“The work I am doing is important because the world’s future is crucially dependent on the success or failure of the Paris Agreement,” Divya Nawale (MPPM ’16) told the University of Pittsburgh’s Graduate School of Public and International Affairs.
Nawale came to GSPIA with six years of full-time professional work, largely focused on energy and environmental policies. After completing the Master of Public Policy and Management program for mid-career professionals, she went on to work as the Sustainability Fellow for the Mayor of Pittsburgh, GSPIA alumni William Peduto (MPPM ’11), and now works with the Asian Development Bank (ADB) in Indonesia.
“I am working with some of the smartest people I have ever met, both at ADB and in the government of Indonesia,” said Nawale.
The targets set out in the Paris Agreement aim to keep the planet below a 2 degrees Celsius temperature rise. In order to reach this goal, governments need assistance and funding.
“ADB provides both,” said Nawale. “And that’s why I am very grateful to be in a space that fuels (responsible) growth for an emerging economy like Indonesia.”
The ADB invests over 35 billion dollars in development projects throughout Indonesia, with the majority of funds focused on energy, public sector management, and agriculture and natural resource development.
As Projects Coordinator for Clean Energy and Energy Efficiency at ADB Indonesia, Nawale focuses on coordinating between interested parties to create a unified vision and action plan that aligns Indonesia’s developing economy with the Paris Agreement’s environmental goals.
“There are a lot of interesting things I have seen here,” Nawale said of her work experience. “I am learning more about working in South East Asia which is very, very different from working in Europe, the U.S. and even (my native country of) India.”
Nawale told GSPIA that she wants to use this experience to understand how governments work around the world. Her goal is to continue helping governments and organizations “work together towards the common mission of ensuring the Paris agreement is a success.”
Nawale is no stranger to international travel, even venturing as far as Antarctica to participate in environmental work groups.