Head of the Sustainable and Resilient City Initiatives portfolio in eThekwini Municipality
Dr. Debra Roberts is a Special Adviser on Climate Change to Global Executive Committee, ICLEI Local Governments for Sustainability and head of the Sustainable and Resilient City Initiatives portfolio in eThekwini Municipality (Durban, South Africa). Prior to taking up this post she established and managed the Environmental Planning and Climate Protection Department of the same municipality for 22 years (1994-2016) and was selected as the city’s first Chief Resilience Officer in 2013. Dr. Roberts was a lead author of Chapter 8 (Urban Areas) and a contributing author to Chapter 12 (Africa) of Working Group II of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC) Fifth Assessment Report and was elected as Co-Chair of Working Group II for the IPCC’s sixth assessment cycle in 2015. She was a member of the South African United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) negotiating team until December 2015. Dr. Roberts is a member of the Future Earth Engagement Committee and is also an Honorary Professor at the University of KwaZulu-Natal in the School of Life Sciences.