• 12 March 2019

ECM Graduate Max Thabiso Edkins in Ethiopian plane tragedy

Max Thabiso Edkins

Max Thabiso Edkins celebrates the 10th anniversary of his year group at ECI’s Annual Alumni Dinner in September 2018

The department was very saddened to learn that alumnus Max Thabiso Edkins was one of the 157 victims who lost their lives in the Ethiopian plane tragedy on 10th March. Thirty-five-year-old Max was a graduate of the MSc course in Environmental Change and Management from 2007/08 and a member of Oriel College.

Max, a climate change leader for the World Bank’s global Connect4Climate initiative, was on his way to the United Nations’ One Planet Summit in Nairobi, Kenya. He was immensely committed to his ground-breaking work on engaging people across the world in the climate challenge – especially the younger generation.

His passion for his work began with his infectious passion for life, for his family and friends. In 2018 Max organised the celebrations for the 10-year reunion for his year group at the Environmental Change Institute’s annual dinner. John and Brenda Boardman, Max’s academic mentors, said “Max was a wonderful and very special person with a huge range of talents. He was an exceptional communicator and totally dedicated to helping the planet. We are truly devastated”.

Max met his wife Astrid on their MSc course. Our thoughts are with Astrid, their baby son and Max’s family, and with Max and Astrid’s year group.

"Max was a wonderful and very special person with a huge range of talents. He was an exceptional communicator and totally dedicated to helping the planet. We are truly devastated.”

John Boardman, former ECM MSc Course Director

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