Sponsored by Sempra Energy, the San Diego Diplomacy Council invites you to our upcoming Global Leaders Online Forum, taking place on Tuesday, August 25 from 10-11 am PST. We will convene global experts to discuss climate action and the latest developments on sustainable energy. The event will be moderated by Erin Koch, Corporate Sustainability Manager at Sempra Energy. Featured speakers include alumni of the International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) and local subject matters experts.
Douty Chibamba is an accomplished environmental scientist from Zambia. He teaches climate change and sustainable development at the University of Zambia, in addition to several other geography courses. In his role, Douty has led a team of scientists to explore the possibilities of using alternative renewable sources of energy, such as solar, geothermal and wind in Zambia. He has also negotiated for Zambia at several conference of parties (COPs), including the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). Douty visited the U.S. in October of 2018 as part of the IVLP delegation focused on “Renewable Energy and Sustainable Growth”.
Muhammad Leroy A. Gomez is a climate scientist and a specialist on Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) and Human Security from The Gambia. He has over seven years’ experience in the National Environment Agency, and has led several education and communication programs to inform the public on environmental protection and conservation. Muhammad is an Adjunct Lecturer on Disaster Management and Natural Resource Policies, Laws and Conventions at the University of The Gambia. He is currently a PhD. Candidate at Université de Lomé in Togo focused on Climate Change and Disaster Risks Management. Muhammad visited the U.S. in October of 2018 as part of the IVLP delegation focused on “Renewable Energy and Sustainable Growth”.
Jeremy M. Martin is Vice President of Energy & Sustainability at the Institute of the Americas, an inter-American public policy think-tank located at the University of California San Diego (UCSD). The Institute of the Americas Energy & Sustainability Program works to foster a deeper understanding of the most critical energy issues facing the Western Hemisphere. Jeremy has testified before the US Congress on energy issues in Latin America, teaches a graduate course in Latin American Energy Policy at UCSD and the University of San Diego (USD) and serves on the Board of Directors of the San Diego Diplomacy Council.
Nilmini Silva-Send is the assistant director and the C. Hugh Friedman Fellow in Energy Law and Policy at the Energy Policy Initiatives Center (EPIC) at USD School of Law. As Adjunct Professor at USD, she has developed and teaches a class in international energy law with a focus on international energy investment treaties, contracts and dispute resolution, World Trade Organization law related to national energy policies, and linkages with climate change law. Her latest research include energy requirements and greenhouse gas implications of water use in San Diego and California.