Senior advisor, Swedbio

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Profile summary

  • Urbanisation
  • Sub-Saharan Africa
  • Biodiversity
  • Ecosystem services
  • Human health
  • Poverty alleviation
  • Social-ecological resilience

Ellika Hermansson is a senior advisor for the SwedBio programme at SRC working with urban challenges and opportunities in developing countries

Hermansson is a senior advisor for the SwedBio programme at SRC. She focuses on urban challenges and opportunities in developing countries and is the programme officer for SwedBio’s collaborative programme Urban Natural Assets for Africa: Rivers for Life, which is lead by SwedBio’s partner, ICLEI Cities Biodiversity Center. Hermansson is an active “UNA Rivers” team member and contributes to the multi-actor dialogues and collaborative work in the three target cities: Dar es Salaam, Tanzania; Addis Ababa, Ethiopia; and Lilongwe, Malawi. Read more about SwedBio’s work.

As part of her work on urban issues in developing countries she has recently participated and presented at the Resilient Cities 2016 Conference; the UN Habitat III Conference; COP12 and COP13 to the UN Convention on Biological Diversity, and at the Local Climate Solutions for Africa Congress 2017.

Hermansson is also coordinating the communications work for SwedBio.

In 2013 Hermansson organized the Medellín Dialogue together with SwedBio colleagues and the Humboldt Institute in Colombia, with support from the Environment Ministries of Colombia and Sweden. It was a multi-actor dialogue on integrating social-ecological resilience into the proposed Sustainable Development Goals.

Hermansson headed the communications team at SRC for five years (2007-2012), coordinated the media launch of the Nature article on Planetary Boundaries in 2009, and was part of organising the Resilience 2008 Conference and the 3rd Nobel Laureate Symposium in 2011. Before joining the SRC, Hermansson worked ten years as press secretary, communications officer and campaign leader within international and national environmental NGOs.

Hermansson holds a MSc in systems ecology from Stockholm University, and has studied science communications at university level. She has also taken numerous short courses in; leadership skills, personal development, project management, process facilitation, participatory processes, strategic communication, media training, graphic design and photography.

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