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Mark Watts Executive Director

Mark has served as Executive Director of C40 since December 2013, during which time the organisation has grown from 63 to 96 of world's greatest cities. Mark is proud to head a fast-growing team of 150 staff in supporting bold, collaborative mayors to demonstrate that tackling climate change will deliver economically stronger and more equitable cities. Prior to joining C40 Mark was Director at pioneering engineering and design firm, Arup, and before that was a senior adviser to the Mayor of London, in which role the London Evening Standard described him as “the intellectual force behind Ken Livingstone’s drive to make London a leading light of the battle against global warming." He reports to C40 Chairperson and Mayor of Paris, Anne Hidalgo, and C40 Board President, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg. He believes that work should be fun, but that there is always time for music, narrowboats, and places you can get to by bicycle.

Kevin Austin Deputy Executive Director

Dr Kevin Austin serves as C40’s Deputy Executive Director. Kevin oversees all of C40’s programme delivery, operations and finance functions as well as contributing to global thought leadership and innovation in urban climate change issues. Kevin joined C40 from the Greater London Authority where he was responsible for External Relations for the Mayor of London. His previous role at the GLA included Head of Olympic projects, leading the delivery of the major city-related elements associated with the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympics Games.  Between 2002 2009 he served as Head of Transport, advising the Mayor of London on all aspects of transport policy. In earlier years he worked for a major consultancy advising clients on project implementation and economic appraisal He has a Masters in Transport Planning and a Doctorate in Civil Engineering from Leeds University.

 

Andrea Fernández Director of Governance & Global Partnerships

Andrea Fernández serves as C40’s Director of Governance and Global Partnerships. Andrea is responsible for overseeing C40's city diplomacy and finance programmes, and driving new strategic priorities and partnerships. Before joining C40, Andrea worked as a consultant at Arup for 11 years. In this role, she led high profile engagements related to sustainability and climate change in the urban environment, with a focus on policy, funding, governance and delivery strategies. Previously, Andrea worked in the World Bank’s Private Sector Development Department for five years, where she delivered investment appraisals and technical assistance for public enterprise reform and infrastructure projects in emerging economies. Andrea has a Bachelor’s degree in International Business and Economics from Concordia University and an MBA with a finance specialisation from Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business. 

Shannon Lawrence Director of Global Initiatives

Shannon Lawrence serves as the Director of Global Initiatives for C40, and is responsible for the development and delivery of C40’s thematic networks, overseeing C40’s Energy and Buildings, Transportation, Urban Planning and Development, and Waste and Water initiatives and technical assistance programmes. Previously, Shannon was the Head of the Energy Initiative at C40, where she supported city efforts in areas such as energy efficiency and district energy.

Prior to joining C40, Shannon was the Vibrant Cities Project Director for the Sustainable Urban Forests Coalition. She also worked as an independent sustainability and energy consultant for clients such as the U.S. Green Building Council, Virginia Tech’s Metropolitan Institute, Enterprise Community Partners and the World Resources Institute. Before she took up consulting, Shannon spent ten years working for international non-profit organizations promoting environmentally responsible and transparent energy and water planning in Africa and Asia.

Shannon holds a Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, with concentrations in international environmental and resource policy and development economics. She has a BA in Economics and English from Georgetown University.

Juliette Carter Corporate Services Director

Juliette Carter serves as Corporate Services Director for C40 and is responsible for the effective running of the organisation through C40's finance, HR, legal and IT functions.  Juliette previously worked at the Greater London Authority where she was the lead on HR and organisational development, supporting the organisation through two changes in political leadership. Whilst working in City Hall she had accountability for HR, resourcing, internal communications, project management, learning and organisational development teams. Juliette also worked with C40 whilst on secondment from the GLA to develop the in-house HR function and support the implementation of the City Advisor programme. Prior to working at the GLA, Juliette was Director of HR and in a variety of HR roles in the National Health Service. Juliette completed her BA in Literature and French at King's College London. She has a Masters in Human Resource Management and a post graduate certificate in employment law.

Hervé Marro Director of Communications

Hervé Marro serves as the Director of Communications at C40. He is responsible for the communication of the network of the 85 most important cities in the world committed to tackling climate change. Prior to joining C40, Hervé Marro served for 8 years as the Press and Communication Advisor to the Mayor of Paris, Anne Hidalgo, and played a key role in her political campaigns. Hervé also worked for the public TV network France Télévisions and was the spokesman for Ingrid Betancourt’s Support Committee.

Simon Hansen Director of Regions

Simon Hansen is the Director of Regions, where he is responsible for the management of C40’s Regions and Cities team. Before joining C40, Simon served as Deputy Director in the City of Copenhagen’s Technical and Environmental Administration, as well as head of its City Development Department, where he oversaw strategic planning, including the delivery of Copenhagen’s ambitious climate plan for the city to be carbon neutral in 2025. Simon has also served as chief of staff in the Mayors Office. Prior to his involvement in city administration, Simon was head of section in the Danish Finance Ministry and policy advisor at the UK Cabinet Office. Simon has been a frequent lecturer at the University of Copenhagen with courses on City Governance and Urban Strategy. He holds an MA in political Science from the University of Copenhagen and the New School University in New York City, and a BA in political Science from the University of Copenhagen. (Photo credit: Ursula Back)

Clare Wadd Director of Finance

Clare Wadd serves as Director of Finance for C40 and oversees all of the financial matters of C40's strategy, including accounting and tax, and informational reporting requirements and compliance. She trained as an auditor, qualifying as a Chartered Accountant in 2000, and worked at KMPG for two years post qualification in their Information, Communication and Technology Department, auditing mainly music clients.  After leaving practice, Clare ran the finances of media companies, most recently as CFO of an expanding international media tech group, where she was instrumental in securing private equity investment and worked on US company incorporation from a partnership.  She made the move to the Not for Profit sector in 2013, and was Director of Finance and Resources at London Youth for four years, with responsibility for Finance, HR, IT, governance and property, instigating substantial change with a focus on maximising the value of historical assets and reducing pensions risk. Clare has a BSc in Economics from the University of Bristol.  Before becoming an accountant she worked in the music industry, running an independent record company for eight years.

David Miller Regional Director, North America and C40 Ambassador for Inclusive Climate Action

David Miller is the North American Director, C40 Climate Leadership Group, and Global Ambassador of inclusive climate action. He served as Chair of C40 Cities from 2008 until 2010. Prior to joining the C40, Mr. Miller served as President and CEO of World Wildlife Fund-Canada, Canada’s foremost conservation organization. The WWF creates solutions to the most serious conservation challenges facing our planet, helping people and nature thrive.

 

Mr. Miller was Mayor of Toronto from 2003 to 2010. Under his leadership, Toronto became widely admired internationally for its environmental leadership, economic strength and social integration.  He is a leading advocate for the creation of sustainable urban economies, and a strong and forceful champion for the next generation of jobs through sustainability. Mr. Miller has held a variety of public and private positions and served as Future of Cities Global Fellow at Polytechnic Institute of New York University from 2011 to 2014.  David Miller is a Harvard trained economist and professionally a lawyer. He and his wife, lawyer Jill Arthur, are the parents of two children.

Hastings Chikoko Regional Director for Africa

Hastings Chikoko is the Regional Director for Africa at C40. In this role, he supports C40 member cities in Africa in their climate action planning, measurement and implementation, helping to forge inter-city as well as regional collaboration. He serves on the Advisory Board of African Centre for Cities (University of Cape Town). His work with local authorities started with an internship at the City of Blantyre in Malawi and also with the Ministry of Local Government in Malawi working with Mchinji District Council. Prior to joining C40, Hastings had a long career with the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) where he served in leadership roles in Zimbabwe, Kenya, South Africa and Switzerland, including being the Regional Director (ad Interim) for East and Southern Africa and Head of IUCN in South Africa. He led IUCN’s support of the City of Johannesburg on the Greening Soweto initiative and was involved in the implementation of ICLEI partnership initiatives, including Local Action for Biodiversity. Hastings has been one of the International Development Research Center’s African Mentors for policy think tanks in Africa and a member of the Regional Technical Committee of the Global Water Partnership. He has postgraduate qualifications in Environmental Diplomacy from the University of Geneva, Switzerland and in Management from Derby Business School, UK. He also has a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of Malawi. He has had focused training in Climate Change Diplomacy and Bilateral Diplomacy at the Diplo Foundation, Switzerland.

Tongbo Liu Regional Director for East Asia

Tongbo Liu serves as C40’s regional director for China and East Asia. Previous to joining C40, Tongbo was Vice president in the ABP Group in China where he was in charge of international development, branding and governmental relationships. From 2006 - 2012 he represented the London Development Agency and London & Partners (the Mayor's tourism agency) in China, where amongst other things he arranged the summit of World Cities Mayors. Earlier in his career Tongbo spent 5 years as a commercial attache of the province of Quebec, based within the Canadian Embassy in Beijing. Tongbo holds a masters degree in law from Beijing University and a BA in French literature from Xian University.

Júlia López Regional Director for Europe

Júlia López is C40's Regional Director for Europe. She has over a decade of experience working for the city of Barcelona, including the IT International Office, which she headed from 2013-2015. She helped Barcelona develop collaborative relationships with institutions such as the European Comission and the World Bank, and she developed an international urban knowledge transfer strategy by co-leading Barcelona's candidacy for the first European Innovation Capital. She also lead the Barcelona Smart City Office, where she was responsible for the development of a local digital strategy for the city based on sustainable public-private partnerships. Julia is a frequent lecturer at the Polytechnich University of Catalonia Foundation with courses on City Strategy and Governance. She is a fluent speaker of English, French, Spanish and Catalanm and holds an MSc in Telecom engineering from the Polytechnic University of Catalonia. She is also pursuing a Masters Degree in Sociology.

Manuel Olivera Regional Director for Latin America

Manuel Olivera serves as the Regional Director for Latin American cities at C40, after having served six years as the City Director in Bogota. In this position Manuel has supported several projects aimed at reducing greenhouse emissions including methane capture at landfills; traffic light LED retrofitting; diesel fuel quality improvement; and the implementation of the Hybrid Electric Bus Test Programme in Latin America. Manuel has more than 30 years of professional experience at both national and international levels leading multidisciplinary groups, assessing high level decision making, and ensuring programmatic success across several environmental fields. Manuel has worked as a consultant for the Inter American Development Bank, the World Bank, United Nations Development Project, World Wildlife Foundation, private companies, as well as Latin American governments. Manuel has a Master's degree in Resource Assessment for Development Planning from the University of East Anglia in Norwich, and pursued doctoral studies in Development Socioeconomics at the School for Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences in Paris.

Brendan Shane Regional Director for North America

Brendan Shane serves as the Regional Director for North America at C40. In this role, he supports C40 Cities in the United States and Canada in their climate action and sustainability planning, measurement, and implementation and facilitates inter-city, regional, and global collaboration. Prior to joining C40, Brendan served as Chief of Policy and Sustainability for the District Department of the Environment in Washington, DC, where he worked across District Government and with private sector stakeholders to develop and implement the city’s first comprehensive sustainability plan. He also managed programs including green building and climate change and supported a range of cutting-edge initiatives across energy, waste, and sustainable development. Brendan served as Washington’s C40 coordinator and was an active member of the Urban Sustainability Directors Network, a network of sustainability officials from more than 120 North American cities. Brendan previously served as Environmental Director for the Anacostia Waterfront Corporation, a District-owned redevelopment authority, and practiced energy and environmental law at Van Ness Feldman, LLP.  Brendan is a watershed hydrologist and attorney by training with a bachelors in government from Franklin & Marshall College, masters in geology from the University of Maryland, and law degree from the Georgetown University Law Center.

Sanjay Sridhar Regional Director for South and West Asia

Sanjay Sridhar is the C40 Regional Director for South and West Asia. He is responsible for facilitating cities in the region to participate in the exchange of best practices to reduce the sources and their impact of climate change. Sanjay has more than 16 years of work experience in 3 continents (North America, Europe and Asia) in areas of architecture, urban development and planning, sustainable design and public policy. Prior to joining C40, Sanjay was with the World Resources Institute (WRI) as the Director of Urban Development for India. He also established WRI’s regional office in Bangalore from where, as the Country Lead for the Sustainable and Livable Cities Project, he laid the foundation for WRI’s flagship programme, the Steve Ross Center for Sustainable Cities. Prior to joining WRI, he held several roles as a member of the Core Group at the National Disaster Management Authority, Govt of India and as Adjunct Faculty at the Centre for Environmental Planning and Technology (CEPT University, Ahmdabad) where he continues to teach Urban Development Planning and Public Policy. He also led a group at CEPT University’s Center for Conservation Cities (CCS) looking at urban development in historical cities in India. He was also a member of the Agenda for Bengaluru Infrastructure and Development (ABIDe) taskforce, which undertook a comprehensive study of all aspects of urban development for the City of Bangalore, India.  Sanjay has a Bachelors degree in Architecture from Bangalore University in India; a LEED Accredited Professional (AP) from the US Green Building Council; a Masters Degree in Urban Development Planning and Policy from Erasmus University in the Netherlands and has also studied Urban Affairs and Public Policy at the University of Delaware, US.

Milag San Jose- Ballesteros Regional Director for Southeast Asia and Oceania

Milag San Jose- Ballesteros serves as the Regional Director for Southeast Asia and Oceania at C40.  In this role, she is responsible for engaging and supporting C40 member cities in the region as well as for facilitating collaboration between cities across the global C40 network.  Prior to joining C40, Milag served as Regional Environmental Governance Specialist with the Environmental Cooperation-Asia (ECO-Asia) programme of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), where she led programmatic partnerships between national and sub-national environmental agencies, and provided technical support to pilot initiatives covering topics including urban environmental issues, compliance and enforcement mechanisms, climate co-benefits and public participation. In this capacity, she worked with 16 countries across Asia and coordinated engagements with various organizations and partners including the US Environmental Protection Agency, the World Bank, Asian Development Bank and the UN Environment Programme. Prior to this, she previously served as a Senior Program Officer with the US-Asia Environmental Partnership promoting clean technology, and as Executive Director of the Philippine member of Friends of the Earth International, managing 4 offices across the country. Milag completed her undergraduate degree from the University of the Philippines and obtained her MS from the Ateneo de Manila University under a scholarship program of The Ford Foundation for SEA Professionals.  A native of Manila, Phillipines, she has been based in Singapore since 2008.

