Director of Research and Development, African Risk Capacity (ARC) Agency
Francois Kayitakire is the Director of Research and Development at African Risk Capacity. The African Risk Capacity (ARC) is a Specialized Agency of the African Union established to help African governments improve their capacities to better plan, prepare, and respond to extreme weather events and natural disasters. Francois was a senior scientist at the Joint Research Center (JRC) in the Institute of Environment and Sustainability (IES) based in Ispra, Italy. He led a team working on resilience and on food and nutrition security assessment within the Food Security (FOODSEC) Group. His current activities focus on resilience for food and nutrition security, in particular, the resilience measurement issues, food security assessment and classification methods, and on agricultural risk management in developing countries. His team provides early warning on food security crises using various data types and in particular, satellite imagery and meteorological data, and they conduct research on modeling food security indicators. His area of interest is mainly in Africa but also in other developing countries. Francois holds a Ph.D. degree in Agricultural Sciences received in 2006 from the Université Catholique de Louvain (UCL), Belgium. While working as a researcher at UCL, from 1998 to 2004, he focused on forest mapping and urban green area management using satellite imagery [Source: LinkedIn & Un. Of Cambridge].
Climate Change Specialist, Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency
Manu Sharma is a Climate Change Specialist at the Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (MIGA). A climate scientist by training with a graduate degree in Civil/Water Resources Engineering, Manu’s expertise centers on climate risk and resilience. Manu joined MIGA in 2019 after spending eight years in the private and public sector where he led the development of instruments to evaluate the value-at-risk to unmitigated climate change. His background includes climate hazard modeling and climate adaptation planning across Sub-Saharan Africa and the South Pacific Islands, including roles with the Government of New Zealand and Stanford University.
Senior Project Manager, GeoVille
Norman Kieslich is a Senior Project Manager at GeoVille with more than 10 years of experience in development cooperation and project management. He coordinates earth observation activities and projects with a focus on international development cooperation.
Senior Earth Observation System Engineer, Telespazio Vega UK
Mohamad Nobakht is a senior Earth Observation System Engineer at Telespazio VEGA UK since 2016. He provides technical and managerial support for projects related to climate services and remote sensing, working primarily on the EU Copernicus Climate Change Services Sectoral Information Systems (C3S SIS) and European Space Agency (ESA) projects. Mohamad is an environmental scientist with a strong interest in using remote sensing technologies and climate data for a broad range of environmental applications. While currently focusing on the assessment of climate change impact on the agriculture sector, he has developed considerable experience and expertise in the field of remote sensing and climate science. Mohamad also has a comprehensive understanding and hands-on experience in geospatial data analysis using Python, QGIS, etc.