Team

Our team at SouthSouthNorth (SSN) encompasses a diverse range of experience and skills across climate change and development, including law, technology, economics, finance, stakeholder facilitation, and knowledge and project management. Our team is committed to the core values that underpin SSN’s culture: sustainable development and poverty alleviation.

Stefan Raubenheimer

Role: Director

Stefan is co-founder and Director at SSN, and has lead most of the SSN Programmes since its inception in 1999. The SSN Group includes the SSN Trust, where he is Executive Officer, and SSN Consulting, where he is a Director. He is currently directing the CCKE unit within FCFA. He serves as member of the Network Council of the Climate and Development Knowledge Network.  Stefan is an Associate of the Cambridge Programme for Sustainable Leadership; and an accredited Mediator, Arbitrator and Facilitator with TOKISO. Stefan has published a book on the LTMS, and acted as lead author in a MAPS book. He has extensive experience in facilitating development and climate change projects, including the South African LTMS process.  He holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Law.

Carl Wesselink

Role: Director

Carl is the CDKN Director for the African region, and is Director of SSN Consulting (Pty) Ltd. Prior to joining SSN, he led the implementation of the Kuyasa CDM Project, the first CDM project in Africa. Following this he helped pioneer a sustainable, community-based energy services model for the mass roll-out of solar and other energy-efficient interventions in low-income housing. Carl previously worked in the human rights and development field and is an attorney admitted to practise in the High Court of South Africa. He holds a Bachelor of Law and a Bachelor of Arts.

Dr Shehnaaz Moosa

Role: Director

Shehnaaz oversees the Research Programme, in the Africa Region, which supports cutting edge research on climate-compatible development in Africa. She also provides technical input on a range of projects at SouthSouthNorth ranging from the Sustainable Settlements Facility to the Kuyasa Project. She previously consulted on a range of projects to the public sector including managing the National Strategy for Sustainable Development in South Africa. She has also lectured in Chemical Engineering at the University of Cape Town. Shehnaaz holds a BSc in Chemical Engineering, an MSc in Engineering and a PhD in Engineering.

Cindy de Haan

Role: Director

Cindy is the Director overseeing operations and talent management for the growth and development of SSN. She is also involved in local level projects such as the Small Grants Facility and Alfred Nzo District Municipality. Prior to this, she was SSN’s Project and Office Manager, working on environmental consultation projects and public participation processes. She previously worked as an Environmental Consultant on farm accreditation processes. She holds a BA Honours in Environmental Management and is particularly interested in sustainable development and poverty alleviation in the context of climate change.

Webster Whande

Role: Director

Webster is the focal point for the CDKN negotiations support in Africa and is a Technical Advisor to the African Group of Negotiators. He also manages the Delivering the Sectoral Reduction Mechanism under the Government of Ethiopia’s Climate Resilient-Green Economy strategy. Prior to joining SSN, Webster worked as a researcher and programmes coordinator on human migration and natural resource management in Africa, as well as a technical adviser on climate finance. Webster holds undergraduate qualifications in Environmental and Geographical Sciences from the University of Cape Town and Masters and Doctoral studies on livelihood and political dimensions of land and natural resources management from the University of the Western Cape.

Danny Naidoo

Role: Associate

Danny is a Partner in Mazars Cape Town with 13 years of experience in external and internal auditing – mainly in the public sector – and has performed various assignments on behalf of the Auditor-General of South Africa. Danny joined SAB&T Chartered Accountants as an Audit manager after completing his articles at MSGM Masuku Jeena (since merged into PWC). He was admitted as a partner at SAB&T Cape Incorporated in 2000 and was responsible for audits conducted on behalf of the Office of the Auditor-General. Danny joined Grant Thornton Cape Town in 2006 as partner in charge of Public sector before joining Mazars as part of a merger. His oversight responsibilities include being a member of the Wesgro Audit Committee and trustee of the SouthSouthNorth Trust. He is also a professional member of SAICA.

