Currently Browsing Alumni of: Environmental Education & Communication

S. M. Abdul-Awal

Name: S. M. Abdul-Awal

Country: Bangladesh

Organization: Khulna University

Title: Associate Professor



S.M Abdul-Awal earned his Ph.D. in Plant Sciences from University of Cambridge. He currently works as an associate professor at Khulna University, whose mission is to create a transformative educational experience for students, focusing on poverty eradication, food and nutritional security, environmental sustainability, socio-economic well-being, and climate resilient development. He is currently working on two main projects. The first project is concerned with providing safe drinking water to the rural people in the southern area of Bangladesh by applying biotechnological principles and tools, and the second project involves providing composite fertilizer to farmers so they can grow their crops in an environmentally-friendly manner. Through his work, S.M. aspires to foster creative learning, entrepreneurship, and inquisitiveness among students based on moral values, professional ethics, and social responsibilities.

Natalia Popova

Name: Natalia Popova

Country: Russian Federation

Organization: St. Petersburg State University

Title: Head, Environmental Office



Natalia Popova earned her Ph.D. in Biology from St. Petersburg State University, where she currently works as head of the environmental office. As head of the environmental office, Natalia is responsible for promoting environmental safety, risk management, the implementation of green initiatives, and environmental education. Natalia is the project lead for the “Separate Waste Collection” program, which promotes the separation of municipal solid waste and advocates for increased recycling on the University’s teaching grounds.Through her work, Natalia aims to introduce separate waste collective to the whole University, making it equal to mandatory and voluntary action. Ultimately, she aspires to influence the city system, showing the possibility of introducing separate waste collection at the city level.

Ayouba Abdou Sani

Name: Ayouba Abdou Sani

Country: Niger

Organization: Young Volunteer for Environment

Title: Co-Founder and Executive Director



Ayouba Abdou Sani currently works as executive director of Young Volunteer for Environment, whose mission is to develop leadership and eco-citizenship in young people to promote sustainable community development. Young Volunteer for Environment is grounded on values of volunteering, responsibility, ecological integrity, justice, equity, and diversity. Young Volunteer for Environment aims to promote the spirit of volunteerism and sustainable development by involving all social strata in the protection of the environment. Through his work, Ayouba Abdou Sani hopes to see a world where young people are at the forefront of sustainable development.

Nujpanit Narkpitaks

Name: Nujpanit Narkpitaks (Jom)

Country: Thailand

Organization: United Nations Environment Programme, Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific

Programme: Compliance Assistance Programme (CAP), OzonAction Programme


I have been working with UNEP Division of Technology, Industry and Economics (DTIE) OzonAction for more than 3 years. My main duty is to assist the team in planning and implementing the communication strategy and awareness raising activities to raise public awareness on ozone layer protection as well as its linkage with climate change in Asia and the Pacific region. It has always been a challenge outreaching a complex issue such as ozone layer depletion to the general public and calling for action. I’m very interested to learn the best practices from Beahrs Environmental Leadership Program in this regard and would like to seek other participants’ view and opinion about the best ways to pursue this goal.

My current work activities include:

  • Develop and assist countries in Asia and the Pacific region in implementing the Strategic Action Plan for the Information, Education and Communication (IEC) activities to raise public awareness on ozone layer protection and its linkages with climate change. This plan has become part of the UNEP DTIE OzonAction Global Communication strategy for the year 2010-2015;
  • Coordinate with 38 national focal points in Asia and the Pacific region, as well as other implementing agencies and other stakeholders including UNDP, Would Bank, UNIDO, GTZ Proklima and industry for the implementation of the IEC strategic action plan and provide communication-related support
  • Prepare concept notes, briefings and analytical documents as part of the preparation of regional awareness activities, meetings and workshops, and finalize all reports;
  • Serve as UNEP focal point and liaise with UNEP programme officers to provide information and instructions to all network countries in the region, making sure that information and instructions are suitable for each country’s national context and needs;
  • Prepare content for UNEP DTIE OzonAction website as well as the programme’s social media accounts and forums, including Facebook, Twitter, Youtube etc.
  • Represent UNEP Ozone team in governmental and UN working groups to support implementation of the IEC Strategic Action Plan for Asia and the Pacific region as well as make presentations about the status of the work plan and advise future actions/activities to the network countries;
  • Prepare press releases and background information for media and participants for regional awareness events, meetings and workshops;
  • Facilitate the development of UNEP Ozone team’s publications/products, organize the launch of the products and disseminate them to related UN agencies, governmental bodies and concerned organizations in the network countries;

Educational Background: I majored in French and studied English, linguistics and civilization during my bachelor’s degree at Chulalongkorn University, Thailand. I pursued a Master’s Degree in International Studies and Diplomacy at School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London in the United Kingdom where I studied International Relations, International Economics and Diplomacy.

Tianlan Ma

Name: Tianlan Ma
Country: China
Organization: Xiamen Greencross Association
Title: Director-General

Professional expertise, interests and work history:
I work as the Director-General of Xiamen Green Cross Association (XMGCA), and also as founder and sponsor of XMGCA. I am also the executive director of Xiamen environmental science association, a member of Fujian lifelong education association environmental council, a consultant of Xiamen Society for the prevention of cruelty of animals (spca), a consultant of Shishi youth volunteer association, The “Green Commuting network” Project Consultant of Environmental Defense Fund (EDF), and a coordinator of Friends of Nature (FON) in Fujian province. I am also a lifelong membership of FON, a member of China Association for NGO Cooperation (CANGO), a member of the All-China Environment Federation (ACEF), and a member of IUCN.

I have Interests in Nonprofit Organization Management, Sustainable Environmental Management and other topics such as: Climatic Change, Low Carbon Economy, Garbage Classification, Water Resources Conservation, Energy Saving, Education For Sustainable Development, etc.
I have been working as a senior lecturer and advanced consultant in a management consulting company in Xiamen. I was also offered an appointment at Xiamen Jimei University as concurrent post associate professor, and at Fujian agriculture and forestry university as a concurrent post professor.

Current work activities
I carry out a series of activities to influence the Julongjiang river Drainage basin management policy. I work with collaboration partners including the World Bank, Friends of the earth Hong Kong, and local partners, etc. I also work on the development of the Sustainable Transport Collaboration with Environmental Defense Fund (EDF), China Association for NGO Cooperation (CANGO), etc. Finally, I work on the China Environmental Rights Protection Manual project in collaboration with the Denish Institute for Human Rights (DIHR) and the China University of political science & law of Center for Legal Assistance to Pollution Victims (CLAPV).

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