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As pioneer Head of the Independent Integrity Unit at the Green Climate Fund (GCF) since 2016, Ibrahim Pam's job has worked to create integrity safeguards for the Fund, and to ensure accountability in the use of entrusted funds, while advancing climate finance integrity. "0% corruption, 100% climate action!" is the motto he has worked by and we 100% love hearing it! His experience in oversight, policy and criminal justice is extensive. He has worked as Chief Legal Officer at the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission, was an Associate Analyst/Investigator at the International Criminal Court, Chief Investigation Officer with African Development Bank and before the GCF, he was an Investigation Team Leader at the United Nations Office of Internal Oversight Services (UNOIOS) in the UN Mission in South Sudan. So with this world of experience, he is explaining to us some of the challenges in financing climate actions, while maintaining a framework that is both fair to communities, and not exploitative.
Ibim has been blessed to hold many roles in her life, especially being Ala's mother, such as an entrepreneur, administrator, farmer, communication specialist, publisher, media trainer, human and social rights activist. Mrs. Semenitari worked for over three decades with some of Nigeria’s and America’s leading media outlets including working as a Journalism Trainer/Editor with the British Broadcasting Corporation World Service Trust for two years. She has worked in public service as Honorable Commissioner, Ministry of Information and Communications, Rivers State, Nigeria between 2009 and 2015, as well as the Ag Managing Director of the Niger Delta Development Commission, an agency responsible for driving development in Nigeria's troubled oil-rich region. She is a member of the Rotary Club of Port Harcourt Cosmopolitan Eco group where she serves as club advisor and was president of the group in 2020-2021. She is joining the policy pals to discuss the carbon soot problem that has become a health and environmental crisis in Rivers state and the challenge with government regulation in an oil-rich developing nation with a growing industrial sector.
Pamela is a doctoral candidate at the Texas A&M University in Kingsville, Texas where she is working to obtain a PhD in environmental engineering. She has an academic background in hydro science engineering, as well as agronomy, and currently conducts research modelling water quality in South Texas. Her experience with modelling and extensive research on water quality and patterns is why she is the perfect policy pal to join us when we discuss how the impact of rising emissions will continue to affect rainfall patterns and affect the ability of scientists and engineers to accurately model flooding events in the future.
Katrina, AKA Trina the ocean scientist is a professor at Eastern Florida State College with a background in marine biology and science education, including a masters of science in marine biology. She is from Melbourne FL, which is where the hosts of this show met and how we have friends in common. All this is to say we were very excited when she agreed to come on the show and discuss the degradation of marine habitats due to acid rain because she is a passionate educator who is adept at explaining what happens in the ocean! Katrina also hosts the lets talk about the ocean podcast where she explains marine science and biology so simply, that you don't even have to be a scientist to learn which is a concept we appreciate on this show.
Risham currently works as a consultant with Acumen, a non profit investment group that focuses on sustainable solutions to some of our most urgent societal issues. Her work there allows her to study the impacts of climate change on rural economies, livelihoods and weather patterns in Pakistan. She also has a background in environmental policy and planning, with experience analyzing Pakistani and international environmental policy. Her efforts to raise climate financing for sustainable agriculture solutions that supports smallholder farmers in Pakistan is just one of the many reasons we are excited to have her on our show! Risham will be joining us to discuss the challenges developing nations face as some of the most vulnerable to climate change, with a focus on the adaptation necessary in the agricultural sector. We are very excited to get into Pakistan's agricultural dependence, adaptation, and some solutions in our ever changing climate.
Ken is the founder of a clothing and textiles business in Abia state in Nigeria. His brand, Fabrics by Nonso, focuses on using locally sourced textiles and his interest in the environment led him to our show. Ken is a policy pal (listens to the show) and has an educational background in Agronomy. Living in Abia state, a known business hub for burgeoning artisans and entrepreneurs in Nigeria, he has watched a lack of environmental regulation and poor infrastructure systems lead to decline that affects the community and the many people trying to maintain businesses in the state. He is joining us to speak on behalf of his community, share his concerns and discuss some of the effort he has seen recently by groups in his community to demand action and change.
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