Saliha joined the Climate and Chemicals team on January 11, 2010 as a Climate Change Specialist. She will be working in the adaptation cluster team, assisting the coordinator in managing the Least Developed Countries Fund, among other tasks. Saliha's involvement with environmental issues began with founding the first student environmental awareness group at Kuwait University, where she obtained her Bachelors of Science in Zoology. She has since worked for the World Bank in post-conflict Bosnia, her country of birth, and later on environmental and urban issues with the Mediterranean Environmental Technical Assistance Program. She has also worked extensively for the World Bank's Middle East and North Africa climate change group devising and implementing the regional climate change strategy and, most recently, served as Project Coordinator of the regional climate change and migration study. She has experience with the UN-Habitat in Nairobi, The Smithsonian Conservation and Research Center, and a number of prominent NGOs, as well as in the private sector in the United States as a climate change expert, and internationally. Saliha has a Masters of Science in Sustainable Development and Conservation Biology from the University of Maryland, College Park where she went on to doctoral studies on human-environment dynamics applying spatial science tools. She is a co-author of several published studies and reports on climate change.
Area of Expertise:
Europe and Central Asia regional team, Latin America regional team, climate change adaptation
GEF Secretariat - Programs Unit
Sr. Climate Change Specialist