University of The Bahamas Appoints Assistant Vice President, Sponsored Research and Grants
16th September 2019
Accomplished environmentalist and negotiator, Mr. Philip Weech, has been appointed Assistant Vice President, Sponsored Research and Grants at University of The Bahamas (UB), responsible for establishing and managing the Office of Sponsored Research and Grants to oversee grant funding and sponsored research opportunities – in consultation with academic deans – in support of the university’s priorities.
As Assistant Vice President, Sponsored Research & Grants, Mr. Weech will develop policies and procedures for the new office and manage all aspects of compliance administration. He will guide faculty on funding opportunities and the application of grant funding policies and regulations. Mr. Weech will also serve as liaison to all funding agencies and organizations, developing collaborative relationships with grant funding representatives.
Mr. Weech has over three decades of negotiating and policy making experience with a focus on the environment, energy, water resources and climate change. He has been The Bahamas’ focal point for the Global Environment Facility and United Nations agencies for water and sanitation and the UN Multilateral Environment Agreements created by the RIO Convention process. As the recent Director of the Bahamas Environment, Science & Technology Commission (BEST), Mr. Weech represented The Bahamas at international meetings on matters related to the environment and managed climate negotiations, securing significant grant funding for past and present projects to address climate change, biodiversity conservation and land degradation. This funding is intended to ensure the environmental sustainability of The Bahamas. He has represented The Bahamas since the first Conference of the Parties (COP 1), usually as Head of Delegation, the most recent of which was COP 24 held in Poland in December 2018. As the COP Vice President for the Group of Latin America & Caribbean (GRULAC) countries at COP 15, acting in the capacity of COP President, Mr. Weech found a way to operationalize the Copenhagen Accord which was agreed as a decision to the world’s parties, in Copenhagen, Denmark.
From 2002 to 2008, he was employed at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in Bonn, Germany, where he was responsible for the management of the Least Developed Countries Unit and served as Officer-In-Charge of the Global Environment Facility Unit.
Mr. Weech is a member of the Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management (UK), a Chartered Water and Environmental Manager, and a Professional Engineer (Environment). He received an Undergraduate Degree in Natural Science from St. John’s University, Collegeville, Minnesota, and Master’s Degree in Earth Resources, as a United Nations Fellow, from Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colorado.
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