Is a Distinguished Professor of Sustainable Development in the School of Public Leadership, Stellenbosch University and the Academic Director of the Sustainability Institute, Co-Director of the Stellenbosch Centre for Complex Systems in Transition. He is also member of International Resource Panel facilitated by the United Nations Environment Programme, Fellow of the World Academy of Art and Science, member of the We-Africa Action Research Network and a member of the Board of the Development Bank of Southern Africa. He has published widely on topics related to sustainability and sustainable development of which the most recent and prominent one is the Handbook entitled ‘Just Transitions: Explorations of Sustainability in an Unfair World’ published by United Nations Press (Tokyo) in 2012. As member of the International Resource Panel, he co-led the production of the report on City-Level Decoupling which showed the importance of looking at the dynamic link between infrastructure and resource flows in in understanding urban metabolism and promoting resource efficiency in cities.
Desta Mebratu has more than 31 years of experience working for industries, government agencies, universities and international organizations. A chemical engineer by background, he has a PhD of engineering in Industrial Environmental Economics from Lund University, Sweden and an MBA in International Business from the American University of London. He worked for different United Nations Agencies including the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) where he served, among others, as Head of the global Business and Industry programme (2008-11) and Deputy Regional Director for Africa (2011-2016). He has published more than 45 articles in peer-reviewed journals and Handbooks. He is currently an Extraordinary Professor at Centre for Complex Systems in Transition, School of Public Leadership, Stellenbosch University and teaches at Addis Abeba University, Institute of Technology. Professor Mebratu is Fellow of the African Academy of Sciences (AAS) since 2016.
TeifaIQ Africa shall have a Head Office based in Cape Town, South Africa, which will be responsible for the execution of the company’s activities. The company may open branch offices in other African cities, as and when needed.
These are individuals and institutions that have expertise and institutional objectives that align with the core services and functions of the company and who are willing to partner with TeifaIQ
The founders and Associate partners are connected to extensive regional and international networks which will be at the disposal of the company. This will form the basis for mobilizing high-calibre expert teams for projects and initiatives.
As a company that is committed to the promotion of an inclusive, climate resilient and resource efficient development in Africa, TeifaIQ Africa’s operation and services shall be guided by the following key principles.
Working across disciplines and knowledge systems through a transdisciplinary approach constitutes the core of our methodological approach in developing our solutions and delivering our services.
Combines high quality process facilitation and data analytics to drive strategic thinking, informed decisions and problem solving, by drawing on evidence, cutting edge expertise and local knowledge.
TeifaIQ Africa shall strive to mentor young African scholars from different disciplines on sustainability leadership by creating the space for their active involvement and contribution in all services.
TeifaIQ Africa will consider participation in equity contribution, but shall be limited to projects on the knowledge frontier or with high experimental value or socio economic impact in addition to fulfilling the environmental stewardship requirement.
TeifaIQ Africa does not associate itself with any business that is alleged to work against the core principles of corporate sustainability, environmental stewardship and social justice.