Luke is a PlanAdapt Fellow, based in Cape Town, South Africa.
He is a climate change specialist with senior expertise and experience in mainstreaming adaptation into several disciplines and sectors. His primary thematic focus is climate finance, particularly strengthening adaptative capacity and resilience in climate-sensitive sectors such as agriculture, water, health, and infrastructure. Recognising the complex and urgent nature of the climate crisis, Luke draws on methodologies such as ecosystem-based adaptation, participatory design, capacity development, and systems thinking to work towards transformative change and meaningful impact. Luke has a special interest and enthusiasm for coastal zone management in the Global South, particularly small island developing states (SIDS) with climate-sensitive livelihoods. He is a trained social scientist and has an affinity for working at the science-policy-society interface to ensure that project interventions are appropriately framed within local political economies and contexts.
Since 2009, he has worked with clients, partners, donors, and financiers in the private, public, research, NGO, and multi-lateral sectors to deliver impactful multi-disciplinary projects, articles, policy briefs, and peer-reviewed research in 30-plus developing economies. Following a decade in the private and NGO sectors, Luke branched out as an independent consultant in 2020 while maintaining working relationships with several international organisations as an associate.
Luke has a multidisciplinary academic background with undergraduate, honours, and master’s degrees in Geography and Environmental Science from Rhodes University, the University of KwaZulu-Natal, and the University of the Western Cape. A native of South Africa, Luke speaks Afrikaans and isiXhosa in addition to his first language, English.
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