Vere Shaba

Vere Shaba

With 12 years of experience, I am a multi-award winning engineer and green building consultant who has worked for multinational engineering consulting firms including Greendesign, AECOM, WSP and Volkswagen. For green buildings, my career began in 2010 when I was a part of the WSP-LUC-DHK winning team for the Wangari Maathai Institute for Peace & Environmental Studies international design competition where the institute was to be carbon-neutral. Since then, I have been passionate about net-zero green buildings that do less harm to people and to the climate and environment – understanding that Africa is the most vulnerable continent to climate change with women in Africa being disproportionately impacted. I am experienced in green building contextualisation, design and certification of over 250,000 sqm of office, hospitality, healthcare, retail, education, industrial and precinct projects across the continent including in South Africa, Nigeria, Kenya, Rwanda and Uganda. The first Green Star project that I submitted to the Green Building Council South Africa as the Green Star Accredited Professional was awarded a South African Property Owners Association award for Overall Winner in 2015. I am also a Faculty Member of the Green Building Council South Africa where I have trained hundreds of professionals in Green Star rating tools as part of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) programme. In 2020, I was invited to support the MENA & Africa Regional Networks of the World Green Building Council. In 2021, I was appointed for the role of Head of Africa Programmes for the World Green Building Council building to COP27 which will be hosted in Africa in 2022. In this role, I support our regional programmes with the African Union, International Finance Corporation, C40 Cities and of the 12 green building councils across the continent to catalyse the uptake of sustainable built environments for everyone, everywhere. To me, fighting for the planet is fighting for 1.38 billion people across Africa – so green buildings and facilitating access to sustainable finance for climate change mitigation, adaptation and resilience in cities, businesses and vulnerable communities in Africa is one of my most important fights for our continent. As a climate diplomacy and climate change activist, I have won multiple international and national awards, including being featured on the cover of Forbes magazine in June 2018 and speaking at both the Forbes Africa and Forbes Europe summits on how cities and the built environment can address climate change.

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