Nfamara K. Dampha, a native of The Gambia, received his PhD in 2020, specifically focusing on the Economics, Policy, Management, and Society track. Nfamara’s research interests centered on climate change adaptation, policy, and economics as well as disaster risk reduction in developing countries. His dissertation is entitled Ecosystem Services & Coastal Adaptation to Climate Change: An Interdisciplinary Science-Based Application in The Gambia.
Nfamara earned a master’s degree in International Development Practice with a graduate minor in Science, Technology Environmental Policy & graduate certificate in Non-Profit/NGO Governance & Management, all from the Humphrey School of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota (U of M) (2017)
Nfamara served as a Graduate Research Assistant working the Natural Capital Project under the Institution on the Environment, U of M. He was also a Course Instructor for Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI), U of M. Prior to joining the U of M, Nfamara was the Director of Administration at National Disaster Management Agency (NDMA), Office of The President, The Gambia. He was also a distinguished fellow for President Obama Young African Leaders (2014), Robert and Paula Barrie graduate fellow (2015-17) for international trade, development, and public policy, and Gerald Mullin distinguished graduate fellow (2015-17) for international peace and the solution to controversies between people.
Nfamara volunteers as Executive Director for Household Disaster Resilience Project-The Gambia (HELP-Gambia, a registered NGO/Nonprofit) and Secretary General for The Gambia Association in Minnesota. He is currently employed as a Consultant at the World Bank/World Bank-UNHCR Joint Data Center.