As the Lecturer of Vocational College, Gadjah Mada University, Adi Nugroho is responsible for conducting research on biodiversity conservation and environment services and working with students to encourage them to fulfill their potential. While in the U.S., Adi worked with ECO City Farm in Maryland, where he managed sustainable urban farm as an organic food production and a learning center, conducted a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) share program, and invited journalists to disseminate work to inspire people worldwide. Since his return to Indonesia, Adi has focused his efforts on working on agroecology and ecotourism programs to support the livelihood of rural communities and create a balance between economic development, community empowerment and environmental preservation.
Adolf Ssemuddu is the founder and executive director for Youth and Women Initiative for Sustainable Development (YWISD). He is a development practitioner who holds a bachelor's degree in development studies. Adolf is also a bio briquettes (cooking fuel made from organic wastes) trainer in his community with 5 years experience. He is passionate about empowering women and youth live a better life without negatively affecting the environment.
Agostinho Chambe is a university lecturer for the Universidade Save in Mozambique. He teaches several subjects including environmental chemistry and environmental education for chemistry and biology. He has experience in facilitating community projects in waste management. As a chemistry teacher and environmentalist, he seeks to promote change by empowering young people and his community to respond to climate change and to tackle other environmental challenges. Chambe believes that by educating people, we can ensure environmental sustainability and lessen the impact of climate change. Chambe is a coordinator of The Sustainable Schools Project, an environmental literacy curriculum that aims to empower students to become environmental stewards at an earlier age.
Angel Chitrakar is currently engaged as an executive director for a non-profit organization, NEW-Initiative. He has nearly two decades of experience as a development professional. Involved and specialized in non-profit management and the enterprise development sector, Mr. Chitrakar has performed various roles from working as a volunteer to executive director and consultant for different organizations. Passionate towards rural development and promoting entrepreneurship, he has been engaged in implementing various projects and activities related to it. Equipped with knowledge and skills to manage nonprofits and organizational management, he is actively engaged in different organization for the promotion of enterprise, entrepreneurship and sustainable development.
Angela Muthama is a research scientist focusing on finding solutions to diseases of trees in Kenya and beyond. She is passionate about environmental protection and climate change adaptation and mitigation. She has been working with various stakeholders to address the effects of changing weather patterns on agriculture, forestry, and agroforestry systems. She has experience in advocacy and civic engagement for human rights and workers' rights and has interests in problem-solving for environmental health and sustainable development including urban forestry and green economy. She holds a master's degree in tropical forestry from Bangor University and a bachelor's degree in forestry.
Anu Sarnet is head of international relations at the Estonian Union of Co-operative Housing Associations, a housing federation working across Estonia to support cooperative housing and energy efficiency through the implementation of knowledge-based activities like training, consulting, research, and cooperation projects. With more than 15 years of experience in policy analysis and knowledge management, she is now committed to community engagement programs aimed at reducing carbon footprints via privately owned housing coops. Anu is also the coordinator of the UN Charter Centre of Excellence on Sustainable Housing in Tallinn, with a specialization in the development of housing reforms in post-soviet transition countries. She holds a master's in European studies from the University of Tartu.
Arlis Alikaj is the executive director at the Environmental Center for Studies and Implementation (ECSI) and has five years of experience in the nonprofit sector. In 2015, with funding from the Open Society Foundations, he founded a youth volunteer initiative to protect the local river, organized community cleanups, and filmed a documentary which was featured on Albania's largest national television news network. As part of the 2018 Balkan Fellowship for Journalistic Excellence by the Balkan Investigative Reporting Network (BIRN), Arlis wrote an in-depth investigative article into illegal logging in Albania's largest national park, which was published regionally in eight languages. He holds a bachelor's of science degree in geoinformatic engineering from the Polytechnic University of Tirana in Albania.
Armytage Mumbwali is a program manager for Youth Development Organization in Democracy and Civic Education where he leads community mobilization, facilitates youth councils in schools and manages events for their environmental grassroot justice and youth policy advocacy. Previously, Armytage worked as community animator for Transparency International Zambia and as district coordinator for Southern Africa Center for Construction of Disputes. He holds a diploma of law from the National Institute for Public Administration.
Dr. Saja has more than 7 years of professional experience working with international organizations since 2004. He is currently a Senior Lecturer at South Eastern University of Sri Lanka. He started his academic research career in 2013 and continues to publish in the areas of resilience, risk, and sustainability science. Prior to becoming an academic, he worked in RedR UK in Sri Lanka and the European Commission Sri Lanka & Maldives office, where he managed and monitored several projects in pre- and post-disaster phases. He has trained more than 500 professionals in disaster, project cycle, and grant management for development projects. He is currently a Global Fellow at Brown University, USA, Young Scientist- IRDR.
