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Lizah Makombore

L4E PhD Fellow – University of Vermont


Lizah is pursuing a PhD in Sustainable Development Policy, Economics and Governance at the University of Vermont. She holds a Master’s in Commerce specializing in Development Finance from the University of Cape Town, Cape Town, South Africa. Lizah is interested in the following research areas: valuation and finance of natural capital; ecological restoration of rainforest ecosystems; sustainable agriculture and agroecology. Lizah has worked in Public, Private and NGO sectors. She played multiple roles in the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) project  South African International Business Linkages (SAIBL) implementing interventions for small to medium sized farmers and businesses. During her L4E fellowship, Lizah aims to explore how mechanisms for allocating resources under local control and national sovereignty that generate global public goods may be optimally organized, allocated and utilized to provide environmental solutions. Lizah is a mother of twins, and she loves the outdoors, cooking and writing children’s books. Lizah trusts that being part of the L4E community will help her to contribute to creating enhanced environmental solutions for all.

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