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Keynote Speakers at Devres 2024

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Dr Susan Chomba

Dr Susan Chomba is the Director of Vital Landscapes at the World Resources Institute (WRI). She leads WRI Africa’s work on forest protection and landscape restoration, food systems transformation and water. She is a scientist with extensive research and development experience on the continent for more than 15 years. Susan is a member of the International Panel of Experts on Sustainable Food Systems (IPES-Food), and a global ambassador for the Race to zero and Resilience under the UN High Level Champions for Climate Action. She serves on advisory boards of several organizations and has received several global recognitions, including being named as one of  Global Landscapes Forum’s ‘16 Women Restoring the Earth’ in 2021; one of the top 25 women shaping climate action by Greenbiz in 2022, as well as BBC 100 Women in 2023.  

Visit Susan Chombas webpage at World Resources Institute

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Mother Nature Cambodia (Right Livelihood Laureate 2023)

Mother Nature Cambodia is an environmental rights movement working at the forefront of environmental preservation, human rights and democracy. Operating under the shadow of Cambodia’s autocratic regime, the movement aims to preserve the country’s rich natural environment and give voice to communities affected by corrupt and damaging practices. Through its youth-led, innovative campaigns, Mother Nature Cambodia has inspired young people, mobilised communities and stopped destructive development and extractive projects.

Visit Mother Nation Cambodja's website

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Alfredo Saad-Filho

Alfredo Saad-Filho is a Professor of Political Economy and International Development in the Department of International Development at King’s College London and is one of the Deputy Directors of the European Association of Development Research and Training Institutes (EADI). 

His research focuses on the political economy of development, industrial policy, neoliberalism, democracy, and alternative economic policies. Alfredo’s writings range across critiques of the (Post-) Washington consensus; International Monetary Fund (IMF) and World Bank policies and pro-poor policy alternatives. They also include concrete analyses of fiscal, monetary, financial, balance of payments, and employment policies, as well as inflation targeting, resource use, and policy-making in sub-Saharan Africa, Latin America (especially Brazil) and the Middle East. 

Alfredo Saad-Filho - King's College London 

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Africa Institute for Energy Governance, AFIEGO (Right Livelihood Laureate 2022)

In the face of the global climate crisis, AFIEGO stands with communities against oil and gas exploitation projects. Resisting government and corporate threats, the organisation ensures that communities affected by colonialist extractive energy projects can raise their voices on national and international levels. With their bottom-up work at the intersection of ​​societal, economic and environmental concerns, AFIEGO models a democratic and renewable energy path for African countries.

 Visit Afiego's webpage

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Agnes Andersson

Agnes Andersson is a Professor of Human Geography and the acting Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences at Lund University. Her research specialises on development geography, with a focus on change processes within and beyond agriculture in sub-Saharan Africa with special emphasis on rural and multi-spatial livelihoods, gendered access to productive resources and division of labor and incomes within households. She has conducted extensive field research in Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Nigeria, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe and engages actively in public events and stakeholder meetings on food security, gender, and agriculture in sub-Saharan Africa.

Agnes Anderssons research in the Lund University research Portal