Dr. Ainka Granderson, Senior Technical Officer, is a climate change adaptation specialist with expertise in community-based adaptation, vulnerability assessments and participatory development of adaptation plans and policies. She brings over seven years of experience working in climate change and environmental management in the Pacific and Caribbean islands. Ainka was also engaged as a Climate Adaptation Flagship Fellow at the Commonwealth Scientific Industrial Research Organisation, Australia where she conducted research on social barriers to climate change adaptation in small island developing states.

As manager of the Climate Change and Disaster Risk Reduction Programme at CANARI, Ainka brings together her twin passions for conserving nature and building resilient communities across the Caribbean. Her strong background in science communication, education and monitoring and evaluation also aids this work.

Ainka has a PhD. in Resource Management and Geography, University of Melbourne, Australia, 2015; an MSc.in Conservation Biology and Sustainable Development, University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA, 2007; and a BA (Hons.) in Geography, University of Cambridge, UK, 2003.