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.
Nadine has a BSc. (Hons) in Psychology from the University of Nottingham and an MSc. and PhD in Sport and Health Sciences from the University of Exeter. A researcher, educator and sport and performance psychology practitioner, Nadine has a keen interest in sustainable development in the Caribbean and beyond.
Marketing (website) Intern
Khadeen is a recent graduate of the University of the West Indies. She pursued a Bachelors degree in Digital Media Production. Her passion lies in branding, web design and motion graphics. She has a love for the arts, technology and the environment.
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.
Dee-Ann Wood is recent graduate of the University of the West Indies. She holds a Bachelors of Science in Ecology with Environmental Science. Her interests are in environmental policy and communications. She believes communications is essential to achieving sustainable viability in the green and blue economies of the Caribbean. She aspires to use communications to promote collaboration between academia, industry leaders and the civil community to work towards a more sustainable future.
Partnerships Development Officer Intern
Stephanie is a Marine Biologist and Environmental Scientist. She is heavily involved in Environmental and Wildlife Conservation and has spent her career working on the protection of Trinidad's nesting population of leatherback sea turtles along the island's north-east coast. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Marine Biology, Ecology and Environmental Biology from the University of the West Indies. Stephanie has over 7 years of experience in the field of Science and Technology having worked in Environmental Research, Research Development, Science Education, Conservation and Veterinary Medicine.
Shalanah Khan is a graduate of The University of the West Indies. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree majoring in Environmental Science and Sustainable Technology. Her interests include Environmental Education in youths as she believes it has the ability to catalyse positive change in environmental ethics within the future generations. Specifically, Shalanah endeavours to pay particular attention to the ongoing Waste Management crisis and the complexities surrounding Sustainable Development practices in Small Island Developing States (SIDS)