Jonathan Walter Head of Programmes

Jonathan Walter is C40's Head of Programmes. In this role, he is responsible for ensuring that C40 optimizes its available resources to achieve its strategic goals and meet its funder performance targets. Jonathan works closely with Directors and Project Managers to drive excellence in both the planning and delivery of C40's projects and partnership committments.  Jonathan has experience in the commercial and not-for-profit sectors, having spent eleven years as an Associate Director with the Global Consultancy WSP and 3 years as Head of Business Consulting with Catalyst Housing, a major provider and developer of social and private housing. Jonathan is a graduate in Politics and Economics from London Metropolitan University and has also attained professional certification in project management, corporate strategy and process design. 

Anna Beech Head of the Executive Director's Office

Anna serves as the Head of the Executive Director's Office, supporting the Executive Director and managing the Executive Director team. In particular, she provides support to the Executive Director in managing responsibilities relating to public engagements and strategic thinking. She also manages special projects on the Executive Director’s behalf. Anna has spent seven years living and working in East Asia, including Hong Kong, Beijing, and Chengdu. Prior, Anna worked in the Mayor of London's Office for the climate change and sustainable transport adviser, and was part of the team who developed London's first Climate Change Action Plan. Anna holds a BA in Philosophy and Political Science from the University of Birmingham, UK and is learning to speak Mandarin Chinese.

 

Pengfei Xie Deputy Regional Director for East Asia

Pengfei Xie is the C40 Deputy Regional Director for East Asia and works with C40’s Regional Director to build and maintain relationships with Chinese cities in the region. Prior to joining C40, Pengfei was director of China Sustainable Cities Project in the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), China Program. He led NRDC’s efforts in working with government partners, research institutions and other organizations to promote low-carbon urbanization in China. Prior, he worked as a research scientist on sustainable city planning with China Society for Urban Studies affiliated to the Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development (MoHURD). As a MoHURD expert, he has played an important role in compiling the national guidelines and standards on urban sustainability. Pengfei has both domestic and international experience. He has worked as a research fellow with the Smithsonian Institution in Washington D.C., and as an evaluation specialist for Asian Development Bank (ADB). He has also provided technical support to multinational projects. Pengfei publishes widely in academic journals. He obtained his PhD from Peking University, and MSc from University College London.  He is a Certified Urban Planner in China.

Wenwen Chen Regional Coordinator, East Asia

Wenwen Chen is the Regional Coordinator for Asia, supporting delivery of C40's responsibilities in China, South & West Asia, and Southeast Asia and Oceania. Prior to joining C40, Wenwen worked as a Program Operation Manager for Peking University's Guanghua School of Management. Wenwen has also served as Vice Director for the International Cooperation Department of the Dragon Design Foundation, where she led the World Green Design Award's reform, arranged the World Green Design Forums, and developed a Sino-EU green technology collaboration. She has also worked for the first local Fair Trade organization in China. Wenwen holds a Bachelor’s degree in Agriculture and Ecology from South China Agriculture University and an International MBA from Tsinghua University School of Economics and Management, including one semester in ESSEC Business School.

Joshua Alpert Director of Special Projects

Joshua Alpert serves as C40's Director of Special Projects. In this role, he currently works on the creation of an inclusive climate action plan for megacities, templates for city investment and divestment, and a host of other projects. Prior to starting with C40, Joshua was Chief of Staff to Mayor Charlie Hales in Portland, OR. As Chief of Staff, Josh worked with and advised the Mayor on long-range strategy and policy, led City efforts on addressing homelessness and was the lead for C40, where he helped launch a seven-city pilot to quantify and measure the green economy. Before joining Mayor Hales' administration, Joshua worked for 7 years as the Northwest Director of Conservation Strategies for The Trust for Public Land. While there, he oversaw 18 successful ballot measure campaigns in western cities, counties and states, raising $2.7 billion in public funding for parks, natural areas and waterways. Joshua holds a J.D. from the Northwestern School of Law at Lewis and Clark College and a BA in Philosophy from the University of Pennsylvania.

Amanda Ikert Head of Adaptation Implementation

Amanda Ikert (“Mandy”) serves as Head of Adaptation Implementation at C40. In this position she is responsible for supporting cities as they work to meet their climate change adaptation and water management goals. Before taking on this role, Mandy served as the City Director for Jakarta at C40 where she worked closely with the Governor and regional government of Jakarta to identify, develop and implement programmes and projects to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Before joining C40, Mandy was a city planner in New York, serving in both NYC's City Planning and Parks and Recreation departments. She has a research background in urban and architectural history as well as international environmental programming, including projects with the Asia Foundation and the Aga Khan Trust for Culture. Mandy holds a Master of City Planning and a Master of Science in Architectural Studies from MIT and a BA in History from Wesleyan University.

Emilie Hvidtfeldt Senior Strategic Funders Manager

Emilie is the Strategic Funders Liaison Manager and part of the Office of the Executive Director. She is based in Copenhagen and is responsible for stewarding two of the C40 strategic funders, Children Investment Fund Foundation and Realdania, as well as developing various projects in the team. Prior to joining C40, Emilie worked as Head of Section in the Strategic Secretariat for the Danish Minister of Environment and Food, in the International Office for the Lord Mayor of Copenhagen, and in the Danish green think tank Monday Morning.  During her studies, she interned with The Climate Group, helped develop the C40 Green Growth Network, and assisted the Danish negotiation team at the Ministry of Climate and Energy in preparing and facilitating COP15 in 2009. Emilie has a MSc Political Science from University of Copenhagen and a MA Cities/Urban Geography from Kings College London.

Zoe Sprigings Energy and Buildings Programme Director

Zoe Sprigings serves as Programme Director of the Energy Initiative at C40.  She is responsible for delivering C40’s global energy strategy, including oversight of the energy efficiency and district energy networks. Prior to joining C40, Zoe was a Senior Policy Adviser in the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) of the UK Government. Previous roles included responsibility for securing parliamentary approval for energy efficiency legislation within the Energy Act 2011, and leading DECC’s contribution to the multilateral Climate Investment Funds for low-emissions and climate resilient development.  During her academic sabbatical, she was a Fellow at City University New York, a Red Cross Climate Centre research scholar in Addis Ababa, and Chair of the Board of Trustees for Medsin, a global health charity. Zoe holds a Masters of Arts in Disasters, Adaptation and Development from King's College London, and an undergraduate Masters of Arts in History from the University of Oxford (Coombs scholar).

James Alexander Programme Director, City Finance

James Alexander is the City Finance Programme Director & Head of the C40 Cities Finance Facility. Prior to joining C40, James served as Senior Policy Manager and Head of the London office for the Scottish Council for Development and Industry, where he advised the Scottish Government and other key stakeholders on the actions and priorities needed to create sustainable economic prosperity for Scotland. James worked with the leaders of Scotland’s cities to develop the Cities Strategy for Scotland and setup and led a new Scottish Cities Alliance focused on driving investment, economic growth and job creation in Scotland’s cities. James has also led international trade missions to the Middle East; and has considerable experience in the skills sector, including two years as President of the National Union of Students in Scotland. James has a degree in Mathematics from Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh.

Ricardo Cepeda-Márquez Head of the Solid Waste Initiative

Ricardo Cepeda-Márquez serves as the Head of the Solid Waste Initiative at C40. In this position Ricardo is responsible for the Sustainable Solid Waste Systems Network and new networks related to Municapal Waste strategies. He has recently focused his efforts on the development of the Closure and Landfill Gas Utilization Project at Bordo Poniente, the now-closed Mexico City Landfill, a project that is estimated to reduce more than 20 M tons of GHG emissions in the next 25 years. Before joining C40, Ricardo was a Lead Engineer performing hydraulic safety analysis for oil pipeline systems for the Mexican oil industry, PEMEX. Ricardo also developed statistical analysis tools for drought prediction and municipal planning. Ricardo has a Bachelor's degree in Environmental Engineering from the Metropolitan Autonomous University (UAM) in Mexico and a Master's in Hydraulic Engineering from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM).

Zachary Tofias Director of the Food, Water and Waste Programme

Zachary Tofias serves as the Director of the Food, Water and Waste Programme at C40. His work supports C40 cities transition towards regenerative resource management and reduce emissions through more sustainable consumption. The Programme is helping cities accelerate a worldwide transition to more effective urban water and municipal solid waste management, and the implementation of comprehensive solutions that reduce carbon emissions and increase resiliency throughout the urban food system. Zach has been with the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group since 2007 in partnership with the Clinton Climate Initiative. Over the course of this time he has been City Director in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, created and led the Climate Positive Development Program, and most recently was the head of Urban Planning and Development. For over 10 years, Zach has been working around the world with leading cities and the private sector on developing locally relevant solutions for replicable models for sustainable city growth. Zach has an Master’s of Business Administration from Cornell University, and a bachelor’s degree from Middlebury College.

Gunjan Parik Head of the Transportation Initiative

Gunjan Parik serves as the Head of the Transportation Initiative at C40. In this position she is responsible for driving and delivering C40’s global transportation strategy. Prior to joining the C40, Gunjan worked at Transport for London (TfL), most recently as the Head of Paralympic Transport and Accessibility, where she was responsible for ensuring TfL capacity to operate a robust transport network able to meet the unique challenges of the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. She also worked as a Senior Associate at the TfL Policy Unit where she served as an advisor on issues of strategic importance for TfL. Previously, Gunjan was based in India where she worked as a Senior Consultant for Pricewaterhouse Coopers, working across a range of government institutions at local and national levels. Gunjan holds an Masters of Science in Management and Regulation of Risk, and an Master’s of Science in Information Systems, both from the London School of Economics.

Jana Davidova Regions Project Officer

Jana supports C40's regions team with the delivery of its programmes and helps monitor the progress and outcomes achieved over the year, including C40's City Satisfaction Survey and Participation Standards. Jana also acts as the project manager for C40 in China and India. Previously, Jana supported C40's Global Initiatives Team where she helped produce the Good Practice Guides, assisted C40 Workshops, and strengthened C40’s engagement with Chinese cities. 

Jana is a double MSc graduate from the London School of Economics and Sciences Po Paris, including a year at the University of California. Before joining C40, Jana worked at the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment, London, where she co-authored the 5th edition of the Global Climate Legislation Study. During her time at LSE she was a research assistant with LSE Cities. Jana is proficient in English, French, Spanish, Czech, Russian, and Slovak, and is currently improving her Mandarin Chinese, having held a Confucius Scholarship at Tsinghua University, Beijing.

Frances Downy Programme Manager, Private Building Efficiency

Frances Downy manages the Private Building Efficiency Network at C40, where she works with cities to accelerate implementation of energy efficiency measures in private sector buildings. Prior to C40, Frances (Frankie) worked as a Development & Project Manager for International Programmes at the Energy Saving Trust. There she managed several European Commission funded energy efficiency and renewable energy programmes that worked with industry, civil society, national and international agencies throughout Europe. Frances also chaired a working group for EU member state governments on sharing best practice on effective ways to implement the Renewable Energy Sources Directive. She has a Master’s degree in Climate Change from the University of East Anglia and a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Geoscience from Cardiff University. 

Luke Sherlock Programme Manager, Municipal Buildings Efficiency

Luke Sherlock is responsible for managing the C40 Municipal Buildings Efficiency Network, supporting cities in driving energy efficiency in the buildings they control, as well as managing the C40 China Buildings Programme as part of the Energy and Buildings Technical Assistance Programme. Luke joined C40 from the Aster Group, a social housing provider, where he was the Group Environment Manager responsible for a sustainability plan and Environmental Management System covering more than 27,000 properties. His previous roles included leading the development and implementation of a new sustainability strategy for the Devonshire Group, a diverse privately owned property portfolio, and energy management and sustainability reporting at Burberry, a FTSE 100 company. He holds a Masters degree in Nature, Society & Environmental Policy and a Bachelors degree in Geography, both from the University of Oxford, and is learning to speak Mandarin Chinese.

Maria Lucila Spotorno Network Manager, Bus Rapid Transit

Lucila manages C40's Bus Rapid Transit Network and work related to clean buses as part of an undertaking with the Climate and Clean Air Coalition (CCAC).  Prior to joining the C40, Lucila served as a National Transport Plan Coordinator for the presidential elections of Mauricio Macri at the think tank Fundacion Pensar in Argentina, where she led and developed the Transport Policy Group, outlined policies for the sector, and established relationships with key stakeholders. Lucila also served as a transport advisor of Buenos Aires Undersecretary of Transportation supporting the Head of Transport with the creation of the Metropolitan Agency of Transport in Buenos Aires. She has recently finished her internship at Eurofima in Switzerland, where she worked on the development of a green bond guideline for the financing of railroad rolling stock in Europe.  Lucila has a Master's degree in Sustainability (Transport) from Leeds University in the UK and a Bachelor's degree in Law from UADE University in Argentina.

Kate Laing Network Manager, Mobility Management

Kate Laing manages the Mobility Management Network at C40. She supports a network of global cities delivering strategies and measures to help cities increase, integrate and influence the choices of travel mode available to citizens, and ultimately to encourage the adoption of more climate-smart mobility options. Prior to C40, Kate worked in Johannesburg as a principal consultant for Pegasys, where she delivered integrated public transport planning projects with a focus on Bus Rapid Transit implementation. 

Kate has a Master’s degree in Economics from University College London and a Bachelor’s degree in Politics, Philosophy and Economics from the University of Cape Town.

Emmanuelle Pinault Head of City Diplomacy – Political Engagement

Emmanuelle is in charge of the C40 City Diplomacy programme, which helps C40 members engage on the global stage with a powerful voice, in order to influence policies and markets and secure resources for their climate ambitions. She has been leading on C40's engagement in the Paris Agreement, the New Urban Agenda, 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda since 2015, in close partnership with the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy, and the Global Task Force for Local and Regional Governments. In 2016, she initiated the CitiesIPCC campaign, aiming at raising the profile of urban issues in the IPCC, and in 2017, Urban 20, a city diplomacy initiative led by Buenos Aires and Paris to create a space for cities in the G20. Prior to joining C40, Emmanuelle worked as a diplomatic adviser to national and local governments in Africa and Latin America. Emmanuelle holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science, from the Institute of Political Studies, Lyon (France), and a Postgraduate Diploma in Sociology, from the School of High Studies in Social Sciences – EHESS, Paris. 

