Adaptation experts

Keith Alverson

Keith Alverson

Keith Alverson is the Head of the Climate Change Adaptation and Terrestrial Ecosystems Branch of the Division on Environmental Policy Implementation at the UNEP in Nairobi, Kenya. In this role he coordinates, inter alia, UNEP's Ecosystems Based Adaptation Climate Change program of work and the Global Climate Change Adaptation Network. From 2004-2011, Keith served as Head of Ocean Observations and Services at the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO and director of the Global Ocean Observing System, based in Paris, France. Prior to 2004, he was director of the International Geosphere Biosphere Programme's core project Past Global Changes (PAGES) in Bern, Switzerland.

Keith has degrees in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering and East Asian Studies from Princeton University (1988) and a doctorate in Physical Oceanography from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (1995). He has over 100 publications including Past Global Changes and Their Significance for the Future (Elsevier, 2000), Paleoclimate, Global Change and the Future (Springer Verlag, 2002), Watching over the world's oceans (Nature, 2005) and Taking the Pulse of the Oceans (Science, 2006). Keith has served on a number of high level scientific panels including as president of the International Commission for Climate of the International Association for Meteorology and Atmospheric Sciences and Chair of the United Nations Interagency Coordination and Planning Committee for Earth Observations.

 Keith Alverson works at the UNEP headquarter in Nairobi and can be reached by email: Keith.Alverson@unep.org

Anna Kontorov

Anna Kontorov

Anna Kontorov works as a Programme Officer in the UNEP Climate Change Adaptation Unit, based in Nairobi, Kenya. Since joining UNEP in December 2007, Anna has been involved in the development and implementation of UNEP-wide climate change adaptation projects and initiatives. Her current key tasks focus on adaptation knowledge management, including the development of the Global Adaptation Network, provision of support to the regional adaptation networks, and the organization of knowledge-sharing events and publications. Anna is also responsible for the implementation of the MDG-F Joint Programme in Mozambique, and is involved in the further development of UNEP's Ecosystem-based Adaptation (EBA) portfolio.

Before joining UNEP, Anna worked at the Ministry of the Environment in her home country, Finland. During her two and a half years at the Ministry, she worked mainly on European Union and international biodiversity policy, including the UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD). Anna was also actively involved in the organization of the Finnish EU Presidency of autumn 2006, in particular with regard to biodiversity and nature conservation activities.

Anna holds a Master's degree in Environmental Change and Management from Oxford University, where she wrote her dissertation on water quality issues in rural India. She obtained her BA in Natural Sciences from Cambridge University.

Anna Kontorov works at the UNEP headquarter in Nairobi and can be reached by email: Anna.Kontorov@unep.org

Richard Tingem Munang

Richard Tingem Munang

Dr. Richard Munang holds a PhD in Environmental Change & Policy from the University of Nottingham, United Kingdom. He is currently the UNEP Policy Advisor for the joined UNEP/UNDP Climate Change Adaptation & Development (CC DARE) programme. His areas of research combine interdisciplinary science on sustainable agriculture, climate change mitigation and adaptation, the role of ecosystems in sustainable socio-ecological systems, and the evaluation of risks and uncertainties. He has conducted several assessments to understand how climate change affects agro-ecosystems and how adaptation strategies and policy can be formulated to reduce impacts.
As of recent his focus has been on the role of adaptation in developing country-specific low-carbon economy, the Green Economy and sustainable development objectives such as food security and translating adaptation into practical business strategy.

Prior to joining UNEP, Richard worked as the core coordinator with the Advancing Capacity to Support Climate Change Adaptation (ACCCA) project in sub Saharan Africa. His other experience includes working as a Research Fellow at Trinity College, University of Dublin, and a lecturer at the University of Nottingham. He has participated in a wide variety of research projects and has published more than 30 articles in international peer-reviewed journal.

 Richard Munang works at the UNEP headquarter in Nairobi and can be reached by email: Richard.Munang@unep.org

Musonda Mumba

Musonda Mumba

Musonda Mumba is currently the programme officer and UNEP's coordinator of the Ecosystem Based Adaptation (EBA) Flagship Programme. Her responsibilities include coordination of the overall EBA programme, providing technical expertise to mostly developing country governments, developing appropriate policy briefs and other technical materials.

