Hilton Johnson


+27 (0) 11 403 3077

New Zealand

MA Forced Migration Studies (University of the Witwatersrand)

Postgraduate Diploma in Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies (University of the Western Cape)

BCom Information Systems, Commerce and Economics (University of South Africa)

Diploma in Data Metrics (University of South Africa)

Hilton leads the Synergy Training global practice and is a a social impact specialist with more than two decades of international experience in the development, renewables and extractives sectors in Southern Africa and Latin America.

He has deep expertise in people empowerment and establishing processes for transformation. His skills include designing and delivery of training and capacity building programmes linked to Social Performance Competency frameworks,  socio-economic impact analysis (particularly in relation to resettlement and livelihoods), stakeholder and community engagement and socio-economic development, programme and project management, capacity building and training, content design, as well as monitoring and evaluation.

Hilton uses his wide-ranging experience to support systems-level and development-focused social transformation by building the capacity and capabilities of Synergy and its client teams.

He is currently focused on using human-centred design and systems-level thinking to develop the practice and impact of social performance.

Awards, Memberships and Accreditations

Certificate – GIZ Climate Leadership Plus Program 2013/2014: Leadership for Sustainable Energy Transitions

Certificate – Citizen Oversight of Public Policies and Programs sub-Saharan Africa Learning Alliance Participant 

Graduate Coursework in Political Science, Sociology and Anthropology 

Certificate – Systems Analysis and Programming  Evidence and Lessons from Latin America (ELLA) funded by the Department For International Development (DFID)