Last Update JUNE 09
Here, we will present short bio sketches of all participants in alphabetical order. This shall give speakers and fellow participants an idea about the professional backgrounds of the attendees of the forthcoming Potsdam Summer School.
With the aim to combine my academic background and professional experience in non-governmental organizations I have been working on my research work at the Research Center in Jalalabad under the Academy of Science in Kyrgyzstan. Kyrgyzstan in Central Asia is a mountainous country with a forest area of about 5.61 % but play an important economic, social, and environmental role in mountainous areas at high altitudes. My research focuses on analyses of the local population participation in natural resource management as well as conservation issues in the unique walnut forest Arstanbap in Kyrgyzstan. In the frame of various projects, I was involved in the establishment of more than 30 Community Based Organizations such as Participatory Forest Management Groups, Village Rescue Teams, Young Green Clubs and in the participatory development processes of the Community and Municipality Forest Management Plans.
I am very delighted to find the opportunity to get in touch with experts and other participants specialized in climate change during this Potsdam Summer School.
Her current studies have helped her to gain much needed educational background in the field and the multidisciplinary nature of the master program made it possible to learn about climate change and sustainability from scientific, societal, and economic perspectives.
Currently, Mehriban is writing her Master’s Thesis about Europe’s reforestation potential and what that means in terms of carbon sequestration and local microclimate effects while at the same time working part time for a private organization to help calculate their life-cycle carbon dioxide emissions and set up a reduction plan for the future.
Her many interests in the field include climate tipping points, thawing of the Arctic permafrost, nature-based solutions for climate sequestration etc. Energy transformation and climate action are also important to her as she is from a country with a fossil fuel centered economy, but with untapped potential for the renewable energy.
In my spare time, I love to exercise, and especially playing volleyball. I also love playing video games, and hanging out with my girlfriend and friends. Moreover, I also spend time trying to learn Icelandic, since it is my girlfriend's native language.
I have always been passionated about energy studies, and in particular energy systems, and how they are composed. I would consider myself as being enthusiastic about the subjects surrounding this, and am therefore looking very much forward to meeting all the other participants and speakers for this year's Potsdam Summer School, which I am very honored to be a part of.
Within her work she focusses on aspects related to climate adaptation, economic development, and the just transition – and how these concepts translate in practice for private sector actors.
Her experience includes advising financial institutions (e.g. commercial banks, investment funds, etc.) on integrating climate and socio-economic issues at the core of their operations, and climate finance mechanisms (e.g. Green Climate Fund)on how to enhance their effectiveness and deliver impact on the ground.
Prior to joining Steward Redqueen, she worked for the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission, in the Energy, Climate and Transport Directorate and worked as a sustainability analyst within a Climate-KIC professional development program.
During leisure hours, I visit the gym, play games or watch movies or listen to music. I also like to hang out with friends.
Prior to joining the Graduate Center in October 2020, she worked as a researcher at the French Economic Observatory (OFCE) where she took part in evaluating environmental and energy policies from a macroeconomic perspective. She also worked as a research assistant at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) on the feedback between buildings decarbonization and the EU-ETS. She holds a MSc. in Economics from Paris School of Economics (PSE) and a MSc. in Economics and Statistics from ENSAE Paris.
Currently, she works at HEAT GmbH promoting mitigation actions and capacity building in the forestry and energy sectors. At the Summer School, Stefanie is eager to strengthen her knowledge and enhancing her network for a sustainability transition in the energy sector. Also, she looks forward to improve her skills in facilitating interdisciplinary solutions, as well as help bringing different stakeholders, science and policy together.
She is currently working on understanding and predicting Monsoons in Asian regions using a complexity-based approach” as a part of her Ph.D. dissertation. Her area of research includes hydrometeorology, climate change, monsoons, and complex networks.
She received several fellowships from Govt. of India such as the Prime minister’s Student Scholarship (PMSS), the Ministry of Human Resources Development (MHRD) scholarship, and the prestigious Prime minister’s Research Fellowship (PMRF).
Currently, she writes her thesis on the impacts of changes in the distributions of air pollutants (tropospheric ozone and nitrogen oxides) on human health and nature in Europe. Before her Master's studies in Berlin, she completed her Bachelor's degree in Meteorology at the Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz, Germany. During her studies she has found herself more and more attracted to the topic of sustainability, which for her means a sensitive and respectful interaction with the planet and each other. She is interested in the impacts of human behavior on climate and nature as well as the subsequent feedbacks. To strengthen the societal change towards a sustainable future, she considers science and climate communication as a key tool.
