Chris Addison – Euforic
Chris Addison has been working with development organisations on their internet services since 1993. He moved into computer networking from entomology following his work building a computerised flight simulator for moths as part of a PhD thesis at Imperial College, London. His interest in computer networking and development led him to join the Natural Resources Institute in the UK, where in addition to running the network at NRI he worked in Zimbabwe and Malawi, developing networks and database systems. He subsequently set up a consultancy business in Ireland and worked in West Africa, the Caribean, the US and Brazil. He joined the ECDPM in the Netherlands in 1997 and then became director of Oneworld Europe. He is now based in Brussels and is currently an associate with Europe’s forum for International Cooperation (Euforic). He is project manager for them on the Research4Development initiative, which is aimed at disseminating development project information and outputs funded by the Department for International Development of the United Kingdom.
Ibidun Adelekan – University of Ibadan (Nigeria)
Ibidun Adelekan is a geographer by training and holds a PhD (1992) in climatology from the University of Ibadan, Nigeria. She is a senior lecturer and researcher in the Department of Geography, University of Ibadan, Nigeria. Her research interests are in the areas of climate-society interactions and human dimensions of global environmental change including vulnerability/resilience of human-environment systems to environmental change. Dr Adelekan was a visiting scholar/tutor at the International Women’s University ‘Project Area Water’, Suderburg Germany in 2000. She is the principal investigator of the UNITAR/START managed ‘Advancing Capacity to Support Climate Adaptation’ (ACCCA) project under which the Community-led climate adaptation program for sustainable livelihoods in coastal areas of south western Nigeria is being undertaken.
Annie Bonnin Roncerel – UNITAR
Annie Bonnin Roncerel is Senior Programme Coordinator for the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) Climate Change Programme. She joined UNITAR in April 2001. During the three previous years, she was one of the Senior Programme Managers to the Energy and Atmosphere Programme in UNDP where she served as Lead officer for the implementation of the UNDP Climate Change programme. She also managed the production of the UNDP projects/publications “Energy as a Tool for Sustainable Development for Africa, Caribbean and Pacific Countries” and “Energy after Rio: Prospect and Challenges’’. Prior to joining the Energy and Atmosphere Programme, she spent four years as the Global Environment Facility Advisor (GEF) to the UNDP Regional Bureau for Europe and CIS, where she developed and monitored the implementation of a USD 25 million project portfolio related to climate change, international waters and biodiversity. From 1992 to 1995, she worked for the climate change programme of the Stockholm Environment Institute, based in Brussels (Belgium). She served as international policy advisor in working groups with European Governments and Members of Parliament for the Second World Climate Conference, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and UNCED. Her efforts were mainly concentrated on developing the working capacity and funding sources for developing countries.
Liz Carlile – IIED
Currently Director of Communications at the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED), Liz has worked in the development sector and specialised in communications work for thirty years. Originally with Earthscan raising awareness on key issues through seminars/press briefings and publications she was a member of the founding group of Panos in 1985. There, she worked in the communications team and latterly as Head of Information Marketing and Acting Director of the organisation. Ten years consultancy in the development sector on strategic communications across a wide range of organisations has led towards a focus on research communications and the challenges of the research to policy change environment. Liz has been with IIED for two years.
Boubacar Sidiki Dembele – STP/CIGQE (Mali)
M.er Dembele travaille comme Coordinateur du Programme d’Assistance aux Etudes sur les Changements Climatiques, Financé par les Pays Bas (NCAP) au Secrétariat Technique Permanent du Cadre Institutionnel de la Gestion des Questions Environnementales (STP/CIGQE), un service du Ministère de l’Environnement et de l’Assainissement, où il est également le principal Investigateur du Projet ACCCA – Mali financé par UNITAR dans le cadre de l’adaptation aux changements climatiques. Il est aussi le Point Focal National du Mécanisme pour un Développement Propre (MDP) relatif au Protocole de Kyoto sur les Changements Climatiques. M.er Dembele a une longue expérience de travail au service du Gouvernement Malien dans différents services de l’Etat. Il a un profil polyvalent. Il est spécialiste du Développement Local avec comme spécialité l’Aménagement du Territoire et Environnement, il est également Ingénieur Electromécanicien.
Ethel Kaimila – Red Cross Society (Malawi)
Ethel Kaimila currently is Director of Programs and Development for the Malawi Red Cross Society.
She holds a MSc in Community Health and Development and investigate an UNITAR ACCCA Pilot project in the domain of Disaster Management and Health concerning “Audiovisual tools for community-based adaptation: bridging the meteorological service and the Red Cross’ work”.
Clever Mafuta – SARDC (Zimbabwe)
Clever Mafuta works for the Southern African Research and Documentation Centre (SARDC) as Head of Programme for the Environment department, the I. Musokotwane Environment Resource Centre for Southern Africa (IMERCSA). Clever’s academic background is in agriculture, being a holder of a Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Agriculture and a Masters in Crop Protection, both from the University of Zimbabwe. Clever is currently pursuing his Masters in Business Administration with the Nottingham Trent University. By virtue of his position, Clever is one of the senior managers at SARDC where he sits on management and resources mobilization committees, amongst others. He is also the focal point person for the United Nations Environment Programme’s Division of Early Warning and Assessment, which collaborates with SARDC in the compilation of Global and Africa Environment Outlook reports. As such Clever plays the role of managing his departmental staff (about 10), as well as maintaining regional and global networks. Clever has been working in the environment field since 1995, the year he joined SARDC. In his professional life, Clever has contributed significantly in the research, writing and review of sub-regional (southern Africa), regional (Africa) and global state of environment reports.
Katherine Sierra – World Bank
Katherine Sierra has been the World Bank Vice President for Sustainable Development since July, 2006. The Vice Presidency brings together people and programs previously centered in two other Vice Presidencies: Environmentally and Socially Sustainable Development, and Infrastructure, which Ms. Sierra had led since October, 2004. Ms. Sierra has overall responsibility for the Bank’s work in environment and natural resource management, social development and science and technology policy, as well as for agriculture and rural development, transport, water, energy, and urban policies and strategies. Ms. Sierra chairs several international consultative groups. These include the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR); the World Bank/WWF Alliance for Forest Conservation and Sustainable Use; CEPF (the Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund); the Cities Alliance; ESMAP (the Energy Sector Management Assistance Programme); and the Water and Sanitation Program. Other international groups she chairs are InfoDev, which supports information and communication technologies for development, and the Public-Private Infrastructure Advisory Facility, promoting private participation in infrastructure. Ms. Sierra is an urban planning specialist by training. She joined the World Bank in 1978 and, over the next 15 years, worked extensively in Latin America and the Caribbean as a transport and environment economist and project officer. In 1993 she joined the China and Mongolia Department as Chief of the Environment and Urban Development Division. She was appointed Director of the Bank’s Operational Core Services network in 1997 and Vice President of Operational Core Services in 1999. In 2000, Ms. Sierra was named Vice President, Human Resources. Ms. Sierra, a U.S. national, holds a Master’s degree in Urban and Regional planning from Harvard University and Bachelor of Arts degrees in Anthropology and Hispanic Civilization from the University of California at Santa Barbara.