Esther Agbarakwe has over eight years of experience working on environmental issues. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Chemistry from the University of Calabar, Nigeria. She is a climate change policy expert and trainer with extensive experience in creating, facilitating and managing youth-led projects.
Ms Agbarakwe has represented Nigeria and Africa at over ten high-level global governance meetings on sustainable development and has served as the African coordinator of the UN Commission on Sustainable Development (UNCSD) Youth and Children Major Group. In 2009, She co-founded the Nigerian Youth Climate Coalition, the biggest youth climate movement in Nigeria and serves as a technical Advisor to the African Youth Initiative on Climate Change (AYICC).
She was selected as 'Women Deliver 100 Young Leaders' for her strong interest in women’s issues and was invited to attend the "Women Deliver" Global Conference in Washington DC in June 2010. She is the recipient of the 2010 LEAP Africa Annual Nigerian Youth Leadership Award and is a Dekeyser & Friends Foundation and Commonwealth Youth Climate Fellow. She is currently serving as an Atlas Corps Fellow with Populational Action International in Washington DC.