Chantal Naidoo is a Regional Advisor for Africa to the Green Climate Fund. Her work involves engaging and supporting African countries and implementing entities as they prepare to access the Fund – including work on readiness, accreditation and pipeline development. She consults with a number of development and research think tanks on international climate finance and has authored several papers, most notably with E3G on strategic national approaches to climate finance. She worked with E3G from 2013 – 2014 as a Senior Associate based in South Africa, focusing on strategic national approaches to finance low emission and climate resilient development. She continues to contribute and support E3G’s work on international climate finance and related work at the national level.
Chantal has 20 years’ experience spanning several financial disciplines - corporate tax (Ernst & Young, Arthur Andersen), investment banking (Credit Suisse, African Merchant Bank and Nedbank Capital) and development finance (Development Bank of Southern Africa). She also consulted with UN Fund for International Partnerships supporting work on private sector partnerships with the UN system.
At the DBSA, Chantal served as Divisional Executive - Environmental Finance, where most notably she was instrumental in the design and set up of South Africa’s Green Fund. Her work at the DBSA focused on integrating environmental finance into the infrastructure mandate of the DBSA. She led the climate finance work commissioned by the South African government for the country’s National Climate Change Response Policy. She initiated the accreditation process for DBSA as a national implementing agent for the Global Environmental Facility and advanced work on creating a National Appropriate Mitigation Action for human settlements. She also represented the DBSA and the South African government on climate finance at COP17, Rio+20 and the International Development Finance Club. At the Rio Summit 2012, Chantal supported the South African government in developing and negotiating the inclusion of sustainable development financing strategies to implement the sustainable development goals.
Chantal is a South African national based in Johannesburg. She holds a Masters in Development Finance from Stellenbosch University, a Postgraduate Diploma in Tax Law from the University of Witwatersrand and a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Cape Town. In her spare time, she is an avid indigenous gardener and novice birdwatcher. She speaks English, her native Afrikaans and a little Spanish.