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Mark Watts Executive Director

Mark has served as Executive Director of C40 Cities since December 2013, during which time the organisation has grown from 63 to 96 of world's greatest cities, and from 40 to over 200 staff across the globe. From inception, C40’s mission has been to be a high ambition leadership group, driving the world to avoid a climate crisis through the actions and leadership of the mayors of the world’s leading cities. In 2016, C40 became the first major organization to insist that a 1.5-degree target was essential rather than aspirational (through our Deadline 2020 program). Prior to joining C40 Cities, 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 Los Angeles, Eric Garcetti, 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 Climate Planning, Finance and Partnerships

Andrea Fernández serves as C40’s Director of Climate Planning, Finance and Partnerships. Andrea is responsible for overseeing C40's climate planning, 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.

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)

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.

David Miller Director of International Diplomacy

David Miller is the Director of International Diplomacy for C40 Cities. Mr. Miller was Mayor of Toronto from 2003 to 2010, and served as Chair of C40 Cities from 2008 until 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, was an Adjunct Professor at York University in Toronto and has an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Waterloo in Environmental Studies. 

Prior to joining the C40, Mr. Miller served as the President and CEO of World Wildlife Fund-Canada, Canada’s foremost conservation organization.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 Cities Climate Leadership Group. He serves on the Advisory Board for the African Centre for Cities (University of Cape Town). His work with local authorities started at the City of Blantyre and later at 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 for East and Southern Africa (ad Interim) and Head of IUCN in South Africa. He has also been one of the International Development Research Center’s (IDRC) African Mentors for policy think-tanks in Africa; and a member of the Regional Technical Committee for the Global Water Partnership (Southern Africa). Besides an MSc degree in Cities from the London School of Economics (LSE Cities), he also holds an MSc degree in Strategic Management (University of Derby, UK), Postgraduate Diploma in Environmental Diplomacy - specializing in Green Economy (University of Geneva, Switzerland) and a BSc degree in Economics (University of Malawi). He has had focused training in Climate Change Diplomacy and Bilateral Diplomacy at the Diplo Foundation, Switzerland.

Tongbo Liu Managing Director, East Asia

Tongbo Liu serves as C40’s Managing Director for 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 Ventura Regional Director for Europe

Júlia López Ventura is C40 Cities’ Regional Director for Europe since 2015. Her work focuses on supporting top political decision makers to fight climate change in global megacities, from mitigation of greenhouse gas emissions to adaptation to the already present climate change effects, as well as the regional coordination of city diplomacy work to influence climate policy of supranational actors like the UN or the European Commission. Before joining C40, Júlia worked for over a decade 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 (which Barcelona won). Júlia has lectured at several universities, including the Polytechnich University of Catalonia Foundation in Barcelona and the IE Business School in Madrid, with courses on City Strategy and Governance. She is a fluent speaker of English, French, Spanish, Italian and Catalan and holds an MSc in Telecom engineering from the Polytechnic University of Catalonia and Master’s Degree in Sociology from UOC in Spain.

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.

Jonathan Walter Director of Programs, Business & Innovation

Jonathan is C40s Director of Programmes Business and Innovation. He and his team are focused on shaping and delivering programmes that bring together cities, global and local businesses, start-ups and citizens to work collectively to tackle climate challenges.  Jonathan has recently spoken on the subject of the need for city business collaboration to drive meaningful climate action at Smart Cities New York and the Sustainable Urban Solutions conference in Copenhagen.

In previous roles, Jonathan has focused on technology-driven strategy and change and spent 12 years at WSP Group as Associate Director for Strategy.

Jonathan has a degree in Politics and Economics and holds professional qualifications in strategy development, change and project management. 

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

Milag San Jose- Ballesteros serves as the Regional Director for East, 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 facilitating collaboration between cities across the global C40 network. Central to this is working with C40 cities across the region towards ambitious commitments and transformative actions to address climate change. Milag has more than 20 years experience working on environmental governance and policy, natural resources management and sustainable development. Prior to joining C40, Milag served as Regional Environmental Governance Specialist with the Environmental Cooperation-Asia (ECO-Asia) program 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. A native of Manila, Philippines, she has been based in Singapore since 2008.

Wenwen Chen Office Manager

Wenwen Chen is Office Manager, leading the Beijing office's registration and operation as well as supporting Chinese cities's engagement in C40 China work. 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.

Anna Beech Director of Governance

Anna serves as the Director of Governance at C40. Anna supports the Executive Director and oversees relationships with key C40 strategic funders. In particular, she provides support to the Executive Director in managing the Board of Directors, supporting the C40's Chair's Office functions and managing the Governance and Fundraising teams. Before joining C40 in 2015, Anna 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.


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.

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.

Emilie Hvidtfeldt Deputy Director of Global Initiatives and Climate Partnerships

Emilie Hvidtfeldt is the Deputy Director of Global Initiatives and Climate Partnerships. In this post, she works in the teams of Global Initiatives (GI) and Climate Planning, Finance and Partnerships (CPFP) to develop and implement strategies that maximise programme delivery and ensure effective coordination across all C40 teams. Emilie has been with C40 since 2016 with various responsibilities in the Executive Director's office and as Head of the C40 World Mayors Summit 2019. Prior to joining C40, Emilie worked on cities and climate action in the City of Copenhagen, Danish Ministries and in the Danish green think tank Monday Morning. Emilie is based in Copenhagen and has a MSc in Political Science from University of Copenhagen and a MA Cities/Urban Geography from Kings College London.

Zoe Sprigings Director of Reporting and Business Planning

Zoe Sprigings serves as Director of Reporting and Business Planning at C40. She is responsible for reviewing and reporting C40’s progress against its current business plan targets, and developing the new four-year Business Plan. She was previously Programme Director for Energy and Buildings at C40. Prior to joining C40, Zoe was a Senior Policy Adviser in the Department of Energy and Climate Change of the UK Government, where she worked in climate roles spanning parliamentary legislation, international finance and communications. Her non-executive experience includes Chair of the Board of Trustees for Medsin, a global health charity. She has been published in various academic journals and books on urban climate policy and the history of medicine. 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, Somerville College).  

Ricardo Cepeda-Márquez Technical Lead for Water and Waste

Ricardo Cepeda-Márquez serves as C40’s Technical Lead for Waste and Water, where he is the senior expert covering the areas of solid waste, materials management, and urban water management, bringing attention and organizational coordination to the opportunities in GHG emission reduction in these sectors, including the importance of upstream interventions around prevention and reduction of waste, accelerating the transition of cities towards a sustainable materials management vision, the urgency to address methane emissions from landfills and wastewater and the importance of integrated urban water management in cities. Previously, Ricardo served as Head of the Waste & Water Initiative at C40. Before joining C40, Ricardo led 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. Ricardo also worked as a Lead Engineer performing hydraulic safety analysis for oil pipeline systems for the Mexican Oil industry – PEMEX, and developing statistical analysis tools for rainfall and drought prediction for municipal planning.

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 Programme Director for Transportation and Urban Planning

Gunjan Parik serves as the Programme Director for Transportation and Urban Planning at C40. 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 Senior Manager, Business Planning and Reporting

Jana supports C40 with strengthening its strategic planning and monitoring & evaluation. She managed cities’ membership and oversees the delivery of annual city reporting and support to cities on data management.

Previously at C40, Jana coordinated the Deadline 2020 Programme, including strategic funder relationship around assisting cities with developing inclusive and resilient climate action plans compatible with the 1.5˚C goal of the Paris Agreement. She had also held roles in the C40 Regions and the Global Initiatives teams where she contributed to the delivery of major C40 events, including the past two C40 Mayors Summits, helped produce sectoral Good Practice Guides, assisted with C40 workshops, and strengthened engagement with Chinese cities and partners.

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. 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 Head of China Engagement, Energy and Buildings Programme

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.

Kate Laing Programme Manager, Zero Emission Area

Kate has a dedicated focus on the C40 Cities who have signed the Green and Healthy Streets Declaration and thus committed to establishing a significant area of their city as zero-emission by 2030. Kate has more than 13 years of experience as an economist and advocate for sustainable policy, working with decision-makers in the public sector to manage urban mobility and urban water supply in the context of global climate change. Prior to joining C40 Cities, Kate worked with Pegasys Strategy & Development in South Africa and PricewaterhouseCoopers in Australia and the United Kingdom. 

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.

Laura Jay Regional Director for North America

Laura Jay serves as a Regional Director for North America & Head of the New York Office at C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group. In this role, she works with C40’s 17 cities in the US and Canada to help advance climate actions, from policies to mitigate emissions to strategies for adapting to climate impacts. Previously, Laura served as the Deputy Regional Director for North America as well as the Land Use Planning Network Manager at C40. Prior to joining the C40, Laura served as a Project Manager at Terrapin Bright Green where she consulted to 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 governance and strategic planning. 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.



Cristina Miclea Zero Emission Freight Manager

Cristina works as a Zero Emission Freight Manager for C40’s Transportation and Urban Planning Programme. In her role she provides support to C40 cities that signed the Green and Healthy Streets (Fossil Fuel Free Streets) Declaration to deliver zero emission areas and to shift to zero emissions freight and commercial vehicles. Cristina is also the lead for the Zero Emission Freight Academy, an event bringing together cities and experts to address challenges and barriers to the uptake of zero emissions freight and commercial vehicles, share expertise, best practices and develop action plans. Previously, Cristina worked as part of C40’s Climate Action Planning programme, helping cities update their climate action plans in line with the objectives of the Paris Climate Agreement, and worked closely with the New York City Mayor’s Office of Sustainability to develop guidance on achieving city carbon neutrality. Cristina was also a key member of the team developing C40’s Climate Action Planning Framework. 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 is an alumna of the MSc Environmental Technology at Imperial College London.

Ilan E. Cuperstein Deputy Regional Director for Latin America

Ilan serves as Deputy Regional Director for Latin America after having worked as C40 city adviser to Rio de Janeiro, helping the city implement its climate action plan in multiple areas and setting the first sustainability office in Latin America. Afterwards, Ilan has successfully launched the C40 clean energy network, which has now over 30 cities from various C40 regions. Ilan has previously worked at the China Brazil Center for Climate Change, where he worked with government agencies, energy companies and NGOs in bilateral projects related to biofuels, clean energy innovation policies, electric vehicles and carbon capture and storage. Ilan holds a BA in International Relations from PUC-RJ and a Master's degree in Environment and Development from the London School of Economics. 

Aris Moro Knowledge & Partnerships Manager

Aris is the Knowledge and Partnerships Manager for the C40 Cities Finance Facility (CFF), a joint initiative of the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group and GIZ. The CFF facilitates access to finance for climate change mitigation and resilience projects in urban areas. In his role, Aris collects, manages and disseminates all knowledge generated in CFF-supported projects, which include cycling infrastructure in Bogotá, electric buses in Mexico City, and community-led ecosystem-based adaptation in Durban. 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. 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 Brazilian cities. 

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. 

Michael Doust Director, Measurement and Planning

Michael serves as Director of the Measurement and Planning Team. In this role, he is responsible for C40's global climate action planning programmes. 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. Michael is a Chartered Environmentalist and has a Master's degree in Environmental Change and Management from the University of Oxford.

Zarina Moolla Senior manager, Climate Action Planning, Africa

Zarina serves as a Senior Manager for the Climate Action Planning Africa Programme, within the Measurement and Planning Team. In this role, she works with African cities to develop ambitious and robust long-term climate action plans that are compatible with the ambitions of the Paris Climate Agreement. Prior to this, Zarina worked as a C40 City Adviser to Durban, where she supported the City to develop their Climate Action Plan. Prior to joining C40, 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 Environmental Management, from the University of KwaZulu-Natal.

Rachel Huxley Director of Knowledge and Learning

Rachel Huxley is Director of Knowledge and Learning, responsible for C40’s knowledge management strategy and research programme. Rachel has been with C40 for over 5 years during which time she has developed and led a priority programme of research on the multiple benefits of urban climate action and overseen the launch of C40’s flagship Knowledge Hub. 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. Rachel has a PhD from the University of Leeds on the processes and practices of sustainable transition and decision making in cities.

Molly Wang Programme Manager, Climate Action Planning, China

Molly serves as the Programme Manager for the Climate Action Planning China Programme, within the Measurement and Planning Team. In this role, she supports Chinese cities to develop ambitious climate action plans in line with the Paris Agreement. Molly guides the development and delivery of the programme from a technical perspective, providing expert advice to cities and technical oversight on all deliverables. Previously in C40, Molly acted as the technical lead on greenhouse gas emissions accounting and monitoring, providing assistance to cities across regions. Prior to joining C40, Molly led energy procurement, building energy management and carbon reduction activities at a large local authority in the UK. She also brings experience of sustainable transport programmes from her time at the Energy Saving Trust, as well as knowledge of green financing from assisting the management of a significant government-funded energy efficiency recycling loan. Molly 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.

Max Jamieson Head of Technical Assistance

Max serves as Head of Technical Assistance, within the Measurement and Planning Team. In this role, he is responsible for providing technical assistance and developing guidance and resources to support cities develop robust, evidence-based climate action plans. Max works closely with colleagues in Africa, Southeast Asia, Latin America, and China to deliver C40’s global climate action planning programme. 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 Master’s in Environmental Technology and Energy Policy from Imperial College London and a BSc in Marine Geography, from the University of Wales, Cardiff.

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.

Irene Skoula Technical Lead, Energy & Buildings

Irene Skoula serves as the technical expert on Energy and Buildings helping C40 cities deliver ambitious actions in line with the goals of the Paris agreement, specifically through initiatives to deliver zero carbon new buildings by 2030 and all buildings by 2050 and increase low carbon energy supply as part of the global grid decarbonization required by 2050. She previously managed the Clean Energy Network at C40, which is focused on supporting cities plan and implement ambitious low carbon energy programs for electricity, heating or cooling that will help them reduce their greenhouse gas emissions. Irene has also acted as an interim network manager for private building efficiency and was previously the C40 City Advisor for the City of Athens, where she facilitated the delivery of the first GPC-compliant GHG inventory for the city and a fully‐integrated 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.

Irene holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Physics from the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens and a Master’s degree in Environment and Sustainable Development from the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA). 

Gifti Nadi Deputy Regional Director for Africa

As the Deputy Regional Director for Africa for C40 Climate Leadership Group, Gifti Nadi works closely with the political and technical leadership and climate ambitions of 12 African cities. Previously at C40, Gifti served as City Diplomacy Manager - Global Campaigns focusing on the lead up to the CitiesIPCC campaign and conference held in March 2018 in Edmonton, Canada. Gifti began her C40 tenure as City Adviser for Addis-Ababa where she primarily worked with the political and operational leadership within city government to facilitate the delivery and public engagement plan of the proposed Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) project. Gifti has more than 15 years of experience in the fields of capacity building, media and communications, public policy, gender equality, health and rural development. She has 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) in Washington DC, as the 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 Head, Thriving Cities

Julia leads The Thriving Cities Initiative (TCI), which support cities make the long term, systemic shift to a ‘good life’ for all, within planetary boundaries. TCI is currently working with pioneering pilot cities to reduce consumption and build actual models of sustainable city society.

Previous to this, Julia worked as a C40's Programme Manager, Climate Action Plans and City Adviser to Sydney. Together with Deadline 2020 pilot cities Julia developed C40's Climate Action Planning Framework. And As City Advisor to Sydney, 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 led the City of Sydney’s Residential Sustainability Programs and worked for the NSW Government fostering business partnerships 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.

