Louise is a climate finance expert with a passion for building a more inclusive, resilient and sustainable world through scaling up climate investment through engaged and empowered national and local institutions. She has 14+ years of experience working in government, civil society organisations, multilateral development organisations and the private sector on issues spanning climate and sustainable development policy, governance, and finance.
Her expertise includes strategic planning, managing stakeholder engagement processes, research and analysis, fund design and management, project management, building collaborative partnerships, institutional strengthening and training, event design and facilitation, and communicating to diverse audiences. She is an experienced team leader, adept at designing and coordinating interdisciplinary work programmes, building coalitions, engaging donors and mobilising resources. She has a Masters in environmental economics and a Bachelors in ecology, and is completing a second masters in development finance.
Toini is a young professional in the field of Climate Finance with 3+ years in climate finance research, data analytics, public policy design; website management, strategic communications and, a trained African Negotiator on Climate Change. She’s a BSc Honours graduate in Natural Resource Management from the Namibia University of Science and Technology. Toini is passionate about promoting community resilience through climate-smart actions, to help communities thrive beyond the impacts of climate change.
Toini’s skills include stakeholder engagement, research and data management, project coordination, and report writing. She’s an active member of the youth community and engages beyond national level, as a member of assorted youth programs advocating for actions on climate change, Loss and Damage, Sustainable Development, and promoting sustainable socio-economic development.
Mpho is a Certified Environmental Social and Governance (ESG) Analyst as per the European Federation of Financial Analysts Societies and will complete his Masters in Sustainable Finance and Fintech at SKEMA Business School (Paris) in 2023. Inspired by his diverse background in diplomacy, public policy and development, as well as the need to address mounting global challenges threatening vulnerable communities, he firmly believes that the world of finance has the potential to offer both a more holistic and competitive value proposition by collaborating with stakeholders to develop financial solutions that address issues as climate change, biodiversity loss and protect human dignity.
Mpho has +4 years of experience providing market analysis and investment promotion for Foreign Direct Investment in Namibia and Southern Africa from his time at the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Development Office (FDCO). He has worked with a diverse range of stakeholders including investors, governments, multilateral organisations and NGOs to drive investment that are competitive and speak to national and regional development challenges. Mpho firmly believes in the value of local solutions that are informed by local communities and served as the FCDO’s project manager in Namibia in a range of areas from food security and natural resource management, to combating disinformation and Gender Based Violence. He worked for the Hanns Siedel Foundation as a consultant in areas of Human Development with the UNDP, democracy and good governance and community engagement on renewable energy solutions to name a few. He has also worked in communications and human rights advocacy for the United Nations Information Centre, and is a former team and project leader for the World Economic Forums Global Shapers Hub in Windhoek focused on civic participation and up-skilling unemployed youth. His key skills include ESG Analysis, sustainable finance, public policy analysis and research focused on macroeconomics & climate change, economic diplomacy, project management and consultancy.
Sakeus is a young environmental and tourism professional with a passion for promoting the sustainable use of common-pool resources through tourism as a catalyst for economic development and long-term sustainability. He has over 5 years of experience lecturing in academic institutions in the field of tourism, environmental conservation, and heritage management and conservation. He worked for private tourism and hospitality companies for a time in the tourism industry.
His specialities include events planning, administration and facilitation, training, stakeholder engagement, curriculum design and development, and research. Sakeus holds a Master’s degree in Culture and Environmental Management, Bachelor’s degree in Tourism Management and Environmental Studies, and Post-Graduate Diploma in Project Management.