Meet Our Speaker

Shamini Harrington

Shamini is a seasoned climate change expert who holds a Master’s Degree in Environmental Science with a specialisation in climate change management. 


She has nearly two decades experience in the field, having begun her career as a researcher at the Centre for Scientific and Industrial Research, before moving into a corporate environment focusing on climate change management. 


At Sasol she is the Vice President for Climate Change where she leads a diverse team focusing on reducing emissions, transforming operations and shifting the company’s portfolio. In December 220 she was appointed by the President as a Presidential Climate Commissioner. 


For five years she negotiated international climate change policy, as the first business representative on South Africa’s negotiating team at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. She was previously Co-Chair of the National Business Institute’s Environment Committee and Chair of the South African Petroleum Industry Association’s Climate Change Committee. She is the current BUSA Environment and Just Transition Committees Chair, representing business at NEDLAC. 


Shamini remains active in South African and international climate change policy development processes and is a sought-after speaker on the topic at local and global conferences.