Meet our COP26 delegates
Our delegation to COP looks a little different this year with all but one delegate (Anna Malos) attending virtually.
Dr Susie Ho - Head of Delegation
Dr Ho is the Associate Dean (International and Graduate Education) in the Faculty of Science. She is passionate about supporting young leaders and change agents in sustainability. Dr Ho has supported international student delegations to raise their voices at COP23, COP24 and COP25. She is passionate about fostering experiences and curricula that prepare graduates for a wide variety of careers in sustainability. She also believes teaching and learning in sustainability should develop students' capacity to enact positive change in society.
Dr Ho is part of two global education projects aligned with COP. These focus on youth empowerment and involvement in intergovernmental processes as the science-policy nexus. The Youth Environmental Alliance in Higher Education (YEAH) and Monitoring and Evaluating Climate Communication and Education projects will be showcased at official side events and press conferences at COP26. These projects are aligned with the UN Action for Climate Empowerment (ACE) goals.
Susie also leads an inter-Faculty team to deliver the forward-thinking and interdisciplinary Monash Master of Environment and Sustainability. She has a background in science and water, and over 10 years experience in interdisciplinary curriculum development, teaching and learning, and scholarly research.
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Meg leads ClimateWorks’ international programs, with a focus on Southeast Asia and the Pacific Islands. This includes efforts to identify and catalyse opportunities for low carbon industrial development in Southeast Asian economies, to develop long term sectoral transition roadmaps, and to redirect finance flows to align with the goals of the Paris Agreement and Agenda for Sustainable Development 2030. She also brings extensive experience in convening public and private stakeholders to develop ambitious low carbon growth plans in some of Australia’s most emissions intensive regions.
My interest builds upon my role as an experienced sustainability and climate change educator working across a number of disciplines and industry sectors (business, health, education) with MSDI. I am also undertaking Phd research in 'intergovernmental climate change processes and climate change education policy and practice in Australian higher education'.
Dr Su Chern Foo
My work in research (microalgae biomass as carbon neutral resource) and teaching (UC for introduction to environmental sustainability) is underpinned by a strong commitment to sustainability development. This opportunity as a Monash delegate will allow me to get information on current issues related to climate change and to share these information in my capacity for the benefit of the broader Monash community located at our Malaysia campus.
Shane is a sustainability educator and enabler with twenty years’ experience as a highly skilled practitioner in environmental awareness, sustainability education, community engagement and training. Shane strives to create empathy and compassion for the Earth in a creative and inclusive way, with a love of sharing different perspectives on our natural environments and climate action with a sense of positivity and action. COP 26 is a pivotal moment in our history, the time for talk is over.
Professor Ariel Liebman
I work at the intersection between Power Systems Modelling, Energy Economics, Energy Policy, and AI and Computer Science with a goal of getting to 100% renewable energy system as fast as possible and ideally faster than the 1.5-degree trajectories require.
I have been interested in climate change since my first degree in the late 80s and have worked on the issue for more than 20 years. COP26 will be an excellent opportunity to connect with people working on relevant issues and discover best practice in implementing solutions.
Dr Gerald Nagtzaam
My research focuses on international environmental law with a specific interest in how international environmental treaties such as the UNFCCC and the Paris Agreement are created and evolve. Given that COP26 is meant to finalize the 'rules of the game' to be applied to Paris Agreements members, I am keen to observe the negotiations to see how and why such rules are properly developed or stymied.
Professor Antonio Patti
Green chemistry is my interest, and this application of chemistry, is a focus of UNEP, that highlights the way we produce chemicals and manufactured goods in such a way that promotes use of renewable feed-stocks, minimises energy requirements and avoids hazardous waste. Transforming chemical manufacturing by consideration of green chemistry approaches in the broadest sense, will have direct impact on climate change mitigation.
Ir. Kiat Seng Qua
I sit on the current review committee for Malaysian Sustainable Palm Oil (MSPO) with the view that GHG emissions of certified sustainable palm oil is lower than that of major vegetable oils. Representing MIPO (Monash-Industry Palm Oil Education and Research Platform) I have provided inputs to the Malaysian government through the CAN (CEO Action Network Malaysia)/CGM (Climate Governance Malaysia) information and policy recommendations on "Potential of palm bioenergy in achieving Malaysia's renewable energy target and climate ambition in line with the Paris Agreement".
Professor Alan Reid
I study, research and theorise how the climate emergency can be addressed through education, with a wide range of colleagues. Recent work has considered policy frameworks and imperatives, overlaps with environmental and sustainability education, and the opportunities afforded by the Sustainable Development Goals to move the field forwards.
Dani leads on ClimateWorks long term strategies (LTS) program, implementing climate change mitigation activities and supporting capacity in developing countries to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Current and previous work includes supporting the Tongan government to develop their LTS, advising the Asian Development Bank and coordinating LTS webinars in ASEAN.
Associate Professor Zerina Tomkins
Zerina's aim is to use her expertise in cardiovascular and paediatric health to help communities build the health resilience needed to adapt to the impacts of climate change. For her, COP26 represents a unique opportunity to develop strategies for building global health resilience.
Dr Pei Yu
I took part in some climate change related studies including the health impacts of wildfires, heatwaves, long-term temperature variation and air pollution. I'm interested in the health impact of climate change and also the global actions on mitigation and adaptation, especially for vulnerable population.