NEOKA NAIDOO, from South Africa, is eager to engage in both environmental advocacy but also policy and development to shape future decisions. This fuelled her drive to attain her BSc in Environmental Science in her hometown of Durban at the University of Kwa-Zulu Natal. Subsequently she has volunteered at Greenpeace, interned at the Gordon Institute of Business Science and worked on a pilot project merging renewable energy and intercity renewal. This led to her Post Graduate Diploma in renewable energy at the Sustainability Institute through Stellenbosch University.
Now working as an intern at Project 90 by 2030, she is turning her theoretical knowledge into practice. By undertaking the Leadership Development Program Fellowship during her internship, she will also work on bringing civil society together within the newly re-established South Africa CAN node and strengthening its influence on government and the corporate sector on climate change issues in South Africa. She recently attended COP 20 in Lima.
ADRIAN YEO is a community organizer and an advocate for strengthening civil society in Malaysia and across the South East Asian Region. He has been active in engaging local environment, energy and resource campaigns. In 2009 Adrian worked for YOUNGO as the Youth Logistics Coordinator at UNFCCC’s COP15 in Copenhagen, and actively participated at various UNFCCC & UNCSD meetings. Adrian is a past president of Raleigh International Kuala Lumpur, an official presenter of Al Gore's The Climate Reality Project (TCRP), in which he underwent in-depth training under Mr. Gore on the issue of climate crisis. He is a participant of Global Power Shift, and founder of #PowerShiftMsia, a movement to catalyze youth for a bold climate action. He is also a committee member of RakanKL's, a volunteer group promoting the love of Kuala Lumpur's history & heritage. He recently spoke on TEDxMerdekaSquare promoting civil society movement building.
AMIT KUMAR is from Suva, Fiji Islands, and currently holds Programme Assistant position at the Foundation of the Peoples of the South Pacific International (FSPI), a regional Non-Government Organization based in Fiji comprising of ten network partners across the Pacific, from Kiribati to Timor Leste. Since 2011, he has been working on climate change adaptation and disaster risk management programme with a specific focus on child-centred approaches. In his role as Programme Assistant, Amit has assisted in the implementation and management of 4CA Program in six Pacific Island countries, including - Fiji, Tonga, PNG, Solomon Is, Kiribati, and Tuvalu. He graduated with Postgraduate Diploma in Biodiversity and Conservation in 2012 and Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science in 2011 from the University of the South Pacific.
He plans to pursue Master of Environmental Science degree at the Australian National University from February, 2015. After completing the Masters programme, he intends to return to Fiji and contribute towards strengthening existing networks, its operational capacity and endeavour to influence strategic engagement for governments to respond to targets and policies.
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Ben Namakin is from Kiribati. Having grown up on islands in the Pacific, both in Kiribati and Pohnpei in the Federated States of Micronesia, he is a former youth advocate at youth forums on climate change both in the Pacific and at the International fora.
As a member of the international youth delegation to the UN Climate Change Conference in Montreal, he addressed the plenary session and contributed to the youth declaration “Our Climate, Our Challenge, Our Future” in 2005. He set up his climate change campaign for Pacific Islands in 15 States of the United States in 2006 and spoke for the Many Strong Voices (MSV) group at the UN Climate Change Conference in Bali, Indonesia in 2007. Ben was the founding chair of the International Pacific Marine Educators Network (IPMEN) in 2008, head of both Pacific Delegation and World’s Indigenous Youth to the Indigenous People’s Global Summit on Climate Change in Anchorage, Alaska in 2009 and also assisted in coordinating the 350.org campaign in the Pacific region for the Global Day of Action on October 24th, 2009.
Ben has also worked as a program manager for the Environmental Education and Awareness Program for the Conservation Society of Pohnpei. He has also been a member of Kiribati negotiating team at international climate change negotiations, a climate change policy officer for the World Wide Fund for Nature and a consultant to the climate change unit at the Environment and Conservation Division under the Ministry of Environment, Lands and Agriculture Development. Ben has recently been engaged in a shark campaign under PEW’s global shark conservation.
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Vositha Wijenayake is a lawyer and a human rights activist from Sri Lanka, who takes a keen interest in equity and the environment. She is also a journalist and a legal researcher. Vositha presently works as the Executive Coordinator of SLYCAN, having worked since 2009 on bridging youth and environmental activism, and is currently on a mission to make SLYCAN a fully fledged civil society organisation.
Lama Ghaddar joined IndyACT earlier this year as a researcher on climate change policy and was soon promoted to become a project manager. After graduating with her Masters degree in Environmental Sciences from the University of Saint Joseph in Beirut, Lama quickly integrated herself in the Lebanese climate activism platform. She is very concerned about the state of Lebanese negations on climate change. Through her participation in various local and international events, she was able to introduce ideas to transform the efforts of her country into tangible actions, serving as an action plan towards a more climate sensitive Lebanon.
