Meet our dedicated team of climate leaders from across the globe. 

 

MEET OUR CO-FOUNDERS

 
  DOMINIQUE SOURIS, CO-FOUNDER AND EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR  -  Canada   As one of Canada’s Top 30 under 30 Sustainability Leaders, Dominique is passionate about engaging young people in climate action, policy and social innovation. She has been active in the UNFCCC climate negotiations since 2013, and now serves as the coordinator of the negotiations support team for the Seychelles delegation. Dominique advocates the importance of youth as partners for climate action in a variety of international forums, most recently at the World Government Summit, ECOSOC Youth Forum, COP22 and at the National Climate Youth Summit in Canada.  Dominique has advised and worked for a number of local and international institutions, such as UNEP, UNESCO, IDRC, as well as state governments. As a graduate student at the Balsillie School of International Affairs and Junior Research Fellow at the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI), her research explores innovative finance for climate-related loss and damage and refugee responsibility sharing.   Email: dominique@youthclimatelab.org

DOMINIQUE SOURIS, CO-FOUNDER AND EXECUTIVE DIRECTORCanada

As one of Canada’s Top 30 under 30 Sustainability Leaders, Dominique is passionate about engaging young people in climate action, policy and social innovation. She has been active in the UNFCCC climate negotiations since 2013, and now serves as the coordinator of the negotiations support team for the Seychelles delegation. Dominique advocates the importance of youth as partners for climate action in a variety of international forums, most recently at the World Government Summit, ECOSOC Youth Forum, COP22 and at the National Climate Youth Summit in Canada.

Dominique has advised and worked for a number of local and international institutions, such as UNEP, UNESCO, IDRC, as well as state governments. As a graduate student at the Balsillie School of International Affairs and Junior Research Fellow at the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI), her research explores innovative finance for climate-related loss and damage and refugee responsibility sharing.

Email: dominique@youthclimatelab.org

  ANA F. GONZÁLEZ GUERRERO - CO-FOUNDER AND MANAGING DIRECTOR  -  Mexico   Ana currently works with the Partners for Climate Protection (PCP) Program, a joint program between the Federation of Canadian Municipalities and ICLEI Canada- Local Governments for Sustainability. Her job is to help over 300 municipalities across Canada set and achieve GHG reduction targets providing direct support, tools and resources. Ana is also the community manager for the PCP Hub, an online platform that helps municipal sustainability practitioners level network, foster peer-to-peer learning and share resources.   Ana is a long-standing volunteer with Sustainability CoLab, a non-profit association that has built a network of organizations across Ontario that support businesses in their sustainability initiatives. She works in the creation of a variety of tools and resources to support members.  Ana has been involved in climate action with grassroots organizations and local governments in various countries since she was twelve. She understands the need for support on the ground, particularly when it comes to youth engagement, and how online tools can help achieve that.     Email: ana@youthclimatelab.org

ANA F. GONZÁLEZ GUERRERO - CO-FOUNDER AND MANAGING DIRECTORMexico

Ana currently works with the Partners for Climate Protection (PCP) Program, a joint program between the Federation of Canadian Municipalities and ICLEI Canada- Local Governments for Sustainability. Her job is to help over 300 municipalities across Canada set and achieve GHG reduction targets providing direct support, tools and resources. Ana is also the community manager for the PCP Hub, an online platform that helps municipal sustainability practitioners level network, foster peer-to-peer learning and share resources. 

Ana is a long-standing volunteer with Sustainability CoLab, a non-profit association that has built a network of organizations across Ontario that support businesses in their sustainability initiatives. She works in the creation of a variety of tools and resources to support members.

Ana has been involved in climate action with grassroots organizations and local governments in various countries since she was twelve. She understands the need for support on the ground, particularly when it comes to youth engagement, and how online tools can help achieve that.  

Email: ana@youthclimatelab.org

 

MEET OUR DIRECTORS OF PROGRAMS

 
  SETH BLUM - DIRECTOR OF PROGRAMS - (INTERNATIONAL)     - USA   Seth brings a passion for environmental justice and education to his role as Director of Programs for the Youth Climate Lab.  A Danforth Scholar at Washington University in St. Louis and a native of Colorado, USA, he currently facilitates streamlining university-wide research initiatives for the Washington University Climate Change Program and works to improve accessibility of online information and coordinate constituency activities for the research NGOs constituency under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change.  Seth previously implemented riparian restoration projects at the Open Space Council of St. Louis as well as led on-campus advocacy efforts to address hazardous waste and gain regulatory approval for clean energy projects in Missouri. He has developed environmental education curricula for the several NGOs in addition to designing educational programs to encourage alternative transportation usage for university faculty and staff. He received the President's Environmental Youth Award from the US EPA and Council on Environmental Quality in 2015 for his leadership in youth-focused ecological restoration.   Email: seth@youthclimatelab.org

SETH BLUM - DIRECTOR OF PROGRAMS - (INTERNATIONAL) - USA

Seth brings a passion for environmental justice and education to his role as Director of Programs for the Youth Climate Lab.  A Danforth Scholar at Washington University in St. Louis and a native of Colorado, USA, he currently facilitates streamlining university-wide research initiatives for the Washington University Climate Change Program and works to improve accessibility of online information and coordinate constituency activities for the research NGOs constituency under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change.

