Ruth is a climate change, environment and international development professional, with a particular focus on climate resilience, adaptation planning, and climate finance readiness. She has 9 years’ experience providing policy research, analysis, implementation and project/programme management in these fields, working extensively with a range of donors/international development partners and national governments worldwide. Ruth's recent assignments have included supporting countries with INDCs, capacity building support, contributing to the evaluation of EU adaptation strategy implementation and leading inputs to the EU’s 7th national communications.
Prior to joining Ricardo, Ruth was Climate Finance Adviser for the Commonwealth, where she designed and led a work programme on climate finance readiness and resilience, focusing on improving the access, use and delivery of climate finance for small and vulnerable member states, including the Commonwealth Climate Finance Skills Hub proposal.
I am a lawyer by profession and is currently the People’s Lawyer for Tuvalu. I holds a Master of Law in Government and Regulation from the Australia National University, Professional Diploma in Legal Drafting (PDLD), Professional Diploma in Legal Practice (PDLP) and BA/LLB degree from University of the South Pacific .
I have been practiced as a lawyer in Tuvalu for more than 10 years. For 6 years, I worked as a government lawyer in the Office of the Attorney-General (OAG) of Tuvalu and then as the People’s Lawyer in the Office of the People’s Lawyer (OPL).
In the OAG, I worked as a government litigator, prosecutor, legal drafter and represented the Government in national and international conferences.
As the People’s Lawyer I became both the public solicitor and defender and also managed the OPL. I involved in alternative dispute resolution settlements and work directly with the people. I also conducted public education and awareness for the people and capacity building for OPL staff.
I have worked in the field of environment for over 15 years started
1997-2004 worked for the Government of Samoa Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (Principal Capacity Building Officer), lead environmental trainings, awareness and communication programmes
2004-2008 UNDP-GEF Small Grants Programme Manager (Samoa, Cook Islands, Niue and Tokelau) covering 5 GEF Focal Areas of Biodiversity, Climate Change and Adaptation, International Waters, Land Degradation, and Persistent Organic Pollutants. Worked with grassroot level with Civil Society Groups (village communities, NGOs, Women, Youth, Faith Based Groups)
late 2008 - 2016 Conservation International from 2008-2013 I worked as the Regional Programme Manager for the Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (22 PICs), 2013- 2016 Terrestrial Director worked in Ecosystem-based Adaptation and Biodiversity Conservation Management;
mid 2016 to present - Consultant World Bank Project - PPCR Enhancing Community Resilience.
Raya Salter is an energy law, policy and regulation lawyer and professor working with governments, private companies, institutions and NGOs, in
domestic and international jurisdictions to advance a transition from fossil fuel to clean and renewable power. She is an expert on utility and energy sector reform and energy law and policy with a focus on grid modernization and clean energy integration. Ms. Salter's practice is focused on Hawaii and Pacific islands.
Raya has 10 years of experience as an attorney. This includes NGOs, including the Natural Resources Defense Council and the Environmental Defense Fund, where she advocated for clean energy policy and utility reform in 9 states. Ms. Salter also worked in private with the firm of Dewey & LeBeouf in New York City, working on utility mergers and acquisitions and energy regulation. Raya has a JD from Fordham Law School and a BA in economics from Wesleyan University. She is also a Adjunct Professor of Law at Fordham Law School.
Broadly experienced international development practitioner specialising in thematic areas such as environmental and public health interventions including on water supply, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) and disaster risk reduction (DRR) specialist. With a diverse background across program/project management, strategy, policy, and research in water, sanitation and hygiene including in disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation. I would like to express my interest for relevant short term consultancy opportunities with the Pacific Climate Change Portal.