Barbara grew up in South Florida and attended FIU to obtain her undergraduate degree in elementary education. She is a returned Peace Corps volunteer, having spent two years teaching English as a foreign/second language in eastern Europe. She was a classroom teacher for 10 years teaching both in Miami and later New York City public schools. She earned her master's at Teachers College, Columbia University. She began her informal educator experience through Fairchild Botanic Garden's environmental education outreach program where she integrated sustainability and conservation lessons to teachers and students. Her experiences uniquely position her to take on the role of executive director at Dream in Green, a non-profit that focuses on environmental and sustainability education.
Carilyn Salanio-Martin is a licensed environmental planner focusing on conservation management and environmental advocacy. Her previous work included the establishment of local conservation areas (LCA), specifically the Mt. Latian and Mt. Busa Key Biodiversity Areas (KBA), with the aim of maintaining the ecosystem services provided by the KBAs and making it climate resilient. Currently, she is working as a faculty member of Sultan Kudarat State University in Tacurong City, Philippines, teaching environmental science, watershed management, environmental monitoring and disaster risk reduction and management. Her personal environmental endeavors include establishment of beach forest and native tree nursery in the Sarangani Bay Protected Seascape, among others.
Chinara Sultanalieva currently runs a plastic processing workshop which produces pieces of furniture, jewelry, and other items from plastic waste she collects through her project UpKel. She also produces composting toilets in Kyrgyzstan and provides consultations on introducing waste management practices in rural and urban areas.
Deogratias Kayumba is a founder and president of HCCDW NGO, a registered organization in DRC. He is enthusiastic and committed to environmental issues. Deogratias currently lives in the United States.
Diep Bui became a volunteer of Keep Hanoi Clean (KHC) in 2016 and is currently the legal owner of the Keep Hanoi Clean Social Enterprise. KHC has 6 environmental program areas including Research & Policy, Education, Community Beautification, Clean & Green for the Climate, Green Lifestyles & Eco-fashion, and Corporate Organizational Social Responsibility Consulting. During her CSP fellowship in the United States, she worked at EarthGen where she learned about development and implementation of environmental education programs.
Dilnora Azimova is a development and communications professional with a background in engaging audiences on local issues of importance. Dilnora has managed projects on a variety of topics including computer and legal literacy, gender, disability, conflict prevention and resolution, HIV/AIDS, reproductive health and rights, and empowerment of young adults, women, and vulnerable populations. Currently, Dilnora works as a consultant for a grant activity between Journalism and Mass Communications University of Uzbekistan and Michigan State University having contributed to developing and teaching a specialized course on health, science, and environmental reporting. Dilnora is a recipient of the Uzbekistan Presidential Scholarship and an alumna of several USG-funded fellowship programs.
Francis Mukora is a certified, international award-winning sustainable development expert, journalist, human rights campaigner, social entrepreneur, environmentalist, public policy analyst, and advocacy expert combining his diverse skills, expertise, and experience to promote the achievement of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in Zimbabwe, Africa and globally. Since 2018, Francis has used the skills acquired during Community Solutions Program to mobilize, organize, and capacitate young people in Zimbabwe to be actively involved in sustainable, ecofriendly livelihoods. The crux of Francis's post CSP work has been his active involvement in the formation of Green Institute, a climate and environment organization for young women in Zimbabwe.
Harriet Bibangambah is a social scientist with a keen interest in research and administration. She has over 10 years of experience in research and has specialized in community development, governance, environmental issues, management, and administration. She has undertaken research and published on socio-economic and environmental issues including access to information, climate change and peace building, and monitoring oil and gas impacts on the environment. She has participated in environmental and social justice campaigns in support of local communities and has advocated for the right to public participation and involvement in environmental matters. She has facilitated at community, national, regional, and international fora.
Henry Peter Kamanda is a development communication executive at Skytech Media Solutions, a multimedia company that specializes in research, documentary productions, short videos, blog posts, events coverage, and socio-political reporting. As a development communicator, his role has been to influence behavioral change through tailored interventions. He has worked across diverse sectors and industries, ranging from health to education, environment, policy, and corporate. His interest in the environment is tied down to the urgency to take responsible and decisive actions to save our planet and environment. Also, living in a country and a continent that is at risk in every known environmental indicator is enough motivation to step up and be counted.
