Benjamin Keni is the Associate Country Programs Coordinator for the KOICA regional funded project titled, ‘‘Capacity Building to Strengthen Sustainable Implementation of Renewable Energy (RE) Technologies for Rural Energy Access”. The project is implemented in four Melanesian countries that include; Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Fiji, and Vanuatu.
Graduated with a bachelor’s degree majoring in Environmental Science and Physical Geography, Benjamin was engaged with and worked with a government organization concentrating at the provincial level for the last three years. He worked as the Provincial Climate Change Coordinator for the Central Provincial Administration as such has a good understanding and knowledge of the country’s government structure. In his time with the Provincial Administration, he has worked on initiating and supporting to implement several climate change and disaster-related projects on behalf of the administration in the Province. Also, he has experience working with international organizations and sound knowledge in the areas of project designing, planning, management, implementation, monitoring and evaluation, and reporting.
His past work focused more on combating the effects of climate change and disaster risk reduction in the Province by helping and educating locals communities to build resilience to successfully mitigate and adapt to the current effects of climate change. He has also helped capture climate change and sustainable environmental management practices into the five-year (2018-2022) development plan for the Province.
Benjamin’s sound knowledge in successful project implementation and good working relations with international organizations, local government authorities, and the local communities has given leverage to his current position with GGGI as the Associate Country Programs Coordinator for the KOICA funded project on rural energy access in PNG.