The secretariat of the Adaptation Fund Board consists of an international staff based in Washington, D.C. The secretariat provides research, advisory, administrative, and an array of other services to the Board.

Mikko Ollikainen | Manager |

FullSizeRenderA Finnish national, Mikko joined the Adaptation Fund Board Secretariat in 2009. His duties focus on coordinating the review of concrete adaptation project and programme proposals submitted to the Adaptation Fund, medium-term strategy and resource mobilization. Prior to joining the Secretariat, Mikko worked in the World Bank Carbon Finance Unit as a Carbon Finance Specialist. At the CFU he was a deal manager for afforestation/ reforestation Clean Development Mechanism projects in Africa in the BioCarbon Fund portfolio, including the first African UNFCCC-approved A/R CDM project in Uganda, registered by the CDM Executive Board in August 2009. Before his assignment in the CFU, Mikko worked for two years in the World Bank reconstruction program of the Indonesian province of Aceh, following the 2004 tsunami, supervising and implementing projects in the fields of environment and natural resources management. Mikko worked for two years in Beijing, China, as a country representative of an environment consulting firm and as the coordinator of an EU-funded policy research project prior to joining the World Bank.

Mikko holds a M.Sc. degree in ecology and biodiversity research from the University of Turku, Finland, and a diploma in international trade from the University of Tampere, Finland. He speaks Finnish, English, and Mandarin.

Daouda Ndiaye | Senior Climate Change Specialist |

Daouda, a Senegalese national, joined the Adaptation Fund Board Secretariat as an Adaptation Officer in November 2010. Prior to this position, Daouda worked for three years in the Environment & Energy Unit of the UN Development Program’s regional centre in Dakar, covering Western and Central Africa. His main responsibility was to provide support to UNDP country offices in mobilizing funds from the Global Environment Facility, designing and supervising the implementation of biodiversity and land degradation projects. Prior to that, he worked for one year at the Ecological Monitoring Centre in Dakar, Senegal, as an expert and research officer in soil carbon sequestration, agriculture, and land degradation.

Daouda has seven years of experience in the design, implementation and management of environmental research projects dealing with the biological regulation of atmospheric greenhouse gas concentrations both in Senegal and the US, including a three-year research associate position at the University of Louisville in Kentucky. He has authored several scientific publications and communications on the topic.

Daouda holds a PhD in Ecology from the University Pierre et Marie Curie (Paris VI) and a Master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Bourgogne in France. He speaks French, English, Wolof, and Spanish.

Aya Mimura | Financial Analyst |

Aya, a Japanese national, joined the Adaptation Fund Board Secretariat in April 2011. Her duties focus on financial and business analysis of the Fund and secretariat. She works on the administrative budgets, internal business process analysis, and financial information and process of concrete adaptation projects. Prior to joining the secretariat, she worked for UNEP’s International Environmental Technology Centre in Shiga, Japan for six years. Within its water and sanitation program, she engaged in a series of operational projects and programs including “Support for Environmental Management for the Iraqi Marshlands,” one of the UN’s largest and award-winning environmental programs implemented in Iraq during the post-conflict period.

Aya holds a MA in international studies from the University of Birmingham in the UK, a graduate certificate of Advanced Studies in Environmental Diplomacy from the University of Geneva in Switzerland, and a BA in economics from Momoyama Gakuin University, Japan. She also holds an Advanced Diploma in Accounting and Business from the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) and is pursuing the further qualification in the fields. She speaks Japanese and English.

Young Hee Lee | Operations Analyst |

_MG_3069Young Hee, a Korean national, joined the Adaptation Fund in 2015. She works on accreditation, gender policy, and complaint handling mechanism at the Fund.  She coauthored a book on Havana Charter as well as wrote a book chapter relating to Int’l Investment Law and WTO rules, legal articles on carbon tax and its legal implications, EU Renewable Energy Directive’s sustainable criteria, and investor-state dispute. Previously, she had worked for the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) and the Korean government, where she negotiated for and represented the Korean government relating to its missions at the conferences of the UNCCD, UNFCCC, and UNCSD (Rio+20 Summit).

She holds a Juris Doctor degree and LL.M. (dual specialization in Int’l Trade & Investment Law and int’l Environmental Law) from American University Washington College of Law, Washington D.C., USA, as well as a Master of Laws and BA in Diplomacy and Political Science from Yonsei University, Korea. She speaks Korean, English and French.

