies and business models and reinforcing the network of the circular economy experts across the continent. One of the current assignments relates to WIO region on Our Blue Future (OBF) coordinated by GIZ, covering all WIO countries, with a special focus on reinforcing Circular Economy innovation.
He is well networked, sitting in advisory bodies of few organisations, notably the International Council for Circular Economy, Circular Economy Coalition or Relief and Reconciliation. Due to his experience in this field, Piotr is often invited to review policy papers and reports related to waste and circular economy. Piotr gave over 200 presentations world-wide, including high-level parliamentary hearings and academic lectures. He was chairing the Waste Working Group of the EEB in years 2013 -2023. It comprises of local waste management experts across Europe and beyond, with hands-on experience on waste systems, both downstream treatment but also upstream product policy. In this respect it is worth mentioning that in 2016 Piotr co-founded and continues to be a Board Member of the Polish Zero Waste Association, working closely with Zero Waste Europe, Rethink Plastic Alliance and others.
He has been a Jury member of the European Week of Waste Reduction in years 2013-2021, assessing local waste prevention measures across Europe. He also has international experience advising on waste policies in Bangladesh, India, Kenya, Oman, the Balkans and Türkiye.
Piotr speaks fluent English and Polish, communicates in French, German, Spanish and Catalan and he knows basics of Arabic and Russian.


Industrie(s): Other (Please specify)Design Sector: Business (for profit)

Ridhwana Shaik

With a strong foundation in sustainable design principles, I have successfully implemented innovative solutions that prioritize environmental stewardship and resource efficiency across various industries. Through my consulting engagements, I collaborate closely with clients to develop strategies that align sustainability goals with their business objectives. By integrating sustainable practices, I have helped organizations achieve cost savings, improve operational efficiency, and reduce their environmental footprint.
My consulting toolkit includes a comprehensive skill set encompassing project management, stakeholder engagement, and strategic planning. By working closely with industry leaders and diverse stakeholders, I aim to drive initiatives that promote circular economy principles, minimize waste generation, and contribute to a more sustainable and resilient society.


Industrie(s): Food and BeverageSector: Consultant

Suzaan Hobson

Masters in Food & Nutrition Security through Stellenbosch University & Wageningen University. Experience in working with sustainable value chains, ESG mandates & sustainability projects. I am a lover of mountains and adventure sports, & live in beautiful Cape Town


Industrie(s): Other (Please specify)Design Sector: Industry Association

Tashma Kritzinger

With a background in Product Design (Dipl.) and Industrial Design (BTech.), Tashma started her career in Vietnam, working with social enterprises on waste-from-landfill initiatives that trained youth and women-with-disabilities on regenerative ways to repurpose products and materials for income generation. Upon return to South Africa, she worked with several organisations and consultants in the sustainability space, assisting with communications and research. Tashma has worked with the African Circular Economy Network’s (ACEN), leading projects at the World Circular Economy Forum (WCEF2022). She’s currently leading impact and education at Circular Squared – a network and think tank accelerating the circular economy through design.


Industrie(s): Other (Please specify)Hospitality ManagementSector: Education

Tonderai Mawopa

Tonderai Mawopa is a marketing and sustainability expert. He is currently studying a PhD in Green Marketing/ Sustainability in Hospitality Industry. He is passionate about sustainability, circular economy and marketing in developing countries.


Industrie(s): Other (Please specify)EducationSector: Non-profit organization / company

Tracey Gilmore

Founded in 2010, Taking Care of Business (originally called The Clothing Bank) embarked on a mission to eradicate poverty in the lives of unemployed South African mothers. We understood that by altering a mother's life trajectory, we could also reshape the future of her children. Today, 14 years later, the family remains at the heart of our impact story. We have extended our reach into new geographies and sectors, enabling us to impact the lives of women, men, and children, all while playing our part in caring for the planet.
Today, TCB has a national footprint and partners with 16 of the country’s major retail brands to serve over 1,500 traders and small business owners at any given time.
We equip unemployed South Africans and aspiring entrepreneurs with the skills and resources they need to unlock their full potential and access the economy.
TCB has 3 successful Enterprise Development programmes (Resell, Repair and Remake) through which we empower the people raising the next generation. We believe that with the right support structure, anyone can become self-employed, and we have developed a holistic model that incorporates the head, heart and hands to do so consistently.


Industrie(s): Other (Please specify)Food waste/organic wasteSector: Research

Yonela Madlingozi

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