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The global economic slowdown that has accompanied COVID-19 lockdowns has resulted in improved air quality and reduced emissions in many parts of the world. But as we look ahead and start imagining life post-pandemic, how can we make sure these climate improvements are not only temporary but instead part of a broader transition to net-zero economies?

As the world steps up efforts to tackle the massive challenges presented by coronavirus, it will be pivotal to ensure that efforts to rebuild economies support a transition to a sustainable and low- carbon economy – while keeping job retention and creation front and center. 

On June 17, 2020 Devex and CDC Group will convene a group of experts to discuss how rebuilding efforts can support green growth and employment as a way of building resilience to future shocks – including those brought about as a result of climate change. The second event of the online event series will also explore issues such as how to best support businesses to not only help them survive, but to help them become more resilient and thrive moving forward.

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The Speakers


Michael Igoe

Senior Reporter
Michael Igoe is a Senior Reporter with Devex, based in Washington, D.C. He covers U.S. foreign aid, global health, climate change, and development finance. Prior to joining Devex, Michael researched water management and climate change adaptation in post-Soviet Central Asia, where he also wrote for EurasiaNet. Michael earned his bachelor's degree from Bowdoin College, where he majored in Russian, and his master’s degree from the University of Montana, where he studied international conservation and development.

Amal-Lee Amin

Climate Change Director
CDC Group
Amal-Lee Amin is on a mission towards sustainable development. She works to catalyze impact investing for Africa and South Asia’s zero carbon & climate-resilient development and leverages her expertise to drive innovative policy and financing solutions to deliver the SDGs.

Amar Bhattacharya

Senior Fellow at the Global Economy and Development Program
Brookings Institution
Amar Bhattacharya is senior fellow at the Global Economy and Development Program at Brookings Institution. His focus areas are the global economy, development finance, global governance, and the links between climate and development. From April 2007 until September 2014 he was Director of the Group of 24, an intergovernmental group of developing country Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors. In that capacity he led the work program of the Group, supported the deliberations of the Ministers, and was the principal point of interface with other organizations including the G20. He has therefore been an active participant in the global economic discussions and a key representative of the views of developing countries.

Hindou Oumarou Ibrahim

Association for Indigenous Women and Peoples of Chad
Hindou Oumarou Ibrahim is an expert in the adaptation and mitigation of indigenous peoples to climate change. As a member of the Mbororo people in Chad and President of the Association for Indigenous Women and Peoples of Chad (AFPAT), she advocates for the greater inclusion of indigenous peoples, and their knowledge and traditions in the global movement to fight the effects of climate change. Ibrahim’s work with indigenous communities at the local and global level gives a voice to the voiceless, forcing governments and the private sector to listen. Her advocacy for Indigenous communities and her commitment to integrating Indigenous knowledge with Western science to create a healthier planet has won her numerous honors, including the Pritzker Emerging Environmental Genius Award, appointment as a UN Sustainable Development Goals Advocate, a member of the UN Permanent Forum for Indigenous Issues and Advisory Committee to the Secretary General’s 2019 Climate Action Summit, and Conservation International Senior Indigenous Fellow. In 2019, Time Magazine listed her as one of fifteen women championing action on climate change and her TEDWomen talk will be released March 28.

Kumayl Khaleeli

Zephyr Power
Kumayl Khaleeli is an entrepreneur and the current CEO of Zephyr Power Limited, a renewable energy company in Pakistan. Under his leadership, Zephyr has become a 50-megawatt wind Independent Power Project in Gharo, Sindh.

Prior to Zephyr, Kumayl worked with Sonnedix Japan, a solar photovoltaic developer and IPP with a target to acquire and build a minimum capacity of 350-megawatt of solar power in Japan. He has also worked with financial, development, and technology partners to develop renewable energy technologies and projects, and to secure financing to build IPPs in emerging markets. He has over 7 years of institutional investment management and investment banking experience, and more than 10 years’ experience in renewable energy.

Dr. Jale Samuwai

Climate Finance Advisor for the Pacific
Dr. Jale Samuwai is the Climate Finance Advisor for Oxfam in the Pacific, and is currently responsible for covering the 10 Pacific countries in which Oxfam have a program footprint. He holds a PhD in Climate Change from the University of the South Pacific (USP) and is the first graduate from USP to attain this qualification. His PhD thesis specifically looks at climate financing in the Pacific region. In addition, he has published 8 peer reviewed articles on sustainable development issues in the Pacific in ranked journals outlets and has also written 3 technical reports on climate change/finance related issues in the region.

Shivanal S. Kumar

Climate Change Adaptation Specialist
Ministry of Economy, Fiji
Shivanal Kumar is a climate change professional in the Fijian Government, focusing on national adaptation planning process. He works for the Climate Change and International Cooperation Division in the Ministry of Economy and possesses a unique background on marine biology and environmental laws. Previously, he has worked as an environmental manager at a resort, and has also spent some time in the higher education sector as a programme accreditation specialist. He is a graduate of the University of the South Pacific, and has acquired his leadership training from East West Center in Hawaii.

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