Ms. Brou Marie-Béatrice (Côte D’Ivoire) Marie – Béatrice Brou is currently a Resource Mobilization and Donor Relations Officer at the African Risk Capacity, a Specialized Agency of the African Union aiming to strengthen the disaster risk management systems of its Member States, using modern finance mechanisms, such as risk pooling and risk transfer, to create pan-African climate response systems for greater resilience to climate shocks. Before working on the disaster risk management and financing field, Marie – Béatrice gained extensive legal experience in electricity, water and sanitation sectors, as well as retail services. She is a graduate of University of Paris 1 – La Sorbonne (International Law with Economics) and University of Nantes (International Law of the Sea and Maritime Activities) and after her graduation was selected for the 6 months internship programme at the United Nations Office of Legal Affairs, Division for Ocean Affairs and the Law of the Sea (DOALOS), in New York. She is also an Alumni of the International Foundation for the Law of the Sea (IFLOS) Summer Academy, a capacity building programme on ‘Promoting Ocean Governance and Peaceful Settlement of Disputes’. A citizen of Cote d’Ivoire, she served in several think tanks, contributing to the debate on perspectives facing energy challenges and climate change in water and sanitation within the Group of Experts of the African Water Association (AfWA), she was part of the Scientific and Technical Committee working on solutions to tackle fraud, thefts and illegal traps in the electricity sector and worked on the Code of Electricity reform in Côte d’Ivoire. Marie - Béatrice is passionate about development, climate change, natural resource management, fisheries, biodiversity and resilience building on the African continent. She is a native French-speaker and is also fluent in English.