At the COP 21 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris, governments agreed that mobilizing stronger and more ambitious climate action is urgently required to achieve the goals of the Paris Agreement. To connect the work of governments with the many voluntary and collaborative actions taken by cities, regions, businesses and investors, nations decided to appoint two high-level champions.

The current UN Climate Change High-Level Champions for COP27 and COP26, Dr. Mahmoud Mohieldin and the outgoing Mr Nigel Topping, build on the legacy of their predecessors to engage with non state actors and activate the ‘ambition loop’ with national governments. Their work is fundamentally designed to encourage a collaborative shift across all of society towards a decarbonized economy so that we can all thrive in a healthy, resilient and zero carbon world.

To help them deliver this work, the High-Level Champions are supported by a global team of experts covering a broad spectrum of fields.

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UN Climate Change High-Level Champion for Egypt, COP27 Dr. Mahmoud Mohieldin

Dr. Mohieldin, is an economist with more than 30 years of experience in international finance and development. He is an Executive Director at the International Monetary Fund. He has been the United Nations Special Envoy on Financing the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda since February 2020. He was Minister of Investment of Egypt from 2004-2010, and […]

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UN Climate Change High-Level Champion for Egypt, COP27

Dr. Mahmoud Mohieldin

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Youth Fellow - Resilience Maria Aguilar

Maria Alejandra Aguilar is a Colombian lawyer bringing over five years of experience in advocacy, policy research and analysis of socio-environmental issues and climate change. Her professional background is centred on the promotion of inclusive sustainable development and a rights-based approach to climate action. Maria holds an MSc. in Sustainability from the United Nations University […]

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Youth Fellow - Resilience

Maria Aguilar

Maria Alejandra Aguilar is a Colombian lawyer bringing over five years of experience in advocacy, policy research and analysis of socio-environmental issues and climate change. Her professional background is centred on the promotion of inclusive sustainable development and a rights-based approach to climate action.

Maria holds an MSc. in Sustainability from the United Nations University Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability (UNU-IAS), and a  joint diploma from the University of Tokyo.

In the past years, she has worked in civil society organizations as Climate Justice Coordinator and Associate Lawyer at the Colombian NGO Ambiente y Sociedad, as a consultant to facilitate a regional course on Environmental Access Rights for the World and Resources Institute, and as a member of several networks, such as Climate Action Network Latin America, YOUNGO and Arctic Angels.

In 2021 Maria joined the United Nations Climate Technology Network and Centre (CTCN) Youth Knowledge Exchange Programme, where she supports gender mainstreaming and Indigenous Peoples engagement.

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Communications Associate Fabio Scaffidi-Argentina

Fabio is the Communications Associate working with Communications Director Matthew Phillips. He previously coordinated the comms and marketing at Outrage + Optimism, a Global Optimism podcast by Tom Rivett-Carnac, Christiana Figueres and Paul Dickinson. Fabio obtained his MSc in Strategic Marketing at Imperial College London. Here he helped the Climate Investment Challenge, an academic non-profit, […]

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Communications Associate

Fabio Scaffidi-Argentina

Fabio is the Communications Associate working with Communications Director Matthew Phillips.

He previously coordinated the comms and marketing at Outrage + Optimism, a Global Optimism podcast by Tom Rivett-Carnac, Christiana Figueres and Paul Dickinson.

Fabio obtained his MSc in Strategic Marketing at Imperial College London. Here he helped the Climate Investment Challenge, an academic non-profit, become the globally largest student-led climate finance competition in 2021 allocating funding to innovative climate finance solutions.

Fabio grew up around Europe and is multilingual. He enjoys the outdoors as well as sports, such as scuba diving and skiing.

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Carbon Removals Lead Ashleigh Arton

Ashleigh has more than eight years of experience in the conservation, sustainability and fisheries sectors. She is currently a Senior Consultant in Deloitte Venture’s Climate Change & Environment Studio. The studio seeks to originate technology-based opportunities with clients, and co-innovation with strategic partners at an exciting time for climate action and ecosystems development.  Prior to […]

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Carbon Removals Lead

Ashleigh Arton

Ashleigh has more than eight years of experience in the conservation, sustainability and fisheries sectors. She is currently a Senior Consultant in Deloitte Venture’s Climate Change & Environment Studio. The studio seeks to originate technology-based opportunities with clients, and co-innovation with strategic partners at an exciting time for climate action and ecosystems development.  Prior to joining Deloitte, Ashleigh led research and policy development at the Marine Stewardship Council; the world’s leading sustainable fisheries standard and seafood eco-label. She emphasises using systems thinking to understand and unpack the linkages between nature, government, markets and communities. Ashleigh has a MSc in Biodiversity, Conservation and Management from the University of Oxford. Whilst there, she investigated incorporating fisher behaviours into agent-based models to understand the impact and effectiveness of fisheries management interventions. Ashleigh is happiest when collaborating with intelligent and passionate people to drive positive, resilient systems transformation.

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Director of Strategy and Policy Jen Austin

Prior to the joining the Climate Champions Team, Jen was the Policy Director for the We Mean Business coalition where she led the coalition’s global policy strategy, working with coalition partners and the world’s leading businesses to articulate a compelling business case for ambitious climate policy around the world.  Prior to We Mean Business, Jen […]

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Director of Strategy and Policy

Jen Austin

Prior to the joining the Climate Champions Team, Jen was the Policy Director for the We Mean Business coalition where she led the coalition’s global policy strategy, working with coalition partners and the world’s leading businesses to articulate a compelling business case for ambitious climate policy around the world.  Prior to We Mean Business, Jen served as Chief of Staff and Senior Policy Advisor to the Special Envoy for Climate Change at the U.S. State Department. Jen has experience in international climate policy, economics, diplomacy, and strategic communications, having also worked at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and for both of President Obama’s presidential campaigns. Jen’s first jobs out of college were as a reporter for a daily newspaper in Uganda and with the International Rescue Committee in Liberia. Jen has a Masters in Public Administration in International Development from the Harvard Kennedy School where she wrote her thesis about global carbon markets, and got her undergraduate degree from the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton. She is based in Washington, DC.

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Oceans Lead Ignace Beguin Billecocq

Ignace Beguin Billecocq is Ocean Lead for the Climate Champions since March 2021. Ignace is also Senior Manager, Ocean Stewardship Coalition, at the UN Global Compact. Ignace launched the Ocean Stewardship Coalition in 2018 with the objective to develop a global framework for Business Leadership in the Ocean to deliver on the Global Goals. The […]

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Oceans Lead

Ignace Beguin Billecocq

Ignace Beguin Billecocq is Ocean Lead for the Climate Champions since March 2021. Ignace is also Senior Manager, Ocean Stewardship Coalition, at the UN Global Compact. Ignace launched the Ocean Stewardship Coalition in 2018 with the objective to develop a global framework for Business Leadership in the Ocean to deliver on the Global Goals. The Coalition includes 150+ leading organizations in the ocean space, including global companies, public and private financial institutions, scientific institutions, civil society organizations and governments. Ignace worked with the UN Global Compact from 2014 to 2015 to mobilize companies in the lead up to the 2015 COP21 Climate Change Conference in Paris. Previously he served as Senior Consultant for large corporations on responsible communication and integrated reporting. He holds a Master’s Degree on International and European Environmental Law from University Aix-Marseille, France.

He is the father of a young daughter and loves cycling and trekking.

