About Indo-Pacific Climate Hub
About the Indo-Pacific Climate Hub
Enabling research, knowledge-sharing and leadership on adaptation, resilience and justice in the Indo-Pacific to realise a positive climate future.
The Indo-Pacific Climate Hub (INPACC Hub) was initiated in 2023 by Melbourne Climate Futures at The University of Melbourne with the vision to accelerate the urgent transition to a positive climate future in the Indo-Pacific.

It is an expert network that enables research, knowledge sharing and leadership on adaptation, resilience and justice, bringing together researchers, practitioners, and policymakers in the region to work collaboratively towards achieving shared climate goals.

The INPACC Hub aims to…
Accelerate solutions
work collaboratively to support solution-oriented regional action through effective partnerships and knowledge sharing.
Nurture the next generation
build capacity through training and mentoring to ensure future generations are skilled to address current and emerging climate challenges.
Lead by example
maximising global climate outcomes by transferring successes and lessons in the Indo-Pacific to other regions.

Fostering co-designed activities through collaboration with domestic and regional partners across four focal areas

  • 1. Health
  • 2. Agriculture & Water
  • 3. Governance & Regulation
  • 4. Just energy transitions

Steering Committee

The 2024 INPACC Hub Steering Committee was formed following the Inception Workshop in Bangkok in November 2023.

Shafiqul Alam

Lead Energy Analyst, Bangladesh, Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA)

Shafiqul Alam has extensive experience in development cooperation, having worked in the areas of energy efficiency, renewable energy, and climate change project planning, implementation and management, advisory services, technology transfer, policy formulation, strategic collaborations and access to finance.  He has conducted studies on renewable energy, energy efficiency, sectoral needs assessment and carbon pricing. He has led the formulation of national energy audit regulations. Among other things, he has supported the capacity development of different actors on sustainable energy and climate change.

Julie Amoroso-Garbin

Regional Lead, UNFCCC Regional Collaboration Center for Asia and the Pacific

Julie Amoroso-Garbin is an international relations and project management professional with over ten years of experience in the climate change and environment sectors. Prior to starting with the UN in 2014, Julie worked for the Philippines Climate Change Commission and the Department of Natural Resources.

Suruchi Bhadwal

Programme Director, Programme on Climate Change and Air Quality, The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI)

Suruchi Bhadwal leads research activities in the area of climate change, focusing mainly on impacts, vulnerability and adaptation. She has contributed to several projects over the last 24 years undertaking reviews and assessments working with stakeholders across the spectrum including policy makers, authorities and communities. Suruchi was listed as a UNDP regional roster of experts on vulnerability and adaptation, was a Member by the Planning Commission as part of a Working Group on Climate Change and Environment for the XIIth V Year Plan.

Dr Meghnath Dhimal

Chief Research Officer, Nepal Health Research Council Associate Academician, Nepal Academy of Science & Technology; Fellow, International Science Council

Dr. Meghnath Dhimal is a highly experienced Environmental Health Scientist with more than two decades of work spanning Nepal, Maldives, Timor-Leste, and Germany. His expertise primarily lies in environmental health, with a strong focus on climate change and its impact on health. As a Principal Investigator, Dr. Dhimal has taken the lead on numerous research projects encompassing environmental and climate change, non-communicable diseases, neglected tropical diseases, burden of diseases, and health systems research in Nepal. He has made significant contributions to the development of health, population, and environment policies and plans in both Nepal and abroad.

Janine Felson

Enterprise Fellow, Melbourne Climate Futures

Janine is a senior level diplomat of the Government of Belize. She has served as legal counsel in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ambassador, Deputy Permanent Representative, Permanent Mission of Belize-United Nations. She has been and continues to be a principal advocate for the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and the Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS) in complex international negotiations on global development policy, climate change, climate finance, law of the sea and oceans governance.  She is presently supporting the development the Indo-Pacific Climate Hub, as its Inaugural Head, with a focus on thought leadership and capacity building in adaptation and resilience.

Sithasa Kanchanavijaya

National Communications Consultant, UNDP in Asia and the Pacific

Sithasa is a communications professional working on the Youth Empowerment in Climate Action Platform (YECAP).

A/Prof Joeli Veitayaki

Strategic Adviser, Blue Prosperity Fiji

Joeli Veitayaki has dedicated his career to the study of human-environment relations. His research interests encompass various topics, including subsistence and artisanal fisheries, indigenous knowledge, traditional resource management systems, climate change, disaster risk reduction, sustainable development, and regional cooperation in the Pacific Islands.

Joeli is currently Strategic Adviser at Blue Prosperity Fiji, a partnership lead by the Government of Fiji and the Waitt Institute (USA) to support the implementation of the Fiji National Ocean Policy’s three priority areas of Marine Spatial Planning, Blue Economy and Sustainable Fisheries. In 2023, Joeli was part of the BPF team that undertook the largest marine resource management assessment of the state of coral reefs in Fiji in the last century.  

Joeli taught marine and environment resource management at the University of the South Pacific for over three decades and undertook marine resources management and community-based projects and research in most of the Pacific Island countries. His Masters Research was conducted amongst the Turtle Fishers of Qoma Island in Tailevu while his PhD research was on the lack of success of development projects.

His current focus is to empower and mobilise resource management in local communities and to support resilient Pacific Island communities into the future. This is why he is supportive of the INPACC Hub and the promises it bring to the accessing of much need financial and technical support, the sharing of best practices, learning from each other and having more successful community based projects.