Our team

Anthony Mills

Anthony Mills

CEO

PhD Soil Science; MPhil Environment and Development; MSc Environmental Geochemistry; BSc Zoology

Anthony is the founder and Chairperson of C4 EcoSolutions. He is acutely aware that major investments in ecosystem restoration and regenerative agriculture at the scale of hundreds of millions of hectares are urgently needed over the next ten years in order to effectively address the biodiversity and climate change crises facing the planet. The focus of his career has consequently been to catalyse such investments within the public and private sector. For example, in addition to his extensive work on Green Climate Fund and Global Environment Facility projects, he recently designed the strategy on the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration (www.decadeonrestoration.org), and is working with a wide range of private sector investors to realise the vision of restoring one million hectares of degraded thicket landscapes in the Eastern Cape, South Africa (see publication). Anthony is also an Extraordinary Professor in the Department of Soil Science, Stellenbosch University, where he undertakes primary research on soil chemistry and ecology. Anthony’s academic qualifications include a BSc Zoology (University of Cape Town), MSc Environmental Geochemistry (University of Cape Town), an MPhil in Environment and Development (University of Cambridge) and a PhD in Soil Science (Stellenbosch University). Anthony regularly publishes in the peer-reviewed academic literature on a wide range of topics, including soil chemistry, ecology, ecosystem restoration, climate change adaptation and carbon sequestration.

Barbara Ikin

Barbara Ikin

Head of People and Administration

MBA specialising in Executive Leadership; BA in Applied Psychology; Bachelor of Commerce

Barbara Ikin is a leadership consultant who specialises in Conscious Leadership. She has over 17 years management experience in diverse settings, including healthcare, banking, the non-profit sector, and hygiene and sanitation, as well as international experience. Her role at C4 is to support the leadership team in developing the right skills and processes for managing in uncertainty and complexity. She works closely with the team to develop relationship intelligence in teams, building resilience and emotional intelligence, and ensuring the organisation is on track to being a leader in the industry, in terms of employee well-being and engagement, as well as one of excellence and innovation..

Grant Benn

Grant Benn

Head of Business and Operations

MSc Conservation Biology; BSc (Honours) Zoology; BSc Zoology and Botany

Grant joined C4 as the Head of Business and Operations in 2022. Before this, Grant had been involved in developing and leading C4’s mitigation group. He has worked in the disciplines of conservation biology, ecology and environmental management for more than 30 years. During this 30-year period, Grant worked as a field researcher in the Kruger National Park, in academia at the FitzPatrick Institute (University of Cape Town), as a research scientist for Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife and then for the last 20 years as a consultant. The application of technology to biodiversity conservation and environmental management, particularly spatial technologies like Geographic Information Systems and remote sensing, has been a primary focus of much of his work. Grant’s GIS expertise has also allowed him to work in various sectors, including education, social development and disaster management. Many of the projects Grant has worked on involved the participation of multi-disciplinary teams. Grant has learnt from these experiences the approaches necessary to coordinate diverse teams and manage complex projects.
Jaun van Loggerenberg

Jaun van Loggerenberg

Lead Scientist: Carbon and Climate

MSc Environmental Sciences; Bsc (Honours) in Environmental Sciences; B.Art.Et Scientia Town and Regional Planning

Jaun joined the C4 EcoSolutions team in 2022 and works as a remote sensing specialist. He holds a MSc in Environmental Science from the North-West University where he investigated the spatial and temporal variability of rainfall in South Africa. He is also pursuing a PhD in Environmental Sciences which focuses on using remote sensing to characterize maize crops in South Africa. Jaun has over 8 years of experience in using GIS and remote sensing in numerous conservation, climate, agriculture and ecosystem projects. Prior to joining C4, he worked on developing bespoke remote sensing solutions for farmers in South Africa to monitor crops, implementing climate change adaptation programs in Sahel, West Africa and developing GIS solutions for complex environmental challenges. Jaun is passionate about the climate, conservation and ecology. He is particularly interested in using remote sensing to better our environment and ensure the future of our planet.
Robbert Duker

Robbert Duker

Chief Operations Officer: AfriCarbon

PhD plant environmental physiology; BSc (Honours) botany; BSc botany and geology

Robbert joined the C4 team in 2021 as a spekboom project analyst. He has a background in spekboom ecophysiology and ecology, having studied this in detail from honors through to PhD. He is currently combining this knowledge with his experience in commercial horticulture in a complex blend of research, experimentation and on-the-ground analysis of spekboom planting protocols in our Sunday’s River valley spekboom project. He has a keen interest in furthering our understanding of the environmental tolerances of spekboom, maximizing its growth rates, and generating both cost effective and robust protocols in both pre- and post-planting environments, with the aim of ensuring the success of our spekboom planting initiative.