Huong Dang Linh is a partner and co-founder of the Sea Turtle Volunteer Group. After 17 years of having a stable job with an international NGO, Huong decided to resign her post and ventured into a start-up business environment. The brave decision was made following the observation of her non-profit experience in conservation in Viet Nam. The country replies on grants and neglects to mobilize social capital and investment from society. These cause unsustainability and discourage creativity and engagement from communities. Huong could see the opportunity to engage communities in conservation work through a social enterprise that promotes a unique conservation product that allows them to protect the environment in a sustainable way.
Jambay is a university lecturer at the Royal University of Bhutan, Bhutan. For the past six years, he has been teaching undergraduate students in Bhutan in subjects such as statistics, hydrology, integrated watershed management, and forest protection. His expertise includes springshed management and he serves as a member of a national task force focused on water resource management. As part of his community project, Jambay is working to revive drying lakes and springs high up in the Himalayas. He has identified recharge areas of lakes and springs that are drying out in his community and has implemented projects to replenish the water supply.
Jean-Fritz Milien is an agronomist-engineer and master's student who works with peasant-agriculturists in his community together with his home organization, Mouvman Tet Ansanm Fanm Ede Fanm (MOTAFEF). He is actively working to improve life in his community by addressing issues related to the environment. He desires to live in a community where there is no hunger and everyone can access food and water in quantity and quality. Jean-Fritz authored a thesis on organic soil fertilization without the use of any chemical fertilizer called terra preta (black soil), a technique that is now being used by many family agriculturists.
Joannie Jomitol is a Malaysian Bornean Indigenous and currently works with WWF-Malaysia as a project team leader for Tun Mustapha Park. She has more than 15 years of experience in sustainable community development and protected area management effectiveness through strategic, inclusive, and informed collaborative approaches, stakeholder engagement, capacity building, project planning, and monitoring and evaluation from the terrestrial to marine realm. Her professional interests revolve around building resilient communities whilst ensuring minimal social and environmental impacts from the conservation and development efforts.
Johan Yugar is a climate change specialist, sustainable development practitioner, and a Climate Reality Leader. He is also a project manager and policy analyst for Reacción Climática. Johan is a consultant on climate change, environmental assessments, energy and water and sanitation. He is also a recognized expert and advocate for environmental issues, climate change, and sustainable development. He is a member of different constituencies of the United Nations processes, representing and engaging with different stakeholders.
Jordan Becks from Papua New Guinea is the Founder of the Edidiman Initiative, an award-winning social enterprise that focuses on building livelihoods and healthy markets through the introduction of innovative systems development. He has over 10 years of community development work and systems development expertise and is looking forward to working closely with Summit participants.
Joseph Asare is the founder of Asaasiam Vision International, a national nonprofit organization in Ghana. Joseph is passionate about impoverished and disabled youth education, vulnerable women's economic empowerment, and environmental issues. He believes in youth empowerment through education and vocational training, and the economic empowerment of vulnerable women. Joseph also works to ensure a sustainable environment and community development. He works collaboratively with community leaders and partners to bring about the desired level of change and development in his community by addressing critical youth, women, and environmental challenges. Since 2012, over 2700 youth, 350 vulnerable women, and 25 deprived communities have benefited from his programs and projects.
Joseph Bechara is an expert in forest and wildfire management working since 2011 at Lebanon Reforestation Initiative (LRI). He is responsible for the implementation of the Firewise project which is a community based fire prevention approach aiming to engage local communities in forestry activity and decision making to protect their value at risk. He is also a GIS specialist who has extensive experience in generating maps and managing data collection campaigns. He holds two master's degrees in geomatics and agricultural engineering.
Kapumpe Chilufya is an educator and neuropsychologist from Lusaka, Zambia, with ten years of experience working with school children with special needs and families affected by mental health. Currently she works as a clinical psychologist at Abundant Hope Psychotherapy/Counselling Centre, a local company offering psychotherapy support to mental health patients, psycho-social counselling training, and social research on multifaceted drivers of mental health problems in the country. With effects of climate change increasingly exacerbating mental health challenges, she views the importance of widening her work to capture the nexus between climate change and mental health.
