MESPOM Alumni stories

Sarah Beckham Hooff '13 (USA)

I enjoyed exploring my interest in social issues and community-environment interrelations during MESPOM, and after completing my thesis at the Greek University of the Aegean in 2013, I moved to the far north of Finland. I coordinated interdisciplinary environmental research for the the RISES (Resilience in Socio-Ecological Systems of Northwest Eurasia) project at the University of Lapland Arctic Center in Rovaniemi.

Manavi Bhardwaj '14 (India)

The last few months of very active job searching has led me to a very exciting opportunity! I have started work as Research Associate at New Delhi based Centre for Science and Environment . The Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) is a public interest research and advocacy organisation based in New Delhi, India. CSE researches into, lobbies for and communicates the urgency of development that is both sustainable and equitable.

Andres Pena '10 (Colombia)

Currently, I am working as an Associate Consultant for one of the top universities in my country - Colombia - at Pontificia Universidad Javeriana. I am part of a team coordinating research projects in the environmental field (management, policy & science... yes, sounds so MESPOM!). These research projects are developed between the university and different organizations from the private & public sector, non-profit organizations among others.

Malcolm Dalesa '12 (Vanuatu) in charge of climate change

After completion of the MESPOM program, I returned home to Vanuatu around mid 2012. I commenced on a new job towards the end of 2012 as a climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction officer with the Vanuatu Meteorology and Geo-hazards Department.

Nara Wisesa '10 (Indonesia)

I am Nara Wisesa from Indonesia, and I was in the Batch 4 MESPOMites (2008-2010).  After stints working for an environmental and an ecotourism consultants, I now work with WWF-Indonesia's Coral Triangle division.  My main role is to monitor and evaluate the progress and achievements of our programs within the Coral Triangle.

Haiya Zhang '14 (China)

I currently work for International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD), which is a regional intergovernmental learning and knowledge sharing centre based in Kathmandu, Nepal, serving the eight regional member countries of the Hindu Kush Himalayas. ICIMOD aims to assist mountain people to understand globalization and climate change, adapt to them, and make the most of new opportunities, while addressing upstream-downstream issues. The particular program I work for is Himalaya Climate Change Adaptation Program (HICAP).

Kevin Ummel '11 (USA)

I was recently offered a position at the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) in Vienna, Austria, where I will join a team working on energy poverty and equity issues. This is one of many steps in my career path which ultimately results out of studying in the MESPOM program. The most challenging and rewarding part of my MESPOM experience (2009-2011) was the completion of my Masters thesis.

Diane Matar '09 (Lebanon)

FROM MESPOM TO NASA AMES RESEARCH PARK... AND THE JOURNEY CONTINUES!

Have you ever thought of “SciFi-like” solutions to ocean acidification, deforestation, or poaching? How about satellites that would bring you fast reliable data on the status of forests, or a connectivity that would allow park rangers to instantly report poaching events on a global map?

Emily Dowding-Smith, New Zealand, 2009-11

Emily Dowding-Smith, Environmental lawyer from New Zealand, MESPOM batch 5: 2009-2011.

Emily' current location, place of employment and position:

Bonn, Germany, World Secretariat of ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability, Urban Food Systems Forum Manager in Resilient Cities Team

Saatvika Rai '07 (India), PhD Candidate at Kansas University

I am Saatvika Rai, from India, from MESPOM class 2005-07. Currently I am a PhD candidate at the Political Science Department, University of Kansas (USA). I am also a graduate teaching assistant and teach international relations to undergraduate students. My areas of specialization are Public Policy and Comparative Politics, with a minor in Research Methods. My research interests are climate change adaptation and I am keen to explore climate refugees or migration, especially in Africa.