Sixbert Mwanga is the Country Coordinator for Climate Action Network Tanzania with more than 110 environmental organization members. He is also a founding member and the Environmental Coordinator of Tanzania Climate Change Alert and Resilience.
He has more than 4 years of national experience specializing in teaching physical and human geography, natural resources assessment and management, climate change and variability initiatives and sustainable development in secondary schools and universities. He has also considerable experience with working with Participatory Approaches in analysis of various livelihood aspects including assessment of climate change/variability.
Sixbert holds Master of Science in Natural Resource Assessment and Management and Bachelor of Arts with Education (majoring Geography) from the University of Dar es Salaam.
Enrique Maurtua Konstantinidis is the head of the Climate Change Department of Fundación Biosfera in Argentina. He held the position of Coordinator for Climate Action Network Latin America (CANLA), from which he coordinated the efforts of all CAN members in the Latin American region. Enrique has been involved in climate change negotiations since 2004 and has participated in several climate activities. He first started as a youth representative in the first COY in 2005, then moved onto working in the CAN secretariat and as a consultant to environmental organizations. Nowadays, his main focuses are mitigation and agriculture issues. He now works with other NGOs and networks to strengthen civil society voice in the Latin American region.
Henriette Imelda is a Senior Program Officer on Energy and Climate Change (SPEC) in the Institute for Essential Services Reform (IESR). She has been working with IESR for more than 3 years, specializing in Energy and Climate Change issues. Henriette is also currently active in Access to Energy issues, Fossil Fuel Subsidies, Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions (NAMAs) and Indonesian Low Carbon Development Strategies (LCDS), as well as Climate Finance issues.
IESR is an NGO, highly active in the work of Energy and Climate Change as a think tank, located in Jakarta, Indonesia, IESR works not only in research, but also advocacy and public campaign. IESR currently holds the role of coordinator for Indonesia Climate Action Network.
Ange David Emmanuel Baimey is a citizen of Cote d’Ivoire. He developped an interest in environment issues in 2006 after a toxic oil spill occured in his country, only a few meters from his home.
He is closely involved in youth contribution for progress in the implementation of sustainable NGO work in the environment field in his country. Ange joined JVE International, a powerful network of youth created in Togo, West Africa, and co-founded JVE Cote d’Ivoire in 2008, which he still directs.
Ange David has a Masters degree in Sociology with focus on the environment. Since 2012, Ange David has led research at Abidjan's School of Management, where he completed a Masters thesis on how the influence of local authorities in Cote d’Ivoire are linked to the development of climate change concerns.
Since June 2011, he has worked for Climate and Development Network, created by Enda Energie Senegal and RAC France as the coordinator-animator, as well as assisting the CAN WA Coordinator since April 2012.
Wanun Permpibul has been with the Renewable Energy Institute of Thailand Foundation (REITF) / Sustainability Watch Thailand, a local think tank focusing on the promotion of alternative and renewable sources of energy, and enhancement of action research on community based vulnerability assessment and adaptation aiming at influencing climate policy in Thailand.
Pelenise Alofa is National Coordinator for the Kiribati Climate Action Network, an umbrella NGO in Kiribati. She hails from the beautiful Pacific isles: Kiribati, Fiji and Tuvalu. Pelenise is an active advocate for stopping climate change internationally and in the Pacific region. Her strengths lies in project development, program facilitation, capacity building and strategic management. She has strong work relationship with the government on climate change programs on in Kiribati. She has also successfully established the Banaban Network in Fiji for the Banabans, an indigenous people who were resettled in Fiji, and is working diligently to create the Pacific node for CAN.
Pelenise is a teacher by profession and is member of the Advisory Committee and Scholarship Board for the Ministry of Education in Kiribati. Her involvement in education has led to her working with youth and students on climate change programs. Her objective in life is to fully utilize knowledge and skills, talents and abilities to help alleviate poverty and improve quality of life the for the people of Kiribati and the Pacific in the face of climate change.
In 2010, he was intern at the UNEP World Conservation Monitoring Center where he contributed the development and implementation of the GEF West Africa Climate Change and Protected Areas full size project, and to the assessment of the West Africa Protected Areas system dataset.
Mamady is from Guinea and has completed a Master Degree in Chemical Engineering (University of Conakry 2002) as well as several training including Adaptation to Climate Change and Development (ENDA TM / IIED 2009), Geographic Information Systems (ESRI 2007), Project Management (Ghana Institute GIMPA 2004) and the ongoing “Business and the Environment Diploma” (Stonebridge Associated colleges, Cornwall, UK).
He fluently speaks and writes French and English and is an active member of the CAN West Africa Node, the Climate and Development Network and the West Africa section of the World Commission on Protected Areas.