After graduating from Rhodes University in Grahamstown, South Africa, as an economist with commerce and law degrees, he decided to put his competence to use in the field of sustainable development. His was just the profile that SouthSouthNorth, a Cape Town-based South African environmental non-profit company that focuses on addressing climate compatibility and development issues across Africa and Latin America, was looking for. Blaise has now been working for five years with SSN, primarily assisting the organisation foster collaborative networks with other like-minded stakeholders working to address climate change while developing its internal strategy, structure and processes to enhance its impact.
Drawing from his background as an economist, he also coordinates the organisation’s climate finance work that looks to drive implementation of climate action by linking high-impact climate change related projects to scaled finance. Blaise is convinced that this is a crucial step towards scaling actions that mitigate greenhouse gases and enhance societies’ resilience on a warming planet.