Alex Ghenis

Policy and Research Specialist, World Institute on Disability

Alex Ghenis is a climate resilience and disability rights advocate dedicating to safeguarding the well-being of people with disabilities in a changing world. In 2013, after a brief stint in the energy storage industry, Alex started the New Earth Disability blog, which was then adopted by at the World Institute on Disability (WID) in Berkeley, CA. New Earth Disability and related WID initiatives have since grown to address comprehensive climate adaptation and resilience for the disability community, and cover topics ranging from disaster readiness policies, shelter management, individual disaster preparedness, to climate-related displacement to accessible transportation systems.

Alex strongly believes that people with disabilities must be active stakeholders in climate-related planning, policy and action. This community represents around 15% of the global population and is distinctly affected by all aspects of climate change, from extreme weather to climate-fueled migration to economic disruptions. It will require inclusion and accessibility at every level  and it can be done.

Alex has a BA in Geography and a Masters in Public Policy from the University of California, Berkeley. He has been published in New Mobility Magazine, Environmental Health News, and through the Union of Concerned Scientists and International Organization on Migration.