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Regenerative Agriculture Lead Federico Bellone

Federico studied environmental science (BSc), environmental technology (MSc), and international relations (MA), as well as oceanography. Formerly he was Managing Director for Latin America at Porticus, a global international private foundation, where he developed long-term funding programs in key areas such as Education, Human Rights, and Socio-environmental sustainability in Latin America. Previously he served as […]

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Regenerative Agriculture Lead

Federico Bellone

Federico studied environmental science (BSc), environmental technology (MSc), and international relations (MA), as well as oceanography. Formerly he was Managing Director for Latin America at Porticus, a global international private foundation, where he developed long-term funding programs in key areas such as Education, Human Rights, and Socio-environmental sustainability in Latin America. Previously he served as international portfolio manager at Avina Foundation, where he developed programs for forest conservation in the Pan-Amazon Basin, and with the Spanish International Development Agency (AECID), where he designed biodiversity and sustainable livelihood programs across Latin America

He is passionate about regenerative design for people, communities, businesses, and ecosystems, and when not working or visiting the field he can be found taking long rides on my bicycle or sailing.

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Strategic Coordinator, Finance Team Tariro Bure

Tariro Bure is a program lead with extensive experience in launching projects and mobilising resources. She serves in the Climate Champions Finance team as the Strategic Coordinator, where she drives processes and supports initiatives in achieving systems transformation towards a net zero, resilient future. Previously she was the coordinator of African Youth Networks Movement (AYNM) […]

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Strategic Coordinator, Finance Team

Tariro Bure

Tariro Bure is a program lead with extensive experience in launching projects and mobilising resources. She serves in the Climate Champions Finance team as the Strategic Coordinator, where she drives processes and supports initiatives in achieving systems transformation towards a net zero, resilient future.

Previously she was the coordinator of African Youth Networks Movement (AYNM) at Mandela Institute for Development Studies – an initiative by Mrs. Graça Machel where she was instrumental in the launch of AYNM and in setting up chapters which reach more than a million youth in 45 African countries.

Tariro was part of the founding team for African Leadership University (ALU) as Special Projects Associate to the Chairman. In this role, she spearheaded the campus accreditation and inauguration processes in coordination with the Government of Mauritius. She earned a BA in Global Economics and Management at Jacobs University Bremen in Germany.

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Events Manager Anjali Dwesar

Anjali works in the Events team at the Climate Champions, where she designs and delivers impactful events. She is from the organisation Leaders’ Quest – a social enterprise that helps leaders and companies align profit with purpose. As part of this role, she has helped manage leadership programmes across the UK, US and Middle East. […]

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Events Manager

Anjali Dwesar

Anjali works in the Events team at the Climate Champions, where she designs and delivers impactful events. She is from the organisation Leaders’ Quest – a social enterprise that helps leaders and companies align profit with purpose. As part of this role, she has helped manage leadership programmes across the UK, US and Middle East. She holds an MA in Conflict, Security and Development from the War Studies department at King’s College London.

 

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Youth Engagement Lead Shivi Dwivedi

As well as leading youth engagment for the High-Level Champions, Shivi is a Campaign Advisor for Reboot The Future and an Associate with a catalytic collaboration start-up, Bridging Ventures. Shivi’s last role was with Leaders’ Quest (LQ), a social enterprise that helps leaders and companies align profit with purpose. At LQ, she helped build and […]

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Youth Engagement Lead

Shivi Dwivedi

As well as leading youth engagment for the High-Level Champions, Shivi is a Campaign Advisor for Reboot The Future and an Associate with a catalytic collaboration start-up, Bridging Ventures.

Shivi’s last role was with Leaders’ Quest (LQ), a social enterprise that helps leaders and companies align profit with purpose. At LQ, she helped build and deliver client programmes and Open Quests in China, India, Israel, Palestine, the US and UK. Shivi originally joined LQ to help grow the Leaders’ Quest Foundation and its grassroots leadership development programme in India. This role included nurturing the partnerships involved – an ideal fit with her development and business background.

Shivi is deeply passionate about driving sustainable and ethical change and holds a master’s in social entrepreneurship. She began her career studying finance, and worked as a consultant with Protiviti Consulting, a global audit firm.

In addition to seeing herself as a lifelong dreamer, and a struggling pianist, Shivi loves travelling, reading, exploring underwater life, and animals. She dreams of opening an animal shelter with her partner one day!

 

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Race to Resilience Manager Neliswa Fente Hare

Neliswa is a proud South African working as the Race to Resilience Campaign Manager and  Business Engagement Lead  since November  2021 She is seconded from Deloitte UK where she is leading Resilience within the ESG and Climate risk team. Prior to joining Deloitte UK Neliswa Lead Deloitte Africa World Impact team, focusing on World Climate […]

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Race to Resilience Manager

Neliswa Fente Hare

Neliswa is a proud South African working as the Race to Resilience Campaign Manager and  Business Engagement Lead  since November  2021

She is seconded from Deloitte UK where she is leading Resilience within the ESG and Climate risk team.

Prior to joining Deloitte UK Neliswa Lead Deloitte Africa World Impact team, focusing on World Climate and World Class

An entrepreneur by background, she co- founded a youth led innovation consultancy that she sold to Deloitte focusing on advising corporate organisations on societal impact

Neliswa is a Mandela Washington Fellow, a former World Economic Forum Global Shaper and South African  Presidential Youth Working group for former president of South Africa.

She is a mother of two toddlers and has recently moved to the UK.

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Engagement Lead LAC Camila Fernandez

Camila studied Administration and Business in Chile. Her career involves different processes and sectors; to work on social innovation and resilience in some of the most rural regions of Chile; to work as a government adviser on climate change and forestry in the ministry of agriculture; leading the strategy to increase the best sustainability and […]

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Engagement Lead LAC

Camila Fernandez

Camila studied Administration and Business in Chile. Her career involves different processes and sectors; to work on social innovation and resilience in some of the most rural regions of Chile; to work as a government adviser on climate change and forestry in the ministry of agriculture; leading the strategy to increase the best sustainability and mitigation practices in the sector. She was part of the team as part of the COP25 Presidency team and as Chief of Staff of Gonzalo Muñoz. His last experience was in the private sector leading the ESG strategy and green finance in a bank in Chile.

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Campaign Director Ramiro Fernández

Ramiro Fernández has more than 20 years working in sustainable development. In he’s previous role he worked as Climate Change Director the Avina Foundation. Since 2008 he has specialized in climate change and energy. With vast experience on participatory planning process on the energy sector and worked with national governments in the implementation of their […]

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Campaign Director

Ramiro Fernández

Ramiro Fernández has more than 20 years working in sustainable development.

In he’s previous role he worked as Climate Change Director the Avina Foundation.

Since 2008 he has specialized in climate change and energy. With vast experience on participatory planning process on the energy sector and worked with national governments in the implementation of their commitments under the Paris Agreement.

In 2014 and 2015 he acted as senior advisor to the Minister of the Environment of Peru, as President of COP 20, and member of the Steering Committee of the “Lima Paris Action Agenda” at COP 21.

Ramiro is Vice-chair of the Advisory Council of the “Momentum for Change” initiative of the UNFCCC

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Cement & Aluminium Lead Harald Friedl

Harald is a serial impact entrepreneur. Since 2017 he has been for 3 years the CEO of Circle Economy, an impact organization of 50 people based out of Amsterdam with a global reach. Circle Economy is a leading ecosystem builder that translates circular pathways into concrete action on the ground – with businesses, cities and […]

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Cement & Aluminium Lead

Harald Friedl

Harald is a serial impact entrepreneur. Since 2017 he has been for 3 years the CEO of Circle Economy, an impact organization of 50 people based out of Amsterdam with a global reach. Circle Economy is a leading ecosystem builder that translates circular pathways into concrete action on the ground – with businesses, cities and nation states. Harald has extensive international experience running both for-profit and non-profit businesses with a focus on scaling impact. Prior to joining Circle Economy in 2017, Harald spent 5 years in South East Asia (Myanmar) where he co-founded the Impact Hub Myanmar and was Managing Director of a renewable energy company. Before that he spent time working  with the United Nations in New York and worked as spokesperson for the Austrian Government and advisor to the Austrian Deputy Prime Minister. Harald started his career as journalist and TV anchor and presented a daily show for economic news in Austria. Harald enjoys connecting with people, spending time in nature and nurturing ecosystems and people that are dedicated to making the world a better place for future generations.

