Shehnaaz oversees the finance hub at SSN, and is the Director of the Climate and Development Knowledge Network (CDKN) programme. Previously, Shehnaaz was the African Regional Coordinator for CDKN (2013-2017) and the Climate Resilience Lead for the Climate Resilient Infrastructure Development Facility (CRIDF). Shehnaaz has overseen SSN’s Southern Africa Climate Finance Partnership (SACFP) programme since 2016. She has deep theoretical and practical expertise in delivering complex programmes addressing climate change within the African context. She previously consulted on a range of projects for the South African public sector, including managing the National Strategy for Sustainable Development, and she provided technical input to the waste service delivery and capacity assessment, and municipal infrastructure investment model. Prior to joining SSN, Shehnaaz was a researcher and lecturer in the department of Chemical Engineering at University of Cape Town.
Carl’s management portfolio at SSN includes responsibility for risk and compliance. He also leads SSN’s programme on Mobilising Investment for NDC implementation as well as the Small Grants Facility under the Adaptation Fund. He was previously the Climate and Development Knowledge Network (CDKN) Director for the African region. Prior to joining SSN, he championed the implementation of the award winning Kuyasa Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) project, the first CDM project in Africa, through which he developed an interest in thermal and energy-efficiency in low-income housing. Carl started his development career working in human rights and good governance. He spent 6 years with Lawyers for Human Rights working on rural access to justice before moving to Kenya, where he designed and managed a large-scale civic education programme and did consulting work in the region. Carl holds a BA.LLB degree from the University of Cape Town and is an attorney admitted to practice in the High Court of South Africa.
Since 2013, Robi has been the Ethiopia Country Head for the Climate and Development Knowledge Network (CDKN). Robi is an environmental management specialist, with experience in environmental and social impact assessment, climate change adaptation and mitigation, climate finance, and sustainable industrial development, having previously worked for the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), and the World Bank in East Africa. He has been the consultant on climate finance to the Ministry of National Development Planning of the Government of Zambia. He also led Ethiopia’s climate finance access programme, supporting the Country’s Ministry of Finance with its direct access accreditation and proposals development processes to the Green Climate Fund and Adaptation Fund. Robi, who is currently studying in the doctoral programme for professionals at the University College London’s (UCL) School of Technology, Energy and Public Policy (STEaPP) in the UK, holds a BSc. from the Addis Ababa University in Ethiopia, MSc. from Wageningen University in the Netherlands, and a post-graduate diploma from Concordia University in Canada.
Suzanne leads the Climate Services Practice Area at SSN. She heads the coordination unit for the Future Climate for Africa programme and is the programme coordinator for Weather and Climate Information Services for Africa (WISER) TRANSFORM project. She is also the Head of Country Engagement for Climate and Development Knowledge Network (CDKN). Previously, Suzanne managed SSN’s portfolio of CDKN projects in Ethiopia, Uganda and Kenya. Prior to joining SSN, Suzanne 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.
Kamleshan Pillay is a technical advisor for the IKI funded Mobilising Investment for NDC Implementation project. Within his previous experience, Kamleshan has had the opportunity to undertake climate finance projects for the South African Government (Department of Environmental Affairs), the Norwegian Government (Climate and Environment Department (KLD), Ministry of Foreign Affairs), International Organisations such as UNIDO, SADC, UNDP (Somalia and South Africa) and major donor entities such as NORAD. Kamlesh still enjoys being in a kitchen having worked as pastry chef prior to becoming involved in the environmental sector.
Charlotte provides research and technical support on issues of climate finance, including work on private sector finance and international climate fund processes. She has managed an IKI funded project providing support to the African Group of Negotiators (AGN) since 2016, and is currently the project manager for the Southern African Renewable Investment and Growth (SOARING) programme. Charlotte also continues to play an integral role in the implementation of the Southern Africa Climate Finance Partnership (SACFP). Her previous work includes water-infrastructure related projects, e.g. the Climate Resilience Infrastructure Development Facility (CRIDF) assessing the climate finance readiness of water institutions. Her interests lie in sustainable development in the African context, and policy that supports the identification, design and integration of innovative, bottom-up solutions that address climate and environmental challenges. Charlotte holds a Master’s Degree in Applied Development Economics from the University of Cape Town.
