Vere is the Programmes Head for World Green Building Council’s (WorldGBC) Africa Region.
Vere focuses on delivering programmes to catalyse the uptake of sustainable built environments on the African continent with WorldGBC’s regional partners, including the African Union. As part of the WorldGBC Engagement & Networks team, Vere works closely with the Director of Engagement & Networks, Director of Strategy & Development, Director of Advancing Net Zero and Director of Global Policy to support the Green Building Councils (GBCs) in the WorldGBC Africa Regional Network.
For green buildings, her career began in 2010 when she was a part of the WSP-LUC-DHK winning team for the Wangari Maathai Institute for Peace & Environmental Studies international design competition, where the institute was to be carbon-neutral. Since then, Vere has been passionate about net zero, green buildings that do less harm to people and to the climate and environment – understanding that Africa is one of the most vulnerable continents to climate change with women in Africa being disproportionately impacted. Working for multinational engineering consulting firms, Vere has been to 21 countries in Africa to support with the training and contextualisation of green buildings and green building rating tools and the ongoing establishment and development of GBCs.
Vere works part time with WorldGBC while also co-leading Greendesign Africa – an ESG and engineering consulting firm specialising in the design, construction, commissioning, operations and certification of sustainable buildings. As an ESG and sustainable building consultant, her mission is to transform the building and construction sector across WorldGBC’s three strategic areas – Climate Action, Health & Wellbeing, and Resources & Circularity – and she believes that GBCs in every country in Africa will be the catalyst for this transformation on the continent.
She holds a Bachelor of Science in Engineering with a specialisation in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Cape Town.
Vere is based in South Africa.linkedin