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Built Environment Lead Bex Porter

Bex is a senior structural engineer at Arup, with a focus on minimising the environmental impact of the built environment, particularly focussed on embodied carbon reductions. Bex has a large amount of practical construction stage delivery across a range of sectors and is passionate about holistic design from the outset of projects. She has worked […]

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Built Environment Lead

Bex Porter

Bex is a senior structural engineer at Arup, with a focus on minimising the environmental impact of the built environment, particularly focussed on embodied carbon reductions. Bex has a large amount of practical construction stage delivery across a range of sectors and is passionate about holistic design from the outset of projects. She has worked on a number of projects utilising mass timber construction, including a wholly-timber gymnasium which overcame industry barriers to implementation through research, testing and client engagement.

Bex is one of the UKGBC Future Leaders cohort for 2021. She has a part-time secondment to the COP26 Climate Champions Team where he supports the COP26 High Level Champion in generating and proliferating industry and government ambition and action to decarbonise the built environment.

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Race to Resilience Business Engagement Advisor Peter Hall

Peter is Vice President and global director for sustainable and resilient infrastructure for the Wood organization working across all industry sectors.  He integrates sustainability and resilience into Wood projects to deliver outputs that support climate risks, community impact and align with finance.  He is the Ambassador for Climate Resilience at the Stimpson Center, manages the […]

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Race to Resilience Business Engagement Advisor

Peter Hall

Peter is Vice President and global director for sustainable and resilient infrastructure for the Wood organization working across all industry sectors.  He integrates sustainability and resilience into Wood projects to deliver outputs that support climate risks, community impact and align with finance.  He is the Ambassador for Climate Resilience at the Stimpson Center, manages the firms partnerships with the Resilience Cities Network (R-Cities) and supports partnerships with Microsoft, BP, Google and the Resilience Shift.   He developed & directs the Wood ‘ADAPT for Resiliency’ delivery platform to support business growth and integrated delivery from projects that can transform with outcomes a carbon neutral world, provide resilient infrastructure and align services to  communities with scalable solutions for measurable impact.  

He manages the Wood ResilienceLens Screen for Investments tool that was developed in partnership with the Rockefeller Foundation and R-Cities that can prioritize and measure infrastructure projects and their impacts to community benefits.  He has been with Wood for over 34 years and is based in Portland, Maine.  He has a B.Sc. Degree from St. Lawrence University, a Business Management Credential from USM School of Business and an Alliance for Water Stewardship Accredited Professional.

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Africa Team Assistant Naira Hatem

Currently based in Cairo, Naira holds a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Cairo University, excellent degree with honors. Naira is currently pursuing her master’s degree in Political Science from Cairo University. She was awarded a scholarship for an exchange year at the University of Chicago. Naira speaks English, Arabic and have some basic knowledge […]

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Africa Team Assistant

Naira Hatem

Currently based in Cairo, Naira holds a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Cairo University, excellent degree with honors. Naira is currently pursuing her master’s degree in Political Science from Cairo University. She was awarded a scholarship for an exchange year at the University of Chicago. Naira speaks English, Arabic and have some basic knowledge of French.

Her previous experience was with the United Nations Environment Programme, Finance Initiative (UNEP FI) as the MENA team intern, where she was a key player in several MENA activities. Naira assisted in the launch of the UN Reflective Cycle Report in English and French, and participated in the Arab Sustainable Development Week (ASDW).

During her undergraduate years, Naira interned with several ministries in Egypt as the Ministry of Planning and Economic Development, and the Institute of Diplomatic Studies, Ministry of Foreign Affairs. She has also joined the UN Resident Coordinator office in Egypt (UNRCO) as an advocate for a UN initiative titled: SDGs Advocacy Programme where she sought to promote the SDGs amongst different communities in Egypt.

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Africa Transport Associate Mohamed Hegazy

Mohamed HEGAZY is an Associate – Road Transport Africa for the Climate Champions since April 2022. He is also the founder and Director of Transport for Cairo (TfC) L.L.P. TfC provides strategic advisory consultancy services, data, tech and research to improve urban mobility in emerging cities. With TfC, I successfully led the completion of more […]

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Africa Transport Associate

Mohamed Hegazy

Mohamed HEGAZY is an Associate – Road Transport Africa for the Climate Champions since April 2022. He is also the founder and Director of Transport for Cairo (TfC) L.L.P. TfC provides strategic advisory consultancy services, data, tech and research to improve urban mobility in emerging cities. With TfC, I successfully led the completion of more than 40 projects in 5 countries in Africa.

With 8 years of experience in project leadership, I focus on data collection, data aggregation, data science & urban computing to transform ideas into practice. Academically trained in Economics, Sociology and Public Policy design, I specialize in solving real world problems around deep decarbonisation of transport, informal system change management and digitalisation of transport using data-driven methodologies.

Born in Cairo, Egypt and have cum laude degrees in Economics from the American University in Cairo (2012) and Governing the Large Metropolis from Sciences Po, Paris (2018). Received training at the Center for Sustainable Urban Development, Columbia University, New York (2018). Currently based in Cairo.

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Mainstreaming Resilience Lead Flavia Howard

Flavia is the Mainstreaming Climate Resilience Lead for the UNFCCC’s High-Level Climate Champions Team. Flavia is seconded from Dalberg, a social impact advisory firm, where she acts as Climate & Environment Practice Manager. She helped to establish Dalberg’s Climate Practice in 2019 and developed the firm’s group-wide climate commitment. She manages Dalberg’s carbon footprint, emissions […]

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Mainstreaming Resilience Lead

Flavia Howard

Flavia is the Mainstreaming Climate Resilience Lead for the UNFCCC’s High-Level Climate Champions Team. Flavia is seconded from Dalberg, a social impact advisory firm, where she acts as Climate & Environment Practice Manager. She helped to establish Dalberg’s Climate Practice in 2019 and developed the firm’s group-wide climate commitment. She manages Dalberg’s carbon footprint, emissions reductions and carbon credit portfolio to reach a net zero pledge. She developed Dalberg’s climate lens toolkit and acts as an advisor across Dalberg to support all teams to integrate climate mitigation and adaptation in projects.

Flavia drives Dalberg’s engagement with external climate innovation and coalition partners. Flavia’s experience spans climate change, renewable energy, regenerative agriculture, natural capital and ecosystem services. She leads Dalberg’s initiative on Regenerative Business and has authored several articles on regenerative agriculture.

Previously, Flavia led a market scoping study for BBOXX, an off-grid solar company, on the potential for renewable technology to transform energy provision in the DRC, and the revenue creation potential for Virunga National Park. She started Rwanda’s first business selling smart-solar powered irrigation pumps for smallholder farmers.  Flavia started her consulting career at Accenture in London. Flavia holds a MSc Hons in Energy, Society and Sustainability from the University of Edinburgh, and a BA Hons in Economics and Politics from the University of Newcastle.

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Race to Resilience Advisor David Howlett

David is Head of Policy at the Global Resilience Partnership (GRP), and is also the focal point on resilience and adaptation for the Marrakech Partnership on Global Climate Action. David is seconded from the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development (DFID). He has over thirty five years’ experience in development in Africa, Asia and the […]

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Race to Resilience Advisor

David Howlett

David is Head of Policy at the Global Resilience Partnership (GRP), and is also the focal point on resilience and adaptation for the Marrakech Partnership on Global Climate Action. David is seconded from the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development (DFID). He has over thirty five years’ experience in development in Africa, Asia and the Pacific with an academic background in chemistry, soil science, and agriculture.