Farayi Madziwa | Readiness Program Officer |

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Farayi Madziwa, a Zimbabwean national, joined the Adaptation Fund Board Secretariat as Programme Officer in November 2015 to coordinate the readiness programme of the Fund and also support the review of technical assistance and cooperation grant proposals. Prior to this position, Farayi worked as programme manager for the Heinrich Böll Stiftung in South Africa, coordinating the Climate Governance in Africa Programme covering sub-Saharan Africa. His main responsibility was to build the capacity of civil society, parliamentarians and regional committees to effectively participate in the governance of adaptation finance, enhance coherence between adaptation strategies and broader development policies, strengthen pan African consensus at global climate summits, and raise awareness and advocacy on the interests and needs of the most vulnerable groups in the development and implementation of climate response strategies.

Farayi has accumulated over 12 years of work experience in the non-profit and for profit sectors. He has worked for the Zimbabwean and South African governments as well as NGOs that include Oxfam GB and Conservation International, during which he coordinated and managed various projects on climate change, conservation and sustainable development of natural resources.

Farayi holds an MPhil environmental management degree from Stellenbosch University in South Africa, a BSc honors degree in agriculture economics from the University of Zimbabwe and a post-graduate diploma in project planning and management from the University of Zimbabwe. He speaks English and Shona.

Silvia Mancini | Operations Officer (Accreditation) |

Silvia is an Italian national with more than 16 years of international experience in Public Financial Management at the International Fund for Agriculture Development (IFAD), in the private rating agency Moody’s Investor Service and in commercial banks.  Her areas of expertise include the financial management of development projects including country risk assessment and project appraisal, loans and grant negotiations and administration, disbursements and in-country project implementation.

Silvia holds a MA Econ. Sc. in Public Policy Management from SOAS, University of London, a Master in European Economics and Public Affairs from University College Dublin, and a Degree in Political Science from Universita’ degli Studi di Teramo. She worked in Nairobi as IFAD’s regional financial officer from 2012-14. Before joining the AFB secretariat, she was leading a unit to support the fiduciary aspects of IFAD grant portfolio in Rome headquarters.

Matt Pueschel | Communications Officer|

Matt, a US national, joined the Adaptation Fund Board Secretariat as a consultant (STC) in August 2015 to provide Communications including news stories, social media, mattphotostrategy and outreach. He became Communications Officer after more than two years in that role. He previously worked for the Climate Investment Funds for nearly two years, where he led a climate change journalism training in the Latin American/Caribbean region and media interviews that expanded audience reach in climate-affected areas. He created video, podcast and blog stories, and a strategy toward a more dynamic, user friendly website. He further led Strategic Communications for the International Health Division of the U.S. Military Health System for five years, where he wrote online and magazine stories on medical aid, disaster relief and capacity building missions in at-risk countries, and grew media, video, social media and web outreach. Prior to that, Matt worked for nine years at U.S. Medicine newspaper in Washington, D.C., as Staff Correspondent and Editor-in-Chief covering federal health news including trauma care in conflicts, disaster response/readiness, and treatment trends. He also worked as Staff Reporter for Memorial Press Group newspapers in Plymouth, Massachusetts, for nearly four years writing stories on local and breaking news.

A graduate from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, CIEE study abroad program in Seville, Spain, and National Journalism Center in Washington, D.C., Matt also attended a Master’s in communications program at Georgetown University and speaks English and Spanish.

Sophie Hans-Moevi | Senior Program Assistant |

Sophie Hans-MoeviSophie Hans-Moevi, a French/Ivoirian, joined the Adaptation Fund Board Secretariat in July 2016 as a Senior Program Assistant. She started her World Bank career in the Benin Country Office in 1995 as the Secretary to the Head of Office before joining HQ in 1999 where she worked in various departments such as Urban and Water; Sustainable Development in the Africa Region; and most recently in the Social, Urban, Rural and Resilience in MENA. She has extensive experience in budget monitoring and reporting; events planning including high level meetings and conferences; SAP transactions processing including consultant hiring and payments; administrative support on projects/operations, trust funds requests, monitoring and procurement. Prior the World Bank, she worked in France and Côte d’Ivoire as an Accountant and Executive Assistant.

Sophie holds an BTS in Manager Assistant (certificate level) from Académie de Versailles, France. She is currently preparing a Bachelor on Social Development at Jean Jaures University, Toulouse, France.

