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Penny Urquhart is an innovative and proactive freelance sustainable development specialist and policy analyst. Her main focal area is adaptation to climate change, building on previous experience in governance for sustainable development, water, environment, ecotourism, local planning and rural development. She is a Lead Author for the Africa chapter of the IPCC Fifth Assessment Report.
Recent work has included developing climate change adaptation programmes in Eritrea (for submission to the Adaptation Fund), Ghana and Nigeria for UNDP and GEF; and global analytical reviews for IFAD and WFP to promote mainstreaming of climate change and development of coherent corporate approaches. She recently developed climate change mainstreaming tools for IFAD for country strategy and project level, and participated in the development of the new country strategy for Laos. Penny has managed participatory multi-stakeholder processes on conflict over natural resources; and has worked since 1995 as a freelance consultant internationally and in the African region with public, NGO and other organisations. Clients have included donors (DfID, GTZ, DANIDA, USAID); UN organisations (IFAD, UNDP, WFP, UNICEF, UNECA, UNESCO); NGOs (IUCN-SA, Care International, Environmental Monitoring Group); think-tanks (International Institute for Environment and Development, World Resources Institute, Land and Agriculture Policy Centre).
As co-ordinator of two phases of a global multi-stakeholder process to review private sector participation in water supply options, the trust built in her capabilities as an honest broker amongst divergent stakeholders on this contentious issue was central. Her creative leadership and communication skills, flexibility and strong understanding of developing country issues have been of proven value in cross-cultural situations.
Other work has focused on desertification and adaptation to climate change; analysis on linkages between poverty reduction and ecosystem services; evaluations for UNICEF on humanitarian issues and water; and integrative work on South Africa’s National Framework for Sustainable Development. Penny was a member of the International Stakeholders’ Panel on Tools for Environmental Mainstreaming of the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED), which is linked to the Poverty-Environment Partnership (PEP). She is currently developing a book on climate change in Africa.
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On the 15th & 16th October 2013 the third Clean Technology business and investment matchmaking conference for the African continent is to be held at the Killarney Country Club, Lower Houghton South Africa.
Called Viridis Africa, the event is dedicated to entrepreneurs and corporates who are seeking funding to introduce clean technology solutions and services.
Principals who would present their business opportunities at this event would have the audience of numerous local and foreign investors, stratified according to their interest and investment criteria.
Investors would include venture capital, private equity, project and corporate finance outfits and project developers dedicated to the cleantech sector. They would also include North American, European funding agencies, major Asian industrial conglomerates, technology specific investment funds and major companies who seek strategic alliance and acquisitions.
Entrepreneurs from all over Africa are invited to submit a business plan for inclusion in the programme. Interested parties can mail their cleantech proposals to email@example.com