Dr. Debra Roberts established and heads the Environmental Planning and Climate Protection Department of eThekwini Municipality (Durban, South Africa) and is the city’s first Chief Resilience Officer. She was a lead author of the urban chapter in Working Group II’s contribution to the Fifth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC). She is a member of the Sustainable Development Solutions Network Thematic Group on Sustainable Cities, involved in the establishment of an urban SDG as part of the post-2015 development regime. Dr. Roberts is also a member of the Future Earth Engagement Committee. She is a fellow of the Watson International Scholars of the Environment Programme and has written widely in the fields of urban open space planning, environmental management and urban climate protection.