Luan Baptista Programme Management Office (PMO) Manager

Luan Baptista Ribeiro is the C40’s Programme Management Office (PMO) Manager. In this role, Luan is responsible for providing C40 staff with guidance and advice on the practice of programme management and execution and for ensuring effective processes, systems and tools are developed and delivered to drive improved performance management within C40's portfolio of programmes. Prior to this role, Luan served as Coordinator for Global Initiatives where he led on the data analysis and reporting for the Global Initiatives team to key funders, Steering Committee and the Board of Directors. Before joining the C40, Luan was involved in projects focused on regional development and transport planning in Regeneris and Urban Flow. Prior to moving to the UK, Luan worked as Advisor for International Relations in Sao Paulo Mayor’s Office where he was responsible for facilitating the exchange of best practices and policies on urban development with cites, private and public organisations around the world. Luan is a Managing Successful Programmes (MSP) certified professional and has a Master’s degree from the Bartlett Development Planning Unit at University College London and a Bachelor’s degree in International Relations from the Pontifical Catholic University of Sao Paulo. Luan is fluent in Portuguese, Spanish and English, and is competent in French.


Caroline Watson Programme Director for Transportation and Urban Planning

Caroline serves as Programme Director for Transportation and Urban Planning. 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 Head, Inclusive Climate Action

Caterina Sarfatti serves as Head, Inclusive Climate Action 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 Head of Knowledge Management

Jared currently serves as Head of Knowledge Management, 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.

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. 

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 Senior Knowledge Platform Manager

Daniel Samuels serves as the Senior Knowledge Platform Manager at C40 on the Research, Development and Innovation team. In this position, he is responsible for the development and overall management of C40’s knowledge platforms and data, including C40’s primary public knowledge-sharing platform, The C40 Knowledge Hub. In this role, he is also responsible for mapping C40's data across its systems. Prior to this, Daniel was a Project Analyst with the Clinton Foundation working on the C40-CCI (Clinton Climate Initiative) team, where he helped the first CCI intranet. 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, community service and sustainable development. Daniel holds a Bachelor in Economics and Social Sciences from Sydney University, Australia.

Lisa Kim Senior Manager, Operations Development

Lisa Kim is the Senior Manager of Operations Development at C40, where she leads on special projects regarding strategic organizational development and growth planning for C40's international operations across 32 countries while working with the wider Corporate Services teams consisting of HR, Contracts & Grants, Finance and Operations. Before joining C40, Lisa taught high school English literature and writing in New York City. In addition to teaching, Lisa managed office administration and event planning for the nonprofit arts organization, OrigamiUSA, and assisted the President at the literary agency, Sterling Lord Literistic. Lisa has an MA in English Education from Columbia University and a BA in Journalism & Mass Communications and Sociology from New York University.

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.

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. 


Markus Berensson Senior Research Manager

Markus Berensson serves as Senior 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 C40 Cities. 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 14 years working for the Greater London Authority 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.

Aaron Kiely Senior Campaigns Manager (Youth Initiative) 

Aaron Kiely is responsible for the development and implementation of C40’s new flagship Global Youth Initiative, working with C40 mayors and young activists to create a Global Youth and Mayors Climate Forum capable of building a shared agenda to drive forward climate solutions, and engaging youth leaders in urban climate action. 

Prior to joining C40, Aaron co-led Friends of the Earth's climate campaign in the UK. He worked to grow and empower a network of 200 activist groups to campaign for socially just climate action both locally and nationally. He was involved in the successful legal challenge to halt expansion of Heathrow airport, and has campaigned on air pollution and fracking. He played a leading role in organising the largest ever UK climate demonstration ahead of the Paris climate talks in 2015. 

Previously Aaron was elected to represent 1 million students of African, Arab, Asian and Caribbean descent at the National Union of Students UK. Aaron organised inspiring and successful campaigns that dramatically increased the number of Black representatives in the student movement, effectively challenged racism and halted deportations of international students. Aaron also has experience in local government where he has served as an elected representative. 

Aaron has a BSc in Sociology and Social Policy from London Metropolitan University.

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.

Alex Richards Group Financial Controller

Alex Richards serves as C40’s Group Financial Controller. He is responsible for managing the day to day financial operations of C40 worldwide. Alex’s previous experience includes working as a finance manager for a construction company, and as an auditor for a UK top-20 accountancy firm, both based in London. Alex is ACA-qualified and has an MSci Mathematics degree from the University of Bristol.

Alice Cavanagh Stakeholder Engagement Officer

As Stakeholder Engagement Officer, Alice works to ensure alignment between the Executive Director’s Office and the Office of International Diplomacy, which includes the Chair’s Office. Alice works closely with the Director of Governance to support the Executive Director, as well as providing support to the Director of International Diplomacy. Alice also supports the ED team’s engagement with the Board and funders. Before starting as Stakeholder Engagement Officer, Alice interned in the Executive Director’s Office for a year on various workstreams including the C40 World Mayors Summit in 2019, Board and Steering Committee processes and COVID-19 response. Alice graduated from the University of Manchester in 2019, having read Geography and spending a year studying at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver.

Alisa Kreynes Green Ports Programme Manager

Alisa leads the development of C40's new Green Ports Forum, working to connect port cities, ports, and related public and private sector stakeholders in sharing knowledge and developing and implementing policies and solutions that improve public health and mitigate greenhouse gas emissions from ports and supply chains. Alisa has extensive experience working with engineering consultancies, power utilities, technology companies, and government agencies in the energy and maritime sectors. Over the past 5 years, Alisa championed and managed a ports efficiency program for the US Department of Energy's Better Communities Alliance and supported the technical and advisory teams on the 2050 Masterplan for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. Alisa spent a part of her career in Southeast and South Asia with an international electric utility, where she was responsible for leadership, project direction, business planning and development of critical power and infrastructure projects. She is also a co-founder of SolarSkyrise, a clean technology company that tackles the emissions challenge of large buildings and transforms the value of urban renewables. Alisa holds a B.A. in International Relations and Political Science from Boston University, and a Master in Urban Planning from the University of Southern California, Price School of Public Policy.

Alissa Raj City Adviser for Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Alissa is the City Adviser for Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. She is responsible for facilitating and developing a Paris Agreement compatible Climate Action Plan for the city, as well as ensure the capacity of the local council counterparts are built during the process. Prior to joining C40, her experience included corporate consulting, with a focus on sustainability strategy and reporting for locally listed companies, as well as environmental sustainable design consulting, focusing on optimising building and masterplan design for sustainable certification and carbon emission reductions. Her experience includes assisting the development the KL's Carbon Management Plan for council-owned assets as the local consultant, and she is a keen advocate for integrated climate action through partnerships. She has a Bachelors in Architectural Studies as well as Master of Environments from the University of Melbourne.

Amy Kirbyshire Senior Editorial Manager, Knowledge Management Projects

Amy Kirbyshire is the Senior Editorial Manager for C40's Knowledge Hub, where C40 captures and disseminates many of its key learnings, best practices, and unique insights into the political economy of climate change in cities. Prior to joining C40, Amy worked at the Overseas Development Institute, where she spent seven years first with the Climate and Development Knowledge Network on adaptation research and knowledge management, and later as a researcher on climate risk and resilience. At ODI her work explored extreme heat adaptation in Indian cities, mass displacement to cities, climate-induced migration, flood early warning in Nepal, political economy analysis, and Adaptation Communications under the UNFCCC, among other issues. Prior to ODI, Amy also worked at the Asian Disaster Preparedness Centre and the Red Cross Climate Centre on climate risk. She holds an MSc in Disasters, Adaptation and Development from Kings College London, and a BSc in Geography from Sheffield University.

Amy Rodwell Director of Finance

Amy Rodwell serves as C40's Director of Finance. Amy leads the global finance function for all entities within the C40 group, and supports the Management Team with strategic decision making through the provision of timely and accurate financial analysis. Amy's previous charity sector roles were at the National Deaf Children's Society and the International Planned Parenthood Federation. Prior to this, Amy worked as an Aid Auditor in a large, global accountancy firm, undertaking work for global donors in over 50 countries, including the world’s second smallest by population, Tuvalu.

Amy is a Chartered Accountant and holds a Masters in Finance (major: economic policy) from the University of London, as well as a BA in Economics and Geography.

Ana Gomez Senior Manager, Steering Committee

Ana is the Senior Manager, Steering Committee and is responsible for supporting Mayor Garcetti and the Office of the C40 Chair by managing the processes of the Steering Committee, including Steering Committee meetings and elections. Prior to joining C40, Ana Worked for the Office of Mayor Eric Garcetti, where she served as a Legislative Deputy. In that role, she was responsible for helping manage relations with the 15 Los Angeles City Council offices and for tracking proposed legislation including items considered by the Energy, Climate Change and Environmental Justice Committee. She first joined the City of Los Angeles in 2013 working with the Office of Council member Gilbert Cedillo, where she served for three years as a Field Deputy. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and History from the University of California, Los Angeles and a Master of International Affairs from the University of California, San Diego's School of Global Policy and Strategy.

Andrew Armstrong New Buildings Adviser

Andrew serves as New Buildings Adviser for the Building Energy 2020 Programme, 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 Project Manager, Financing Sustainable Cities Initiative (FSCI)

Anelise works across the Financing Sustainable Cities Initiative (FSCI) to support the tracking, coordination and communication of activities, events and outcomes across the Initiative. She is responsible for monitoring and dissemination of knowledge from the sectors currently covered by the FSCI (finance for sustainable transport, energy and adaptation). Anelise also leads on coordination between the C40’s work on climate finance and Inclusive Climate Action, as well as the Initiative’s annual events strategy. 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.

Anita Brown Grants & Contracts Manager

Anita serves as the part-time Grants and Contracts Manager in C40’s Corporate Services team, based out of the London office. She is responsible for funder relations, contracting, and procurement for C40's Climate Action Planning work in Latin America and Asia. Before joining C40, Anita was the Regional Relationship Manager of global corporates for Standard Chartered Bank, South Africa. In this role, Anita provided banking solutions to blue-chip corporates across sub-Saharan Africa. Anita has over a decade of corporate and investment banking experience focusing on counterparty risk and client facing functions from Canary Wharf to Johannesburg and safely through the financial crisis. Anita graduated from the University of Stellenbosch with a Bachelor of Commerce (Financial Management).

Anna Jönsson Project Officer, Climate Action Planning

Anna serves as a Project Officer within the Measurement and Planning team. In this role, she supports the Climate Action Planning Programme with the development of climate action planning resources, helping cities to deliver 1.5-degree compatible Climate Action Plans. In her previous role with C40, Anna was part of the Executive Director’s team, where she supported C40's leadership in managing organisational governance and strategic development, including coordinating C40 Board meetings, and as liaison C40’s strategic funder Realdania and other major funders. Based in the C40 Copenhagen office, Anna was also part of the core team planning and delivering the C40 World Mayors Summit 2019. Anna holds a Master in Urban Governance from Sciences Po Paris, and a BSc in International Business and Politics from Copenhagen Business School, and has previous working experience from different industries in Denmark, France and Brazil.


Anna Peiris Project Officer, Zero Emission Vehicle Network

Anna is joining the Global Initiatives team as the Project Officer for the Low Emission Vehicle Network. In this role, she will be assisting the coordination of the network’s activities and events, primarily focusing on the LEV network workshop, supporting the network cities, and resource management. Previously, Anna worked as an intern for the Financing Sustainable Cities Initiative, where she supported the delivery of the annual Financing Sustainable Cities Forum in New York, alongside the coordination of several FSCI workshops. Prior to joining C40, she has been involved with NGO's campaigning on global health issues, specifically with the group Universities Allied for Essential Medicines (UAEM), working with universities to promote global equitable access to medicines and assisting in implementing relevant progressive licensing practices to address these challenges. Anna has a bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Science from University College London (UCL).

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.

Antoine Jaillet Antoine Jaillet - Project Manager, Model Development and Analytics

Antoine serves as Project Manager, Model Development and Analytics within the Measurement and Planning Team, leading on the development of tools and methods to measure greenhouse gas emissions as well assess the impacts of city actions on climate, economic and social indicators. Prior to joining C40, Antoine worked as a climate consultant for Carbone 4, focused on the energy and housing sector. In that role, he assisted private and public sector stakeholders in measuring their carbon footprint, defining climate targets compatible with the Paris agreement together with designing action plans meeting those targets. He also brings experience from the development and financial sectors, having worked with the French Development Agency on climate issues in the Nigerian oil and gas industry and for Credit Agricole CIB on the financing of industrial projects. Antoine holds an Engineering Diploma from Mines Nancy, an Msc. in engineering from Université de Lorraine and a Master’s degree in Public Policy and Economics from Sciences Po Paris.


Barbara Barros City Adviser for Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Barbara Barros serves as City Adviser for Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, as part of C40 Climate Action Planning Programme. In this role, she is responsible for engaging internal and external stakeholders, and facilitating knowledge transfer across the Rio’s City Hall, C40 network and C40 consultants, in order to provide high-quality tailored technical assistance to support locally-led efforts and strengthen the Rio’s climate action.

Prior to joining C40, Barbara worked on the development of the Rio de Janeiro Climate Change Adaptation Strategy, in which she carried out a vulnerability assessment and an adaptation strategy for the Urbanization & Housing sector of the City by 2040. Later, she served as a Head of the Adaptation and Resilience Sector of the City Hall of Recife (Pernambuco – Brazil) to manage the Climate Change Adaptation Plan and low carbon urban development projects of the City. She also worked as a technical consultant for the Recife’s Master Plan to advance climate change planning within the urban planning agenda for the next 10 years.

She holds a degree in Architecture and Urban Planning from Federal University of Alagoas (Brazil), and a Master’s in Urban Engineering from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (Brazil). Her master’s thesis analyses the integration of adaptation planning with urban planning across four megacities.

Birgitte Krohn Regions Team Coordinator

Birgitte provides support to the Director of Regions and Regional Directors of Europe and Africa, as well as coordinates the Danish Deadline 2020 project ‘DK2020’ in partnership with Realdania and Danish green think tank, CONCITO. Before joining C40 Birgitte worked at CONCITO, where she helped develop and run CONCITO's youth platform ‘the Climate Embassy’ and coordinated a cross-disciplinary course for young professionals and university students with a focus on sustainability. Birgitte has a Master's Degree in Political Science from Aarhus University with a semester at Mannheim University and interned at Ramboll Management Consulting during her studies.

Boping Chen Regional Director for East Asia (China)

Boping is the Regional Director for East Asia (China) of C40. She is responsible for leading C40’s work in China to support Chinese member cities to further advance their climate ambition and lead the transition towards an urban ecological civilization.

Before joining C40, Boping was the China Director of the World Future Council (WFC) and helped WFC to establish and develop its office in China. Previously, she was the Director of Policy and International Strategy of WWF China, leading WWF China’s policy research and advocacy work to influence China’s high-level policy framework for stronger environmental targets in its development policy. Earlier in her career, Boping had experience with both private sector and government programs. She provided consultancy on climate change and renewable energy for investments in China, served for Dexia bank on public and project finance and started her career with the EU-China Natural Forest Management Project under the State Forestry Administration of China, which inspired her to pursue a career in sustainable development. 

Bo Sun Project Manager, Climate Action Planning, China

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Bo Sun acts as the Project Manager in the CAP China team, based in Beijing. Prior to C40, Bo worked in the Ministry of Ecology and Environment in China, where he worked on the implementation and management of Chinese Projects of Montreal Protocol on Ozone Depleting Substances. He was also involved and coordinated in the national greenhouse gas HFCs phase-down strategy development.

