Together with our program partners, University of Zurich, Helvetas, and ICIMOD, the MRI is very pleased to announce the six participants selected from among almost 100 applications received for our Mentoring and Training Program in IPCC Processes for Early Career Mountain Researchers – an initiative supported by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC). Thank you all for your interest in and support for this program.

The program specifically targets early career researchers with outstanding academic credentials and a research focus on climate change and mountains. The program aims to support their professional development through mentoring and training over the course of the next three years, strengthening their expert contributions on mountains and climate change and enhancing their eligibility to participate as authors in future regional and global assessments for science-policy processes, such as the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).

The participants selected cover a variety of disciplinary backgrounds in the natural and social sciences, and represent countries in mountain regions in Africa, South America, South Asia, and Central Asia. On behalf of the program partners, we would like to cordially welcome our six participants to this program, and look forward to making meaningful connections with them for our changing mountains.

Meet the Program Participants

Abayinen Amare Ana Ochoa Anubha Agrawal
Abayineh Amare 
Assistant Professor
Jimma University, Ethiopia.


Ana Ochoa Sánchez, PhD.  
Associate Professor
University of Azuay, Ecuador.


Anubha Aggarwal
Researcher, Energy & 
Resources Institute, India.


Saidaliyeva    Prashant Baral Estefania Quenta 
Zarina Saidaliyeva
Junior Research Scientist,
Kazakhstan Institute of
Geography, Kazakhstan.

Prashant Baral
PhD Candidate,
NIIT University,

Estefania Quenta Herrera
Research Associate, 
Mayor de San Andrés
University, Bolivia.

About the Mentoring and Training Program in IPCC Processes for Early Career Mountain Researchers

The Mentoring and Training Program in IPCC Processes for Early Career Mountain Researchers is one of four key outcomes under the SDC-funded project Contribution to the Sixth Assessment Cycle of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), which is implemented though a collaboration between the MRI, University of Zurich, Helvetas and ICIMOD. The project’s overall objective is to strengthen the evidence basis on climate change impacts, adaptation strategies, and climate resilient development pathways in mountain regions, while supporting regional representation and development focused science-policy dialogues, as well as capacity-building of experts in developing countries in the IPCC process. To find out more, please refer to the project webpage.

Project Partners

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