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Dr. Maggie Opondo is the Socio-Economic & Cultural Studies Coordinator in the Institute for Climate
Change & Adaptation at the University of Nairobi. She has been teaching at the University for well over
20 years at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. She is also one of the founding members of
the recently (2011) established Institute for Climate Change and Adaptation (ICCA) at the University of
Nairobi. As a lecturer and researcher her responsibilities include both academic and administrative
duties. She has and continues to supervise both undergraduate and graduate students, a number of
who have successfully completed their post-graduate studies. As the departmental representative on
the Postgraduate Studies Committee in the Faculty of Arts for over 10 years, she has had the
opportunity to examine several post-graduate proposals and dissertations submitted to the Faculty of
Arts. She has researched and published widely on vulnerability and adaptability to climate change
impacts in Africa; smallholder agriculture – at both commercial and subsistence levels (coffee,
horticulture, tea, tobacco); ethical trade and corporate social responsibility; and gender, smallholder and
labour rights in global value chains. She has served and still serves on several boards at both the
advisory and editorial levels. Currently she was a coordinating lead author (CLA) of the Intergovernmental
Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Chapter 13 (Livelihoods and Poverty), Working Group II
of the IPCC 5th Assessment Report.

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