Karamo Kadjaly Barry is the CFO of Balimana International, a factory which produces bottle-water and juice. He also volunteers as financial manager at Organization for Positive Change, an NGO which he co-founded that aims to fight corruption and promote good governance. Kadjaly is an Alum of CRL YALI Dakar leadership and was elected as president of the Association of CRL-YALI Dakar Guinea Alumni in 2019-2020. The association promotes youth and community intervention by helping vulnerable people, raising awareness on the protection of our environment, and offering training in various topics.
Karen Peterson has been with Seacology since it became a staffed organization in 1999 and has been working in the international environmental movement for more than 25 years. She has experience ranging from small village-based organizations to world-renowned foundations and has worked with all aspects of non-profit administration and management, including grant making and writing, media communications, and financial accountability. Karen's primary responsibility at Seacology include managing the Dominican Republic National Mangrove Initiative. She also oversees all Seacology projects in Africa. She previously served as Seacology's Program Manager, overseeing all of our field representatives and projects throughout the world.
Kathelyn Paredes Villanueva is a forest engineer graduate from Gabriel René Moreno University in Santa Cruz, Bolivia. She worked with topics focused on biotechnology, forest fire prevention and control, and geographic information systems. She applied dendrochronology to tropical forest species during her master's and doctoral studies. During this period, she also supported the implementation of the Dendrochronology Lab at the Gabriel René Moreno as part of a cooperation with the University of Córdoba (Spain). She has been working with cutting-edge methods to trace the origin of wood. In recent years, she was able to apply DNA, time-of-flight mass spectrometry (DART), and stable isotope methods during her second PhD. She continually investigates timber tracing methods to apply them in Bolivia.
Rokia Kalouache is an environment project manager at the Algerian Association of Ecological Explorations, DZ Explorer. Since receiving her master's degree in conservation of biodiversity and sustainable development in 2015, she has been an active citizen in ecology and youth empowerment in many organizations and associations within her country and internationally. In 2017, Rokia worked on a project at FEAA university in Romania where she collaborated with local organizations and young students to spread awareness about the 3 Rs (Reducing, Reusing and Recycling) and empower them to take the lead within their communities by delivering sessions and workshops on soft and leadership skills. She continued this work by creating a similar three-year program in her own country.
Ksenija Putilin Stamkoska (Xenia) is a communications officer for the Macedonian Ecological Society (MES), the oldest and largest nature conservation organization in North Macedonia. She has been with MES for over 7 years where she also works on ornithological research and education. While Xenia’s background is in business and communications, her love of nature and birds has helped her transition smoothly to a scientific non-for-profit organization. She has worked on several initiatives at her organization including the growth of the organization, their communications strategy, membership engagement efforts, growing their volunteer and local nature conservation organizations network, and the development of citizen science initiatives. Xenia also conducted White Stork and Dalmatian Pelican censuses.
Luis Alfredo Chaves Muñoz is an expert in subsistence marketplaces, a senior law student, and a consultant in the area of social entrepreneurship. He has developed projects in collaboration with the Marketplace Literacy Project, creating unique synergy between pioneering research on people living in poverty and education and entrepreneurship initiatives in subsistence marketplaces. Luis has been working on the impact of global warming and how it affects subsistence farmers in Honduras. He has knowledge in the area of conception, design, organization, and management of social enterprises and has completed a specialization in digital marketing with the UIUC and a specialization in project management with Google both via Coursera.
Maharam Dakua is a civil and environmental engineer who currently serves as an environmental consultant at The World Bank Group. He also works as a freelance consultant in the fields of water supply, sanitation, waste management, and climate change adaptation to support different international and national organizations, both government and private. In addition, he is a master trainer of training courses on rainwater harvesting system, climate resilient water safety plan, and city-wide inclusive sanitation system. Maharam is also the founder of Action for Green Development, a non-governmental organization focused on climate resilience. He holds a bachelor's of science and master's degree in civil and environmental engineering from Bangladesh University of Engineering Technology.
Alejandro Ibarra Salgado is a monitoring and evaluation specialist working for the Small Grants Programme (SGP/UNDP) since 2013. He has designed and manage several projects focused on biodiversity conservation with indigenous communities in Ecuador's Amazon region, including the design of "GreenCrowds," the first crowdfunding for socioenvironmental projects in Latin-American. His background education includes a bachelor's degree in international relations, a specialization in social project management, and various courses on climate change, biodiversity conservation, collaborative economics, and crowdfunding. Being in love with local communities’ work towards conservation, his approach considers working with stakeholders and people to achieve the living well for local communities.