Bo holds a Master of Sociology from Brown University.

Brendan O'Boyle Events Officer

Brendan serves as Events Officer at C40. In this role, Brendan draws on his project management skills to assist in the end-to-end delivery of world-leading international events, communication campaigns and initiatives that showcase the work of C40 Cities. 

Prior to joining C40, Brendan worked for several years in different capacities within the music industry, specialising in events and venue management, primarily for VICE Media-owned and independent venues in London. He has also worked in the social care sector, for an educational NGO in Hong Kong, and has volunteered for several NGOs both in the UK and abroad, focusing on research, copywriting, data protection, and refugee participation in sports. 

Brendan holds a Master’s degree in Environment, Development and Policy from the University of Sussex and a Bachelor’s degree in Music and Entertainment Industry Management from the University of Hertfordshire.

Brian Farrelly Helpdesk Technician

Brian Farrelly is a Helpdesk Technician in C40's New York City office, reporting directly to the IT Manager. In this role, he addresses the tech support needs of C40 team members by managing incoming helpdesk tickets, facilitating IT training sessions and serving as an on-site and remote support resource. Prior to joining the team at C40, Brian was an IT Support Specialist at Todd Street Productions, a marketing communications and event production company based in New York City. In this position, he was responsible for assisting staff and freelance members with their IT inquiries, new machine deployments and providing on-site support for corporate events and sales meetings. Before his position at Todd Street, Brian was in a similar IT support role at MJM Creative, which is a subsidiary of WPP, a British multinational advertising and public relations company. Brian graduated from the State University of New York, Albany with a BA in English. 

Carlos Vázquez Castañeda City Adviser for Guadalajara, Mexico

Carlos Vázquez Castañeda serves as City Adviser for Guadalajara, Mexico. He supports the city government and metropolitan area with tailored technical assistance, stakeholder engagement and facilitation of knowledge transfer towards ambitious, transformative and inclusive climate action planning. 

Carlos has worked on sustainable development and climate change related themes from a public policy perspective across different sectors. As public servant, he participated in the implementation of Mexico´s Special Climate Change Program, the National Emissions Register, among other climate policy instruments derived from the General Climate Change Law of Mexico. He also has provided policy and technical advice to subnational governments on the elaboration of state and municipal Climate Change Plans. 

In the international cooperation field, he has served as National Advisor for the implementation of Mexico´s Nationally Determined Contribution in accordance with the Paris Agreement newly developed transparency and accounting mechanisms. More recently, Carlos worked as International Climate Finance Officer, facilitating the design and implementation of UK climate portfolio in Mexico, covering various themes including energy, cities, green finance, sustainable infrastructure, forests, among others.

Carlos holds a master´s degree in Public Administration and Public Policy from University of York in United Kingdom, and a second one, in International Relations with a specialization in Political Economy of Development from Universidad Autonoma de Barcelona, Spain. He holds a bachelor´s degree in International Relations from Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México. 

Cassie Sutherland Programme Director for Energy and Buildings

Cassie is the Programme Director for Energy and Buildings. Her role oversees C40’s support to cities on reducing energy consumed by existing buildings; ensuring new buildings are efficient from the start and cleaning up the energy supply to buildings and beyond. 

 Cassie brings over 10 years of experience in climate change and energy, most recently from the Greater London Authority. At the GLA she was the project manager for the London Environment Strategy, launched in 2018 it is a world leading strategy for environment ambition at a city level. She was also leading the climate adaptation and sustainable development team, working to manage London’s climate risks and impacts and improve quality of life. Cassie has a wide range of technical experience in buildings and energy including developing new carbon scoring tools for national energy efficiency schemes and assessing new energy efficiency measures while working at the UK energy regulator Ofgem. She has also developed national government policy on smart energy systems.

 Cassie graduated from Edinburgh University with a BSc in Environmental Geoscience and Newcastle University with an MSc in Clean Technology. 


Cécile Faraud C40 Clean Construction Programme Manager

Cécile Faraud manages the C40 Clean Construction Programme, which supports cities cities in driving zero carbon construction by 2050, with a focus on reducing carbon from materials and machinery. Prior to C40, Cécile managed the London City-Business Leaders initiative at CDP, aimed at aligning the city and businesses climate ambitions and actions. The partnership comprises the Greater London Authority, 11 global companies operating in London such as Tesco, Sky, Siemens and Landsec, and NGO partners CDP, C40 and The B Team. She had previously shaped and led the Circular Economy programme for the city of Peterborough (UK), authoring blogs on the Circular Economy. She has also worked, when based in Bangkok, on French and South-East Asian collaboration for sustainable development and cross-cutting regional issues.

She holds a MSc in Environment and Sustainable Development from University College London (UCL) and Master’s degrees in International Relations and Geography from IRIS Sup’ (France) and the Sorbonne respectively.

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.

Christopher Horn Senior Communications Manager, North America

Christopher is the Senior Communications Manager, North America at C40. In this role, he helps ensure the mayors of C40’s North American cities are recognised as global climate leaders, and supports efforts to strategically position C40 globally. He also provides input into C40’s policy functions and thought leadership role within North America, fostering knowledge-sharing among key stakeholders and collaborating with C40 member cities and partners to raise visibility and communicate successes. Before joining C40, Christopher was the Director of Communications at American Forests, the oldest national conservation organization in the U.S., where he led communications activities for the organization’s key policy issues and urban and wildland forest restoration efforts. Prior to that position, he worked at Casey Trees, a community forestry nonprofit in Washington, D.C. Christopher graduated from the University of Kansas with a Bachelor of Science degree in Journalism, and minors in European Studies and French.

Constant Alarcon Programme Manager, Clean Energy

Constant is Programme Manager for Clean Energy. In this role, he manages the Clean Energy Network and supports cities to plan and implement ambitious energy programmes that aim at decarbonizing electricity, heating and cooling. Before that, he held various roles focusing on power sector decarbonisation and sustainable urbanisation. As a campaign manager, he helped to double the number of global companies committing to 100% renewable power through The Climate Group's RE100 initiative. He also worked as an analyst at CIFF - one of the world's largest philanthropic organisations working on climate change. He started his career working for various French environmental public institutions after a Master in Public Affairs from Sciences po Paris and an MSc in Environmental Technology from Imperial College London.

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!).

Cristina Argudo City Adviser – Quito, Ecuador

Cristina Argudo serves as City Adviser for Quito, Ecuador as part of the Climate Action Planning project in Latin America. She will be responsible for engaging stakeholders, facilitating knowledge transfer with C40 and consultants to provide high quality customized technical assistance and support local efforts for long-term climate action planning in the city.

Before joining C40, Cristina previously worked for 3 years as an Environmental Analyst in the Climate Change department of the Secretary of Environment in Quito. During her time there  she worked very closely with sustainability and climate change city networks following the city´s international commitments and facilitating access to technical assistance programs and finance for the implementation of climate action. She participated in the development of the GHG emissions inventory, climate planning with CURB tool and was part of the pilot process for the MER Framework.  Furthermore, she was responsible for engaging different stakeholders in climate change participatory processes.  Cristina has additional experience in project management and coordination working in international organizations such as the UNDP, and local NGOs. 

Cristina holds a MSc in Environment and Development from the University of Edinburgh and a BSc in Biology and Environmental Sciences from Trent University in Canada. Currently she is undergoing a graduate specialization degree in Cities, Climate Change and Leadership at FLACSO University in Ecuador. 

Culley Thomas Head of Modelling

Culley serves as Head of Modelling within the Measurement and Planning Team, 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 worked as 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 holds 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.

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).

Devni Acharya (Arup Secondee) Technical Adviser, Climate Action Planning, South East Asia

Devni serves at the Technical Advisor for the Climate Action Planning Programme in South East Asia, within the Measurement and Planning Team. In this role, she provides technical support to Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur and Quezon City as part of their commitment to develop Paris Agreement compliant climate action plans. Devni is currently seconded from Arup, where she was working with cities, investors and developers on circular economy projects with many of these projects falling under their net zero carbon programmes. She was also working with organisations like the Ellen MacArthur Foundation and Climate-KIC on circular economy knowledge products focussing on cities and real estate. Much of this work involved developing strategies for systems change using resource flow analysis and stakeholder insights. Before focussing on circular economy, Devni worked in sustainable waste management where she worked on strategy development, infrastructure needs assessments and infrastructure development projects, both in developed and developing contexts. Devni holds a Meng (Hons) in Chemical Engineering from Imperial College London and has undertaken the Executive Education Business Economics Programme from Imperial College Business School. Devni is also a Chartered Waste Manager.

Diego Riano Head, C40's Sustainable Cities Impact Programme

Diego Riano is C40 Head for the Sustainable Cities Impact Programme (SCIP), a global partnership between UNEP, WRI, ICLEI and C40, that SCIP seeks to build capacity, share knowledge and raise climate leadership in Global South cities. Diego is responsible for coordinating C40’s engagement in the SCIP partnership on city finance, climate action planning and city-business collaboration. Before joining C40, Diego was Special Assistant to the CEO and Chairperson of the Global Environment Facility based in Washington, DC, a financial mechanism that provides grant funds to countries for projects on climate change, biodiversity, international waters and ozone depletion.

At his native Colombia, Diego built a strong career in the public sector. At the Ministry of Planning, Diego was Deputy Director of Subnational Public Finance. At the Executive Office of the President of Colombia, Diego was a Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist for the social policy branch. Earlier in his career at the Bogota City Hall, Diego worked for the first city-wide recycling programme. Diego holds a master’s degree in Public Administration from New York University and a bachelor’s degree in Government and International Relations from Universidad Externado de Colombia.

Divya Prakash Vyas Deputy Regional Director for South and West Asia

Divya Prakash Vyas serves as the Deputy Regional Director for South and West Asia for C40. He is responsible for facilitating cities in the region to participate in the exchange of best practices to reduce the impacts of climate change. Over the last decade and a half, he has worked across scales of urban development such as regional plans, master plans, urban design, and architecture projects in India and parts of the Middle East. 

He has worked on key projects such as India's flagship Smart City Mission (in the cities of Vishakapatnam, Tirupati, Ludhiana and Chandigarh),  the Dholera Special Investment Region, Nagpur Metropolitan Area Region Development Plan, and various other projects such as special economic zones, town planning schemes, mixed use developments and project management consultancy. In doing so, he played key roles such as project manager, client coordinator and key team member. Most recently, he was Associate Director of the Design Planning and Economics business line at AECOM India Private Limited. He has also previously worked with Halcrow-CH2MHILL. 

Divya Prakash holds a Bachelors Degree in Architecture from the University of Mumbai and a Masters Degree in Urban Design from the Centre for Environmental Planning and Technology in Ahmedabad, India.

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 Chief of Staff to the Director of Communications & Events

Donna Hume serves as Chief of Staff to the Director of Communications & Events 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.

Eduardo Peralta Lopez Programme Officer for Air Quality

Eduardo Peralta Lopez serves as Programme Officer for Air Quality. In this role he assists in overall coordination and delivery of the programme, including ensuring the air quality work is connected with other C40 programs and networks, working with external collaborators and assisting in reporting and delivery of our technical assistance program. Previously, Eduardo worked as an intern for the C40 Global Initiatives team where he successfully provided direct support in diverse lines of work. Before joining C40, Eduardo worked for UN-Habitat in their Bogotá office as part of the Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean. He participated in the development and management of projects within the “Urban Planning and Design”, “Urban Environmental Quality, Climate Change and Resilience” and “Urban Economy and Innovation” lines of work. Previous to that, Eduardo collaborated with Miljøpunkt, an NGO that works on social and environmental sustainability at the local level in the city of Copenhagen. He has also worked with the University of Málaga (Spain) where he conducted research focused on the promotion of sustainable systems in cities through the development of synergies between wastewater treatment plants and biomass production. Eduardo holds a Degree in Environmental Sciences from the University of Málaga (Spain) and a Master of Science in Engineering of Sustainable Cities from Aalborg University (Denmark).

Elizabeth Mwangi Technical Adviser, Climate Action Planning, East Africa

Elizabeth serves as Technical Adviser for the Climate Action Planning Programme in East Africa, within the Measurement and Planning Team. In this role, she provides technical assistance to the C40 cities of Addis Ababa, Dar es Salam and Nairobi to develop climate action plans and begin implementing these plans in line with the Paris Agreement. Prior to joining C40, Elizabeth worked for ClimateCare as a Project Developer and Manager where she managed a couple of donor funded programmes by UKAID including “The CDM Support Project in Kenya” under the Strengthening Adaptation and Resilience to Climate Change in Kenya (StARCK+) Programme. She has extensive climate change mitigation and adaptation experience including expertise in development projects in the areas of household energy and water. She has previously worked in the private sector engaging governments and other stakeholders in climate change consultancy. She was part of the team that developed Kenya’s 2nd National Climate Change Action Plan (NCCAP) to the UNFCCC in collaboration with IISD. She is an Afrika Kommt! Alumni (2018 -2020), having spent a year in Germany on a capacity building programme to foster sustainable economic cooperation between Germany and Africa. Elizabeth holds an M.A. in Environmental Planning and Management from the University of Nairobi and a B.A. from Kenyatta University.

Elliott More (Arup Secondee) Programme Manager, Climate Action Planning, Europe, South & West Asia

Elliott serves as the Programme Manager for the Climate Action Planning Programme in Europe and South & West Asia, within the Measurement and Planning Team. In this role, he is working directly with city officials across Europe, South and West Asia to help them develop Paris Agreement compliant climate action plans. Elliot is currently seconded from Arup, where he works as a senior design engineer on projects across the built environment, working to develop innovative zero-carbon energy strategies for buildings, neighbourhoods and cities, as well as integrating the SDGs and circular economy principles into designs. Recent projects include working with Stockholm Royal Seaport on seasonal energy storage, developing metrics to measure the sustainability of new neighbourhoods for By & Havn, and the zero-carbon design for the UN17 Village in Copenhagen. Elliott holds a first-class MEng degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Warwick, a Masters in Sustainable Development from the University of Cambridge, and a PhD from the University of Cambridge which examined how cognitive biases in workshops can limit rational decision making about the future.

Emily White Project Officer, Climate Action Planning

Emily serves as a Project Officer within the Measurement and Planning team. In this role, she supports the Climate Action Planning Programme with internal coordination and communication, development of best practice and lessons learned from the different regional programmes as well as support in the development and dissemination of CAP resources. Prior to this, Emily has supported the C40 City Solutions Platform programme as an Intern in the Business and Innovation team. Emily has a Masters degree in Climate Change: Environment, Science and Policy from King's College London, and previously completed a Bachelors in Natural Sciences at Nottingham University. She has previously worked as an Explainer at the Science Museum in London, was a presenter at BBC Eco Day in 2019 and has completed an international climate entrepreneurship course with EIT Climate-KIC.

Emma Blunt Team Coordinator, Measurement and Planning

Emma serves as Team Coordinator within the Measurement and Planning team. In this role, she coordinates and facilitates the delivery of the Climate Action Planning Programme, supporting communication and reporting to funders, procurement of consultancy services and general team coordination. Prior to joining C40, Emma worked in science policy at the Royal Society where she supported the secretariat for several standing committees and the coordination of educational policy programmes and has gained experience within the environmental sustainability field from past internships, including a project development internship for Frontier - the Society for Environmental Exploration. Emma holds a first-class Bachelor of Science degree in Biological Sciences from the University of Exeter.

Ezgi Kelleher Adviser, Clean Energy

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.

