Gareth Morgan is the Director of Resilience in the City of Cape Town. He led the development of the first Cape Town Resilience Strategy, and has held leadership positions in the portfolio responses of the City to both the recent regional drought and the current COVID-19 pandemic. He was a senior member of the team that won the 2020 Global Public Service Award in the COVID Rapid Responders category from the Apolitical organisation. He is interested in complex systems thinking and is involved in building actions in response to a wide range of shocks and stresses relevant to Cape Town.
In the early part of his career he was a Member of Parliament in the National Assembly for nine years, serving predominantly on the Portfolio Committee of Environmental Affairs. His legislative interests included energy, water and the green economy.
He is an Archbishop Tutu Fellow and was a recipient of the Rhodes Scholarship, which took him to Oxford University where he read for a MA in Politics, Philosophy and Economics and a MSc in Environmental Change and Management. He is also a graduate of the University of Natal. In 2020 he was a finalist in the Mail & Guardian’s Greening the Future Awards.