Miren Schleicher

Miren Schleicher

Consultant: Climate and Spatial Data Analysis

MSc in Conservation Medicine; BSc in Environmental Science

Miren works at C4 EcoSolutions as a Junior Consultant, having joined the company in 2020. She holds an MSc in Conservation Medicine from Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University, where she investigated quantitative methods to improve the rehabilitation success of endangered African penguin chicks for release back into the wild. Miren is particularly interested in biodiversity conservation and studying the links between humans, animals and the environment to improve resiliency against the impacts of climate change.
Nicole Martin

Nicole Martin

Consultant: Climate and Environment

PhD Zoology; BSc (Honours) Biodiversity and Ecology; BSc Biodiversity and Ecology

Nicole joined C4 EcoSolutions in 2023 as a Climate Change and Environmental Consultant. Her expertise focuses on climate change and biological invasions, specifically their interactive impacts on marine biota. Passionate about understanding global change drivers to reduce human-induced planetary destruction, Nicole graduated top of her class with Bachelor’s and Honours degrees before completing her PhD in 2022. She then lectured on Conservation Biology, Invasion Ecology, and Principles of Ecology at Stellenbosch University, co-supervising research on heatwave and cold spell impacts on native and alien marine species. Nicole also worked with the non-profit organisation, the Beach Co-op, helping to build communities that care for the marine environment.
Kelly Vlieghe

Kelly Vlieghe

Consultant: Climate and Environment

PhD Zoology; BSc (Honours) Zoology; BSc Zoology, Environmental and Geographical Sciences

Kelly works at C4 EcoSolutions as a Climate Change and Environmental Consultant, having joined the company in 2019. She holds a PhD in Zoology from the University of Cape Town where she investigated the potential role of termites in the formation of enigmatic landscape features known as ‘fairy circles’ in the Namib Desert. Prior to joining C4 she worked as a research assistant at Stellenbosch University, looking at the use of cover crops and adjacent natural habitats to attract beneficial insects to apple orchards in the Grabouw Valley. Kelly is particularly interested in ecological entomology, biodiversity conservation and finding innovative ways to improve the resilience of ecosystems to climate change.
Ella Hall

Ella Hall

Consultant: Climate and Environment

PGDip Sustainable Development; BA Development and Environment

Ella works at C4 EcoSolutions as a consultant, having joined the company in 2020. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Development and Environment from Stellenbosch University, and a Postgraduate Diploma in Sustainable Development from the Sustainability Institute focusing on renewable energy and sustainable cities. Her interests include the complexities of navigating a just transition to a zero-carbon future, in particular the fields of renewable energy, sustainable food systems and urban governance.
Anneke Lincoln Schoeman

Anneke Lincoln Schoeman

Consultant: Climate and Environment

BSc Entomology; BSc (Honours) Entomology; PhD Environmental Sciences

Anneke has been working at C4 as a consultant since 2022. Her academic background encompasses the environmental sciences, English, French, German and African language studies and philosophy. Prior to joining C4, she was involved in environmental research that investigated the ecology and evolution of various animals on a planet in crisis, including cheetahs, dung beetles and frogs and their parasites. In particular, her doctoral project focussed on the parasite dynamics of a globally invasive frog amidst environmental change. In addition to her scientific endeavours, she gained recognition as a multilingual science communicator, a skill which she honed through her involvement in community engagement and science outreach. Anneke also firmly believes in the role of women changemakers in ensuring planetary health, a passion which she puts into action through her continuous involvement in a number of NGOs in the women’s leadership space.
Reinhardt Hauptfleisch

