Chris Whyte

Founder & Specialist Consultant

Chris Whyte has been a consultant in the fields of Natural Resource Management and Sustainable Development for 25 years, and moved into the fields of integrated waste management and waste beneficiation technologies in 2000.  For the last 19 years, Chris has focused on the development of integrated and sustainable approaches to waste management incorporating a variety of economically viable waste beneficiation technologies that frame sustainable development and the creation of green jobs.  His vision is to unlock a multitude of opportunities to create a complete waste materials recovery value chain that tackles every component of the waste stream as a sustainable model attracting investment, saving landfill volumes and costs, creating jobs, emphasizing social development and maximizing environmental benefits.

Chris has worked right throughout Africa with the likes of the World Bank, European Union, USAID, Global Environment Facility, UNEP and others through his own company, Chris Whyte Associates, and since conceptualizing and initiating the USE-IT project in 2009, he has filled the role of Managing Director to oversee all components of the company development and growth.

Quade Corder


Quade Corder currently works for CHEP South Africa. The company provides Supply chain solutions, systems and products. He is responsible for leading Safety, Quality and Sustainability for Africa and the Middle East. He currently has participated or is an existing board member of the following non -profit organisations:

  • South African Quality Institute

  • South African Institute of Waste Management

  • Responsible Packaging Management Association of South Africa

  • Forestry Industry Education and Training Authority

Mark Liptrot


Mark Liptrot is one of the Directors at USE-IT. Schooled in Nigeria and England, Mark emigrated to South Africa in 1971 where he spent 6 years at University of (then) Natal and Rhodes University. After graduating with an MSc, he embarked on a journey through the technical departments in a variety of consumer-based industries. Married with four children, he is currently Chair of the uThekwane Conservancy, a trustee of the Flora and Fauna Trust and part-time chair of Printing SA’s Environmental Interest Group. In 2007, his garden won the best large indigenous garden in KZN. It has over 350 tree species, one dog and one wife, gathered over the 20 years he has lived at their Kloof property. His special interests are fishing, watching butterflies and birds, and making useful stuff from waste.

Paulos Ngcobo


Paulos Ngcobo worked for NUMSA from 1982 to 1993 as a Union Organizer. From  November 1993 until 1999, he served as COSATU’s Provincial Secretary . In 1999 he joined the KwaZulu-Natal Parliament and served in the following committees: Premier, Finance & Economic, Transport, Agriculture, Public Works and Sport & Recreation. Ngcobo holds the following diplomas:

  • Special Human Resource which he did at Natal Technicon.

  • Labour Economics by Workers College.

  • Co-operatives, which he did in Israel.

Ngcobo currently works in the private sector

Jessica Chaplin


Jessica Chaplin has worked in the non-profit sector since 2012. Through working in both South Africa and Nairobi, as a social development consultant, entrepreneur manager and currently as the development manager for the Sophia Foundation, she has had significant exposure to all facets of launching and managing a large social project and responding to all the intricacies therein.  Jessica is passionate about working with people from a variety of cultures and preserving our environment. It was through witnessing the lack of infrastructure for adequate waste management practices in Nairobi that she became more interested in working towards addressing the problem. Jessica plans to make a positive contribution to the waste management practices in Ethekwini through her representation on the board.

Jessica is currently completing her Masters in Sustainable Development (University of London)

Heidi Cox


Heidi Cox is a qualified textile technologist, Heidi has over 20 years’ technical manufacturing experience in the textile industry, but has always had a keen interest in conservation and the environment.  In 2009, when the time came to “go it alone” due to factory closure, Heidi decided to diversify her area of expertise and set about researching the in-factory requirements of post-consumer waste to be used as raw materials for recycled products, with a view to pass on the unadulterated facts on recycling to consumers.  For 7 years, for some time at her own cost, but currently supported by the Paper Recycling Association of SA, Heidi has visited schools, community groups and any other willing victims, intent on creating public awareness of good practice in waste management. 


Starting out as more of a concerned citizen, and relatively new to this industry, Heidi hopes to make a difference in public awareness of the importance of participation in responsible waste management in the smallest and largest contexts, as well as support and expand economically sustainable, industrial-scale end-uses for waste goods that are still being sent to landfill.


Heidi is the chairperson of the South African Dyers’ and Finishers’ Association, and is on the committee of the Mountain Backpackers’ Club. She runs, hikes, cycles and is threatening to do a triathlon in the not-too-distant future.  She also enjoys reading, bird-watching and taking time to appreciate the peace of wild areas. 


Heidi’s husband, Chris Cox, is a chemical engineer with a background in the paper industry, and thus endures hours of interrogation on a regular basis.  They have 2 sons, 3 dogs and a cat who shall be obeyed.

Mohamed Shaik Amod


Mr Shaik Amod is the founder and CEO of Green Dome Capital since 2012.  The company specialises in Corporate Finance Advisory and Management consulting work as well as capital raising.

Mr Shaik Amod previously worked at Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) for 15 years in various capacities.  He has gained experience across several financial disciplines and sectors of the economy. These include Chemical, Textile and Allied industries (such construction materials, waste management, petroleum products etc), Techno industries (ICT, Telecoms and engineering), Textiles, Wood and Paper and allied industries and Venture Capital. 

Mr Shaik Amod holds a Bachelor of Science in Engineering degree (B.Sc Eng) and internationally recognised financial postgrad qualifications as a Chartered Financial Analyst (USA) and a Diploma in Finance (Damelin). 

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