Federico Di Penta Programme Manager, Sustainable Waste Systems

Federico Di Penta is the Programme Manager for Sustainable Waste Systems, supporting cities develop solutions for the collection, disposal and recycling of solid waste. The programme also provides technical assistance and a finance academy, to further support cities in implementing and funding their new waste management models. 

Federico started his career as a strategy consultant, supporting local and national governments in designing and implementing structural reforms aimed at improving the quality of services delivered to citizens. He later worked at the United Nations and for NGOs, where he has accumulated extensive international work experience, working across Europe, Africa, Asia and Latin America. Federico has developed significant experience across the waste management process; from financing new waste management models, to implementation road maps, to the development of awareness-raising communication campaigns and national legislation aimed at reducing the quantity and harmfulness of waste produced. A passionate environmentalist from a young age, Federico has also led an international campaign against marine litter through an Italian NGO devoted to marine conservation and is a regular lecturer at national and international conferences on the topic. He holds a Degree in Management and Political Science from Royal Holloway, University of London.

Fernanda Barbosa Programme Manager, Climate Action Planning, Latin America

Fernanda serves as Programme Manager, Climate Action Planning, Latin America, within the Measurement and Planning Team. In this role, she supports 9 cities in delivering Paris Agreement-compliant plans. Prior to joining C40, Fernanda worked as National Coordinator to the Governors' Task Force for Climate and Forest in Brazil, supporting the nine states of the Brazilian Amazon in the international and national climate agenda. She also worked to strengthen corporate social and environmental responsibility and promote impact investment in the Amazon region. She acted as an independent consultant for clients such as RedLAC - the Latin American and Caribbean Network of Environmental Funds, BirdLife International, BASF and WWF, and as Executive Secretary to the Conservation Finance Alliance. Fernanda holds a BA in International Relations from PUC-Rio and an MSc in Development Studies from the London School of Economics.

Flavio Coppola Urban Planning Programme Manager

As Programme Manager for Urban Planning at C40, Flavio manages the Land Use Planning Network, provides technical inputs into C40’s Climate Action Planning Programme, and supports the delivery of the Reinventing Cities competition. Through the Land Use Planning Network, 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. 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 BA in Political Science and an MSc in Regional and Urban Planning from Sciences Po Paris, and an MSc in Local Economic Development from the London School of Economics. He speaks English, French, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, and Farsi.

Friederike Hanisch Senior Manager, C40 Divest/Invest Forum

Friederike Hanisch is Senior Manager of the C40 Divest/Invest Forum, supporting cities and their pension funds that have an interest in divesting from fossil fuels and investing in sustainable assets. Previously she worked at ShareAction, where she set up and managed the European Responsible Investment Network (ERIN). She worked with its 40 member organisations to strengthen collaboration and develop joint sustainable finance initiatives across 12 European countries. In the run up to the Global Climate Action Summit in 2018, she also led an investor engagement initiative which encouraged 150 asset owners to take bold climate actions. She previously worked with a range of sustainability organisations, including community network Semble, the New Economics Foundation, and WWF UK. In her spare time, she co-founded Hackney Fixers, a local community repair initiative for electronic items, which has prevented over 1,000kg of electronic waste and saved 17,000kg in GHG emissions to date. Friederike holds a BSc in Environmental Sciences from Leuphana University of Lüneburg, Germany, and an MA in Environmental Politics from the University of Keele.

Georgina Short Senior Business Manager

Georgina serves as Senior Business Manager at C40. She leads the operational support to the Management Team to ensure effective strategic and operational planning and decision-making. She supports the Deputy Executive Director across a range of activities, such as fundraising and partnership support, and manages select projects on his behalf. Gina has previously worked on the delivery of C40’s role in the 2018 Global Climate Action Summit, including the development of new sectoral declarations. Before joining C40, Gina worked for the Coalition for Urban Transitions supporting the development of new strategic partnerships and governmental diplomacy efforts and managing engagement activities, such as events at international conferences. Gina was formerly a corporate lawyer in the City of London, with a focus on mergers and acquisitions. She holds an MSc (Environmental Policy and Regulation) from the London School of Economics, postgraduate qualifications in law from BPP Law School and a BA Hons (English and French) from the University of Warwick.

Giovanni Tedesco Data Officer

Giovanni Tedesco serves as Data Officer supporting the C40 flagship Deadline 2020 Programme around city 1.5°C ambition and Paris Agreement delivery as well as regional and C40-wide data needs. Giovanni works closely with the Global Initiatives team and Regional Directors to deliver locally-specific and valuable data analysis to further enhance C40's efforts to address climate change mitigation and adaptation. Giovanni holds a degree in Political Science from the University of Bologna and a MSc in Environmental Management from the University of Reading.

Gisela Provasi Project Officer, Sustainable Waste Systems

Gisela serves as Project Officer for the Sustainable Waste Systems (SWS) Network, supporting the achievement of mitigation outcomes from waste management and reduction throughout C40’s cities. Gisela’s work is particularly focused on the development of the Regional Technical Assistance Programme for global south cities, the Finance Programme for Municipal Solid Waste, and on supporting the SWS partnership with the Climate and Clean Air Coalition. Prior to joining C40, she worked at the City of Paris providing support to local initiatives on circular and social economy and representing the city in a European network for urban social innovation. In Paris, Gisela has also advised the Parisian Network of Waste Reuse Organizations (Refer). She has been trained at the Brazilian Permanent Mission to the United Nations in New York, where she followed UN and G70 negotiations on sustainability issues, and has worked for the Brazilian Institute for the Environment and Natural Resources (IBAMA) as a legal intern. She is a lawyer registered at the Brazilian attorney association (OAB/SP) and has experience with environmental law and extended producer responsibility (Felsberg & Associates). On the side, Gisela is also a volunteer legal adviser and field worker for Liter of Light Brazil, a research contributor to Resama (South-American Network for Environmental Migrations), and a Youth Climate Leaders fellow. Gisela holds a Masters on Sustainable Development, Environmental Management and GIS from the University of Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne and a Law degree from University of São Paulo Law School.

Giulia Pivetti Senior Manager, Deadline 2020

Giulia serves as Senior Manager for the Deadline 2020 Programme, within the Measurement and Planning Team. In this role, Giulia leads the coordination of D2020 activities across C40 and supports the overall management of the Climate Action Planning Programme. Giulia first joined C40 in March 2017, first as Measurement and Planning Workshop Coordinator and then as Project Manager supporting the development of resources, workshops, as well as team and programme coordination. Prior to joining C40, Giulia worked for the World Bank in Tanzania and Rwanda as Municipal Finance Analyst, supporting a programme dedicated to helping sub-national authorities improve their financial performance. Giulia holds a Msc in Economics and Management of Public Administrations and International Institutions and a BA in Economics of International Development and Cooperation.

Hélène Chartier Head, Low Carbon Development

Hélène Chartier is Head of Zero Carbon Development at C40 Cities. Her team develops programs and activities bringing together cities and progressive players in the built environment sector, in order to accelerate low carbon & resilient buildings and urban regeneration projects. Helene's team leads the Reinventing Cities initiative as well as the C40 workstream on district and neighbourhood scale projects. She is also involved in the development of the 15 minutes City paradigm within C40 Cities. In the past, Hélène was advisor to the Mayor of Paris, Anne Hidalgo. She also worked for the Paris Urbanism Agency and for the global consulting firm Arup.

Helen Ho Programme Manager - Air Quality Technical Assistance

Helen leads the technical assistance part of C40’s Air Quality Program and works on deploying projects within cities in the areas of air quality monitoring, health impact assessment, air quality modelling, data analysis and policy development. Prior to this role, Helen led the Empowering Cities with Data Programme to support city governments to a) insitutionalise and transform their data management processes and systems and b) collect criticial data needed to develop and implement targeted policies across all sectors. She 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.


Honorine van den Broek d’Obrenan Benefits Research Officer

Honorine van den Broek d’Obrenan works as a Benefits Research Officer, exploring the wider social and economic benefits of climate action. She is helping to coordinate a range of meetings and events, assisting with stakeholder communication, and coordinating city support including data collection. Previously, Honorine had worked as an intern for the C40 adaptation masterclasses and research, and contributed to C40’s overarching Climate Action Planning Programme.

Honorine has both an architecture and sustainable urban engineering education in France. During her studies, Honorine has conducted a series of study trips through Europe and Asia interviewing developers of innovative sustainable projects for cities on energy, transport, waste and water management, and education. She has questioned the interaction of health and sustainability at a building scale through her master thesis, and her work in sustainable architecture firms in Taiwan and Rotterdam. 

Ibtissam Sadouni Global Initiatives and Global Platform for Sustainable Cities Project Officer

Ibtissam is the Global Initiatives (GI) and Global Platform for Sustainable Cities (GPSC) Project Officer at C40. Her role is to support the Global Initiatives team in delivering high quality network engagement and outputs across GI’s programmes and initiatives, and coordinate with the Governance & Partnerships team to support knowledge sharing activities and engagement from the Global Initiatives team in GPSC activities. Prior to joining C40, Ibtissam served in several project support roles in the non-profit sector. Most recently, she worked at ClientEarth as a Programme Officer, supporting the work undertaken by the Climate & Forests team across the EU and in West and Central Africa. She also gained experience working in project management and business development in the private sector. Ibtissam holds a Masters degree in Business Administration and Management from the University of Bordeaux and a Bachelors degree in Economics, Law and Management from the University of Rouen.

Iliyana Arnaudova Clean Energy Finance Manager

Iliyana serves as Clean Energy Finance Manager for C40’s Financing Sustainable Cities Initiatives (FSCI). Prior to joining C40, Iliyana worked with municipalities in Europe, Africa and the Middle East. Most recently, she was based in Cairo working for the Regional Center for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (RCREEE), where she developed and managed a portfolio of programs and projects across the region that included renewable energy, energy efficiency, and local climate & energy actions. She has also worked for the European Commission's Joint Research Centre (JRC) on analysing sustainable energy action plans in the Southern Mediterranean and for the Council of European Municipalities and Regions (CEMR) on Covenant of Mayors in Sub-Saharan Africa initiative. Iliyana holds a Master's degree in Environment and Resource Management with a specialization in Energy Studies from Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.

Indra Levite Project Manager, Climate Action Planning

Indra serves as Project Manager, Climate Action Planning, within the Measurement and Planning team, focusing on the review of C40 cities' climate action plans against the C40 Climate Action Planning Framework. Indra joined C40 in 2017 as Project Officer within the Measurement and Planning Team. Prior to 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. Indra holds a BA in Geography from the University of Sussex and a MSc in Environmental Technology from Imperial College London.

Inés Lockhart Senior Manager, Climate Action Planning

Inés serves as Senior Manager, Climate Action Planning, within the Measurement and Planning Team. In this role, she provides expert assistance across the climate action planning process in Africa, China, Latin American and South East Asia, and works to develop essential resources, trainings and workshop materials. She joined C40 in mid 2016. Prior to her current role, Inés was City Adviser for Buenos Aires and before that she served as Project Manager for the Technical Assistance Programme as well as Programme Manager for the Climate Action Planning Latin America Programme. Prior to joining C40, Inés was part of Buenos Aires Environmental Protection Agency serving as the city´s Climate Change coordinator, responsible for climate action plan development process, from the GHG Inventory development and climate hazards identification, towards target setting and strategic planning towards the development of the city´s Climate Change Action Plan 2010-2030 (launched in 2009 and updated in 2015). She managed and coordinated the interaction with different stakeholders and has been the technical liaison for the city over the years in the different international networks, and the local focal point with the national government. Inés studied environmental science in Buenos Aires, and she speaks Spanish and English fluently.

Irene Burga City Advisor on Air Quality and Health, Los Angeles

Irene Burga serves as the C40 City Advisor on Air Quality and Health for the City of Los Angeles.  She will develop and deliver policies and projects that achieve city-wide air quality, climate, and health benefits as part of the city’s sustainability plan, pLAn. Irene will oversee the City’s contributions to the South Coast air quality management plan and work on matters related to the goods movement around the Port of LA, development of strategies around electric vehicles, and designing a new community air monitoring project.

Irene previously worked for the Environmental Defense Fund where she designed and advocated for policies that reduce pollution from the oil and gas industry, increase opportunities for clean energy development, and help areas most underserved and overburdened by poor air quality. Irene also has experience working on energy benchmarking policies for the Natural Resources Defense Council. She holds a B.A. in International Relations from the University of San Diego and a J.D. from Boston University School of Law.

Isabel Fernández Senior Manager, Learning & Engagement

Isabel serves as Senior Manager, Learning & Engagement within the Measurement and Planning Team. The team 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 communication and dissemination strategies, learning resources and training materials. Prior to joining C40, Isabel worked for eight years at ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability, 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’s degree in Law from the University of Oviedo (Spain) and University of Freiburg (Germany). Originally from Spain, Isabel speaks Spanish, English, German and French.

Isabel Sitcov Programme Management Office Manager (Paternity Cover)

Isabel serves as the interim Manager of the Programme Management Office within the Business Planning & Reporting team. In this role she oversees the management and delivery of C40's portfolio of programmes and supports in strengthening monitoring & evaluation across the organization. Prior to this role, Isabel worked in Global Initiatives in the Food Systems Network, supporting cities in the transition to more sustainable urban food systems. 

Prior to joining C40, Isabel worked as a consultant with the DC Sustainable Energy Utility where she helped develop a localized energy efficiency model in Medellin, Colombia. She also worked as an Economic Analyst at the U.S. Embassy in Mexico City where she conducted research on issues related to energy policy, trade and technology. 

Isabel has a master's in International Economics and Energy, Resources and Environment from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) and a bachelor's in Political Science and Anthropology from the University of Washington.  

Iyad Kheirbek Programme Director, Air Quality

Iyad Kheirbek serves as the Programme Director, Air Quality at C40, and is responsible for the development and delivery of C40’s global air quality strategy.  Prior to joining C40, Iyad spent a decade working on air quality, climate, and public health issues with the City of New York, most recently serving as the Executive Director of the Air Quality program at the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.  In the that role, Iyad was responsible for leading the New York City Community Air Survey, the largest ongoing urban air monitoring program in the US, and led research and policy analysis to support development and implementation of New York City’s air quality and climate agendas.  Prior to joining the New York City, Iyad worked as an environmental scientist for the nonprofit NESCAUM, assisting States in the Northeastern US in developing air quality and climate programs.  Iyad has an MS in Environmental Health from University of Washington in Seattle and a BA from from Tufts University.

Jacqueline Lam Deputy Regional Director for Southeast Asia and Oceania

Jacqueline Lam is the Deputy Regional Director for Southeast Asia and Oceania with C40. Over the last decade, she has held positions with various ministries and agencies in the Singapore government, as well as the Asian Development Bank. Most recently, she was in charge of various sustainable and inclusive development projects in Southeast Asia for ADB, focusing on project financing, government capacity building and pilot project implementation for public-private partnerships, investment promotion, SME and agriculture sector development. In her earlier work with the Energy Market Authority of Singapore, she was in charge of advocacy and partnerships with ASEAN partner governments for energy efficiency and renewables policy. 

During her time with the Ministry of Trade and Industry, she led negotiations for free trade agreements with ASEAN counterparts as the representative for Singapore, and facilitated numerous stakeholder consultations on key interests and policies for various sectors, including sustainable architecture, civil engineering and urban development. Having spent most of her career with an ASEAN portfolio, Jacqueline is one of the biggest advocates for regional cooperation and believes fervently in the strength of policy and project implementation in numbers. 