Emily Tyler

Role: Associate

Emily is an independent consultant focusing on carbon policy in South Africa and the programmatic carbon finance mechanism, particularly its application to sustainable development. Emily has worked on innovative projects including the auctioning of carbon allowances in the first round of the UK Emissions Trading Scheme; and carbon finance for sustainable energy interventions in the Southern African region. She also works on projects relating to the study of financial and economic implications of climate change. Emily holds an BCom Honours in Economics and a MComm in Advanced Financial Management from the University of Cape Town.

Hennie Bester

Role: Trustee and Associate

Previously a partner of Webber Wentzel and now with the Corporate Law Alliance, Hennie Bester, has specialised experience in structured finance and cross-border transactions.  He has worked on the development of legal and tax technology in areas including preference share finance, share loan transactions, share repurchases, derivatives and carbon credits.  Rated by International Tax Review’s Global Report on Tax Advisors as a leading advisor, he also advises various multinational clients in the energy and retail sectors. He sits on the SAICA Tax sub-Committee on carbon tax and has authored several articles on the subject. 

Michelle du Toit

Role: Programme Coordinator - Africa LEDS Partnership

Michelle is Programme Manager of the Africa LEDS Partnership; a continent-wide collaboration working to advance low emission development strategies. Previously Michelle was the co-ordinator for the MAPS programme and also worked on the financing and development of sustainable energy projects in southern Africa, including the development of the Sustainable Settlements Facility. Michelle holds an Honours Bachelor in Fine Arts and is currently in her second year of a Masters Degree in Environmental Humanities at the University of Cape Town.

Clare Emslie

Role: Contracts Office Manager

Clare is the Contracts Office Manager at SouthSouthNorth. She oversees the contracting process and manages the contractual relationships for the MAPS programme and other SSN projects. She has worked previously at SSN, as PA to Stefan Raubenheimer. She is involved in publishing a monthly tax law journal for The Taxpayer and various other titles for Cederberg Publishers. Clare holds a BA in English & History of Art, an LLB, and an LLM in Taxation.

Zablone Owiti

Role: Research Fellow

Owiti is a Research Fellow providing support to the coordination of Future Climate For Africa (FCFA). His background includes undergraduate and masters degrees in Meteorology and a PhD in Climate System and Global Change. His interests include integration of climate information and products in policy development, planning and practice in various sectors. He previously worked as a Science Secretary at the Kenya National Commission for Science, Technology and Innovation and also held the position of Climate Scientist at the IGAD Climate Prediction and Applications Centre (ICPAC).

Kate Cronin

Role: Project Manager

Kate works as a project manager on the Southern Africa Climate Finance Partnership programme. In addition to her project management role, she provides research support, focussing on mainstreaming gender in climate change interventions. She has worked on various projects at SSN, including the CDKN Ethiopia and Uganda country programmes. She has a background in biological science, and holds a Masters in Conservation Biology from the University of Cape Town. Kate is particularly interested in identifying socially just ways of reducing the African continent’s vulnerability to climate change impacts.

Josh Ogada

Role: Knowledge Management Lead

Josh has extensive experience as a communications specialist, media researcher and a journalism educator. He has worked for a range of international non-governmental organisations in the fields of sustainable development, gender, and environmental and social justice. For the last six years he has taught an MPhil module in Media, Democracy and Development at the University of Stellenbosch Journalism department, and serves on the editorial board of the Global Media Journal – Africa.  A Kenyan national, Josh holds a BA (Hons) in Political Science and French, and a Masters degree in Communication and Development Studies.

Andrew Day

Role: Chief Financial Officer

Andrew is the Chief Financial Officer for SSN. Andrew is a qualified South African Chartered Accountant with over 25 years’ financial experience within various industries. Andrew overseas the finance hub at SSN. Andrew has worked extensively outside of South Africa within finance having spent three years in London and six years in Grand Cayman. He is delighted to be contributing to the betterment of the planet as a financial person within a business committed to addressing climate change.

