By Yerima Kini Nsom
A Cameroonian expert on environment and sustainable development issues, Dr Richard Munang, has received a Nottingham university alumni award. Dr Munang, who is the Deputy Regional Director of the Africa Office of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), received the Nottingham Alumni Award on Saturday 24, July.
The award recognises the excellence and impact of the work of the university’s alumni around the world. It is worth noting that Richard Munang completed his doctorate at the University of Nottingham 15 years ago.
While reacting to the honour given him, Dr Munang said the distinction awarded by one of the institutions that trains the world’s top intellectuals and experts, is not just an individual award. To him, it is also a testimony to the strong capacity of the collective mind to have a positive impact on the world. “This also, is a reminder that it is by working together that we can achieve great things in Africa too. Dreams, when pursued with dogged determination, can truly become reality,” said Dr Richard Munang after receiving his award.
Dr Richard Munang is a leading expert in environment and development policy. He bagged a PhD in Environmental Change and Policy from the University of Nottingham, UK. He equally holds an Executive Certificate in Climate Change and Energy from Harvard University. He has greatly influenced public policy on climate change, international relations, sustainable development, clean energy and food security.
With solid experience in strategic influence, coordination, programme management, partnerships, communication, stakeholder engagement, advocacy and policy guidance, he is currently Deputy Regional Director of UNEP’s Africa office. He has successfully managed over 100 projects, raised over $49 million for climate projects and programmes, and worked with governments to improve human well-being through data analysis, risk management and programme development.
His dedication to environmental leadership and innovation has earned him prestigious awards such as the Africa Green Champion Award 2020, the Africa Environmental Hero Award 2016, the United Nations Environment Programme BAOBAB Laureate in Programme Innovation 2016 and most recently, the prestigious ‘Your Nottingham Alumni Award’ from the University of Nottingham.