Sarah Gillian Ward


City of Cape Town - Head Energy & Climate Change Unit


Quick Bio

Ms. Sarah Ward has been the Head of Energy and Climate Change for the City of Cape Town since 2008. Prior to this position, she worked as a consultant for the City and city-focused organizations, including Sustainable Energy Africa’s City Energy Implementation Project and ICLEI Africa. Ms. Ward’s work in research and strategic consulting include: contributing to the State of Energy Report Cape Town 2015, the Gauteng 2034 Energy Theme Paper, and a book titled, Climate Change at the City Scale, and consulting the City of Cape Town on topics including economic and human development and energy. Ms. Ward is a board member of Sustainable Energy Africa and Green Cape, a non-profit supporting the green economy in the Western Cape, South Africa, and a founding member of a local energy NGO called the Women’s Energy Group. Ms. Ward lectured on Sustainable Energy Planning for Cities at Stellenbosch University in Stellenbosch, South Africa. She holds a master’s degree in Renewable Energy Technologies from Stellenbosch University and a master’s degree in Town and Regional Planning from the University of Natal in Durban, South Africa.

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