Reinhardt Hauptfleisch

Senior Analyst: Remote Sensing and Data Specialist

MSc Geography and Environmental Sciences; BSc (Honours) Environmental and Biological Sciences; BSc Environmental and Biological Sciences

Reinhardt joined the C4 EcoSolutions team as a Remote Sensing and Data Specialist in 2022. He holds a MSc in Geography and Environmental Sciences from the North-West University where he investigated the optimization of rain gauge networks for characterizing the spatial and temporal distribution of rainfall. He has more than seven years’ experience working on a wide range of projects in the agricultural industry, where has gained extensive knowledge in GIS, remote sensing and analytical data processing. Prior to joining C4 Reinhardt worked as a subject matter expert for geospatial data analytics and big data on various data integration projects for the generation of business intelligence. He has a great passion for the environment and likes to find innovative solutions to deal with real world problems within the fields of climate change, conservation of natural resources and ecology.
Daniël Düring

Daniël Düring

Consultant: Climate and Environment

PhD Environmental Science; MSc environmental law and governance; BSc in Geology and Geography; BCom degree in economics

Daniël joined the C4 EcoSolutions team in 2022 as a Climate Change and Environmental Consultant. He has a background in environmental law, policy and science and holds a Master’s degree in environmental law and governance, a BCom degree in economics as well as a BSc in Geology and Geography. He is currently in the final stages of a PhD in Environmental Science at the North-West University, South Africa. Whilst his PhD studies are mainly focussed on atmospheric science and air quality management, his other interests include various aspects of the natural environment. Daniël enjoys applying the latest scientific methods for quantifying ‘wicked’ environmental problems thereby helping to identify appropriate management interventions. He is a firm believer in a multi-disciplinary approach towards addressing complex environmental problems and his passion is to find ways to bridge the perceived gap between science, law and environmental management.
Gerhardt Botha

Gerhardt Botha

Senior Analyst: Data Scientist

MSc in Environmental Sciences; BSc Environmental Sciences;

Gerhardt joined the C4 EcoSolutions team in 2022 as a data scientist. He holds a BSc Honours degree in Environmental Sciences from North-West University, where he is also currently pursuing a MSc in Environmental Sciences. Prior to joining C4, he worked as a research intern on several national and international environmental projects, including the United Arab Emirates Research Program for Rain Enhancement Science and the World Bank South Africa – Air Quality Management in the Greater Johannesburg Area study, where he collected and analysed atmospheric data. Gerhardt is passionate about data science and analytics, and the use of remote sensing and environmental data in climate change mitigation efforts.
Wiehan Swanepoel

Wiehan Swanepoel

Hydrologist

BSc in Geology and Geography; BSc (Honours) in Hydrology and Geohydrology

Wiehan joined C4 EcoSolutions as a hydrologist in 2022, holding a BSc Honours degree in Hydrology and Geohydrology and a BSc in Geology and Geography. Before joining C4, he worked as a hydrogeologist on numerous national and international specialised water-related projects. With five years of experience in groundwater and surface water investigations, Wiehan employs GIS, analytical, and numerical modelling tools to address complex environmental challenges. He is passionate about water-related sciences and their integration with other environmental and earth sciences.
Karla Laubscher

Karla Laubscher

Botanist

MSc in Environmental and Biological Sciences

Karla joined C4 EcoSolutions as a Botanist in October 2022. She earned her MSc in Environmental and Biological Sciences from North-West University, focusing on the potential growth-regulating properties of prophylactic fungicide applications on cereal crops. With over eight years of experience in the agricultural value chain, Karla’s expertise spans plant pathology, nutrition, genetics, and seed quality. She formerly served as a Laboratory Manager at a Seed and Grain Quality Laboratory. A dedicated conservationist passionate about plant life, Karla’s primary interest lies in enhancing land use practices for sustainability in our ever-changing world.
Keith Steunenberg

