Tessa is a Project Lead at the EDP with a focus on food security.
Tessa has previously consulted on climate change risk and resilience projects that strengthen climate change adaptation and mitigation. This involved working closely with communities in South Africa most heavily impacted by climate change, and developing strategies for systemic responses to climate change. Her previous work experience includes urban development and land use management.
Tessa has a Bachelors Degree in Politics, Philosophy and Economics (PPE), an Honours Degree in Political Studies, and a Masters Degree in City and Regional Planning (University of Cape Town). Her Masters thesis focussed on the co-creation of a strategy with small-scale farmers and activists in the Philippi Horticultural Area (PHA) to safeguard the farmlands from development pressure. She is passionate about imagining regenerative responses to the challenges of climate change.