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Lorraine Jenks

Global TEDx Speaker and Sustainability Facilitator

Lorraine Jenks is a global TEDx speaker, a sustainability, circularity, green supply chain and ESG guide with first-hand experience and a special interest in tourism and hospitality.  A teacher by profession (University of the Witwatersrand), with two additional Montessori Method diplomas and is a certified Procurement and Supply Chain Manager.

A Climate Reality Leader trained by Former US Vice President, Al Gore, Lorraine also studied under the United Nations Eco-Labelling Project, the National Cleaner Production Programme, Green Building Council’s Interior Design and Décor, and Green Leaf Carbon Auditors.  

With her unique style, Lorraine has become a popular international speaker.  She runs workshops, consults and builds fully furnished “green” exhibition homes and hotels.

Her career as an activist began in the 1970s during her “hippie” years when she travelled to California and worked with the brand new Environmental Protection Agency.  After returning to South Africa Lorraine spent 15 years as Contracts and Procurement Manager for Africa’s largest hotel chain – working on new builds, refurbishments, management and operations. It became her personal mission to find a more eco-friendly version of every product and service in her Hotel Purchasing Manual.

Winner of 22 awards and honours in ten years, along with her indomitable team she also created two leading non-profit “yellow page” digital product directories – for all sectors and which lists only eco-friendly goods and services. These are used by up to 33,000 buyers every month.

Lorraine will share the latest science, some practical tips, techniques, and solutions which will inspire you to demand the future you want.

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