Oscar Alvarado is a multidisciplinary water and environmental scientist with over eight years of experience in hydrology, natural resources management, sustainability and nature-inclusive solutions. As Programme Manager at The Hague Academy for Local Governance, he is responsible for designing, delivering and managing trainings in water governance, integrated water resources management, water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH), climate adaptation, urban resilience, nature-based solutions and local sustainable development. Oscar’s interdisciplinary background includes publishing publications on urban ecosystem services assessments, developing and coordinating national strategies for community-based ecotourism, applying bacteria-leaching technology to remediate mine tailings, implementing best practices in sustainability governance, and large-scale environmental monitoring activities in the natural resources sector. Before joining The Hague Academy, Oscar worked as a scientist and researcher in the Netherlands, Canada, Armenia, Kazakhstan, Brazil, France, Italy, Bolivia, Peru and Costa Rica. Oscar holds an MSc in Water Science and Management from Utrecht University and a Master’s Degree in Environmental Security from UPEACE. Oscar believes that we can renew our connection to nature if we bring back biodiversity into our surroundings. One way to do this is by showing the value that ecosystems provide to human well-being.
Abena studied in the University of Development Studies, Navrongo Campus under the Faculty of
Applied Science, majoring in Earth Science and later Professional Geoscientist, Project
Management Consultant, Private Investigator, Regional Trainer/Facilitator/Supervisor-Ghana
Statistical Service, Women of Color Advancing Peace-Security and Conflict Transformation
Pipeline Fellowship (WPF) Program-Graduate Mentee, National HR Graduate Mentee-HR
certification Centre, Graduate Research student in Development Economics currently a Research
Methods Scholar in the Research Methods program and Data and Design for Development at the
Leaders of Africa Institute(hybrid), a virtual PHD in Development Economics and later this year
a PHD in Firms and Development at Bureau for Research and Economic Analysis of
Development at the International Growth Center, London, U.K,CCPD in Criminal Law at
Presbyterian University Ghana, CCPD in Public Service Leadership and Governance at
Presbyterian University Ghana(hybrid in view),a Reader/Reviewer and Peer Exchange teacher at
the US-International Research Exchange Board (Community Engagements Exchange Programs
2023/2024 and STEM Green Labs 2023) to identify fellows who demonstrate a commitment to
strengthening the global civil society ecosystem. With 13years working experience in business
and general management, projects, research, grant management and education.
Maria Veneke Ylikomi has volunteered within different international NGOs for several years,
within the areas of peace, interfaith harmony, human rights, indigenous rights, women’s
rights, and the environment.
Maria Veneke Ylikomi started as a Goodwill Ambassador within Globcal International. She
promotes global citizenship and International Observances, common celebrations of the
United Nations international days like International Day of Peace, World Water Day, World
Environment Day, International Day for Tolerance, and World Poetry Day.
Maria is General Secretary of Institute of International Peace Leaders and Alliance for
Humanity – AH, Global Vice President of United Youth for Sustainable Globe, and Global
Advisor of African Coaches League. She is a member of the International Advisory Board of
Goodwill Ambassadors for Five Points Youth Foundation, USA, enhancing participation in
United Nations Global Compact. Maria is Sectorial Head for Women in Peace and Human
Rights within Global Women Development Network. Maria is a founding member of the
Environmental Peacebuilding Association.
Maria works as a language consultant. Together with the wildlife photographer Jan
Fleischmann, Maria has written a book about the four big cats jaguar, tiger, lion and leopard,
available in Swedish and English. Maria enjoys being in nature, reading and writing.
Becoming Global Citizens for a Sustainable Society, GCED Online Campus
Child Protection: Children's Rights in Theory and Practice, HarvardX
Environmental Security and Sustaining Peace, The SDG Academy
Global Diplomacy – the United Nations in the World, SOAS University of London
Understanding International Relations Theory, Higher School of Economics
Water: Addressing the Global Crisis, The SDG Academy
Hussein is a believer that we all thrive in peace when what makes us different is embraced. He is a
Development Engineer, Climate Change and Peace Advocate, and Social Entrepreneur. He works as a
Senior Project Management Professional with the Advisory Services Unit at Arup, co-leading the Strategic
Definition, Feasibility, Planning, Design, Execution and Operation of Infrastructure Development Projects
in West Africa.
Hussein is the Founder and Executive Director of My Environment is Mine Initiative (memyAfrica), a youth-
led advocacy and research non-profit organization that promotes climate change education and eco-
storytelling. He is also the Curator of the FollowTheCOP, a climate education project of memyAfrica, aimed
at bringing the COP closer to every community.
He is an alumnus of the Federal University of Technology, Akure; Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI)
West Africa Fellowship; the UN-SDSN Youth Local Pathways Fellowship; the Climate Reality Leadership
Program; I-FAIR Israel-Nigeria Fellowship, Data Ville LLC Research Fellowship; and the Global Landscape
Forum, where he built his skills and competence in international development research, civic leadership,
sustainability, climate policy advocacy, conflict resolution, SDGs, and global conversations.
Hussein likes community service, natural spaces, and following news trends and development, locally and