Meet Our Regional Coordinators
SER is pleased to welcome our Regional Coordinators for this year's Make a Difference Week! Regional Coordinators are vital to the success of Make a Difference Week by raising awareness of the event with restoration organizations in their region, recruiting event hosts, encouraging event development and submissions, and following up to collect post-event data.
South, East, and Southeast AsiaContact Bingqin
Bingqin Shan is an editor and research assistant with the Urban China Research Center, studying and reporting topics related to the urban environment to Chinese readers. She is also a consultant with Forest City Studio, an organization that focuses on urban re-wilding and ecosystem restoration in East China, working on public relations and project design. Forest City Studio has conducted research on ecosystem restoration and native species conservation in urban areas of Shanghai and surrounding areas, implemented ecosystem restoration projects, engaged in biodiversity monitoring and data collection, and provided environmental education to the public. Bingqin holds an M.S. in Environmental Policy & Planning from Tufts University, and an M.S. in Environmental Science from Hokkaido University.
Central and South AmericaContact Clara
Clara Pissolito is a researcher from Argentina, who, for the last 15 years, has been lucky enough to live at the foothills of the Andes. Clara has a degree in natural resources and a PhD in biology. Since graduating, Clara has engaged in research focused on restoration practices in mountainous ecosystems, which have become the inspiration for Clara's work. Clara is also a coordinator for Sumá Nativas, a participatory restoration program in Mendoza, Argentina. On a personal note, Clara loves outdoor sports and also works as a yoga teacher. Clara is excited to serve as a Regional Coordinator and hopes to interact with restorationists from around the world!
West, Central, East, and South AfricaContact Frank
Frank Kanyamula is a forester from Malawi who holds a B.Sc. in Forestry from the University of Malawi and is currently working towards a M.Sc. in Biodiversity Informatics at the Malawi University of Science and Technology. Frank is passionate about ecological restoration as a means of significantly reversing Africa’s tragic loss of biodiversity and researching new innovations that will contribute to informed decision making. Frank's six years of work experience with different organizations, including World Vision International (Malawi), Mulanje Mountain Conservation Trust, and Malawi’s Department of Forestry, have served him well in building a solid foundation in restoration. Having served as the Africa Regional Coordinator for last year's Make a Difference Week, Frank looks forward to recruiting as many groups as possible this year.
North AmericaContact Keith
Keith MacCallum serves as the Regional Coordinator for North America. After discovering the field of ecological restoration while pursuing an undergraduate degree in Environmental Science, he went on to complete Niagara College's Ecosystem Restoration Graduate Certificate and an M.Sc. in Ecological Restoration at Simon Fraser University/British Columbia Institute of Technology. A proud SER member since 2016, Keith has been involved with several regional and student chapters, and has held his Certified Ecological Restoration Practitioner-in-Training (CERPIT) designation since 2017. When Make a Difference Week first launched in 2021, Keith was a coordinator and supported the first year of this incredible international initiative.
Konrad Uebel is a former software engineer who embarked on a career change to environmental science about 7 years ago. Last year, Konrad finished a PhD focused on landscape ecology, environmental psychology, and the sustainable management of urban and peri-urban green spaces. Currently, Konrad is working as a post-doctoral researcher, where he focuses on further understanding the recreational use of urban blue spaces, the mental and physical health benefits these spaces provide, and social factors that can influence pro-environmental behaviors of these spaces. Konrad has a key interest in people-nature interactions, and seeks to contribute to an evidence base that can inform and facilitate greater ecological and social sustainability.
Southwest Asia and North AfricaContact Noura
Noura Maallawi is the Regional Coordinator for Southwest Asia and North Africa. Noura is from Lebanon, currently living in Beirut, and holds a bachelor's degree in Social Sciences from the Lebanese University. Since graduating, Noura has assisted nearby municipalities to survey local communities in regards to their social and economical statuses. Additionally, Noura has recently graduated from the YCC (Youth Conservation Corps) program. The purpose of the YCC is to train eligible youth in educational, social, and vocational skills, while also assisting in the conservation of Lebanon's natural resources and contributing value to local communities. Currently, Noura is working with LRI (Lebanon Reforestation Initiative) on an urban forestry project which seeks to identify environmentally damaged areas in Lebanon and increase the number of green spaces across the country.
Robin Corrià Ainslie
Robin is a conservation biologist from Barcelona (Catalonia). Robin holds a bachelor's degree in Biology and an MSc in Biodiversity Conservation. Robin has a strong interest in biodiversity conservation, and would like to work more in the field of ecological restoration. In addition to researching the ecology of tropical forests, Robin is currently working as a freelance biologist, engaging in nature-guiding activities and consulting on environmental projects. Robin has also led small volunteer-based restoration activities with local nonprofits, primarily in riparian vegetation and mediterranean forests. Robin seeks to keep learning, networking, and growing professionally in the field of ecological restoration, as well as to help improve Make a Difference Week!
Ready to Get Involved?
There are several different ways for you to get involved with Make a Difference Week and make a positive impact this year — either by hosting a volunteer restoration event during the week of June 4-11, 2022, or by volunteering with a local restoration event near you. Learn more about how to get involved below.Get Involved