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Ivy became an African Climate Reality Leader after being trained by Former Vice President of the USA Al Gore in Johannesburg, South Africa, in 2014. Through this programme, she received training in climate science and communication to tell the story of climate change and inspire communities everywhere to take action.
She is now busy going round her country Zambia and the world at large, presenting on climate change with an emphasis on renewable energy which she sees as a future for Africa. She has conducted several presentations on climate action to pupils at the international school of Lusaka, from primary and middle years to IB students.
Her background and experience include Climate Change financing, adaptation and mitigation knowledge; Human Resources Management; Administration; Trade and Project Finance; Micro Finance; and Social Work. Her increasing awareness of climate change over the years led her to get training in Environmental and Social Risk Analysis (ESRA) and Financing Climate Change Projects.
She has been an active consultant in the climate change industry, working among other things at Lloyds Financials Limited (LFL)/Africa Carbon Credit Exchange (ACCE), which was engaged by Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) to quantify the National Adaptation Programme of Action and come up with an investment framework to raise finance for the same. Ivy was also part of the consultancy group under LFL/ACCE which was contracted by the World Food Programme (WFP) to write up a Proposal on Climate Change.
Currently Ivy is a Steering Committee Member of the African Renewable Energy Alliance (AREA) – a global platform for policy makers, business, civil society and academia to exchange information and consult on policies, technologies and financial mechanisms for the accelerated uptake of renewable energies in Africa.
She is one of ten peer reviewers on a new report on how the cooking sector in rural regions of developing countries could be more sustainable and healthier, with particular attention to the potential for cooking with renewable electricity instead of charcoal or wood fuel.
Ivy has also founded and headed the Green Environment Foundation (GrEF), whose main activities include promoting the use of renewable energy for households; encouraging and promoting efforts and projects aimed at stabilizing family life and improving the social life and physical environment of families; promoting clean water for households; promoting conservation agriculture for households; facilitating networking and information exchange with other organisations on renewable energy, clean water, conservation farming, etc; cooperating with Government, municipal and other organisations on matters relating to the negative environmental impact on communities; and also initiating and implementing projects on climate change.
With over 20 years work experience ranging from middle to high-management levels, Ivy has demonstrated her ability to manage and administer complex projects, from initial conception to successful implementation. She has initiated and completed projects both locally and internationally funded.
An African Climate Reality Leader from Zambia, Ivy Chipasha is part of a dynamic group of world-changers shaping the conversation on climate in forums ranging from family dinners to international summits. Together they are building a 21st-century movement for solutions to tackle climate change and foster environmental sustainability in Africa and world-wide.