Jacqueline is a big supporter of marine conservation, and volunteers with non-governmental groups on marine conservation research in Singapore, Indonesia and the Philippines. Jacqueline earned her undergraduate degree with the National University of Singapore in Political Science, and her Master's degree with the University of New South Wales in Development Studies. With extensive experience of living and working across Asia Pacific, she is fluent in English, Mandarin, Cantonese and speaks a little Bahasa Melayu.  

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 Social Media & Digital Manager

Jessica serves as Social Media & Digital Manager for C40 and is responsible for advocating the organisation on social & digital platforms. In this role, Jessica promotes C40’s achievements and activities through C40's digital platforms, connects with cities and partners to develop campaigns & engages with new audiences 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 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.

Jessy Appavoo Regional Engagement Manager, Africa

Jessy serves as the C40 Cities Finance Facility’s Regional Engagement Manager for Africa. She works across the African cities in the CFF's network to facilitate engagement with a wide range of stakeholders, and support knowledge exchange to accelerate the development and implementation of interventions to adapt and increase resilience to climate change in the region.

 She has worked for a number of years in the field of environmental management and climate change on several projects ranging from climate finance to improving energy access in rural parts of Sub-Saharan Africa. In her previous position, she was the coordinator of a multi-donor funded programme where she led a successful African Mini-Grids Community of Practice. She has previously worked in the fields of ecosystem-based and community-based adaptation in Southern, Central and West Africa. 

 Jessy is from Mauritius and currently resides in Cape Town, South Africa. She holds an MSc in Environmental and Geographical Science from the University of Cape Town. She majored in food security with her thesis focusing on the lived experience and drivers of a rapidly changing food system. She has recently completed a postgraduate programme in financing and deploying clean energy at the Yale School of Forestry and Management. 

Jimmy Thompson  Global Contract and Procurement Manager

Jim works as C4O’s Global Contract and Procurement Manager in the London office. Before joining C40, Jim was the Contract Advisor for Oxfam GB. In this role, he provided dedicated support to Oxfam’s international programmes on compliance with donor requirements, complex negotiations, and contract design. Jim began his career in the legal department of an international project delivery firm, specialising in water and sustainability, where he provided a range of contract, legal, and risk management support to programmes across Africa, Asia and the Middle East.

Jim has also completed an internship with the United Nations World Water Assessment Programme and delivered a portfolio analysis assessing the progress of the Global Fund to fight AIDs, Tuberculosis and Malaria’s Grant Portfolio against key strategic objectives.

He is a UK qualified solicitor, and holds a MSc in Inclusive Development from King’s College London



Jingjing Jiang Project Officer

Jingjing Jiang serves as the Project Officer for the Climate Action Planning China Programme, within the Measurement and Planning Team. In this role, Jingjing provides a variety of support functions to programme management, administration and operations to help the team develop and deliver a varied technical assistance programme to Chinese cities.

Prior to C40, Jingjing worked as a Brand Consultant with the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) in China, where she worked on the coordination and implementation of public engagement campaigns about climate change and biodiversity conservation. Jingjing has also worked as a Chinese social media producer with Yale Program on Climate Change Communication (YPCCC), where she facilitated the planning and organization of YPCCC’s side events during COP23 and helped to promote their work in China on social media. Jingjing holds a Master of Environmental Management degree from Yale University, as well as a Master of Science in Environmental Engineering from Tsinghua University.

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 City Diplomacy and Business Engagement Manager

Judith Neijzen serves as City Diplomacy & Business Engagement Manager. In this role, she works across two C40 teams: in the City Diplomacy team Judith helps drive C40’s engagement in global policy-making and specifically works as project manager of the Urban 20 initiative. In the Business & Innovation team she works on the City-Business Climate Alliance (CBCA), a joint initiative of C40, CDP and WBCSD, and specifically leads on shaping the CBCA ‘Global Network’ strategy and offering.

Judith was previously seconded from the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the role of C40 Global Partnerships Manager, in which she was responsible for securing participation and contributions from key stakeholders in the C40 Mayors Summit and led on the successful delivery of the Cities & Business Forum as a main side event. Judith formerly worked in C40's Regions Team, supporting the Director of Regions.

Prior to C40, Judith was in charge of communications at the International Federation for Housing and Planning and has previous professional experiences in Bangladesh and Taiwan. Judith is based in Copenhagen and has an MA in International Business Communication from Copenhagen Business School and a BA in Liberal Arts and Sciences from the University of Leiden.


Julia Moreno Rosino Data and Visualization Analyst

Julia serves as Data and Visualization Analyst, delivering data analysis projects in support of internal business intelligence and external publications and tools, expanding C40's work with analytics partner Qlik.

Prior to joining C40, Julia worked as Management and Regulatory Officer at the Spanish Medicines Agency, where she managed the organization´s data systems. She had also contributed to environmental and sustainable development projects with international non-profit organizations, mainly Action Against Hunger and Greenpeace.

Julia has an MSc on Environmental Management at London Kingston University, focused on climate change, and holds a Degree in Pharmacy and a Diploma in Public Health.

Kamleshan  Pillay Adaptation Finance Manage

Kamleshan Pillay, as Adaptation Finance Manager within the Financing Sustainable Cities Initiative team. Based in Cape Town, he is responsible for managing delivery of adaptation finance support to cities and collaborating closely with the Adaptation Initiative team. Kamleshan brings extensive experience in climate and adaptation finance. Prior to joining C40, he was a technical leader for an International Development Research Centre innovation project, which aimed to develop a climate insurance facility addressing flood risk in South Africa. He also did project coordination for South Africa's BIOFIN project funded by the United Nations Development Programme. Kamlesh is currently completing his PhD in adaptation finance at the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg within the Global Change Institute, as well as working toward his Certificate in Quantitative Finance.

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. 

Kathy Christina Muniandy Regional Coordinator (East, Southeast Asia and Oceania, South and West Asia

Christina is the Regional Coordinator for East, Southeast Asia and Oceania, and South and West Asia.

Prior to joining C40, Christina was the Operations Manager at Eco-Business (Singapore), where she supported overall operations in the organisation. She also managed events and global innovation challenges on topics surrounding climate change and sustainable development in APAC.

Christina holds a BSc in Life Sciences, specialising in Environmental Biology with a minor in Aquatic Ecology from the National University of Singapore.

Kayley Goff Senior Events and Creative Campaigns Producer

Having joined the team in 2016, Kayley produces a range of world-leading international events for C40, working across production, branding, high-profile speaker management and agenda development. This includes the C40 World Mayors Summits,the Women4Climate and Cities4Climate Conferences, C40 Talks, and media related events.

Prior to joining C40 Kayley held events position at The Prince’s Trust, City University London, and Blenheim Palace working across a spectrum of including, award ceremonies, gala dinners, conferences, ceremonial graduations and large scaling sporting events, ranging from 20 up to 65,000 attendees. For the last 5 years she has also lead on the operational delivery, and assisted with technical production on Brainchild Festival, an award winning music and arts festival, based to the south of London.

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.

Krisztina Campbell Green Economy & Innovation Officer

Kriszti is a Project Officer for the Inclusive Climate Action (ICA) Programme. She joined C40 in 2018 and supported the Corporate Services team and the Green Economy & Innovation Forum before joining the ICA team. Prior to C40, she worked as a Trainee for the European Commission in Brussels at the LIFE Programme, supporting green businesses to launch their sustainable innovations, and at an environmental NGO in Hungary, coordinating an EU funded project on sustainable tourism and conducting research on ecosystem services mapping and assessment. Kriszti holds a masters degree in Socio-Ecological Economics and Policy from Vienna University of Business and Economics, following a BA in Business Administration from Corvinus University of Budapest. Her interests include urban political ecology, post-growth economics and urban commons as a way to increase social and spatial justice in cities.

Laura Frassine Data Analyst, Climate Action Projects

Laura serves as Data Analyst, Climate Action Projects within the Measurement and Planning Team. In this role, she uses data and tools to measure greenhouse gas emissions and assess the impacts of climate action projects. Prior to joining C40, Laura worked as a market analyst and settlement officer for Green Network UK, a trading firm specialized in the energy and CO2 allowances sector. In that role, she worked in both a back-office role and an analyst role, helping the company in building day-ahead market prices forecasting tools, structuring an automated database and improving the efficiency of the settlement process. She also brings experience from a tech start up environment having worked for Tempus Energy, a company whose mission was to bring Demand Response techniques to a commercial and residential sector. Laura holds an Energy Engineering BSc. from Politecnico di Milano and a MSc. in Energy Engineering and Management from Istituto Superior Tecnico in Lisbon. Laura speaks English, Italian Spanish and Portuguese.

Laure Rees-Smith Creative Content Coordinator

Laure serves as Creative Content Coordinator at C40. As part of the Communications and Events Team, Laure assists the Head of Creative Content in developing, planning and executing the graphic identity and design of a variety of communications campaigns and initiatives. Prior to joining C40, Laure worked as a designer at Passion Pictures where she helped win the Greenpeace Rang-Tan campaign. She also worked closely with directors in designing style frames for animated films. Laure also works with Southwark Council as part of the Recycling Champion Scheme, using her design as a tool to help encourage her community to recycle. She holds a Bachelors Degree in Graphic and Media Design from London College of Communication. 

Lia Cairone  Deputy Regional Director

Lia Cairone serves as C40’s Deputy Regional Director for North America. Lia joined C40 from the New York City Mayor’s Office of Sustainability where she served as Assistant Deputy Director for Policy and was responsible for leading the development and advancement of green building policies to further New York City’s climate objectives.

In her role with the City, Lia spearheaded the development and passage of the Climate Mobilization Act, including Local Law 97, which requires large buildings to dramatically reduce their greenhouse gas emissions, and oversaw NYC’s carbon trading study. Lia was the chief architect of the 1.5°C: Aligning New York City with the Paris Climate Agreement climate action plan and supported the development of NYC’s 80 x 50 roadmap. She previously served as the New York City Advisor to C40, and has worked in the private sector in technology, marketing, film, and media, and as an advocate for sustainable development, climate action, and gender equality.

Lia received her Master of International Affairs from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs in climate and energy policy and Bachelor of Science from New York University's Leonard N. Stern School of Business.

Lucy Mahoney Network Manager, Walking and Cycling

Lucy manages the Walking and Cycling Network at C40. In her role Lucy supports cities to increase the share of trips taken by healthy, safe and carbon-free mobility options, and advises on how to ensure that walking and cycling policies and programmes are adapted for climate breakdown and are resilient during extreme weather events. 


Lucy's work helps cities envision a future where walking and cycling are accessible mobility options for all citizens, where city spaces are transformed through people-friendly planning policy, and where city-wide rates of active travel are increased. Enhancing walking and cycling initiatives and policies has the potential to boost mental and physical health, safety and social equity, and improve the city's air and noise quality while generating no emissions. Lucy has previously led the Mobility Management Network at C40.


Lucy's professional background is in strategy and policy and prior to joining C40, Lucy worked for Transport for London (TfL) across numerous mobility fields including public transport strategy, road danger reduction, roads strategy and freight, and air quality and the environment. 


Before TfL, Lucy read Geography and the Environment for her D.Phil. at University of Oxford. She was based in the Oxford University Centre for the Environment jointly within the Transport Studies Unit (TSU) and the Environmental Change Institute (ECI). Her academic research empirically and theoretically focused on the interrelations between society and the environment. Her research interests include: the geographies of wellbeing, behavioural science, active and sustainable mobilities and the interconnections between cities, society and place. 

Luisa Miranda Morel Diplomacy and City Engagement Manager

Luisa is the Diplomacy and City Engagement Manager for the Inclusive Climate Action (ICA) Programme. She joined C40 as a Project Officer for the ICA team in 2019. Prior to joining C40, Luisa led the design and delivery of a monitoring and evaluation framework for CARE Nepal’s earthquake response programme, focusing on the impact of the programme on women’s empowerment, social inclusion, inclusive governance and resilience. Luisa has also supported the design and delivery of two British Council research projects, which assessed the resilience and vulnerability of marginalised and low-income rural and urban populations recovering from natural disasters and every-day risks in the Philippines and Nepal; and supported the delivery of settlement upgrading projects led by informal settler networks and local NGOs in the Philippines and Colombia. Luisa holds an MSc in Building and Urban Design for Development from the Development Planning Unit (DPU) of The Bartlett Faculty of the Built Environment of University College London (UCL). Her interests include the exploration of pathways for the co-production of knowledge through inclusive stakeholder engagement, across horizontal, vertical, formal and informal city systems; as well as understanding the impact that climate action can have on achieving the right to the city, socio-spatial justice and accountable urban governance and resilience building. Luisa is fluent in Spanish and French and has worked and lived in many of our C40 cities and regions including Mexico, Colombia, Nepal and the Philippines.

Lu Sun Head of Climate Action Planning, China

Lu serves as Head of the Climate Action Planning China Programme, within the Measurement and Planning Team. In this role, he is responsible for managing the delivery of a programme of technical assistance, guidance and training to C40 cities in China, with the aim of building technical capacity to develop climate action plans that are compatible with the ambitions of the Paris Agreement. Prior to joining C40, Lu worked on a PhD project in urban planning at the University of Copenhagen, where he also managed and coordinated international projects and proposals with a focus on sustainability. Lu holds a Master’s degree in Landscape Architecture from Peking University in Beijing.

Lyan Villacorta Regional Engagement Manager, Asia

Lyan supports the knowledge sharing and partnerships of the C40 Cities Finance Facility in Asia. In this role, Lyan works closely with cities to develop products highlighting unique insights and knowledge generated from CFF interventions. He also looks to strengthen CFF's work by seeking strategic partnerships with similar city-focused project preparation programmes and institutions in the region. Before joining C40 Cities, Lyan led regional capacity-building programmes at the Regional Resource Centre for Asia and the Pacific (RRC.AP) and focused on strengthening the climate finance readiness of national governments to access the Green Climate Fund and the Adaptation Fund. 

Lyan studied Agribusiness Economics from the University of the Philippines Mindanao. He then proceeded with advanced studies on Global Sustainability at the University of California, Los Angeles where he developed the university's GHG inventory management plan for 2015-2020 and supported UCLA's emissions reporting to the State and Federal government.


Malvina Bondy Project Manager, Climate Action Analysis and Technical Support

Malvina serves as Project Manager on Climate Action Analysis and Technical Support, within the Measurement and Planning Team. In this role, she develops technical tools that improve cities’ ability to evaluate climate action strategies and provides technical support to cities in Africa, Southeast Asia, Latin America and China. She also coordinates benefits analyses (e.g. air quality, public health, economic impacts, etc.) for climate action projects. Prior to joining C40, she worked with the German development corporation GIZ on social protection projects as well as undertaking research on urban air pollution at the London School of Economics. Malvina holds a MSc in Environmental Economics & Climate Change from the London School of Economics as well as a MA in Economics from the University of Aberdeen. Malvina speaks English, French and German.

Mariana Berganton Transportation and Urban Planning Project Officer

Mariana serves as the Transportation and Urban Planning Project officer to help support Green and Healthy Streets Declaration cities progress their commitments, and to support the team meet all our ambitious targets. Previously, Mariana worked as an intern for C40's Executive Director’s Office, where she supported the team in preparing briefings and presentations for the Executive Director, updated C40 Overview of Services, conducted research on extreme weather impacts in C40 cities in 2018, offered translation support, provided technical and logistical support at the Women4Climate conference in Paris in 2019. Prior to joining C40, Mariana graduated from an MSc in International Development Studies at the University of Amsterdam, in the Netherlands. For her Master’s thesis, Mariana undertook an independent three-month research project in Thailand, investigating how small and medium enterprises perceive climate change risks and how they act upon them. Mariana was also an intern for the Center of Sustainable Development Studies as a reporter, investigating the engagement of different university departments and sustainable development. Mariana holds a BA in International Relations from the University of Westminster. She’s fluent in Portuguese, French and English and has intermediate knowledge in Italian and Spanish.

