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). It is a pioneering collaboration among three organizations – CICERO, ICIMOD, and GRID-Arendal – aimed at contributing to enhanced resilience of mountain communities, particularly women, through improved understanding of vulnerabilities, opportunities, and potentials for adaptation. HICAP will generate knowledge of climate change impacts on natural resources, ecosystem services, and the communities depending on them, contributing to policy and practice for enhanced adaptation. I have been drawing knowledge and trainings gained from MESPOM, and applying to work. More importantly, thanks to MESPOM, I could navigate my work well in an international environment, with colleagues from various cultural contexts. It is also very nice to connect with alumni from other Erasmus Mundus Graduate Programs within my organization.