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Chris Whyte

Founding Director, African Circular Economy Network (ACEN), South Africa

Since 1992, Chris has been involved in environmental and sustainable project developments across Africa and channelled his focus into waste from 1999He founded and headed USE-IT the Waste Materials Recovery Industry Development Programme in Durban, South Africa from 2009 to 2020 facilitating more than 2600 jobs in the waste and recycling sector in that time, leveraging 4.5 times their funding in landfill savings to municipality and an additional 10 times that funding in commercial project development. This created a model for green economic development and innovation in South Africa that worked. Chris deals in every aspect of the waste stream to explore, invent and create sustainable opportunities in waste beneficiation that touch on waste management, water management, infrastructure, energy, social upliftment, environmental benefit, economic development, low-carbon development, enterprise development and skills development – all key aspects of sustainability and drivers of the Circular Economy.   Chris is recognised locally, nationally and internationally through many awards and nominations. 

Jun 18, 2024

PPP interview: “We need stronger managers and directors in our African governments who understand different procurement alternatives”

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Jun 14, 2024

“Africa’s Green Economy Summit is the right marketplace for projects, sponsors and investors to meet, because the matching of the criteria is critical”

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