Dr Crispian Olver

Executive Director
Presidential Climate Commission
South Africa

Crispian is the Executive Director of the Presidential Climate Commission, an independent multistakeholder advisory body established by the President of the Republic of South Africa. Crispian is a member of the Commission ex-officio and is responsible for running the Secretariat of the PCC and its various policy and research programmes. He has served in the South African government in various capacities, including as Director General of the Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism (1999 – 2005), in which position he crafted much of the climate policy and environmental legislation, as well as leading South Africa’s hosting of the World Summit on Sustainable Development (2002). Crispian has an interest in local governance issues, starting with his work on community land, housing and development issues in the 1980s, his work as Deputy Director General in the then Department of Constitutional Development, and subsequently as an author exploring the mechanics of municipal corruption.

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