2019 Recipients

Ama Kissiwah Boateng

Ama Kissiwah Boateng

National University of Public Service, Budapest, Hungary

Ama Kissiwah Boateng is a PhD Candidate at the National University of Public Service.

Her research interests include climate change and policy, urban environmental management, public administration, and environmental policy planning.

Awa Bousso Drame

Awa Bousso Drame

Sorbonne University, Paris, France and Columbia University, New York, USA

Awa Bousso Drame is a student-researcher in coastal geomorphology and GIS, and is affiliated to Sorbonne University and Columbia University. With 3 years of research experience, her research areas focus on coastal hazards in West Africa (Senegal and Benin) on which she worked at the French National Research Institute for Sustainable Development, the Institute of Geomorphology and Soils of Malaga, the Senegalese Ministry of Environment-West African Coastal Observation Mission. She also has an international career with her experience in Senegal, France, Sweden, Italy, United Arab Emirates, Oman, Cyprus, Spain, and the United States. Miss Drame received a research stipend from Columbia University, the IDEX-Initiative-d’Excellence fellowship (Sorbonne, French Ministry of Higher Education), and the 2nd Prize of the Senegalese National Schools Competition of Geography of Senegalese Ministry of Education.

Brianna Haugen

Brianna Haugen

Oregon State University, Oregon, USA

Brianna Haugen is completing her master’s degree in Marine Resource Management at Oregon State University. Growing up in Minnesota, the land of 10,000 lakes, fostered an appreciation for the multiple uses of water resources. Her experience in water quality monitoring with lakes and streams led her to pursue her dream of working with coastal communities. Her passion for interdisciplinary climate change research stems from a belief that humans are part of the environment, not separate from it. After graduate school, she hopes to find work addressing climate change that connects the physical environment with human interaction.

Claudia Ribeiro Pereira Nunes

Claudia Ribeiro Pereira Nunes

Institutional Research Coordinator, Associated College of Rondonia

Professor Nunes holds a PhD in Law. She is the institutional research coordinator and national and international relations coordinator of the Associated College of Rondônia. She is also co-coordinator of International Research Center (which spans Brazil - Spain - United States) on global comparative law. She received numerous scholarships and honorable mentions by several institutions in the last 5 years. At the Yale MacMillian Center, Professor Nunes conducts research aimed to a better understanding of the impact of global law and governance issue in respect to innovation technology challenges, with a view in the traditional societies.

Dr. Fides del Castillo

Dr. Fides del Castillo

Associate Dean of the College of Liberal Arts, De La Salle University Manila, Manila, Philippines

Dr. Fides del Castillo is currently the associate dean of the College of Liberal Arts at De La Salle University Manila. She finished her doctoral degree in Religious and Values Education at De La Salle University Manila and took her post-doctoral course on leadership and culture in Warwick University London. She is serving as the president of the Network of Professional Researchers and Educators. She is also the directress of Lumina Montessori de Calamba.Dr. Del Castillo has written books such as Teaching Values Using Creative Strategies. She also co-authored Kenosis: The Life Giving Sacrifice of Jesus, Threskia: Introduction to World Religions, and Arete: Towards Filipino Moral Excellence of Don Bosco Press Inc. She has published academic journal articles and facilitated international conferences. In 2015 and 2018, she was selected as a scholastic referee in the International Journal of Religion and Spirituality.

Michael Pascucilla

Michael Pascucilla

Director of Health, East Shore District Health Department (ESDHD), Connecticut, USA

Michael Pascucilla was appointed as the director of health for the East Shore District Health Department (ESDHD) in 2010 which serves the towns of Branford, East Haven and North Branford. Prior to ESDHD, he served as the assistant director of health for the City of Hartford, Department of Health & Human Services, and held positions at both the University of Connecticut and Yale University.

Michael holds a BS degree in Public Health/Nutrition from Southern Connecticut University and a masters degree in Public Health from the University of Connecticut. He is a Registered Sanitarian and has over 27 years experience as a public health official in local, state and federal government.

Michael also is an adjunct professor at Southern Connecticut State University and a lecturer at Yale University in the School of Public Health located in New Haven, Connecticut.

Michael resides in the town of Guilford, Connecticut with his wife and two sons.

Muha Abdullah Al Pavel

Muha Abdullah Al Pavel

University of Lisbon, Portugal

Muha Abdullah Al Pavel is a PhD student in Climate Change and Sustainable Development Policies at University of Lisbon, Portugal. His research focuses on the impact of climate change and management scenarios on forest ecosystem services using the PREBAS model. He holds a MSc in Forestry from Shahjalal University of Science and Technology, Bangladesh; MSc in Forest Science from University of Padova, Italy; and MSc in Mediterranean Forestry and Natural Resources Management from University of Valladolid, Spain. He also served as a Research Assistant at Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology.

Theodora Dame Adjin-Tettey

Theodora Dame Adjin-Tettey

Lecturer at the Department of Public Relations, University of Professional Studies, Accra, Ghana

Theodora is a lecturer at the Department of Public Relations at the University of Professional Studies, Accra, Ghana, where she also serves as a departmental research officer. She recently graduated from the University of South Africa (UNISA) with a PhD in Communication Science. She also has a master of philosophy degree in Communication from the University of Ghana. Theodora’s current research interests include climate change communication, new media use and appropriation, open and distance learning, and e-learning.

Tek Jung Mahat

Tek Jung Mahat

Masaryn University, Czech Republic

Tek Jung Mahat is a UC Berkeley trained environmental leader with over 15 years of professional experience across the Himalayan countries. He developed the first and still the largest "youth" and "media" programme for mountain advocacy during his term at the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD), where he managed the Asia Pacific Mountain Network (APMN), Mountain Thematic Node of the Asia Pacific Adaptation Network (APAN), Rio+20 (UNCSD) Preparations of the Himalayan countries. He coordinated ICIMOD's UNFCCC and Rio+20 engagements, including support to Nepal's Mountain Initiative (MI), Bhutan's Climate Summit for a Living Himalayas, India's Indian Mountain Initiative (IMI) among others. Apart from ICIMOD, Tek has worked for the Asian Development Bank-Government of Nepal's Building Climate Resilience of Watersheds in Mountain Eco-Regions (BCRWME) project, Nepal River Conservation Trust, and has taught undergraduate students at the Tribhuvan University in Nepal. Tek also founded the Climate Himalayan Initiative (CHI) in 2007 as the voluntary climate knowledge alliance in the Himalayan Countries and prepared foundation to set-up the Centre for Climate Research and Advocacy (CCRA) at the Central Department of Environmental Science (CDES), Tribhuvan University. Tek is currently pursuing his PhD focusing on climate policy and governance in Nepal from the Masaryk University in Brno, Czech Republic.

David Krantz

David Krantz

IGERT Solar Utilization Network Fellow, School of Sustainability, Arizona, USA

David Krantz is a Wrigley Fellow and National Science Foundation IGERT-SUN Fellow at Arizona State University’s School of Sustainability, where he researches the intersection of environmentalism with public policy and culture, predominantly religion. He serves on the board of directors of three 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.

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