Sasha Mentz-Lagrange

Sasha is an independent researcher and consultant with over 12 years of experience in the field of sustainable development and climate change.

She has a strong interest in building resilience to climate change, sustainable food systems, food sovereignty, agroecology and ecological building. She has amongst others worked for the United Nations as a climate change researcher and implementation support advisor, the University of Cape Town’s Energy Research Centre to support mitigation planning, the South African Sustainability Institute on greening the urban sector and the food/energy/water nexus in developing economies, the African Centre for Biodiversity to research the “Big agri” push in Africa and issues of food/seed sovereignty, Groundswell international to support their work on agroecology, the World Council of Churches to research the impact of the financialisation of food in Africa. She is actively engaged in supporting the South African Organic Sector organisation (SAOSO), notably through supporting the emergence and sound management of Participatory Guarantee Systems (PGS) to ensure organic food production systems.  Sasha is also skilled in programme management, organizational change, facilitation, translation and interpretation (English/French).

Sasha holds a Master’s degree in Geopolitics and Political Science from the Sorbonne University in Paris, as well as an MPhil in Sustainable Development Management from Stellenbosch University. She lives off-grid on a smallholding in the Garden Route with her family and farms dairy goats organically.