Introducing the COP-18 Adopt a Negotiator Delegation

The Adopt a Negotiator project is proud to announce our team of Fellows on the ground in Doha for COP18. This talented group of young people were selected to join the AaN team in Qatar to publicly track their country’s roles and profile some of the brightest ideas at the climate conference and around it:

Munira Abdelkader – Saudi Arabia (twitter: @MuniraAbdelkade)
Munira is a project manager at Naqaa Sustainability Solutions and a Media and Mass Communication graduate. Her interest in sustainable development started after she joined Naqaa Sustainability Solutions. Through her position she learning about the complexity of climate change issues; in addition to that, linking the achievements of past and present leaders with the younger generations is an interest of hers. She believe that is a fundamental step toward youth empowerment.

Pujarini Sen – India (@pujarini89)
When she is not following the climate negotiations, Pujarini is working as Advocacy Manager at Chintan Environmental Research and Action Group, New Delhi, an organisation working with research, policy and sustaining livelihoods around all things waste. An English graduate, first became engaged with environmental issues working on a short project with the children in the Sunderban delta area. Wants to study more, this time about climate change and related issues.

Tariq Al-Olaimy – Bahrain (@tariqal)
Tariq Al-Olaimy is co-founder of 3BL Associates, a Bahrain based social impact consultancy and Think-do-Tank, which focusses on multi-stakeholder sustainable and regenerative development in the MENA region. He is also a founding member and national co-ordinator at the Arab Youth Climate Movement. Tariq holds a BSc. in Investment and Financial Risk Management from Cass Business School London, and is among the first 100 people in the world to achieve a specialist certification in the field of Biomimicry.

Nikki Hogdson – United States (@nikkidhodgson)
Nikki is a California-based writer and climate researcher with a M.A. in international environmental policy and a background in communications, advocacy, and climate adaptation. After bouncing around Europe and the Middle East for a few years, she moved back home earlier this year for a journalism and communications fellowship with Rethink Media (an NGO dedicated to providing communications training and support for human rights and nonproliferation NGOs). When she is not sitting in front of her computer, Nikki is usually out trail running, road cycling, or backcountry skiing.

Artur Wieczorek – Poland  (@artur_wieczorek)
Artur is a youth trainer and activist in the fields of sustainable development, responsible consumption and Human Rights. Actively engaged in various organizations and social movements, including Polish Forum of Young Diplomats, Polish Green Youth, Amnesty International, Humanity in Action Network. Artur is currently working for UNDP as a Project Assistant to a project “Fostering key initiative and enterprise competencies among students of agriculture schools in Poland”.

Arwa Aburawa – United Kingdom  (@arwa_journalist)
Arwa Aburawa is a UK-based environmental reporter and campaigner. She writes regularly on environmental issues in the Middle East and the UK for publications such as GreenProphet.com – which is the leading news site on environmental issues in the Middle East – The Guardian, Al Jazeera English, Gulf News, Majalla Magazine, Ethical Consumer Magazine and Manchester Climate Monthly amongst many others. Arwa also pens a monthly green column at SISTERS magazine and is part of a collective working to promote a steady state economy and more ambitious climate action in the UK. During the Conference, Arwa will participate remotely to the work of our delegation, tracking and reporting on the negotiations from the UK.

Passant Mahmoud – Egypt  (@passant_90)
Passant is an Online journalist for news network on social media. she is a master student in International Relations. Passant is interested in development and human rights. Her interest in sustainable development started when she was a media assistant intern in Oxfam Great Britain’s hub in Cairo where she worked about famine in MENA and african sahel. and then was working as a communication officer in Greenpeace Arab world.

Nathália Clark – Brazil  (@clarknath)
After completing her studies in journalism in Rio, Nathália moved to Brasilia to work closer with environmental NGOs including WWF and Greenpeace (where she is currently working). During the past years, she has been mainly engaged in campaigns to protect the rainforest but also continued to use her communication background to report on environmental politics. After a first experience at a UN conference during the Rio+20 conference six months ago, she joined our team to report on the position of the Brazilian delegation here in Doha and on opportunities for climate action in the country.

Mostafa M. Fouad / Egypt (@facyelgen)
Mostafa is currently studying international law at the University of Alexandria. After a few years working with the TUNZA youth network organized by the UN Environmental Program, Mostafa joined our team to track the position of the North African and Middle East countries during the UN Bonn Climate meeting in May 2012. Since then, he played an important role in an inspiring project in his region: the establishment of the Arab Youth Climate Movement (AYCM) and is now acting as regional co-ordinator of the AYCM.

Chris Wright – Australia (@ChrisWright162)
Chris is a climate researcher, activist and an award-winning slam poet from Australia. Chris’ work as a journalist tracking climate issues in Australia and beyond has been featured in national Australian publication like The Drum and Online Opinion, and his poetry has been featured in the Sydney Morning Herald, the Daily Telegraph and Mx Magazine. Chris is joining us a third time after having been part of our team in Rio and covering the recent Bangkok climate talks for Adopt. For the last few months he has been living in Sabah, Malaysia, where he is currently working on a green economy initiative, some Indigenous Land rights issues, and if the Malaysian government ever gets around to it, maybe one day on their future REDD+ proposal.

Marvin Nala / 那拉荣泰 – China (@callmemarvin)
Marvin is a recent diplomacy graduate, climate researcher and activist from China. He has worked as national manager for the HIV/AIDS project, and tracked China’s role in two major UNFCCC conferences and the Rio+20 UN Conference on Sustainable Development for Adopt a Negotiator. During the past years, Marvin also completed internships with UNDP China, the Tsinghua-Carnegie Center for Global Policy and Greenpeace. After he obtained his bachelor degree in Diplomacy, Marvin has started a research trip in Southern and Eastern Asian countries, to which he will return after the COP.

Farrkuh Zaman – Pakistan (@Farrukh_Zaman)
Farrukh is based in Karachi where he works with a non-profit called Teach For Pakistan. Having followed the negotiations since the Copenhagen Conference in 2009, he has a long legacy of being involved with organizations addressing climate change at the national level, for instance working on the adaptation capacity of coastal communities with LEAD-Pakistan. He also laid the foundation for a youth movement in the country by co-founding Pakistan Youth Climate Network (PYCN). Farrukh became a tracker one year ago when he followed the negotiators of Pakistan at the Durban conference. When these activities allow him to take a little bit of free time, he enjoys traveling to remote parts of Pakistan to admire the natural beauty and cultural diversity of the country.

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