Keith Steunenberg

Project Manager: AfriCarbon

BSc (Honours) Botany; BSc Botany and Environmental Science

Keith joined the C4 team as a Spekboom Project Analyst in 2021. He completed a BSc Honours in Botany; and holds a BSc degree in Botany and Environmental Science from Rhodes University. Keith’s dissertation investigated the impacts of drought and density dependent ecological processes on mortality of a bush encroaching pioneer, Vachellia karroo. Prior to joining C4, Keith was involved in a ground-breaking study conducted by the South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI), where he worked as a field assistant and resource auditor. The project will contribute towards the development of appropriate policy and guidelines for wildlife ranching, and invariably the conservation of biodiversity in South Africa. Keith’s personal passion is to apply the knowledge and skills he has gained during his research and studies to thicket restoration, with the objective of having a positive effect on the environment.
Shweta Sunkur

Shweta Sunkur

Junior Consultant: Climate and Environment

BSc (Honours) Atmospheric Science; BSc Applied Statistics and Environmental and Geographical Science

Shweta works at C4 EcoSolutions as a Junior Consultant, having joined the company in 2021. She holds a BSc in Applied Statistics and Environmental Science from the University of Cape Town (UCT), as well as an Honours degree in Atmospheric Science. Her Honours thesis contributed to the Wind Atlas for South Africa (WASA) project through its investigation of the seasonal variability of near-surface wind speeds in South Africa, subsequently informing the potential of wind energy resources across the country. Shweta is particularly interested in renewable wind energy, climate analysis, and the use of a range of climate models to build resilience to the impacts of climate change.
Jessica Stephens

Jessica Stephens

Junior Consultant: Climate and Environment

BSc (Honours) Biodiversity and Ecology; BSc Biodiversity and Ecology

Jessica joined C4 EcoSolutions as an intern in 2022. She holds a BSc Honours degree in Biodiversity and Ecology from Stellenbosch University. For her thesis, Jessica focused on improving the feasibility of seagrass restoration in South Africa and developed the first ever tissue culture protocol for an indigenous seagrass species. Throughout this project, Jessica recognised the value of conserving keystone species and the ecosystem services they provide. She developed a passion for restoration ecology, which she hopes to combine with her passion for people to help build climate resilience in vulnerable communities.
Tinovonga Chimuka

Tinovonga Chimuka

Junior Consultant: Climate and Gender

LLM in Environmental Law; BA (Honours) Environmental and Geographical Studies; BSocSci Environmental and Geographical Science and Gender Studies

Tino joined C4 EcoSolutions in 2021 as an intern. She holds a BSocSci in Environmental and Geographical Science and Gender Studies; a BA Honours degree in Environmental and Geographical Studies; and an LLM in Environmental Law from the University of Cape Town (UCT). During her honours thesis, she drew on a gender lens to assess the livelihoods of Zimbabwean female migrants living in Cape Town, South Africa. Tino is particularly interested in the relationship between climate change impacts and gender- specifically how a gendered response can improve the implementation of climate change adaptation projects.
Louise Brown

Louise Brown

Junior Consultant: Climate and Environment

PGD Environmental Management; MPhil Environmental Management

Louise joined C4 EcoSolutions in 2022 as an intern. She attained her Postgraduate Diploma and Master of Philosophy in Environmental Management through Stellenbosch University’s School of Public Leadership. For her MPhil, Louise studied coastal wetland management as an effective climate response. Louise is particularly interested in a multidisciplinary approach to nature-based solutions for climate change adaptation and mitigation.
Amanda Manyani

Amanda Manyani

Junior Consultant: Climate and Environment

PhD Sustainable Development (ongoing); MSc Environmental Science; BSc (Honours) Forest Resources and Wildlife Management

Amanda joined the C4 EcoSolutions team in 2023 as a Junior Consultant. She obtained her MSc in Environmental Science from Rhodes University, focusing her research on understanding how local communities in the Eastern Cape identify with natural elements within public urban green spaces. Currently, she is progressing towards a PhD in Sustainable Development. Her research is focused on the emergence, development, and institutionalisation of social-ecological systems research. Amanda’s extensive fieldwork, involving substantial travelling and stakeholder engagement, has cultivated her expertise in navigating rural and urban communities across South Africa and Zimbabwe. She has a keen interest in how the social-ecological systems thinking, systems-thinking approach, and complexity can be applied to enhance our understanding of the challenges of climate change.
Katherine Brodie

