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COP 18 – 2012

COP 18 Delegation and Organizing Committee



Idil Boran is an associate Professor in the Department of Philosophy at York University. Through her research, Idil hopes to re-examine climate change policy with a special focus on the challenges for decision-making, both at the individual and the societal level. Alongside this, Idil is interested in understanding if recent research in social science – pertaining to the effect of social and cognitive factors on our decision-making processes – can help us develop new approaches to climate change policy. Examing this research, Idil hopes to see the implications of this research for international debates and negotiations toward a global agreement. In her participation at COP18, she hopes to assess whether the strategies and arguments used in international debates are compatible or incompatible with the latest social scientific developments, and whether they can mutually learn from one another. In light of these observations, she will be able to draw implications both for theory and policy practice. She will set targets, for her own research, on how to analyze the new scholarly advances on decision-making on climate change policy, in light of insights from actual decision-making and negotiation processes. This in turn can potentially contribute to a more refined theoretical analysis and help bridge the gap between theory and practice in scholarly research.


Professor Babatnde Ajayi was born on 25thAugust, 1955 in Ijan Ekiti, Nigeria. He obtained his Diploma in Forestry at the school of Forestry Ibadan, PGD in Timber and Material Technology at High- Wycombe, UK in 1986, MSc in Forest Industries Technology at Bangor, UK in 1990 and a PhD in Wood Science and Bio-Composites Technology from the Federal University of Technology, Akure in 2000. He assumed the status of a Professor in 2010 and he is currently the Head of Department of Forestry and Wood Technology, Federal University of Technology, Akure, Nigeria. He has published more than 50 papers in reputable local and international journals and presented papers at 33 conferences and professional meetings.

His area of research is the production of Bio-composites materials from wood and agricultural wastes. Currently, he is working on the production of plastic bonded composites using virgin plastic (HPDE), recycled plastic (LPDE), and used car battery case as binders. He is also investigating the suitability of agricultural wastes for the manufacture of cement bonded composites as affordable products for core low cost housing for low income earners.

In 2011, he received a Merit Award for Local Raw Materials Content, Research and Development from the Raw Materials Research and Development Council of Nigeria at TECHNO-EXPO 2011 (A Technology and Innovative Fair) in Abuja, Nigeria. He also exhibited his work at the United Nations Geneva- 2010 Exhibitions of Innovative Wood Products and for the 2011 International Year of the Forest.

He is a member of many professional bodies including the Institute of Wood Science, U.K., Commonwealth Forestry Association, U.K., Forest Products Society, U.S.A., Forestry Association of Nigeria, Nigerian Society for Environmental Management, Forest and Forest Products Society, Nigeria, International Union of Forestry Research Organization, International Inorganic Bonded Composites, USA and Society of Wood Science and Technology.


Although Professor Yousaf is newly arrived at York’s Chemistry Department (in 2011), which he chairs, from the Chemistry Department at the University of North Carolina, at Chapel Hill, he is no stranger to the campus. He is a York alumnus, having graduated with a Chemistry and Biology B.Sc. degree in 1994!

Professor Yousaf has wide-ranging research interests that span from chemistry to biology, and he also has an interest in understanding how science informs policy. He will be bringing his science-perspective to the COP, as he seeks to understand exactly how the science of climate change is regarded by the policy makers, and politicians.


A peer education trainer, author, and social entrepreneur with four years of experience in designing and implementing  development initiatives in Nigeria. Previously Isaiah worked with the National Directorate of Employment as a trainer and also served as editor-in-chief of the HIV/AIDS peer education trainers under the National Sexual and Reproductive Health education scheme. He is a malaria griot advocate and currently a country representative for Health Information for All (HIFA 2015 a global health campaign recognised by the World health organisation and supported by the British Medical Association).

Isaiah has actively participated in training programmes and conferences at Internation level; he got the Young Investigator Award at the International Union of physiological Science congress in Kyoto, Japan 2009, served as a member of the monitoring and evaluation research team to the world youth congress in 2010, and in 2011 he served as the United Nations YOUNGO logistics officer to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change COP17, Durban, South Africa.