Desalegn Ayal is an associate professor of disaster risk management and sustainable development at the Center for Food Security Studies, College of Development Studies, Addis Ababa University. Desalegn holds a Ph. D. degree in geography. Desalegn serves as the deputy editor of the International Journal of Climate Change Strategies and Management. He has published more than 40 publications including books, book chapters, and refereed journal articles. He is East Africa vice president for Interconnections for Making Africa Great, Empowered, and Sustainable Initiative. He is a founder and director of Academics Stand Against Poverty (ASAP) Ethiopian Chapter. Desalegn has also presented papers on climate adaptation and related issues at xxv many international and national conferences. His principal areas of research include climate change adaptation, climate resilience, climate change mitigation and related issues, indigenous weather forecasting, integrated natural resources rehabilitation and management, and livelihoods and food security nexus, among others. He thoroughly understands the link between natural and human-induced hazards with sustainable development, and works hard to familiarize with current tools of climate change impact assessment on livelihood and the wider environment. He has been actively involved in climate resilience and integrated natural resources rehabilitation and management research as well as development interventions to improve food security.
Lydia Adeleke is a senior lecturer and researcher with a Ph.D. in agricultural/resource economics (fisheries economist) at the Federal University of Technology, Akure (FUTA), Nigeria. As part of her doctoral studies, Adeleke was awarded a visiting scholar fellowship to the Fisheries Centre, University of British Columbia (UBC), Vancouver, Canada. She is a fellow of the African-German Network of Excellence in Science (AGNES) and a fellow of the African Women in Agriculture Research and Development (AWARD). Her research focus is on global adaptation of the artisanal/small-scale fisherfolks to climate change in coastal areas. As an AWARD fellow, she ensures greener world for smallholders’ farmers, especially women, through sustainable food production to increase income and living and health standards. As a social economist, she has been doing research on climate change adaptation since 2013, especially in the coastal zones, in order to promote their restoration, conservation, and sustainable use. She successfully convened the hosting of the 3rd World Symposium on Climate Change Adaptation in Nigeria between 11 and 13 September 2019. The first of its kind in Africa, and The Federal University of Technology, Akure (FUTA), was the first University in Nigeria to host this world event
Izael da Silva has a Ph.D. in power systems engineering from the University of Sao Paulo (Brazil). He is a professor at Strathmore University and the deputy vice chancellor – Research and Innovation. He started the Strathmore Energy Research Centre, SERC. The center does training, research, testing, and consultancy in energy. His topics of interest are: renewable energy, energy efficiency, energy policy, and sustainable environment. He was also instrumental in the setting up of a project sponsored by DFID and DANIDA and managed by the World Bank to set up the first Climate Innovation Centre (CIC) in the world. It is housed in Strathmore and serves SMEs financially and technically to solve challenges posed by the adverse impact of climate change either by mitigation or adaptation. In 2013, he was honored by the Brazilian Government with the title of “Comendador da Ordem do Rio Branco” for his services towards education and poverty alleviation in Africa. Professor Da Silva is the first elected president and founding member of the Association of Energy Professionals (EA) and the current chairman of the KCIC board of directors.