unveils speakers for its first Climate Action Stakeholders Forum [Updated]

climate action - cleanbuild unveils speakers for its first Climate Action Stakeholders Forum [Updated] has announced the speakers for the maiden edition of its climate action stakeholders forum. Slated to hold on Friday, October 8, 2021, the virtual event themed Building Sustainable Climate Action Ecosystem will bring together stakeholders to discuss environmental and climate issues critical to the future of Africa.

By prioritizing solidarity over individuality, the upcoming forum hopes to unlock a combination of climate actions that will prepare Africa to become resilient; encourage the right kind of policies that will strengthen climate adaptation measures while ensuring the continent’s economic and environmental sustainability.

Confirmed speakers for the event include:

Bankole Oloruntoba

Bankole is the Honorary Consul to Finland in Nigeria. He is the Founder of the Nigeria Climate Innovation Center (NCIC), a World Bank and Federal Government of Nigeria assisted innovation center.

As a social and business tactics engagement specialist, he has a deep background in corporate communication, entrepreneurship development, business and idea development, innovation management, and investment. Currently, he serves as a member of the Presidential Council on Technology, Innovation, and Creativity.

Natalie Beinisch

Natalie is the Executive Director of Circular Economy Innovation Partnership in Lagos, which focuses on research, advocacy, and programming to promote Circular Economy business and investment in Nigeria.

Before moving to Lagos, she set up the Engagement Programme for Aegon Asset Management’s Responsible Investment team in the Netherlands and headed the Academic Network at the United Nations Principles for Responsible Investment in London.

Lindiwe Johnson

Lindiwe is a Project Manager who specializes in Skills Development and is a WISP facilitator at GreenCape, a non-profit organization that supports and promotes the green economy- low carbon, resource-efficient, and socially inclusive – in the Western Cape, South Africa.

Lindiwe is an industrial symbiosis practitioner who is passionate about finding new and innovative solutions for problem waste streams that currently cause damage to the environment.

Hiwot Schulte

Hiwot is a native Ethiopian raised in Brussels. She is the founder of Haile Hempress House Ltd., a project development company that does eco-friendly management of industrial hemp for sustainable use. Through her work, she highlights environmental awareness on the positive impact of eco-friendly materials for products and houses.

Hiwot is a board member of the African Women in Agriculture Alliance (AWIAA), the first black women-owned non-profit NGO focused on empowering women of African descent all over the world.

Richard Munang

Dr. Richard is a Kenya-born expert in programming and policy on regional and global issues of climate change policy, environmental management, sustainable development, clean energy, resource efficiency, and food security from the lens of accelerated economic growth.

As the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Africa Regional Climate Change Coordinator, he guides UNEP’s climate-resilient development strategy and implementation at national and regional levels ensuring human and continental well-being.

Olumide Idowu

Olumide is a Nigerian climate change champion. He is the co-founder of the International Climate Change Development Initiative (ICCDI) Africa, a non-governmental institution that seeks to grow climate-smart generations across Africa while addressing gaps in development.

Olumide is very passionate about development as he is about climate change and environmental conservation efforts. He holds membership in various organizations both local and international. Currently, he serves as the Youth Focal Point in Nigeria for UNDP Small Grant Program, Youth Lead Author Global Environmental Outlook (GEO6) & Communication Director for African Youth Initiative on Climate Change.

Henri Nyakarundi

Henri is a Rwandan social entrepreneur operating in the green sector. He is the founder of ARED Group Inc., a power-as-a-service (PAAS) startup deploying edge and solar technology to bridge the electricity gap in developing countries.

With over a decade of experience, Henri is one of the leading voices of entrepreneurship in Africa’s renewable energy, innovation & technology sector.

Pretty Tsholofelo Ndlovu

Based in South Africa, Pretty is the founder of Slow Textiles South Africa, a recycling company revolutionizing the country’s textile industry. With a keen interest in sustainability and circular economy, she aims to empower communities, helping them to understand the need for collaboration between businesses and the environment.

Nneka Ukay

Nneka is a Nigerian business innovation and project management professional with over 17 years of varied experience working predominantly with multinational organizations.

She is currently the executive secretary of Innovation Support Network (ISN Hubs), an organization focused on creating linkages with corporates, development partners, academia, and government to catalyze Nigeria’s innovation ecosystem through a community of over 100 innovation and technology Hubs across the country.

Join over 500 attendees at Cleanbuild’s climate action stakeholders forum as the event will see entrepreneurs, ecosystem builders, C-Suite executives, investors, policymakers, climate enthusiasts, and journalists across Africa and beyond.

Though virtual, the event promises to be highly informative with opportunities to network with fellow attendees. Hurry now to register here if you have not done so already.

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