A dynamic team of young professionals
PhD. MSc. BSc.
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.
With an academic background in Environmental and Natural Resource Management, specializing in Marine Biology and Coastal Marine Resources respectively, from the University of the West Indies (both St. Augustine and Cave Hill campuses), she has gained exposure to environmental issues specifically as they relate to the Caribbean. Further to this, she has gained work exposure across a multitude of sectors, inclusive of project co-ordination.
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.
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.
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.
Development Officer Intern
Abigail Charles has an academic background in construction, with a first degree in Architecture from the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, AR. She is currently pursuing a MSc in Project Management from the University of the West Indies. Her interests include climate change and the impacts of climate events on disaster risk management policy.
Editor (Academic) Intern
During my time spent at the University of the West Indies, St. Augustine, I developed a keen interest in sustainability. My experience as an undergraduate chemistry student and a research assistant working on bioplastics sparked my curiosity in this field. At present, I am due to begin a Master of Science in Sustainability Science at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Here I hope to hone in on eco-friendly practices applicable to developing nations like those throughout the region.
Editor (Magazine) Intern
Zsaria is a final-year student of the MSc Renewable Energy Technology programme at the University of the West Indies, St. Augustine and has a BSc in Chemical and Process Engineering from the same institution. She is a research enthusiast and has written articles on renewable energy and related technologies. Her interests include renewable energy applications, waste management, and planning for sustainable development.
Graphic Design Intern
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.
Olusanya Todd is currently a student of the Queen's Royal College. He has experience in web and software development. His interests include identifying and solving problems with technology and business. Currently, he is working towards a scholarship to study Mechanical Engineering.
Editor (Academic) Intern
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.
Social Media Intern
I’m currently pursuing my Masters in International Strategic Marketing at The Arthur Lok Jack Global School of Business.
I love Marketing and finding magic in numbers, so it’s for that reason I am an aspiring Marketing Analyst.
I am currently a Flight Attendant, but the sky is merely my playground and not my limit.
My motto is “It might not be easy but it will be worth it.”
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.
Editor Intern (Academic)
I am a passionate environmental science graduate, with a love for the Environment and continuous knowledge gathering of the inner workings of our planet. I have continuously strived to expand my skill sets, making me an all rounder. My past experiences have allowed me to become a highly effective researcher.