Next to her studies, she has already worked at different stations, amongst others in an environmental fintech firm, and at research institutes, currently at the IASS in the working group Air Quality Modelling for Policy Advice.
Prior to this, he was a lecturer at a polytechnical college and a project associate at the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) in India. He has published four international journal articles, three book chapters, and six conference papers. He is an active student member of the American Society of Civil Engineering (ASCE) and the Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management (CIWEM). He has attended numerous workshops, training programs, and conferences on diverse topics. He actively participates in and coordinates different events and seminars at IIT Roorkee.
My experience ranges from academic quantitative and qualitative research, to coordinating and communications roles. I have conducted quantitative and geospatial research related to water topics. For example, I used geospatial data to run the hydrological model WEAP in my Licenciate thesis research, and for an indicator-based flood risk assessment for Ecuador which also required statistical analysis. I have conducted interviews and literature reviews for a disaster risk management index and an e-learning platform. I have also assisted in coordinating diverse meetings and workshops and created communication material for the IGP Secretariat-GIZ and OACG – UCR.
Leen is passionate about working together with others to build a more sustainable society, addressing key challenges like climate change, poverty, inequality and the need to preserve the environment. He believes in using an inclusive approach, through which local communities, entrepreneurs, governments and other stakeholders discuss challenges they face and develop and implement sustainable solutions together. Leen enjoys meeting people from different backgrounds and is looking forward to exchange knowledge and perspectives on climate change and sustainability with others during the Potsdam Summer School.
Prior to IIED, Sejal worked on these research areas at the think tank Overseas Development Institute (ODI). Sejal holds an MSc in Environmental Economics from the London School of Economics, and a BSc in Economics and Geography from University College London.
I am currently working on my master's thesis on criteria for appraisal of adaptation pathways through climate risks and transformational change lenses, with a case study in India. Along with my studies, I am also engaged with environmental and social justice issues as a board member in a grassroot, critical organization 'Otherwise Foundation'. In my free time, I like to travel, hike, read, cook, go swing dancing and try pottery.
I am keen to finish my studies and apply my knowledge in practice by working on topics related with climate risk and disaster management, action research and capacity building in countries from the global south. I believe in strong collaborations and pluralistic approaches towards solutions for the environmental and social justice issues we are facing in today. The summer school will give me an opportunity to learn from, contribute to, and collaborate with people who share this approach and vision with me.
My formal education includes a doctorate degree in Humanities, master' s degree in Clinical Psychology, bachelor' s degree in Psychology. Further education: Human Rights Education Diploma, Cooperative Learning Diploma, History of Art Diploma and Environmental Education for Sustainability Diploma. In 2015 I was a Fulbright Scholar at George Mason University Washington DC, in the US.
I am leading an academic psychosocial intervention program with refugees and asylum seekers in the Mexico City area to promote wellness and cultural adaptation among immigrant population. I have worked as a Human Rights Educator, working with different organizations for several years and have extensive fieldwork teaching Human Rights/Social Justice workshops in Mexico and Africa.
I have written four books regarding models, theories, strategies and tools for implementing a social justice perspective in the Psychology profession.
Interests: Psychology intersections with Environment education and sustainability, social justice, global migration. Social interests: tennis, piano, movies and trips.
More recently, Katharina became fascinated with climate psychology and understanding why we do not act appropriately despite the wealth of knowledge on the climate crisis. This included learning about possibilities for individuals to act on climate change (beyond the role as consumer and voter). Consequently, she is now actively and happily involved in a citizen’s initiative that aims to accelerate the energy and heat sector transformation in Potsdam. Especially, Katharina is very interested in science communication, which she believes to be a more than crucial point in dealing with climate change.
Outside of ClientEarth, Joyce writes for the Earth Negotiations Bulletin, an independent reporting service on UN environment and development treaty negotiations. She has covered events on climate, land, and biodiversity.
Joyce holds an MSc in Environment and Development, with distinction, from the University of Edinburgh, where she was a Chevening scholar. She obtained her JD with honours from Ateneo de Manila School of Law, Philippines, where she later taught climate and environmental policy. She is qualified as a lawyer in the Philippines and in the State of New York, USA (non-practising).
Building on the need to elaborate effective regulatory responses to existing threats and challenges, Mana’s research suggests thinking anew Arctic Ocean conservation in the context of the Anthropocene by investigating the implementation of the Rights of Nature at the international level.
As an outdoor enthusiast, Mana enjoys spending time outdoors in her free time, either skiing, climbing, hiking, biking or camping.