Clare is the Contracts Office Manager at SSN. She oversees the contracting process and manages the contractual relationships for all SSN programmes. Outside of SSN, 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.
Josh leads on learning and knowledge management at SSN. He has extensive experience as a communications specialist, media researcher and a journalism educator. Josh has worked for a range of international non-governmental organisations in the fields of sustainable development, gender, and environmental and social justice. Between 2010 and 2016, he 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. When he is not devising KM strategies or debating the Human Condition, he splits his time between his spoilt dogs and his passion for ultra-distance running.
Geraldine Kwenda is the Human Resources Manager for SouthSouthNorth. She is responsible for all talent management and HR-related activities within the organization to ensure optimal contributions to a people-positive work environment. Geraldine has a Social Sciences degree in Labour, Organisational Psychology and HR management as well as an Honours degree in Organisational Psychology and a Practical Labour Law certificate obtained from the University of Cape Town. Geraldine has worked in corporate settings and has experience in specialist recruitment for the mining industry, business development in the Tourism and Hospitality sector as well as the NPO space where she worked with HIV/AIDS. Outside of work Geraldine enjoys hiking, wine-tasting and kicking back with friends.
Emma provides knowledge management, communications and project management support to SSN programmes, as part of the Knowledge Management Hub. She co-ordinates communications for the Climate and Development Knowledge Network (CDKN) and supports other SSN projects with their knowledge management needs. She holds a BA Geography degree from the University of Exeter, UK, and a Master’s in Climate Change and Development from the University of Cape Town. Prior to starting at SSN, Emma worked in Uganda and Sierra Leone on projects related to climate change, clean energy and eco-tourism. In her spare time, Emma attempts to ‘bend it like Beckham’ in a 5-aside football team.
Ncumisa is part of the Knowledge Management Hub where she provides support to SSN communications and projects. She holds a Journalism degree from the Cape Peninsula University of Technology and a Diploma Certificate in Environmental Education. Prior to working at SSN, Ncumisa worked for the Anglican Church of Southern Africa’s Environmental Network as a communications and training officer in Southern and Central Africa on Earth Keeping and Care for Creation projects. Her interests are environmental humanities and climate justice.
Lisa McNamara is a Programme Manager at SSN, with expertise in knowledge management and urban resilience. She is the Knowledge Networks Coordinator for the global Climate and Development Knowledge Network (CDKN) programme, where she is responsible for providing tailored and useful climate knowledge to developing countries to support action on climate change. Lisa was previously the Africa lead of CDKN’s knowledge management programme (2011-2014) and later oversaw the delivery of CDKN’s country programmes and technical assistance projects in Kenya and Rwanda (2014-2017). Previously Lisa worked at the Environmental Management Department at the City of Johannesburg, where she focussed on city-level adaptation planning as well as sustainable energy in low-income housing. She holds a BA Honours in Development Studies and a MSc in Environmental Studies.
Tammy is the Technical Project Manager for the Community Adaptation Small Grants Facility (CA SGF), which aims to ensure that vulnerable, rural communities in two selected areas in South Africa have reduced vulnerability and increased resilience to the anticipated impacts of climate variability and change. She has two decades of experience in development sectors, focussing on health, education, skills development, entrepreneurship and climate change in Africa and the United States. Tamara’s expertise lies in project design and management and monitoring and evaluation. She has extensive experience establishing strategic partnerships with public and private stakeholders, managing, monitoring and evaluating grant-funded programmes, developing and delivering capacity-building workshops, and working with diverse communities as part of health and socio-economic empowerment strategies. Her track record demonstrates her ability to effectively and efficiently produce outcomes and implement strategic activities, within deadlines, and obtain targets under pressure. Tamara holds a Master’s degree in Development Studies and a Bachelor’s degree in Social Sciences. She enjoys mountain biking, cooking and travelling.
Julio is a Research Officer for Future Climate For Africa, overseeing small research projects and leading on a pilot project for Rwanda’s climate and environment fund (FONERWA) to help integrate climate considerations into fund operations. He also provides support to the WISER Transform project, contributing towards a guidance manual on co-production approaches. Julio’s past work has focused on agricultural adaptation to climate change for a range of vulnerable cropping systems in South Africa and Rwanda, with a particular interest in viticulture and coffee. 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. Julio is an enthusiastic hiker, having taken on over 2000km of the pacific crest trail as well as a number of high mountain peaks in Africa and America.