Snigdha Garg Senior Manager, Adaptation Research and Integration

Snigdha Garg serves as the Senior Manager, Adaptation Research and Integration. In this position, she is responsible for managing adaptation research projects of C40 and mainstreaming adaptation across C40's projects and programmes. Before joining C40, Snigdha graduated from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies with a Masters in Environmental Management. She previously worked with ICLEI South Asia for three years on building climate resilience strategies, disaster risk reduction, developing climate change mitigation and adaptation plans for cities, and bench-marking basic services against national standards for South Asian cities. She has experience in sustainability consulting, project management and urban resilience. In addition, she also holds a Masters of Environmental Studies from TERI University, India and a Bachelors of Science from Delhi University, India.

Alfredo Redondo Senior Manager, Adaptation Diplomacy

Based in the London office, Alfredo is developing and driving C40's Adaptation Diplomacy Strategy, leading C40 engagement in the World Urban Forum, New Urban Agenda, 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda and Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, and managing other international projects and alliances. Before this, he was Manager of the Climate Change Risk Assessment Network at C40 supporting cities to help build resilience capacity, identifying vulnerabilities, and develop action plans to manage risk assessment. 

Prior to joining C40, Alfredo worked at both national and international levels on human rights, refugees, sustainability and climate change. Alfredo has a Masters degree in Public Policy from King's College London, and a Bachelors degree in International Relations from Universidad Empresarial Siglo21 in Cordoba, Argentina.

Laura Jay Deputy Director for North America


Laura Jay serves as a Deputy Director for North America. Previously, Laura managed the Land Use Planning Network at C40. In this role, Laura worked with a network of urban planners in C40 cities to support the development of land use plans and policies to address climate goals to create more compact, connected and resilient cities. Prior to joining the C40, Laura served as a Project Manager at Terrapin Bright Green where she worked with government agencies, developers and non-profits to create more sustainability policies and designs. She has also worked at the U.S. Green Building Council on the development of their strategic plan. Laura has a Master's degree in Urban Planning from Columbia University in New York and a Bachelor's degree from Wheaton College in Massachusetts. 

 


Stefania Amato Network Manager, Food Systems

Stefanie oversees the Food Systems Network as part of C40's Urban Planning and Development Initiative. Before joining C40, Stefania worked as policy advisor and project manager at the Mayor’s Office of Milan (2011-2015), where she focused on the Milan Urban Food Policy Pact and overall Food Policy for the city. In particular, Stefania helped design both measures and served as a liaison for local and international stakeholders. Stefania also worked as a World Health Organization (WHO) consultant for policy alignment and aid coordination in the health sector in Moldova (2011-2014) and Tajikistan (2006-2009). She has a PhD in Institutions and Policies from UCSC, Milan, and a MSc in Political Economy of Late Development from the London School of Economics.

 

 

Clare Healy Network Manager, Transit-Oriented Development

Clare Healy manages the Transit-Oriented Development Network at C40. In this role, Clare supports a network of global cities to deliver compact and well-connected, mixed-use communities through facilitating the sharing of good practices. Prior to C40, Clare was working as a Senior Urban Planner for consultancy Arup, where she was most recently based in Hong Kong delivering government-led master planning projects. Clare is a Chartered Member of the Royal Town Planning Institute and has a Master’s degree in Spatial Planning from University College London and a Bachelor’s degree in Geography from the University of Nottingham.

 

Cristina Miclea Project Officer Climate Action Plans

Cristina serves as Project Officer - Climate Action Plans, supporting the development of the C40 Climate Action Planning and Assessment Framework and the delivery of climate action planning technical assistance to 8 global cities. Cristina joined C40’s Measurement and Planning Programme in 2017, initially leading on the analysis of city GHG inventories, targets, and climate action plans and making this data more accessible to cities and C40 staff. Previously, Cristina managed and delivered building energy data projects and building energy efficiency policy analysis as part of C40’s Energy and Buildings Initiative. She also provided support to network managers on planning and delivering city interactions and workshops in New York City, Shenzhen and Paris. Before joining C40, Cristina worked as a Fellow for the MIT Climate CoLab, analysed corporate emissions reports from the world’s largest listed companies at the Environmental Investment Organisation and conducted consultancy work for a London local borough. She completed a Masters in Environmental Technology from Imperial College and holds a First Class Honours Degree in Psychology from University College London.    

Ilan E. Cuperstein Clean Energy Network Manager

Ilan E. Cuperstein is the C40 Clean Energy Network Manager. Prior, he served as the City Adviser to Rio de Janeiro, where he was responsible for assisting the city government in planning and implementing climate change plans both in adaptation to climate risks and mitigation of greenhouse gas emissions. Before joining C40, Ilan was the Brazilian representative at the China Brazil Center for Climate Change and Energy Technology Innovation, where he was responsible for setting up the office in Beijing, establishing institutional relations between partners in Academia, NGOs, government agencies and companies concerning climate change and energy issues. As an international advisor at COPPE/UFRJ, he was also responsible for managing international partnerships related to biofuels, solar energy, innovation policy and urban sustainability. Ilan has a BA in International Relations from PUC-Rio and an MSc in Environment and Development from the London School of Economics.

Claire Ferguson Senior Manager, Financing Sustainable Cities Initiative

Claire serves as a Senior Manager for C40's Financing Sustainable Cities Initiative. This joint initiative of C40, WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities, and the Citi Foundation is helping cities develop business models to accelerate the implementation of sustainable urban solutions. Prior to joining C40, Claire worked at CDP (formerly the Carbon Disclosure Project) consulting with North American corporations on reporting and improving their climate change targets and strategies. She delivered a speaker series to educate corporations on best practices in climate strategy and led CDP’s North American engagement on corporate green bond issuance. Claire also brings experience from work at the B Team on organizational strategy and from Portland Communications on non-profit communications. Claire holds a B.S.F.S. in Science, Technology, and International Affairs from Georgetown University and a M.P.A. in Environmental Science and Policy from Columbia University.

Aris Moro Project Officer, C40 Cities Finance Facility

Aris serves as a Project Officer for the C40 Cities Finance Facility. The Facility aims to provide technical assistance to cities in low- and middle-income countries to help with late-stage preparation of climate-related urban projects. Previously, Aris worked at C40 as a research assistant to the Executive Director and as a content coordinator for the C40 Cities Awards at COP21 in Paris. Prior to joining C40, Aris worked for Carbon Analytics, an environmental accounting start-up, and for ABC Trust, an Anglo-Brazilian NGO helping children in vulnerable urban environments. Aris holds a MSc in Environmental Policy and Regulation from LSE and a BA in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from the University of York and the University of California, San Diego. 

Regina Vetter Network Manager, Cool Cities

Regina Vetter serves as the Network Manager for the Cool Cities Network at C40. In this position, she is responsible for supporting cities to manage the urban heat island effect and to implement greening and cooling infrastructure solutions. Previously, Regina worked as C40’s Workshop Project Officer, where she supported all Global Initiative networks in the conceptualisation, planning, and execution of successful workshops in order to provide a platform for direct peer‐to‐peer exchange between individuals in C40 cities.

Regina holds a Master degree in Environmental Policy & Regulation from the London School of Economics and a Bachelor degree in Geography & Politics from Royal Holloway University. Before joining C40, she worked for the German GIZ in Costa Rica supporting the national government on its carbon neutrality goal, as well as for the London Sustainability Exchange and for Siemens’ ‘The Crystal’, an urban sustainability exhibition in London. She speaks German, English and Spanish.

Xueye Liu Mobility Management Project Officer


Xueye is responsible for the development and delivery of C40’s Mobility Management network among C40 Chinese Cities. She will be based in Beijing. Before joining C40, Xueye was a Planner at China Urban Construction Design & Research Institute Co. Ltd, where she was responsible for planning, project management and client relationships. She led and implemented 5 projects, including 3 strategic planning, 2 survey projects and 1 design project by working close with Chinese government departments such as the NDRC, MOHURD and all levels of municipal governments. Overall, she participated 20 projects varies from compiling national standards for Chinese national parks to designing national parks regimes.


 

Xueye holds a Bachelor’s degree in Ecology from Hebei Agriculture University and a Master of Ecology at Beijing Normal University. 

Tom Bailey Senior Research Manager

Tom Bailey serves as the Head of Research. Tom is responsible for driving a number of research areas, from assessing the climate action being taken by C40 cities to developing an evidence base to support C40's city diplomacy work. Prior to joining C40, Tom was a Senior Consultant in Arup's Energy and Climate Change team, both in London and in Hong Kong, where he led projects in strategic city and national climate policy modeling and planning, urban energy infrastructure delivery and low-carbon energy system design. He has experience across the  green urban infrastructure development process and has spent an extended period seconded to the GLA in London, writing the Mayor’s Climate Change Mitigation and Energy Strategy. Tom has also helped drive a successful internal sustainability change program at Arup. A Chartered Environmentalist, Tom has a Masters degree in Sustainable Energy Systems from Imperial College London and a Bachelors in physics from the University of Manchester.

Michael Doust Programme Director, Measurement and Planning

Michael Doust serves as the Programme Director of Measurement and Planning at C40. In this position, he is responsible for global standards, measurement, reporting and climate action planning. Prior to joining C40, Michael worked for the Greater London Authority where he led the development of London's GHG inventory and was responsible for strategy development, and planning and review of Mayoral climate change programmes. Previously, Michael worked for two other municipal authorities in the UK as well as the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.  He is a Chartered Environmentalist and has a Master's degree in Environmental Change and Management from the University of Oxford.

Zarina Moolla Project Manager, Standards

Zarina serves as C40’s Project Manager, Standards for Mitigation Goals and Emissions Accounting Standards. In this role, she works with member cities to develop relevant, consistent standards to effectively measure the impacts of policies and actions on emissions and to assist cities with setting emission reduction targets. Prior to joining C40 Cities, Zarina worked at the National Business Initiative (NBI) South Africa as a Project Manager for Climate Change Mitigation, where she managed work on the CDP climate change and water programmes in South Africa. She also worked with companies to build capacity and provide best practice guidance on greenhouse gas reporting. Previously, Zarina worked as a Programme Officer for environmental, water and energy projects at the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf), where she managed a low carbon cities project, focusing on the City of Durban. Zarina holds an MSc in Environmental Science and a BSc Honours in Geography and Environmental Management, from the University of KwaZulu-Natal.

Rachel Huxley Research Manager

Rachel Huxley serves as Research Manager for C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group. Rachel is working on establishing a priority programme of research on the co-benefits of urban climate action as well as supporting work on barriers to climate action.  Rachel is also undertaking a PhD on Sustainable Cities at the University of Leeds, her research is looking at the processes and practices of transition and decision making.  Prior to this Rachel was Chief Executive of Peterborough Environment City Trust, leading the Trust’s work on sustainable behaviour change and engagement project delivery, as well as, working strategically with city partners to develop a sustainable city plan.  As part of her work on sustainable cities Rachel established and led the Sustainable Cities Network, an informal network of leading UK cities to enable sharing of best practice and challenges. She has also worked for Change Agents UK delivering the graduate placement programme, empowering young people and organisations to create sustainable change.  Rachel has a BSc first class honours in Environmental Biogeoscience.

Max Jamieson Programme Manager, Technical Assistance

Max Jamieson manages C40’s measurement and planning technical assistance programme. The programme helps cities develop city-wide greenhouse gas emission inventories and set ambitious emission reduction targets to support development of robust, evidence-based, climate action plans.

Prior to joining C40, Max was a managing consultant in the energy and climate team at the interdisciplinary consultancy, ICF. There, Max helped businesses and governments tackle energy and climate related issues. He worked on sustainable energy policy development and evaluation for the European Commission, UK government and regulators, as well as supporting a range of corporate clients measure and manage their greenhouse gas emissions.

Max has previous experience working at the UK Department of Environment Food and Rural Affairs and at PricewaterhouseCoopers. Max holds a Masters in Environmental Technology and Energy Policy from Imperial College London and a BSc in Marine Geography, from the University of Wales, Cardiff.

Molly Wang Project Manager, Technical Assistance

Molly Wang serves as Project Manager where she supports the delivery of a Technical Assistance programme to help C40 cities establish greenhouse gas emissions inventories, set emission reduction targets, and develop climate change action plans. Prior to joining C40, Molly led energy management and carbon reduction activities at a local authority in the UK. In that role, she conducted mandatory emissions reporting, delivered varied energy and water saving projects, and managed multimillion pound energy supply contracts. She also brings experience of sustainable transport programmes from her time at the Energy Saving Trust and has worked on the energy efficiency recycling fund at Salix Finance. She is a Certified Energy Manager with a MSc. in Climate Change from the University of East Anglia and a BSc. in Environmental Science and Engineering from Fudan University in Shanghai.

Ilona Rayan Research Team Coordinator

Prior to joining C40, Ilona worked for over eight years in foreign diplomatic Missions, most recently as the research officer at the Permanent Mission of Fiji to the United Nations. As a part of the Fiji delegation to the United Nations she was tasked with assisting the Ambassador and diplomatic staff  on issues such as peacekeeping and humanitarian affairs, human rights and sustainable development. She also assisted in the coordination of official visits of the President, Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs of Fiji during the annual UN General Assembly.  Her experience has left her with a thorough knowledge of the work being done by the United Nations, its many organs as well as different Non and Inter-Governmental Organizations. In addition to her professional experience Ilona has a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Government from Hunter College and a Master of Science in Global Affairs with a concentration in International Development and Humanitarian Assistance from New York University.

Malcolm Shield Project Manager, Technical Assistance, Seconded to C40 by the City of Vancouver

Malcolm Shield serves as C40's Project Manager for Technical Assistance. He joins C40 on a two year secondment from the City of Vancouver, Canada. He is Professional Engineer having completed his Masters of Engineering at Imperial College, London, and a Doctorate in natural gas combustion at the University of British Columbia. Malcolm joined the City of Vancouver in 2010 and worked on the development of the carbon reduction pathways that underpin the City’s Greenest City Action Plan. As Climate Policy Manager at the City, Malcolm was responsible for the City’s renewable energy planning and carbon management as well as the implementation of its decarbonisation strategies. Malcolm was also responsible for delivery of the City’s electric vehicle strategy, which covers an extensive multi-vendor trial of electric vehicle charging infrastructure, key utility and private sector partnerships, public outreach and building code amendment. Malcolm is a Project Management Professional and an ISO-certified greenhouse gas inventory quantifier. 

