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Keynote Speakers  

Dr. Maya Trotz (University of South Florida)


Dr. Maya Trotz is a Guyanese born professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of South Florida. She directs STRONG Coasts, a National Research Traineeship program to foster food, energy, and water solutions with coastal communities, and leads the knowledge management component of a Green Climate Fund project, “Water Sector Resilience Nexus for Sustainability in Barbados.” She is a past President of the Association of Environmental Engineering & Science Professors and a board member of Fragments of Hope Corp, a coral restoration NGO in Belize. She holds a BS in Chemical Engineering from MIT, and MS and Ph.D. degrees in Environmental Engineering from Stanford University.  


Prof. Michelle Mycoo (University of the West Indies, Trinidad) 

Professor Michelle Mycoo, Professor of Urban and Regional Planning at The University of the West Indies, St. Augustine, has conducted extensive research and training on water management, climate change, disaster risk reduction and urban planning. She currently serves as the Coordinating Lead Author of the Small Islands Chapter of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Sixth Assessment Report, Working Group II. She is a member of the International Science Council, the Scientific Advisory Committee of UNESCO’s Management of Social Transformations, and has conducted capacity building workshops for UNDP’s Global Water Partnership. She holds a PhD (McGill University), MSc in Urban Planning (The University of Hong Kong) and a BA in Geography and Social Sciences (The University of the West Indies).