Musonda, a Zambian national, received her BSc. Ed degree at University of Zambia and her PhD at University College London in wetland conservation and hydrology which was undertaken within the Kafue Flats of Zambia which is a protected area under the Ramsar Convention.

From 1996 until October 1998 she worked for the Zambian government at the Environmental Council of Zambia as a field biologist, focusing on wetlands and invasive species in Zambian freshwater ecosystems. In October 1998 she moved to Switzerland to work with Convention on Wetlands (Ramsar, 1971) for a year and half as assistant to the Regional Coordinator for Africa. She later joined WWF International in 2000, as a programme officer within the Global Freshwater Programme. She worked briefly at WWF-UK office following her completion of her PhD before moving to the WWF Eastern Africa Regional Programme Office in February 2007. She worked as the Freshwater Regional Programme Coordinator based in Nairobi, Kenya, until October 2008.

Musonda is author of several papers and has presented at various conferences on freshwater/water related/invasive species issues in Africa. She also participated as a contributing author in the Inland Waters Chapter of the Millennium Ecosystems Assessment. Her research interests include water policy, climate change adaptation, gender, protected area management and invasive species. In February 2008, Musonda was part of an expedition that climbed Rwenzori Mountains to study the glacial recession in the mountain. Her other interests include hiking, painting, cooking and writing.

 Musonda Mumba works at the UNEP headquarter in Nairobi and can be reached by email: Musonda.Mumba@unep.org

Mozaharul Alam

Mozaharul Alam

Mozaharul Alam, well known as Babu, has joined the UNEP in August 2009 as Regional Climate Change Coordinator for Asia and the Pacific Region located in Bangkok. Overseeing and facilitating development and implementation of all climate change related projects in the region is his key responsibility while ensuring overall consistency with the UNEP Programme of Work (PoW). He is focal person for Ecosystem Based Adaptation project in Nepal and coordinates the Adaptation Network for Asia and the Pacific region. He also manages the project “Capacity Building in Development of Policy Framework for Promotion of Low Carbon Emission Societies in Central Asia”. He has been attending climate change negotiations since 2000 and in the last five years, he attended climate change negotiations as a member of Bangladesh Delegations. He was also one to the coordinators of the G77 and China for Adaptation Building Block under Ad-hoc Working Group on Long-term Cooperative Action (AWG-LCA) under the Bali Road Map. He has also contributed to the Fourth Assessment Report (AR4) of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) as a Contributing Author and now working as a Lead Author of the Working Group II of IPCC for the Fifth Assessment Report.

Alam has obtained his M. Sc degree in Geography in 1989 from Jahangirnagar University in Bangladesh. He has spent significant of his professional time with Bangladesh Centre for Advanced Studies (BCAS) starting from 1992 as a Researcher. He has lead several climate change studies and coordinated climate change programme of the organization. In 2004, he has joined Ministry of Environment and Forests, Government of Bangladesh as National Project Coordinator to formulate National Adaptation Programme of Action (NAPA). He returned to BCAS in 2005 and continued his responsibility to lead climate change team and programme until he moves to UNEP. As recognition of his professional work, he has received an international fellowship from the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) under the Climate Change Programme for three years starting from 2006. He has also worked as the Regional Fellow for South Asia Region for Capacity Strengthening for LDCs for Adaptation to Climate Change (CLACC) which is being implemented by IIED. He has conducted and coordinated significant amount of research on climate change impacts, vulnerability and adaptation at national, regional and international levels. He has also designed and implemented community based adaption project in Bangladesh and provided technical inputs on Community Based Adaptation to Climate Change project in African Countries.

 Mozaharul Alam works for the Asia and the Pacific Regional office in Bangkok and can be reached by email: Mozaharul.Alam@unep.org

Seraphine Haeussling

Seraphine Haeussling

Seraphine Haeussling is a member of UNEP's climate change coordination unit and as such deeply involved in the design, coordination and evaluation of UNEP's climate change sub-programme covering adaptation, mitigation, REDD, outreach and science. She has been working on adaptation projects and matters over the last 7 years mainly in Latin America under GEF adaptation funding windows but also with other donors. She has also been involved in the development stages of UNEPs' ecosystem based adaptation flagship and programme.

