Fransiska Falentina Sugi
UCLG-ASPAC Field Officer for the Nusa Tenggara Region
Fransiska is a Field Officer of Nusa Tenggara Region for CRIC Project. She is passionate about working at the intersection of research, development, and policy. Her research has focused on the impacts of climate change on such areas as food security, water, and gender and social inclusions, and she has drawn on her 13 years of public-sector experience to make strategic alliances with national and sub-national governments in order to scale evidence-based actions in water, food security, and livelihood sectors. Her efforts to build the technical capacity of local government institutions span rural communities in 44 villages of NTT have helped to reduce risk to lives and livelihoods and increase the resilience of communities, especially poor communities, to climate-related hazards. Through her leadership of Lopo Belajar Anak TIMOR, Fransiska demonstrates her belief that grassroots work – in the spirit of giving back to society and working within communities – can bring both empathy and expertise to help vulnerable people improve their lives. She hopes to become an agent of change in her province in ways that will eliminate poverty and improve the quality of lives of marginalized people, particularly women and children.