Karen is part of the Knowledge Management Hub, where she leads on design, including printed and online materials. She also supports on database management, management of web resources and logistical assistance for webinars and conferences. Before specialising in Knowledge Management, Karen was the project coordinator for the Kuyasa Clean Development Mechanism project, and project manager for the Hopefield Home Improvement project. Karen holds a Girl Friday diploma and a certificate in project management from the University of Stellenbosch Business School. Once upon a time, in a land far away, Karen played pool for Rhodes University’s social league team. Her current hobbies include gardening and knitting.
Lee-Ann is responsible for the financial management of several SSN projects. She has over 15 years experience in financial management in the Private Equity Investment, Property and Import and Export industries in South Africa. Lee-Ann holds a Diploma in Project Management from the University of Stellenbosch, and a Diploma in Bookkeeping and Practical Accounting including HR and Payroll.
Blaise Dobson works on a number of SSN’s projects that interface with the financing of activities taken to address climate change. Blaise coordinates with the collective team to foster collaborative relationships with other organisations working on matters relating to climate finance. Blaise holds a BComm Law (Hons.) and recently completed his Masters in Development Finance at the University of Cape Town’s Graduate School of Business. His research interests focus on the use of venture capital to drive clean-technology entrepreneurship in South Africa. In his spare time, Blaise ponders about how to have more purposeful impact within the climate change field given the remaining working days until 2030 and 2050 respectively.
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 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.
Richard Sherman is the substantive lead on SSN’s climate finance programme. Richard is a member of the South African delegation to the UNFCCC and also serves as one of the African Group lead coordinators on climate finance negotiations. He served as adviser on the South African Co-Chair’s team during the formulation of the Governing Instrument of the Green Climate Fund. He also served as the lead adviser to the first developing country Co-Chair from South Africa during the time of the development of the business model framework of the Fund in 2013, and again in 2016. He has also been one of the African representatives on the Standing Committee of Finance, between 2014 and 2018, that is mandated to oversee coherence between the funds under the financial mechanism of the Convention. Outside of climate finance, Richard enjoys walking his dog.
Simbisai currently works on the Southern Africa Climate Finance Partnership where her role is focused on monitoring, evaluation and learning, and the Africa LEDS Partnership, where her role is focused on strengthening partnerships and enhancing regional engagement. Previously Simbisai led the Rwanda country programme for the Climate and Development Knowledge Network (CDKN). In addition, Simbisai has worked on projects related to mainstreaming climate change into development planning and water infrastructure, promoting dialogue and partnerships between policy and science stakeholders, national adaptation planning and climate finance, working at the national level with governments in Africa. Her interests include the political economy of climate change in African countries, climate finance and policy design and implementation. Simbisai is in her final year of a Master of Philosophy in Development Policy and Practice degree at the University of Cape Town.
John runs SSN Consulting, which provides advisory services to selected early-stage projects and companies that are innovating in the low carbon and green economy space. Sectors covered include renewable energy, waste to energy and real estate, both in the low and middle income sectors. Services include sustainability interventions, structuring and assisting companies to secure finance. In addition, SSN Consulting collaborates with partners to develop its own project portfolio. John is a successful entrepreneur who has founded and exited a number of high tech start-ups and raised venture capital several times. He has an MBA and an MBChB and spent his early career working in rural hospitals in Southern Africa. John is the chairman of a Conservancy in the village of Vermaaklikheid and has raised funds from the GEF to implement a livelihoods programme based on conservation and climate change adaptation.
Chevon is part of the Knowledge Management Hub where she supports the team in knowledge management and communications-related responsibilities for SSN programmes and SSN more broadly. She has a Masters in Environmental and Geographical Science from the University of Cape Town which focused on the impacts of climate change on impoverished communities in South Africa and the development of locally-informed adaptation strategies. During this time, Chevon also worked as a Research Assistant for the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations (FAO) on a project working towards increasing climate resilience in fishing communities in South Africa. For her undergraduate degree she majored in both Environmental and Geographical Science and Media and Writing. She has travelled extensively, living and working in Australia for several years before joining SSN. In her spare time she enjoys yoga, wakeboarding and is a big fan of the Springboks.