John Salway

Role: Support Staff

John spent more than 20 years working in the banking industry before venturing into the world of entrepreneurship running a pub, a pie shop and eventually a chauffeur business. John has been working with SouthSouthNorth over the years, but formally joined the team in 2014. He supports the team with logistics, transport and at reception.

Nkulumo Zinyengere

Role: Project Manager and Research Lead

Nkulumo Zinyengere has experience in research and development around climate change, agriculture and food security. His past work focused on climate change adaptation in southern Africa, particularly Malawi, Lesotho and Swaziland, South Africa and Zimbabwe in various capacities ranging from research, project design and implementation and policy analysis. Nkulumo holds a PhD in Environmental Science from the University of Cape Town, an MSc in Agricultural Meteorology and BSc hons. in Geography (University of Zimbabwe).

Emma Baker

Role: Knowledge and Communications Officer

Emma provides knowledge management, communications and project management support, as part of the SSN Knowledge Management Hub. Originally from London, Emma graduated with a BA Geography in 2012, then spent two years working and volunteering for non-profits in London, Sierra Leone and Uganda, gaining an insight into the realities of living with the dual impacts of poverty and climate change. She moved to South Africa in 2015 to pursue a Masters degree in Climate Change and Development at the University of Cape Town, where her research focused on the socio-economic evidence for the ‘Africa Rising’ narrative in Ghana.

Aisling de Klerk

Role: Knowledge Manager

Aisling is a Knowledge Manager. She has a number of years experience working on conservation projects in Ireland and Australia. Prior to joining the Knowledge Management team Aisling worked on a European Union funded project supporting the development of a model for Conservation Agriculture. Her interests include environmental education and sustainable development policy. Aisling holds a  Masters Degree in Geographical Analysis with a focus on hydrology and an undergraduate in Environmental Management.

 

Suzanne Carter

Role: Senior Project Manager

Suzanne is a senior project manager for CDKN’s Ethiopia portfolio of projects and oversees the Uganda country programme. She is also a science adviser to the Future Climate For Africa programme. Previously she worked for the British High Commission in South Africa where she led on their bilateral engagement with South Africa on climate change and energy. Prior to that she freelanced for the Earth Negotiations Bulletin covering mostly UNFCCC climate negotiations. Suzanne holds a PhD in climatology from the University of Cape Town.

Julio Araujo

Role: Research Coordinator

Julio is the research coordinator and provides support for the Future Climate For Africa (FCFA) Project. He previously worked at Climate Systems Analysis Group (CSAG), where he was involved in a project that explores the impacts of and adaptation to climate change on the value chain for key grain and fruit sectors in South Africa. Julio holds a BSc in Environmental & Geographical Science as well as a BSc Honours and MSc in Atmospheric Science from the University of Cape Town. His postgraduate research branched between climate science and viticulture as he explored drought impacts on grape production.

Charlotte Scott

Role: Project Manager

Charlotte has worked on a diverse range of programmes at SouthSouthNorth, from climate finance to knowledge networks, including CDKN’s work with universities to develop a regional masters in climate compatible development in SADC. Her role currently involves coordinating the Subnational Integration Working Group for the Low Emissions Development Global Partnership and other initiatives related to sustainable urban development in Africa. With a background in Philosophy, Politics and Economics, Charlotte is currently completing her Masters in sustainable urban development through the African Centre for Cities at the University of Cape Town.

Blaise Dobson

Role: Practice Developer

Blaise Dobson works on a number of SouthSouthNorth’s projects that interface with the financing of actions taken to address climate change and its impacts. Blaise coordinates with the collective team to foster collaborative relationships with other organisations working within the environmental sector whilst developing SouthSouthNorth’s strategy, structures and processes. Blaise holds a postgraduate degree in Economics and is currently reading towards a Masters in Commerce in Development Finance. His research focuses on innovative mechanisms being used to link emerging market clean-tech enterprises to venture capital sources.

