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.

Jimena Montane's '14 (Mexico) photo exibited at the World Parks Congress

Jimena Montane's '14 (Mexico) photo was selected among the winners of the 1st round of the Second IUCN Red List of Ecosystems photo contest. The photo also got exhibited at the World Parks Congress in Sydney in November, 2014.

Jimena took her photo in Kruger National Park while conducting her thesis project in Phalaborwa, South Africa.

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.

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.

MESPOM-IIIEE alumni reunion in Beijing

 Tatirose Vijitpan and Chunsheng Yao

Batch 4 (2008-2010)

On November 9th, 2014, taking opportunity of Prof. Don Huisingh visiting Beijing and three EMP alumni Tareq, Jessika and Nurzat attending the UNEP Enlighten Global Efficient Lighting Forum, alumni of MESPOM and IIIEE enjoyed a fantastic dinner together. Coordinated by Xiao Li (batch 5), the reunion gathered 15 alumni of MESPOM as well as IIIEE former students and visiting scholars, not only Chinese but also non-Chinese who were in Beijing at the time. Several batches of MESPOM alumni joined the gathering, from the earliest batch 1 to the latest batch 8, as well as batches 4, 5 and 6. Most alumni are still working in the field of environment, such as protecting air and water, promoting renewable energy and dealing with climate change. The reunion created a good opportunity for alumni to meet, exchange work and life experience and strengthened the connection among each other. Prof. Don also shared the news about the Global Conference on Cleaner Production and Sustainable Consumption and the Global Exhibition “Sustainable Futures in Practice”, which will be held in November 2015.

Diane Matar '09 (Lebanon)


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?

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