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Managing Director of Regions & Mayoral Engagement & Regional Director for Africa at C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group

Nominated by Alliance HQE (France GBC).

Hastings Chikoko is the Managing Director of Regions and Mayoral Engagement & Regional Director for Africa at C40. In his Africa role, he provides oversight on C40 South Africa Buildings Programme – working with Johannesburg, Tshwane, Durban and Cape Town through embedded expert advisors to develop low and zero carbon building codes and regulations, going beyond national requirements. 

He serves on the Advisory Board of African Centre for Cities and also sits on the Advisory Group for the African Cities Research Consortium at the Global Development Institute of University of Manchester. He is also on the Technical Advisory Group of the Global Environment Facility – GEF (Sustainable Cities and Urban Systems). He is a member of the Africa-Europe Strategic Task Force on Sustainable Energy, and the World Economic Forum’s Global Future Council on Clean Air; and serves on the Global Supervisory Council/Board of Wetlands International. 

With a postgraduate degree in Cities from the London School of Economics (LSE), his work with local governments started at the City of Blantyre and later at the Ministry of Local Government in Malawi. Prior to joining C40, Hastings had a long career with the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) in Zimbabwe, Kenya, South Africa and Switzerland; including being the Regional Director (a.i) for East and Southern Africa and Head of IUCN in South Africa. 

Besides an MSc in Cities from LSE, he also holds an MSc in Strategic Management (University of Derby, UK) Postgraduate Diploma in Environmental Diplomacy – specializing in Green Economy (University of Geneva, Switzerland) and a Bsc in Economics (University of Malawi).