Sustainable Solutions for the Global South in a Post-Pandemic World

Virtual Coffee Break

The ‘Third World’ is a term that usually refers to a subordinated socio-political geography that, during the mid-twentieth century, came to be seen as ‘non-aligned’ to either the ‘free’ or to the ‘communist’ world. Today the Third World is more often referred to as the ‘developing world’, the ‘post-colonial world’, or the (Global) South. Most of those definitions embrace a relative idea, by reference to a place where the society is understood as superior – the North. In our intensely unequal, racialised, gendered, environmentally precarious global order, confronting the existence of this hierarchical view is imperative. This particularly involves understanding and rebutting the assumption that everyone can achieve the so-called northern reference of life standards – which is simply illusory and unrealistic. Establishing independent narratives and studies is fundamental to a truly balanced understanding of our global society.

Bearing this in mind, the fellow of the 2020-21 cohort of the Alexander Humboldt Foundation's International Climate Protection Fellowship conducted a study to present the most significant impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic in their countries, especially considering some routes out of it. In this Virtual Coffee Break, Artur Monteiro and Vinod Ramanarayanan, two organizers of the study, will talk about the efforts made and  present some of the results. We cordially invite you to their talk and the subsequent discussion on February 24th.

When: 24 February 2022, 3:00- 4:30 pm (CET)

Event language: English

Format: Online on the Alumniportal Deutschland

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The study is available here


Our speakers

  • Artur S. Monteiro Artur S. Monteiro
  • Vinod Ramanarayanan Vinod Ramanarayanan

Having worked in various fields of environmental management, Artur has experience ranging from sustainable architecture, territorial planning to socio-environmental conflicts. Currently, as an Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS) Affiliate Scholar and a Gwärtler Stiftung (Switzerland) Fellow, he runs a practise that demonstrates how to better communicate, affect, and embrace sensible and sensitive aspects of sustainable communication, being specially interested in the artistic element of communication.

Artur was also involved long-term with conservation efforts in the Brazilian Amazon, with the Angolan government for a joint national effort on sustainable cities and he worked for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games Organising Committee in its Sustainability Team. He received his master’s degree in Urbanism from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro in 2015 and his bachelor's degree in Environmental Management from the University of São Paulo in 2010. The International Climate Protection Fellowship from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation took him to the IASS in Potsdam from 2020 to 2021.

Photo: Ronaldo Miranda Steiner

Highly passionate about environmental and social impact solutions, Vinod comes with 11 years of experience in building a business and delivering strategic consulting for Fortune 500 companies, global philanthropic organizations, and governments. He is looking to build on these strengths and create a strong social impact in India. Some highlights of his career working with environmental and sustainability solutions are (1) working with Singapore Prime Minister's Office (PMO) to create practices for carbon-positive value chains. What started as a practice for import of goods into Singapore was also translated to mobility-based energy consumption mapping of individuals in Singapore. (2) Creating a start-up with the mission of monitoring, measuring and developing social and environmental impact, Vinod worked with multiple governments and philanthropic organizations in India. As a business leader his responsibility was on all aspects of business such as making profit, identifying and innovating new opportunities, building a strong team and overseeing execution, building project structure and researching frameworks, etc. (3) As an International Climate Protection Fellow of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, he worked on an Urban Resilience Diagnosis Tool focusing on governments and their steps towards climate change resilience. Currently, Vinod is a portfolio manager in Social Alpha. Working on state based government partnerships and running the India Clean Air Challenge.

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About the format

The Virtual Coffee Break is an interactive format that takes place regularly on the Alumniportal Deutschland. Their aim is to enable exchange and fruitful discussions around different topics, initiatives and projects. Speakers are Germany-Alumni who give a short input presentation and then answer questions from the participants and facilitate a discussion.

This is an exclusive event for the members of the community. Alumniportal Deutschland membership (free of charge!) is required to participate. The Virtual Coffee Breaks take place as Zoom meeting. Participation is also possible via a web browser (preferably Microsoft Edge or Google Chrome) and without a Zoom account.You will receive the access data (after registering for the event in the community) by e-mail. Our data protection regulations and the data protection information for events apply. Zoom's applicable privacy policy can be found here.

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