Qualifications

  • Master of Science (Distinction) (Pollution Control and Prevention) - University of Manchester 
  • Masters of Env. Sciences, Policy and Management (Distinction) - Central European University 
  • Master of Environmental Management (Climate Sciences ) - Lund University  
  • ELP (Env. Leadership) - University of California Berkeley
  • Postgraduate Cert. in Environmental Management (International Environmental Law) - University of New South Wales 
  • Bachelor of Science (Biodiversity Conservation) - University of the South Pacific 
  • Diploma in Project Management – Australian Institute of Project Management

Experience

Alvin has over a decade of practitioner experience on environment and sustainable development issues from local, national and international levels. He has worked for Caritas Switzerland and Oxfam Australia as Climate Change Advisor, where he provided high-level technical and advisory support to INGO climate change programs and strategies in Asia, Africa and the Pacific Islands. Prior to joining the INGO sector, Alvin worked at the Environment Protection Authority and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP). While at the UNDP, he was largely involved in implementing UN’s Sustainable Development policies, alongside UNDP’s Climate Change Strategy across the Pacific Islands. He has assisted with formulation of some leading Global Environment Facility initiatives in the Pacific Islands such as the Regional Integrated Water Resources and Sustainable Land Management programmes.
 
Between 2015 and 2016, Alvin served as Regional Expert and Lead Author for the United Nations Environment Programme Global Environment Outlook 6 process and is a Researcher and Consultant at the ASEAN-German Programme on Response to Climate Change Programme at the ASEAN Secretariat. His research focuses on Climate-Resilient Agricultural policies in the Southeast Asia Region. In 2014, Alvin was selected and trained by Al Gore as Climate Reality Leader. He is a strong advocate for climate action at community level and leads initiatives for the Pacific Islands Small Island Developing States. He is one of the 30 scientists and practitioners contributing to knowledge for the UNFCCC on Loss and Damage issues through the UNU/Munich Re Foundation Global Resilience Academy 2015.   
 
Alvin co-chaired the Australian Council for International Development’s Climate Change Working Group. He is a founder and former Vice President of the Erasmus Mundus Oceania Regional Chapter, previously was the Co-lead for the Global Disaster Risk Reduction group under the IUCN Commission on Ecosystem Management and regularly contributes towards several global professional sustainable development networks. Alvin is a certified Project Manager (PRINCE2), a member of the Chartered Institution of Water and Environment Management (UK) and a certified Energy for Sustainable Development Practitioner (Sweden)