Simisha Pather-Elias

Project coordinator at SEA

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Simisha Pather-Elias joined SEA in March 2013 as a senior project coordinator.

She has two Master of Philosophy degrees. Her first MSc degree was attained in 2005 in Biotechnology from Rhodes
University following employment as a Scientific Officer at UCT in the Bioprocess Engineering Research Unit. There whilst working on several projects relating to environmental sustainability, her interest in energy and sustainable development was stimulated. In 2009 she pursued her second Master's degree in Energy and Development at the Energy Research Centre at UCT which she completed in 2011. Her research focus was on low-carbon-based energy options for the food retail sector in South Africa, which included both energy efficiency technologies and renewable energy. During this period, she took up a graduate position at Conservation International's Climate Action Partnership division to gain experience in the sector and exposure to working with government, business and civil society on climate change mitigation and adaptation. Simisha also worked for the Botanical Society of South Africa briefly, assisting the director with managing operations, maintaining and building on the sustainability profile of the organisation, and extending the portfolio of projects through forming partnerships. Finally finding her true home at SEA, Simisha constantly aims to balance her analytical and creative skills by being involved in several projects ranging from energy and low carbon modelling and strategy development; energy poverty and intern mentoring.

As a wife and mother to two dogs, she is passionate about sustainable living, simplicity and tackling challenges in a holistic way. In her personal capacity she assists in many community development and educational projects.