Ms. Belynda Petrie

Belynda Petrie has 16 years’ experience in international development, climate change water and energy. This follows 12 years’ experience in the corporate world of organisational design, human resource management and corporate strategy development. She has depth of experience in water governance and in climate finance, having designed climate investment strategies for renewable energy and climate adaptation projects across Africa. Belynda is an author of numerous research papers, policy briefs, reports, strategies, books and peer reviewed articles in the fields of water, energy and climate change/finance and is a frequent invited speaker at international conferences. She led a team that provided strategic, technical and logistical support (in effect a Secretariat) to the Africa Group of Negotiators (AGN), with a specific focus on climate finance, adaptation and negotiation strategies. She led a project for UNDP on assessing climate finance readiness across Africa, based on six African country case studies and has developed an Investment Strategy for building resilience in the Limpopo River Basin (spanning four Southern African countries). She regularly serves as a policy and technical advisor to African Governments and pan African insitutions and has led a range of related capacity building and skills and knowledge transfer initiatives. Participatory analysis, with targeted stakeholders is an approach that underpins almost every project that Ms Petrie leads or designs.