WasteAid, the charity that shares waste management and recycling skills around the world, has appointed Michelle Wilson to lead its Circular Economy Network project funded by global sustainable food packaging leader Huhtamaki.


The two-year, £800,000 partnership will drive community-level circular economy innovation in Johannesburg (South Africa), Ho Chi Minh City (Vietnam) and Guwahati (Assam, India) to fast-track and amplify local solutions that create value and reduce waste and pollution, in line with the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.

The newly appointed Project Director, Michelle Wilson, is a development specialist with over 15 years’ experience living and working in Chad, DRC, Ethiopia, Uganda, Sierra Leone and Tanzania.

Michelle Wilson, WasteAid Project Director, said: “This major project will shine a light on how integral waste management is to poverty alleviation, something that has been long-neglected in the development sphere. It will also provide a springboard for innovative and sustainable grassroots initiatives that can be scaled-up and replicated throughout the world.”

Prior to joining WasteAid, Michelle developed an impact management framework for clothing social enterprise Arakele and a life skills curriculum on a World Bank funded project for adolescent girls in Tigray, Ethiopia. Before that she was Director of Programmes for Farm Africa with oversight of a £12m portfolio of development projects in Ethiopia, Tanzania, Kenya and Uganda. 

Ceris Turner-Bailes, WasteAid Chief Executive said: “We are delighted to welcome Michelle Wilson to WasteAid to develop our circular economy network. Michelle has expertise in community resilience, value chain analysis, market development, climate change, environment, agriculture, education and gender – all critical issues that support the WasteAid mission to advance waste management where it’s most needed.”


Since joining the team in August, Michelle has been managing the recruitment of national project managers for the circular economy network. There has been an extremely high level of interest, which is testament to the importance and timeliness of WasteAid’s work tackling the global waste crisis.

Michelle added: “I am really excited to be working with WasteAid, an organisation that is focused on providing local and practical solutions to waste management. Our Huhtamaki-funded project will identify individuals and enterprises who are already making a difference on ground, and support them in the next steps to taking their initiatives to scale.”

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  • WasteAid is a leading international development organisation on a mission to tackle the global waste crisis. 2 billion people do not have their waste collected and 3 billion do not have a decent disposal site, leading to the spread of disease and polluting land, rivers and oceans.
  • WasteAid works with communities in low-income countries to address the root causes of climate change and marine plastic pollution.
  • WasteAid shares waste management knowledge and skills with communities in low-income countries; trains people to become self-employed recycling entrepreneurs; and influences decision-makers and the donor community to increase investment in waste management.

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