2018 Recipients

Ans Irfan, MD., MPH.

Ans Irfan, MD., MPH.

Tufts University School of Medicine Boston, USA

Ans Irfan is a doctor of public health (DrPH) student at the Tufts University School of Medicine. He earned an MD in 2012 but decided to pursue public health practice instead of clinical medicine. He also holds an MPH from the George Washington University and a graduate certificate in migration studies from Georgetown University. He is a board certified public health practitioner. His applied-research interests include public health practice, health equity, and health policy with a focus on climate equity and environmental justice. He is also an adjunct professor of public health at the George Washington University - Milken Institute School of Public Health.

David Krantz

David Krantz

Arizona State University’s School of Sustainability Tempe, USA

David Krantz is a Wrigley Fellow and National Science Foundation IGERT-SUN Fellow at Arizona State University’s School ofSustainability, where he researches the intersection of environmentalism with public policy and culture, predominately religion. He serves on the board of directors of four nonprofits, including Interfaith Moral Action on Climate, and Aytzim: Ecological Judaism, which he also runs. He has completed three master’s degrees at New York University and at the University of California, Berkeley.

El'gin Avila, MPH

El'gin Avila, MPH

University of Arizona Tuscon, USA

El'gin Avila is a first-year doctoral student studying environmental health sciences at the University of Arizona. He obtained his BS from Eastern Michigan University (EMU) in Psychology and his MPH from the George Washington University (GWU) in Environmental Health Science & Policy. During his MPH, he worked with the community to develop an app that displays air quality data in Bahia Brazil, specifically the small town called Leandrinho where the data was collected by community members.

His current research interests focus on disadvantaged and marginalized communities that are exposed to environmental contaminants and pollutants through various pathways, and implementing policy changes that protect vulnerable communities.

Justin Udie, PhD

Justin Udie, PhD

De Montfort University Leicester, UK

Justin Udie is a Doctoral researcher at the Institute of Energy and Sustainable Development (IESD), De Montfort University, UK; funded by the Nigerian Petroleum Technology Development Fund (PTDF). His research interest is on sustainability and climate change impact on vulnerable critical energy infrastructure. He holds a Master’s degree in Natural Resources (Oil/Gas) Management from Coventry University in the UK and membership of key professional organisations: Energy Institute (EI), International Environmental Management and Assessment (IEMA) and Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE). Justin had won the prestigious National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) Presidents' Honour’s award for community development.

Sisi Meng, PhD

Sisi Meng, PhD

University of Colorado, Denver, USA

Sisi Meng is a visiting assistant professor in the Department of Economics at the University of Colorado, Denver. Her research interests include the areas of environmental and natural resource economics, the economic impact of natural disasters, and climate change. Before joining the economic program, Sisi earned a Ph.D. degree in Economics from Florida International University and an M.S. degree in Economics from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

 Haris Alibašić, PhD

Haris Alibašić, PhD

University of West Florida Pensacola, USA

Dr. Haris Alibašić is an Assistant Professor in the Legal Studies and Public Administration Department at the University of West Florida. Dr. Alibašić brings 21 years of expertise and experience in the public sector, including working for the United Nations Mission and the Office of High Representative in Bosnia and Herzegovina and directing energy, sustainability, and legislative affairs policies and programs for Grand Rapids, the second largest city in Michigan. In Grand Rapids, he promoted sustainable policies resulting in significantly reduced energy usage and cost and spurring significant renewable energy investments.

Aemade Mistru Terefe MBA

Aemade Mistru Terefe MBA

University of Bologna, Italy

Mr. Aemade Mistru Terefe is currently doing research and a student of Resource Economics and Sustainable Development at University of Bologna, Italy. He studied Bachelor of Science Degree in Applied Chemistry at Hawassa University and spent more than six years working at international and national manufacturing companies in Ethiopia. Following these activities, Mr. Aemade then attended Adama Science and Technology University, gaining his Masters’ degree in Business Administration (MBA) before embarking on an academic career, which has both embraced teaching and doing research in areas related to Green Chemistry, Climate change and there Economic impacts, measuring sustainable Development in developing countries, Life cycle Assessment and waste management.

