FOUNDING PARTNERS

Richard Calland

Richard Calland has for the past twenty years worked in the fields of democratic governance and sustainable development in South Africa and beyond. Based at the University of Cape Town, where he is Associate Professor in Public Law. His current research focus is the governance of climate change and climate finance, as a part of UCT’s African Climate Development Initiative.

Richard is also a Fellow of the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership, and has been a member of faculty on senior leadership programmes for such organisations as PWC, the World Bank, the Asian Development Bank, the African Development Bank, Namdeb, Nedbank and Tata. In South Africa he advises Massmart (now owned by Walmart), Africa’s largest retailer on issues of politics, sustainability and governance, and is a founding partner of The Paternoster Group: African Political Insight

Jerome van Rooij

Jerome van Rooij began his career as a finance specialist within a multinational energy group in the UK, and moved to South Africa in 1994 where he has worked with private sector entities, non-government organisations, academic institutions and donor agencies on projects aimed at extending financial services to the poor, improving urban public transport services, and assessing local economic development as well as social economy initiatives among others. Over the past five years Jerome has focused principally on climate finance, with a particular emphasis on Sub-Saharan Africa. Having initially been active primarily in South Africa, Namibia and Zambia, he has subsequently worked with entities in twelve other countries in his capacity as consultant to the African Climate Change Fund hosted by the African Development Bank.

SENIOR ASSOCIATE

Nathan Dufour

Political economy and governance specialist.

Nathan has contributed to the work of the African Climate Finance Hub since 2016, starting as a lead researcher for a study named “Roles, responsibilities and limitations of national governments and their intermediaries in financing local climate action in West Africa”. He is a political analyst who published extensively in the fields of governance, security and defence, and on European interests in Africa. Founder of a political-economy advisory group, Dufour Analysis & Associates, Nathan also assists the South Africa-based strategic advisory group The Paternoster Group – African Political Insight as a Research Associate and business development advisor.

From 2013 to 2016, Nathan worked as a Political Analyst at the Polish Institute of International Affairs (PISM), a leading Warsaw-based governmental think-tank, where he provided expertise on France’s domestic politics and foreign policy, as well as its multi-vested interests on the African continent. Previously, he gained experience with various institutions such as the Council of the EU, the World Bank Brussels Office, the European Stability Initiative, the Belgian Business Chamber and the Belgian Embassy in Warsaw.

A native speaker in French, Nathan speaks fluent English and has a solid knowledge of Polish and Spanish, as well as a basic understanding of Russian, Portuguese and Italian.

William Frater MPhil (University of Cambridge),
BA Hons (UCT) 

William Frater has had a diverse career involving ethical investing, impact investing, shareholder activism, governance advocacy, non-governmental organisations, asset management, policy development and local economic development, holding board positions, starting a range of businesses and working for the trade union movement. He is an ALI fellow. He has recently set up an impact investment firm focussing on unlisted investments in the venture capital and private equity space. He is passionate about pulling together his understanding of governance, investment, business management, legal systems, planning, community issues, labour, environmental issues, eco-system services, institutional structures, politics and development to maximise his impact on society.