Dr Horwood holds a doctorate from Oxford University, in addition to two (2) specialist masters’ degrees, the first in Environmental Change and Management and the second in Water Science, Policy and Management.  He holds a third master’s degree in Chemistry from the University of the Witwatersrand.  Amongst various accolades, he is the recipient of the Merck Gold Medal for Interdisciplinary Excellence as well as the South African Association for the Advancement of Science Medal.

His career has enabled him to engage with a wide range of sustainability stakeholders, both locally and internationally.  The German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) awarded him a visiting fellowship at the Heidelberg University Centre for the Environment, and he has lectured at the invitation of two prominent UN University Institutes (UNU-IAS and UNU-FLORES).

He recently served on the External Advisory Panel for National Environmental Management Act Appeals to the Gauteng Provincial Government, as well as the Alien Species Risk Analysis Review Panel of the South African National Biodiversity Institute.  Previously, he was a sub-committee chair of the SANBI Research Advisory Panel for Natural Resource Management Programmes. Dr Horwood is a member of the Institute of Directors SA.

Dr Horwood is the Chairperson of the Operations Committee and has been serving as a Non-Executive Director on the Board of Johannesburg City Parks and Zoo since 16 March 2017.