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Gareth Morgan


Currently resides in: Western Cape, South Africa

Born in Cape Town South Africa

Gareth Morgan is the Director: Resilience in the newly created Resilience Office at the City of Cape Town. He leading the resilience strategy building process of the 100 Resilient Cities initiative, pioneered by the Rockefeller Foundation. He was previously a MP for 9 years. His personal interests include climate change, water, energy, local economic development and executive coaching.

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Hertzog Boulevard, Cape Town, South Africa, 8001

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Current Position(s)

Director: Resilience | Resilience Office | City of Cape Town
Cape Town, South Africa | August 2017 - present

Government, Public Administration and Defence

Previous Position(s)

Principal Trade & Investment Officer | Department of Enterprise & Investment | City of Cape Town
Cape Town, South Africa | June 2015 - July 2017

Government, Public Administration and Defence

Consultant | Self-Employed
Cape Town, South Africa | July 2013 - May 2015

Consulting and Project Management

Consulted to various clients. Largest project was a multi-year climate change project with a German Foundation.

Member of Parliament | Democratic Alliance | Parliament of South Africa
Cape Town, South Africa | April 2004 - February 2013

Government, Public Administration and Defence

Gareth Morgan served on the Portfolio Committee of Environmental Affairs, and then the Portfolio Committee of Water and Environmental affairs during his 9 years in parliament. At the time of his resignation in early 2013 he had the longest record of service on the committee out of all the existing members. Gareth worked on numerous pieces of legislation during his tenure, including the Waste Act, the Integrated Coastal Management Act, the Air Quality Act, and various amendments to the National Environmental Management Act. He also had brief stints on the Portfolio Committee of Health, and the Portfolio Committee of Mineral Resources. He was a parliamentary representative on the SA delegations to COP16 and COP17.

During his term in Parliament Gareth asked the highest number of parliamentary questions out of all MPs.

In June 2011, he was elected as a Whip of the DA, a position which he held until his resignation.

During his first 14 months in Parliament he served as the Parliamentary Counsellor to the Leader of the Opposition.

Teacher | Westville Boys' High School
Durban, South Africa | July 1999 - September 2000

Academia, Education and Training

Taught accountancy to Grade 8s & 9s.

KZN Media Liaison | Democratic Party
Durban, South Africa | January 1999 - June 1999

Government, Public Administration and Defence

Drafting media statements and speeches; Organising press conferences; Providing comment to the media

Educational history


Westville Boys' High School, Durban, South Africa (1994)


Centre for Coaching

Cape Town, South Africa | March 2012 - March 2012

Certificate: Coaching to Excellence - Executive Coaching

University of Oxford

Oxford, United Kingdom | October 2002 - September 2003

MSc Environmental Change and Management - Water & Climate Change

University of Oxford

Oxford, United Kingdom | October 2000 - July 2002

MA - Philosophy, Politics and Economics

University of Kwa Zulu Natal (Pietermaritzburg Campus)

Pietermartizburg, South Africa | January 1998 - November 1998

BSocSci Honours - Politics

Cum Laude

University of Kwa Zulu Natal (Pietermaritzburg Campus)

Pietermaritzburg, South Africa | February 1995 - November 1997

BCom - Economics, Business Administration and Politics



Mail & Guardian List of Climate Change Leaders | 2014

Westville Boys' High School Trust Scholarship | 1994

Jan Hofmeyer Award for Citizenship & Community Service | 1997

Awarded by Department of Political Science, University of Natal-PMB, for best internship project by a third year student

Laurel Wreathe for Service to Athletics | 1998

Awarded by the President of the Sports Union of the University of Natal-PMB

Sports Administrator of the Year | 1998

Awarded by the University of Natal-PMB Sports Union

Mail & Guardian Top 200 Young South Africans to take to lunch | 2010



Archbishop Tutu Leadership Programme

Fellow, April 2014 - present

GLOBE International

Delegate, July 2006 - January 2013


Alan Gray Orbis Foundation

Mentor, February 2015 - present

Rotary International

Short term Rotary Exchange Student, December 1994 - January 1995

Exchange student in Adelaide, Australia

University of Natal-PMB Athletics Club

Chairman, September 1997 - September 1998

Rhodes Scholar Southern Africa Forum

Convenor, 2001 - 2003

DA Young Leaders' Programme

Mentor, January 2007 - November 2015

Westville Boys' High Educational Trust

Trustee, July 2011 - present

KZN Rhodes Scholar Selection Panel

Selector, September 2011 - October 2015

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