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Shan Zhou '09 (China): Fall in love with Sigri

BEIJING—People world wide usually come to Greece with a hope to experience romantic fairy-tales and amazing natural beauty. To many people, thousand years of history deposited on pillars in the Acropolis, sunset in Oia, and expensive meals on Santorini’s cliffs with a fantastic view of Aegean Sea are indispensable components in their journey. However, after one month’s travelling around Greece, I would say, those are not the true essence of travelling.

Yuliya Voytenko '07 (Ukraine)

After having graduated from MESPOM in June 2007 I started my PhD studies at the Department of Environmental Sciences and Policy at Central European University in Budapest. Currently I am in the very beginning of my second year in PhD program, successfully passed my comprehensive exams and have just defended my thesis prospectus.

To share a bit of after-MESPOM experience with you, I would like to say that I am very satisfied with how my professional career is developing. I work on my dissertation and am very excited about the research I am doing. Specifically I focus on the development of new bioenergy based models for organisation and action in Ukraine and look at the possibilities to link different economic actors utilising agricultural biomass for commercial energy production. I am especially excited about starting my field research in the upcoming year because this will mean communicating with people and exploring possibilities to create business opportunities for them in real life.

Brendan Cook '08 (USA): Thesis on Biogas in Vietnam

While preparing MESPOM thesis, I decided to take advantage of our global network and focus on a topic that was not just environmental but also related to the social and economic dimensions of sustainability.

Chunyu Liang '07 (China): UNFCCC position

I have just received an offer with the CDM Registration & Issuance Unit under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

The Unit is based in the UNFCCC's secretariat, Bonn, Germany, and is responsible for the registration of Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) projects and for the issuance of certified emission reduction (CERs) credits, under the CDM Executive Board that oversees the whole CDM system. I will be working on the issuance side as much of my past year's experience with my current company, EcoSecurities, a market leader in the CDM field, relates to CDM project monitoring & verification.

Tahia Devisscher '07 (Bolivia): UNDP position

I am currently working for UNDP Bolivia, writing for the Human Development Report (HDR) 2008. I do research and analysis on the environmental and local socio-economic impacts of biofuels expansion, mining activities and development projects in Bolivia such as road and hydroelectric dams development.

Alvin Chandra '10 (Fiji)

The sound of MESPOM and the dynamic nature of the international degree provide a comfort to me. For the past few years, after pursuing in a number of graduate programmes from Australia and Pacific, I feel this programme holds a value to anyone seeking international exposure in broader environmental issues. My life experiences from growing up in a small island environment, where adaptability to externalities is a constant demand of life, has influenced my interest in environmental issues.

Elephant Management in South Africa

Perhaps some of you have recently heard about the dilemma facing elephant management in South Africa, particularly the burgeoning population in Kruger National Park, and the proposal to reinstate elephant culling as a measure to control populations. If you are interested in this debate, and want to learn more, I wanted to let you know that we recently completed a 'Scientific Assessment of South African Elephant Management' which was submitted to the Minister of Environmental Affairs & Tourism in December 2007.

Njisuh Zebedee Feka '10 (Cameroon)

My name is Njisuh Zebedee Feka from Cameroon. With over 240 ethnic groups, this country is generally referred to as Africa in miniature because of its diversity of ecosystems people and varied climate. Starting with stunning hot deserts and savannas in the north, the eco-zones change gradually to tropical humid forests to the south, with a fair extent of degraded low-lying mangrove forests. The landscapes on which these ecosystems flourish are also diverse –hills, mountains chains, plateaus, extensive low lands to the majestic volcanic Cameroon Mountain.

Sachin Kumar Badkas '08 (India): The Class

Europe has been a time for many personal landmarks - cooking meat or flying minus airport counters, for instance. Another recent first, but by far more important was an officially assigned class. In the past, it has been I who offered lectures to an audience that was captive to various degrees. Last year's class on Policy Memos was an official affair, but still entirely my idea and counts less as it was to my peers, each of whom could teach me a lot back. No, the classes I gave that week meant more.

Diane Matar '09 (Lebanon)

My name is Diane Matar and I am from Lebanon. I studied Environmental Health Sciences at the American University of Beirut and worked in the pharmaceutical industry, eco-tourism, and in an environmental NGO in Lebanon before joining MESPOM. For me MESPOM is not just a Masters programme, it is a journey into knowledge and culture where everyday is a discovery and a learning experience.

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