Marie-Josee Houenou City Adviser, Abidjan

Marie-Josée Houénou is the City Adviser for Abidjan.

Before joining C40, she worked as a senior legal consultant on the implementation of the Nationally-Determined Contribution (NDC) in Côte d’Ivoire focusing on the legal, institutional and financial climate change framework. Prior to that, she supported francophone negotiators during international negotiations - Conference of Parties (COP), related to climate change and biodiversity, in the Francophone Institute for Sustainable Development (IFDD), in Quebec. She has been involved in environmental projects with World Resources Institute as a fellow, with UNESCO, the Ivorian Ministry of Environment, and NGOs.

Passionate about development and empowering communities, she implemented environmental activities related to public sensitization, women and youth engagement, climate change and green initiatives in Africa and other global south countries. These include the Green Pepite Community and the LCOY, local conference of youth on climate change which was accredited by YOUNGO, the youth constituency of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

She holds a Master's degree in International and Comparative Environmental Law, a Master's degree in Business Administration, and a Bachelor's degree in business law from Universities of Limoges and Poitiers in France. Marie-Josee is a recipient of the Mandela Washington Fellowship in Public management in University of Madison, and a beneficiary of the international volunteer program of the Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie.


Marinder Gill Grants and Contracts Officer

Marinder serves as the Grants and Contracts Officer in C40’s Corporate Services team and is based in the London office. She supports the legal team with contracting and procurement for global grants and contracts, C40’s Climate Action Planning, and C40’s Finance Facility. Before joining C40, Marinder managed grants in the educational and cultural sector at the government initiative, UK-German Connection, where she worked with teaching professionals across Germany and the UK on funding for educational projects, many of which focused on sustainability. Previously, Marinder gained experience as an English teacher in London schools and in Germany. Marinder graduated from Oxford University with a BA Hons in English language and literature and has a Masters in Teaching from UCL.

Mariola Panzuela Malgosa Zero Emission Programme Manager

Mariola manages a portfolio of Zero Emission Vehicle projects at C40 and with the ZEV project officer oversees the delivery of the Zero Emission Vehicle Network. In her role Mariola supports cities willing to decarbonize their transport sector and move away from polluting motorized  transportation modes to clean alternatives. Mariola had previously launched and led C40's Walking and Cycling Network. 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).

Martina Ferrarino City Adviser for Buenos Aires

Martina Ferrarino serves as City Adviser for Buenos Aires, Argentina, as part of C40 Climate Action Planning Programme. Prior to joining C40, Martina was Deputy Chief Resilience Officer at the Buenos Aires City Government, where she coordinated and managed the development of the first Resilience Strategy for the city. Martina also worked at a national level, as Coordinator for International Organisations at the Secretariat of Civil Protection, Emergencies and Catastrophes of the Argentinian National Government, where she was responsible for managing internationally funded projects related with disaster risk reduction to implement in Argentina affected regions. During her master’s studies in London, she developed a humanitarian consultancy project in Africa. She holds a Degree in International Studies by Universidad Torcuato Di Tella (Buenos Aires) and a MSc in International Development and Humanitarian Emergencies from the London School of Economics and Political Science, where she attended as a Chevening Scholar awarded by the UK’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

Marvin Lagonera City Adviser for Quezon City, Philippines

Marvin Lagonera is the City Adviser for Quezon City, Philippines. He is responsible for managing the local delivery of high-quality tailored technical assistance towards the development of the city’s Climate Action Plan compatible with the Paris Agreement. He was previously affiliated with the International City/County Management Association (ICMA), where he served as City Program Coordinator (Zamboanga City) for USAID’s “Strengthening Urban Resilience for Growth with Equity (SURGE)”. Before that he was part of ICLEI Southeast Asia, where he managed a portfolio of projects on low carbon development, sustainable energy and urban research. He served as ICLEI Country Liaison Officer for the “Ambitious City Promises”, an IKI-funded project supporting large cities in Indonesia, the Philippines and Vietnam to establish ambitious climate targets and actions. He also led in developing the Philippines’ “National Climate Change Mitigation Framework Strategy (provisional)” and the UNDP-GEF project “Supporting Cities to Achieve Low Emission Urban Pathways (SCALEUP)”.

Marvin holds a Master&#39;s degree in Political Science major in Global Politics and Bachelor’s degrees in Economics-Honors and Political Science from the Ateneo de Manila University (Philippines). He was a recipient of the Erasmus Mundus Master’s Mobility with Asia scholarship at the University of Warsaw and the Joint Master’s Research Mobility fellowship of the ASEAN University Network and Kyoto University Graduate School of Energy Sciences. He is concurrently reading a Master of Science (MSc) in Sustainable Urban Development at the University of Oxford.

Maryrose Batenga  Technical Manager, Dar es Salaam

Maryrose Batenga is the CAP Technical Manager for Dar es Salaam. In this role, she works alongside  the C40 City Adviser  to support the Dar es Salaam City Council in the development of the Climate Action Plan. Before joining C40, Maryrose worked as an Intern at the Dar es Salaam City Council (2019) supporting the City in the preparations of its Climate Action Plan. Prior to this, she participated in a World Bank programme on Community Mapping for Flood Resilience aimed at identifying and re-locating the most vulnerable communities in the City of Dar es Salaam. Maryrose holds a BA. in Geography and Environmental Studies and MSc. in Natural Resource Assessment and Management from the University of Dar es Salam where she also did research on the link between climatic and non-climatic stresses influencing the livelihood of vulnerable communities in Tanzania.


Matheus Ortega City Adviser for Salvador, Brazil

Matheus Ortega serves as City Adviser for Salvador, Brazil. He supports the city government with technical capacity and stakeholder engagement towards the implementation of ambitious Climate Action Plans. Prior to joining C40, Matheus worked as Head of Future Cities Programme for the UK Government in Brazil. He led the design and delivery of a £16m Prosperity Fund programme in smart transportation and water management, managing partners such as the World Bank and UN Habitat. He also worked as Project Manager in areas such as climate smart cities planning, urban mobility, infrastructure regulation, solid waste management, and sustainable social housing in several Brazilian cities.

Matthew Ewen Monitoring and Reporting Officer

Matt is a project officer in the Monitoring and Reporting team, helping establish the mechanisms to ensure that C40 work is well-targeted and effective. He also works on the delivery of the Empowering Cities with Data Programme. Matt started at C40 as an intern in the Measurement and Planning team, where he supported delivery of the CAP Programme and management of cities' emissions reduction targets. He previously worked at WWF UK, focussing on the UK's consumption emissions and developing a campaign for sustainable pensions investment

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. 

Mehrnaz Ghojeh Project Manager, Inclusive Climate Action Programme

Mehrnaz serves as project manager for the Inclusive Climate Action Programme, as part of C40's Special Projects team. Prior to C40, she was a Senior Urban Development Specialist at BuroHappold where she led projects with Philanthropic organizations and IFIs including Wellcome Trust, Rockefeller Foundation and the World Bank). Her experience also includes working with mayors and city officials, in particular from Beirut, Tbilisi, Tehran and Belgrade on regional strategies and policies for urban resilience. Mehrnaz has previously served as an urban policy advisor to the Ministry of Roads and Urban Development and Tehran Municipality.

In 2012, Mehrnaz co-founded, UE:EU, to explore the implications of emergent risks on cities and their inhabitants. Mehrnaz is particularly interested in the nexus of cities, climate change, health and equity. Her research currently focuses on the evolving role of city networks in facilitating science diplomacy and responding to the governance challenges facing planetary health.

Mehrnaz trained as an architect and holds an MPhil in Urban and Environmental Design from University of Cambridge. She was a visiting fellow at Nanjing University in China and has been a regular guest lecturer at a number of universities including, Imperial College London, University of Cambridge and UCL.

Mikkel Petersen Fundraising Manager

Mikkel serves as Fundraising Manager 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.

Nathalie Badaoui Climate Action Planning, City Adviser for São Paulo

Nathalie Badaoui serves as City Adviser for São Paulo, Brazil, as part of C40 Climate Action Planning Programme. She is responsible for engaging internal and external actors, facilitating the transfer of knowledge and working with the C40 and consultants to provide high quality customized technical assistance and support local efforts for long-term climate action planning in the city.

Prior to joining C40, Nathalie managed international cooperation projects and partnerships for sustainable urban development. At the United Nations Human Settlements Programme she coordinated capacity building projects on urban and metropolitan governance with subnational governments in Latin America. At São Paulo State Company for Metropolitan Planning, she facilitated technical assistance for the local implementation of the New Urban Agenda. She later worked with the Municipality of São Paulo in the design of its Innovation in Government Lab – the (011).lab. During her studies at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), she led research on metropolitan indicators at LSE Cities.

Nathalie holds a BA in International Affairs from PUC -São Paulo, a MA in Urban Governance from Sciences Po Paris and a MSc in Local Economic Development from the LSE. 


Neuni Farhad Project Officer, Adaptation Research

Neuni Farhad serves as Project Officer of Adaptation Research. She is responsible for identifying knowledge gaps in adaptation research and is currently working across several research projects to support cities in undertaking climate adaptation actions. 

Before joining C40, Neuni completed her Master’s degree in Environment and Sustainable Development from University College London. During this, she worked on urban risk resilience through project based in Lima, Peru assessing urban development in the city’s coastal area with a focus on transport and governance.

Neuni previously interned at the UK’s Department of Energy and Climate Change as an Economist, working across several policy teams to pass legislation and quantify benefits of energy and climate change policies. She has also previously worked in the UK NGO sector on Women’s livelihood and empowerment projects across countries in South Asia and Africa with UK based charity Global One.

She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from the School of Oriental and African Studies in London and is fluent in Bengali. 

Nguyen Phuong Nam City Adviser - Hanoi, Vietnam

(Dr.) Nguyen Phuong Nam, is C40 City Adviser for Hanoi, Vietnam. In this role, he will be responsible in providing technical support, engaging relevant stakeholders and partners, and ensuring knowledge exchange as Hanoi develops its climate action plan aligned with the ambition of the Paris Agreement.

Before C40, Nam was the Head of the Center for Responding to Climate Change (CliTech).  He was with Clitech since 2012 taking on various roles—as researcher, policy advisor, national consultant and project manager for several climate- change related projects.  Nam took both his undergraduate and master’s degrees for Chemistry at the Vietnam National University. After which, he proceeded for his PhD studies in Germany under a scholarship. He spent six years in Germany as a research fellow working on solid waste treatments by biological methodologies at Bonn University and worked on the topic of renewable energy (RE).

Nam is also a member of the editing board of the Journal of Vietnamese Environment (JVE) and is one of 4 active Vietnamese reviewers of UNFCCC for National Communications (NCs) & Biennial Update Reports (BURs) in Vietnam. 

Nikki Burnett Communications Officer, U.S. Zero Emission Vehicles

Nikki serves as the Communications Officer supporting C40 initiatives around Zero Emission Vehicles (ZEVs) across the United States. In this role, she raises public awareness of ZEV policy progress and helps U.S. mayors commit to bold action to address the global climate crisis. Based in Los Angeles, Nikki works with C40’s Communications and Events and Transport and Urban Planning teams around the world to deliver impactful communications solutions. Prior to joining C40, she gained communications experience through her work in both Los Angeles and Washington, DC. Most recently, Nikki earned a graduate degree in Public Diplomacy at the University of Southern California and served as a Graduate Student Fellow crafting digital storytelling strategies for USC’s Center on Public Diplomacy. She also holds a BA in International Studies from American University in Washington, DC.

Nina Pincus Grants and Contracts Manager

Nina serves as the Grants and Contracts Manager at the New York office of C40. She manages C40's funding development process, supports the Board and Finance & Audit Committee in obtaining approvals for new grants, and oversees the management of grants across the organization. Before joining C40, Nina worked at Mizuho Securities where she worked in the Corporate Access department, liaising with the Tokyo office and coordinating investor meetings 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.


Nwabisa  Potwana Technical Adviser, Air Quality

Nwabisa is the Technical Adviser for Air Quality & Climate Action Planning in Africa. Her responsibility is to work with our CAP-AQ pilot cities in Africa (Accra, Addis Ababa, and Johannesburg) to create air quality sections of their CAPs, coordinate air quality impact analyses using the new Pathways-AQ model, and to integrate air quality-related health considerations into the climate action planning process.

Nwabisa has great experience in the field of air quality management, mainly related to regulatory aspects. She has worked in all spheres of South African government (including three years with the Tshwane city government in atmospheric emission licensing & permitting), and is skilled at identifying relevant stakeholders & gathering information. Subsequent to her government experience, she worked in a private international company, coordinating environmental protection for African sites and thereafter worked in a family business, assisting industrial companies with emission reports and liaison with licensing authorities.

Nwabisa holds a Bachelor's Degree in Environmental Health from Cape Peninsula University of Technology; a Certificate in Air Quality Management from Univ of Johannesburg; a Certificate in Environmental Law from North-West University and a Certificate in Environmental Management from CPUT. She is currently doing an MSc in Environmental Health at Tshwane University of Technology.

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.

Oliver Wills Manager, Climate Analytics

Oliver serves as Manager of Climate Analytics, within the Measurement and Planning Team. In this role, he is responsible for developing a cloud-based database for managing C40’s quantitative data and an internal website for sharing data across the organisation. He supports the Modelling team’s work by developing methods to curate, extract and model data for use in tools such as Pathways and Impacts and other bespoke projects. Prior to joining C40, Oliver gained experience in data management, research and analysis by working for the Wellcome Trust, Public Health England and the Department for International Development. Oliver holds a BA degree in Natural Sciences from Cambridge University.

Olivia Bedworth Business & Innovation Manager

Olivia serves as Business & Innovation Manager in the C40 London Office. Olivia manages the City Solutions Platform programme, which facilitates the early engagement between cities, businesses and other climate solution providers to accelerate the co-creation and implementation of innovative solutions to cities' most urgent climate challenges. Olivia is responsible for ensuring that the City Solutions Platform cities remain supported throughout the innovation process, towards solution implementation.

Before joining C40, Olivia obtained a Natural Sciences degree from Durham University, where she studied Physics, Philosophy & Earth Sciences. In her final year, Olivia led a project on the intersection between chaos theory and climate change, and completed an internship with Deloitte. In her spare time, Olivia is teaching herself Spanish and enjoys playing the piano.

Omar Saracho Technical Adviser, Climate Action Planning, Latin America

Omar serves as Technical Adviser for the Climate Action Planning Latin America Programme, within the Measurement and Planning Team. In this role, he is responsible for providing expertise and support on GHG inventories, climate risk assessments and climate change actions to C40 cities in the region. Prior to joining C40, Omar worked with INGOs such as Mercy Corps, Institute for Sustainable Communities and World Vision, as well as UNEP and UN Habitat. He worked for several years in South and SouthEast Asia providing technical support to sub-national level governments on projects related to climate change mitigation, resilience building and green growth. Previously, Omar worked in Eritrea on an initiative to reforest the desert and produce food with seawater crops, planting over a million mangroves along the Red Sea for animal fodder and carbon credits. Omar has a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture from ITESO University in Guadalajara, Mexico, and a Master’s degree in Environment and Sustainable Development from University College London.

