Who are the ‘provocateurs’?

As a feature of the Forum, a number of development experts working in the South African context have been invited to both formally participate in the event. They will write a short reflective paper afterwards, considering the development/mitigation discourse at the Forum from the perspective of their particular area of expertise.

Anthony Black (Employment)
Department of Economics,
University of Cape Town
Anthony Black is Professor in the School of Economics. He taught previously at the University of Natal.  His main research areas include international trade, foreign investment, industrial development and the automotive industry.
lisa-kaneLisa Kane (Transport)
Honorary Research Associate,
University of Cape Town
Lisa Kane is a transport planner/engineer, with extensive knowledge in sustainable transport policy and practice, and the social and poverty dimensions of transport, particularly in South Africa. She works mainly for the NGO sector advising on practice shifts which can lead to lower energy transport systems. She is currently completing her PhD in the Sociology of Technology, focusing on transport planning and traffic engineering practices.
Aditya Kumar (Urban settlements)
Regional Technical Co-ordinator,
Slum Dwellers International, Cape Town
Aditya Kumar is the technical coordinator and Deputy Director for Community Organization Resource Centre (CORC), currently working with informal settlement and backyard dwellers of South Africa. His previous experience has included post war reconstruction of Palestinian Refugee camps in Lebanon, post-earthquake disaster housing reconstruction in India, affordable and social housing and large urban development projects in United States. His work has fostered multi-stakeholder partnerships between local communities, CBO’s, government bodies, academic institutions and International NGO’s, with a key focus on strengthening community driven design, planning and implementation.
rashmi-mistryRashmi Mistry (Poverty)
Economic Justice Campaign Advisor,
Oxfam, Johannesburg
Yash profileYash Ramkolowan (Trade and Industrial Policy)
DNA Economics, PretoriaYash Ramkolowan is an economist with experience in financial economics, trade and industrial policy. Prior to joining DNA Economics, Yash worked as a research analyst, where he was responsible for modelling equities, writing reports and developing investment strategies. He has also worked as a research assistant on a number of trade-related projects while at the University of Cape Town. Yash holds an MCom in Economics from the University of Cape Town.While at DNA Economics, Yash has been involved in a wide range of trade and industrial policy studies, having undertaken projects for numerous clients, including the South African DTI, the Government of Swaziland, the Central Bank of Lesotho and the SACU Secretariat. These projects have involved the analysis of the likely impact of free trade agreements (FTAs), assistance in developing export diversification strategies and other trade policy issues. He has also undertaken a number of sector studies in various areas including the liquor, wood waste and construction building professionals industries in South Africa.
emmanuel-sulleEmmanuel Sulle (Land use)
Institute for Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies (PLAAS),
University of the Western Cape
Emmanuel Sulle is a researcher at the Institute for Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies, University of the Western Cape, South Africa. He holds Master’s Degree in Public Policy, majoring in Environmental Policy from the School of Public Policy, University of Maryland, USA. Climate Change and Energy Policy were among the key areas of his studies and since then, he has used his knowledge and experience in Environmental Policy to assess and analyse the ongoing land-based investments in Africa. Sulle has wide field-based research experience in Sub-Saharan Africa and has published a number of research reports and academic journals on biofuels, land access and rural livelihood in Tanzania and Sub-Saharan African countries. His recently co-authored article “Biofuels investments in Tanzania: Policy options and sustainable business models” in the Journal of Environment Development (2012) sets options for African countries to use biofuels as an alternative source of energy while mitigating land grabs problems. Whilst Sulle’s current research interests include inclusive business models, land tenure and rural livelihoods; he is well aware of the need to understand and include broader aspects of climate change mitigation efforts to guide agricultural investments in Africa.
hilton.trollipHilton Trollip (Energy security)
Energy Research Centre,
University of Cape Town
Hilton has been involved in energy and economic and policy analysis and advocacy for 20 years and is most interested in developing and using good empirical evidence and progressive social policies and rigorous analysis to advance formulation and implementation of policies and plans in the energy sector, including policies and plans for care of, development and management of physical, human and natural systems.
PhilipVanRyneveldPhilip Van Ryneveld

Philip van Ryneveld is a specialist in city government and development; and systems of decentralization. He was technical advisor to South Africa’s African National Congress (ANC) during constitutional negotiations in the early 1990’s and participated in crafting the framework for South Africa’s system of city government. This included drafting the chapter on fiscal decentralization for the ANC’s key policy document for negotiations. He has been involved in the development of the system in various ways since then. Between 1997 and 2001 he was Chief Finance Officer of the City of Cape Town. Subsequently he drafted a number of policy related documents for national government aimed at refining the system of decentralisation. A central theme of his has been on the importance of decentralizing the built environment related functions to city governments. As part of this thrust he has focused on public transport issues in recent years, playing a key role in the conceptualization and implementation of Cape Town’s MyCiTi project, and researching options for urban public transport systems in Cape Town and nationally.He has worked on decentralization and related matters abroad, including in India, Indonesia, Bhutan, Egypt, Tanzania, Mozambique, Yemen and Zambia, mainly for the World Bank. Outside of South Africa he is currently involved in work in the Middle East and North Africa, as well as Kenya. He studied at UCT, at Oxford University, as a Rhodes Scholar, and the Institute of Social Studies in the Netherlands.


Len-VeweyLen Verwey

Len Verwey has worked in South African civil society for the last fifteen years, initially within the field of Adult Basic Education and Training and, from 2003 to 2013, as a governance and public finance researcher and manager with Idasa, a large African democracy organisation. At Idasa he headed the organisation’s engagement with South African budget policy, systems and legislation. He also led a range of comprehensive governance surveys of South Africa, such as the UNECA Round II and III African Governance Surveys. He is the editor of the first book-length exploration of the implications of conferring budget amendment powers on Parliament: Parliament, the Budget and Poverty: A Shift in Power. For the last year he has been working as an independent public finance analyst, as well as doing research for the Climate Finance Hub, where he is a Senior Associate.