Natalie Topa

Regional Resilience and Livelihoods Coordinator for East Africa and Great Lakes Region (EAGL) at Danish Refugee Council

Natalie has dedicated her career to supporting¬†efforts to heal and restore community agroecosystems as a basis of circular bioeconomy at the bioregional level. Her experiences over the past 15 years – including serving as IRD’s South Sudan country director and now Danish Refugee Council’s Regional Resilience and Livelihoods Coordinator – have shaped her approach to livelihoods and community wellbeing and deepened her resolve to tackle the root causes of ecological degradation.¬†Natalie believes that building systems-based resilience for households, communities and regions can happen by applying design and regenerative thinking to all contexts, including the natural, built, social and economic environments in which we work.