Climate 360 is a high-profile, two-day virtual conference hosted by the EU delegation to South Africa taking a Team Europe approach, to drive awareness of the climate change emergency; celebrate sustainable, climate-smart organisations and initiatives; and inspire urgent action.
Through Climate 360, Team Europe aims to:
Showcase pioneers in the climate change space, their solutions and innovations
Celebrate progress and future-focused thinking
Provide a platform for thought leadership and new, emerging climate change voices
Run a competition to identify, highlight and award South African champions in the climate change space
Vusi Thembekwayo is a global speaker and the CEO of MyGrowth Fund.
Vusi Thembekwayo is an acclaimed business leader and global speaker. He is the CEO of a boutique investment and advisory firm.
Vusi has been featured in the likes of Entrepreneur magazine, Forbes, and Inc500. He has a large social media presence.
Emiley Vollmer is an entrepreneur and a banker by profession, with an amazing life story to share.
Emiley Vollmer is an entrepreneur and a banker by profession, with an amazing life story to share. She will speak about her passion: the circular economy and job creation.
Her business assists with access to finance in order to get start-ups off the ground.
She believes in using and exchanging money that strengthens communities and benefits local economies.
Akhona is a passionate climate, youth and human rights activist.
Akhona Xotyeni is a passionate climate, youth and human rights activist.
Xotyeni holds a BA in Social Dynamics and a BCom in Environmental Management, and is currently studying towards her Master’s degree in Environmental Management at Stellenbosch University. She is also the Just Green Transition Youth Ambassador for the Royal Danish Embassy in South Africa.
She was recognised in the Environment category of the 2020 Mail & Guardian list of Top 200 South Africans and Inside Education’s 100 Shining Stars, as well as the Gradstar Top 100 and by Stellenbosch University’s rector for her excellence in leadership. Xotyeni is currently primarily a youth climate consultant, public speaker and writer on climate-related topics and policies.
Khanyi Mlambo-Chaba is a Board Member for UN Global Compact (SA) and NBI National Business Initiative.
Khanyi Mlambo-Chaba is a passionate advocate for driving shared value between business and society.
In her distinguished career, she has championed business to purposefully and ethically pursue sustainable growth and investment that has a meaningful impact on customers, society and the environment, and delivers on the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
She coaches, advises, writes, speaks and mentors on responsible business, impact investing, personal leadership and shared value.
Executive director of the Presidential Climate Commission
Crispian Olver is the executive director of the Presidential Climate Commission (PCC), responsible for running the Secretariat of the PCC and its various policy and research programmes. He has served in the South African government in various capacities, including as director general of the Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism (1999-2005), in which position he crafted much of the country’s climate policy and environmental legislation, as well as leading South Africa’s hosting of the World Summit on Sustainable Development (2002).
He has subsequently worked as a policy expert and author on environmental sustainability and local government issues. This has taken him up close to the mechanics by which regimes are governed and the way in which good governance can be eroded, which has given him ample material for writing up his experiences. His first book, titled How to Steal a City (2017), documented patronage-based systems in Nelson Mandela Bay and how the metro was captured by factional interests. His subsequent book, A House Divided, published in October 2019, documented the nature of the relationship between the City of Cape Town and landed property interests, and how this fuelled a factional split in the Democratic Alliance.
Crispian is a medical doctor by training and holds BSc (Med) (1983), Psychology Honours (1984) and MBChB (1988) degrees from the University of Cape Town. He is completing a PhD through the Department of Political Studies at the University of the Witwatersrand, and is a research fellow at the Public Affairs Research Institute.
As the executive director of the Presidential Climate Commission in South Africa, Crispian leads the detailed planning of South Africa’s climate transition and engagement between social partners on a just transition.
Ambassador of Finland to South Africa
Anne Lammila is the Ambassador of Finland to South Africa and began her term of office in November 2020. She is also the non-resident Ambassador of Finland to Botswana, Lesotho and Mauritius.
Lammila is an experienced diplomat whose previous ambassadorial postings were: Consul General of Finland to Saint Petersburg (2017-20), Ambassador-at-Large for Gender Equality in the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland (2015-17), Ambassador of Finland to Mexico, Central America, Cuba and Haiti (2011-15).
