Theresia OttTheresia Ott


South Africa

 

Occupational Information


Occupation: Ecologist

Occupational Position: Theresia heads up the world-renowned best practice rehabilitation program at Rio Tinto’s Richards Bay Minerals (RBM).

Projects


After many family trips throughout southern Africa, Theresia pursued studies in natural sciences and completed a Doctorate in Zoology, specializing in landscape ecology. Exploring even more remote parts of southern Africa during her research, she experienced a variety of challenges where people and nature interact. Here, a deep-rooted love for the African bush developed into the desire to make a difference on the ground.

Professional History


At RBM, Theresia manages over 3,000 hectares of rehabilitated land in a rural setting, she leads a team of five contractors that employ over 100 employees from local communities to rehabilitate mined land. Theresia played a critical role in ensuring the seamless startup of three of these companies as newly formed locally owned and managed businesses. Aside from operations, she advises the company regarding biodiversity concerns, breaking down walls between stakeholders to drive land use planning initiatives to secure sustainable futures for people and the environment.

Qualifications


MSc and PhD in Zoology, University of Pretoria; BSc & BSc Honours Zoology, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University

Programs


2015 Archbishop Desmond Tutu Leadership Fellow

Featured News

Charles Sidambe
16 May 2019

2013 Fellow and Tanzania's Environment Minister January Makamba, is championing plans to ban the production, importation, sale and use of all single-use plastic bags in Tanzania by July 2019, to help tackle pollution from non-biodegradable waste.
The East African nation is the latest country to make a formal commitment to phase out single-use non-biodegradable plastics, which have been identified by the United Nations as one of the world's biggest environmental challenges. Of the 9 billion tonnes of plastic the world has produced, only 9 percent has been recycled, according to U.N. estimates.
Peter Wilson
14 April 2019

The African Leadership Institute has a very strong cohort of emerging African leaders for the prestigious Tutu Leadership Fellowship for 2019. Amongst nearly 250 nominees of outstanding quality from more than African countries, 23 of Africa’s highest potential young leaders were selected to take part in the programme. Including the candidates nominated by our sponsoring organisations, the candidates represent 12 different African countries, ranging in age 25 to 39 years of age, and span several industries. The selected candidates demonstrate the incredible wealth and breadth of leadership talent that exists in Africa’s youth.

The biographies of the 2019 candidates follow:

Charles Sidambe
12 April 2019

2016 Fellow, renowned Kenyan award-winning film producer and Spielworks Media CEO, Dorothy Ghettuba, has been appointed by Global streaming giant, Netflix, as Manager for International Originals. 
The move comes after Netflix announced in 2018 that it would commission original shows from Africa by 2019. This move was intended to  increase demand for the platform among viewers from the region and eventually reduce the cost of access. “Telling our African stories. Onwards and Upwards,” said Ms Ghettuba in an Instagram post announcing her appointment. Dorothy launched Spielworks Media, a Nairobi-based African production company, in 2009 and wished to one day, turn the company into an African version of the American motion picture studio, Universal Pictures. She has produced epic programs such as ‘Sumu La Penzi’ and  ‘Lies That Bind’. 
Charles Sidambe
15 March 2019

2018 Tutu Fellow Aminu Umar-Sadiq has been appointed as an Executive Director and Member of the Board of the Nigerian Sovereign Investment Authority, or NSIA, by President Muhammadu Buhari. This appointment sees him move from his previous role as Senior Vice-President and Deputy Head of Infrastructure, also at the NSIA.
 
In 2018, the NSIA Board established a Direct Investment Committee for review and oversight of investments in core domestic infrastructure sectors such as motorways, agriculture, healthcare, power, and education. Aminu has significant experience in investment banking, private equity and public finance, including his most recent role at the NSIA.

A Selection of Tutu Leadership Fellows


About AFLI

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The African Leadership Institute (AFLI) is unique among leadership initiatives in that it focuses on building the capacity and capability of visionary and strategic leadership across the continent. Developing exceptional leaders representing all spheres of society, the Institute’s flagship programme is the prestigious Archbishop Tutu Leadership Fellowship. Offering a multifaceted learning experience and run in partnership with Oxford University, it is awarded annually to 20-25 carefully chosen candidates, nominated from across Africa. Alumni of the African Leadership Institute form a dynamic network of Fellows passionately committed to the continent’s transformation, bridging the divide between nations and ensuring that Africa is set centre-stage in global affairs.

AFLI Workplace

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AFLI uses Workplace by Facebook as its networking and collaboration platform for the Tutu Leadership Fellowship.  It allows Fellows to network, discuss issues, develop position papers, plan events, and coordinate with each other ahead of meetings when travelling to other countries. It also provides a space for programme associates to collaborate on their requirements for the Tutu Leadership programme.

Workplace is a software app that functions across desktop and mobile using familiar features like groups, chat, and video calls, and is used by more than 30,000 organisations around the world. It uses an interface familiar to anyone who has used Facebook, but adjusted for the workplace. We have provided answers to FAQs on how to log in, how Workplace can be used, and answers to possible technical questions users may have.  Fellows can log into Workplace by clicking on the the logo.

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