Project co-lead

Peter Willis

Principal ● Conversations that Count

Peter Willis brings to the project decades of experience facilitating structured dialogue and reflection among select groups of senior business people, an extensive high-level network into the business, academic and NGO communities in South Africa and the facilitation and sustainability fields globally, and a quarter century of teaching, facilitating and advising at executive and board level on strategic issues of sustainability. Peter formed Conversations that Count in 2014 to provide strategic facilitation and mentoring services. For the twelve years prior he was the South African Director of the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership. In that role he designed and facilitated numerous senior executive programmes, including the annual Prince of Wales Business & Sustainability Programme, and worked closely with many corporate leaders and top scientists in the region.


Project co-lead

Victor van Aswegen

Director ● CineSouth Studios

Filmmaker Victor van Aswegen brings to the project a background in, successively, law, economics, development, finance, private equity, consultancy and analytics, with a law degree and two postgraduate degrees in economics from three South African universities and an MPhil (Economics and Politics of Development) from Cambridge. He is the founder and owner of Moving Image Technologies, a 4K digital film production and post-production facility based in Cape Town, and CineSouth Studios, which develops and produces feature-length films. His previous films include Máquina do Mundo (2017) and Displaced (2018).




Professor Mark New

Pro Vice-Chancellor for Climate Change ● University of Cape Town

Professor Mark New is Director of the African Climate & Development Initiative at UCT. He holds the AXA Research Fund Chair in African Climate Risk. He also holds a joint appointment as Professor of International Development at the University of East Anglia in the UK. He is a Coordinating Lead Author on the IPCC 6th Assessment Report: Chapter 17 – Decision-Making Options for Managing Risk. His research focuses on climate change detection, processes, scenarios, impacts and adaptation. His interest in the drought is around quantifying how much greenhouse gas warming has changed the likelihood of the drought, how this risk might change into the future, and how to manage this changing risk.



Associate Professor Gina Ziervogel

Research chair ● African Climate and Development Initiative, UCT

Associate Professor Gina Ziervogel is Research Chair with the African Climate & Development Initiative at UCT. A geographer by training, with a PhD in Geography from the University of Oxford, she has 18 years of experience in the field of adaptation and vulnerability to global environmental change. Her research areas include municipal adaptation strategies, adaptation governance, institutional barriers and enablers to adaptation and transdisciplinary processes for urban transformation. During the 2017-18 Cape Town drought she was invited by the City of Cape Town to sit on its Section 80 Water Advisory Committee.



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