Olympus Manthata is the Head: Climate Finance for the Development Bank of Southern Africa. His current role includes the management of Climate Financing mechanisms that the DBSA is accredited to, such as the Global Environmental Facility (GEF) and the Green Climate Fund (GCF).
Olympus was instrumental in assisting the DBSA to obtain the GEF accreditation, as a first national agency to do so, and further contributed to the successful accreditation of the bank by the Green Climate Fund (GCF). He is currently involved in developing the entity work program for the DBSA, which entails actively developing a pipeline of projects to feed into GEF and GCF processes.
He also contributed to the establishment and implementation of South Africa’s National Green Fund. As the Fund Manager for the National Green Fund he oversaw the commitment and disbursement of over ZAR1 billion worth of debt, equity and mezzanine financing into high impact investment projects which are realising significant social, economic and environmental returns.