Deni Archer March 2021I am currently based Christchurch, New Zealand.  The bulk of my professional experience has been based in the corporate philanthropy, social impact and social development space in South Africa. Prior to that I was working in environmental management for a stint. I am currently working for a sustainability and STEM education not-for-profit, EVolocity.


I am inspired by people and organisations who are working towards a better world for all. I am passionate about environmental sustainability, and view food and food choices as a meaningful way to effect positive change. I am also interested in sustainable community development, including poverty reduction, education and environmental protection. As a migrant I have, over the past few years, become more interested in the experiences of immigrants to New Zealand.


I have a broad range of skills that I use concurrently to provide a holistic service to my clients. I enjoy working with people and organisations that have a story to tell. My key skills include:

  • Evaluation
  • Research and analysis
  • Multidisciplinary reporting
  • Journalism and photojournalism

I have written and managed sustainability and social reporting projects for listed companies, consulted on corporate philanthropy strategies, and written articles and provided images for publications such as the Trialogue CSI Handbook, the Trialogue Sustainability Review, Financial Mail, NZ Herald and GOOD Magazine. I have also evaluated corporate funded social development programmes for corporate Foundations such as Vodacom SA, Eskom, Santam and MTN SA. During this time I was a key writer in the award winning 2010 Santam Sustainability Report, and the 2013 Impahla Clothing Integrated Reports which was recognised as one of the top ten sustainability reports globally by Triple Pundit.

In 2011, I started a sustainable food production project with my husband (now out of date), and ran this project in my spare time between 2011 and 2016. In 2013 I initiated the Grown in Philippi photojournalism project, which was accepted as a World Design Capital 2014 project series and exhibited at the Food Dialogues in May 2014. This included case studies on commercial farmers that were applauded by academics as a tool to understand a key area of Cape Town’s food basket.

Prior to this I was working in environmental management in Christchurch, New Zealand, after completing my BSc in Environmental and Geographical Science at the University of Cape Town.

In early 2015, I completed Essential Tools and Techniques for Project Management – part one of the two part BTEC Professional Certificate in Project Management. This consolidated and enhanced my project management skills.

More recently I have been developing my systems thinking practice, storytelling and evaluation skills through +Acumen Academy.


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