Piotr Mahey

2023 IVLP Impact Award Project: ACCESS: Climate & EnvironmentUnited Kingdom

Piotr Mahey is an experienced policy adviser and has worked in central government for over 6 years. He has also been involved in positive action programs that aim to improve the diversity of his sector, both as a young person benefitting from them, and now working with young people as a mentor. Separately from this project, Piotr spent 6 years at the UK's Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) working on the UK's exit from the European Union, the COVID-19 response, and the UK's Presidency of the UN Climate Change Conference in 2021. Now, Piotr works at HM Treasury on the UK's international climate and environment policy. He holds an MSc in International Relations from the London School of Economics and Political Science.

2023 IVLP Impact Award Project: ACCESS: Climate & Environment

ACCESS: Climate & Environment (A:CE) inspired and empowered a cohort of 10 young people from diverse backgrounds in the UK to pursue a career related to climate and environmental policy. The participants were given access to a four-month program consisting of a policy challenge, 1:1 mentoring with experts working in the climate and environment sector, five skill sessions on climate and environment policy basics, research methods, and diplomacy and networking, as well as an expo event that brought everything together. The project filled a critical role in the sector to level the playing field for those from underrepresented backgrounds, had a positive impact on the participants’ confidence, skills, and future career opportunities, and emphasized the importance of engaging with those most affected in the policymaking process.

“My experience with A:CE has been nothing short of phenomenal. I can’t thank you all enough for the experiences I have had, the knowledge I have gained and the people I have met. I look forward to seeing where the programme goes next!” – Project Participant

IVLP Exchange Experience

Piotr was a participant in the IVLP Project U.S. Approaches to Climate Change Challenges III, organized by the U.S. Department of State and the American Councils on International Education.

His exchange experience led to the development of his IVLP Impact Award Project: "During my IVLP, I met some incredible people, especially the friends I made in my cohort. They inspired me to do more to open doors to those from similar backgrounds to myself, and others who are similarly underrepresented in decision-making and policymaking."

U.S. Communities Visited in 2023

Los Angeles, CA; Monterey, CA; Sacramento, CA; Washington, DC; Des Moines, IA

Country: United Kingdom

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