Irene Skoula Private Building Efficiency Network at C40 (Interim)

Irene Skoula manages the Private Building Efficiency Network at C40 (maternity cover), which is focused on accelerating implementation of energy efficiency measures in private sector buildings. Irene was previously the C40 City Advisor for the City of Athens, where she facilitated the delivery of a measurement & reporting system of GHG emissions data and a fullyintegrated Climate Mitigation and Adaptation Action Plan.

Before joining C40, Irene was the Head of the Department for Environmental & Energy Projects in one of the biggest consultancy firms in Greece. For more than 10 years, she worked with Greek and European local authorities for the development and implementation of sustainable energy action plans.

Gifti Nadi City Adviser for Addis-Ababa

Gifti Nadi serves as C40’s City Adviser for Addis-Ababa. In this position, she primarily works with the political and operational leadership within city government to facilitate the delivery of the proposed Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) project. Gifti has more than 15 years of experience in the fields of capacity building, public policy, climate change, media, gender equality, health and rural development. Most recently, she worked with the Ethiopian Development Research Institute and Ethiopian Economics Association as part of the Think Tank Initiative's Policy Engagement and Communications program. Her previous roles also include time at UNDP's Africa Adaptation Programme (AAP) in Nairobi, and at the International Women’s Media Foundation (IWMF) as a Senior Program Officer for Africa. Gifti holds a Master’s degree in International Public Policy from Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) and a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from the University of Maryland.

Julia Lipton Programme Manager Climate Action Plans

As C40's Programme Manager Climate Action Plans, Julia works with C40 cities to update their climate action planning to accelerate action and achieve the Paris agreement. Previously to this, Julia was City Adviser to Sydney, where she worked with the city and private sector stakeholders to develop sector sustainability plans to drive emissions savings in industry sectors. Before joining C40, Julia managed the City of Sydney’s Residential Sustainability Programs and worked for the NSW Government fostering business partnerships in energy efficiency and managed the UK’s Corporate Responsibility Index in Australia and New Zealand.  Julia has a bachelor’s degree in business and a master’s degree in international development.

David Craven Programme Manager, Climate Positive

David Craven serves as Programme Manager, Climate Positive. Prior to joining C40, David held leadership positions focused on the creation of a more sustainable built environment across the public, private and not-for-profit sectors, including roles as a Director with the Green Building Councils of both Australia and New Zealand, and Leader of Sustainable Buildings with Sustainability Victoria. He also led projects in London with Brookfield Multiplex and the global architectural practice Woods Bagot. David has experience in establishing and managing green building rating systems, developing voluntary industry leadership programs, introducing building energy efficiency regulation and creating sustainable building and precinct design strategies. David holds a Bachelor of Architecture with Honours from the University of Melbourne.

Cristina Mendonca Senior Manager, Implementation Research & Engagement and Manager, C40's Rio Office

Cristina Mendonça serves as C40’s Implementation Research & Engagement Senior Manager, coordinating research aimed at removing direct barriers to implementing climate actions on the ground. She is the Research and Engagement Manager for the Coalition for Urban Transitions (a New Climate Economy special initiative). Also, as Manager of C40’s Office in Rio, she advises and collaborates with the city’s political, administrative and technical leadership to design and implement the strategy to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and climate risk. Prior to that, Cristina worked closely with the Chair and C40’s Executive Leadership to set and communicate strategic vision and to support and coordinate Steering Committee participation. Cristina has been working with the Clinton Climate Initiative and C40 for the past 10 years. Before joining C40, Cristina worked for 14 years advising companies on industrial processes, sustainable development, innovation technology, and renewable energy with a focus on optimizing production processes. Cristina is a chemical engineer and a specialist in research and development in chemical process. She holds a Masters in Urban and Environmental Engineering from the  Pontifical Catholic University in Rio and from the Technische Braunschweig Universitat, and an Executive MBA from the COPPEAD Graduate School of Business at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro.

Antoine Metten Steering Committee Engagement Officer

Antoine serves as the C40 Steering Committee Engagement Officer in the Office of C40 Chair, based in Paris. In this position, Antoine manages the day-to-day activities of the Steering Committee – C40’s main governing body comprised of elected mayors representing each of C40's 7 regions - and provides direct support for the external engagements of the C40 Chair (Mayor of Paris, Anne Hidalgo) and the C40 Steering Committee members (Vice Chairs). Antoine also works with the Head of the Office of the Chair and Head of the Executive Director’s Office to set and implement Mayor Hidalgo’s strategic vision for her tenure as C40 Chair. Antoine previously served as Assistant to the Office of C40 Chair in Rio under former Chair of C40, Mayor Eduardo Paes.  Prior to joining C40, Antoine worked at the Office of the Brazilian State Secretary for Public Health and the UN Economic Commission for Latin America & the Caribbean in Santiago de Chile. Antoine holds a Masters Degree in Political Science from Sciences Po and postgraduate degree in Urban Planning from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro.

Luan Baptista Global Initiatives Officer

Luan Baptista Ribeiro is the C40’s Team Coordinator for Global Initiatives. In this role, Luan works closely with the Director of Global Initiatives to manage and track the spectrum of interactions among C40 member cities. Prior to joining the C40, Luan has been involved in a number of projects focused on regional innovation and the impact of transportation on urban development in Regeneris and Urban Flow. Prior to moving to the UK, Luan worked in the International Relations Secretariat in city of Sao Paulo where he was responsible for facilitating the exchange of best practices and policies on urban regeneration with cities in the Middle East and Southeast Asia. He also worked closely with the Mayor and the Secretary in promoting Sao Paulo municipal projects in a range of international events. Luan has a Master’s degree from the Bartlett Development Planning Unit at University College London and a Bachelor’s degree in International Relations from Pontifical Catholic University of Sao Paulo. Luan is fluent in Portuguese, Spanish and English, and is competent in French.

 

Caroline Watson Network Manager for Low Emission Vehicles


Caroline serves as Network Manager for Low Emission Vehicles. Previously, Caroline worked at environmental behaviour change charity Global Action Plan where, as a Partner, she led their Air Quality Portfolio. Working with local authorities, cities, and the NHS, Caroline designed and delivered programmes to protect health and reduce dangerous air pollution. Prior to this, Caroline was Strategy Manager at the Energy Saving Trust managing electric vehicle research and delivery programmes. At EST she worked with business fleets to increase uptake of low carbon vehicles, and chaired the Low Emission Vehicle Partnership car working group and the European Energy Network's Transport Working Group. Caroline has also worked as Policy Advisor in the UK's Environment Agency and as a Researcher to a Member of the UK Parliament. Caroline has a masters degree in Environmental Politics from Keele University.


Caterina Sarfatti Programme Manager, Inclusive Climate Action

Caterina Sarfatti serves as a Programme Manager for Special Projects at C40. In this role, Caterina currently works on C40's Inclusive Climate Action programme. Formerly, Caterina worked with the delivery and event teams on a series of key strategic events that formed the 'Road from Paris' to the 2016 C40 Mayors Summit in Cuidad de México (CDMX). Caterina also served as the Deputy Director for Europe. Before joining C40, Caterina worked in the City of Milan, where she served as policy advisor and project manager at the International Relations Office, focusing on the coordination of EU projects. In particular, Caterina led projects on smart cities and environment, social innovation and social cohesion, migration and integration. Caterina was also the key coordinator of Milan's Smart City policies at the Mayor’s Office. Caterina holds degrees in Political Theory and Political Science from Sciences-Po (Paris) and Master degrees in Human Rights and Humanitarian Law (Université Assas-Paris II) and in Global Environmental Policies (Università La Tuscia). She is the author of several articles on Smart Cities.

Emily Morris Head of Editorial Content and Strategic Planning

Emily serves as the Head of Editorial and Content at C40. In this role, she supports a broad range of communications activities, from developing content in partnership with internal and external stakeholders to project management of special media campaigns and video projects. Emily also works closely with staff in C40 member cities on various communications initiatives and announcements. Prior to joining C40, Emily worked in the Marketing and Communications Department of the Lebanese American University in Beirut, and as a Regional News Editor at an English-language newspaper in Damascus. Before that she worked in Kenya with International Peace Initiatives, an NGO dedicated to supporting and funding local initiatives that mitigate the effects of poverty, disease and violence. Emily holds a Masters degree in International and European Politics from the University of Edinburgh and a Bachelor of Science degree in Journalism from Boston University.

Jared Pruzan Senior Manager, Special Projects

Jared currently serves as a Senior Manager for Special Projects, where he is responsible for assessing, scoping and creating new projects at C40. His previous roles include: Head of Network Communications, where he managed the organization's digital properties; strategic advisor for the C40 Exchange, a virtual community and knowledge-sharing portal for members and staff; and Manager of the City Adviser Programme annual competitive bid process. He also served as Manager of the Sustainable Urban Development Network. Prior to joining C40, Jared worked as a Financial Analyst at Lazard and as the coordinator of a nonprofit research initiative within Harvard University's David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies. Jared earned a Masters of Public Affairs in International Nonprofit Management from New York University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Comparative Literature from Yale University.

Josh Harris Head of Media

Josh is the Head of Media at C40. In this role, he works to showcase the efforts of C40 and it’s member cities to journalists worldwide. Josh works closely with media teams in C40 member cities to help them secure additional international press coverage for their climate efforts. Prior to joining C40, Josh led the European media relations team for the humanitarian aid NGO, International Medical Corps. Josh has previously worked in communications roles in the Houses of Parliament, Lloyds Banking Group and the Overseas Development Institute, and has spent time working in DRC, Jordan, Ethiopia and Sierra Leone.

Niki Hitchcox Senior Business Manager

Niki Hitchcox serves as Senior Business Manager at C40. Prior to joining C40, Niki delivered major public events on behalf of the Mayor of London, including London’s New Year’s Eve Fireworks display, which reached an international audience of 500,000 and received global recognition as the most watched television show in 2013. During the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games Niki delivered the city’s ‘Live Sites’ which involved a diverse range of entertainment and live screening of all sporting events, followed by a meet-and-greet with Team Great Britain medal winners. More than 1.4 million people visited these three live sites over a one-month period. In her 10 years of experience in the Events industry Niki has produced large-scale conferences, conventions and exhibitions, as well as smaller workshops and CEO networking events around the world. Delivering content for clients from the Government, Financial, Telecommunications and Pharmaceutical sectors, Niki has worked on event conceptualisation right through to delivery.

Clarence Nicol Head of Human Resources

Clarence Nicol serves as C40’s Head of Human Resources, responsible for developing and managing HR activities within C40. Prior to joining C40, Clarence worked for London’s Metropolitan Police, providing strategic and operational HR service to the Police Officers and Police Staff protecting Parliament.  Clarence previously worked for the British Council as a HR Consultant, supporting teams in the UK and overseas. Though based primarily in the UK, Clarence also worked in Ghana and Sierra Leone where he designed and implemented change projects. Clarence holds a BA degree from Fourah Bay College, University of Sierra Leone as well as a Masters degree in Human Resources Management from London South Bank University. 

Eric Ast Senior Manager Data & Analytics, City Intelligence Team

Eric Ast serves as the Senior Manager of Data & Analytics on the City Intelligence Team.  Eric is responsible for performing analysis on urban sustainability and developing common global metrics for measuring the action and impact the world’s megacities are having on climate change.  Prior to joining C40, Eric was a Managing Energy Analyst for Bright Power in New York City, where he consulted owners of affordable multifamily housing on portfolio energy and water efficiency strategies, and helped local property owners comply with the Greener, Greater Buildings Plan. Previously, Eric was a Senior Business Analyst at Capital One, working on customer management strategy across a domestic credit portfolio. Eric has a dual Bachelor of Science degree in Systems Engineering and Economics from the University of Virginia, and a Master of Science degree in Sustainable Technology from the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Sweden.

Marvin Barrios Head of Operations

Marvin Barrios serves as the Head of Operations at the New York office of C40, where he supports the Director of Finance & Operations oversee the administrative, human resources, information technology and legal functions for the global organisation. Before joining C40, Marvin was the Grants Manager at Bienvenidos in Los Angeles where he managed government contracts, programme budgets and accounting functions; prior to this role, he oversaw the Accounts Payables and Receivables Department. He began his career at Bienvenidos by providing support to the President and Board of Directors, and then to the HR and IT departments. Prior to Bienvenidos, Marvin worked at the City of Los Angeles at their redevelopment agency where he provided administrative support to the Regional Director. Marvin graduated from the Advanced Technologies Academy with concentrations in Accounting and Marketing.

Daniel Samuels Manager of Network Communications, City Intelligence Team

Daniel Samuels serves as the Manager of Network Communications at C40 on the City Intelligence Team. In this position, he is responsible for the development and overall management of the C40 Exchange—C40’s online knowledge management, communication and collaboration system. He also coordinates and curates the C40 Newsletters, including the weekly C40 Report to the monthly C40 Newsletter. Prior to this, Daniel was a Project Analyst with the Clinton Foundation working primarily on C40-CCI (Clinton Climate Initiative) projects, where he helped launch an intranet that evolved into the C40 Exchange. Daniel came to the Clinton Foundation after spending 8 months in Ghana working for the Kokrobitey Institute, a sciences, arts and humanities school, that promotes cultural understanding and community service. Daniel holds a Bachelor in Economics and Social Sciences from Sydney University, Australia.

Lisa Kim Operations Manager

Lisa Kim serves as the Finance Analyst at the New York office of C40, where she supports the Head of Finance in the accounting functions for the global organization. Before joining C40, Lisa managed office administration for the nonprofit arts organization, OrigamiUSA. Prior to this role, Lisa assisted the Accounting Department and the President at the literary agency, Sterling Lord Literistic. In addition to working in the publishing industry, Lisa spent time teaching high school English literature and writing in New York City. Lisa holds an MA in English Education from Columbia University and holds a BA in Journalism & Mass Communications and Sociology from New York University.

