Speakers

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Mr. Ajiniyaz Reimov

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

Ajiniyaz Reimov is a Programme Specialist at UNDP’s Montreal Protocol / Chemicals and Waste Management Unit. Ajiniyaz has extensive professional experience in program management and research. Prior to working on chemicals waste management, he worked on capacity development, environment and security linkages, biodiversity research and conservation.
Ajiniyaz has an undergraduate degree in Biology from Moscow State University, a master's degree in Environmental Policy & Natural Resources Management from Indiana University-Bloomington, and a PhD in Biology from the Tashkent Institute of Zoology.

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Mr. Colm Kennedy

UN Environment (UNEP)

Colm Kennedy is a member of Economic and Trade Policy Unit at UNEP, focusing specifically on green fiscal reforms. His work areas include repurposing agricultural support, promoting green taxation and developing policies towards the sustainable blue economy. He provides country advice and guidance to a range of governments through the Partnership for Action on Green Economy (PAGE). He is currently based in Ireland.

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Mr. Eduardo Caldera Petit

Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM) Secretariat

Eduardo Caldera-Petit is a Programme Officer at the SAICM Secretariat responsible for implementing GEF-funded projects on chemicals and waste management. He also supports the negotiations on financial considerations of the new international chemicals framework beyond 2020.

Eduardo has over twelve years of experience in programme management and policy advisory at the United Nations systems, leading technical assistance and capacity building projects in Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean. Before joining UNEP, Eduardo worked as an Environment Programme Coordinator at the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), and as Coordination Officer at the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

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Ms. Eloise Touni

UN Environment (UNEP)

Eloise Touni is a Programme Officer at UNEP with over 15 years of experience in developing and delivering GEF projects on chemicals and waste. As Task Manager at UNEP she is responsible for projects covering topics ranging from SAICM implementation, electronics, DDT, PCB, and technology transfer. Previously she worked for the Pesticides Action Network UK to phase out the use of POPs and Highly Hazardous Pesticides. She holds an MSc in Environmental Technology from Imperial College.  

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Mr. Ernesto Sánchez-Triana

World Bank

He is a Global Lead for Pollution Management and Circular Economy for the World Bank. He has worked on projects in numerous countries, including, among others, Afghanistan, Argentina, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Bolivia, Brazil, Ecuador, India, the Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Mexico, Pakistan, Panama, Paraguay, and Peru. Before joining the World Bank, he worked for the Inter-American Development Bank. He also served as Director of Environmental Policy at Colombia’s National Department of Planning and as President of the Board of Directors of the Cundinamarca Environmental Protection Agency.

Dr. Sánchez-Triana has led the preparation of numerous policy-based programs, investment projects, technical assistance operations, and analytical work. He holds two master of science degrees and a PhD from Stanford University. He has authored numerous publications on air quality management, air quality monitoring, circular economy, cleaner production, climate change, country environmental analyses, energy efficiency, energy policy, environmental economics, environmental sustainability, environmental health, environmental impact assessment, environmental management, industrial sustainable growth, green growth, land-based pollution, organizational learning, policy strategic environmental assessments, sustainable development, and water resources management.

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Ms. Farah Imrana Hussain

World Bank

Farah Imrana Hussain is a Senior Financial Officer in the Capital Markets and Investment Department of the World Bank Treasury based in Washington DC. She is part of a team of financial specialists that design and implement innovative financial solutions to help clients: (1) access financing for development (2) mitigate the impact of financial, natural disaster and commodity risks, and (3) strengthen capacity to implement efficient risk management strategies. 

Ms. Hussain is a certified Financial Risk Manager and sustainable finance specialist. She leads Treasury's sustainable finance advisory program for emerging markets, providing technical assistance to countries to develop sustainable bond markets, including developing policy frameworks, facilitating market-based sustainable financing transactions, and supporting stakeholder capacity building as part of the World Bank's engagements in Malaysia, Fiji, Egypt, Indonesia and Nigeria that resulted in the issuance of the first green sukuk in the world; first sovereign green bond by an emerging market; first sovereign green bond in Middle East and North Africa, first African sovereign green bond, etc. She has been instrumental in developing Green and Social Bond Guidelines across the world, including the ASEAN standards, Indonesia, Egypt, Kenya, Russia, Morocco, Jordan, etc. She is the author of a number of seminal World Bank guides on sustainable finance such as the World Bank Guide on Management and Reporting of Green Bond Proceeds; How to Develop a National Green Taxonomy for Emerging Market Regulators, and How to Engage with Investors on ESG - a Guide for Sovereign Debt Managers.

Before joining the World Bank Treasury, Ms Hussain worked for the Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (MIGA), a member of the World Bank Group that provides guarantees to attract investors and private insurers into difficult operating environments such as the world's poorest countries and fragile and conflict - affected environments. Prior to joining the World Bank Group, Ms Hussain worked for BNP Paribas and ING Barings, investments banks in London.

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Mr. Santiago Enriquez

World Bank

He is a Sr. environmental consultant with more than 20 years of experience in the design, implementation, and evaluation of policies relating to the environment, conservation, and climate change. He has developed analytical work for the United States Agency for International Development, the World Bank, and the Inter-American Development Bank on topics that include mainstreaming of environmental and climate change considerations in key economic sectors, institutional and organizational analyses to strengthen environmental management, and policy-based strategic environmental assessments. From 1998 to 2002, he worked at the International Affairs Unit of Mexico’s Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources. Santiago holds an MA in public policy from the Harvard Kennedy School.

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Ms. Solvita Klapare

World Bank

Solvita Klapare is a Senior Environmental Economist in the World Bank’s Environment, Natural Resources, and Blue Economy Global Engagement Unit. She previously was an Environment Sector Coordinator as well as a Climate Change and GEF program focal point for China and Mongolia based in Beijing. Klapare has extensive operations experience in environmental management, working in South East Asia out of the Cambodia office and in Eastern Europe and Central Asia out of the D.C. office. Her technical focus includes soil pollution and chemicals management, blended with project management and analytical work experience. She works across sectors, collaborating with teams in energy, water, urban, and agriculture; climate change; and gender.

Moderator

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Mr. Kevin Keen

World Bank

Kevin Keen is a Communications Officer for the Pollution Management, Environmental Health Program and Circular Economy (‘brown’) business line in the World Bank’s Environment, Natural Resources, and Blue Economy Global Engagement Unit. With a background in broadcast journalism, he’s worked in digital communications in Switzerland at the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria and at the United Nations-World Trade Organization agency the International Trade Centre.