Experts' profiles - Kamala Ernest
Kamala Ernest

Kamala Ernest is a Programme Officer at UNEP's Division of Technology, Industry and Economics (DTIE) since 2005. She leads UNEP’s work on promoting efficient mass transit systems and low carbon transport development strategies by encouraging and supporting governments to enact policies that enhance a transport modal shift to less polluting transport systems.

Kamala has 15 years of experience at the national, regional and international levels and has prioritized her knowledge and skills primarily at building institutional capacities on climate change, energy and transport sectors. She is currently managing a major project in India on Promoting Low Carbon Transport. One of the project’s distinctive attributes is the realization that mobility objectives need to incorporate other goals, such as improvements in equity, access, safety and environment. Kamala is also the task manager for the cleaner fuels and vehicles programme in the Middle East and West Asia (MEWA) region.

Prior to joining UNEP, Kamala worked for PETRONAS - the Malaysian national petroleum corporation where she coordinated climate change activities within the Group especially the setting up of the Greenhouse Gas Inventory reporting and monitoring mechanism for its upstream and downstream operations. She was also a Research Officer with the Malaysia Energy Centre where she undertook numerous energy related studies in support of the National Energy and Environment Policy of Malaysia.

Kamala received an Advanced Diploma in Environmental Diplomacy (2010) from the University of Geneva. She also has a Masters of Science degree in Computer Systems Engineering (2004) and a Bachelor of Applied Science in Applied Statistics and Operational Research (1999), both from Malaysia.

Looking for a specific topic?
Climate Change
Disasters and Conflicts
Ecosystem Management
Environmental Governance
Harmful Substances
Resource Efficiency
Other Thematic Areas