Lee-Ann Jacobs

Role: Finance Manager

Lee-Ann is responsible for the financial management of CDKN and other SSN projects. She has more than 15 years’ experience in financial management in the Private Equity Investment, Property and Import & Export industries in South Africa. She holds a Diploma in Project Management from the University of Stellenbosch, and a Diploma in Bookkeeping and Practical Accounting including HR and Payroll.

Lorraine Dimairho

Role: Project Manager - SGF

Lorraine is a Project Manager for the Small Grants Facility (SGF) project, mostly managing the operations components of the project.  Prior to this she was the Knowledge Management and Events Coordinator for the MAPS Programme that facilitated collaboration between South Africa and select Latin American countries to establish the evidence base for long-term mitigation scenarios; and Project Coordinator for the Sustainable Settlements Facility (SSF) project, that explored financing mechanisms for scaling up energy efficiency interventions for low-income public housing. Lorraine holds an Honours Bachelor of Commerce in Marketing Management.

Simbisai Zhanje

Role: Project Manager - CDKN Africa

Simbisai provides project management support to the CDKN technical assistance and knowledge management projects in Africa. She previously worked in the Corruption and Governance programme for the Institute for Security Studies in Cape Town, where she worked on climate change governance focusing on energy and climate finance. Her interests include policy making and governance, the linkages between climate change and development in Africa, and poverty alleviation. She holds a B.Soc.Sci. Honours degree in Environmental and Geographical Sciences from the University of Cape Town.

Richard Sherman

Role: Technical Advisor

Richard Sherman serves as a technical advisor on multilateral environmental agreements, international environmental governance, climate change and sustainable development. He is a member of the Government of South Africa’s Official Negotiating Delegation to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change where he focuses on issues relating to climate finance and governance. He is currently the Advisor to the Co-Chair of the Board of the Green Climate Fund and is the convenor of the African Group of Negotiators Finance Working Group.

John Thorne

Role: Practice Developer

John recently transitioned into the climate and sustainability sector, bringing with him extensive experience from the private sector. He graduated as a doctor from University of Cape Town in 1985 and worked in hospitals across Southern Africa where he experienced many of the development challenges that organisations face in Africa. He completed an MBA at UCT in 2000 and has started several technology companies since. He has experience in raising venture capital, leading strategic initiatives and building high functioning teams. He is passionate about the development of sustainable small and medium enterprise and job creation in the climate change and energy sectors.

Jessy Appavoo

Role: Project Manager

Jessy is a Project Manager at SouthSouthNorth working on several projects focusing on climate finance, improving energy access in rural parts of sub-Saharan Africa as well as ecosystem- and community-based adaptation. Through her current work, she pursues the unlocking of potential and opportunities on the continent by delivering solutions to address prevailing socio-economic challenges and to increase resilience to climate change. Jessy holds an MSc in Environmental and Geographical Science from the University of Cape Town. The focus of her thesis was on food security, more precisely on the lived experience of a rapidly changing food system in Mauritius.

Jean-Pierre Roux

Role: Project Manager

Jean-Pierre works as project manager on the Future Climate for Africa programme and CDKN technical assistance projects in East Africa. His current interest is in understanding how longer term climate information may modify investment plans for long-lived infrastructure and how the provision of climate services can be optimised for such decision-making contexts in Africa. He holds an Honours Bachelors in Philosophy from the University of Cape Town and a Masters in Environmental Policy from Oxford.

Karen Morris

Role: Project Manager

Karen is a Project Manager at SSN, working predominantly on the Hopefield project as a Logistics Co-ordinator. Her background is in administration, secretarial, human resources and payroll work. Prior to joining SSN she was a project coordinator for the Kuyasa CDM Project. She also previously worked in the retail industry for 8 years. She holds a Girl Friday diploma and a certificate in project management from the University of Stellenbosch Business School.

