Dr Sylvester Mpandeli worked as a Director for Climate Change Adaptation Resource Sectors at the Department of Environmental Affairs. He also worked as a Specialist Advisor on Climate change Adaptation issues at the same department. Sylvester also worked as a Programme Manager at the Agricultural Research Council–Institute (ARC) for Soil, Climate and Water for almost ten years. While working at the ARC, some of his main responsibilities were to oversee the management of the climate change and agricultural risk management projects, market the climate change programme, and to mentor young scientists. Sylvester holds a Master’s degree in Irrigation and Agronomy from the University of Pretoria. Between 1998 and 2002 he completed two honours degrees in Horticulture and in Land Use Planning both at the University of Pretoria. In 2006 he graduated in his PhD degree through the University of Witwatersrand. Sylvester’s fields of expertise include agrometeorology, seasonal climate forecasting, agronomy, irrigation and agricultural risk management. Dr Mpandeli has served on the ACCESS board for 3 years now.