Katherine Brodie

Junior Consultant: Climate and Environment

BSocSci (Honours) Environmental and Geographical Science; BSocSci Environmental and Geographical Science

Katherine joined C4 EcoSolutions as an intern in 2023, holding an Honours degree in Environmental and Geographical Science from the University of Cape Town. Her academic journey included a semester in the Netherlands studying urban resilience. Katherine’s thesis employed GIS spatial analysis to compare biodiversity corridors across socio-economic suburbs. Prior to C4, she worked as a research assistant on stakeholder engagement for the development of a managed aquifer recharge pond in Cape Town. Katherine is enthusiastic about urban mobility—especially cycling—regenerative agriculture, and the intricate interplay between social and ecological systems in the context of climate change.
Emily McConville

Emily McConville

Junior Consultant: Climate and Environment

MPhil in Disaster Risk Science and Development; BA Honours in Geography and Environmental Studies; BA in Humanities

Emily, an intern at C4 EcoSolutions, holds a BA in Humanities, a BA Honours in Geography and Environmental Studies, and an MPhil (Cum Laude) in Disaster Risk Science and Development. Her Honours thesis examined the seismic risk associated with the Milnerton Fault line, assessing the vulnerability of the Cape Flats community and critical infrastructure. Her Master’s thesis explored the integration of disaster risk reduction approaches in municipal development planning and the status of disaster risk management capacity. Emily’s interests revolve around the dynamic human-nature relationship, focusing on building resilience for vulnerable communities to climate change, employing nature-based solutions for disaster risk reduction, and sustainably adapting development models to manage risk.
Jordan Netherlands

Jordan Netherlands

Junior Consultant: Climate and Environment

MSc Environmental Ecology; BSc (Hons) Zoology; BSc Environmental Sciences

Jordan, a passionate environmentalist, holds an MSc in Environmental Ecology from the University of Pretoria. Her thesis explored the impacts of agricultural areas on burrow-dwelling animals in South Africa’s grassland biome. With interests in ecology, sustainability, biodiversity conservation, and restoration ecology, Jordan’s multidisciplinary background encompasses environmental, zoological, and medical research. This experience has strengthened her passion for working with the environment and people.
Lauren Josias

Lauren Josias

Junior Consultant: Climate and Environment

Candidate in MPhil Environmental Management; PGD Environmental Management; BTech Environmental Management

Lauren joined C4 EcoSolutions as an intern in 2023. She has a Postgraduate Diploma in Environmental Management from Stellenbosch University and is working towards a Master’s degree in the same field. Her research aims to estimate the willingness to pay for improving estuary conditions to enhance the recreational experience of estuary users. Before joining C4, Lauren worked as an Environmental Officer at a local municipality in the Western Cape. She is particularly interested in exploring the pathways for transitioning to a just and sustainable economy.
Johan Coetzer

Johan Coetzer

Data Scientist

MSc in Sustainable Resource Development; BSc in Environmental Management

Johan Coetzer, a data scientist at C4 EcoSolutions since 2022, earned his MSc in Sustainable Resource Development from KU Leuven, Belgium, and a BSc in Environmental Management from North-West University. Before joining C4, Johan was a Geography and Environmental Studies lecturer at the University of Limpopo and an Environmental Officer at EPCM Holdings. His expertise in environmental conservation is enriched by his passion for socio-environmental interaction, which influences his work at C4. Johan is a fervent advocate for environmental conservation and is also a registered FGASA field guide.
Gerhard Olivier

Gerhard Olivier

Remote Sensing Scientist

MSc Geography (ongoing); BSc (Honours) Geography

Gerhard joined the C4 EcoSolutions team in 2023 as a Remote Sensing Scientist. He earned his BSc Honours degree in Geography from UNISA and is currently completing his MSc in the same discipline. His research focuses on using remote sensing to estimate spatial and temporal variability of maize crop evapotranspiration in the Mooi River catchment using satellite-based vegetation indices. Gerhard has five years of experience using GIS and remote sensing applications for agricultural monitoring. Before joining C4, he dedicated his skills to developing remote sensing solutions for South African farmers, assisting in the monitoring of crops and soil moisture. Passionate about using remote sensing technology, Gerhard aims to enhance public understanding of environmental phenomena. His goal is to capacitate society to manage the environmental challenges of the present and future.
Nikki Hughes