Maria Clara Piedrahita has experience as a leader of large-scale Latin American projects, strategic planning related to world food security, sustainable value chains, and improved quality education. As a Colombian woman, she has engaged with rural and urban people from Colombia, Chile, Peru, Ecuador, and Costa Rica across various departments and regions. This diversity of experience has given her access to understanding the community needs to approach the phenomenon of poverty and inequality. She envisions a society where people, regardless of their economic status, can have access to the necessary food, quality education, and work opportunities that fulfill their aspirations.
Mariam Omar, is an Egyptian environmental activist and the co-director of Greenish. She is currently studying her master’s of science in smart environmental management as part of the ADAPTM project by Erasmus at the Arab Academy for Science and Technology. Mariam graduated from business school from Ahram Canadian University with a specialization in financial economics and shifted her career four years ago to focus on advocating for a livable and safe planet for all through her work at Greenish. Backed with communication, advocacy, campaigning, social cause marketing, social media, and project management expertise, she has demonstrated a great history of working in the environmental services industry.
Diana Marcelita Ponce de León Camahualí is an agronomist with more than ten years of experience executing rural development projects. She has a master's degree, endorsed by the Inter-American Development Bank, in international cooperation project management. Marcelita currently coordinates the youth leadership strategy for the defense of the land and the management of the territory, an initiative promoted by the International Land Coalition for Latin America and the Caribbean.
Mbiydzenyuy Ferdinant Sonyuy is the CEO of the Reconciliation and Development Association (RADA) and serves as the Secretary-General of the Cameroon NCD Alliance and Chair of the Africa NCDs Network's Secretariat. Ferdy has worked on building coalitions to support Non-Communciable Disease (NCD) prevention and control in Africa since 2013. Previously, while serving as program manager for NCDs with one of Cameroon's leading health care providers, he recognized the critical role that food security played in health and developed an interest in agriculture health and environmental protection. As a CSP Fellow, he learned and now applies ways of increasing access to healthy food options to those who need it while protecting the environment as a public health expert.
Meroua Sadeddine is an activist and volunteer in her community promoting environmental education and awareness. She has always been passionate about environmental science and after over five years of experience in the field, she has noticed all kinds of environmental challenges that her community faces. As such, Meroua has decided to play a role and make a change around her by volunteering in her community. Her work focused on inclusion of school students in environmental action empowering them to become leaders and overcome any obstacles that come their way. She holds a master's degree in pollution and environment.
Natalia Lozano-Broncales is a daughter and granddaughter of smallholders, agricultural scientist, master of rural development, co-founder and mentor of YPARD Peru and, since 2019, the project manager of Earthworm Foundation in Peru. Improving livelihoods in rural areas is her ikigai. She has over 14 years of experience in planning, design, and management of international agriculture for development (Ag4Dev), agribusiness sustainability, food security, and youth for agriculture (Youth4Ag) programs in the Americas (Peru, Ecuador, Colombia, Guatemala and the US). She is currently leading rural development projects involving six agricultural commodities in eight regions of Peru and is supporting to enhance the sustainability of palm oil production in Guatemala.
Otuo-Akyampong Boakye is an environmental scientist, an award-winning climate activist and environmental storyteller, and a Climate Reality Leader. He is interested in initiatives to improve vegetation cover, advance climate action, and restore landscapes. He is the founder and president of Eco Warriors Movement (www.ecowarriorsmovement.org), a youth driven and led movement that is intended to restore degraded landscapes and mitigate climate change by an integrated and inclusive approach. The Eco Warriors movement provides a platform to create awareness of the current state of the environment, reiterate the inalienable connection of humanity to nature, and a call to action to restore nature and to preserve it for posterity.
Pema Choden is a public health professional and works as an assistant program officer in one of the Regional Referral Hospitals in Bhutan. Her focus is on the implementation of the Bhutan Healthcare Standard for Quality Assurance (BHSQA) in the hospital providing quality healthcare and meeting the expectations of the public service. Monitoring infection prevention and control (IPC) and medical waste management are high priorities in her work.
Precious Phiri is a facilitator and accredited professional in holistic management. She is also a steering committee member and African coordinator for Regeneration International. Her work involves using the holistic decision-making framework for community organizing and working with rural communities to learn together and reverse poverty and ecological degradation, bringing communal work to global platforms, and networking. Over the years, she has committed to working with different partners in Africa and beyond to keep creating opportunities for communities to change the trajectory of their lives both now and in the future.