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GFANZ Lead Patricia Hudson

Patricia is responsible for driving effective coordination, expansion and alignment across the GFANZ sector alliances  by establishing a high-functioning Secretariat and helping to develop and execute work plans for the CEO-led task forces and steering committee working groups. Patricia has more than 15 years of experience at global asset management firms, most recently as head […]

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GFANZ Lead

Patricia Hudson

Patricia is responsible for driving effective coordination, expansion and alignment across the GFANZ sector alliances  by establishing a high-functioning Secretariat and helping to develop and execute work plans for the CEO-led task forces and steering committee working groups.

Patricia has more than 15 years of experience at global asset management firms, most recently as head of ESG strategy for State Street Corporation, where she helped launch the Sustainable Markets Initiative Task Force for Asset Managers and Asset Owners and presented on ESG investing at the Aspen Institute, the IIF, OMFIF and other institutional investor forums. While at State Street Global Advisors, she was part of the Fearless Girl campaign to increase gender diversity on corporate boards.  She also worked for BNY Mellon Investment Management, Bridgewater Associates and Wellington Management.

Patricia started her career as a political and financial journalist, covering the fall of the Berlin Wall and German unification, and later European capital markets for Bloomberg News. Patricia has a B.A. with honors in European history and German from Harvard University and did graduate work at the University of California, Berkeley, where she was awarded a Mellon Fellowship, as well as the University of Hamburg, where she was a DAAD Fellow.

 

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Energy Team Lead Albena Ivanova

Albena completed her studies at Imperial College London with an MSc in Environmental Technology. She started her career at Veolia UK in 2016 working on a number of innovation projects, with a main focus on industrial battery storage, energy flexibility and electrification of fleets. In May 2020, Albena moved to Octopus Energy Group, starting at […]

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Energy Team Lead

Albena Ivanova

Albena completed her studies at Imperial College London with an MSc in Environmental Technology. She started her career at Veolia UK in 2016 working on a number of innovation projects, with a main focus on industrial battery storage, energy flexibility and electrification of fleets.

In May 2020, Albena moved to Octopus Energy Group, starting at Octopus Electric Vehicles as a Project Manager for the government funded innovation project Powerloop, aiming to introduce Vehicle- to-Grid into the domestic sector. In October 2021 she started as Innovation Project Manager in the Generation team focusing on renewable generation projects.

In her free time, Albena is a keen ultimate frisbee and netball player, newbie surfer and passionate gardener. Originally Bulgarian, Albena grew up between Bulgaria and Slovakia and is currently living in London.

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Climate Connector for Africa Jabri Ibrahim

Jabri holds a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Environmental Conservation and Natural Resource Management from The University of Nairobi. He also holds a Law Degree (LLB) from The University of Nairobi Law School where he specialized in Environmental Law, Energy Law, Climate Law and Biodiversity Law. He joins the Champions team having worked at the […]

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Climate Connector for Africa

Jabri Ibrahim

Jabri holds a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Environmental Conservation and Natural Resource Management from The University of Nairobi. He also holds a Law Degree (LLB) from The University of Nairobi Law School where he specialized in Environmental Law, Energy Law, Climate Law and Biodiversity Law.

He joins the Champions team having worked at the Stakeholder Engagement Team of the UNFCCC Secretariat and has prior multilateral experience working at UNEP, Red Cross Kenya and Crevit Mulier (a legal bureau based in Nairobi) as well as volunteering at Greenpeace Africa and the Kenya Environmental Action Network.

In his free time, he enjoys hiking, painting, solving puzzle games, volunteering and exploring new places.

He speaks fluent Kiswahili and basic Arabic. Jabri currently resides in Nairobi, Kenya.

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Business Engagement Advisor Bridget Jackson

She is seconded from PwC UK where she has been the Chief Sustainability Officer since 2010. A strategist by background, with a degree in languages from Oxford, an MBA from INSEAD and an MSc in Environmental Technology from Imperial, she held multiple leadership positions in industry and in a global management consultancy before joining PwC […]

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Business Engagement Advisor

Bridget Jackson

She is seconded from PwC UK where she has been the Chief Sustainability Officer since 2010. A strategist by background, with a degree in languages from Oxford, an MBA from INSEAD and an MSc in Environmental Technology from Imperial, she held multiple leadership positions in industry and in a global management consultancy before joining PwC in 2010, where she focused on setting science-based targets, driving innovative decarbonisation programmes, employee behaviour change, and establishing nature based solutions.

Bridget is a Fellow of the Marketing Society and the Institute for Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability, a former Commissioner of the London Sustainable Development Commission, and is seen as a leader in driving environmental best practice.

In her spare time she is a keen cyclist that likes to head to the alpine passes.

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Director of Dialogues & Events Melanie Jamieson

Melanie is the Director of Dialogues & Events for the Climate Champions, and a Managing Partner at Leaders’ Quest. For the Climate Champions, Melanie leads the Events Team to curate high quality, impactful events that deepen trust and human engagement, and support regional relationships for radical collaboration. For more than a decade in her work […]

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Director of Dialogues & Events

Melanie Jamieson

Melanie is the Director of Dialogues & Events for the Climate Champions, and a Managing Partner at Leaders’ Quest.

For the Climate Champions, Melanie leads the Events Team to curate high quality, impactful events that deepen trust and human engagement, and support regional relationships for radical collaboration.

For more than a decade in her work at Leaders’ Quest, Melanie has supported global organisations on journeys of transformation to create purposeful, innovative cultures that drive sustainable, just growth. She’s designed and delivered programmes around the world to foster radical collaboration, and build diverse partnerships across companies, civil society and grassroots communities.

Early in her career, Melanie toured Australia and the UK as a singer-songwriter, and delivered music programmes for at-risk youths living in marginalised communities. She then spent the next chapter of her work focused on enabling community-based organisations to bring their brand and communications into alignment with the people they serve, including London-based youth charity, Greenhouse.

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Systems Transformation Lead Alex Joss

Alex leads our work in technology, innovation, and venture capital. Most recently, he was Chief of Staff at a rapidly growing AI start-up. Prior to that, he previously spent 5 years at McKinsey & Company, leading projects in high-tech industries, private equity, and the public sector.

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Systems Transformation Lead

Alex Joss

Alex leads our work in technology, innovation, and venture capital. Most recently, he was Chief of Staff at a rapidly growing AI start-up. Prior to that, he previously spent 5 years at McKinsey & Company, leading projects in high-tech industries, private equity, and the public sector.

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Operations Director Lisa Larsen

Lisa has a long track record of building, developing and leading high performing teams and social purpose organizations. Over the past 20 years she has worked in senior roles related to public service research and consultancy, including the Behavioural Insights Team, Accenture and the Nordic sustainability house, Ramboll. She combines operational expertise with a deep […]

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Operations Director

Lisa Larsen

Lisa has a long track record of building, developing and leading high performing teams and social purpose organizations. Over the past 20 years she has worked in senior roles related to public service research and consultancy, including the Behavioural Insights Team, Accenture and the Nordic sustainability house, Ramboll.

She combines operational expertise with a deep understanding of what it takes to shape high performing teams and deliver social impact – from strategy to implementation; performance improvement; budget management; proposals and fundraising; thought leadership and market positioning; research and evaluation.

In addition to her role with the Climate Champions Team, Lisa leads a module in Health Policy Delivery, part of an MSc programme at Imperial College London.  She holds a Cand.Scient.Pol in Political Science from Copenhagen University.

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Fashion Lead Alexandria Lee

Alex is a Consultant in Accenture’s Sustainability Strategy practice, based out of New York. Alex also holds an MS in Sustainability Management from Columbia University and a BS in Supply Chain, Marketing Management from Syracuse University.

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Fashion Lead

Alexandria Lee

Alex is a Consultant in Accenture’s Sustainability Strategy practice, based out of New York.

Alex also holds an MS in Sustainability Management from Columbia University and a BS in Supply Chain, Marketing Management from Syracuse University.