Nikki Hughes

Analyst: Data Scientist

PhD in Chemical Engineering (ongoing); M.Eng in Chemical Engineering (with distinction); B.Eng in Chemical Engineering with specialization in mineral processing

Nikki joined the C4 EcoSolutions team in 2022 as a data scientist. She is a chemical engineer by training (Bachelors and Master’s degrees) and prior to joining C4 worked as a project mentor, dissertation editor, junior lecturer, and assistant laboratory manager at North-West University. Nikki is passionate about research, data science and analytics, particularly within projects that have positive impacts on people and the environment.
Matthew Collins

Matthew Collins

Junior analyst: Climate and Carbon

MSc Physical and Chemical Oceanography; BSc (Honours) Ocean and Atmosphere Science; BSc Ocean and Atmosphere Science, and Geology

Matthew joined C4 EcoSolutions in 2022 as a junior analyst in climate and carbon. He holds an MSc in Physical and Chemical Oceanography from Nelson Mandela University where he investigated the mechanisms that lead to an upwelling cell off the coast of southeast Madagascar, and the importance of this cell to the local fishing industry. Prior to working for C4 he worked on a project for an NGO that used satellite imagery and machine learning to track the year-on-year changes of local fauna versus invasive species in the Tokai area of Cape Town, South Africa. Matthew is enthusiastic about multidisciplinary approaches to environmental conservation and how to best implement climate change solutions.
Brian Mandigora

Brian Mandigora

Junior Consultant: Climate and Carbon

PhD in Forest Science (ongoing); MSc (Sustainable Agriculture); BSc (Honours) in Land and Water Resources Management

Brian earned his MSc in Sustainable Agriculture from Stellenbosch University, where he researched yield gaps for rainfed maize in South Africa using a modelling protocol. He is currently pursuing a PhD, developing empirical models to assess the impact of weather and climate variations on the growth, yield, and wood quality of Eucalyptus stands in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. Passionate about data science and analytics in agricultural and environmental settings, Brian is keen on applying sustainability and modelling concepts to build resilience against climate change impacts.
Mari van Niekerk

Mari van Niekerk

Junior Consultant: Climate and Carbon

BSc (Honours) in Biodiversity and Ecology

Mari joined C4 EcoSolutions as an intern in 2023, holding a BSc Honours degree in Biodiversity and Ecology from Stellenbosch University. Her thesis centred on developing a tissue culture protocol for Crocosmia aurea, a native species with potentially commercial antidiabetic compounds. After graduating, Mari interned at SANCCOB’s nursery, helping raise over 200 penguin chicks and supporting a company pursuing Rainforest Alliance and UEBT certification. Her interests include conservation, human-wildlife conflict, and climate adaptation and mitigation.
Tauriq Jamalie

Tauriq Jamalie

Junior Consultant: Climate and Carbon

BSc Honours in Biodiversity and Conservation Biology

Tauriq joined C4 EcoSolutions as an intern in 2023. A BSc (Honours) Biodiversity and Conservation Biology graduate, he is nearing completion of an MSc in the same field at the University of the Western Cape. With over four years of experience in rangeland ecology projects at the Agricultural Research Council, Tauriq has honed his skills in veld assessment and proactive management approaches to mitigate drought and climate change impacts on livestock farming. His MSc thesis gave him expertise in assessing how climate change and other environmental factors influence species distribution and diversity using GIS and statistical software. Tauriq has presented his research at several conferences, both domestically and internationally. He is enthusiastic about research, data analysis, and contributing to climate change mitigation and adaptation projects.
Chris Tonkin

Chris Tonkin

Junior Consultant: Climate and Carbon

MSc in Botany

Chris joined C4 EcoSolutions as an intern in 2023, holding an MSc in Botany from Stellenbosch University. His thesis investigated drought response in eucalypts, examining how critical leaf-level functional traits impact the trade-off between growth rate and drought tolerance traits. Chris is particularly interested in utilising ecosystems to mitigate climate change and aid vulnerable communities in adapting to its effects.
Nicola Vermonti

