Dr Rethabile Melamu is sustainability professional who is trained in Chemical and Environmental Engineering. She has 15 years’ experience in the areas of clean energy, green economy, environmental sustainability, water security, enterprise development, life cycle assessments and climate change. My experience spans several sectors including renewable energy, waste management, water and sanitation.
She is seasoned professional with a depth of understanding on adoption of innovative climate smart technologies in society. This is backed by experience of running a technology innovation-based incubation programme for almost 6 years. She has solid experience in developing public sector policies and have led the development of sub-national energy and green economy strategies and facilitated their implementation. She sits on several boards and advisory committees of private, academia and the public sectors organisations including as the Chair of the Water Research Commission.
I am a thought leader in the energy and green economy sectors, having published reports, thought leadership pieces and academic articles on several platforms in my areas of expertise. In 2019, I was recognised by the national Mail & Guardian newspaper as one of Women Who Are Changing South Africa in the Public Sector.