Roy is a research officer for Future Climate for Africa. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Geography and Honours degree in Environmental Analysis and Management from the University of Pretoria. He has also obtained his Master’s degree in Climate Change and Sustainable Development from the University of Cape Town. In the past Roy has been involved in various research projects at the University of Cape Town relating to climate change in Africa. Most recently he worked in the African Climate and Development Initiative(ACDI) on the Adaptation at Scale in Semi-Arid Regions (ASSAR) project where he worked with quantifying the local impacts of global warming on vulnerable sectors in 6 African countries. Outside of his research work Roy is passionate about music and worked as a PR and Media coordinator with OppiKoppi Music Festival between 2015-2018.
Jess is a qualified chartered account who works to support the strategic operational growth of SSN by utlising her financial and risk management expertise. Jess has international and local financial services experience which she hopes to use to drive sustainable investments in the global South. Jess obtained a Business Science Finance & Accounting degree from the University of Cape Town and wrote her honours research on the reliability of ESG metrics reported by South African companies. Jess loves being outdoors when she is not baking rusks or cheesecakes.
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 answering phone calls and enquiries, and assisting in preparing for office events. She is also responsible for maintaining the office inventory and filing. Themba recently completed an Office Assistant course at Boston City Campus and Business College, Cape Town.
Jali is SSN’s Caretaker and Maintenance Manager and has been part of the team since 2015. His responsibilities include maintenance and security. His green fingers make him perfect for caring for our plants and garden. He has a great recycling system and can repair, clean and paint just about anything.
Zizipho is part of the Knowledge Management and Communications team for Climate Development and Knowledge Network as a Communications Assistant. Zizipho holds a Honours degree in Development Studies from the University of the Western Cape and is currently completing her Masters in development studies on a part-time basis, specialising in environmental and social justice. Her research is focused on food security and climate change. Zizipho has been active in a number of global forums as a youth representative – including the Global Landscapes Forum and the Action for Climate Empowerment (ACE) Youth Forum. In her spare time she enjoys hiking and early mornings walks at the beach.
Donald is a Project Manager for the Future Climate for Africa programme. He is currently researching the motivations and challenges for the uptake of climate change considerations in large-scale hydropower infrastructure in Africa, which is a research output for the FCFA programme. Donald’s work experience includes environmental consulting in Gaborone, Botswana and research consulting in Cape Town. Donald holds a BSci Economics and Environmental Science and BSci Honours from Rhodes University, and is currently completing a Master’s in Sustainable Energy Development at the University of Cape Town.
Melaney is the Events & Logistics Coordinator for SouthSouthNorth, coordinating all events and travel arrangements for various projects housed at SSN. With qualifications in Project Management and Ecotourism, Melaney has spent over 10 years working in the Ecotourism and Community Development sectors within South African National Parks (SANParks) where she managed Poverty Alleviation Projects, coordinated Corporate Social Investment (CSI) programmes and developed ecotourism products for National Parks in the Southern and Eastern Cape. She has a passion for ecotourism, events management and community development and a special interest in sustainable travel.
Samson is a Project Manager for the programme on Mobilising Investment for NDC Implementation. He is also a Research Analyst for the Southern African Renewable Energy Investment and Growth programme. Prior to joining SSN, Samson assumed roles in academia, data analytics, finance and research for a range of organisations, including the University of Cape Town, London School of Economics, Human Sciences Research Council, Southern African Labour and Develop Research Unit and the Davis Tax Committee. He holds an M.Com in Applied Economics and an MPhil in Energy Development Studies – both from the University of Cape Town. His interests span the fields of energy access, climate finance, development economics, data science and applied econometrics.
Nic is an economist who coordinates the financial management and reporting of key SSN programmes, including a suite of projects for the German International Climate Initiative (IKI). He also manages the intern hub. Nic was raised in Cape Town, and spent his time racing sailing boats prior to joining SSN as a consultant, and eventually as full-time staff. He is a neo-prudentist who enjoys the challenge of finding efficient solutions to systemic problems.
