Saphira Patel

Saphira Patel

Saphira’s areas of expertise lie in sustainability reporting, development evaluation, environmental resource management and the provision of environmental, social and sustainability risk advisory services to the development finance sector.  She has a Master’s degree in City and Regional Planning as well as an Honours degree in Environmental and Geographical Science both from the University of Cape Town. She has also successfully completed the University of Witwatersrand- Business School’s Management Advancement Programme (MAP), and is a certified GRI Sustainability Reporter.

Saphira is currently managing the Operations Evaluation Unit at the Development Bank of Southern Africa and has worked in the environmental and sustainable development sector for over ten years. Saphira has substantial experience relating to environmental and social assessment, risk appraisal and project due diligence in both the public and private sector. Saphira also has experience working on infrastructure development projects within the SADC region and has worked with both international and local banks, DFIs and developers on large and small scale projects.  

Saphira has managed and led the development, review and implementation of organizational sustainability strategies, policies and frameworks and the provision of advisory services for sustainable development and environmental risk management within the development finance sector.  Saphira’s recent work includes; managing the review and revision of the Development Bank of Southern Africa’s (DBSA) Environmental Appraisal Procedures, the development of an Environmental Impact Matrix for the DBSA, the coordination of the DBSAs Environmental Community of Practice, and the compilation and editing of the SADC Environmental Legislation Handbook.

Saphira also lectures on the topic of sustainable development and environmental management at the University of Witwatersrand: School of Architecture and Planning.  

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