Rodrigo Ponce is the founder of Ecoaldeas Peru, a community-based ecotourism and agro-tourism value chain development organization in the Northern Upper Amazon of Peru. As a social entrepreneur and ecotourism and adventure travel specialist he works closely with local communities and in coordination with regional and national stakeholders to implement educational travel projects connected to permaculture, traditional agriculture, community development, environmental protection, and rural education.
Sara Nazoor is the founder of ALKE, a sustainable jewelry label based in Sri Lanka which focuses on creating jewelry inspired by emotions and memories using recycled waste material. As a mental health advocate and a jewelry artist, she focuses on expressing emotions through art. Her jewelry work presently combines manipulated PET plastic and precious and semi-precious metal. In 2018 she walked around the island for 73 days for suicide prevention and mental health awareness.
Sara Fourti is the manager of Radio ML, the first community radio for people with disabilities in Africa and in the Arab world. She is seeking her master’s degree in renewable energy and is very concerned about climate change. She is eager to attend the Summit to learn more and exchange expertise with international environmental issues professionals.
Shangar Hama from Kurdistan, northern Iraq, is a project manager with Asuda organization. She has more than seven years working in the humanitarian field promoting human rights and gender equality. She has worked on a variety of projects including emergency response, cash assistance, social cohesion, mental health and psychosocial support, quick impact project, camp management, and project management.
Silvja Hodo is a financial inclusion expert from Albania. She is an MBA graduate, majoring in management information systems, and is currently working as a project consultant for the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA). Her assignment is to position in the fight towards poverty alleviation in rural areas, through the introduction of smallholders' financial inclusion and provision of literacy programs, promoting sustainable and resilient rural communities. As the project manager of a digital platform in Albania, Silvja advocates for access to financial and social inclusion for the unbanked population in Albania, and partnership-building among all agriculture value chain actors. Silvja is also experienced in digital and rural finances, data analysis, and business development.
Soreti Tilahun has been a lecturer at Jigjiga University since 2013 and is the founder and consultant for a community-based initiative called Green Addis. Soreti is interested in advocating about climatic change and environmental issues and has experience doing research for the green community in Addis Ababa under a broader initiative of promoting urban agriculture. She is currently working to train women, girls, and the youth population about urban agriculture and food security in Addis Ababa city.
Taona Makunje Chigwenembe is a co-founder and executive director of Creative Solutions for the Environment, a non- profit organization that preserves the environment through organizing, educating, and empowering rural communities to reforest, build resilience, create alternative livelihoods, reduce poverty, and live a sustainable life. Taona is a social scientist, climate activist, and community organizer from Malawi who empowers and builds resilience of communities impacted by climate change. She has led communities in planting over 150,000 trees, provided secondary education scholarships to over 200 girls, established gardens and woodlots in schools, and led over 3000 community members in sustainable agricultural projects. Additionally, she sits on the board of New Community Project, a U.S. based organization.
Theofrenz Cayambas is an innovation advisor at enggana, an organization that strives to uplift individuals, groups and households through organized initiatives in the field of education, enterprise, environmental action, health and nutrition, recreation, research, and technology. He has experience working in the areas of sustainable livelihoods, disaster response and risk reduction, and environmental education.
Wisdom Nyondoh is from Malawi and is the founder of Savannah Foundation Trust. Savannah Foundation Trust is an NGO that works on restoration of forest landscape ecosystems and the conservation of indigenous plant species in the northern region of Malawi. Additionally, the organization works on conservation of wildlife within the Karonga South and North Escapement Forest Reserve.
Xavier Tembo works as senior advisor-nutrition governance with the German International Development Cooperation (GIZ). He provides technical support and mobilizes stakeholders in the community's nutrition sector to scale up and promote the adoption of best practices that improve household nutrition in a sustainable manner. During his U.S. practicum in 2017, he was hosted by ECO City Farms, an organization that promotes naturally grown food for the urban community using organic farming. Upon his return, Xavier formed the Pwete Community Solutions Initiative, a community-based organization whose vision is to grow great food, especially veggies and fruits, in ways that protect, restore, and sustain the natural environment and the health of local communities.
Yvener Jean Michel is a technical and M&E responsible at AHAAMES. He has more than 17 years of experience working on projects related to food security, environment, sustainable agricultural, etc. During his free time, he volunteers facilitating trainings on permaculture principles, nutrition education, and leadership. He also established a grassroots organization called FOND'ELPRO which helps young people to value local products in Haiti. His goal is to create a generation of young leaders and entrepreneurs capable of contributing to the rebirth of Haiti Yvener holds a bachelor's degree in agriculture science.