Smorgasbord Facilitators

Deborah Ramalope

Deborah is Chief Director: Climate Change Mitigation at the Department of Environmental Affairs, Government of South Africa. Before becoming CD, Deborah worked at the South African Local Government Association (SALGAs asa specialist in Environment and Climate Change and as Senior Policy Advisor in the International Climate Change directorate at the Department of Environmental Affairs.


Carl Wesselink

Carl is a Director of SSN. He leads the Africa Region of the Climate and Development Knowledge Network (CDKN) responsible for a team which manages over 35 contracts and a 5 year budget in excess of 10m GBP. He is a Director of Carbon Programmes, a company facilitating the establishment and registration of Programmatic Carbon, in South Africa. Prior to joining SSN, he led the implementation of the Kuyasa CDM Project, the first CDM project in Africa. Following this he helped pioneer a sustainable, community-based energy services model for the mass roll-out of solar and other energy efficient interventions in low-income housing and is currently working on the establishment of South Africa’s priority NAMA focused on the introduction of new energy standards for low-income housing. Carl previously worked in the human rights and development field and is an attorney admitted to practise in the High Court of South Africa.


Doraiswami Raghunandan

Engineer and Social Scientist, engaged for over three decades in action research towards development and deployment of technologies and “alternative” field models for pro-poor rural industrialization and livelihoods. Currently leading several major Action Research Programmes on value-addition to rural cultivated, forest-based and wild commons produce leading to establishment of sustainable rural enterprises. Active researcher with Delhi Science Forum on Climate Policy both on international negotiations and on domestic low-carbon development, with many influential publications in India and abroad. Areas of research and interest include a co-benefits approach to equitable low-carbon development, and understanding issues and capacities in addressing vulnerabilities, adaptation and building climate resilience in India. At present leading nationwide campaign under aegis of All India Peoples Science Network advocating a major shift in India’s international and domestic climate policy with enhanced mitigation commitments and equitable low-carbon and low-entropy development strategies, within the framework of a science-based equitable burden-sharing global agreement and deep emission cuts by developed countries. Also work with a dedicated DSF Group collaborating with group at Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai, on modelling of equitable global burden-sharing based on carbon budgets, and of carbon budgets, energy and development scenarios in India under such climate constrained conditions.

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