Francesca ran the Europe office of the Green Belt Movement (GBM) since its inception in 2005 after GBM founder Wangari Maathai was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2004. She has worked in the environment sector for over ten years after a previous career in IT and has a master’s degree in environment and community. As well as running the Europe office, her work is focussed on international advocacy, policy and GBM’s climate change strategy. She has worked with numerous NGOs in Africa on sustainable development and a holistic environmental approach. Francesca lived in Johannesburg in South Africa for 15 years which coincided with the turbulent years at the end of apartheid. She was a student activist at the University of Witwatersrand and would escape the city and turmoil of those years to find peace in the Southern African wilderness.