Melissa Fourie

Executive Director

Melissa is the Executive Director of the Centre for Environmental Rights, a position she has held since the CER opened its doors in 2010. Melissa started her career in 1998 as attorney at Cape Town law firm Sonnenberg Hoffmann Galombik (now ENSAfrica), followed by a stint at Sydney law firm Blake Dawson Waldron (now Ashurst). After completing a Master’s degree in London, she joined the Research & Policy Unit of the IUCN’s South African Country Office in 2003. She was appointed Director: Enforcement at the Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism in 2005, where she was responsible for both enforcement of national land use, pollution and waste legislation, as well as the roll-out of the Environmental Management Inspectorate, until 2008. Melissa holds the degrees BA LLB from the University of Stellenbosch, and an MSc in Environment and Development from the London School of Economics. She also holds certificates in tax law, environmental law and environmental compliance and enforcement at the Universities of Cape Town, Witwatersrand and Pretoria. Melissa loves music, and plays the piano once a year when she has a free moment (which is never).