I own and manage a very successful, Samoa-based ICT consultancy firm with a proven track record in successfully leading large complex ICT projects in Samoa. Bitsolution delivers practical methodologies and world-class solutions for all our clients. My team at Bitsolution has a combined total of 30+years working experience in ICT and have developed various databases, websites, web-based system/platform for various sectors inclusive infrastructure, livelihood (e.g. agriculture, fisheries) and others (i.e. parliamentary, statistics etc). We have proven experience and skills in knowledge management systems and software; SQL; Access and other IT software(s). I have excellent communication skills as I am a qualified trainer for the Samoa In-country Training Programme (GoSamoa, Australia initiative) and conduct regular training(s) for various stakeholders in the area of ICT & specific issues (e.g. ICT & governance; ICT & private sector;ICT & people with disabilities; ICT & communities etc).
Nimbus Environmental Services (NES) is a multi-discipline, environmental/engineering consulting firm, providing technical assistance to Pacific Islands Countries and Territories (PICTs). NES is a Hawaii-based, licensed and insured, Women's/Small Business. NES personnel have provided services to PICTs since 1986. Areas of expertise include: Water Quality Assessments/Monitoring; Environmental Impact Assessments; Site Remediation Design and Management; Laboratory Performance Audits, Training, and Certification (US EPA standards); Water/Wastewater System Performance Audits; Regulatory Compliance Assistance; Engineering Reviews for Infrastructure Development; Climate Change Adaptation Initiatives; Training for Local Capacity Building. Our understanding of the challenges faced by Pacific Islands jurisdictions is broad-based. We combine high quality services, modest rates, and flexibility, to deliver technical assistance that best meets the needs of decision-makers and leaders.
Please see my LinkedIn profile https://www.linkedin.com/in/juttamay .
More than 25 years of international experience in developing information and knowledge management solutions for institutions and corporate or special libraries. This includes business analysis, needs and maturity assessments, strategy and policy advice, capacity development and project management to enable or optimise digital access for information and collections. Related tasks cover the planning, implementation, administration and adaptation of integrated systems and processes. Themes include international development in the Pacific region, disaster risk management, maritime history, medicine / health, art and design.
Hugh Parker is a qualified FIG/IHO Category A Hydrographic Surveyor with over 15 years experience undertaking and supporting hydrographic surveys in coastal shallow waters around the world using Airborne LiDAR Bathymetry (ALB) technology that was designed and developed to survey shallow water more efficiently, safer and cheaper than vessel based sonar technology. Hugh has been involved in undertaking ALB surveys for climate change resilience projects that enable modelling of sea level rise, storm surge, and tsunami events in countries including Samoa, French Polynesia and Australia. Hugh is able to provide technical assistance and consultancy on the development of LiDAR projects for mapping the coastal environment that will assist SIDS with their coastal management plans for climate change resilience.
Economist specialising in long term sustainable finance for climate change programs. Advised PIC small island states Ministers of Finance on developing a common approach to sustainable climate change financing and acted as a resource person when the case was put before the ADB Board at its AGM in New Delhi. Integrated and quantified climate change impacts in a cost benefit analysis of a domestic water supply project in Kosrae, FSM. Developed programs for long term sustainable climate change finance for Vanuatu and Tonga. Advisor to a World Bank team for the development of long term sustainable climate change financing for Samoa. Economist in a project to quantify the cost of a national protected areas network for Fiji and reviewed and developed long term financing arrangements for the network. Specialist in trust fund development, implementation and management: Advisor to the Tuvalu Trust Fund (1987 - 2002), Director (2003 - 2011), Chair of the Investment Committee (2006 - 2013).
I have a degree in Engineering and Computing, a Masters in Business Administration and am currently undertaking a Juris Doctor in Law at Monash University. I have significant experience managing projects in oceanography, climatology and technology, as well as, experience in procurement, logistics and asset management. I have successfully undertaken international stakeholder liaison for the provision of operational scientific services to both public and private sectors in the Pacific. I worked in the Australian Bureau of Meteorology for 15 years in diverse roles such as National Oceanographic Manager, National Climate and Ocean Manager, Observing Infrastructure and Equipment Manager etc. I am now a Director for Pacific Science Solutions, a newly formed science consultancy service based in Suva, Fiji.