Karuna Rana

Alumni, Port Louis Hub

Fulbright Scholar: MS Environmental and Energy Policy, Michigan Tech. Bachelor's in Chemical and Environmental Engineering. Combining sustainability science, policy, and outreach to create tangible impact. Currently working on blue carbon impact and policies with LOLIWARE, the world’s leading seaweed-based material technology company replacing single-use plastics. Social Entrepreneur; co-founder of: SYAH - the only regional organization which convenes young people across 8 African and Asian SIDS to advance the sustainable development of SIDS; #SeeingBlue - the flagship project of the Port Louis Hub of the Global Shapers Community and SYAH aimed at empowering young people from SIDS to lead on ocean solutions and advocacy; Tap Water Revolution - a project of SYAH to increase access to safe tap water whilst reducing plastic pollution across all sectors in Mauritius; #Prep4COP - the flagship project of the Commonwealth Youth Climate Change Network and SYAH to increase the effective engagement of young people from the most climate-vulnerable countries within the UNFCCC. Overall, nearly a decade of career experience in the environmental sustainability and ocean space, including grassroots actions, policy advocacy, and reducing the ecological footprint of organizations - within corporations, non-profits, and inter-governmental organizations. Has lobbied governments and coordinated the participation of youth within key UN negotiations. Former Coordinator of the Commonwealth Youth Climate Change Network. Editor, 5th Global Environment Outlook for Youth publication. Recipient: Queen’s Young Leader Award (2015); Mary Robinson Climate Justice Award for project #SeeingBlue (2016).

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