Charlotte Ellis

Role: Project Manager

Charlotte provides research and technical support on issues relating to climate finance, including work on private sector finance and international climate fund processes. She works on the project Strengthening the capacity of the Negotiations Support to the Africa Group of Negotiators (AGN), as well as the Southern Africa Climate Finance Partnership (SACFP). She has also previously worked on water-infrastructure related projects. Her interests are in supporting the identification and design of solutions that address climate change issues and contribute to the development of public and economic policy that incorporates innovative responses to climate and environmental challenges. Charlotte holds a Masters degree in Applied Development Economics from the University of Cape Town.

Althea Walker

Role: Personal assistant/Office manager

Althea is the Office Manager for SSN as well as the personal assistant to directors Shehnaaz Moosa and Carl Wesselink. She also provides administrative support to the CDKN team. Althea has worked in financial administration, human resources and payroll. She has worked in various industries including the NPO sector and is enjoying working in a completely different field and learning more about climate change. She has completed financial administration, supervisory and management courses with her previous employers.

Themba Ndlebe

Role: Housekeeping & Office Assistant

Themba is SSN’s Office Assistant and she has been part of the team since 2007. Her responsibilities include the day to day maintenance of the office including assisting in preparing for office events. She is also responsible for maintaining the office inventory and stock. Themba is currently studying an Office Assistant course at Boston City Campus and Business College Cape Town.

Kristen Kennedy

Role: Junior Project Manager

Kristen is the FCFA Assistant Project Manager, while also working on the mitigation aspect of the Alfred Nzo District Municipality Climate Change Strategy. She recently completed her MSc in Climate Change and Sustainable Development with the African Climate and Development Initiative at the University of Cape Town (UCT). Her background includes an undergraduate degree in ecology and zoology from the University of the Witwatersrand, and an honours year in the department of Biological Sciences at UCT. Her Masters dissertation focused on the resilience of traditionally agricultural communities encountering development with a case study on mPondo farmers of the Wild Coast.

Clare Emslie

Role: Contracts Office Manager

Clare is the Contracts Office Manager at SouthSouthNorth. She oversees the contracting process and manages the contractual relationships for the MAPS programme and other SSN projects. She has worked previously at SSN, as PA to Stefan Raubenheimer. She is involved in publishing a monthly tax law journal for The Taxpayer and various other titles for Cederberg Publishers. Clare holds a BA in English & History of Art, an LLB, and an LLM in Taxation.

Michelle du Toit

Role: Programme Coordinator - Africa LEDS Partnership

Michelle is Programme Manager of the Africa LEDS Partnership; a continent-wide collaboration working to advance low emission development strategies. Previously Michelle was the co-ordinator for the MAPS programme and also worked on the financing and development of sustainable energy projects in southern Africa, including the development of the Sustainable Settlements Facility. Michelle holds an Honours Bachelor in Fine Arts and is currently in her second year of a Masters Degree in Environmental Humanities at the University of Cape Town.

Hennie Bester

Role: Trustee and Associate

Previously a partner of Webber Wentzel and now with the Corporate Law Alliance, Hennie Bester, has specialised experience in structured finance and cross-border transactions.  He has worked on the development of legal and tax technology in areas including preference share finance, share loan transactions, share repurchases, derivatives and carbon credits.  Rated by International Tax Review’s Global Report on Tax Advisors as a leading advisor, he also advises various multinational clients in the energy and retail sectors. He sits on the SAICA Tax sub-Committee on carbon tax and has authored several articles on the subject. 

Emily Tyler

Role: Associate

Emily is an independent consultant focusing on carbon policy in South Africa and the programmatic carbon finance mechanism, particularly its application to sustainable development. Emily has worked on innovative projects including the auctioning of carbon allowances in the first round of the UK Emissions Trading Scheme; and carbon finance for sustainable energy interventions in the Southern African region. She also works on projects relating to the study of financial and economic implications of climate change. Emily holds an BCom Honours in Economics and a MComm in Advanced Financial Management from the University of Cape Town.

