Raymond SIEBRITS, MSc in Environmental and Geographical Science (South Africa)

Raymond Siebrits

Raymond holds a Master’s degree in Environmental and Geographical Science from the University of Cape Town, South Africa and currently works at GreenCape Sector Development Agency, South Africa (www.greencape.co.za). His latest work focuses on water research, sustainability and enterprise development.

Current position: Water Sector Desk Analyst at GreenCape Sector Development Agency, South Africa

Research focus: Water in the green economy of South Africa

His Master’s thesis attracted the interest of South Africa's Water Research Commission, which then funded a team to further develop his work. He went on to gain valuable business development and enterprise building skills while working for a number of start-ups.

In 2012 Raymond was awarded a Green Talent. The jury was impressed by his engagement in the International Water Association's ‘Young Water Professionals’ initiative in South Africa. His research stay at Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research in Leipzig was hugely beneficial for his career. Two of his published academic papers covered the topics of the research he undertook in Germany.

2016 Compiling the GreenCape Water Market Intelligence Report 2016


CV as submitted for the Green Talents award (2012):

University of Cape Town, South Africa

Research focus: Water research sustainability

A leader in water research sustainability, Raymond Siebrits is helping define the priorities and strategies for future research in South Africa.

Most Green Talents winners are involved in the research of sustainability. Raymond Siebrits is interested in the sustainability of research. He grapples with questions such as: how can we facilitate research that is appropriate, relevant, efficient, objective and free from negative influence? How can we make sure that research truly serves the needs of society? How can we promote strategic research with impact and enable this sustainably in a complex world?

Siebrits' Master's thesis, entitled ‘An analysis of water research in South Africa: knowledge and adaptive capacity’, recently attracted the interest of the South Africa's Water Research Commission, which is now funding a team of researchers to further develop Siebrits' work. This project, led by Siebrits, is focused on the scientometrics and horizon scanning of water research in South Africa with the goal of promoting research that is more inter-disciplinary, collaborative, relevant and efficient.

“We want to enable sustainable research and growth in the water research environment to promote greater innovation, better problem-solving and improved policy,” says Siebrits. “I feel this lies at the very core of sustainable development.”

The jury highlighted the importance of sustainability research and Siebrits' particular focus on water research sustainability. It was also impressed by his engagement in the International Water Association's ‘Young Water Professionals’ initiative in South Africa and his role as chair of the group's Western Cape branch.