EPIC-N Staff

Dr. Nuttavikhom Kay Phanthuwongpakdee

EPIC-Asia Program Coordinator

Kay joined EPIC-N in June 2021 to support university, local government, community leaders from the Asian continent interested in joining the EPIC-Network. Kay participated during the 2021 EPIC-Asia Workshop and immediately began providing support and communications to selected participants. He will be helping them align existing programming, connect to existing EPIC-Network resources, and catalyze their EPIC Model partnerships.

Dr. Nuttavikhom Kay Phanthuwongpakdee is a lecturer at Puey Ungphakorn School of Development Studies at Thammasat University. Kay is also a deputy director at the SDG Research and Support Programme (SDG Move) and a researcher at the Urban Futures and Policy Research Unit. Kay is a passionate academic researcher and communications professional with experience working with developing communities, regional and national policymakers, and private sector stakeholders in Thailand and Southeast Asia.

Ada Inman

EPIC-N Program Manager

Ada supports EPIC-N members and programs throughout their exploration and use of the EPIC Model. She also facilitates much of the organizational communication for EPIC-N.

Ada is a recent graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison where she obtained a degree in Environmental Studies and International Studies along with a certificate in Public Policy. Since graduation, she has started a full-time position with COWS, a think-and-do tank that promotes high road solutions to social problems. At COWS, Ada is working as the Managing Director for ProGov21. Along with her work at COWS, she will also be assisting EPIC-N with outreach and community/program engagement.

Mzime Ndebele-Murisa

EPIC-Africa Program Coordinator

Mzime Ndebele-Murisa found EPIC-N through her current work with START as the Program Specialist managing the Future Resilience for African Cities and Lands (FRACTAL) Program and now coordinates the Education Partnerships for Innovation in Communities (EPIC) Africa network. Prior to joining START, she had been based at Chinhoyi University of Technology, and University of Zimbabwe. Mzime has coordinated several multi-disciplinary, collaborative projects in southern Africa focusing on aquaculture; climate change modelling and adaptation such as the SADC Aquaculture Mentorship Program, Climate Impact Research Capacity and Leadership Enhancement and CODESRIA’s Comparative Research Network. Mzime has several publications, with contributions in the IPCC’s AR5 and AR6 Working Group II as well as a Climate Smart Agriculture Manual for Zimbabwe. She holds a PhD in Biodiversity and Conservation Biology from the University of the Western Cape, South Africa; a Masters of Science in Tropical Resource Ecology and a BSc in Biological Sciences from the University of Zimbabwe.

Andrea Chavez

EPIC-Latin America and Caribbean Coordinator

Andrea Chavez has co-directed the activities of the Governance Infrastructure in the Amazon project from the Tropical Conservation and Development Program of the University of Florida. She is a Research Affiliate of the Space Ecology and Conservation Laboratory. Since 2009, Andrea has been working on capacity-building initiatives through applied research, training, and extension activities in natural resource management conservation in Peru, Bolivia, and Brazil. Andrea received her Ph.D. in Geography from the University of Florida, an M.A. in Political Science from Karl-Ruprechts-Universität in Heidelberg, Germany, and an M.A. in Geography from the University of Miami. Andrea has a deep interest in integrating science with society and fostering a better understanding between practice and theory. Likewise, a very important aspect is to promote knowledge as a service to society.