Global South Talent Pool Profiles

The Global South Talent Pool is an internship programme for graduates and young experts from the Global South. This programme includes capacity building, experience exchange, and support for the graduates and young experts.

Vasundhara Dash

Past Young Expert, Project Assistant for the Resilience Hub at COP26

Vasundhara is interested in the intersection of environment and development policies – and has been working on action research, grassroots development, and policy administration. She has led the design and implementation of several large-scale programs with the Government of India and the UNDP, and contributed to designing prototypes and policies in environmental governance, economic empowerment for underserved communities, and created livelihoods development platforms. She has has studied at the TERI School of Advanced Studies New Delhi, Tata Institute of Social Sciences Mumbai and has been a DAAD Scholar at the Freie Universität Berlin, Germany as part of the Indo-German Climate Change Dialogue.

Samuel Muzhingi

Past Intern

Samuel was part of the Global South Talent pool for GRP’s Sharing and Learning. He is a content curator and social media savvy. He has experience in problem-solving, helping organisations to reach their audience, and bringing relevant data to light. He uses this knowledge to transform it into insights that can be translated to publications or communication outputs. He has worked with iShamba, a Shamba Shape Up mobile-based farmer information service that sends agricultural information to farmers in Kenya. He has interned for Econet Wireless and a regional weekly newspaper, The Mirror in Zimbabwe. He has a BSc (Honours) degree in journalism and media studies from Zimbabwe and is currently studying towards a MA degree in communication at Daystar University, Kenya.

Mariana Hernández-Montilla

Past Intern

Mariana is a transdisciplinary researcher interested in understanding socio-ecological systems, conflicts, and complexities to improve conservation projects in developing countries. Her recent work focuses on studying sustainability issues and Nature-based Solutions (NbS) projects in the Global South. Mariana has experience connecting people through science communication, coordinating social programs, and mapping projects using geographic information systems. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Biology from The University of Zulia in Venezuela and a Master’s degree in Natural Resources and Rural Development from The College of the Southern Frontier (El Colegio de la Frontera Sur), ECOSUR, México.

Ghislain Irakoze

Past Intern

Ghislain is passionate about circular economy and sustainable finance. Prior to joining GRP as an Innovation and Scaling intern, he worked for EU Commission as a consultant on EU-Africa circular economy cooperation. He also worked with the Mastercard Foundation as a Researcher in the Youth Think Tank Program. Ghislain holds a BA in International Business and Trade. He sits on the EU International Partnerships’s Youth Sounding Board.

Farhin Rehman Reeda

Past Intern

Farhin has studied Environmental Science at Independent University, Bangladesh and minored in Media and Mass Communication. She has worked as an intern for the Program and Enterprise Communications department of BRAC, the world’s largest non-governmental organization. Farhin is currently working as a junior researcher at the International Centre for Climate Change and Development (ICCCAD) and has an interest in Locally Led Adaptation. She is now primarily focused on projects based on inclusive early warning messaging systems for people with disabilities, services provided in off-grid communities, climate resilience and the multilayering of risks posed in the southern parts of Bangladesh. When travelling for research, she enjoys talking to people from different walks of life, collecting souvenirs and trying locally popular and unique food dishes

Arnav Prakash

Past Intern

Arnav is an urban enthusiast, with an undergraduate degree in Urban Design from CEPT University, Ahmedabad. He is also the Founder of Make Spaces platform which is a youth-centric initiative that works towards knowledge and capacity building for architects and designers. He is keen to explore the human-centric design & planning approach which can help in improvising the rural-urban scenario. He is deeply passionate about developing meaningful research, urban policy, design interventions in consultation with relevant theory and practice that empathize with and beyond human systems. Being a scholar awardee, he has also had the opportunity to work with organizations like United Nations Global, United Nations Volunteers India, and World Wildlife Fund. Apart from academics, he enjoys exploring new places around the world, volunteering for social causes, trying out different cuisines, creating some digital art, playing football, and swimming.