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Deidre Boodoosingh and Sir Alok Sharma KCMG MP

Learn more about ActNowFilm participants Deidre Boodoosingh and Sir Alok Sharma KCMG MP.


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Deidre Boodoosingh and Sir Alok Sharma KCMG MP are one of 30 pairs of youth climate leaders and climate experts from across the world matched for 1-2-1 conversations as part of this year’s ActNowFilm.

ActNowFilm: youth climate leaders in conversation with climate experts is an international youth voices in climate change project, selected to showcase at COP28. The film is based on 1-2-1 conversations between 30 pairs of youth climate leaders and world leading climate experts.

Deidre Boodoosingh is a climate activist from Trinidad and Tobago and a recent graduate of the University of Cambridge, where she studied for an MPhil in Engineering for Sustainable Development.

From a young age, Deidre’s love for wildlife documentaries sparked her passion for conservation and the environment. Her professional goals are closely aligned with the UN Sustainable Development Goals, especially regarding sustainable energy and climate action.

As she grew up in a country that is among the most vulnerable to the adverse impact of climate change, she is passionate about taking action, particularly with regard to the dual challenge we face of meeting the world's growing demand for energy while reducing our impact on the planet.

Throughout her academic and professional pursuits, Deidre has engaged in several activities and projects pertaining to sustainability and innovation. Her research at the University of the West Indies involved designing a carbon dioxide pipeline for Carbon Capture, Utilisation and Storage (CCUS). As a process engineer at Atlantic LNG, she contributed to multiple greenhouse gas and carbon reduction initiatives.

During her studies at Cambridge, Deidre has served as the Cambridge Climate Society (CCS) Green Officer Coordinator, as a Convener for the Interdisciplinary Research Hub in Sustainability and Conservation (S&C) Hub, and as a supporting member of the Wolfson College Students' Association Green Society. As the Green Officer Coordinator, she led two successful university-wide Cambridge Green Weeks and supported the Green Officers from across all Cambridge Colleges.

Elected as an MP in 2010, Sir Alok Sharma qualified as a chartered accountant and then worked for 16 years in investment banking, based out of London, Frankfurt and Stockholm.

He served in a range of UK government ministerial roles prior to entering the Cabinet as Secretary of State for International Development. He was appointed President Designate of the 26th UN Climate Change Conference (COP26) in 2020, alongside his role as Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.

In 2021 he took on the COP26 role full-time, leading the UK’s work in bringing together the world to tackle climate change and getting almost 200 countries to sign-up to the historic Glasgow Climate Pact.

Sir Alok was knighted in His Majesty King Charles III’s 2023 New Year’s honours list for his services to tackling climate change.

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