Hanya Gartner Senior Manager, Business Innovation and Data Programmes

Hanya serves as Senior Manager, Business Innovation and Data Programmes for C40 on its City Intelligence Team. Based in the New York office, Hanya is responsible for managing the annual city reporting programme, as well as developing data outputs for C40 cities and stakeholders. Prior to joining C40, Hanya worked in Ernst & Young’s Climate Change and Sustainability team in Australia, where she contributed to a range of projects in the public and private sectors, including GHG assurance, environmental and occupational health and safety management systems, and corporate sustainability reporting assurance and advisory services. Previously, Hanya worked for engineering firms URS Corp (now AECOM) and GHD as a civil engineer and project manager across environment, water, energy and resources, and transportation. She has a Masters of Environment from the University of Melbourne and a Bachelor of Engineering from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology. 

Chris ‘Schmo’ Schmalz IT Manager

Chris ‘Schmo’ Schmalz serves as C40’s IT Manager.  This role is responsible for the internal information technology operations of the global organization.  Primary areas of focus include managing support channels, implementing technology projects, monitoring systems and managing internal policies and processes.  Prior to starting with C40, Chris worked for nearly seven years for Apple with a focus on account management and business sales to large organizations and not-for-profits.  Chris has an extensive technology support background having worked for integrators and service providers before his career with Apple.  Chris earned a BA in History from DePauw University in Greencastle Indiana.

Matt Jones Operations Manager

Matt Jones serves as the Operations Analyst in C40's New York office, where he supports the Head of Operations with administration, human resources, information technology, and legal functions. Before joining C40, Matt was the Assistant Policy Officer for the Low Income Investment Fund. In this role, he provided administrative and analytical support to the Director of Federal Policy. Prior to this position, Matt interned for a Member of the United States House of Representatives. Matt began his Career at the Relay Foundation, a San Francisco based non-profit, where he worked with the CEO and COO to build and establish the organization shortly after its creation. He graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with a BA in Political Science. 

Anelda Blom HR Advisor

Anelda Blom serves as C40’s HR Administrator, where she supports all Human Resources functions for the organization. Prior to joining C40, Anelda worked for Golder Associates Africa, providing HR consultative and operational support service to line managers and employees in South Africa, Ghana, Mozambique, and Botswana. Previously, Anelda worked for CBARS as an HR Information System Consultant, providing functional application support and management information service to CBARS.  Anelda holds a BCom degree in Human Resource Management from the University of Pretoria. 

 

Josh Weinberg Financial Controller

Josh supports the Head of Finance, with particular responsibility for statutory accounting, quarterly and monthly management reporting, banking, and U.S. and U.K. accounting and tax matters. He also serves as an audit liaison. Before joining C40, JoshI trained as an accountant at the UK National Audit Office, conducting financial and value-for-money audits of UK government bodies, including charities, where he pioneered their data analytics approach to audits. Josh also conducted financial and performance audits of UN organisations. He is a chartered accountant with an ACA from ICAEW, and holds an MSc in International Health Policy (Health Economics) from LSE, and a BA in Maths from Oxford University.

Lisa de Souza HR Manager

Lisa de Souza serves as C40’s HR Manager, providing day to day HR support and contributing to the long-term strategic development of the HR function within the organization. Prior to joining C40, she held various HR roles within the Financial, Pharmaceutical and Automotive sectors in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Lisa has worked in the capacity of an HR Business Partner and HR Manager, where she provided strategic HR advice to line managers and departmental heads. Lisa was also responsible for the delivery of Generalist HR services, with a strong focus on operational efficiency and effectiveness. Lisa holds a Master’s Degree in HR from Murdoch University.

Kate Godding Senior Manager, Business, Data & Innovation (Interim)

Kate serves as Senior Manager, Business Innovation and Data Programmes for C40 in the Business, Innovation & Data Team. Based in the London office, Kate is responsible for managing the annual city reporting programme, as well as developing data outputs for C40 cities and stakeholders. Previous to this role, Kate was the Grants & Contracts Manager for C40, acting as the central point of responsibility for all formal and legal agreements C40 enters into. Kate’s has also attained qualifications from CIM and APMP. Kate is vice-chair of the board for the Young Energy Professionals, a group sponsored by Energy UK and EY to bring together young energy professionals looking to make a change within the industry.

 

Sara Radelet Senior Fundraising Manager

Sara Radelet serves as Fundraising Manager for C40 and has over 20 years experience in fundraising and organisational management, with prior work in the higher education and arts sectors. Sara’s expertise is in grant-seeking, funding stream development and engaging donors and partners in support of charitable causes. Prior to joining C40, Sara was Advancement Coordinator at the American University of Paris, assisting in strategy development, and prospect identification and engagement for the launch of the University’s first Capital Campaign with a goal of €20 million. Previous appointments include securing funding for the renovation and launch of a performing arts center in Pittsburgh (and serving as the founding Executive Director); and spearheading the strategy and implementation of an $8 million Capital Campaign for a cutting-edge artist residency space and arts museum. Sara holds a BA in the Liberal Arts from The George Washington University.

Markus Berensson Research Manager

Markus Berensson serves as Research Manager for C40 Research and Innovation Team. He is working on the Deadline 2020 Programme, building on C40's Deadline 2020 research, as well as a number of forward looking research areas. Prior to joining C40 Markus was a member of the City of Stockholm’s Urban Development Committee and Political Advisor in Stockholm City Hall, where he was involved in a wide range of reforms within the energy sector, urban planning and sustainable transport. Markus has also worked a Senior Political Advisor in the Stockholm County Council where he was responsible for a sustainable regional development plan and helped drive an administrative reform aimed at strengthening regional governance. Markus is currently reading for a MSc in Sustainable Urban Development at the University of Oxford.

Nicola Smith Executive Assistant to the Executive Director

Nicola (Nikki) Smith serves as the Executive Assistant to the Executive Director of the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group. In this position, she is responsible for all administrative support for the organisation, including managing the administrative officers located in C40 offices across the globe. In this role, she specifically supports the Executive Director, organising and supervising the business activities that facilitate the smooth running of the Executive Director’s office. In her career, Nikki has held administrative and customer-facing positions in government and other public-sector organisations, including the London Fire Brigade and the Greater London Authority, where she spent 11 years providing administrative support to the Mayor of London’s private office.

Irma Carranza Regional Coordinator

Irma Carranza serves as Regional Coordinator. In this position, she provides administrative support to the Director of Initiatives and Regions, the Regional Director of Latin America, and the Regional Director of North America. Before joining C40 Cities, Irma was a partner in the City of Santa Monica’s Cradle to Career Initiative looking at and measuring youth well being. Prior to this, she worked at the Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy as an organizer working to bring good jobs into underserved communities. Prior to LAANE, she worked over ten years in several clerical and administrative supportive roles with the City of Santa Monica, including serving the Civil Engineering and Architecture Division staff. Irma attended Santa Monica College and Los Angeles Trade Tech.

Agathe Cavicchioli City Diplomacy Manager

As City Diplomacy Manager, Agathe’s role is to engage C40 members in the C40 City Diplomacy Strategy and support C40’s engagement and participation in intergovernmental climate, urban and development policy-making processes. Agathe works closely with the Head of City Diplomacy to drive strategic and effective engagement of the C40 network in global climate policy dialogue and to maximise its impact in the global political stage. Prior to joining C40, Agathe managed low-carbon development projects for an international local government network and supported the network’s global climate advocacy strategy and engagement in the UNFCCC process. Agathe has an interdisciplinary background in climate science, international climate policy and urban planning. Her experience includes research and consulting for international organizations, NGOs, consultancies, local governments and research institutes in Europe, the US, Brazil and Bangladesh. Agathe holds a MA in Climate and Society from Columbia University and joint Master degrees in European Affairs and Urban Sustainable Development from Sciences Po Lille and Lille University of Science and Technology.

Andrew Armstrong Building Energy Code Analyst for the Building Energy 2020 Programme

Andrew serves as New Building Energy Code Analyst for the Building Energy 2020 Programme, a buildings and energy technical assistance programme for C40 cities. Andrew is responsible for providing cities with technical assistance focused on supporting cities with their plans to implement ambitious building energy performance requirements including building energy codes. Prior to joining C40, Andrew was a Sustainability Consultant in London for TÜV SÜD Real Estate, a building services engineering consultancy, working in the building engineering team. Andrew was responsible for designing and implementing energy strategies for a broad range of developments including the delivery of low and zero regulated carbon emission housing developments. In his previous roles he conducted environmental assessments of the built environment which take into account a range of wellbeing and sustainability issues including the impacts of carbon emissions. Andrew is qualified as a domestic energy assessor (DOCEA), BREEAM New Construction Assessor and holds a BSc in Biology from the University of Sussex.

Anelise Rosa Events Officer, Financing Sustainable Cities Initiative

Anelise is delivering a series of Financing Sustainable Cities Initiative (FSCI) events including our annual Forum and a series of city academies and workshops. She also works with the FSCI team to facilitate cross-cutting support to C40 Networks on city finance. Before joining C40 in 2016 to work on the C40 Cities Mayors Summit, Anelise was studying for a MSci in Natural Sciences at UCL, specialising in biomedical sciences and organic chemistry. As a student, she became interested in sustainable development and global health through working nationally and internationally with student advocacy groups including Universities Allied for Essential Medicines and Medsin UK. 

Anirudh Sharma Clean Energy Finance Manager

Anirudh serves as the Clean Energy Finance Manager for C40’s Financing Sustainable Cities Initiative (FSCI). In this role, he provides support to cities engaged with the FSCI on energy infrastructure finance and business models through peer-to-peer learning opportunities and technical assistance provision. Anirudh leads the C40 Clean Energy Finance Academy and supports additional events under the initiative. Prior to C40, Anirudh worked with the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority as a member of the RetrofitNY team with the objective of creating a market for highly energy efficient solutions for affordable housing in the state. He has also worked with the International Finance Corporation in New Delhi, India on voluntary green building standards and with microfinance institutions in South Asia to develop sustainable energy lending programs. He holds a Master of International Affairs in Energy & Environment from Columbia University and a Bachelor of Business Administration from the College of William and Mary.

Anna Jönsson Governance Officer

As Governance Officer, Anna’s role is supporting the Executive Director’s Office in coordinating activities and managing key stakeholder relationships. This includes coordinating C40 Global Board and UK Board of Directors meetings, as well as the C40 Budget Committee. Before joining C40, Anna was at the International Federation for Housing and Planning as project coordinator, promoting social sustainability in cities. Prior to this, she has been working with press and communication in Denmark and Brazil. Anna holds a Master in Urban Governance from Sciences Po Paris, where she studied migration, housing and climate issues in large metropolises. During her studies, she was engaged as a research assistant in projects on urban political networks and roman migration in France. Anna also holds a bachelor of science degree in International Business and Politics, and has studied Global Organic Farming at Kalø Agricultural College in Denmark.

Anthony Courreges Manager, Clean Transportation Finance

Anthony serves as Clean Transportation Finance Manager for C40’s Financing Sustainable Cities Initiative (FSCI). In this role, Anthony leads the development and successful implementation of a range of city-city interactions and technical assistance on urban transportation finance. He supports city achievements of strong finance-related outcomes, bringing cities together to share experiences and learn from each other to discover new solutions. Prior to joining C40, Anthony acquired significant experience managing projects in the built environment in Europe and in the United States. Until 2017, he worked in the U.K. as a Senior Sustainability Consultant for Mott MacDonald, where he collaborated with a variety of public and private clients to develop, refine and successfully implement sustainability strategies in the built environment. A Chartered Engineer, Anthony holds a Master’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering and Energy Sciences from Polytech' Nantes Graduate School of Engineering.

Arun Rao City Intelligence Analyst

Arun serves as an analyst in the City Intelligence Team, supporting organisational strategy using data to promote urban sustainability and managing analysis projects in support of internal business intelligence, external publications and tools. He also supports staff in ensuring data processes and resources are as simple, fast and efficient as possible.

Prior to joining C40, Arun worked as a sustainability consultant, carrying out energy assessments on residential and commercial building developments and modelling a number of large renewable energy projects. He has also worked as an intern both at CDP, where he assisted in the implementation of their UN Sustainable Development Goals strategy and at Pell Frischmann Consultants, investigating low-carbon, transit oriented developments in India. Arun holds a BEng in Materials Science and Engineering from Imperial College London, an MSc in Materials for Energy and Environment from University College London and an MSc in Environmental Policy and Regulation from the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Chantal Oudkerk Pool Head of Adaptation Planning

“As Head of Adaptation Planning and through the Climate Adaptation Academy,​ Chantal supports the C40 member cities in developing and implementing their plans to build climate resilience and adapting to climate risks. After obtaining her master’s degree in Urban Planning and International Development,​ she held various positions within the City of Rotterdam. From 2005-2007,​ she lived in Bangladesh where she worked for UNICEF and Habitat for Humanity on projects related to water supply, sanitation and housing. Chantal joined the Rotterdam Climate Proof programme in 2008 where she first coordinated the research base for the Rotterdam Adaptation Strategy (RAS) before becoming responsible for the implementation and monitoring of the RAS. She was involved in the establishment of C40’s first network, Connecting Delta Cities (CDC), and has coordinated the exchange of knowledge and best practices between delta cities since 2008. Chantal has also been the project leader for the Rotterdam-Ho Chi Minh City partnership programme on adaptation since 2009, organised two large international conferences (1000+) on adaptation and several CDC/C40 workshops." 

Chris Layer Knowledge Hub Officer

Chris serves as Knowledge Hub Officer for C40, where he aids in the development and maintenance of knowledge management platforms for the sharing of research, case studies, and best practices to foster C40's mission. Chris began at C40 in 2013 as a contractor to assist the launch of the C40 Exchange, a knowledge-sharing portal and community for member city officials and C40 staff. He has also managed C40's contact systems, which aim to improve member support and outreach. Prior to C40, Chris was Vice President of a family-run writing and publishing company that focused on producing biographies for business executives, and worked on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange for a market specialist. Chris holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Richmond, with a Finance concentration and added major in Economics.