Fabiano de Araujo Moreira, MS

Fabiano de Araujo Moreira, MS

State University of Campinas, Brazil

Currently is a PhD student in Geography at the State University of Campinas (UNICAMP), Brazil, with Master degree in Geography (2013), with a sandwich period at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Mexico, and graduated in Geography at UNICAMP (2011). Participated in academic-scientific exchange at the Universitat de Barcelona, Spain, with an international mobility grant from Santander (2009-2010). Received a scholarship for cientific initiation from FAPESP (2007-2008); and scholarship of the Didactic Support Program, for the courses of Geography of International Relations, in 2010, Urban Geography, in 2012, and Climatology, in 2017. Currently is part of the Metropole Project (Belmont Forum/Fapesp)

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​Tayanah O’Donnell

​Tayanah O’Donnell

University of Canberra, Canberra, Australia

Tayanah O’Donnell is a Research Fellow with Canberra Urban and Regional Features (CURF) at the University of Canberra (UC). She has recently submitted her PhD dissertation, “Exploring the Coastal Lawscape: Legal Geographies of Climate Change Adaptation in Two New South Wales Localities,” which was completed with the Institute for Culture and Society at Western Sydney University. Tayanah has a strong research background in climate adaptation, environment and planning law, and legal geography. Her research examines intersections between property, place, law, and climate change. Tayanah is also interested in sustainable development and place-making. She is a lecturer in planning at UC, where she teaches coastal management, and co-convenes “Planning for Cities and Climate Change.” She has lectured in law and the social sciences at the Australian National University and Western Sydney University since 2008. She was also a solicitor in litigation in Sydney and spent 2009 as a researcher for a judge in the Land and Environment Court of New South Wales.

Kehinde Aina

Kehinde Aina

University of Northampton, Northampton, UK

My name is Kehinde Aina, I am a PhD student from the School of Science Art and Technology in the university of Northampton, United Kingdom. The title of my research is Assessing the Vulnerability and Perception of Adaptability to High Temperature in Buildings among the Residents of Lagos state a Research area of Climate Change.

It has always been my dream to be an environmentalist and to involve in a research relating to the discomfort climate change/High temperature has brought. This research will contribute to knowledge, focusing on the recent interest in adaptation strategies to high temperature In buildings. The study will also help to improve the positive perception of how government and Architects can help residents adapt to high temperature and achieve comfort in their buildings during the period of high temperature.

​Soh Young

​Soh Young

Stanford University, Stanford, USA

Soh Young a PhD candidate in Civil and Environmental Engineering at Stanford University. She completed her MA in International Policy Studies at Stanford, and BA in Economics and Statistics at Columbia University. Her research has been focused on bridging a knowledge gap among diverse groups in clean energy and catalyzing their behavior change to transition to a low-carbon economy.

Soh Young’s interdisciplinary works have drawn great attentions from and been funded by multiple leading institutions around the world. In 2016, she and her research team won a research prize on low-carbon investment evaluation from the United Nation Environment Programme (UNEP) Finance Initiative. Her new academic project on a novel clean energy investment platform design received grants from the Stanford Precourt Institute for Energy, Bank of America, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, and the Government of Canada.

In Their Words

I learned a lot about the different climate research and initiatives happening worldwide. It was also very valuable experience facilitating the sessions."

Lindsay Luke, 2015 Awardee

My team building and communication skills have been tremendously enhanced by serving as a moderator in an interactive international group"

Dellarue Howard, 2015 Awardee

Being a graduate scholar forced me to network and become involved in the conference more than I would have as just an attendee."

Kelly Stevens, 2015 Awardee