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Systems Change Lead Kelly Levin

Kelly is a senior associate with WRI’s global climate program and WRI’s Director of Tracking and Strengthening Climate Action. She focuses her work on supporting countries in the design and tracking of climate commitments, as well as planning for long-term transitions associated with decarbonization. Kelly is also currently a lecturer with Yale’s School of Environment. […]

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Systems Change Lead

Kelly Levin

Kelly is a senior associate with WRI’s global climate program and WRI’s Director of Tracking and Strengthening Climate Action. She focuses her work on supporting countries in the design and tracking of climate commitments, as well as planning for long-term transitions associated with decarbonization. Kelly is also currently a lecturer with Yale’s School of Environment. With the Champions Team, Kelly will be supporting the tracking of progress towards systems change and the race to zero’s goals.

Kelly holds a PhD and Master of Environmental Management from Yale’s School of Environment and a B.A. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from Yale College. She has been awarded the Google Climate Science Communication Fellowship and the Academic Council on the United Nations System Dissertation Award, and is a Switzer Fellow, Teresa Heinz Scholar, and Udall Scholar.

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Events Manager Rhiannon Ledger

Rhiannon works within the Climate Champions Events team, curating diverse and impactful events. Previously she supported the High Level Climate Champion, Nigel Topping, as his Executive Assistant. Prior to working with the Climate Champions, Rhiannon worked as a Programme Coordinator at Leaders’ Quest, where she worked on programming, logistics and delivery of leadership development programmes […]

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Events Manager

Rhiannon Ledger

Rhiannon works within the Climate Champions Events team, curating diverse and impactful events. Previously she supported the High Level Climate Champion, Nigel Topping, as his Executive Assistant. Prior to working with the Climate Champions, Rhiannon worked as a Programme Coordinator at Leaders’ Quest, where she worked on programming, logistics and delivery of leadership development programmes and workshops around the world. Rhiannon has also produced events and carried out research on the future of work and the workplace and has a BSc in Business & Management from Aston University. She enjoys collaborating with diverse teams from around the globe, to bridge gaps, build connections and enhance the impact of business on people and the planet.

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LatAm Director Daniela Lerario

Daniela is Brazilian biologist and mother of two young boys. With an MBA in waste management, Daniela has worked as an environmental consultant and manager for the sustainability area of the biggest national food retailer in LatAm.  She started her journey in the surprising universe of street waste pickers and the vulnerable population working in […]

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LatAm Director

Daniela Lerario

Daniela is Brazilian biologist and mother of two young boys. With an MBA in waste management, Daniela has worked as an environmental consultant and manager for the sustainability area of the biggest national food retailer in LatAm.  She started her journey in the surprising universe of street waste pickers and the vulnerable population working in Cooperativas. She is the only Latin American member of the Pangea Expedition which in 2012 crossed the Pacific Ocean on a sailboat in search of the negative impacts of plastic pollution on the marine ecosystem. In late 2014, Daniela joined TriCiclos implementing a more circular approach to the transition from the linear model of production and consumption applying systemic tools for the entire value chain, where I became partner and held the position of CEO during the past 3 years. Member of The New Plastics’ Economy of The Ellen MacArthur Foundation from 2016-2019, and panel expert for the recently launched study ‘Breaking the Plastic Wave’ (Pew Charitable and SystemiQ). Volunteer for the high level Champion team at COP25, to help raise engagement of Brazilian non-party stakeholders for Climate Action. Part of the BCorp Movement since 2014, I currently serve as co-chair of the Board for Sistema B Brasil. Resident of the House of Beautiful Business since 2019.

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Race to Zero Campaign Manager Fiona Macklin

Fiona began her career focusing on student support in higher education. She worked in the UK, France, Germany before moving to Australia to pursue a Masters in International Development. During her time in Australia, Fiona led an Emergency Services team for the Red Cross to support victims of the 2019 Bushfire season. She graduated with […]

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Race to Zero Campaign Manager

Fiona Macklin

Fiona began her career focusing on student support in higher education. She worked in the UK, France, Germany before moving to Australia to pursue a Masters in International Development. During her time in Australia, Fiona led an Emergency Services team for the Red Cross to support victims of the 2019 Bushfire season.

She graduated with a BA in Modern Languages from the University of Cambridge and completed a Masters in International Development Studies at the University of Melbourne.

Outside of work, she’s currently learning Arabic and training for a half ironman.

 

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Private Secretary to UN High Level Champion for COP26 Annabel Mahgerefteh

Annabel joins the Climate Champions team from the UK civil service, having worked as Strategy Advisor for the National Leadership Centre, Cabinet Office prior to this role. Here she supported the CEO on the strategic development of the unit, which helped public service chief executives work more collaboratively to improve public services. She also developed […]

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Private Secretary to UN High Level Champion for COP26

Annabel Mahgerefteh

Annabel joins the Climate Champions team from the UK civil service, having worked as Strategy Advisor for the National Leadership Centre, Cabinet Office prior to this role. Here she supported the CEO on the strategic development of the unit, which helped public service chief executives work more collaboratively to improve public services. She also developed the unit’s international strategy as policy lead for its international summit of Cabinet Secretaries. Prior to the National Leadership Centre, Annabel worked in the private office of the Director General of Government Digital Services. She holds a BA in Human, Social and Political Sciences from the University of Cambridge, where she was President of International Development Society.

 

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Youth Fellow - Finance Natalie Mangondo

Natalie joins the Climate Champions Team as the Finance Youth Fellow. She is an economist who brings more than 6 years of experience in climate change and sustainability in Southern Africa, and across various sectors to the role. Natalie holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Cape Town and is pursuing a Masters […]

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Youth Fellow - Finance

Natalie Mangondo

Natalie joins the Climate Champions Team as the Finance Youth Fellow.

She is an economist who brings more than 6 years of experience in climate change and sustainability in Southern Africa, and across various sectors to the role. Natalie holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Cape Town and is pursuing a Masters of Science in Economics from the University of Zimbabwe as the Southern Africa Climate Finance Partnership Masters Scholar. Her research centres on analysing the transition risks and opportunities to Zimbabwe’s NDC investments in GHG mitigation.

Natalie is a frequent collaborator with UNICEF and UNDP Zimbabwe, leading the charge for youth inclusion in local, national, and international programme design and policy, most notably at COP26. Additionally, she volunteers alongside various youth-led and climate justice organisations holding leadership positions in the YOUNGO Finance and Markets Working Group, and Care About Climate.

 

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Pharma and Med Tech Sector Lead Stephanie Millar

Stephanie Millar works as the Pharma and Med Tech Sector Lead for the UN Climate Change High-Level Champions team. In this role, she combines her industry experience with her passion for sustainability to shape and deliver the sector’s strategy for achieving their net zero commitments. Stephanie has a master’s degree in Chemistry from the University […]

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Pharma and Med Tech Sector Lead

Stephanie Millar

Stephanie Millar works as the Pharma and Med Tech Sector Lead for the UN Climate Change High-Level Champions team. In this role, she combines her industry experience with her passion for sustainability to shape and deliver the sector’s strategy for achieving their net zero commitments. Stephanie has a master’s degree in Chemistry from the University of Auckland, where she applied Green Chemistry principles to her work, sparking her passion for sustainable science. In addition to her accomplishments in science and sustainability, Stephanie led the development of a mentorship program for Women in Climate Tech, empowering women to pursue careers in STEM and sustainability. Using her knowledge of sustainable science and her excellence at connecting with people, Stephanie aims to accelerate climate action across all life sciences.