Nicola Vermonti

Junior Consultant: Climate and Carbon

MSc in Conservation and Ecology

Nicola joined C4 EcoSolutions as an intern in 2023, holding an MSc in Conservation and Ecology from Stellenbosch University. Her studies focused on the plant-termite-soil dynamics of heuweltjies in the Fynbos and Succulent Karoo, specifically examining the impact of termite foraging on heuweltjie soil cation compositions. Before joining C4, Nicola worked on a private game reserve in KZN, managing a conservation intern program and collaborating with the reserve management team. Passionate about understanding and protecting ecosystems, she is eager to contribute to projects that positively affect the environment and the people who rely on it.
William Gummow

William Gummow

Spekboom Project Scientist: AfriCarbon

MSc Botany and BSc Environmental Science

William joined C4 EcoSolutions in 2022 as an intern. He holds a MSc degree in Botany and a BSc degree in Environmental Sciences from the Nelson Mandela University. His MSc was on the feasibility of using recycled tyre rubber crumb as a potential ameliorant for compacted agricultural soils. William completed a National Research Foundation internship from 2019-2021 which included work on Spekboom physiology and research on growth rates of plants in semi-arid environments.
William Liversage

William Liversage

Spekboom Project Scientist: AfriCarbon

MSc Water Resource Science; BA(Honours) Environmental Water Management; BA Environmental Sciences and Geography

William joined C4 EcoSolutions in 2022, where he works with the AfriCarbon project, a ground-breaking initiative to restore thicket vegetation. He obtained his MSc in Water Resource Science at Rhodes University, where he analysed the vegetation used by livestock in the Transkei area, Eastern Cape. After completing his studies, he went on to work as a research assistant at Rhodes, collaborating with SANBI to assess the population size and distribution of Aloe ferox in the Eastern and Western Cape provinces. At C4, William primarily assists with the AfriCarbon project’s management and implementation. He is passionate about restoring degraded landscapes, as well as the indigenous vegetation that once thrived in these areas.
Sisipho Myoyo

Sisipho Myoyo

Spekboom Project Scientist: AfriCarbon

BSc (Hons) Environmental Science; BSc Environmental Science and Geography

Sisipho joined C4 EcoSolutions as a spekboom project scientist in 2022. She completed her postgraduate studies in Environmental Science at Rhodes University, where she investigated key natural resource degradation in a rural community in the Transkei region of the Eastern Cape. She has also worked as an intern in the UNDP GEF5 SLM Project, where she conducted field-based research. She moved into a research assistant role in the project, contributing to project management, strategy development, implementation and monitoring of sustainable land management activities. Her interests lie in climate change adaptation and mitigation, restoration and rehabilitation, and natural resource management and governance.
Clyde Shereni

Clyde Shereni

Spekboom Project Scientist: AfriCarbon

MSc and BSc (Hons) Horticultural Science

Clyde joined C4 EcoSolution’s AfriCarbon spekboom restoration project in 2022. He obtained his MSc in Horticultural Science at Stellenbosch University, where his research involved the use of bio-stimulants as an alternate approach to improve the plant performance and fruit quality of pome (i.e. apples and pears) and citrus fruits. After graduating, Clyde worked as a research assistant in the department of horticultural science. He is passionate about sustainability, with vast experience in field research and project and nursery management. Clyde is largely responsible for the nursery production of the spekboom restoration project. He is also involved in monitoring and reporting nursery quality control protocols, project design, data collection and the evaluation of the spekboom nursery. He hopes to upscale the production of spekboom rooting material for restoring one million hectares of degraded thicket landscapes in the Eastern Cape.
Ruan van Mazijk

Ruan van Mazijk

Research and Publishing Intern

MSc Biological Sciences; BSc (Honours) Biological Sciences; BSc Ecology and Evolution and Applied Biology

