Nfamara Dampha is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Minnesota, working as a Graduate Research Assistant with Professor Stephen Polasky, in collaboration with the Natural Capital Project. Nfamara’s research interests include international development, climate change, food security, environmental justice and policy, and disaster risk reduction, and he brings quantitative and qualitative skills in program evaluation, cost-benefit analysis, disaster risk assessment and response management, participatory engagement, writing, communications, and mentoring. Prior to his graduate studies, Nfamara was Director of Administration at the National Disaster Management Agency, under the Office of the President in The Gambia. Nfamara holds a master’s degree in International Development Practice with a focus on Science, Technology, and Environmental Policy from the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey School of Public Affairs, and he earned his bachelor’s degree in International Development Studies from the University of The Gambia. Nfamara has received numerous awards and fellowships including the Mandela Washington Fellowship as part of President Obama’s Young African Leaders Initiative, the Robert and Paula Barrie Graduate Fellowship for International Trade, Development, and Public Policy, the Gerald Mullin Distinguished Graduate Fellowship for International Peace, and the William R. & Barbara A. Pearce Family Fellowship.