Gina Ziervogel

Researcher, department of environmental and geographical science, UCT

The world needs more people like Gina Zeirvogel. She holds a doctorate in geography from Oxford, but more importantly she understands how changing weather patterns affect African food systems. Ziervogel has worked with the Malawi Red Cross Society exploring the link between climate change and the communities living along Lake Malawi. She documented how these communities responded to the flooding and advocated for improved response should it happen again. For the past six years, she has been based at the Climate Systems Analysis Group of the University of Cape Town where she helps provincial water resource managers access climate information more effectively. Ziervogel has also helped develop some of South Africa's climate change policies, including reporting on Cape Town's food security and climate change for the Western Cape. � Percy Mabandu

Lunch spot: Queen of Tarts, Observatory, Cape Town