Senior Program Officer & Director of the Climate Action Fund at New World Foundation
Heeten Kalan works as a Senior Program Officer for the New World Foundation where he manages the Climate Action Fund and the New Majority Fund. He also oversees the Foundation’s Fracking Fund and works closely with allied funders and donors on issues related to fossil fuels and climate change. Between September 2006-2008, he served as Program Officer for the Panta Rhea Foundation where he focused on ecological justice issues. He had the honor of serving on Boston’s Mayor Walsh’s Transition Team on Climate and Environment. He is a former Steering Committee member of the Health & Environmental Funders Network (HEFN). He received his Masters in City Planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where he was able to merge his interests of environment, human health, human rights and planning. He holds a Bachelor’s degree from Dartmouth College where he was involved with the anti-apartheid divestment campaign. Growing up in apartheid South Africa, he cut his teeth in the anti-apartheid movement and continues his South Africa involvement as the Board Chair of the South Africa Development Fund based in Boston, MA. He was active in the US environmental justice movement and founded the South African Exchange Program on Environmental Justice which later became the US office of groundWork, South Africa’s strongest environmental watchdog. He has many years of experience working on human rights issues in northern Ireland witnessing first hand some of the bloody Orange marches of Drumcree along with elements of the peace process. He is a Certified South African Field Guide and a Back-up Trails Guide allowing him to take people on safari in the world renowned Kruger National Park -- his favourite part of the world.
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