Dr Meggan Spires, leads the climate change, energy and resilience work as part of ICLEI Africa’s Senior Management Team. The unit she manages serves ICLEI Africa’s network cities in over 25 African countries, in terms of supporting their journeys towards climate resilience. Meggan and team manage a suite of multi-year, multi-country programmes and projects in fields such as energy access, climate change adaptation, climate change mitigation, disaster risk reduction, coastal management and ecosystem based adaptation. The work involves capacity building, policy development, on-the-ground implementation,and unlocking climate finance at the city-scale. Meggan is currently the Principle Investigator for a number of cutting edge research into development programmes on the continent, and sits on a number of international policy advisory boards. She holds a PhD in Environmental Science from Rhodes University, and prior to joining ICLEI Africa worked as Climate Protection Scientist at eThekwini Municipality (Durban), where she was involved in the developmentDurban’s climate change programme.