2019 AOSIS Fellows
Ashani Bartley, Jamaica
Ashani Bartley is an Energy Economist and Statistician who has worked in international organizations such as the United Nations Development Programme as well as in his country’s government. He specializes in renewable energy technologies such as wind, solar, and geothermal energy to tackle climate change issues through carbon emission reduction as well as making islands energy independent using their own natural resources. Ashani is particularly interested in climate financing initiatives by developing renewable energy projects that can self-finance through the energy services company (ESCO) mechanism. His interest also spans harmonizing fragmented local environmental laws and policies in the view of climate change considerations. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree (First Class Honours) in Economics and Statistics from the University of the West Indies, Mona – Jamaica; and a Master’s Degree in Petroleum, Energy Economics and Finance from the University of Aberdeen – United Kingdom.
Diana Ruiz, Belize
Diana Ruiz is a science officer at the Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (CCCCC), a regional organization based in Belize. Her journey at the CCCCC began in August 2011 when she joined the team as a research assistant. In 2013, she decided to take a break from professional life to pursue a master’s degree in Natural Resource Management with an emphasis in Climate Change from the Centre for Resource Management and Environmental Studies (CERMES) at the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus based in Barbados. After concluding her studies, Diana returned to her work at the CCCCC in her current position, this time tasked with sensitizing Caribbean Community (CARICOM) member states to the impacts of climate change through national capacity building exercises. Diana’s primary responsibility at the CCCCC is the Caribbean Climate Online Risk and Adaptation tooL (CCORAL), which guides its users through the climate risk management cycle. An integral component of the workshops is to facilitate policy dialogue with senior level officers to identify pathways to institutionalize the tool as a national decision-making mechanism. In 2017, under the United States Agency for International Development Climate Change Adaptation Program (USAID CCAP), Diana co-facilitated workshops in Guyana, St. Kitts & Nevis, Antigua & Barbuda, St. Lucia, and Grenada. Furthermore, Diana has worked with key partners such as the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) and several financial institutions in Belize. Diana’s innate desire to learn new things and make a positive contribution to her country guides her educational and professional goals.
Jolina Tausinga, Solomon Islands
Jolina Oloratovo Tausinga is the Chief Desk Officer for United Nations and Americas Branch within the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and External Trade for the Solomon Islands Government. She has experience in policy development and State reports with issues pertaining to Human Rights (HR). Her experience in HR issues and the complexities surrounding HR has allowed her to work closely with relevant ministries in tackling the challenges in providing awareness and contextualizing International HR Conventions. She has also been involved in developing a Solomon Islands National Human Rights National Mechanism for Reporting and Follow up (NRMF) for Human Rights Treaties.
Since 2017, she has participated in UNFCCC meetings pursing certain thematic area such as compliance. Jolina holds a Bachelor of Arts (Asian and International Studies, International Relations) from Griffith University in Brisbane, Australia.
Muaz Adnan, Maldives
Muaz is an environment consultant and urban planner who has worked for international development organizations and other local agencies in the Maldives. His specialty includes capacity development of coastal communities in sustainable development approaches to enhance climate change resilience. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree (Hons) in Urban and Regional Planning from the International Islamic University in Malaysia and an MSc in Environment Technology from Imperial College London.