Irina Hauler


  • PhD, Global Change (climate change adaptation in agriculture), University of Edinburgh, UK
  • MSc, Environmental Science, Policy and Management, University of Manchester, UK
  • Diploma, Environmental Chemistry, Yerevan State University, Armenia

Irina Hauler

In a nutshell, tell us about yourself.

I grew up in Armenia, surrounded by mountains and ancient history. The wish to help tackle environmental pollution as a child later developed into specialising and working in climate change adaptation in mitigation. I am interested in addressing the various ways climate change affects vulnerable countries, especially in the agricultural context. At E Co., I feel fascinated by the diversity of projects we get to work on and by working across countries and cultures.

Who or what do you most admire?
People with convictions they can follow up on, such as environmental campaigners who often risk their lives to build a better future.

What drives you to do this kind of work?

Hope of contributing to positive change, especially at the community/grassroots level in low-income countries.

What makes you laugh?

My children – they are hilarious! My 3-year-old recently offered me a “cup of chino” whilst having a picnic with her toys.

When are you happiest?

When I am in a forest – trees have a magical influence on me.

What is the title of your perfect work project?

Developing a future generation of female leaders to help tackle climate change.