Monique Classen

University of Cape Town

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Monique Classen

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Ms Monique Classen is a graduate from the University of Cape Town with a Master of Philosophy in Environment, Society and Sustainability. Her interest lies within stakeholder engagement as within her dissertation “Eco-Africa and facilitated community participation in the /Ai-/Ais Richtersveld Transfrontier Conservation Area”. Experienced Researcher with a demonstrated history of working in the think tanks industry. Skilled in Microsoft Word, Editing, Planning, Environmental Awareness, and Time Management. Monique is a strong research professional with the ability to organize, interpret and analyse factual and subjective data. Through her work experiences, Monique is able to work independently, and within a team as her project management skills are more equipped in dealing with continuously evolving and time-restricted situations. Her effective communication and people-friendly nature allows her to interact with various individuals from civil society to policy-makers. Besides her qualification, Monique has also established strong administrative and social media marketing skills which allows her to capture and motivate wider audiences.

Biography

Work Rights:
  • South African Citizen
Citizenship:
  • South Africa
Languages:
  • English

Education

  • University of Cape Town - Bachelor in Arts and humanities
    Graduation date:
    Discipline(s):
    • Arts and humanities
    Degree Level:
    Bachelor
  • University of Cape Town - Bachelors with Honours in Arts and humanities
    Graduation date:
    Discipline(s):
    • Arts and humanities
    Degree Level:
    Bachelors with Honours
  • University of Cape Town - Masters in Environment
    Graduation date:
    Discipline(s):
    • Environment
    Degree Level:
    Masters

Employment

  • Company Name:
    Research and communications assistant intern at African Centre for a Green Economy
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    Description:

    Responsible for conducting research on numerous subjects relating to the delivery of AfriCGE's existing projects.

  • Company Name:
    Casual research assistant at Mobile Indaba Afirca
    Start - End Dates:
    Description:

    Responsible for creating coding for market-based research of various companies.

  • Company Name:
    Research assistant at Centre for Complex Systems in Transition
    Start - End Dates:
    Description:

    Responsible for desktop research on various projects, alongside assistant other postgraduate international students with their research.

  • Company Name:
    Country manager of South Africa at Climate Scorecard Project
    Start - End Dates:
    Description:

    Responsible for building networks and relationships with organizations related to climate change, alongside gathering information related to SA's Paris agreement pledge.

  • Company Name:
    Research assistant at African Climate and Development Initiative
    Start - End Dates:
    Description:

    Responsible for gathering and creating a literature database pertaining to Green Skills in South Africa.

Skills

  • people skills

    Ability to understand and empathize with people in differing situations and environments. Work well in group tasks with an effective communication ethic and supportive team-player. Ability to motivate and guide others in completing projects.

  • communication

    Oral skills developed through presentations and cross-disciplinary interactions; well essay marks within University due to strong writing skills.

  • networking and liaison

    Developed through community work, administration work, involvement in undergraduate department of Environmental & Geographical Science and History at the University of Cape Town.

  • leadership and teamwork

    Enjoy being part of a team and taking responsibilities and leadership roles in group projects, practical’s and so forth. As seen within her volunteering as country manager for South Africa for the Climate Scorecard Project.

  • project management

    Ability to manage and monitor projects through organizational and time-management aids to provide efficient and effective outcomes.

  • problem solving

    Ability to apply complex problem solving theory models to professional and personal situations or environments. Ability to solve problems through various methods of brainstorming or other engagement methods.

  • research

    Strong abilities for desktop or practical data collection, along with subjective analysis of information.

  • adaptability and flexibility

    Work well in fast-paced and continuously evolving environments.

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