Alyssa Gomes | Monitoring & Evaluation and Knowledge Management Consultant |

Alyssa GomesAlyssa, an Indian national, joined the Adaptation Fund Board Secretariat in October 2016 to assist with Monitoring & Evaluation and Knowledge Management. Previously she has interned at the World Resources Institute (WRI) where she supported the Sustainable Finance Center with research for a publication on the multilateral climate funds and a Citi-WRI-C40 project on sustainable urban services. She has also assisted the Bank Information Center (BIC) on the Environmental and Social Safeguard Campaign for Climate Change and Gender. In India, Alyssa has worked in community based organizations focusing on sustainable farming practices, integrated water resources management and gender empowerment. Alyssa holds an M.A in International Development and Conflict Resolution from the Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University where she focused on Environmental Security and Natural Resource Management. Alyssa also holds an M.S.W in Community Development and Ecology from the College of Social Work and a B.A from St. Xavier’s College, Mumbai. Alyssa speaks Hindi and English.

Martina Dorigo | Program Analyst |

Martina, an Italian national, joined the secretariat as Program Analyst in February 2017. Prior to this position, Martina worked for over three years in the Resilience Unit of the UN Development Program and of the World Food Programme country offices for Iraq and El Salvador. Martina has experience in the design, implementation and management of disaster risk reduction, climate resilience and food security projects and she has authored and co-authored publications and knowledge documents on climate change and disaster risk reduction.

Martina holds a Master in International Relations from LUISS University of Rome, Italy. She speaks English, Italian, Spanish and French.

Cristina Dengel | Knowledge Management Officer |

Cristina Dengel, a US/Romanian national, joined the Adaptation Fund as a Knowledge Management Officer in October 2017, to coordinate the efforts related to the generation, managing and sharing of knowledge in adaptation and climate finance generated by the Adaptation Fund. Prior to this position, she worked as a consultant in the Climate Change Group of the World Bank where she supported the work on enhancements to climate risk screening tools and processes, produced guidance notes on the climate screening process and provided training related to the screening tools for technical staff. She also worked for three years as a knowledge management and climate change consultant for the Inter-American Development Bank where she developed a Climate Change Knowledge Management Strategy for the institution, facilitated knowledge generation and transfer to relevant stakeholders through workshops and high level conferences, designed and coordinated the implementation of climate change adaptation knowledge platforms, including the creation of communities of practice and the design and roll-out of a climate change e-learning course for technical staff.

Cristina holds an M.A. in International Affairs and Economics from The Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS). She also holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Studies from the University “Lucian Blaga” of Sibiu, Romania and a certificate of Environmental Studies from a study-abroad program at the University of Alicante, Spain. Cristina speaks Romanian, English, German and Spanish and is conversant in Portuguese and Italian.

Saliha Dobardzic | Senior Climate Change Specialist |

Saliha Dobardzic is Senior Climate Change Specialist with the Adaptation Fund. Prior to this position, she was a Senior Climate Change Specialist with the Global Environment Facility’s climate change adaptation program, namely the Least Developed Countries Fund and Special Climate Change Fund, where she was involved in strategic, technical, and policy aspects of the $1.4 billion program portfolio. Previously, Saliha worked on environmental, international waters, and integrated coastal zone management issues with the World Bank’s MENA region. She has also supported the World Bank’s MENA climate change beam in devising and implementing the first corporate climate change strategy for the region, and the Global Facility for Disaster Risk Reduction in support of mainstreaming climate change considerations in ex-ante disaster risk management. Her experience also includes stints with the UN-Habitat in Nairobi, The Smithsonian Conservation and Research Center, and a number of prominent NGOs, in the private sector in the United States and abroad, as well as the World Bank’s country office in post-conflict Bosnia, of which she is a national.

Saliha has a Masters of Science in Sustainable Development and Conservation Biology from the University of Maryland, College Park, where she went on to doctoral studies on human-environment dynamics applying spatial science tools. She is a co-author of a number of books, studies, and reports on climate change adaptation and other environmental issues, including “Time to Adapt: Insights from the Global Environment Facility’s Experience on Adaptation to Climate Change.” She is a recipient of several awards and distinctions, and was recognized as one of “100 Women Leaders in Energy and Climate Change”  by the U.S. White House in 2013.