Jessy serves as the head of UrbanShift for C40 Cities and the Regional Coordinator for Africa. Her work is to support African cities to transition to climate-compatible economies through integrated planning support, knowledge exchange, and access to global expertise and finance. Through her work, she seeks to accelerate the development and implementation of interventions to adapt and increase resilience to climate change in the region.
Jessy previously served as the C40 Cities Finance Facility’s Regional Engagement Manager for Africa. She has worked for a number of years in the field of environmental management and climate change, on projects ranging from climate finance to improving energy access in rural parts of sub-Saharan Africa. Jessy holds a Master’s Degree from the University of Cape Town, South Africa.
Cable Cars: A Low-Carbon Transit Solution for Growing Cities
Medellín’s experience adapting cable cars to an urban context provides an inspiring and practical solution for congestion, air quality and a host of other challenges faced by cities in the Global South.
Kigali: On the path toward green, climate-resilient growth
Faced with a fast-growing urban population, the Rwandan capital is working to transform itself into a model green city. We spoke with Mayor Pudence Rubingisa about his sustainability goals and priorities for Kigali.
UrbanShift hosts first City Academy in Kigali, Rwanda
The three-day workshop brought together participants from 20 African cities to learn about and exchange ideas on climate action planning and nature-based solutions as tools to create greener, more resilient cities.
Addressing Finance and Capacity Barriers
This paper advocates for cities to adopt nature-based solutions through evidence-based arguments and case studies of cities across the globe.