Melanie leads the Data and Risk Management (DMRM) team, comprised of colleagues in the Contracts and Operations hubs, which addresses corporate risk and compliance management, value generation and new business development, development of systems and systems integration, and data management. She is also the Procurement lead on the Sustainable Manufacturing and Environmental Pollution (SMEP) research programme, a DFID/UNCTAD funded programme running across 10 countries in Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia. Melanie comes from a social development background, where her 30-year career spanned designing and managing programmes in early childhood development, alternative care and child protection; science and technology outreach and education; and culminated in social impact funding as a community grant maker. She is a passionate learner and generalist in a specialised world. Melanie holds degrees from the Universities of Stellenbosch, Pretoria and the Witwatersrand.
Michael is a researcher at SSN, with a focus on climate finance and related policy. He has worked on the Southern Africa Climate Finance Partnership in both Namibia and Zambia, and provided related support to South Africa’s Nationally Designated Authority to the Green Climate Fund. He has conducted research to inform Green Climate Fund policies and processes, and has contributed to various SSN research pieces on climate finance. Michael previously worked for a policy think tank and a development economics consultancy. He holds a Master of Economics from the University of New South Wales, and a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Cape Town. When outside the office, Michael can usually be found surfing waves, climbing mountains, or crafting brews.
Charlotte provides technical and project management support to the Climate and Development Knowledge Network programme. She leads Country Engagement for Africa, working with Country Engagement Leads in Ethiopia, Kenya, Ghana and Namibia. Charlotte has a Master’s in Urban Infrastructure, Design and Management and provides research and technical support to resilient cities initiatives in the office and in collaboration with partners. Her interests include the co-production of nature-based solutions and accountability and equity in climate action in African cities. Previously she worked at ICLEI Africa, and prior to that managed a range of projects at SSN including the LEDS-GP Subnational Integration Working Group and the Mobilising Investment for NDC Implementation Project. In her spare time you’ll find her free-diving along the Cape Peninsula.”
Feeri-el is responsible for bookkeeping at SSN. Previously from a 16-year career as a Project Manager for end-user software, as well as doing bookkeeping on a consultancy basis, she then moved into the manufacturing industry and then moved to SSN. She enjoys spending time with friends and family, road trips and getaways.
Michelle is the Programme Manager for the Climate and Development Knowledge Network, a southern-led programme that supports decision-makers to design and deliver climate compatible development. Prior to this she was the Executive Secretary of the Africa LEDS Partnership; a partnership of institutions, governments and practitioners working to advance low emission development strategies. Within SSN she co-leads the Climate, Development and Implementation Hub. Previously Michelle was the Programme Manager for the MAPS programme, a six-year partnership between four Latin American countries that spearheaded an innovative stakeholder-driven process to plan for low-carbon development. Michelle has 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 a Masters Degree in Environmental Humanities at the University of Cape Town. Her research interest is technical assistance practice between the North and Africa in Low Carbon Development.
Sihle is an Operations Intern at SSN. Originally from Johannesburg, she holds a Bachelor of Technology degree in Management Services where she majored in Operations Management, as well as a National Diploma in Management, both obtained from the University of Johannesburg. Sihle previously completed an operations internship at JP Morgan, where she was responsible for analysing and executing transactions. She is looking forward to furthering her experience at SSN, while contributing to the broader work of the organisation.
Guy drives financial transparency, accurate reporting and risk management for SSN through his involvement in the Operations and Data Management teams. In addition, he manages a country engagement project based in Kenya under the Climate and Development Knowledge Network umbrella. Guy qualified with a Business Science degree from the University of Cape Town in 2016, where he majored in Finance and has recently completed an introductory course in Python coding. He is passionate about improving mobility within cities and is an active participant during the Open Streets events that occur around Cape Town.
Beth is a knowledge manager in the Future Climate for Africa programme. Her background in an LLM in Global Environment and Climate Change Law from University of Edinburgh and a MSc in Climate Change and Sustainable Development from University of Cape Town. Before joining SSN she was at the UNFCCC in the Adaptation Unit particularly focussing on the Local Communities and Indigenous Peoples Platform. Within South Africa she has worked on climate change related issues such as energy poverty research and adaptation. She is particularly interested in how vulnerable groups of women and local communities are affected by climate change and their potential to not only be victims but active change agents.
