New Episode: Sustainable Design
A dynamic team of young professionals
Masaō is a Lecturer at the University of the West Indies and has recently completed his doctorate at the University of Cambridge in Geography (Climate change implications for the wind energy sector). This follows 6 years at York University in Toronto where he gained his Undergraduate and Masters Degrees in Environmental Sciences and Geography (Climate Science) respectively. With two academic publications (pending submissions as well), Masaō is an experienced young academic and professional. His new Lectureship appointment to lead the Alternative Energy Group at the University of the West Indies, Mona (Jamaica), demonstrates his commitment to research within the Caribbean region.
Sasha is a Senior Technical Officer at the Caribbean Natural Resources Institute (CANARI), which is a regional technical institute focused on participatory natural resources management. She holds Masters’ degrees in Environmental Policy and Regulation from the London School of Economics and Political Science, United Kingdom and Environmental Engineering from the University of Auckland, New Zealand and a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science from the University of Toronto, Canada. She brings with her over 10 years’ of diverse experience in Trinidad and Tobago and the Caribbean on environmental policy, environmental management, specifically climate change adaptation and mitigation and chemicals and waste management and civil society governance. She also brings cross-cutting experience in the areas of capacity building, monitoring and evaluation, science communication and knowledge management.
Abigail Charles has an academic background in construction, with a first degree in Architecture from the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, AR. She completed a MSc in Project Management at the University of the West Indies. Her interests include climate change and the impacts of climate events on disaster risk management policy.
Michael de Souza has an academic background in the field of Applied Science and Mechanical Engineering from Queen’s University in Kingston, ON. His work experience includes designing and implementing PV-solar systems for homes and small businesses, working as a project coordinator and site supervisor as well as a background in marketing and brand awareness.
Collaborative Freelance Designer with 4 years of experience in areas of graphic, product and interior design. I am passionate about many forms of Art and Design and I take on a range of projects in both fields. I graduated from the University of The West Indies with a BA in Visual Arts and I currently work with Dada and Projects, an NGO geared towards facilitating the installation of Public Art in Trinidad and Tobago.
Sasha Harrinanan honed her strong writing and broadcast skills during her time as a journalist, working in print, television and radio. She is known for her upbeat personality and excellent inter-personal skills, able to connect with a wide variety of people and communicate their story to others in an engaging manner. Sasha’s love of nature, with dogs holding a very special place in her heart, means she is always ready to support efforts to increase sustainable use of the environment and the protection of natural habitats. Sasha has a BA in Media and Communication, Caribbean School of Media and Communication University of the West Indies, Mona, Jamaica, 2003.
Vaidika is a recent graduate of the University of West Indies, St. Augustine. She holds a Bachelors of Science in Chemistry and Industrial Chemistry. Passionate about environmental sustainability and renewable energies, she has a keen interest in the development of a sustainable future for developing nations. Her interests include reading, research and writing.
Salina is an active change maker working with a range of Caribbean organizations on topics of health, environment, agriculture and climate change. She holds a Master of Public Health from Walden University and a Bachelors of Science in Biology and Environmental Biology (Hons) from the University of the West Indies. Recognizing gaps and the need for greater efforts in fostering sustainability and research in the region, Salina uses her time and skills to further this cause.
Mikayla is a final year student at the University of the West Indies, St Augustine campus. She is pursing a BA in Geography as well as a BA in Communication Studies (double major). She is passionate about the field of geography, particularly climate change adaptation within Small Island Developing States. Mikayla’s interests are vast and include writing, publications, sustainable development, climate change and community outreach.
Ria Rampersad is interested in academic English and the writing conventions that characterize different disciplines. She is a recent graduate seeking to combine post-graduate experience in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages with an otherwise interdisciplinary background to contribute to the development of the field of English for Academic Purposes.
Kirsty Williams is a tech geek pursuing a BSc in Computer Science at the Goldsmiths University of London. She is passionate about all things Web Development, and Game Development; both of which she codes for fun. She hopes to one day revolutionize the web, ensuring that no website is inaccessible to people with disabilities.
Leah Ragbir, an adept Project Management professional, specializes in climate change adaptation. As an Assistant Project Manager at IAMovement, she implements innovative green initiatives with Vetiver grass. Leah's dedication to sustainability fuels her quest for positive environmental transformation, inspiring and raising awareness. Alongside work, she finds inspiration in cultural exploration, embracing art, music, and film as catalysts for communication and positive change.
Charlotte Tom is an ESG/ Sustainability consultant and Climate Change activist from Trinidad and Tobago. She completed her BA in Environmental Studies with a minor in Cultural Anthropology and completed her MSc in Natural Resources and Environmental Management, specializing in Climate Change. She works to help Caribbean governments mainstream climate action and social equity into policies to create a more resilient region.
Brittanny Perch has an academic background in the environmental field with a B.Sc in Environmental Science and Sustainable Technology. She is passionate about environmental sustainability and is driven to explore innovative ideas and sustainable solutions. Brittanny has a keen interest in environmental protection, renewable energy, sustainable development, and climate change. She aspires to further her studies in pursuit of her Master’s.
Gianna Richards is a student at St. Augustine Girls High School studying business. She is passionate about writing, management, and the environment.
Jon de la Rosa is a Cyber Security trainee pursuing a career in Information Security. He is passionate about volunteer work, community service, and environmentalism. Never misses a chance to gain knowledge and experience in various fields while supporting those who are committed to making the world a better place.
Kathryn is a RE Project Development Support Intern with the CDF and currently serves as an Island Ambassador to Trinidad and Tobago for Island Innovation. She holds a BSc and MSc in Geology from Imperial College London and The University of Melbourne and a MSc in Energy and Resource Management with a specialisation in RE and EE Policy from University College London. Kathryn brings with her over 8 years of experience in the oil and gas and the renewable energy sectors in Trinidad and internationally. She aspires to continue contributing her knowledge and experience to various initiatives promoting the sustainable use of the Caribbean region’s energy resources.
Ariel Thomas is a post-doctoral research associate with a Geophysics and Earth Sciences background. Underpinning his scientific career is a genuine fascination with Earth systems and a passion for engaging a broad audience to share knowledge of the natural world.