Nomanesi Makhonco is a natural scientist, who obtained her MSc in Environmental and water science at the University of the Western Cape. Her masters in science degree focused on highlighting the importance of non-perennial rivers. In her role as research assistant at the African climate and Development Initiative (ACDI) she has done research work in alien tree mapping, clean cooking policies in Africa, community energy access, Technology Needs Assessment for climate change, transformative learning for sustainable development. She has expertise in remote sensing, data collection, capturing and analysis. She is currently the project officer for the Transforming Energy Access -Learning Partnership (TEA-LP). Her role in the TEA-LP includes maintenance of the university database, reviewing of course resources , market outreaches, providing ongoing support for universities partners and assisting with communications.