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Shoon So Oo

Name: Shoon So Oo

Country: Myanmar

Organization: WWF

Title: Energy Manager

WWF EFN Grantee



Shoon So Oo earned his Masters of Engineering in Energy and Environmental Management from University of Flesnburg. He currently works as an energy manager for WWF, whose mission is dedicated to encouraging, enabling, and promoting sustainable developments. As energy manager, Shoon identifies issues and challenges for the government to incorporate higher shares of renewable energy, pilots projects in demonstrating sustainable electricity solutions for off-grid villages in remote areas, mobilizes green financing and resources for future development of the sustainable power sector, and conducts consultation with high level government and parliament of Myanmar to provide solutions, capacity building, and technical support. In his work, Shoon aspires to demonstrate that “renewable is doable” in every situation at any scale by presenting pilot projects.

Kundan Pokhrel Majagaiya

Name: Kundan Pokhrel Majagaiya

Country: Nepal

Organization: Alternative Energy Promotion Center, Ministry of Population and Environment, Government of Nepal

Title: Monitoring Officer



Kundan Pokhrel Majagaiya earned his B.Sc. and M.Sc. in Statistics and his Ph.D. in Economics from Donghua University. He is currently a monitoring officer for Alternative Energy Promotion Center, which strives to popularize and promote the use of renewable energy technology, institutionalize and mainstream climate change mitigation and adaption in the RET sector, and raise the living standard of the rural people. As a monitoring officer, Kundan is responsible for updating knowledge of evolving rules and regulations in different carbon markets, managing the work of formulating Low Carbon Economic Development Strategy for Nepal, and implementing the Nepal Climate Change Support Program. Kundan aspires to protect the environment by expanding access to renewable energy; through implementing skills he will learn at the ELP, Kundan will have the opportunity to prepare a sustainable environmental framework and develop the Alternative Energy Promotion Center as a knowledge center of climate change mitigation and adaptation.

Ivan Low

Name: Ivan Low

Country: Australia

Organization: Department of Industry, Innovation and Science

Title: Senior Policy Officer



Ivan has a Master of Public Administration and a Master of Laws (Legal Practice) from the Australian National University. He is a Senior Policy Officer at the Australian Department of Industry, Innovation and Science and an admitted lawyer with experience across the industry, energy and environment portfolios. He has worked on climate change policies, energy policies, venture capital programs and innovation strategy. The Department of Industry, Innovation and Science’s vision is to enable growth and productivity for globally competitive industries.  Ivan hopes to achieve a low carbon future for the energy sector in accordance with the Australian Energy Market Agreement. The objectives of this are the promotion of the long-term interests of consumers with regard to the price, quality and reliability of electricity/gas services, and the establishment of a framework for further reform.

Olayinka Ohunakin

Name: Olayinka Ohunakin

Country: Nigeria

Organization: Covenant University

Title: Senior Lecturer

Specialty: Energy and Environment

Salem Afeworki

Name: Salem Afeworki

Country: Chile

Organization: PacRim Engineering

Title: Sustainability Manager

Specialty: Sustainable Engineering and Design, Climate change mitigation and adaptation, Resiliency, Renewable Energy, stakeholder/community engagement



Salem Afeworki, LEED Green Associate, ENV SP has 11 years of experience providing sustainability, climate change and community engagement services for infrastructure, transportation, mining and energy clients. She is an effective communicator and team leader skilled at ensuring that compliance, adherence to standards and impact targets are integrated as a fundamental part of successful projects. She possesses outstanding technical writing and interpersonal skills, and her strength is in thinking outside the box and suggesting holistic approach to problem solving in planning, designing, construction, commissioning and operational phases of projects.

Salem started her career working for the United Nations Mission in Ethiopia and Eritrea (UNMEE) as communication officer, and has worked as climate change campaign manager for and as a sustainability professional for various fortune 500 companies such as KPMG and Jacobs Engineering Group. She has been awarded 2016 Urban Land Institute Orange County/Inland Empire Emergent Leadership Award in the category of Engineering and has also been given Certificate of Recognition by County of Orange Third District Supervisor Todd Spitzer. She has completed various professional and leadership programs with Massachusetts Institute of Technology and University of California at Berkeley. She is a member of various industry groups in the United States including American Society for Civil Engineers (ASCE), Urban Land Institute (ULI) and Women in Transportation Seminar (WTS).

She is currently developing a sustainability management plan for the Port of Long Beach, Terminal Island Wye Track Realignment Project. She also has led the development of a concept paper for United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Peru Promoting Sustainable Low Carbon Climate Adaptation through Case Study Evaluation of the Rio Santa and Rio Inambari Watersheds, which identified synergies between climate resilience and mitigation actions that promote both adaptation and a low carbon economy. She brought together climate change experts, glaciologist, social scientists and vulnerability experts from 5 countries in 3 continents. Salem also successfully developed a sustainability strategy for Metro Santiago, South America’s most extensive metro system that consists of environmental, community engagement, resource efficiency policies and guidelines. She evaluated the company’s operational systems, revised existing Key Performance Indicators (KPIs), conducted site audits and inspections, and developed a roadmap on how to meet and exceed impact reduction targets on all projects.

She is passionate about sustainability and working towards a better future and resilient communities!

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