Lizah Makombore

Lizah Makombore

Regional Society: USSEE

Country: United States

My career has led me to work in multiple sectors and roles but mostly in the following sectors:  Ngo,  public, private, international development sector, and recently in academia.  Having ‘development’ experience from grass roots level all the way to the global level I can navigate most multiple governance structures with humility and agility. This experience has managed to see first-hand the impact of poverty, injustice, violence, and disasters and I’ve always found the courage to contribute positively towards transforming complex and diverse socio-nature challenges. My journey to development and ecological economics has led me to my current position where I am a PhD candidate and a Leadership for the Ecozoic fellow. Further to this, I am also a Gund Institute for the environment at the University of Vermont, Burlington, USA. To demonstrate my skill set to illustrate my suitability for the position include some of the following roles and projects.

  1. Foreign Direct Investment Analyst for the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe where I was exposed to banking regulation and learned to perform national due diligence assessments.  I also sharpened my negotiation, monitoring, and evaluation skills for national projects.
  2. Business Linkages Specialist for the South African International Business Linkages project a United States Agency for International Development (USAID) project. I was involved in the grass root development of small-scale farmers, miners, and businesses and linked them to local and international markets. In this role, I managed to understand trade rules and trade inequities as well as really had firsthand experience with grass roots ‘development’.
  3. Project Manager for the National NGO based in South Africa called the National Business Initiative. At the NBI I contributed to multi-faceted projects at the regional level and local level in the following sectors, climate change, water sustainability, regenerative agriculture, public-private, and partnerships, equity and justice, and local economic development.
  4. Junior Lecturer at The Independent Institute of Education in South Africa. I have spent the last 6 years of my life being a research assistant, lecturer, curriculum developer, and reviewer of assessments in the following subjects Economics, Environmental Economics, and Development Finance.


I am very excited about my current PhD candidature supervised by Josh Farley and my fellowship positions where I am being immersed in Ecological Economics, The Commons, Degrowth,  Just transitions, and other leading ecological economics frameworks.  I envision that if I am selected for the International Society for Ecological Economics board, I will be able to contribute significantly.

I am still learning about EE and by being a member and board member of ISEE I will broaden my EE knowledge, and this should translate into my research initiatives. Ultimately, I am looking forward to bringing diverse perspectives to the board but also want to find sufficiency in this community of practice.

Today, the fight against traditional neoclassical economics and other extractive logics is more relevant than ever; I am honored to partner with the ISEE  team.

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