Claire Markgraf Senior Manager for the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy

Claire is C40's Senior Manager for the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy. C40 is a founding member of the Global Covenant, which is an initiative aimed at supporting cities of all sizes to commit to mitigation, adaptation, and energy access action. Prior to joining C40, Claire worked for the World Bank on low carbon cities and solid waste. She has a master's degree from MIT. 

Clémence Pène Head of Digital and Citizen Engagement

Clémence serves as Head of Digital and Citizen Engagement for C40. She leads on C40’s digital communications strategy based on innovative campaigns, governance tools and citizen engagement in order to grow and strengthen C40’s online community. In this capacity, Clemence builds and maintains strong relationships with C40 Mayors, digital advocates, civic and tech startups, and other key influencers.  Prior to joining C40Clémence was the Digital Director during Anne Hidalgo's Campaign in Paris and served as the Digital Strategy and Open Governance Advisor to Mayor Hidalgo where she oversaw the participatory budget innovation from its inception to its current status as the most ambitious and efficient in the world. 

Cornelia von Einem Team Coordinator for the Comms & Events team

Cornelia von Einem serves as Team Coordinator for the Comms & Events team. Based in Paris, Cornelia provides daily support to the Director of Communications & Events, and serves as a key member of the team, helping to coordinate and structure meetings and agendas with internal and external stakeholders. She also liaises with Les Canaux, a metropolitan hub for innovation and economic solidarity and the location of C40’s Paris office. Cornelia has held administrative and customer-facing positions in private and public-sector organisations in France, after working as a picture editor in scientific book publishing, where she developed a keen interest in environmental issues. She has lived in Venezuela, Germany, and Japan before moving to France, and speaks German, French, and English (and is now brushing up on her Spanish!).

Culley Thomas Head of Modelling - Vermont

Culley Thomas serves as the Head of Modelling within Measurement and Planning at C40. Culley is leading the development and enhancement of a suite of tools and information systems that improve cities’ ability to evaluate and implement climate action strategies. Prior to joining C40, Culley was a Senior Strategic Consultant in AECOM's Climate and Sustainability group based in San Francisco. In that position, he led the development of numerous analytic and decision-support models related to urban low carbon planning, climate vulnerability analysis, sustainable infrastructure, and municipal finance. He also served as project manager or technical lead on more than 45 city climate action planning projects and developed many community and project-scale greenhouse gas inventories. Culley also served as a board member of the Tropical Forest Group, advocating for policies and practices that facilitate reduction in emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD+). Culley has a Master’s degree in City and Regional Planning from University of California, Berkeley, and a Master’s degree in International Development from University of California, Davis.

Desirée Bernhardt Manager, Low Carbon Districts Forum

Desirée Bernhardt manages the Low Carbon Districts Forum at C40. In this role Desirée supports a network of global cities led by Melbourne and Stockholm to deliver ambitious low-carbon, district-scale development projects.

Prior to joining C40, Desirée worked as a project officer and researcher at the University of South Australia adn as a researcher at the Vienna University of Economics and Business. Before academia, Desirée worked as a Research Assistant at the United Nations Environment Programme in the Post-Conflict and Disaster Management Branch, and was an intern at International Bridges to Justice in Geneva.

Desirée has an advanced Master’s degree in Socio-Ecological Economics and Policy from the Vienna University of Business and Economics, and also holds a Bachelor’s degree in European Studies from the Hague University of Applied Sciences where she specialised in languages and international human rights law.

Desmond C. Appiah C40 City Advisor, City of Accra, Ghana

Desmond C. Appiah, C40 City Advisor was the Chief Resilience & Sustainability Advisor to the Mayor of the City of Accra at the Accra Metropolitan Assembly. He coordinated all city programs aimed at ensuring sustainable city development in areas pertaining to climate change, waste management, road safety, disaster planning and management, with a charge to integrate management structures for enhancing sustainable urban development. Desmond is an advisor to the Mayor of Accra on sustainability.

With over 20-years’ experience in sustainability-related projects in manufacturing, academia, forestry, mining, agro-business, and commercial sectors across Europe, USA and Africa, Desmond is the founded Sustainable Ghana Limited, an innovative health, safety, quality and environmental management firm which has supported several small and medium scale industries to assess and develop proactive management approaches to risks in HSEQ.

Desmond holds an MSc (Energy and Sustainable Development) from De Montfort University, Leicester UK, an MS (Environmental Protection & Safety Management) from St. Joseph’s University, Philadelphia USA, a BA (Hons) (Geography and Resource Development) from the University of Ghana, a PG Certificate (Group Crisis Intervention) Critical Incidence Stress Management and a First Certificate in Food Safety from The Royal Institute of Public Health. He is a trained Health & Safety, Quality and Environmental Management Systems Auditor and a Trainer. Desmond enjoys politics, the great outdoors and sports (football & boxing).

Dolly Oladini Network Manager, Air Quality

Dolly serves as C40’s Network Manager for Air Quality. Previously, Dolly worked for the Mayor of London, where, as a Senior Policy Officer, led a flagship project for the European Commission, Hydrogen for Innovative Vehicles (HyFIVE) under two political administrations. Coordinating global vehicle manufacturers, Dolly was at the forefront of developing solutions to improve air quality and mitigate climate change in London and other major European cities, through implementing a network of zero-emission vehicles and hydrogen refuelling stations. Dolly concurrently managed air quality communications for the Mayor’s environment team, promoting the T-Charge and Ultra Low Emission Zone policies, including the delivery of London’s Low Emission Bus Zones and School Air Quality Audit programme. As part of her commitment to engage communities, Dolly created the annual ‘Hydrogen Week’ social media campaign in 2014, which at first originated as a movement within City Hall, and is now thriving with events taking place nationwide. Dolly is learning to speak Swedish and has an interest in urban design having recently contributed to Arup’s ‘Cities Alive: Designing for Urban Childhoods’ report.

Donna Hume Head of Air Quality

Donna Hume serves as the Head of Air Quality at C40. She is responsible for developing C40’s global air quality strategy, which aims to support cities to reduce air pollution and carbon emissions at the same time. Prior to joining the C40, Donna was a Senior Campaigner at Friends of the Earth where she was responsible for leading the organisation's climate change campaigning. She led a team of people that prevented any fracking taking place in UK for the past 6 years, including by securing moratoriums on fracking in Scotland and Wales, helped secure a commitment to UK coal power phase out by 2025, and worked with Friends of the Earth International on a global campaign to keep fossil fuels in the ground in 30 countries.

Prior to that Donna held a number of other roles at Friends of the Earth: on overseeing campaign strategy and development, and in the political, economic and energy teams. During that time she supported the set-up of the organisation’s air quality campaign, built a 200 organisation strong coalition of businesses and civil society to support clean energy, and led a successful campaign to secure ongoing UK Government support for the solar industry. She has also worked at the Environmental Justice Foundation on a global campaign exposing unethical practices in cotton farming. Donna has a Bachelor’s degree in History from King’s College London.

Ezgi Kelleher Clean Energy Business Model Analyst

Ezgi supports C40 cities with technical assistance to select and implement innovative business models for clean energy projects as part of the Energy & Buildings Technical Assistance Programme. Prior to joining C40, Ezgi worked with local governments in solar PV consultancy projects which included feasibility assessment, financial model development, procurement and deployment. Ezgi was also responsible for project management of building energy efficiency projects. She was previously a member of a research group in KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm and her research focused on renewable energy in the context of transmission network and electricity market. Ezgi holds a MSc in Sustainable Energy Systems from the University of Edinburgh and has a BSc in Industrial Engineering from Bilkent University.

Flavio Coppola Land Use Planning Network Manager

As Land Use Planning Network Manager, Flavio coordinates a network of urban planners in C40 cities to help them reach their climate goals through the development of land use plans and policies that promote compact, connected and resilient cities. Prior to joining C40, Flavio was an urban economics consultant in the San Francisco Bay Area and provided cities and transit agencies with economic analyses to help create sustainable and high-quality places in California and the rest of the US. In previous capacities, he has worked for local governments, non-profits and consulting firms in San Francisco, Rio de Janeiro, London, and Paris, on projects pertaining to sustainable policy and transportation, urban planning, and economic development. Flavio holds a Bachelor Degree in Political Science and a Master's Degree in Regional and Urban Planning from Sciences Po Paris, and a Master of Science in Local Economic Development from the London School of Economics. He speaks English, French, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, and Farsi.

Francesca Towner Personal Assistant

Francesca Towner serves as one of the Personal Assistants within C40. In this capacity, she provides administrative and scheduling support to the Deputy Executive Director, Director of Global Initiatives, and Director of Regions. Francesca is responsible for establishing and maintaining administrative processes and office systems across the organisation. In her 15 year career as a Personal Assistant, she has held several positions across a variety of sectors including 6 years working within the Transport department at the Olympic Delivery Authority (London 2012). 

Giulia Pivetti Workshop Coordinator

Giulia serves as Workshop Coordinator, supporting the Measurement and Planning team in coordinating technical assistance workshops to help cities build GHG inventories, set emission reduction targets and develop climate action plans. Prior to joining C40, Giulia worked for the World Bank in Tanzania and Rwanda as Municipal Finance Analyst, supporting the City Creditworthiness Initiative, a program dedicated to helping sub-national authorities improve their financial performance. She has previously worked for other International Institutions, including the United Nations Capital Development Fund in Dar es Salaam, the United Nations World Tourism Organization in Madrid and the European Commission in Brussels. She holds a Master Degree in Economics and Management of Public Administrations and International Institutions and a Bachelor Degree in Economics of International Development and Cooperation.

Guillaume Joly Residential Retrofit Policy Analyst

Guillaume serves as Residential Retrofit Policy Analyst at C40 and is based in London. In this role, he supports the delivery of a Technical Assistance programme to help C40 cities establish and improve ambitious residential retrofit policies. He delivers direct support and through sharing best practices and tangible mitigation outcomes, meanwhile paving the way to creative and alternative approaches to be considered. Prior to joining C40 Guillaume worked for several French local authorities on a range of residential retrofit projects including improving subsidies for fuel poor households, defining local zero-emission strategies and setting environmental standards for retrofits. He also chaired a non-profit association for citizens; empowerment and sustainability. He holds a Master’s degree in Local Social Development and access to public utilities for economically deprived households and a Master’s degree in Local energy and telecommunication Networks Governance and built environment production.

Helen Ho Data & Innovation Officer

Helen is responsible for the annual city reporting programme and works in collaboration with C40 partner organisations to assist member cities in disclosing climate data and tracking their performance. She also works to understand the data and information needs of member cities, and develops and delivers programmes aimed at improving city data management processes. Helen joined C40 in 2016 on the Research, Measurement & Planning team and previously worked on climate change, energy and transport policy at the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR). She holds an MSc in Environmental Technology from Imperial College London and a BSc in Natural Sciences from University College London.

 

Indra Levite Measurement and Planning Officer

Indra Levite joins the C40 London office where she serves as a Measurement and Planning Officer. Prior to joining C40 Indra worked for the Secretariat for the Latvian Presidency of the Council of the European Union in 2015 and has gained experience in the fields of sustainable urban planning and climate change issues through internships at the Latvian Ministry for Environmental Protection and Regional Development as well as the Riga City Council Planning Department. She holds a BA in Geography from the University of Sussex and a MSc in Environmental Technology from Imperial College London. Indra speaks Latvian, German, English and French.

Inés Lockhart Project Manager for Technical Assistance

Inés Lockhart serves as C40's Project Manager for Technical Assistance and joins C40 on a secondment from the City of Buenos Aires. She provides technical assistance to the Compact of Mayors cities in Latin America, supporting them in measuring GHG emissions, setting ambitious reduction targets and developing a climate strategy. Inés joined the Environmental Protection Agency in 2008 and has worked as Buenos Aires’ City Climate Change coordinator. She led a team responsible for the GHG Inventory development and climate hazards identification, setting targets and was involved in strategy planning.  Inés managed and coordinated the Inter-ministerial team together with the Advisory Committee towards the development of the city´s Climate Change Action Plan 2010-2030, which was launched in 2009 and recently updated in 2015, in line with the Compact of Mayors requirements. Inés has also been the technical liaison for the city over the years in the different international networks, and the local focal point in the national climate change commission. Born in Argentina, she speaks Spanish and English fluently. Inés studied Environmental Science in Buenos Aires. 

 

Isabel Fernández Communications Coordinator

Isabel Fernández serves as Communications Coordinator for C40’s Measurement and Planning Initiative. This initiative supports cities with the development of evidence-based climate action plans, including greenhouse gas emission inventory development and scenario planning. Isabel’s work focuses on supporting city officials engage relevant stakeholders in the climate action planning process and coordinating the development of learning resources and training materials. Prior to joining C40, Isabel worked for eight years at ICLEI, a global network of cities, towns and regions promoting sustainable development at the local level. She developed communication strategies, managed content for online channels and social media platforms, as well as recruited and maintained media partnerships. She contributed to several international and EU-funded projects in the field of sustainability management and urban governance, working closely with local governments, and with a focus on tools for urban management and knowledge brokerage processes. Isabel was also responsible for the organisation of large-scale conferences for local governments on topics such as climate change, renewable energies, smart cities and transition initiatives.

Isabel holds a Master Degree in Law from the University of Oviedo (Spain) and University of Freiburg (Germany). Originally from Spain, Isabel speaks Spanish, English, German and French.

Jenifer van Dijk Castañeda Project Officer, C40 Climate Adaptation Academy

Jenifer van Dijk Castañeda joined C40 as a project officer to support C40’s Climate Adaptation Academy based in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. She will coordinate the technical assistance programme on adaptation to 15 cities in South East Asia and Latin America. Furthermore, she will organise tailored master classes, that support governance, capacity building and knowledge exchange on several topics.  

Jenifer studied Business & Tourism in Mexico and Australia and obtained a master's degree in International Land and Water Management from Wageningen University. During her research period in Peru she focused on stakeholder collaboration and integrated water resources management at watershed and city level. After her graduation she worked in The Netherlands at the asset management department of public water company Vitens, carrying out risk assessments, writing strategic plans to improve the water supply infrastructure and streamlining contingency plans.

