COLLABORATORS

Collaborators are members of our multi-disciplinary, inter-agency network that believe in our vision and are willing to provide their insight and expertise. Our Collaborators help to connect us to other individuals, organizations, resources, and tools that support our work. We also draw on our Collaborators to join our work as formal project partners, when appropriate.  Maintaining a strong network of Collaborators helps to reduce duplication and increase the efficiency of our efforts towards healthy environments, sustainable development, and empowered communities in the context of climate change adaptation at local and global levels.

Strategic Advisors: Our Strategic Advisors provide input at critical points in project and organizational decision-making. They help us keep up to date with latest trends, research findings, technical solutions, and important policy initiatives.

Technical Advisors: Our Technical Advisors provide expertise in specific fields relevant to our work. This includes education, arts, earth sciences, technology, engineering, and community engagement and planning. They offer our team specific advice and recommendations as well as opportunities for capacity building and learning.

Cultural Advisors: Our Cultural Advisors work along side our team and support planning and coordination of local initiatives. They ensure that work follows local protocols and customs, is inclusive of and responsive to diverse groups, and is grounded in local and Indigenous Knowledge.

Project Partners: Our Project Partners are collaborating individuals or organizations who have an integral role in our programs and research and advocacy initiatives. Project partners include grassroots members, governmental and non-governmental organizations, academics, scientists, artists, and important community champions and leaders. These partners may provide their expertise and support project planning and implementation at local, national, and international levels.

Andrew Gemmell

Andrew Gemmell has an Master’s in Hydrology and has been an environmental consultant since 2009....

Anni Snyman

Anni Snyman is a South African artist based in Johannesburg. Anni is also one of...

Busiswa Nomyayi

Busiswa is from Griffith Mxenge in Khayelitsha, where she has been a resident for more...

Christoph Reinhold

Christoph Reinhold has joined the team as an Architectural Consultant, and advisor on recycled concrete...

Dylan Blake

Dylan Blake is an Associate and Principal Geologist at Umvoto Africa, where he has worked...

Fahad Aziz

Fahad Aziz is currently working at Umvoto Africa as a Junior Water and Environmental Scientist....

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Forge New Frontiers

Forge New Frontiers (t/a Forge) is 100% home-grown South African mapping and geospatial solutions company....

Gemma Bluff

Gemma Bluff is an Environmentalist and Climatologist at Umvoto Africa. Gemma holds a Master’s degree...

Katosi Women Development Trust

Katosi Women Development Trust

Katosi Women Development Trust (KWDT) is a registered Non-Governmental Organization. KWDT currently brings together 691...

Kornelius Riemann

Kornelius joined Umvoto Africa in 2002 as a Senior Hydrogeologist, later becoming the Principal Hydrogeologist and is...

Lechelle Goslin

Lechelle Goslin has been a Junior Geologist at Umvoto Africa since 2020. She holds a...

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Masande Siziba

Masande is an artist originally from Queenstown. He is a passionate and creative with a love...

Paula Hay

Paula Hay is a community planner and facilitator dedicated to working with Indigenous and local communities. Paula applies her...

Rebecca Stephenson

Rebecca Stephenson is currently working as an intern at Umvoto Africa. She holds a Bachelor’s...

Rejoice Ngcongo

Rejoice Ngcongo is Director and Co-founder of Inspirational Development Group-South Africa (IDG-SA). She has been...

Sasha Dean Singh

Sasha Dean Singh is a Junior Geologist at Umvoto Africa. He holds an Honour’s degree...

Seth

Seth is a Cape Town based artist that is skilled in many disciplines such as...

Strijdom van der Merwe

Strijdom van der Merwe is an award-winning South African artist based in Stellenbosch. He is...

Umvoto Africa

Umvoto Africa was established in 1992 by Rowena Hay as a water resource development management consultancy....

Vivienne Thomson

Vivienne Thomson

Vivienne Thomson is the founder and lead environmental consultant of Over the Moon Consulting. She...

Willem Jacobs

Willem Jacobs is the Design Director and Managing Partner at Sorted Design Agency. He obtained his...