Before this Lammila worked in senior diplomatic posts in the United States, Latin America and the Caribbean, and at the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (Unesco).
Raul de Luzenberger
Deputy Head of Delegation, at the European Union Delegation to South Africa.
Raul de Luzenberger
Raul de Luzenberger is the Deputy Head of Delegation, at the European Union Delegation to South Africa. He moved to South Africa in 2017. Before that he held senior diplomatic posts in Belgium, Morocco and Armenia. He has also taught economics at the University of Oriental Studies in Naples, Italy.
General Representative of Flanders in Southern Africa
As the General Representative of Flanders in Southern Africa, Geraldine Reymenants represents the federal state of Flanders (the Flemish region of Belgium) in seven countries in Southern Africa, with a specific focus on South Africa, Malawi and Mozambique. She has held this position since July 2014.
Before Reymenants joined the Flanders Chancellery and Foreign Office in 2012, she worked as research coordinator at the Belgian Institute for the Equality of Women and Men (2005 to 2011), and as researcher in gender studies at Ghent University, Belgium (1999 to 2004). She also holds a PhD in history (Ghent University, 2005), and has published extensively on women writers and gender equality.
Ambassador of France to South Africa
Aurélien Lechevallier, who has been the Ambassador of France to South Africa since September 2019, has had a long career in service to the French government
Lechevallier has served his government in the United States and Lebanon, and between 2013 and 2014 was dispatched to the French Presidency as diplomatic counsellor to the special envoy for the conservation of the planet.
Social sustainability manager at Scania
Lisa Osbäck has been social sustainability manager at Scania, which manufactures and services trucks and buses, since January 2019. Before that she was the operations director at the International Council of Swedish Industry. Osbäck was educated at the Stockholm School of Economics and Uppsala University.
Representative of the Swedish Metal Workers’ Union at Scania and Scania director
Michael Lyngsie has worked at Scania, which manufactures and services trucks and buses, in various capacities since 1993 and has been on the company’s board of directors since 2018. He is also an employee representative on the board of Scania’s holding company, the Traton Group.
Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to South Africa
Han Peters has been Dutch Ambassador to South Africa since 2018, and previously worked in South Africa as the Dutch Embassy’s labour attaché from 1990 to 1992.
Before his ambassadorial posting to South Africa, he was the Dutch ambassador to Brazil and Afghanistan. He has 35 years of experience working in the field of diplomacy, covering politics, communications, consular affairs and trade policy.
Morten Holm van Donk
Climate and Energy Counsellor and Advisor, Danish Embassy to South Africa
Morten Holm van Donk
Morten Holm van Donk has a Master of Science degree in Rural Development, and has previously worked in the areas of water, sanitation and private sector development in East Africa, as well as in circular economy policy development in Indonesia. Prior to that, Morten supported farmer organisations in Zambia, and worked on resource efficiency with the City of Copenhagen, Denmark.
Ambassador of Portugal to South Africa
Manuel Carvalho has been Ambassador of Portugal to South Africa since December 2017, and has been in diplomatic service since 1987, including being the Portuguese Ambassador to Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Yemen (2013 to 2017) and the Consul-General of Portugal in China (Macau and Hong Kong) from 2009 to 2013.
Before he took up these appointments, Carvalho’s career focused on European affairs, but also with assignments in Africa and Asia, and he was involved in a wide range of issues in the European Union context. He also dealt with issues related to defence (North Atlantic Treaty Organization, non-proliferation and arms control); transition in Eastern Europe; human rights; and he was involved in all Portuguese presidencies of the European Union Council (1992, 2000 and 2007).
Ambassador of Germany to South Africa
Andreas Peschke recently took up his post as German Ambassador to South Africa. He has also served his country as ambassador to Kenya (2013 to 2015) and as Special Envoy for Eastern Europe, the Caucasus and Central Asia (2015 to 2018).
Peschke joined the German Foreign Office in 1996, working in Nigeria, Russia and Europe, and as Foreign Office spokesperson. He has completed African studies in Leipzig, Cologne and London.