Rana, Karuna

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Karuna Rana is the Head of Climate, Impact & Policy of LOLIWARE Inc., an award-winning, materials tech company focused on replacing single-use plastics with seaweed-derived alternatives. She is also the Co-Founder of SYAH, the only regional organization that brings together young people across 8 African and Asian SIDS to advance the sustainable development of small island states. She served as the Coordinator of the Commonwealth Youth Climate Change Network and the African representative of UNEP’s Tunza network for young people. She has lobbied governments at key negotiations and high-level meetings such as the UNFCCC, Rio+20, and the African Union. Karuna is also a proud Global Shaper, the editor of the 5th Global Environment Outlook for Youth publication by UNEP, and the recipient of prestigious awards such as the Queen’s Young Leader Award and the Mary Robinson Climate Justice Award.

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