Pamela Jouven Head of City Business Climate Alliance

Pamela Jouven serves as C40’s Head of City Business Climate Alliances. She is responsible for expanding C40’s service offering to member cities relating to the acceleration of climate solutions, with a specific focus on scaling new programmes enabling effective, strategic collaboration between C40’s member cities and both local and global businesses.

 Before joining C40, Pamela worked as Senior Project Lead for Virgin Unite, the non-profit arm of the Virgin Group. In this role, she led on incubating Global Leadership Initiatives related to responsible business, climate change and ocean protection, and launched several global programmes advancing the Virgin Group sustainability, climate action and entrepreneurship support agenda.

Her experience also includes initiating and leading innovative multi-partner programmes for major organisations in London and Paris, such as the Louvre Museum and University of the Arts London.


Pamela holds a Master’s degree in Business Management from HEC Paris.

Paula Zapata City Adviser, Medellin, Colombia

Paula serves as City Adviser for Medellín, Colombia, as part of C40 Climate Action Planning Programme. Prior to joining C40, Paula worked in the public administration for Medellín City as an Environmental Engineer in the Environment Secretary, working to coordinate International cooperation. Previously, Paula worked within the energy sector, developing small hydroelectric plants in Antioquia, Colombia. Paula has experience with sustainable projects such as: environmental education, carbon footprint calculation and research on the impacts of climate change on high mountain ecosystems water supply in Natural National Park Los Nevados, Colombia. Paula is an Environmental Engineer from EIA University, holds a Master’s degree in Hydro Science & Engineering from the Technische Universität Dresden, Germany and an Advanced International Training Program “Climate Change – Mitigation and Adaptation”, Sweden.

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.

Paulina Lis Programme Manager, Private Building Efficiency (maternity cover)

Paulina manages the Private Building Efficiency Network at C40, where she works with cities to accelerate the implementation of energy efficiency measures in private sector buildings. Paulina spent 10 years in California, where she led various local initiatives related to green buildings and sustainable communities.

Her experience includes energy efficiency and sustainability projects in San Diego and working with groups such as USGBC, International Living Future Institute, and EcoDistricts as well as a spectrum of private sector partners in the buildings, non-profit and education sectors. Paulina has recently completed an MSc in Environmental Policy and Management at the International Institute for Industrial Environmental Economics at Lund University in Sweden.  Her final thesis considered how cities work with concepts of transition management to achieve building energy efficiency. She also holds a BA in Tourism Management from Napier University, a Certificate in Sustainable Business Practices from the University of California, San Diego and LEED credentials in Buildings Operations and Maintenance and in Neighbourhood Development. 

Pauline Eloi Advisor to the Board President

As Advisor to the Board President, Pauline is responsible for liaising with the Bloomberg Philanthropies environment team on projects and activities related to C40 and Michael Bloomberg’s position as C40 Board President. Pauline initially joined C40 as Project Manager for the Women4Climate Tech Challenge, a global competition designed to promote and support  innovation and climate solutions from women in the tech community. She started her career in e-commerce, where she worked as a localisation and operations manager for six years, before taking part in the On Purpose leadership programme to transition her career into the environmental impact sector. She since worked with sustainability leader and carpet manufacturer Interface, designing and implementing circular solutions to reduce waste, and developed a new portfolio of services for the innovation foundation Nesta.

Paul Jorgensen Head of Climate Action Planning, Africa

Paul serves as Head of the Climate Action Planning Africa Programme, within the Measurement and Planning Team. In this role, he leads the delivery of the Africa programme supporting 11 African megacities in developing ambitious, inclusive and integrated climate action plans. 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. Paul holds a master’s degree in environmental science and a Bachelor of Social Science in Economics and Geography. During his master’s degree, Paul was awarded the Green Talents Award 2010

Pedro Ribeiro Network Manager, Urban Flooding

Pedro Ribeiro manages the Urban Flooding Network at C40 and works as the Acting Technical Lead for Urban Flooding advising the C40 Climate Action Plan Programme. He supports a network of global cities to identify, plan and implement projects to increase resilience to urban flooding impacts. The network is focused on four work streams: Governance and Holistic Water Management; Measuring and Monitoring Urban Floods; Flood Operations and Response; and Flood Reduction. 

Before joining C40, Pedro worked at the Rio de Janeiro Resilience Office, where he worked on the development of Rio Resilience Strategy. In Rio's Resilience Office, Pedro focused on the city's urban climate vulnerabilities including Heat Waves, Drought, and Floods. Pedro was responsible for leading initiatives on Heat Waves, developing the first municipal urban heat map, and the Urban Water Resilience, developing Rio de Janeiro's rainwater harvesting potential analysis (Reuse Map).

Pedro holds an environmental sciences degree at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro State, with a post-graduate degree in Ecological Landscape at the Pontifícia Universidade Católica of Rio de Janeiro.

Pegah Noori khah Municipal Buildings & Energy Efficiency Data Manager

Pegah is responsible for managing the C40 Municipal Buildings Efficiency Network, supporting cities in driving energy efficiency in the buildings which cities control, as well as providing cities with technical assistance on building energy data analysis that will inform and support ambitious policies. In addition, Pegah evaluates building energy efficiency scenarios in C40 Cities Climate Action Plans and produces building energy data related research pieces for C40 Knowledge Hub.

Prior to joining C40 Pegah worked for Siemens Global Centre of Competence for Cities as an Infrastructure Researcher. There Pegah worked on projects including C40's Air Quality research, Digitalization and Industry 4.0 study, and an infrastructure overview project with Myanmar. Pegah is also an experienced web and graphic designer with expertise 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.


Peggy Whitfield Governance Editor

Peggy Whitfield is the Governance and Executive Director's Team Editor, Peggy’s role is to ensure that C40 produces the highest standards of materials for C40 leadership, partners and funders. Prior to C40, Peggy held a wide variety of roles in refugee-related non-profits in the UK and Greece, where she brought her experience in freelance writing and editing in the legal and academic fields to the humanitarian sector. Peggy has an MA in Latin American Studies (with an emphasis on indigenous rights and human rights) and is about to complete an MA in Convergent Journalism. She is currently learning German and the art of ceramics."

Phillip Dinga City Adviser, Nairobi

Phillip is the City Adviser for Nairobi. He is responsible for the Climate Action Planning Programme in Nairobi. In this role, he will be offering technical support to develop and update the City’s Climate Action Plan aimed at low carbon climate resilient development. This is in line with the City’s national and sub national priority actions and global commitments including the Paris Agreement. Prior to joining C40, Phillip worked as the Low Emission Development Officer for the United Nations Development Programme- Kenya under the Low Emission and Climate Resilient Development (LECRD) Project implemented by the Ministry of Environment and Forestry. Phillip supported and coordinated the establishment of a sustainable GHG Inventory for Kenya, development of Kenya Specific emission factors on manure management, supporting and upscaling of climate change innovations and coordinating the development of the country’s Green Building Standards and Certification tool. Phillip also successfully supported in the development of the National Climate Change Action Plan 2018-2022, the development of Minimum Energy Performance Standards for computers, televisions and LED lighting and a curriculum to mainstream climate change into national and sub national policies, planning and budgeting. He holds a Master’s Degree in Environmental Planning and Management and a Bachelor’s Degree (First Class Honours) in Environmental Studies both from Kenyatta University in Kenya. In his spare time, Phillip is a nature enthusiast and an avid basketballer.

Rebecca Cheng Project Manager, Climate Action Planning, Southeast Asia

Rebecca serves as Project Manager for the Climate Action Planning Southeast Asia Programme, within the Measurement and Planning Team. In this role, she is working with regional partners and C40 member cities in enabling them to develop and execute robust climate action. Prior to joining C40, Rebecca was Product Marketing Manager at ABB, where she was part of the growth of rooftop and utility solar across Southeast Asia, and the pilot project developments for EV car-sharing and electric bus charging infrastructure in Singapore. Rebecca graduated from the National University of Singapore with a B.Eng (Hons) in Materials Science and Engineering. Based in Singapore, Rebecca speaks English, Mandarin Chinese, French, Korean, and Thai; and is now on to Bahasa Melayu.

Rebecca Ilunga Water Security Network Manager

Rebecca oversees the Water Security Network as part of C40’s Adaptation Implementation Initiative. In this position, she is responsible for supporting city efforts to identify, plan and implement projects to increase their water security. Rebecca is experienced in water resource modelling, management, and stakeholder engagement. She is passionate about water, sustainability, climate resilience, the urban context, and the role they play in societal developmentRebecca’s work has given her experience across Sub-Saharan Africa; where she has been able to interact with people from diverse communities to develop climate adaptation and water management plans.

Rebecca holds a Master of Science in Water and Environmental Management from Loughborough University, United Kingdom, where her research focused on the application of bottom-up adaptation decision support for resilient water resource management and security in African cities. She also holds a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of Cape Town, South Africa. Rebecca is an accredited Chartered Water and Environmental Manager (C.WEM) and is fluent in English and French.

Rié Hirai Head, Creative Content

Rié Hirai serves as C40’s Head, 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.

Rodolphe Quinn Technical Officer, Climate Change Mitigation

Rodolphe serves as Technical Officer for Climate Change Mitigation, within the Measurement and Planning Team. In this role, he works on the greenhouse gas inventories of all cities within the C40 Network, ensuring that they are high quality and fit for use in the Climate Action Planning Programme. Rodolphe transitioned to this role after interning with the C40 Regions/Deadline2020 Team, where he worked on ensuring the continual participation of cities within the C40 network. Prior to joining C40, Rodolphe worked as an academic research assistant in Montreal, studying the effects of agricultural certification in relation to deforestation rates. Rodolphe is a graduate of McGill University, where he received a BA in Urban Geography, Environmental Studies and GIS.

Ryan Green Technical Manager, Climate Change Mitigation

Ryan serves as a Technical Manager for Climate Change Mitigation, within the Measurement and Planning Team. In this role, he supports the delivery of technical assistance to help C40 cities develop greenhouse gas emissions inventories in line with international best practice. This includes the development of further guidance, resources and case studies on data management, inventory development and climate action planning. Prior to joining C40, Ryan worked with cities at CDP (formerly Carbon Disclosure Project) to help them publicly disclose their climate-related data and connect them with resources to advance their climate planning. There, Ryan led engagement with UK Cities, helping them to use public disclosure as part of their climate emergency response, and providing feedback on their plans and inventories to help build their evidence base for action. Ryan holds a MSc in Sustainability, specialising in CSR, from the University of Nottingham and a BSc in Accounting and Finance.

Sarah Lewis Research Assistant, Executive Director's Office

Sarah serves as Research Assistant in the Executive Director's Office, supporting the Executive Director with research projects, speeches, articles and blogs. Sarah joined C40 after completing an MSc in Sustainable Resource Economics, Transitions and Policy at University College London. Her dissertation focussed on city-level energy projects. She also holds a BA in Middle Eastern Languages from the University of Manchester, and has lived and worked in a number of global cities including Amsterdam, Tel Aviv, Jerusalem and Alexandria. In her spare time Sarah enjoys hiking and blogging about sustainable lifestyles

Selene Aparicio Regional Engagement Manager for Latin America, Climate Finance Facility 

Selene oversees engagement with stakeholders in Latin America for C40’s Climate Finance Facility to foster access to finance for climate change projects in urban areas in developing and emerging economies. As part of this role, she also focuses on extending C40 CFF's "Knowledge and Learning" work to other cities in the LATAM region. Before joining C40, Selene worked as Deputy Director of Climate Change in Mexico City’s Ministry of Environment where she contributed to the execution of the city’s Climate Action Plan, as well as supervised the implementation of clean energy and energy efficiency projects, focused on propelling greenhouse gas reduction in Mexico City. Among others, Selene executed the installation of solar water heating systems in ten public hospitals and the emission of Mexico City’s Green Bond in 2018. She has a bachelor’s degree from New York University (NYU) with a double major in Journalism and Environmental Studies, and a master’s degree in Public Policy and Administration from Mexico’s Centre for Research and Teaching in Economics (CIDE, in Spanish).

Seneca Naidoo Programme Manager, Air Quality and Climate Action Planning

Seneca serves as C40’s Programme Manager, Air Quality and Climate Action Planning. In this role, she works to integrate air quality and air pollution-related health considerations into the C40 Cities climate action planning process. As part of C40’s Air Quality and Climate Action Planning Integration Project, she will be responsible for coordinating the technical air quality impact analyses for seven pilot city projects. Prior to joining C40 Cities, Seneca worked at South Africa’s Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) as a researcher in the Climate and Air Quality Modelling group, where she worked on projects in both the research and consulting arenas, with a focus on the air quality-climate change linkages that exist within cities and air quality management planning. Previously, Seneca worked as an air quality scientist at the South African Weather Service, where she was responsible for managing data from monitoring networks in South Africa’ nationally declared air quality priority areas and reporting this information to South Africa’s National Department of Environment, Forestries and Fisheries. She was involved in the development and operation of South Africa’s Industrial National Atmospheric Emissions Inventory System. Seneca holds an MSc in Atmospheric Science and a BSc Honours in Geography from the University of the Witwatersrand. 

Shuang Zhou Program Promotions and Communications Manager

Shuang Zhou serves as the Program Promotions and Communications Manager in C40 China office to develop the communications function and support the engagement with our cities. In this role, she supports C40 China to identify communication opportunities and approaches, leverage two-way communications of cities’ best practices between China and global audience. Before joining C40, Shuang worked as Program Manager of Giti Group United in Diversity Foundation for 8 years. She engaged cross sector leaders to jointly step forward and take on sustainable development challenges of conservation, education, and enterprise through “Innovative Dynamics Education and Action for Sustainability (IDEAS)” leadership programs with MIT Sloan and Tsinghua University.

She also led communication and partnership engagement work from China side for major events hosted by the foundation, such as "Tri Hita Karana Sustainable Development Forum" and "RICH 70 Tsinghua Southeast Asia Forum". Previously, Shuang worked in WWF China office for policy research and advocacy, focusing on promoting the Ecological Footprint concept and Green Economy to policy makers as well as wide stakeholders. Shuang holds an MA in International Development from University of East Anglia and a BA from China Agricultural 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).

Simon Roberts Technical Lead, Transport and Urban Planning, Seconded to C40 by Transport For London

Simon joins C40 on a year long secondment from Transport for London (TfL). He will serve as the technical expert on transport and urban planning and will help support the Green and Healthy Streets Declaration cities and help embed transport and urban planning programmes in cities’ climate action plans.

At TfL Simon worked within the Transport Strategy team on the development of air quality and environmental policy for the Mayors Transport Strategy and London Environment Strategy. He led the policy development for the T-Charge, the early introduction and expansion of the Ultra Low Emission Zone, the Mayor of London’s scrappage scheme for microbusinesses and charities, and TfL’s forthcoming Zero Emission Zone guidance.

Simon holds an MSc in Transport Planning and Management from the University of Westminster and a BA in History from the University of Warwick.

Simon Sambou City Adviser for Dakar, Senegal

Simon Sambou serves as C40’s City Adviser for Dakar. In this role, he is responsible for providing technical assistance in updating the city’s climate action plan to deliver mitigation and adaptation outcomes and inclusive low-carbon development in line to the Paris Agreement.