Jessica De La Rosa Community Coordinator

Jessica serves as Communication Coordinator for C40 and is responsible for advocating the organisation on social networks. In this role, Jessica promotes C40’s achievements and activities and connects with cities and partners to develop joint campaigns to help build a strong and engaging brand. Before joining C40 in 2016 to work on the C40 Summit, Jessica was a Digital Content Editor for one of the biggest digital media websites in Mexico. She has also collaborated as an intern in the Department of Sustainable Development for the Mexican oil Industry PEMEX, and she has volunteered in the organisation of several events, including TEDxEastEnd in London and the World Youth Conference. Jessica holds a BA in Communications Science from the National Autonomous University of Mexico. She is fluent in Spanish and English.

Joselito Guevarra Head of Climate Action Planning, Southeast Asia at C40

Joselito Guevarra serves as the Head of Climate Action Planning, Southeast Asia at C40.  In this role, he will be engaging and assisting C40 member cities in the region to develop their technical capacity and institutional processes to deliver transformative climate action at the national and local levels. Before joining C40, Jojo was the Regional Project Manager for the Global Initiative for Southeast Asia (GISEA), where he spearheaded the capacity building efforts in emergency response for the ten ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) member countries. He has more than 20 years of experience in project management coupled with more than 12 years experience in emergency response, crisis management, advocacy, capacity building, government affairs and international relations. This is complemented by a Master of Science degree in Environmental Management (MEM Programme) from the National University of Singapore (NUS) and an undergraduate degree in Sociology from the University of the Philippines (UP) in Diliman.  

Joshua Gardner Programme Manager of Global Initiatives

Josh is the Programme Manager of Global Initiatives at C40, supporting the delivery of C40’s thematic initiatives and networks and strategic engagement with other C40 teams. Before joining C40, Josh worked as a sustainability consultant specializing in climate change in Melbourne, Australia. Most recently, he served as Project Coordinator for climate science and policy institute Climate Analytics to support the delivery of UNDP and Climate Vulnerable Forum’s Low Carbon Monitor report. He was a Senior Consultant with Ernst & Young in the Climate Change and Sustainability team, and in this role was seconded to City of Melbourne as part of Rockefeller Foundation’s 100 Resilient Cities initiative. His consulting roles have seen Josh work with a diverse range of clients in government, not for profit and the private sector to assist them across a breadth of sustainability issues, often with an emissions reduction lens. Josh graduated from the University of Melbourne with a Bachelor of Chemical Engineering and Bachelor of Arts, majoring in politics. 

Judith Neijzen Regional Coordinator Europe and Africa

Judith is the Regional Coordinator Europe and Africa and part of the Regions team. She is based in Copenhagen and provides support to the Director of Regions and to the Regional Directors for Europe and Africa. In addition, she works with the Regions team on key initiatives and coordinates various activities based in the Copenhagen office. Prior to joining C40, Judith was responsible for the communications and marketing at the International Federation for Housing and Planning. During her studies, she interned at the Food Security Department of the Dutch embassy in Bangladesh and researched urban living in Taiwan as part of the Netherlands Asia Honors Summer School. Judith holds an MA in International Business Communication from Copenhagen Business School and holds a BA in Liberal Arts and Sciences: Global Challenges from Leiden University.

Kathrin Zeller Network Manager, Waste to Resources

Kathrin Zeller serves as a Network Manager for the Waste to Resources Network at C40, aiming for the acceleration of the transition from solid waste management towards sustainable materials management. In her most recent experience in Germany she worked at a municipal PPP for waste treatment in the city of Cologne within their international projects. Prior to that she served as a project coordinator for topics of climate, environment and energy at the Konrad Adenauer Foundation in Rio de Janeiro. One of her projects was to help establish the Brazilian city network CB27. Kathrin holds a master degree from the University of Cologne/ Germany in Regional Sciences of Latina America with a focus on theory of economic and social policy, and a MBA of the Leuphana University Lüneburg/ Germany in Sustainability Management. Kathrin is based in the office in Rio de Janeiro and speaks German, English and Portuguese. 

Katie Goldman City Advisor to Los Angeles

Katie Goldman is the City Advisor to Los Angeles where she is providing technical assistance to the Mayor’s Office of Sustainability to update LA’s climate action plan. She has over fifteen years of experience as a carbon accountant including developing greenhouse gas inventories, greenhouse gas measurement and verification protocols, climate action plans, and guidance on assessing climate policy impacts. Katie has worked for the US government, non-profit organizations, and academia, and as an independent consultant. Prior to joining C40, Katie was a Senior Fellow at the Greenhouse Gas Management Institute where she focused on building professional capacity in carbon accounting and provided technical assistance to the Initiative for Climate Action Transparency. Katie has been an instructor at University of California Los Angeles’s Institute of the Environment and Sustainability, where she mentored undergraduates in completing climate policy projects; and a Senior Policy Manager at the Climate Action Reserve where she developed carbon offsets protocols. Katie has also worked on local climate mitigation and adaptation initiatives in Los Angeles as the Director of Policy for Climate Resolve. Katie has a Masters of Environmental Management from Duke University and a Bachelor of Arts in Integrative Biology from the University of California, Berkeley.

Kayley Goff Awards and Events Project Manager

Having joined the team in 2016, Kayley primarily works on the annual C40 Cities Awards Programme and other international C40 events. This includes mayoral gatherings, conferences and media related events. Prior to joining C40 Kayley worked for The Prince’s Trust, City University London, and Blenheim Palace on a variety of events including; festivals, award ceremonies, gala dinners, conferences, ceremonial graduations and large scaling sporting events, from idea development to delivery.  She holds a MA in Sports Business Management, specialising in Major Event Management from The University of West England and a BSc in Equine Science from Oxford Brookes University.

Malvina Bondy GHG Emissions Data Analyst

Malvina serves as a GHG Emissions Data Analyst within the C40 Measurement and Planning modelling group. She develops decision support tools and coordinates the compilation of important datasets associated with city-scale GHG emissions and climate action planning. 

 

Prior to joining C40, she worked with the German development corporation GIZ on social protection projects including climate risk insurance in partner countries as well as undertaking research on quantifying the effects of urban air pollution at the London School of Economics. She also brings experience from the field of urban mobility from her time with the Future Cities Catapult. Malvina holds a MSc with Distinction in Environmental Economics & Climate Change from the London School of Economics as well as a MA in Economics from the University of Aberdeen. Born in Germany, Malvina speaks English, French and German.

Manisha Gulati Programme Manager, Finance Facility

Manisha is an economist who specialises in energy, climate change, low carbon development, and resources nexus. She has over 15 years of experience in Asia and Africa where she has advised governments, business, global policy makers, donors, and civil society as well as delivering high impact policy advisory and research initiatives. Manisha’s skills include the ability to conceptualise, establish and implement high-impact policy focused initiatives, and to apply theory to specific policy context to identify creative, practical approaches to addressing challenging situations. Manisha holds a Masters in Business Economics and a BA (Honors) in Economics from the University of Delhi in India.

Mariola Panzuela Malgosa Network Manager, Transit Oriented Development -Barcelona

Mariola manages the Walking and Cycling Network at C40. In her role Mariola supports cities shift from motorized private transportation modes to active mobility solutions, such as walking and cycling. Enhancing walking and cycling initiatives and policies has the potential to boost citizens’ physical and mental health, safety and social equity, and improve the city’s air quality and noise pollution while generating no emissions. Mariola’s professional background is in strategy consulting. Prior to joining C40, Mariola worked as a Senior Manager for Dalberg Global Development Advisors advising governments, multilateral organizations, UN agencies and foundations on urban issues, such as mass transportation, from a social and economic development angle. Before Dalberg Mariola worked as a Senior Associate at The Boston Consulting Group (BCG) supporting Fortune 500 private sector companies in strategy design and implementation.

 

Mariola holds a Master in Public Administration by Columbia University (New York) and a Bachelors and Master in Business Administration by ESADE (Barcelona).

Mary Sokolow Events Coordinator

Mary Sokolow serves as Events Coordinator at C40. In this role, Mary supports the delivery and production of C40 events, including coordinating with the various C40 Teams to manage event marketing and branding, invitations and other related communications. Mary is also responsible for managing and strengthening C40’s global contact database for all events. Prior to joining C40, Mary held internships at the French Meeting Events Industry Council (UNIMEV) in Paris, where she was involved in the production and on-site organization of their annual meeting; and at Bloomberg Philanthropies in New York, where she was part of the team developing a variety of events in the fields of Arts, Culture and Environment. Mary also worked at Mouth, a social media and marketing agency where she worked on the design and implementation of social media strategies for clients. Mary is a graduate in Foreign Languages from Sorbonne University and also holds a Masters Degree in PR and Events Management from the Superior Institute of Communications (ISCOM).

Maximus Ugwuoke City Adviser to Lagos

Maximus is the City Adviser to Lagos where he is providing technical assistance to the City in the development and delivery of Climate Action Plan in line with the Paris agreement.

He has had a long and successful career in Lagos State Government for over 20 years serving in different roles and focusing on climate change, solid waste management, air quality and pollution control, environmental governance and policy, as well as environmental impact assessment. It is under his leadership that Lagos State developed a GHG inventory that is GPC compliant. 

Maximus was the first head of Lagos State Climate Change Unit, which successfully implemented climate change mitigation and adaptation projects, including delivering annual Lagos State International Climate Change Summit, which was held for seven consecutive years. 

As Head of the Climate Change Unit, Maximus was also responsible for managing relationships with so many climate change programme partners for Lagos State, such as C40, ICLEI, UN Agencies, the World Bank, and civil society groups.

While doing national service, Maximus was a Corper of the year award winner. He is also a Commonwealth Professional Fellow obtained from the Center for Global Eco-Innovation of University of Lancaster.  He holds a Bachelor’s degree from University of Nigeria Nsukka and Master’s degree in Environmental Resources Management from University of Lagos. He is a Registered Advertising Practitioner. 

Michela Carucci Food Systems Network Manager (Maternity Cover)

Michela oversees the Food Systems Network as part of C40's Food, Water and Waste's Programme. Before joining C40, Michela worked as an FAO consultant on project implementation in 3 countries (Colombia, Zambia and Sri Lanka), supporting city officials and local stakeholders in assessing territorial food systems and developing food strategies.  In addition, at FAO Michela worked on how to help cities put in place monitoring and evaluation systems to track progress on food systems strategies in collaboration with the Milan Urban Food Policy Pact (MUFPP) Secretariat and cities. In FAO, she supported the overall FAO corporate policy on urban food systems, including serving as liaison for international stakeholders. 

Prior to joining FAO, Michela worked for the Municipality of Milan, Mayor’s Office, for the MUFPP project and as researcher for both the private sector in the UK (the Institute of Grocery Distribution) and the National Public Health System in Italy. She is member of the Italian Association of Dietitians (ANDID) and co-editor of the Journal of the Association.  Michela  holds a BSc in Nutrition and Dietetics, Faculty of Medicine, from the University of Florence and a M.Sc. in Food Policy from City University London.

Mikkel Petersen Fundraising Coordinator

Mikkel serves as Fundraising Coordinator for C40. He fills a supportive role in developing and implementing C40's fundraising plan and contributes to cultivating and maintaining strong donor relationships. Throughout his career, he has focused on public sector donors and philanthropies on issues such as climate change, anti-corruption and urban development. At the City of Copenhagen, he helped secure funding for integrated urban renewals in the municipality. Prior to joining C40, he was raising funds for the "Economy, People & Planet" conference, organised by danish organisation Transition Now. During his studies, Mikkel interned at the Transparency International Secretariat in Berlin, where he assisted in gaining funding for both projects and core operations from governmental donors such as DFID and Danida. Mikkel is fluent in Danish, English and German. He holds a MSc in global studies and social science from Roskilde University.

Nadia Shah Adviser to the City of Johannesburg, South Africa

Nadia Shah works as an Adviser to the City of Johannesburg in South Africa. She is responsible for providing technical assistance towards the development of the City’s climate action plan in line with international ambitions and national commitments.  Nadia previously worked for the Climate Support Programme (CSP) at GIZ (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit) as an Adviser to Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA). During her time at GIZ, Nadia supported the development of the National Adaptation Strategy and the development and review of six provincial and 44 local government climate action plans. Nadia also previously employed as a consultant at Urban Earth where she worked very closely with eThekwini Municipality for two years, first as a member of the project team which developed the Durban Climate Change Strategy and later as a project team member of Durban’s 100 Resilient Cities Programme. Nadia holds an Honours degree and BSc in Environmental Management and is currently pursuing her Masters degree.

Natalie Isaac City Advisor to Melbourne

Natalie Isaac is the City Advisor to Melbourne where she is providing technical expertise to the City of Melbourne to update Melbourne’s climate action plan (Zero Net Emissions Strategy 2020 – 2050).  She has over seven years of sustainability expertise in the development, project management and delivery of environmental projects.  Natalie has provided consulting advice to government (local, state and national), not-for-profit, charity and private sector organisations both in Australia and the United Kingdom.   Prior to joining C40, Natalie was contracted to AECOM as a Senior Environmental Consultant, having previously worked in the London office.  Her recent project work included providing input into a Monitoring, Evaluation and Reporting Framework for Adaptation on behalf of the Department of Energy, Land, Water and Planning and the provision of Environmental Impact Assessments to the Australian Defence Force.  Other project experience includes developing and delivering: sustainability strategies, environmental management systems, emissions inventories, carbon footprint and verification reports, stakeholder and industry consultations, training and workshops, implementation plans, renewable energy planning policy and heat mapping studies, behavioural change programmes and renewable energy feasibility studies.  Natalie has a Bachelor of Science and a Bachelor of Commerce and Administration from Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. 

Nicola Mander Head of Climate Action Planning, Africa

Nicola is the Head of Climate Action Planning, Africa. She coordinates a programme of technical and capacity building support to Africa’s C40 cities aimed at assisting them to develop ambitious climate action plans that align with the goals of the Paris Climate Agreement. Prior to joining C40, Nicola was the Managing Director of FutureWorks Sustainability Consulting, where she assisted governments, businesses and development agencies throughout Africa in responding proactively to emerging environmental scarcities and threats, with the aim of supporting economic resilience and improved social equity.  

