Dr Cohen is a Senior Researcher at the Energy Research Centre (University of Cape Town) currently working on the MAPS programme. Brett’s research focuses on energy-systems analysis and modelling, lifecycle analysis, multi-criteria decision analysis, stakeholder facilitation, and techno-environmental analysis. Prior to joining the Energy Research Centre Brett worked in the private sector and was a Research Fellow at the University of Sydney in Australia. Dr. Cohen holds a BSc and PhD Chemical Engineering.
Current research and focus areas Economics of climate mitigation Carbon tax Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions; Measuring, Reporting and Verifying of GHG emissions.Prior to joining ERC Ant worked at Incite Sustainability, a sustainability consultancy in Cape Town. He has experience in integrating sustainability into a company’s core business strategy and was deeply involved in gathering, analysing and disseminating private sector climate change data as part of the Carbon Disclosure Project in South Africa. Prior to Incite Ant worked for Anglo American at their Sustainable Development unit in Johannesburg.
Tasneem Essop is the Head of Strategy and Advocacy for the International World Wide Fund for Nature’s (WWF) Global Climate and Energy Initiative. This role includes leading the WWF global climate team as Head of Delegation at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) sessions.
Prior to joining WWF she held the positions of Provincial Minister of Environment, Planning and Economic Development in the Western Cape (2004-2008) and was the Western Cape Provincial Minister of Transport, Public Works & Property Management from 2001-2004.
Before becoming a Member of the Western Cape Provincial Legislature for the ANC she was the Education Officer for the Congress of Trade Unions (COSATU) in the Western Cape and prior to that the Education and Media Officer for the South African Municipal Workers Union (SAMWU).
Sherman is the Climate Change Manager at Transnet in South Africa and is currently focusing on the development and implementation of climate change strategies across the group. Sherman has been working in the sustainability space for the last seven years, is an active participant on several national sustainability initiatives and has a master of commerce in strategy and organisational dynamics.
Tony is principally a systems ecologist with a deep interest in the anthropological and economic elements of global change. Building on broad training in ecology and remote sensing, Tony’s Doctoral dissertation focused on the risk and feasibility aspects of land-use based climate change mitigation activities in sub-Saharan Africa.
Since the completion of his PhD, Tony has focused on the land-use aspects of global change, including strategy development at national and local scales, earth observation and monitoring, as well as the anthropological and financial aspects of land-use change. Within this domain Tony has played a significant role in a number of leading projects, including the South African National Carbon Sink Assessment, Vital Signs Africa, the Millennium Assessment, as well as been the principal advisor on REDD+ projects located in Malawi, Tanzania, Mozambique and the eastern DRC.
Bert Metz is a Fellow at the European Climate Foundation and member of the Advisory Council and former co-chair of the Mitigation Working Group of the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) from 1997-2008. He is particularly interested in the development and climate connection. He chairs the Steering Committee of the Green Growth Best Practice initiative.
Marcelo Moreira, Senior Researcher at Agroicone, is a specialist in agricultural economics, land use change, biofuels, lifecycle assessment of agricultural-based products and technology routes, mitigation and adaptation to climate change, food security, development economics and technology transfer. With ten years of experience, Marcelo has already worked as consultant and in partnership with several national and international institutions, such as the World Bank, US Department of Energy, Food and Agriculture Policy Research Institute, Boeing, EMBRAER, Itaú BBA, Biosev, the Sugarcane Industry Association – UNICA, The National Science and Technology Laboratory of Bioethanol, the Earth Innovation Institute, among others. Marcelo is an economist from PUC-Rio, with MSc Degree in Institutional and Development Economics at University of São Paulo, and Ph.D candidate in Energy Planning at UNICAMP. Past working experience includes the Institute of International Trade Negotiations – ICONE and the University of São Paulo.
Stefan is co-Director of the MAPS Programme, leading on the process component of the programme. Stefan has a background in facilitating and managing major climate change projects, including the South African Long Term Mitigation Scenarios (LTMS) process. He also has extensive experience in arbitration and facilitation of other non-climate change related projects. He currently fills a number of positions including: Director of SouthSouthNorth and is a member of the Network Council of the Climate and Development Knowledge Network. Stefan holds memberships with various public institutions including the Cambridge Programme for Sustainable Leadership; TOKISO a leading South Africa facilitation organisation. Stefan holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Law.
Andrea Rudnick is a Chemical Engineer with a Master of Science in Engineering from the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. With experience in environmental, climate change and energy consulting, specifically in projects related to wastewater treatment, biogas and energy generation, and technical support in validation and verification of various projects under the Clean Development Mechanism and voluntary carbon market. From 2010 to 2013 she served as Head of the Climate Change Office of the Ministry of Environment and was responsible of public policy in adaptation, mitigation and capacity building.
Richard 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.
Adrian is an engineer and has worked in both the measuring of energy data and its application in models, having started out working on both laboratory and desktop studies for the automotive, transport and liquid fuels industries. His current job is modelling and his interest in this arose from extensive work in vehicle emissions testing which led to the development of inventory models and vehicle parc models for the projection of transport sector energy demand. This was followed by a 5 year stint as a system developer in the financial services industry tackling projects that included portfolio reporting tools and stochastic portfolio return tools for financial planning systems. He returned to the world of energy in 2011 at UCT’s Energy Research Centre (ERC) where in addition to undertaking energy research and modelling projects, he teaches topics in modelling, energy systems analysis and financial analysis in the ERC’s post-graduate program.