Ismail Auwal is a 28 year-old Nigerian from Kano, North-West Nigeria, who has a strong passion for creating a greener environment and addressing the negative impacts of climate change within his community. He currently manages an online news platform called Sahelian Times, and leads a tree planting campaign team called Make Kano Green. He was one of the three winners of the 2019 sustainable development goal 16 innovation challenge organized by Accountability Lab Nigeria. He was also the state team lead of Youth Video Campaign supported by Population Reference Bureau (PRB). In 2018 Ismail was the pioneer Anti-Corruption thematic lead of the Open Governance Partnership (OGP) initiative in Kano. He has also worked as a Program Manager with African Center for Transparency and Anti-Corruption Advocacy. He spends his leisure time learning something new or reading books.