Nidia Garcia-Erceg Air Quality Policy Adviser-Los Angeles 

A native of El Salvador, Nidia serves as City Adviser at C40 for the office of Mayor Garcetti in Los Angeles. She will be responsible for the Air Quality and Health strategies in the Sustainable City Plan, and leading on the promotion of the new Health and Air Quality programme for C40.

 

Formally Nidia worked as the Deputy Policy Director at Coalition for Clean Air focused on freight and goods movement. She has worked for non-profits for over a decade facilitating community meetings with electeds, and agencies around the topics of resource management, conservation, leadership and environmental justice. Before joining CCA she led a national campaign for the Sierra Club coordinating their effort to turn the San Gabriel Mountains into a National Monument signed by Obama in 2014. She serves on several advisory boards, including the California Coastal Commission protecting the CA Coastline, and CicLAvia helping transform how people experience the city of Los Angeles.  Nidia holds a Master's in Urban and Regional Planning from Cal Polytechnic Pomona focused on environmental policy. 

Nina Pincus Operations Analyst

Nina serves as Operations Analyst at the New York office of C40, supporting the wider operations, finance and legal teams. Before joining C40, Nina worked at Mizuho Securities where she worked in the Corporate Access department, liaising with the Tokyo office and coordinating non-deal Roadshows for Japanese companies. Prior to this, Nina lived in Tokyo where she worked as a marketing and sales coordinator at a media company, helping produce a biweekly magazine called Metropolis Japan. Nina graduated from Scripps College with a BA in Foreign Languages, focusing on Spanish and Japanese. 

Oliver Walker Project Assistant for the C40 Cities Finance Facility

Oliver is the Project Assistant for the C40 Cities Finance Facility. He has previously been a member of the C40 regions team, where he was involved in engaging C40 cities in committing to the Deadline 2020 programme and enforcing the participation standards. Previously he has worked as a campaign manager for a political party and continues to work as a SCUBA diving instructor in both Malta and the UK. Oliver holds a Master’s degree in Climate Change from the University of East Anglia during which he worked with local authorities to identify the most appropriate GHG inventories to encourage meaningful emissions reduction, and a bachelor’s degree in Zoology from the University of Manchester.

Orsi Balog Women4Climate Project Manager

With several years of experience in the development sector, Orsi has worked with groups such as Amnesty International and SaveAct, focusing on women empowerment, education and human rights. In 2016 she cofounded a volunteer organisation, which in close collaboration with the municipality, has fostered refugees integration into the Dutch sociocultural landcape. Her aim is to understand and streamline, lessons learned and best practices, by using a transdisciplinary approach, that enables inputs and scoping across scientific and non-scientific stakeholder communities, in order to facilitate an innovative, dynamic and adaptive way of addressing challenging systemic issues. She has therefore worked with multiple grassroots movements, NGOs and social and science labs, to foster innovation, and to sharpen advocacy toolkits and outreach strategies across Europe, the Middle East and Sub-Saharan Africa. Orsi has a BA in International Relations from the European University-Munich, and was awarded a MSc double degree in Public Policy and Human Development by the United Nations University and the University of Maastricht, with a specialisation in Development Law and Multi-level Governance. As part of her dissertation, she explored the intersectoral policy coordination between civil society groups and governments.

Paul Cartwright Programme Manager, New Building Efficiency

Paul Cartwright serves as Programme Manager for the New Building Efficiency Network. Paul is responsible for managing the New Building Efficiency Network supporting cities to accelerate actions to improve energy efficiency in new buildings, as well as managing the South Africa Buildings Programme as part of the Energy and Buildings Technical Assistance Programme. Prior to joining C40, Paul was a Principal Consultant at BRE (Building Research Establishment), a building research and consultancy organisation in the UK. Paul lead a multi-disciplinary team of sustainable building professionals delivering applied research and consultancy projects focused on improving the performance of buildings for both public and private sector organisations. Paul took key roles in delivering a number of building performance innovation projects including working with industry, public sector and academic partners to develop solutions for scaling-up the delivery of low carbon housing. He holds a Bachelors degree in Geography and International Relations from Lancaster University and a Masters degree in Urban Development Planning from University College London.

Paul Jorgensen Project Manager, Climate Action Planning Africa Programme

Paul serves as a project manager for C40’s Climate Action Planning Africa Programme. Prior to joining C40, Paul worked as an environmental consultant for SRK Consulting, assisting a diverse client base in providing advisory services and solutions for environmental and social challenges. This included developing climate change policies, strategies and implementation plans for the private sector and city governments. He has previously held positions as a junior lecturer at the University of KwaZulu Natal, South Africa and a guest researcher at the United Nations University, Germany. He holds a Masters Degree in Environmental Science and a Bachelor of Social Science in Economics and Geography. During his Masters degree, Paul was awarded the Green Talents Award, an award which is granted by the German Federal Ministry for Education and Research (BMBF) to young and early professionals in sustainability research.

Pedro Ribeiro Project Officer, Adaptation Initiative

Pedro Ribeiro is the C40 Project Officer in the Adaptation Initiative and supporting adaptation networks. Pedro main role at C40 will be to facilitate and manage non-network, ad hoc, and evolving connections and sharing between cities, and Pedro serves as a member of the Adaptation Programme team.

Before joining C40, Pedro worked at the Rio de Janeiro Resilience Office. Pedro was part of the Rio’s Resilience Strategy development, where he focused on the cities urban vulnerabilities including risks due to Climate Change. In the Resilience Office, Pedro was also responsible to lead initiatives on Heat Waves/Urban Heat Islands and Urban Water Harvesting. These Initiatives required the integration of different stakeholders, including different City Hall’s departments and the Academy.

Pedro is currently attending a post graduate course on Ecological Landscape at the Pontifícia Universidade Católica of Rio de Janeiro and holds a Bachelor in Environmental Sciences at Federal University of Rio de Janeiro State.

Pegah Noori khah Building Energy Data Analyst

Pegah serves as Building Energy Data Analyst at C40 and is based in London. In her role she provides cities with technical assistance on building energy data analysis that will inform and support ambitious policies. In addition she supports technical workshops, building energy data related research products and peer to peer comparison research. Prior to joining C40 Pegah worked for Siemens Global Centre of Competence for Cities as an Infrastructure Researcher. There she worked on projects including C40's Air Quality research, Digitalization and Industry 4.0 study, and an infrastructure overview project with Myanmar. Previously she worked as a web/graphic designer gaining experience in data visualisation and communication. Pegah holds a Masters in Smart Cities and Urban Analytics from University College London and a BA in Architectural Engineering from Azad Tehran Central Branch, Iran. She speaks Persian and English.

 

Rafael Ramos City Adviser to the Mexico City

Since September 2017, Rafael Ramos serves again as City Adviser to the Mexico City government. His main task is to support the City to align its Climate Action Program with the objectives of the Paris Agreement. 

Rafael served as C40 City Adviser to Mexico City from 2007 to 2016. Before joining C40 Rafael was the Director of the Mexico City's Ambient Air Monitoring System in the Secretary of the Environment. Prior to this, Rafael was a Consultant on air quality at private Environmental Engineering firms for more than 15 years. 

Rafael holds a MSc degree in Control Systems from the London Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine, and a BA degree with Honors in Mechanical and Electrical Engineering from the National Autonomous University of Mexico.

Rié Hirai Senior Manager of Creative Content

Rié Hirai serves as C40’s Senior Manager of Creative Content. Rié is responsible for developing the visual identity of C40 to strengthen the organisation’s brand recognition and reputation across a broader audience worldwide. Before joining C40, Rié served as Senior Creative Director for the City of Paris. In this role, she helped define and design strong print and digital communication campaigns, including those for the City’s Participatory Budgeting and Car-Free Day. Together with Mayor Anne Hidalgo’s communications team, Rié developed a wide range of data visualizations and content using Paris open data. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Visual Communication from the Royal Academy of Arts in Brussels.

Samuel Chademana City Adviser to Tshwane

Samuel joined C40 in April of 2018 as the City Adviser for  the City of Tshwane in South Africa. He has over 10 years of experience in the design, implementation and evaluation of Donor, private and Government-funded community projects, in the socio-economic development and Climate Action spaces. Originally Zambian, his work experience has mostly been in South Africa, including two years as the Climate and Energy Justice campaign Manager for an Environmental Justice NGO known as groundwork; four years as Associate Program officer with the UNDP’s Energy and Environment Group; at a regional level in Eastern and Southern Africa; Three years with the City of Cape Town as a Professional officer for Local Economic Development and two years as an Assistant Policy and Strategic Planning officer with a South African government Development Agency known as the Independent Development Trust. In his leisure time Samuel plays basketball and Lawn Tennis; he is also an ardent hiker and enjoys gardening.

Samuel holds a BSc in Forestry from the Copperbelt University in Zambia; Two honours Degrees in Community Development from the University of KwaZulu-Natal and another in Sustainable Development Planning from University of Stellenbosch (both in South Africa), A diploma in Community Based Adaptation from the Centre for Sustainable Development  in Carlifornia and just completed a Masters in Public Administration (yet to graduate) with the University of KwaZulu-Natal

Sherwin Sampson IT Technician

Sherwin serves as our helpdesk technician working out of the C40 Cities office in London.  Sherwin has extensive experience across various disciplines in the media industry, working for Sony Music, 19 Entertainment and most recently Ascential PLC.  Prior to joining C40 Cities, Sherwin was also a Creative for Apple, where he instructed and lead local businesses and consumers in the creation and production of digital content for personal and professional projects. Sherwin has a Bachelor’s Degree in Multimedia Technology from Brunel University.

Silvia Marcon Head of the Chair's Office

As Head of the Chair’s Office, Silvia works with the Chair of C40, Mayor of Paris Anne Hidalgo, her team in Paris, and the C40 Executive Director team to set the Chair's strategic vision, implement the Chair’s priorities and coordinate Steering Committee engagement. Silvia manages Chair-level external communications and leads the Women4Climate initiative, designed to advance and support the emergence of the next generation of female climate leaders in C40 Cities.

The former director of green Think Tank Fondation de l'Ecologie Politique-FEP (France), Silvia has worked for several years at the French WWF office as the Institutional Relations Manager, responsible for the National Energy Transition Bill. Silvia graduated in International Relations from the University of Trieste (Italy), and holds a Masters degree in Urban Sociology from the School for Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences/EHESS-Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (Paris, France).

Stelios Diakoulakis Deputy Regional Director for Europe

Stelios Diakoulakis is the C40 Deputy Regional Director for Europe and closely works with the Regional Director in supporting member cities in Europe regarding their overall participation in C40 activities ensuring they benefit from their membership and also comply with C40 Participation Standards. He is responsible for the delivery of projects of strategic importance that contribute in achieving C40 cities' climate targets. Prior joining C40, Stelios worked as Senior EU Policy and International Affairs Advisor to the Mayor of Athens serving, among others, as the City of Athens primary contact to C40. He has significant experience in European politics on various fields having offered his services for many years in the European Parliament and the Greek Foreign Ministry while he has also worked at a consulting company focusing on strategic regional programs and development research projects in the EU Cohesion Policy framework. He has studied Economics at the Athens University of Economics and Business and holds a master’s degree in European Studies from the University of Reading, UK. He speaks English, French and Greek. 

Stephen Davis Adviser to the City of Cape Town, South Africa

Stephen joined C40 as the City of Cape Town’s climate change adviser in March 2018. He has been working on clean energy and climate change for more than 10 years In between working as an independent consultant, coach and facilitator, Stephen most recently worked with Pegasys Strategy & Development on projects related to resilience, clean energy, and climate change mitigation, specialising in low-carbon urban development. Stephen also worked with ICLEI Africa where he provided technical and strategic support to the Urban Low Emission Development Strategies project. Stephen has assisted numerous cities and local governments in South Africa, Rwanda, Mozambique and Comoros with GHG emissions modelling, reporting and target setting, as well as capacity building, and with developing, monitoring, reporting and evaluating climate change strategies and action plans. He has designed and facilitated multi-stakeholder engagements related to clean energy and climate change. Prior to working in the low-carbon cities space, Stephen worked for 4 years as a researcher at the Energy Research Centre in Cape Town, where lectured in energy and climate change topics, and led several research projects on residential energy efficiency and behavioural change. Stephen has a Master’s degree in Operations Research from the University of Cape Town and a degree in Statistics and Actuarial Science from the University of the Witwatersrand. He also holds certificates with the World Bank’s City Climate Planner Program and with the Centre for Appreciative Inquiry as a coach and facilitator. In his spare time Stephen can be found running up and down mountains, and is a climber, semi-professional ultra-trail runner, and artisanal bread-baker.

Tim Pryce Energy and Buildings Programme Director, Maternity Cover

Tim Pryce serves as Programme Director of the Energy and Buildings Initiative (maternity cover) at C40. He is responsible for delivering C40's global energy and building strategy, including its programme of technical assistance to cities. Tim was previously Head of Public Sector and Cities at the Carbon Trust, with responsibility for strategic leadership of its work with public bodies and local governments. He led his team to deliver several multi-million dollar donor-funded programmes with measurable carbon savings. This included the Carbon Trust public sector programmes, the Low Carbon Cities Malaysia programme, and the setup of the Welsh Government Resource Efficient Wales programme. Tim has worked with over 3,000 public sector bodies and 400 local governments in the UK, Turkey, Latin America, Malaysia and China, and ran sessions on city climate leadership at COP22. Tim is a qualified chartered accountant, and started his career at the UK National Audit Office, conducting reviews of UK flood risk management strategies and the EU Emission Trading Scheme among others. He has a BA Hons in Geography from the University of Oxford and an MSc in Applied Meteorology from the University of Reading.

Vanesa Cofino Mackie Finance & Grants Officer

Vanesa is responsible for the administration and management of restricted fund grants, ensuring that compliance is met and robust systems and processes are in place.  Vanesa was recently Finance and Operations Manager at Pro Bono Economics, a charity helping other charities to understand and improve their impact. Prior to this she was Finance and Operations controller at Trillion Fund, a loan based crowdfunding platform for renewable energy projects.  She has also worked at IDOM, a global architectural and engineering consultancy firm, Quiet Revolution, a vertical axis wind turbine firm and Waste Watch, a sustainability charity.  Vanesa holds a BSc (Hons) in Ecology, Conservation & Environment from York University and an MSc in Environmental Decision Making from the Open University.