Hastings Chikoko

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Being able to associate with the work of Wetlands International is of interest to me because I am an ardent birdwatcher, and wetlands are important habitats for birds and other species. As an urban sustainability professional, I recognise that wetlands continue to play a key function in flood control in cities, especially where storm water drainage infrastructure is either outdated or non-existent. However, the rapid urbanisation rate is proving a threat to wetlands in cities because of inadequate spatial planning; the pressure for cities to expand human settlements and commercial development, and the increasing informal settlements. As an economist, I look forward to contributing to the work of Wetlands International by building the economic and business case for wetlands, especially targeting urban developers, the economic sector and business.

Hastings Chikoko has over 25 years’ experience in the sustainable development sector working in Africa and Switzerland. He is currently the Managing Director of Regions and Mayoral Engagement/Regional Director for Africa at C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group; and General Manager for C40 Cities South Africa NPC. He serves on the Advisory Board of African Centre for Cities (University of Cape Town); and is a member of the Board of Directors for the World Green Building Council.

Hastings had a long career with the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) in Zimbabwe, Kenya, South Africa and Switzerland; including being the Regional Director (ad Interim) for East and Southern Africa and Head of IUCN Southern Africa Hub in South Africa. He also sits on the Technical Advisory Group of the Global Environment Facility – GEF (Sustainable Cities and Urban Systems), and the Africa-Europe Strategic Task Force on Sustainable Energy. He has been one of the International Development Research Centre’s (IDRC) African Mentors for policy think-tanks in Africa, and a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Future Council on Clean Air.

He holds an MSc in Cities (London School of Economics (LSE), UK), an MSc in Strategic Management (University of Derby, UK), a Postgraduate Diploma in Environmental Diplomacy – specialising in Green Economy (University of Geneva, Switzerland) and a Bsc in Economics (University of Malawi).