Danny Naidoo

Role: Associate

Danny is a Partner in Mazars Cape Town with 13 years of experience in external and internal auditing – mainly in the public sector – and has performed various assignments on behalf of the Auditor-General of South Africa. Danny joined SAB&T Chartered Accountants as an Audit manager after completing his articles at MSGM Masuku Jeena (since merged into PWC). He was admitted as a partner at SAB&T Cape Incorporated in 2000 and was responsible for audits conducted on behalf of the Office of the Auditor-General. Danny joined Grant Thornton Cape Town in 2006 as partner in charge of Public sector before joining Mazars as part of a merger. His oversight responsibilities include being a member of the Wesgro Audit Committee and trustee of the SouthSouthNorth Trust. He is also a professional member of SAICA.

Webster Whande

Role: Director

Webster is the focal point for the CDKN negotiations support in Africa and is a Technical Advisor to the African Group of Negotiators. He also manages the Delivering the Sectoral Reduction Mechanism under the Government of Ethiopia’s Climate Resilient-Green Economy strategy. Prior to joining SSN, Webster worked as a researcher and programmes coordinator on human migration and natural resource management in Africa, as well as a technical adviser on climate finance. Webster holds undergraduate qualifications in Environmental and Geographical Sciences from the University of Cape Town and Masters and Doctoral studies on livelihood and political dimensions of land and natural resources management from the University of the Western Cape.

Cindy de Haan

Role: Director

Cindy is the Director overseeing operations and talent management for the growth and development of SSN. She is also involved in local level projects such as the Small Grants Facility and Alfred Nzo District Municipality. Prior to this, she was SSN’s Project and Office Manager, working on environmental consultation projects and public participation processes. She previously worked as an Environmental Consultant on farm accreditation processes. She holds a BA Honours in Environmental Management and is particularly interested in sustainable development and poverty alleviation in the context of climate change.

Dr Shehnaaz Moosa

Role: Director

Shehnaaz oversees the Research Programme, in the Africa Region, which supports cutting edge research on climate-compatible development in Africa. She also provides technical input on a range of projects at SouthSouthNorth ranging from the Sustainable Settlements Facility to the Kuyasa Project. She previously consulted on a range of projects to the public sector including managing the National Strategy for Sustainable Development in South Africa. She has also lectured in Chemical Engineering at the University of Cape Town. Shehnaaz holds a BSc in Chemical Engineering, an MSc in Engineering and a PhD in Engineering.

Carl Wesselink

Role: Director

Carl is the CDKN Director for the African region, and is Director of SSN Consulting (Pty) Ltd. Prior to joining SSN, he led the implementation of the Kuyasa CDM Project, the first CDM project in Africa. Following this he helped pioneer a sustainable, community-based energy services model for the mass roll-out of solar and other energy-efficient interventions in low-income housing. Carl previously worked in the human rights and development field and is an attorney admitted to practise in the High Court of South Africa. He holds a Bachelor of Law and a Bachelor of Arts.

Stefan Raubenheimer

Role: Director

Stefan is co-founder and Director at SSN, and has lead most of the SSN Programmes since its inception in 1999. The SSN Group includes the SSN Trust, where he is Executive Officer, and SSN Consulting, where he is a Director. He is currently directing the CCKE unit within FCFA. He serves as member of the Network Council of the Climate and Development Knowledge Network.  Stefan is an Associate of the Cambridge Programme for Sustainable Leadership; and an accredited Mediator, Arbitrator and Facilitator with TOKISO. Stefan has published a book on the LTMS, and acted as lead author in a MAPS book. He has extensive experience in facilitating development and climate change projects, including the South African LTMS process.  He holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Law.