Seth previously implemented riparian restoration projects at the Open Space Council of St. Louis as well as led on-campus advocacy efforts to address hazardous waste and gain regulatory approval for clean energy projects in Missouri. He has developed environmental education curricula for the several NGOs in addition to designing educational programs to encourage alternative transportation usage for university faculty and staff. He received the President's Environmental Youth Award from the US EPA and Council on Environmental Quality in 2015 for his leadership in youth-focused ecological restoration.

Email: seth@youthclimatelab.org

  LARISSA PARKER - DIRECTOR OF PROGRAMS (CANADA) -  Canada   As one of Forbes Top 30 under 30 Leaders, Innovators, and Visionary Entrepreneurs (Europe) and one of Canada's Top 30 under 30, Larissa is passionate about environmental justice and works hard to build resilience and adaptive capacity in communities who need it the most. She has four years of experience working in international development, Indigenous affairs, and the energy sector.   Larissa is currently in law school at McGill University, seeking to work in the fields of environmental and Indigenous law. She also holds an MSc in Environmental Governance from the University of Oxford, where she focussed her studies on climate change adaptation and resilience studies.  Larissa is also heavily involved in the UN climate negotiations and has attended several COPs, most recently as a party delegate for the Seychelles, supporting the team on loss and damage and gender.  She has held previous posts at the Overseas Development Institute, Canadian Federal Parliament, Ontario Energy Board, and Toronto City Hall.   Email: larissa@youthclimatelab.org

LARISSA PARKER - DIRECTOR OF PROGRAMS (CANADA)Canada

As one of Forbes Top 30 under 30 Leaders, Innovators, and Visionary Entrepreneurs (Europe) and one of Canada's Top 30 under 30, Larissa is passionate about environmental justice and works hard to build resilience and adaptive capacity in communities who need it the most. She has four years of experience working in international development, Indigenous affairs, and the energy sector. 

Larissa is currently in law school at McGill University, seeking to work in the fields of environmental and Indigenous law. She also holds an MSc in Environmental Governance from the University of Oxford, where she focussed her studies on climate change adaptation and resilience studies.

Larissa is also heavily involved in the UN climate negotiations and has attended several COPs, most recently as a party delegate for the Seychelles, supporting the team on loss and damage and gender.

She has held previous posts at the Overseas Development Institute, Canadian Federal Parliament, Ontario Energy Board, and Toronto City Hall.

Email: larissa@youthclimatelab.org

 

MEET OUR PROJECT ADVISORS

 
  NICK FITZPATRICK    Australia   Nick is a third-year undergraduate student studying a BSc. (Physical Geography and Environmental Geosciences) at the University of Wollongong, Australia looking to undertake his Masters in Scandinavia. He is a passionate climate activist who sees the need for increased youth engagement at all levels of governance.  Nick is currently volunteering, both at home with the Australian Youth Climate Coalition (AYCC) and abroad with PUSH Sweden in his attempts to better engage young people in climate action and policy at a local, national and international level. He has also previously ventured to India as part of an edtech social enterprise called 40K, backed by Google and the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs, to better understand environmental issues facing the country and discuss potential solutions with locals on the ground.  Nick has been active in the UNFCCC climate negotiations since 2016, having represented both Uppsala University and PUSH Sweden at COP22 and SB46 respectively. His main areas of focus include issues centred on increased youth engagement, carbon budgets and climate finance (particularly the need for adaptation/loss and damage funding as well as the pressing need for innovative large scale investment). It is here where he has spoken on multiple panels and represented the youth voice during press conferences.

NICK FITZPATRICK

Australia

Nick is a third-year undergraduate student studying a BSc. (Physical Geography and Environmental Geosciences) at the University of Wollongong, Australia looking to undertake his Masters in Scandinavia. He is a passionate climate activist who sees the need for increased youth engagement at all levels of governance.