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Youth Fellow - Resilience Lamia Mohsin

Lamia Mohsin is a young development professional and researcher with 3 years of experience in key areas including climate resilience, adaptation, local governance and public policy. She is currently working as a Consultant at the Global Center on Adaptation’s (GCA) South Asia regional office based in Dhaka, where she is supporting GCA’s role as a […]

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Youth Fellow - Resilience

Lamia Mohsin

Lamia Mohsin is a young development professional and researcher with 3 years of experience in key areas including climate resilience, adaptation, local governance and public policy. She is currently working as a Consultant at the Global Center on Adaptation’s (GCA) South Asia regional office based in Dhaka, where she is supporting GCA’s role as a solutions broker for climate adaptation solutions, in close collaboration with the Government of Bangladesh. Before this assignment, she has worked in similar capacity for over a year as a Junior National Consultant (Research for Global Center on Adaptation) at the Resilience and Inclusive Growth Cluster of United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Bangladesh country office.

Lamia obtained her Bachelors and Masters in Development Studies, from the Department of Development Studies, University of Dhaka, Bangladesh. As a young development professional and researcher, Lamia has supported the Climate Vulnerable Forum (CVF) secretariat, a consortium of 55 climate vulnerable countries currently chaired by the Prime Minister of Bangladesh. She is also the co-founder of ‘Standing up for the Underprivileged’, a voluntary organization which raises funds to provide various forms of humanitarian assistance for different marginalized groups and communities. So far Lamia has led 10 projects which have reached more than 2000 beneficiaries across Bangladesh. . In 2021 Lamia  attended  the COP26 Climate Conference (as the only Bangladeshi delegate among 10 selected from all over the world), upon receiving invitation from the UK government, as a youth representative of YOUNGO, the UNFCCC’s official youth constituency.

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Mobile Lead Steven Moore

Steven Moore is responsible for the Climate Action Programme at the GSMA, the mobile industry association. His role is to provide leadership to support and accelerate the industry transition to Net Zero by 2050. He works with the 50+ operators in the GSMA Climate Action Taskforce on climate policy, strategy and research covering energy efficiency, […]

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Mobile Lead

Steven Moore

Steven Moore is responsible for the Climate Action Programme at the GSMA, the mobile industry association. His role is to provide leadership to support and accelerate the industry transition to Net Zero by 2050. He works with the 50+ operators in the GSMA Climate Action Taskforce on climate policy, strategy and research covering energy efficiency, renewables, supply chain engagement, connectivity to reduce emissions, and climate adaptation and resilience.

Steven holds an MSc in Environmental Technology and is an experienced environmental professional having worked on climate action for the past 15 years, at BT, as a consultant at Deloitte, and for the innovative start-up, dcarbon8.

Twitter: @mooresteven

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/steven-moore-477527b/

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Engagement Lead in Africa Fiona Napier

Fiona is an independent consultant, based in Nairobi. She channels her interest in young people’s futures, promoting accountable governance and protecting the natural world, through her consultancy work and in a personal capacity. She is a trustee of  the Environmental Funders Network,  and sits on the strategic advisory board of Leaders Quest. Previous experience includes […]

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Engagement Lead in Africa

Fiona Napier

Fiona is an independent consultant, based in Nairobi. She channels her interest in young people’s futures, promoting accountable governance and protecting the natural world, through her consultancy work and in a personal capacity. She is a trustee of  the Environmental Funders Network,  and sits on the strategic advisory board of Leaders Quest.

Previous experience includes International Advocacy Director with the Open Society Foundations, Associate Campaigns Director on Environmental Governance at Global Witness in London, and Save the Children.  Fiona was a founder board member of the Ethical Trade Initiative, and co-founded the Publish What You Pay campaign which led to the establishment of the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative.

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Business Engagement Manager, Africa Jacinda Njike

Jacinda joins the Climate Champions team on a part-time secondment as the Business Engagement Manager with focus on Africa. As an international corporate transactional attorney, Jacinda supports clients in their ESG journey and developing strategies to Net Zero. She is in the Office of the General Counsel, ESG Community Leader, AML and Sanctions SME for […]

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Business Engagement Manager, Africa

Jacinda Njike

Jacinda joins the Climate Champions team on a part-time secondment as the Business Engagement Manager with focus on Africa.

As an international corporate transactional attorney, Jacinda supports clients in their ESG journey and developing strategies to Net Zero. She is in the Office of the General Counsel, ESG Community Leader, AML and Sanctions SME for Risk & Quality, and Net Zero project manager. In these roles, she implements the Net Zero project for PwC Sub Saharan Francophone Africa and established the ESG practice for the region. Her work with clients includes project finance, drafting policies and contract provisions, developing and rolling out transformation strategies, mergers and acquisitions and real estate.  Her legal experience spans various industries, including construction, infrastructure, financial services, regulated markets, telecommunications, and transportation.

Jacinda has a JD from Northwestern University School of Law, associate at Jones Day and Sonnenschein, Nath & Rosenthal (now Dentons) international law firms, founded a Chamber of Commerce in Chicago, Illinois, was appointed SSA Commissioner, adjunct professor of law and has participated in corporate legal and governance transactions in Central and West Africa for over 6 years.

She enjoys writing, baking and photography.

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Youth Fellow - Energy Ben Odongo

Ben Odongo joins the Climate Champions as the Energy Youth Fellow. While he was growing up in rural Uganda, Ben developed both a love for nature and an understanding of its importance in supporting life. As years passed, he became more aware of the environmental threat posed by climate change, as evidenced by the drying […]

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Youth Fellow - Energy

Ben Odongo

Ben Odongo joins the Climate Champions as the Energy Youth Fellow.

While he was growing up in rural Uganda, Ben developed both a love for nature and an understanding of its importance in supporting life. As years passed, he became more aware of the environmental threat posed by climate change, as evidenced by the drying up of wetlands and streams that were once vital to entire communities.

That motivated him to pursue a career in which he combined his degree in Development Economics with his entrepreneurial drive to seek market-based solutions to reduce human impact on the environment.

After graduation, Ben spent time working for Fenix International(now part of Engie), where he managed a portfolio for energy-efficient appliances and led the company’s expansion into clean cooking. From there, he went to Ensibuuko Tech, which was facilitating access to digital financial services for rural customers in Africa. After leaving Ensibuuko, Ben joined Bboxx as a product consultant, where he is once again working at the intersection of energy, finance, and technology.

Aside from his role as a consultant with Bboxx, he is in the early stages of developing yet another environment business venture. This one focuses on building climate-resilient digital communities in Africa by providing digital financial services and supplemental climate services to hard-to-reach communities.

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Editorial Lead Charlotte Owen-Burge

Charlotte has worked as a journalist and editor in Brussels and London since 2008. She began her career as an environment correspondent, specialising in EU energy and climate policy before working in London as a magazine editor. From 2014-2020 she was the BBC’s Senior Commercial Editor, delivering multimedia content campaigns on platforms that included BBC […]

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Editorial Lead

Charlotte Owen-Burge

Charlotte has worked as a journalist and editor in Brussels and London since 2008.

She began her career as an environment correspondent, specialising in EU energy and climate policy before working in London as a magazine editor. From 2014-2020 she was the BBC’s Senior Commercial Editor, delivering multimedia content campaigns on platforms that included BBC World News and BBC Earth. She holds a degree in Politics from Bristol University.

Any spare time Charlotte has is spent outdoors, sharing her passion for nature with her two young children and working on her website The Skylark.

 

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Shipping Lead Katharine Palmer

Katharine Palmer is the global head of sustainability for Lloyd’s Register.. With nearly 20 years’ experience in the shipping industry she is an established thought leader and expert on environment and sustainability  within the maritime value chain. Katharine represents Lloyd’s Register on many industry forums and collaborative initiatives including the UN Global Compact, Getting to […]

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Shipping Lead

Katharine Palmer

Katharine Palmer is the global head of sustainability for Lloyd’s Register.. With nearly 20 years’ experience in the shipping industry she is an established thought leader and expert on environment and sustainability  within the maritime value chain.