Ruan joined C4 EcoSolutions in early 2023 as a research and publishing intern, conducting primary scientific research at the company. With a background in plant ecology and evolutionary biology, he holds BSc, Honours, and MSc degrees from the University of Cape Town. His MSc thesis examined the relationship between genome size variation and ecophysiology in a diverse group of fynbos plants, analysed within a phylogenetic context. Ruan has published work on various aspects of Cape flora’s ecology and biodiversity, including biogeographic and macroecological patterns related to soil characteristics. Passionate and skilled in data wrangling, visualisation, and statistical analysis, Ruan contributes to ongoing research projects on the savanna, grassland, and spekboom thicket soil ecology. He also assists with in-house training and technical support at C4 on several topics, leveraging his teaching experience as a postgraduate at UCT.
Debbie Buckley

Debbie Buckley

Administrative Office Manager

Debbie joined C4 in 2014 and currently serves as the Administrative Office Manager. She is versatile, reliable and efficient, with more than 10 years’ experience supporting managers and executives in fast-paced environments. Through her role at C4, Debbie has developed a diverse skillset, including client relations, human resources, recruiting, project management and administrative support.
Robyn Erasmus

Robyn Erasmus

Human Resources Manager

B.BusSci (Industrial Psychology Honours)

Robyn joined C4 EcoSolutions as Human Resources Manager in 2021. She brings a fresh perspective to people management in the company, drawing on experiences across a diverse range of small owner-led businesses as well as several large corporates. While the key focus of her roles have always been the people dynamics, effectiveness, and relationships within any company, she also has an aptitude for working with numbers, which has been invaluable in allowing her to work hand in hand with finance and management teams on issues relating to remuneration and payroll, employee benefits and management reporting.

Robyn’s particular interests in the Human Resource field include building resilience in the workplace, change management, working with management teams to improve leadership skills, and developing a collaborative culture in the workplace.

Chantel Loubser

Chantel Loubser

Administrative Manager

Project Management, Business Administration and Business Leadership & Management

Chantel joined C4 in 2022 as a Project Administrator. She has more than 20 years of experience managing the operations and project divisions at several different companies, coordinating with professional stakeholders on large projects, such as a 400-unit residential development and most recently a 10ha light industrial development currently known as Sainsbury Square Business Park. Chantel is particularly knowledgeable in property and land development, having managed the process from project inception to project completion including financial risk analyses and feasibilities, environmental restrictions and impact assessments. With her varied career, Chantel has developed a diverse skillset that encompasses project administration, operations management, project implementation, financial management and human resource management. She will apply these skills within C4 to ensure that all organisational projects are executed efficiently. In her spare time, Chantel contributes to social upliftment and development initiatives, including Christian education and skills development programmes.
Tara Gallie

Tara Gallie

Project Administrator: AfriCarbon

National Diploma Environmental Management and BTech Environmental Management

Tara joined C4 in 2022 as an administrator for the company’s AfriCarbon Spekboom Restoration branch. After obtaining her qualifications at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology, Tara spent four years working as an environmental sustainability professional. During this time, she was involved in a diverse range of projects for local governments, academic institutions, and corporate establishments. Tara hopes to use the project administration and coordination skills obtained working within sustainability departments to increase the impact of AfriCarbon’s ambitious restoration objectives.

Nicholas Tye

Nicholas Tye

Senior Associate

MSc Ecology, Environment and Conservation; BSc (Honours) Ecology, Environment and Conservation; BSc Zoology and Ecology, Environment and Conservation

Nick joined the C4 EcoSolutions team in 2012 as a Climate Change and Environmental Consultant. Through his work with C4, Nick has developed wide-ranging experience in designing, monitoring and implementing climate change adaptation projects, with a focus on ecosystem-based adaptation, in developing countries. His work at C4 EcoSolutions has included: leading the development of more than 10 adaptation project concept notes (including GEF PIFs) for GEF, Adaptation Fund and GCF; leading and coordinating the development of more than 10 full adaptation project proposals for GEF, Adaptation Fund and GCF; undertaking baseline assessments and mid-term reviews of adaptation and environmental projects; and developing the National Adaptation Programme of Actions (NAPA) for South Sudan. Nick is also currently the Chief Technical Advisor for an Adaptation Fund project in Cambodia, a GEF-SCCF project in Albania and a GEF-LDCF project in Angola. Before joining C4, Nick worked as a Biodiversity Specialist – focusing on birds – for the North West Provincial Government in South Africa. This work linked to his MSc research which focused on biodiversity in riverine ecosystems in the Kruger National Park.