Duncan was previously the Executive Director of the Institute of Natural Resources (www.inr.org.za) and is an Associate Research Fellow at the University of KwaZulu-Natal. Duncan has an MSc. degree from the University of Natal and a post-graduate diploma in environmental security from the University of Cambridge. He has over thirty years’ experience in natural resource management and rural development programmes and projects, and in developing the capacity of young professionals in these fields. He has led multi-disciplinary teams to several awards including a national Green Trust Award for the Eastern Cape Estuaries Management Programme. Duncan has authored over forty reports and publications, many of them focusing on translating technical subjects into a language that is understandable to the general public. Apart from directing the Institute his recent focus has been on freshwater resources, particularly the role nature plays in water security.
Duncan is married to Vicky who has an MA degree obtained in the USA. She is the head of marketing at Epworth School. Vicky played US College Circuit tennis and has completed the Comrades Marathon on twenty occasions. Duncan is also a runner and has completed Comrades on eleven occasions. He also participates casually but enthusiastically in mountain biking and fly fishing.