Megan was the Programme Manager for Climate and Development at the Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment. In 2011, she managed a team of researchers and expert advisors, and worked closely with the Government of Rwanda to develop a national 'Green Growth and Climate Resilience Strategy' for Rwanda. The Strategy provides a long term vision for socio-economic development delivered through programmes of action across key sectors: energy, water, land, forestry, agriculture, mining, transport, built environment, industry, education, health and finance. Megan worked on the energy and mining sectors in depth for the project. She was also an advisor for the documentary 'Rwanda: Emerging in a Changing Climate' and was on the Rwandan delegation at COP17 where the Strategy was launched in December 2011.
In early 2012 she led two reports for a South African think tank (CDE) on the future of climate change negotiations and the response of the BASIC countries; and a scoping study for DFID in China on opportunities for south-south learning on climate adaptation (CASSALD). She also managed an international research project on community-based climate change adaptation in small island developing states (GIVRAPD).
Before moving to the UK in 2010, Megan worked for Anglo Platinum in South Africa for 8 years. She focused on developing and implementing new technology, software and systems on site and at head office for geology, geotechnical engineering and Mine-to-Mill. As a Research Manager (2008-2010) she brought sustainable development into the research agenda through cross-discipline collaboration, engaging with diverse stakeholders, and innovative projects. She led a team of graduates in developing a vision of the mining company of the future; contributed to a corporate Water Strategy; worked on the of the 'true value of water' for Anglo operations; and initiated and managed the development of analytical tool which integrates corporate sustainable development goals into operational and strategic decision making.
Megan was a member of the Southern African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (SAIMM) Council from 2008 to 2010 and a guest lecturer at the University of the Witwatersrand from 2006 to 2010. In August 2009, she was featured in the Mail & Guardian (M&G) Book of South African Women and in April 2010, Megan was nominated for South Africa's Most Influential Women in Business and Government.
Megan has a BSc in Geology and Chemistry and a BScHons in Geology from the University of Cape Town, and a MScEng in Geotechnical Engineering from the University of Witwatersrand.