What is your current job and what does it entail?
I am senior environmental specialist for World Bank, a source of financial and technical assistance to developing countries around the world. Headquartered in Washington, DC, it provides low-interest loans, interest-free credit and grants to developing countries for education, health, infrastructure, communications and many other purposes. I assist developing nations and other constituents with policy and institutional development and by promoting sound management of their exclusive economic zones, territorial waters, coastal zones, sustainable livelihoods and natural resources.
What was the key factor in your career decision?
What do like most about your career?
My passion for development and environmental management.
I am able to help those who are less advantaged.
What do you like least about your career?
What do you do to relax?
Photography, recreational travel, reading, music, theater.
Who are your heroes/heroines?
What advice would you give a high school student who expressed an interest in pursuing a career in your field?
Mahatma Gandhi, Nelson Mandela.
I would encourage them to be committed to learning the tools of the trade and to seek practical experience through field assignments to the extent possible.
Are career opportunities in your field increasing or decreasing and why?
The opportunities are likely to increase due to the increasing threats to the oceans and coastal areas and to overexploitation and climate change issues.
What will you be doing 10 years from today?
I will be continuing to work on the oceans and coastal agenda, perhaps not as a full time staff member of the World Bank but certainly in the developing world.