Crispian Olver is a public policy and management expert with extensive experience at senior management level in local government, environment and development issues. A medical doctor by training, he was a leader and activist in the anti-apartheid struggles during the 1980’s and 1990’s. Since 1994 he has held various senior management positions within the South African government, including Director General for the Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism.
Since 2005 he has focused on public sector consulting in the fields of local government and sustainable development, and has led a number of multidisciplinary teams managing large and complex multi-donor programmes. During 2012 he coordinated the work of the UNFCCC’s High Level Panel on the Clean Development Mechanism.
He is the author of How to Steal a City (2017), an account of corruption in Nelson Mandela Bay.