Nick is currently volunteering, both at home with the Australian Youth Climate Coalition (AYCC) and abroad with PUSH Sweden in his attempts to better engage young people in climate action and policy at a local, national and international level. He has also previously ventured to India as part of an edtech social enterprise called 40K, backed by Google and the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs, to better understand environmental issues facing the country and discuss potential solutions with locals on the ground.

Nick has been active in the UNFCCC climate negotiations since 2016, having represented both Uppsala University and PUSH Sweden at COP22 and SB46 respectively. His main areas of focus include issues centred on increased youth engagement, carbon budgets and climate finance (particularly the need for adaptation/loss and damage funding as well as the pressing need for innovative large scale investment). It is here where he has spoken on multiple panels and represented the youth voice during press conferences.

  NEESHAD V. SHAFI    Qatar   holds a master’s degree in Environmental Engineering and resides in Doha, Qatar. He is a youth environmental activist, speaker and outspoken climate change advocate, who campaigns extensively to raise the awareness about Climate change, and Sustainable Development goals (SDGs). His continuous enthusiasm for environment and climate change advocacy led him to be the focal point for various regional and international NGOs.  Neeshad has been active in UNFCCC climate negotiation process since 2012 and involved in COP22 in Marrakech as well as COP21 in Paris on invitation from civil society for advocating the importance of Arab youth as partners for climate action. He has been invited to numerous local, regional and international conferences in Jordan, Lebanon, Netherlands, France, Morocco, Tunisia, UAE and Saudi Arabia to represent Qatar. He has written numerous critically acclaimed articles and given interviews on both online and print media.  He is currently serving as National Coordinator for Arab Youth Climate Movement Qatar, Middle East Officer for CliMates, Founding member and Focal point for CAN Arab World, Liaison Officer in GCC for citizens Climate Lobby and recently confirmed as MIT Climate CoLab Fellow.

NEESHAD V. SHAFI

Qatar

holds a master’s degree in Environmental Engineering and resides in Doha, Qatar. He is a youth environmental activist, speaker and outspoken climate change advocate, who campaigns extensively to raise the awareness about Climate change, and Sustainable Development goals (SDGs). His continuous enthusiasm for environment and climate change advocacy led him to be the focal point for various regional and international NGOs.

Neeshad has been active in UNFCCC climate negotiation process since 2012 and involved in COP22 in Marrakech as well as COP21 in Paris on invitation from civil society for advocating the importance of Arab youth as partners for climate action. He has been invited to numerous local, regional and international conferences in Jordan, Lebanon, Netherlands, France, Morocco, Tunisia, UAE and Saudi Arabia to represent Qatar. He has written numerous critically acclaimed articles and given interviews on both online and print media.

He is currently serving as National Coordinator for Arab Youth Climate Movement Qatar, Middle East Officer for CliMates, Founding member and Focal point for CAN Arab World, Liaison Officer in GCC for citizens Climate Lobby and recently confirmed as MIT Climate CoLab Fellow.

 
  MASROORA HAQUE    Canada-Bangladesh   Masroora is a graduate student at the University of Waterloo and Balsillie School of International Affairs. She is a Graduate Fellow of the Centre for International Governance Innovation, a leading think-tank in Canada and researchers long-term approach to capacity-building to climate change in developing countries. She has also researched climate finance reaching the most vulnerable communities. Her research in Bangladesh has taken her to affected regions of the country where she saw first-hand the impacts and challenges of climate change and the responses from communities, NGOs and the government.  She has engaged with the Adaptation Committee of the Secretariat of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change providing expert inputs on their programs and supports the Least Developed Countries in the climate negotiations.  A trained communications specialist, Masroora has held various managerial and coordinator roles in the international development, association and humanitarian sectors.  She holds a Bachelors degree in communications studies, a graduate diploma in corporate communications and a Masters degree in Development Management and Practice.

MASROORA HAQUE

Canada-Bangladesh

Masroora is a graduate student at the University of Waterloo and Balsillie School of International Affairs. She is a Graduate Fellow of the Centre for International Governance Innovation, a leading think-tank in Canada and researchers long-term approach to capacity-building to climate change in developing countries. She has also researched climate finance reaching the most vulnerable communities. Her research in Bangladesh has taken her to affected regions of the country where she saw first-hand the impacts and challenges of climate change and the responses from communities, NGOs and the government.  She has engaged with the Adaptation Committee of the Secretariat of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change providing expert inputs on their programs and supports the Least Developed Countries in the climate negotiations.

A trained communications specialist, Masroora has held various managerial and coordinator roles in the international development, association and humanitarian sectors.

She holds a Bachelors degree in communications studies, a graduate diploma in corporate communications and a Masters degree in Development Management and Practice.