Currently Browsing Alumni of: 2016

Michael Sarill

Name: Michael Sarill

Country: USA

Organization: EcoWild Conservation

Title: Director

 

Biography:

Michael completed his Bachelor’s degree in 2006 and his early career was in digital. His deep passions are around wildlife conservation, conservation biology and ecological restoration. He built a cause-based wildlife game and is working on the next product as part of an environmental non-profit focusing on issues of wildlife conservation and restoration. EcoWild Conservation will focus on solutions related to ecological restoration, ecologically friendly business practices and human-wildlife conflicts. Michael believes these problems have solutions if we are creative about finding paths forward. Beyond the wildlife game, Michael is actively working on the next product/project and has set up a broader website communicating the larger vision. Michael’s goals include solving problems related to human-wildlife conflict and offering citizens compelling opportunities to live in harmony with nature.


Sheila Romero

Name: Sheila Romero

Country: Perú

Organization: Environmental Resources Management (ERM) Peru S.A.

Title: Senior Environmental Consultant

 

Biography:

Sheila is a forest engineer and works as a senior environmental consultant with experience in the elaboration of Environmental and Social Impact Assessments (ESIA) that meet international standards, including specific baseline studies. ERM, based in Peru, is a leading global provider of environmental, health, safety, risk, and social consulting services and sustainability related services. ERM has worked to deliver innovative solutions for businesses and selected government clients, helping them understand and manage sustainability challenges. Sheila is working as the project manager of a biodiversity monitoring program (PMB) for the Camisea Gas Project, located in the basin of the Urubamba River in the rainforest of Cusco. The objective of the PMB is to identify changes or disturbances in the biodiversity that may be related to the Camisea Gas Project, as well as to apply adaptation procedures to avoid and/or minimize the environmental impacts by ensuring the effective implementation of the mitigation measures.


Zo Lalaina Randriarimalala

Name: Zo Lalaina Randriarimalala

Country: Madagascar

Organization: Conservation International Madagascar

Title: Sustainable Production Manager

 

Biography:

Lalaina has a Master of Sciences and a professional Master’s degree. In addition, she completed her PhD degree in Agronomical Sciences. Her professional expertise broadly covers natural resource management, general agriculture, climate change, and biodiversity conservation. She is in charge of sustainable production at Conservation International Madagascar. Conservation International is an NGO based in Arlington, Virginia but has a field office in Madagascar. It has worked for more than 24 years in Madagascar protecting the country’s biodiversity and empowering the government, civil society groups, and communities to improve the country’s natural resource management. Since Lalaina works with rural people who depend on forests for their livelihoods, her future goals are to have different skills related to climate smart landscapes that may be useful for promoting sustainable production within the peripheral areas of the corridor Ankeniheny Zahamena.


Thi Cam Nhung Pham

Name: Thi Cam Nhung Pham

Country: Vietnam

Organization: WWF-Vietnam

Title: Project Manager, Sustainable Energy

 

Biography:

Nhung completed her Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Engineering in 2002 at Hanoi University of Technology in Vietnam and her Master’s degree in Environmental and Natural Resources Management (ERM program) at Brandenburgische Technische Universitaet, Cottbus (BTU) in Germany. She currently works as a project manager at WWF-Vietnam. WWF’s mission is to stop the degradation of the earth’s natural environment and to build a future in which humans live in harmony with nature by conserving the world’s biological diversity, ensuring that the use of renewable natural resources is sustainable, and promoting the reduction of pollution and wasteful consumption. Nhung plans to continuously work for WWF-Vietnam on the priority strategy of energy and develop sustainable energy projects into a long-term sustainable energy program for WWF-Vietnam. She also wants to provide more support for Green Growth and Climate Change resilience areas.


Grace Palacios

Name: Grace Palacios

Country: Perú (in USA)

Organization: University of Florida

Title: Master’s Student in Sustainable Development Practice

 

Biography:

Grace earned her Bachelor’s degree in Sustainable Tourism and earned a Certificate in Teaching Methodology in 2014. She is currently an incoming Master’s student in Sustainable Development Practice at the University of Florida. Her professional expertise covers Sustainable Tourism Development and Solid Waste Management in rural areas, indigenous communities and public administration. The Master in Sustainable Development Practice (MDP) seeks to train professionals to understand the multidimensional nature of development challenges and become critical thinkers of the development process and its implications, mainly in Latin America and Africa. Grace wants to learn new tools to design indicators that measure and validate qualitative information, as well as be trained in Conflict Resolution among different kinds of stakeholders, and improve her communication and leadership skills to negotiate at different levels with them.


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