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Meet our 1st Student Cohort

The 1st student cohort is comprised of 18 Master students, of which 12 are female and 6 are male. Three PhD studenrts are also part of the 1st cohort. They come from a variety of West and East African countires, including Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, Guinea, Kenya, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Togo and Uganda.

With the training in the existing master programs at ICCA and CEA-CCBAD, topped up with courses offered by AFAS in the fields of soft skills, Nature-based Solutions (NbS) and SPPIs, the graduates qualify for the local and international employment market in the areas of climate protection and environmental conservation.

PhD students

Gbambaly Karim Sekongo

Université Félix Houphouët-Boigny, Côte d’Ivoire

Expertise and topics of interest: 

  • Biodiversity conservation
  • Landscape management
  • Ecosystem services
Timothy Armstrong Downing

University of Nairobi, Kenya

Expertise and topics of interest: 

  • Geospatial analysis, modelling, remote sensing
  • Landscape ecology
  • Climate change adaptation

 

Yvonne Wambui Githiora

University of Nairobi, Kenya

Expertise and topics of interest: 

  • Ecosystem services
  • Participatory scenario planning
  • Climate Change adaptation

Master's students

Adrian Leitoro

University of Nairobi, Kenya

Expertise and topics of interest: 

  • Area-Based Conservation
  • Community conservation
  • Ecosystem Restoration
  • Nature-based enterprises and livelihoods

 

Ami Léonie Kanga

Université Félix Houphouët-Boigny, Côte d’Ivoire

Expertise and topics of interest:

  • Soil restoration
  • Nature based solution
  • Biodiversity conservation
  • Science-policy practice interface
Aminata Belem

Université Félix Houphouët-Boigny, Côte d’Ivoire

Expertise and topics of interest: 

  • Biodiversity and sustainable management of ecosystems
  • Savannas conservation ecology
  • Ecosystem restoration
  • Nature-based solutions
  • Science-policy practice interface

Take a look at Aminata Belem’s research results, presented on a scientific poster that she created for the AFAS stakeholder workshop in Nairobi in December 2023.

Anita Myriam Emma Kouassi

Université Félix Houphouët-Boigny, Côte d’Ivoire

Expertise and topics of interest:

  • Climate change adaptation in wetlands
  • Clean energy sector skills
  • Advocacy for gender equality
  • Economics and Accounting
Claire Anulisa Adhiambo

University of Nairobi, Kenya

Expertise and topics of interest

  • Climate change
  • Ecosystem-based Adaptation
  • Nature-based Solutions
  • Environmental Resources Management
  • Landscape Restoration
Sophie Dahoun Akouvi

Université Félix Houphouët-Boigny, Côte d’Ivoire

Expertise and topics of interest: 

  • Soil restoration
  • Biodiversity conservation
  • Ecosystem services
  • NbS, EbA
  • Environmental assessment
Fanny Katumu Massally

Université Félix Houphouët-Boigny, Côte d’Ivoire

Expertise and topics of interest:

  • Botany, Plant Protection
  • NbS, Science-policy-interface
  • Climate change, 
  • Surveillance and monitoring of pathogenic organisms

Take a look at Fanny Katumu Massally’s research results, presented on a scientific poster that she created for the AFAS stakeholder workshop in Nairobi in December 2023.

Grace Wambui Kamau

University of Nairobi, Kenya

Expertise and topics of interest: 

  • Agroecosystems and Environmental Management
  • Energy and Sustainable development
  • Climate change
  • Women and gender
  • Nature-based solutions

 

Ivan Aka Atemnkeng

Université Félix Houphouët-Boigny, Côte d’Ivoire

Expertise and topics of interest:

  • Poverty and income inequality
  • Farm Productivity
  • Climate risk mitigation in small scale farming
  • Randomised Controlled Trials
  • Causal Inference.
Joseph Nganga Ndiba

University of Nairobi, Kenya

Expertise and topics of Interest: 

  • Water, ecosystems, and environment
  • Sustainable and Climate Smart Mining
Lawrence Enejeta Akpoterai

University of Nairobi, Kenya

Expertise and topics of interest: 

  • Climate change and ecosystems
  • Nature-based Solutions for Conservation
  • GIS and Remote Sensing Applications for Climate and Ecosystem Modelling

 

Liza Mwendwa Mungatia

University of Nairobi, Kenya

Expertise and topics of interest: 

  • Food security and climate resilience
  • Disaster risk reduction
  • Climate Change diplomacy and negotiations

 

Millicent Atieno Philip

University of Nairobi, Kenya

Expertise and topics of interest: 

  • Water, Ecosystems and Environment
  • Rangeland restoration
  • nexus between clmate change and human wildlife conflict
  • health and human security

Take a look at Millicent Atieno Philip’s research results, presented on a scientific poster that she created for the AFAS stakeholder workshop in Nairobi in December 2023.

Nouhou Zoungrana

Université Félix Houphouët-Boigny, Côte d’Ivoire

Expertise and topics of interest: 

  • GIS, Biodiversity conservation, Land reforestation
  • NbS, Ecosystem services, Ecosystem-based adaptation
  • Protected Areas
  • Climate finance, WASH

 

Pius Lorenzo Domokong

University of Nairobi, Kenya

Expertise and topics of interest: 

  • Disaster early warning systems
  • Food security and Climate Change nexus
  • Indigenous early warning systems
  • Climate change adaptation and mitigation
  • Nature-based solutions

 

Stella Ndagire

University of Nairobi, Kenya

Expertise and topics of interest: 

  • Climate change adaptation 
  • Climate smart agriculture
  • Biodiversity conservation and Nature-based Solutions 
  • Humanitarianism
Sylla Ousmane

Université Félix Houphouët-Boigny, Côte d’Ivoire

Expertise and topics of interest: 

  • Natural resources management
  • Biodiversity conservation
  • Wildlife study
  • Climate change
  • Ecosystem services
  • Nature-based solutions

Take a look at Sylla Ousmane’s research results, presented on a scientific poster that she created for the AFAS stakeholder workshop in Nairobi in December 2023.

Yvette Cecile Bih Atud

Université Félix Houphouët-Boigny, Côte d’Ivoire

Expertise and topics of interest: 

  • Ecosystem restoration
  • Nature-based solutions
  • Science-policy practice interface
  • Environmental impact assessments
  • Gender roles in climate change adaptations