André assists the CFO with his day-to-day responsibilities and is also responsible for the financial management of several of SSN’s projects. He is currently completing his CIMA to obtain a Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA) designation and has 9 years work experience in finance. André enjoys entertaining friends with dinner parties, being surrounded by nature and creating art.
Michael is a Project Manager for the Southern Africa Climate Finance Partnership (SACFP) backed by several years experience working in the climate governance and climate finance space on projects for organisations such as the World Bank, Climate Investment Funds, and the German Federal Minister for the Environment, Nature Conservation, and Nuclear Safety. Much of his work focusses on the use of progressive policy interventions to support transformative development pathways. Michael is a qualified attorney and holds an LLM degree in environmental and sustainable development law from the University of the Witwatersrand; his research has focussed on the intersection of international and domestic legal regimes for the collaborative management of shared natural resources. In his spare time Michael collaborates with others to create playful and engaging art installations and experiences that explore the human condition.
Mnoneleli is a country engagement and programme coordination intern for Africa & Global Climate and Development Knowledge Network (CDKN) at SSN. He is currently pursuing his Masters of Development Studies at the University of the Western Cape. With a geography, tourism and environmental management background, he was introduced to a number of environmental debates which gave him more interest into the field of environment. His thesis focusses on food security with relation to urban food gardens. He is interested in gaining more knowledge on climate change adaptation process. In his spare time, Mnoneleli likes watching sport and chilling with family and friends.
Alexa is a Junior Project Manager working on the Sustainable Manufacturing and Environmental Pollution (SMEP) programme, as well as the Mobilising Investment for NDC Implementation (IKI MI) programme. Prior to SSN, she completed her Masters of City and Regional Planning at UCT, worked in the FinTech industry, and spent a few months travelling around Asia. She also holds a BSc in Environmental and Geographical Science from UCT. Outside of work, she enjoys being in the sea and on the mountain with friends and family.
Lelethu is the Events Coordinator for SouthSouthNorth, helping to coordinate all events and travel arrangements for various projects housed at SSN. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of the Western Cape, where she triple majored in History, Language and Communications Studies and Anthropology. She has worked in an array of environments which have allowed her to grow and has experience in email marketing, digital marketing, event planning, and peer facilitation. She is looking forward to furthering her experience at SSN while contributing to the broader work of the organization.
Tiffany is a Junior Project Manager in the Climate Services Hub at SSN, working with the Future Climate for Africa (FCFA) programme and WISER TRANSFORM. Tiffany is particularly interested in tackling development issues, specifically in the realms of public space, mobility and equity. She previously worked in local government with civil society organisations and public institutions to strengthen international partnerships for sustainable development, climate resilience and adaptation. Her education includes a BA Honours in Environmental and Geographic Science from UCT and a BA degree from Rhodes University.
Amanda brings a wealth of knowledge integration skills to the SSN Knowledge Management Hub, as a sustainability practitioner with a track record in the climate change space in Africa. With a professional background ranging from water resource and infrastructure planning and environmental impact assessments, to designing and implementing one South Africa’s first socially responsible investment funds to managing several green economy entrepreneurship programmes her practical insights broaden the impact of SSN’s work. Amanda’s diverse climate change related communication experience includes communicating to groups such as executive management of listed companies and equity investment committees to rural farmers and rural cook stove manufacturers. Amanda studied economics and environmental science at the University of KwaZulu Natal, with an honours degree in EGS from UCT. Once a Duzi paddler and mountain climber, Amanda is now content to fill her spare time with rambling hikes, gardening, tending a compost heap, growing trees and the occasional tentative ocean surf ski.
Amanda provides country engagement and project management support to the Climate and Development knowledge Network (CDKN) Programme. She is the Project Manager for Country Engagement in Africa, leading CDKN’s Knowledge Brokering Partners in Namibia and Ghana, while also providing support to country work in Ethiopia and Kenya. Previously, she worked in the Department of the Premier, Western Cape Government where she worked on implementing a number of projects under the provincial Household Food and Nutrition Security Framework and providing input into provincial and national policy, strategy and legislation. Her interests include rural development and its interface with climate change, gender equality and land rights for women. Outside of work, she enjoys being outdoors, exploring the glorious winelands of the Western Cape, hiking or discovering new restaurants around the City.
