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Filippo Berardi: Senior Climate Change Specialist, Global Environment Facility (GEF)

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Filippo Berardi: Senior Climate Change Specialist, Global Environment Facility (GEF). An environmental management and international development specialist, Filippo has 12+ years of experience managing programs relating to climate change, clean energy, carbon finance and sustainable use of natural capital for private sector and government clients. Filippo joined the GEF from the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), where he held a variety of public and private sector roles between 2011 and 2018. At the Multilateral Investment Fund (MIF), IDB’s private sector innovation lab, Filippo focused on designing programs to support small and medium enterprises to reduce their emissions, and exposure to, climate change. More recently, at the IDB Climate Change Division, he coordinated the IDB’s portfolio of projects to be co-financed by the Green Climate Fund (GCF).  

Gillian Bowser, Associate Professor and Research Scientist in the Ecosystem Science and Sustainability Department at the Warner College of Natural Resources

Gillian focuses on ecological indicators of climate change, such as pollinator insects, and linkages between changing ecological conditions, local community livelihoods and climate. She places special emphasis on sustainability, citizen-scientist engagement, and encouraging more students from underrepresented backgrounds to study science. Her current interdisciplinary work looks at biodiversity indicators in high elevations around the world. Bowser has worked as a wildlife biologist and ecologist for the U.S. National Park Service in Yellowstone, Grand Tetons, Joshua Tree and Wrangell St. Elias, and was an AAAS Science and Diplomacy Fellow in 2011. She serves on the board of the Rocky Mountain Sustainability and Science Network and participated in the U.N. Framework on Climate Change Convention and U.N. Global Environmental Outlook.

Geeta Ludhra, Lecturer in Education at Brunel University

Geeta joined Brunel University in 2006, entering Higher Education from a Deputy Headteacher position, and prior to that an exciting teaching career across West London primary schools. She currently working in Initial Teacher Education (ITE) and is aligned with the ‘Interculturality for diversity and global learning’ research group. She also runs community outreach projects, with a particular focus on inclusion in green spaces. 

Eva Quistorp, Consultant

Co-founder of women for peace and ecology in Germany and of the first global women’s climate conference, former member of the European Parliament. Part of the women mayor group at the UN and the global gender and climate justice network Germany, Berlin. 

Dr. Precious Akampumuza, Business Coordinator at Japan Weather Association

An early career climate Fellow (ECCF) working with Local Communities and Indigenous Peoples Platform (lCIPP) team within the UNFCCC. Precious is an environmental specialist and researcher, currently working with Japan Weather Association (JWA) in the Overseas Business Section. Her research interests include climate change, gender, health, food security, and other topics related to sustainable development.

Vinisha Umashankar, Student and Chief Innovation Officer at Solar Ironing Cart

A Grade 10 student, an artist, a TEDx speaker, an innovator and an environmentalist from Tiruvannamalai, a rural town in Tamil Nadu, India. Vinisha started my innovation journey with the Solar Ironing Cart when she was 12 years old.  Her innovations have won national and international awards, including as a finalist for the Earthshot Prize 2021 in the “Clean Our Air” category. She was also the recipient of the Earth Day Network “Rising Star” in 2021 and was the recipient of the Children’s Climate Prize in 2020. 

Kehkashan Basu, Founder and President of Green Hope Foundation

Global Environmental Activist, Peace Advocate, Youth Speaker, Award-winning Social Enterprise Innovator, Author, Winner of the International Children’s Peace Prize, a L’Oreal Paris Women of Worth Honouree and Canada’s Top25 Women of Influence Awardee, 19-year-old youth icon Kehkashan Basu, has been impacting the global fraternity with her work on children’s rights, promoting gender equality, mitigating climate change and social upliftment. A United Nations Human Rights Champion and a National Geographic Explorer, Kehkashan is the Founder and President of the social innovation enterprise, Green Hope Foundation which has 2038 youth ambassadors working in 15 countries. 

Ambassador. Emmanuel Ejiogu, President of Youth Orientation for Development

President Youth Orientation for Development (YOD), a Nigerian, Non-Profit, UNESCO accredited, Non-Governmental Organization established in 2001.  As a UNESCO NGO promoting the ideals of UNESCO in Education, Science and Culture, they are recognised and affiliated with the Federal Ministry of Education, Federal Ministry of Youth Development and Federal Ministry of Information and Culture as an Implementing NGO. YOD’s drive is to empower and develop youth to become useful and productive citizens. They employ practical skill acquisition programmes, public health enlightenment campaigns, counselling and education as vital tools for their work. They are also concerned with the protection of youth rights, development and empowerment through continuous orientation towards positive values.

Jo Anna Reed Johnson, Lecturer at University of Reading

Jo Anna Reed Johnson is a lecturer in science education at the University of Reading. Her research interests include Sustainability Education, Systems Thinking, Critical Pedagogy, Teacher Education, Leadership and Management in Education. 

Léna Prouchet, PhD Student at University of Exeter

Léna Prouchet is a Ph.D. researcher at the University of Exeter and a youth climate activist. Her work revolves around climate justice, indigenous peoples’ self-determination, and tropical forest preservation.

Compass Education is a global movement of educators and change agents. They aspire to build a better world through sustainability and systems thinking. This is usually done by delivering on-site and virtual professional development experiences. The sessions reach out to educators, students and communities and empower them to create a more sustainable world. The aim is to empower  1 million educators with the tools to encourage students as sustainability advocates and systems thinkers. In alignment with the 2030 United Nations Sustainable Development Goal.

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