Katharine represents Lloyd’s Register on many industry forums and collaborative initiatives including the UN Global Compact, Getting to Zero Coalition and the Sustainable Shipping Initiative and is currently the co-chair of the IMarEST Technical Leadership Board and an elected trustee on the Board of the Sustainable Shipping initiative.

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Cities Engagement Manager Dania Petrik

Dania is a climate and development specialist with experience as a consultant, applied policy researcher and technical adviser. In her professional career, Dania has worked extensively on numerous projects related to building resilience in the water, biodiversity and livelihoods sectors across some of the most at-risk countries in Africa. In a policy and governance context, […]

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Cities Engagement Manager

Dania Petrik

Dania is a climate and development specialist with experience as a consultant, applied policy researcher and technical adviser. In her professional career, Dania has worked extensively on numerous projects related to building resilience in the water, biodiversity and livelihoods sectors across some of the most at-risk countries in Africa. In a policy and governance context, Dania’s expertise lies in identifying transversal climate risks in particular contexts across different regions and countries, as well as establishing what the relevant entry points are for mainstreaming climate priorities into local development plans and national climate-related policies, such as Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs).

In her project management experience, Dania has also gained extensive stakeholder engagement practice – working with a multitude of different actors, from academia, NGOs, youth groups, the private sector, multilateral organisations, donors, journalists and local and national government authorities. Prior to graduating with a Masters in Energy and Development Studies in 2014, Dania worked in communications and marketing for several years.

Dania loves the great outdoors and her passion for working in the climate field stems from a deep love of nature and protecting the planet’s natural resources. She is a qualified mountain guide, and you can find her hiking the rugged landscapes of South Africa in her spare time.

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Dialogues and Events Jade Phillips

Jade joined the Climate Champions team in September 2020 and is part of the Events Curation team responsible for events up to, and including COP26. Before this, Jade spent 10 years with Leaders’ Quest (LQ) – a social enterprise which creates immersive programmes to help leaders explore critical global issues. Jade worked with a range […]

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Dialogues and Events

Jade Phillips

Jade joined the Climate Champions team in September 2020 and is part of the Events Curation team responsible for events up to, and including COP26.

Before this, Jade spent 10 years with Leaders’ Quest (LQ) – a social enterprise which creates immersive programmes to help leaders explore critical global issues. Jade worked with a range of multinational clients on programmes in Africa, Asia, Europe and South America. Prior to LQ, Jade delivered senior leadership programmes at the London Business School, where her client portfolio (Nestlé, Arup and RTZ) took her to Hong Kong, Switzerland and the US.

Jade graduated with a BSc in Communications and Cultural Studies from London Metropolitan University. She lives in London with her partner Ebi and their two energetic young sons. In her spare time (!), she enjoys concocting her own skin/hair care range, experimenting in the kitchen and considers herself a massive foodie!

 

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Communications Director Matthew Phillips

For the last ten years, Matthew has led strategic communications and campaigns to advance the climate action agenda. His work to support the international climate negotiations has included positions at UN Climate Change, Mission 2020, and initially as an Advisor in Christiana Figueres’ ‘groundswell unit’ in the run-up to the Paris Agreement. Before joining the […]

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Communications Director

Matthew Phillips

For the last ten years, Matthew has led strategic communications and campaigns to advance the climate action agenda. His work to support the international climate negotiations has included positions at UN Climate Change, Mission 2020, and initially as an Advisor in Christiana Figueres’ ‘groundswell unit’ in the run-up to the Paris Agreement.

Before joining the Climate Champions, Matthew managed the Reporting & Tracking team at UN Climate Change and acted as co-Chair of the Camda community – a network of over 30 data analysts dedicated to showcasing and tracking climate actions.

Matthew is also a Co-founder of Beautiful Corporations – a sustainability engagement agency he established in 2013. He holds a degree in Modern History from the University of St Andrews.

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Cities and Regions Engagement Manager Saurabh Punamiya Jain

Saurabh served as Special Secretary to the Minister of Environment & Climate Change, Government of Maharashtra and still continues to be on the Minister’s advisory panel. He is seconded from WRI India. He has worked closely with WRI, C40 cities to give the city of Mumbai its first climate action plan and has co-led 43 […]

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Cities and Regions Engagement Manager

Saurabh Punamiya Jain

Saurabh served as Special Secretary to the Minister of Environment & Climate Change, Government of Maharashtra and still continues to be on the Minister’s advisory panel. He is seconded from WRI India.

He has worked closely with WRI, C40 cities to give the city of Mumbai its first climate action plan and has co-led 43 cities of Maharashtra to sign up for the Race to Zero. Saurabh is a Chartered Accountant with the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants, United Kingdom. He also holds a Masters Degree in Commerce.  At present, he is on a scholarship with the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung for his public policy studies at the Hertie School of Governance, Berlin. He will also be a Sous-Sherpa from Mumbai for the U20 Cities Coalition at the G20 Summit.

Saurabh is keen on raising India’s Net Zero ambition and he intends to mobilise the governments across all tiers in India to invest in a New Climate Economy Study. He  also intends on having more Indian Financial Institutions participate in the GFANZ initiative

In his spare time, he likes playing tennis and road biking.

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Pharma and Biotech Lead Stephanie Robinson

Driven by her ambition to shift the perspective on sustainability and encourage businesses to invest in their future by investing in nature, Stephanie Robinson works as the Business Development Manager for My Green Lab.  In her role, she combines her expertise in science with her passion for sustainability. Stephanie has previously worked for a government […]

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Pharma and Biotech Lead

Stephanie Robinson

Driven by her ambition to shift the perspective on sustainability and encourage businesses to invest in their future by investing in nature, Stephanie Robinson works as the Business Development Manager for My Green Lab.  In her role, she combines her expertise in science with her passion for sustainability. Stephanie has previously worked for a government agency in New Zealand as a Healthy Waters Specialist, where she successfully designed and delivered environmental restoration programs aimed at combating the effects of climate change.

After earning her master’s degree in Green Chemistry from the University of Auckland, Stephanie continued to teach undergraduate chemistry to illustrate the vital aspects of chemistry to her students. In addition to her accomplishments in science and sustainability, Stephanie is an advocate for encouraging young women to pursue STEM careers. She has been a guest speaker at numerous events about women in STEM careers, including the 2020 Women in Water event in Auckland, New Zealand.

​Stephanie believes in the powerful combination of science and engagement to bring about meaningful change. Using her knowledge of green chemistry and her excellence at connecting with people, Stephanie aspires to make sustainability a necessity for all businesses – both inside and outside the laboratory.

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Youth Fellow - Comms Baliqees Salaudeen

Passionate about a lot of things, especially providing sustainable solutions to social and environmental issues in Nigeria, Baliqees Salaudeen works consistently as a Sustainable Social Development/Impact strategist, Communications and Digital Media strategist. Known among her peers and team for being an SDGs Champion and with different awards and recognitions, Baliqees has been working actively and […]

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Youth Fellow - Comms

Baliqees Salaudeen

Passionate about a lot of things, especially providing sustainable solutions to social and environmental issues in Nigeria, Baliqees Salaudeen works consistently as a Sustainable Social Development/Impact strategist, Communications and Digital Media strategist. Known among her peers and team for being an SDGs Champion and with different awards and recognitions, Baliqees has been working actively and volunteering for over 6 years in the social impact and sustainable development space in Nigeria through nonprofit organizations and social enterprises.

Her activities and impacts spanning but not limited to environmental management and advocacy, Gender Based Violence, Child’s Right, Quality Education, Climate Change Activism, Digital Media and Communications, Project Development and Management, Youth, Women, Community and SDGs Development.

Aside from being the Co-founder, Baliqees currently serves as the Head of Human Capital and Corporate Social Responsibility at Green Republic Farms Limited, where they practice climate smart agriculture/farming with the aim of contributing to a world free of hunger, climate change and poverty while also creating decent jobs and opportunities for young people, women and men.

