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DIF on AIR Africa: Can It Become a Circular Continent?

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  • Peter Desmond, Jason Stamm, Susanne Karcher, Radia Cheikh Lahlou, Paul Visigah

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Can Africa use lessons learned from industrialised economies to create a resilient, equitable and prosperous society? The circular economy has the potential to avoid environmental degradation, reduce the use of scarce resources and improve livelihoods through the creation of meaningful jobs. This session explores how the circular economy is emerging in Africa and the role of the African Circular Economy Network in sharing knowledge and supporting circular initiatives. Speakers from Morocco, South Africa and Nigeria share examples of circular practices, which bring social, ecological and economic benefits.


Speakers

Peter Desmond

Peter Desmond

Co-Founder, African Circular Economy Network, UK

Focus: Circular Economy - convening, connecting, coaching and case studies
Specialities: sharing knowledge about the Circular Economy, helping SMEs in developing circular business models and developing the idea of circular cities
Sectors: small and medium-sized enterprises in both the Global North and Global South Knowledge: I have recently graduated from the Institute of Development Studies at Sussex University with an MA in Globalisation, Business and Development.

Jason Stamm

Jason Stamm

Exploration Manager, AB-InBev

Jason Stamm is an Exploration manager at ZX Ventures/AB InBev. He’s currently based in Switzerland and on assignment in South Africa to develop a new product made with spent grain focused on affordable nutrition. Jason formerly worked on the US-based startup, Canvas, a sustainable, high-fiber + plant protein shake made with spent grain and other plant-based ingredients, which was developed in AB InBev's first internal ZXLerator in 2016. He joined AB InBev’s Global Procurement Organization in 2015 after graduating with an MBA from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University. He’s obsessive about social impact and innovation through intrapreneurship, and is one of 3 regional co-directors for the Circle of Young Intrapreneurs’ Europe region – part of a global network focused on promoting social intrapreneurship.

Susanne Karcher

Susanne Karcher

Director, EnviroSense, South Africa

Susanne Karcher has extensive experience in resource Efficient Cleaner Production (RECP) planning initiatives and project execution. Also, her expertise has been demonstrated in the conceptualisation of high-level strategies, formulation of action plans, policies, standards and writing of reports, as well as management and marketing of the Southern African E-Waste Alliance.

Radia Cheikh Lahlou

Radia Cheikh Lahlou

Directeur Associé - Déclic, Conseil en RSE - Communication Responsable, Morocco

Radia Cheikh Lahlou is an Associate Director of DÉCLIC, a communication agency based in Casablanca, Morocco. DÉCLIC was established in 2007 advises companies on their sustainable development communications as well as on their CSR strategy to create new forms of shared value by reducing the social and environmental costs.

Paul Visigah

Paul Visigah

Pincipal Technologist (Urban Planning & GIS), Rivers State University, Port Harcourt, Nigeria.

Paul works to create modular planning policies that are designed to meet the needs of developing regions. This includes the development of inclusive policies and processes within the planning realm, as well as the need to develop Circularity in Urban Waste Management Systems.

Host

Nick Jeffries

Nick Jeffries

Insight and Analysis, Cities and Circular Economy for Food

Nick works in the Insight and Analysis team of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, a group of scientists, engineers and other technical specialists, that strive to provide evidence of the benefits of a circular economy as well as insights into the transition pathways. He currently manages the case study program, which disseminates real life examples of circular economy. Before joining the Foundation, Nick worked for many years as an environmental engineer. His experience includes urban regeneration and landscaping projects for Arup in London, Lebanon and Singapore; solar irrigation and aquaculture in Uganda and Ethiopia; post-conflict and disaster relief work in Sri Lanka, Afghanistan, Iraq and Indonesia. He has an MSc in renewable energy and is a chartered member of the Institute of Civil Engineers and a member of RedR.

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