Charles Iha is a Senior Program Officer with the GGGI team in Papua New Guinea. He supports the delivery of the Climate Resilient Green Growth project with specific inputs into the planning, designing, and financing of climate change adaptation and green growth activities.
In particular, Charles is responsible for ensuring key considerations of strengthening the private sector, and inclusion of women and vulnerable groups in all project steps and generating projects and financial results benefiting them. Charles also leads to organizing and delivering project activities across green growth planning, capacity building, and coordinating as needed with Climate Change Development Authority and other key stakeholders of PNG.
Charles was previously project manager to the Coffee Industry Support Project of CARE International. He finished off from this assignment with CARE International at the end of 2018 after capping almost 10 years with the organization with a successful earning of a women-led coffee farmer group being awarded Papua New Guinea’s first APEC award – ‘2018 APEC Best Social Impact Award’ out of 21 APEC Economies.
He was a fellow of East West Centre in Hawaii, the US, and the Institute of Diplomacy and International Affairs of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Taipei, Taiwan. And an associate of The Duke of Edinburgh’s Commonwealth Study Conferences.
He is also an independent auditor to the ‘’Green Frog’’ label of the Rainforest Alliance’s Sustainable Agriculture Standards Certification. He has audited rubber, palm oil, snaked fruit, cocoa, and coffee plantations in South East Asia and the Pacific region. He has a Master degree in (Agribusiness) Management from the Papua New Guinea University of Natural Resources and Environment.