Simon has previously worked as a lecturer at the Institute of Environmental Sciences (ISE) and Climate Action Facilitator at the Group of Action and Initiative for an Alternative Development (GAIA). He was responsible for carbon assessment and monitoring at the Project for Sustainable and participatory management of traditional alternative energies (PROGEDE 2). Simon has also worked with the Catholic Relief Services (CRS) as a Program Officer coordinating the USAID’s Learning Agenda Project “Climate Information Services Research Initiative (CISRI)” in Senegal where he worked closely with local municipalities and as Climate Change Technical Advisor for the development of Green Climate Fund program. He holds a Masters degree in Geography, a MSc degree and PhD in Environmental Sciences from the Institute of Environmental Sciences of Cheikh Anta Diop University of Dakar (UCAD).

Siobhan Foley Programme Manager, Climate Action Planning, North America

Siobhan serves as Programme Manager for the Climate Action Planning Programme in North America, within the Measurement and Planning Team. In this role, she provides technical assistance to help North American cities develop Paris Agreement compliant climate action plans. She is based in New Orleans, where she previously served as the FUSE Executive Fellow for Climate Action to the City of New Orleans to develop and launch the city’s first climate action plan, 50% by 2030: Climate Action for a Resilient New Orleans. Prior to joining C40, Siobhan developed and implemented a variety of programs and policies for community-based sustainability and resilience around the U.S. She coordinated working groups for the Clinton Global Initiative focused on advanced energy, circular economy and housing for U.S. cities and the Caribbean; led education and outreach at the Center for Sustainable Energy working with cities and utilities on energy and electric vehicle programs including California’s statewide education program for energy management; and launched solar schools projects throughout the country with the Bonneville Environmental Foundation. Siobhan holds an MPA in Sustainability Management from the Presidio Graduate School and a BA from Columbia University.

Sophie Bedecarré Ernst Content Coordinator

Sophie serves as Content Coordinator at C40. Sophie is responsible for develping content and campaigns to amplify C40’s accomplishments on social media, at C40 events, and in supporting creative projects. Prior to joining C40 in 2017, Sophie worked in the Office of Sustainability at Vassar College as Carbon Neutrality Intern, working to develop the college’s first Climate Action Plan & carbon neutrality commitment, model an internal carbon charge program and devise a building energy monitoring system. Sophie has also fundraised for Nobody Leaves Mid-Hudson, a small non-profit working for immigration & utility justice in the Hudson Valley, since 2015. Sophie has a BA in Geography & Earth Science from Vassar College with a focus on Environmental Justice (and minored in Studio Art).

Stelios Diakoulakis Deputy Regional Director for Europe

Stelios Diakoulakis joined C40 in April 2018 and he is based in Athens. He is the Deputy Regional Director for Europe and closely works with the Regional Director in providing support to European member cities regarding their overall participation in C40 activities ensuring they benefit from their membership - both at political and technical level - and also comply with C40 Participation Standards. He is responsible for the delivery of projects of strategic importance for C40 such as the cities’ commitment to ambitious climate targets as well as the development and implementation of Deadline 2020 compliant climate action plans. Prior to joining C40, Stelios worked as Senior EU Policy and International Affairs Advisor to the Mayor of Athens. He has significant experience in European policies and institutions having offered his services for many years in the European Parliament and the Greek Foreign Ministry while he has also worked as a consultant at a private company specialised in the development of strategic regional programs and impact assessments 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.

Stephanie Bonno Head of Events

Stéphanie Bonno serves as the Head of events at C40 and is responsible for thoughtful execution of key events that showcase the work of C40 Cities and its mayoral global leadership as a unique organizational approach. She has 20 years of work experience in the fields of project management and international events organization, with both operational and strategic skills. Prior to joining C40, Stéphanie served as the Head of the President’s Cabinet at the French Tennis Federation, where she was in charge of international relations, as well as all of the events organized by the President’s Cabinet, during the French Open and the ATP Paris Masters 1000. She also worked for the French National Olympic and Sport Committee as a project and events manager for the Winter and Summer Olympic Games. Stéphanie holds a Master’s degree in information and communication and a post graduate degree in Information and journalism.

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.

Stephen Green IT Project Manager

Stephen Green serves as the IT Project Manager at C40. His focus is to identify and research important technology projects for the organization and then develop and execute related plans. Additional responsibilities include reviewing IT inventory needs; facilitating weekly IT training sessions and monitoring and proactively managing the organization's computers and phones. Stephen also supports implementing and maintaining security procedures as well as departmental processes and policies.

Prior to joining C40, Stephen worked at the Genius Bar for Apple for nearly six years and was a Genius in the London Covent Garden store for nearly two years. After Apple Retail, Stephen joined an Apple Mac managed service provider in London where he supported and serviced the IT of a dozen different business across central London, both remotely and on site. Stephen graduated from the University of Portsmouth with a BA in Film Studies and Entertainment Technology.


Stephen Otieno City Adviser, Nairobi (Food Systems)

Stephen Otieno is the C40 Food Systems City Adviser for Nairobi. His role is to support and assist the City of Nairobi develop and deliver a robust Food System Strategy. He also connects the City to resources across the C40 Food Systems Network, FAO, and other technical partners. Prior to joining C40 Cities, he was a research fellow at the East African Institute of the Aga Khan University, where he coordinated the implementation of a donor-funded project on Urban Food Systems in East Africa. He has previously worked at UNEP’s Department of Early Warning and Assessment (DEWA), the African Conservation Centre, and was a visiting research scholar at York University, Canada. He has also consulted for the Global Climate Adaptation Partnership (GCAP) – UK. He holds a B.A in (Urban Planning) and an M.A in (Environmental Planning & Management) from the University of Nairobi. Stephen is currently pursuing his PhD at the University of Nairobi, focusing on “Environmental performance of food systems,” funded by the Swiss National Research Foundation, University of Bern and CETRAD, Kenya.

Tessa Devreese Programme Officer, the Clean Construction Programme

Tessa serves as the Programme Officer for the Clean Construction Programme supporting cities in reducing carbon emissions from construction materials and machinery. Prior to joining C40, Tessa interned at the consultancy Metabolic on the Green Building Team advising on sustainability strategies for new developments with a particular focus on low carbon building materials and embedding circular economy principles into the building design. She also interned at the consultancy XCO2 where she advised on the sustainability of planning applications in London. For her Master’s thesis she assessed the circularity of Transport For London’s construction material use on large infrastructure projects and analysed the system change required to improve it.

Tessa has a Master’s degree in Environmental Design and Engineering from University College London and a Bachelor’s degree in Biological and Environmental Engineering from Cornell University. 

Thomas Maltese Project Officer, Zero Emission Bus Rapid-deployment Accelerator

Thomas Maltese serves as Project Officer for C40’s Zero Emission Bus Rapid-deployment Accelerator project, led by C40 Cities and the International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT). Working across different teams in C40 and partner organisations, Thomas will support C40 cities plan, finance and deploy electric buses. This will be initially done by working with Medellin, São Paulo and Mexico City, as well as the region’s leading city in this sector, Santiago, by creating best practice sharing opportunities for bus electrification in Latin America.

Prior to joining C40, Thomas kickstarted his career in the field of climate action at The Climate Group, as EV100 Project Coordinator, managing amongst other things relationships with EV100 members. EV100 is a global initiative bringing together companies committed to accelerating the transition to electric mobility from within their own operations. 

Half-Italian and half-British, Thomas grew up in Italy and later graduated in Political Science from the Université Libre de Bruxelles in Belgium. 

Tibebu Assefa City Adviser, Addis Ababa

Tibebu has a total of 13 years of work experiences. He served as an instructor, program coordinator, and consultant in government and non-government institution in Ethiopia. He has worked in partnership with government ministries and international partners  such as  WRI, UNDP and IIED.

Prior to joining C40, he worked as Climate Change Expert for Echnoserve Consulting - a locally renowned environment and climate change consultant company.  While with the consulting company, he assisted a diverse client base in providing advisory services and solution in the area of climate change. One of the well-known projects he has worked on include the development of the Addis Ababa GHG Inventory Report in 2012 using the GPC. This report was done in partnership with WRI and he worked in collaboration with a Technical Working Group comprising representatives from various sectors.  During this time, WRI also gave three on-site capacity building training and follow-up webinars.

He also served as a consultant at UNDP in the preparation of climate change adaptation scale-up investment plans for 150 districts in Ethiopia.

Tibebu is an art and nature enthusiast but in his spare time, he also likes reading and spending time with family and friends.

Toby Coombes Data Analyst, Climate Action and Air Quality

Toby serves as Data Analyst for Climate Action and Air Quality, within the Measurement and Planning Team. In this role, he helps to build and operate models that allow cities to measure the greenhouse gas, air quality and health impacts of climate action and related initiatives. Previously Toby worked as an intern at C40, where he helped to build project-level emissions analysis methods and also supported C40 cities with a variety of data collection efforts. Prior to joining C40, he worked in France, Spain and the UK as an English Language Teacher. Toby has an MSc in Environment and Sustainability from Birkbeck College (University of London) and a BSc in Zoology from the University of St. Andrews.

Valerie Brown Knowledge & Learning Officer

Valerie holds an MSc in Sustainable Development from Utrecht University (Netherlands), and a BSc in Environmental Conservation Economics from the University of Alberta (Canada). Her master's thesis compared New York City and Rotterdam, looking at the similarities and differences in how they address community resilience. Prior to joining C40, Valerie worked for Cordaid, an international disaster relief NGO based in the Hague. She managed Cordaid's resilience and DRR programs in Kenya, Indonesia, and the Philippines.


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.

Viola Follini Projects & Events Officer, Financing Sustainable Cities Initiative

Viola Follini works across C40’s Financing Sustainable Cities Initiative (FSCI), supporting FSCI Academies, Forums, comms and knowledge management, and helping to support cities in accessing vital finance to make their Climate Action Plans a reality. Previously, Viola worked with the C40 Measurement & Planning team as an intern for 7 months. 

Before joining C40, Viola co-founded UniverCities, an inter-university Conference in London that brings students and practitioners from the urban academic and professional world together to showcase the broad employment landscape open to the next generation of city-makers. Alongside this, she worked on the Urban Futures Research Domain of King’s College London, creating the website and managing content on the blog and the social media accounts. She also managed the social media accounts for the Italian start-up Urban Symbiosis Design. 

Viola holds a MA in Sustainable Cities from King’s College London and a BSc (Hons) Environmental Management from the University of Salford, Manchester, where she was awarded the prize for ‘Best performance on an undergraduate environmental programme within the School of Environment and Life Sciences’. She has also completed an online course on Sustainable Cities organized by the SDG Academy and led by Aromar Revi, Director of the Indian Institute for Human Settlements.

Vivienne  Palmer Reporting Accountant

Vivienne is C40’s part-time Reporting Accountant and will be supporting the Group Management Accountant and Finance and Grants Officer by providing monthly reports to external funders. She is ACCA qualified and has over twenty years’ experience in financial management and reporting. She has also worked as a finance and IT trainer, a job which took her to over thirty countries and involved a variety of corporate, government and not-for-profit organisations. Vivienne was Finance Manager at Turning Point (the UK’s largest drug and alcohol charity) and at Childline. She is also voluntary Treasurer for Friends of Coldfall Wood, a group that aims to preserve an ancient woodland in North London.

Wojciech Białożyt Inclusive Climate Action City Advisor for Warsaw


Wojciech Białożyt is the C40’s Inclusive Climate Action City Advisor for Warsaw. He acts as the focal point for the City of Warsaw for the delivery and implementation of support provided by C40’s Global Green New Deal initiative. He is overseeing and delivering deep-dive technical and strategic support to the City administration on the topics and areas of work related to the GGND initiative. Wojciech is an accomplished think-tank executive and senior policy analyst in the field of European policies and democracy. Prior to joining C40, he served between 2015-2020 as Managing Director of WiseEuropa think-tank, Poland’s elite in climate and European policies research. Working in the think-tank environment at the EU level, Wojciech has published research papers focused on participatory democracy issues and impact of digitisation on democracy. Further, between 2012-2014, he served as Managing Director of the Jan Karski Educational Foundation, a Polish-American advocacy and philanthropy endeavour. He graduated from the International School of Political Science at the University of Silesia. He speaks English, French and Polish. 

Yassin Mkwizu City Advisor - Dar es Salaam

Yassin Mkwizu serves as City Advisor for the Dar es Salaam City supporting the city in their Climate Action Planning and working with all the relevant sectors in the city. He has over 15 years experience of managing projects on environment, climate change and natural resources. He worked with the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) from 2005 as national coordinator before joining the Norwegian Embassy in Dar es Salaam in 2008 as Programme officer for 10 years. When working at the Norwegian Embassy, he facilitated establishment of the National Carbon Monitoring Centre (NCMC) which is mandated to collect and report carbon emission from deforestation and other land use changes. His passion in city greening lead him to establish DarNature, a centre with natural settings for education, research and recreation situated in Dar es Salaam.  Yassin Holds a PhD from the University of Dar es Salaam where he studied the role of storytelling in climate change initiatives. He will use this knowledge to facilitate capturing of stakeholders’ stories in the climate action planning for Dar es Salaam.

Yisum Heneghan Workshop Project Officer

Yisum serves as the Workshop Project Officer for C40's Global Initiatives team. She provides support in the effective and professional delivery of around 18 network workshops and side events per year. The workshops are mainly focused on sectoral-based initiatives, in particular: Adaptation, Waste & Water, Transportation, Buildings & Energy, Urban Planning & Development. Before joining C40, she worked in a variety of project management and business development within the policy, education and business sector. This includes coordinating multidisciplinary research projects at the Policy Institute at King's, organising engagement events with policy stakeholders at Pearson and delivering executive education courses for international clients at LSE Enterprise. She was also placed on a volunteering scheme set up by the UK's Department for International Development where she explored issues of climate change mitigation & adaptation, social wellbeing and sustainable urban development in Peru. Yisum holds an MSc in Environmental Technology from Imperial College London and a BSc in International Relations and History from the London School of Economics. She speaks English (fluent), Spanish (intermediate) and Mandarin (intermediate).

Yuping Qiu Programme Officer, C40 China Buildings Programme

Yuping Qiu is a Programme Officer, C40 China Buildings Programme, supporting the development and implementation of ambitious citywide building energy efficiency initiatives. Prior to joining C40, Yuping worked as an Advisor at the Danish Energy Agency, part of the Danish Ministry of Energy, Utilities and Climate, where she focused on collaboration with the Chinese government supporting UN sustainability goals. Based in the Department for Global Cooperation, Yuping was in charge of energy policy monitoring, report drafting and policy analysis.  In addition, she brings experience from the Royal Danish Embassy in China, where she worked with consular affairs. Yuping holds a master’s degree in International Studies from Aarhus University, Denmark. 

Zoë Chafe Technical Lead for Air Quality

Zoë Chafe serves as Technical Lead for Air Quality at C40. In this role, Zoe provides technical guidance on air quality across C40 and leads C40’s air quality technical assistance program. Zoë has deep experience at the intersections of air quality, climate change, and human health. She served as Chapter Scientist for the Human Health chapter of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Fifth Assessment Report, and as a lead author of the Global Energy Assessment. As a consultant for the World Health Organization, she led a report on the air quality and health impacts of home heating with wood and coal. At the City of Oakland, California, she evaluated potential health and safety risks associated with the proposed handling of coal at a bulk commodities terminal.  She also served on the research and communications staff of the Worldwatch Institute in Washington, DC.

Zoë holds a PhD (Energy and Resources) and MPH (Master of Public Health) from the University of California, Berkeley, as well as a bachelor’s degree in human biology from Stanford University. Her research has been supported by the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, the Young Scientists Summer Program at the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), and the Atkinson Postdoctoral Fellowship in Sustainability at Cornell University.