 Seraphine Haeussling works for the UNEP office in Paris and can be reached by email: Seraphine.Haeussling@unep.org

Ermira Fida

Ermira Fida

As of 2009, Ermira Fida works for UNEP. She is leading the GEF Adaptation Unit in the Division of Environmental Policy Implementation of UNEP. Before joining UNEP she worked for UNDP Albania as Climate Change Portfolio Manager and Albania's Government as the UNFCCC and IPCC Focal Point. Ermira has been the lead negotiator for Albania in the UNFCCC negotiations for many years and was elected to hold several positions under the UNFCCC process including the Vice Chair of the SBSTA (2006-2008), member of the Adaptation Fund Board (2008-2009) and co-chaired different contact groups during the negotiations. Ermira holds a Master of Science in Physics and Master on Business Administration.

Ermira Fida works at the UNEP headquarter in Nairobi and can be reached by email: Ermira.Fida@unep.org

Jinsoo Shin

Jinsoo Shin

Jinsoo Shin has more than 15 years of experience in environmental policy making. He has functioned as an advisor to the South Korean President to promote environmental philosophies. His expertise is in the enactment and amendment of environmental legislation and laws. Since 2009, he has been working in the Climate Change Adaptation Unit managing the Karakorum Trust Project in Pakistan.

 

Jinsoo Shin works at the UNEP headquarter in Nairobi and can be reached by email: JinSoo.Shin@unep.org

Jason Spensley

Jason Spensley

Jason Spensley has over 15 years' experience in the fields of climate change adaptation, financing biodiversity conservation and local capacity development. This experience has been gained at the global level, as well as more locally in Latin America and the Caribbean, as well as in Africa, the Arctic, and Asia-Pacific. Mr. Spensley currently heads the climate change adaptation unit, within UNEP's Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean. Previously, he managed the LifeWeb Initiative, within the Secretariat for the Convention on Biological Diversity (www.cbd.int/lifeweb). In less than 3 years, this funding platform involved over 25 public and private donors and 40 recipient countries in helping facilitate more than USD$150 million consistent with implement of the CBD, with a particular focus protected areas' contributions to climate change adaptation and mitigation. He previously served as Vice Chair of the IUCN World Commission on Protected Areas, as well as Sr. Scientist and Sr. Policy Advisor with The Nature Conservancy. These global and regional roles are grounded by experiences as a community conservationist, business developer and education advisor in Latin America and the Canadian Arctic. A national of Canada, UK, and USA, and having lived or worked in Latin America for most of his adult life, Jason is fluent in English, French and Spanish.

 Jason Spensley works for the LAC regional office in Panama and can be reached by email: jason.spensley@unep-rolac.org

Felicitas van der Plaat

Felicitas van der Plaat

Felice van der Plaat is working as an Associate Programme Officer with the Climate Change Adaptation Unit in Nairobi. She joined UNEP in February 2011. Felice assists in the development and implementation of the Ecosystem-Based Adaptation (EBA) Flagship Programme. In addition, she supports the Global Adaptation Network, as well as its regional networks. Before joining UNEP, she worked with CARE on Disaster Risk Reduction. Felice has degrees in Human Geography (BSc.) and International Development studies (MSc) from the University of Amsterdam (2008 & 2009) and an Advanced Master in International Development Studies from the Radboud University Nijmegen (2010).

 Felice van der Plaat works at the UNEP headquarter in Nairobi and can be reached by email: Felicitas.vanderplaat@unep.org

Felicitas van der Plaat

Merlyn van Voore

Merlyn Van Voore is coordinator for UNEP’s engagement with the Adaptation Fund. In this role, she leads and facilitates UNEP’s functions as a Multilateral Implementing Entity and manages UNEP’s direct access support programme.  Ms. Van Voore also provides policy support, partnership development and advocacy work on adaptation finance. She was one of the UNEP representatives on the technical support team for the design of the Green Climate Fund.

She previously worked at the South African Government’s Department of Environmental Affairs as a Senior Policy Advisor focusing on multilateral environmental agreements, including climate change.   While working for the South African Government, she was a member of South Africa’s delegation to UN climate negotiations, focusing on climate finance; a member of the Adaptation Fund Board; and a member of the sub-committee for the World Bank’s Pilot Programme for Climate Resilience (PPCR).  

She holds a Master’s Degree in Public Policy and Economics from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) and an MSc from Oxford University

Merlyn Van Voore works at the UNEP headquarters in Nairobi and can be reached by email: merlyn.vanvoore@unep.org