Gemma is a core member of the senior management team at Agulhas contributing to the growth and success of the company since 2011. She leads the Agulhas Climate Hub supporting action on climate action, a just transition, safer migration and an improved humanitarian response. Gemma has led research and evaluations for a range of clients including the UK’s Independent Commission for Aid Impact (ICAI), the Initiative for Climate Action Transparency (ICAT), the Children’s Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF) and the International Labour Organisation (ILO).
Gemma is an experienced researcher, providing evidence and analysis to support policy planning and decision-making, including Political Economy Analysis (PEA). Her current research includes the relationship between climate change and migration. She also leads the Agulhas Just Transition Working Group, focused on generating the learning and evidence required to inform policies and approaches for a Just Transition. Gemma is currently working with the Green Climate Fund Independent Evaluation Unit (GCF-IEU) and the ILO to deliver a synthetic review of just transition interventions in non-Annex 1 countries. Gemma also supports clients to think through the changing nature of development programming, with a focus on adaptive and flexible programming and technical assistance.
Her international experience over the last 17 years covers over 25 countries with a particular focus on East and Southern Africa and South and Southeast Asia
Key work skills
Gemma is a team leader, researcher and evaluator addressing the challenges of climate change, supporting sustainable development, just transition and better governance. Her work focuses on harnessing knowledge and learning to inform and drive positive change.
Gemma is based between Kenya and South Africa and loves being active and outdoors. At the weekends she coaches surf lifesaving and tries hard to convince her children to join her on the mountain bike trails.