Amanda is completing her Masters in Energy and Development Studies at the Energy Research Centre, UCT. Her research focuses on unpacking the barriers to increased uptake of solar energy within South African cities.
As Information Architect, Gill focuses on the efficient flow of data and information across various systems and process within SSN. Gill manages the business intelligence environment and associated data sources, ensuring that the use of project information is maximised in a consistent and trustworthy manner. Having originally studied Land Surveying, Gill spent over 30 years in corporate IT, before joining SSN.
Gill also provides systems support to the Sustainable Manufacturing and Environmental Pollution (SMEP) programme.
Gill enjoys sewing and spending time on her smallholding in the Overberg where she has built a small off-grid hempcrete house.
Emily is an Associate of the SSN NPC. She 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 a BCom Honours in Economics and a MCom in Advanced Financial Management from the University of Cape Town.
Yacob is an Associate of the SSN NPC. He is a Professor of Energy and Development Policy at the University College London; and held an academic post at the Centre for Environmental Strategy, University of Surrey, UK. He is a founding member of the African Climate Policy Centre (ACPC) at the UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia where he worked as Senior Climate & Energy Specialist (2010-2013).
He has 25 years of research, teaching and advisory experience specialising on the links between energy infrastructure provision and human welfare. His research is focused on three interconnected areas: energy systems and development; energy systems and climate change; and political economy of low carbon development. He served as a Coordinating Lead Author of the Energy Systems chapter of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) 5th Assessment Report (Working Group III on Mitigation), lead author in the IPCC Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5oC, and currently lead author in the IPCC 6th Assessment Report. He recently led the chapter on Energy Transitions in UNEP’s Emissions Gap Report (2019). Yacob Mulugetta is a Fellow of the African Academy of Sciences (AAS).
Ronald is an Associate of the SSN NPC. He is a professional focusing on sustainability management and mainstreaming sustainable development in the public sector. Ron has worked on multiple innovative cutting edge programmatic interventions related to mainstreaming climate compatible development (CCD), climate change into development planning in sub-Saharan Africa, climate resilient infrastructure, energy and water infrastructure (incl. food-energy-water nexus), promoting applied research and dialogue between policy and science stakeholders, long-term adaptation planning, climate finance and decision-making. He also works on projects relating to resource efficiency and optimisation, sustainable public procurement, green jobs, green and inclusive economy. He holds a Masters in Sustainable Development, Planning and Management from the University of Stellenbosch and various IAC business management related qualifications.
Peta is an Associate of the SSN NPC. She has a degree in Sociology from the University of Essex and a Master of Science in Social Administration and Social Work Studies from the London School of Economics and Political Science. Peta worked in the field of psychiatric social work in the United Kingdom before returning to South Africa in 1996 to work in the development sector.
Peta joined Sustainable Energy Africa (SEA) in March 2008. She provides overall management and leadership to the organisation and has worked on a range of climate change and energy projects. This has included research, facilitation, capacity building, data analysis and policy development within all three spheres of government. She has written papers, contributed to publications and given talks on sustainable energy and climate change.
Zaheer Fakir is an Associate of the SSN NPC. He has more than 27 years of experience in the world of international politics, trade, finance and development issues. He currently serves as the Chief Policy Adviser on International Governance and Resource Mobilization within the Department of Environmental Affairs of South Africa. This portfolio includes bilateral relations and multilateral environmental agreements, international conventions, donor coordination, resource mobilization and management, liaising with foreign governments, the African Ministerial Conference of Environment, African Union, G20, World Bank, UN and other international organizations. Zaheer serves as the South African Operational Focal point for the Global Environment Facility, a Board member the World Bank’s Climate Investment Funds as well as a founding member and former Co-Chair and Board member of the Green Climate Fund (GCF). Zaheer has served as GCF Co-Chair twice (2013 – 2014 & 2016 – 2017) and as a GCF Board member from 2013 to 2018.
Zaheer has been at the forefront of negotiations on a number of major multilateral outcomes most notably the Governing Instrument of the GCF and its operationalization, the Paris Agreement, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and Agenda 2030 and the Katowice Climate Change Conference. Prior to joining the Department of Environmental Affairs, Zaheer worked for the Department of Trade and Industry in the field of international trade and investment.