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Alvin Chandra '10 (Fiji), Co-leader at IUCN Commission

Alvin Chandra (Batch 4 2008-10) has been appointed to co-lead the Young Professional Co-Thematic Group for Disaster Risk Reduction at the Commission on Ecosystem Management (CEM) of IUCN.

Huang He '09 (China)

I am Huang He, a MESPOMer in 2007-2009, and I come from China. After working in London for a while, I am back to Beijing and start working for the Energy Research Institute (ERI) at the National Development and Reform Committee of China. ERI is the most important Chinese energy institute; it has a big influence on decision-making process, especially in my field (renewable energy policy), where China’s renewable energy law was drafted. Renewable energy, considered as good for both environment and economy, is still quite new in China and the whole industry is full of uncertainties and challenges.

Luciana Sivestri '08 (Argentina)

I am Luciana Sivestri, I come from Argentina and I attended MESPOM in 2006-2008. As soon as I finished MESPOM I got a job offer to work in Madrid for the organization called the Club of Madrid.I am in charge of their project called Global Leadership for Climate Change assisting the Director in climate change issues. This is a joint initiative with the United Nations Foundation http://www.globalclimateaction.com/. Basically I am working in climate change negotiations for a post 2012 agreement.

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.

UNECE Secretariat of the Water Convention

I am from Germany and studied Social Sciences in Bordeaux and Stuttgart as well as did an internship at UNEP in Nairobi before joining MESPOM in 2005. During MESPOM, one of the best experiences of my life, I went to Manchester for the 3rd semester, but came back to CEU for my thesis since I also worked on several research projects related to energy and sustainable buildings. I am currently a PhD-student at the Department of Environmental Sciences and Policy at CEU, but will start a new job at the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE, in Geneva) soon. I will be working in the Secretariat of the Water Convention.

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