Peta Wolpe

SEA Managing director


Peta has a BA degree in Sociology from the University of Essex and a Master of Science in Social Administration and Social Work Studies from the London School of Economics and Political Science. Peta worked in the field of psychiatric social work in the United Kingdom for many years, working with adults suffering from a wide range of mental health problems. After her return to South Africa in 1996 she moved into the development sector and took a position at Community Development Resource Association (CDRA), an NGO working in the field of organisational development and training. She held leadership and management responsibilities which included strategic thinking and direction, financial management, fundraising and maintaining the organisation's internal learning processes. She left CDRA to set up her own consultancy practice bringing together her therapeutic/social work skills and experience in leadership and management to work with NGOs in building their core leadership and management. She worked with a number of organisations in Southern Africa offering a range of services including an evaluation, mentoring individuals, organisational reviews, strategic planning, and administrative and leadership team processes.

Peta joined SEA in March 2008 as the new Managing Director. She has worked on a number of projects including developing an energy strategy and implementation plan for Gauteng province, setting up a conference on climate change, developing an exhibition to take to COP 15 to showcase climate change projects within South Africa. She has facilitated workshops and given presentations on climate change and energy efficiency. Her key responsibilities lie in developing the internal sustainability of the organisation which has included holding the organisation's strategic focus and the annual strategic planning workshop, developing a learning programme for the organisation and overall management of internal processes.

She is a Trustee of the Harold Wolpe Memorial Trust and a member of the Executive Committee.