PPRE alumni and students at COP23
by Adriana Coppola, Costa Rica (PPRE 2016-2018)
During the Fiji COP23 (Conference of the Parties for the United Nations Framework for the Convention of Climate Change) held in Bonn during November 2017, 9 PPRE/EUREC alumni had the opportunity to meet and share their experiences during PPRE as well about their roles in the negotiations and side events during the conference
Climate change negotiators, volunteers, research experts, government officials and even UNFCCC staff were part of this PPRE/EUREC meeting.
Some of them had the opportunity to attend the Renewable Energy Day organised by the Korean Embassy in Germany, and participated in several discussions around cutting-edge ideas and developments in the sector.
Januarius Hindartahutama (PPRE 2015-2017).
While looking for an opportunity in renewable energy field, he provides consultancy services in electrical engineering and rotating machinery. Currently, he is working on a small project in machine learning and optimization technique. Januarius volunteered during the whole UN Climate Change conference COP23 in Bonn as ICT support. “It was really good experience, I met lots of interesting people, and the best part of it is to get in touch with the PPRE fellows from around the world."
Adriana Coppola (PPRE 2016-2018).
She participated as a delegate member of the Costa Rican Government during the COP23 following the Technology Mechanism and science and technology-related topics through the negotiations and side events. She represented the Government of the Republic on behalf of the Minister for Environment and Energy in a side event on Energy Efficiency and worked in close conjunction with the Costa Rican Minister during the event. “To be a delegate was a very challenging but fulfilling experience. It was great to meet PPRE colleagues and get to know about the amazing projects and jobs they are working on to make the world a better place”.
Giovanni Pabón (PPRE 2007-2009).
After studying PPRE, Giovanni stayed in Europe working for the wind industry for almost 6 years. Since January 2014, he went back to Colombia and joined the Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development and currently serves as the coordinator of the mitigation group of the Climate Change Directorate. He is also a negotiator on behalf of Colombia in the United Nations Climate Regime, where currently the mandates of the Paris Agreement are being developed.
Wadzanai Chigwa from Zimbabwe (PPRE 2015/17).
She is currently working on a Green-building certification project with a German company. She is working in a team exploring approaches and guidelines towards the certification of projects under the three main certification boards. She attended the COP23 as a volunteer at the Documentation Centre where she was assisting in the distribution of UN official documents to delegates. “This was an eye opening experience as I got to be part of the process where people are advocating for a change that will see the fight against climate change being a fruitful one. During the conference I have also interacted with a lot of people who share the same passion in Renewable Energy and I believe we are going in the right direction towards achieving change.”
Other participants from PPRE a/o collaborating Universities were:
· Gajanana Hegde from India (PPRE 1996/97) is the Director of the Sustainable Development Mechanisms program, United Nations Climate Change Secretariat.
· Ram Prasad Dhital from Nepal (PPRE 2001/02) is the Executive Director for the Alternative Energy Promotion Centre at the Nepali Ministry of Science, Technology and Environment.
· David Otieno from Kenya (PPRE 2004/06) is the EU Energy Initiative Partnership Dialogue Facility Coordinator of the Service Line AEEP.
· Alois Mhlanga from Zimbabwe (REP alumni from Uni Harare) is an Industrial Development Officer for UNIDO.
· Kudakwashe Ndhlukula from Zimbabwe (REP alumni from Uni Harare) is the Director of SACREEE (Sadc Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency) based in Nambia. Its the sister organisation for ECREEE.
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