Sr. Climate Change Specialist
Key skills: climate change; adaptation planning; monitoring, evaluation and learning; multi-stakeholder engagement and capacity development
Samantha’s work strives to help people, communities, and organizations better understand climate risks, impacts, and adaptation solutions.
Samantha is a senior climate change specialist with over 12 years’ experience in climate change impact, vulnerability and adaptation assessment. To date, her work has included: the design and review of climate change adaptation plans and planning tools (including various vulnerability and risk assessment methodologies); the design of monitoring, evaluation and learning systems for climate change, green growth and sustainable development programs; and the facilitation of workshops, forums, focus groups, and other participatory processes when planning for adaptation. Since 2011, Samantha has been supporting a number of national government and development partners – including the Pilot Program for Climate Resilience (PPCR) in Zambia, UNDP in Ethiopia and Ghana, and the African Development Bank – to develop planning, monitoring, reporting and evaluation frameworks, systems and toolkits to better identify and track climate resilient development progress. Samantha has advised on climate change adaptation globally with clients that have included the World Bank, the Pilot Program for Climate Resilience (PPCR), UNDP, African Development Bank, as well as a number of national and international NGOs (CARE International, Canadian Feed the Children, CHF, Canadian Red Cross). In Canada, she works closely with aboriginal groups (Tŝilhqot’in National Government of BC, Métis Nation of Ontario) as well as federal and provincial government agencies (the Canadian Council of Ministers of the Environment, the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency, Environment and Climate Change Canada).
Samantha holds a B.Sc. in environmental sciences and international development from the University of Guelph and an M.Sc. in water science, policy and management from the University of Oxford (UK).