Environment 2018

Nasreen Khan (31)

Nasreen Khan (31)

Conservation officer on Aride Island, Island Conservation Society

“I am a proudly South African fierce environmental steward, always up for an adventure to the mountaintops or ocean depths,” says conservation officer Nasreen Khan. Khan lives with nine other people on a conservation island reserve in the Seychelles run by the Island...

Nicole Loser (30)

Nicole Loser (30)

Attorney, Centre for Environmental Rights

Considered one of the leading experts in public interest climate law, 30-year-old Nicole Loser was at the forefront of a number of key environmental justice battles. An easy-going person, Loser has a strong sense of justice and was instrumental in the landmark victory...

Christine Reddell (30)

Christine Reddell (30)

Attorney and acting head of the Corporate Accountability and Transparency Programme, Centre for Environmental Rights

It is said we do not inherit the Earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children. As an attorney and acting head of the Corporate Accountability and Transparency Programme at the Centre for Environmental Rights (CER), Christine Reddell is a dedicated advocate...

Sam Smout (32)

Sam Smout (32)

Waste sector desk analyst, Green Cape

Port Elizabeth-born Sam Smout has been at Green Cape for about two years, a nonprofit organisation established in 2010 and funded by the Western Cape government that aims to create a green economy in the Western Cape by reducing the city’s carbon footprint. His work...

Ernest Mulibana (30)

Ernest Mulibana (30)

Deputy director, Department of Environmental Affairs

Ernest Mulibana is a deputy director at the department of environmental affairs, dealing with media and communications. He is responsible for developing strategies to educate South Africans about their constitutional rights and to mobilise their participation in...

Sarisha Maharaj (34)

Sarisha Maharaj (34)

Associate at International Finance Corporation (IFC)

Sarisha Maharaj works in the Energy and Water Advisory Services team at the International Finance Corporation (IFC), the private sector investment arm of the World Bank Group. She works with governments and companies to change policies and laws, improve how firms...

Kimon de Greef (30)

Kimon de Greef (30)

Freelance journalist

Kimon de Greef is a freelance journalist who writes stories that situate conservation challenges in their wider social and economic context. In his work, he often tackles difficult topics, deeply probing the crux of the issue at stake. With a particular interest in...

Zoleka Filander (30)

Zoleka Filander (30)

Offshore benthic ecologist, Department of Environmental Affairs

As a black girl from the rural, landlocked town of Kokstad in KwaZulu-Natal, marine biology was not a career path Zoleka Filander thought she would follow. But she was always interested in science. This love of science led Filander to marine biology and in her work as...

Lillian Maboya (26)

Lillian Maboya (26)

Environmental change enthusiast

Lillian Maboya has always been passionate about environmental conservation and involving young people in combating climate change. At just 14, she founded a robust environmental club in her home province of Limpopo called GENC, pioneering the innovation of green...

Mpho Ndaba (24)

Mpho Ndaba (24)

Chairperson of the campaigns subcommittee, SOS Coalition

Since he was a young boy, Mpho Ndaba has been an advocate for social justice. Like so many black South Africans, Mpho grew up in a financially impoverished situation, and knows first-hand what it feels like to go to bed hungry. Relying on government aid as a student...