She leads notable Environmental platforms in Nigeria, including She Leads Climate Action, PickThatTrash, North Central Climate Conference. Through her work in the environmental space, Baliqees has led clean ups and community engagements in Kwara State with over threemillion reach since 2017 through online and offline activities.

Baliqees is a fellow of the African Youth Leadership Fellowship Program and she holds an E-MBA from the prestigious Accra Business School in Accra, Ghana, a Youth Member at the Federal Ministry of Environment National Youth Climate Innovation Hub in partnership with UNDP Nigeria, she’s a graduate of the 2021 Global Summer Youth Forum from International Training Centre of the International Labour Organisation (ITCILO). After a 6 month long training, she became one of the 30 Alumni of the Young Women on Climate Adaptation Leadership Online Executive Training by Banki-moon Center for Global Citizen, CARE and Global Center on Adaptation.

Aside from onsite activities and projects, Baliqees uses her social media space to advocate for social development, while encouraging her followers to be Global Citizens by taking sustainable action to solve social development issues and crisis together.

Known for her impactful projects and initiatives, Baliqees has been engaged by several organizations and Institutions both locally and Internationally, including Global Citizen, CARE, Connect4Climate in Partnership with World Bank Group, Girl Up campaign of United Nations Foundation, UNDP Nigeria, Nigeria Youth SDGs, ICCDI, YIAGA, Brain Builders Youth Development Initiative, DEAN Initiative, ONE, KnowCOVID19, Aid for Rural Education Access Initiative (AREAi), Federal and State Ministry of Environment, Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment, Office of Senior Special Assistant to the President on SDGs, NOA, IPCR, Vision Spring Initiative, Kwara State Ministry of Women Affairs and social development, State Ministry of Youth and Sports development, amongst others.

She is the curator of Unlocking Potentials and She Leads Climate Action, Chief Executive and Founder of Bays Planet Foundation, and the Founder and President of Girl Up Nigeria.

Baliqees’ social impact projects Nigeria, through several organizations, have reached over five million peopleboth offline and online. She’s a huge fan of Arts, Farming, Volunteering, Photography, Storytelling, and adventures.”

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Youth Fellow - Food and Ag Tokelo Shai

Tokelo is a senior analyst with over five years of experience accelerating the transition to a healthy and sustainable planet for all. She has led and initiated over ten impact-driven projects in sustainable food systems, climate adaptation, and the circular economy. In addition to her role as the food and agriculture youth fellow, she is […]

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Youth Fellow - Food and Ag

Tokelo Shai

Tokelo is a senior analyst with over five years of experience accelerating the transition to a healthy and sustainable planet for all. She has led and initiated over ten impact-driven projects in sustainable food systems, climate adaptation, and the circular economy.

In addition to her role as the food and agriculture youth fellow, she is a youth researcher through the UNESCO Youth as Researchers program and a global bioeconomy youth champion promoting knowledge exchange, collaboration, and fostering a sustainable and inclusive bioeconomy.

She holds a Master of Science degree in Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security from the National University of Ireland Galway and a Bachelor of Science degree in Applied Statistics and Chemistry from the University of Cape Town.

 

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Youth Fellow - Transport Shravani Sharma

Shravani Sharma is an Urban and Transport Planner currently pursuing her PhD in Transport and Human Factors at Warwick Manufacturing Group, University of Warwick under the Engineering Physical Science and Research Council (EPSRC), UKRI Award. She is particularly interested in travel choices and wellbeing, travel behaviour, transport and social exclusion, intelligent mobility, active and sustainable […]

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Youth Fellow - Transport

Shravani Sharma

Shravani Sharma is an Urban and Transport Planner currently pursuing her PhD in Transport and Human Factors at Warwick Manufacturing Group, University of Warwick under the Engineering Physical Science and Research Council (EPSRC), UKRI Award. She is particularly interested in travel choices and wellbeing, travel behaviour, transport and social exclusion, intelligent mobility, active and sustainable mobility and policymaking. Her focus has mostly been on analysing travel behaviour and is currently working on identifying the relationship between transport and wellbeing for sustainable policy making with the arrival of new technologies.

Shravani’s latest role centred on building momentum towards an accelerated transition to zero-emission vehicles ahead of COP26 international climate talks in Glasgow. Her efforts were focused on advocacy and engagement in India and internationally, to highlight the urgency of the challenge and emerging opportunities in electric mobility. Her professional involvement includes working with research organisations, government bodies and consultancies such as The Climate Group, ARUP Glasgow, IRADe India, WRI India, DULT India, TNCP India among others. She was also the bicycle councillor of her hometown Guwahati, an honorary position appointed by BYCS Netherlands that aims to promote active mobility in cities.

Shravani did her undergraduate study in Planning and Public Policy at CEPT University, India and her MSc in Urban Transport and big data from University of Glasgow, UK. She gained exposure to novel sources of big data available from the Urban Big Data Centre (UBDC, an ESRC data investment). These experiences positioned her well to work on hands-on analysis required by many transport planning projects. Shravani is also a public speaker and has presented her work in international scientific committee reviewed conferences such as WCTRS, CODATU, UMI etc. She has published many blog posts and articles on matters of urban transportation.

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Youth Fellow - Ocean Siddharth Shekhar

Siddharth Shekhar Yadav is a UN diplomat working as the Advisor (on Climate Change, Oceans, and the UN High Seas/ BBNJ Treaty) to the UN Ambassador/ Permanent Representative of the Republic of Vanuatu to the United Nations in New York, USA. Since 2018, Siddharth has supported decision-making in a number of multilateral negotiations at the […]

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Youth Fellow - Ocean

Siddharth Shekhar

Siddharth Shekhar Yadav is a UN diplomat working as the Advisor (on Climate Change, Oceans, and the UN High Seas/ BBNJ Treaty) to the UN Ambassador/ Permanent Representative of the Republic of Vanuatu to the United Nations in New York, USA. Since 2018, Siddharth has supported decision-making in a number of multilateral negotiations at the UN, and has focused on the nexus of diplomacy, science, law, and policy relevant to building climate and ocean resilience, as well as biodiversity conservation and sustainable use. He has represented Vanuatu’s Permanent Mission at the UN General Assembly, the UN Climate Action Summit, and the Youth Climate Summit at the UN Headquarters in New York. He also represented the UN Ambassador and the Foreign Minister at the 6th ‘Our Ocean Conference’ in Oslo, Norway, and at the Pacific Small Island Developing States (PSIDS) regional level workshop in Pohnpei, the Federated States of Micronesia.

In addition to this, Siddharth has authored publications on climate change, ocean governance, and socio-ecological resilience, and his papers have been published in journals including Marine Policy and Frontiers in Marine Science. He earned a Master’s degree – MSc in ‘International Development: Environment, Climate Change and Development’ from the University of Manchester, UK. He also holds a Bachelor of Social Science (B.Soc.Sc) degree from the University of Manchester, UK, and has received professional experience and training in the United States, Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Pacific Islands. Siddharth has been a national level athlete and former state record holder in 110 metres Hurdles. He represented Manchester in the British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS) Championships, as well as participated in the National Athletics Championship of India. Siddharth is committed to building resilience to climate change and other pressures on biodiversity and ecosystems.

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Race to Resilience Campaign Manager Juanita Silva

Juanita is a sociologist from Chile, who has participated in several social projects, focusing on migration, poverty and gender related issues. She combines her deep understanding of social problems with her eagerness to improve the living conditions for those most vulnerable. Previously she worked coordinating the youth engagement agenda for COP25 and the Ministry of […]

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Race to Resilience Campaign Manager

Juanita Silva

Juanita is a sociologist from Chile, who has participated in several social projects, focusing on migration, poverty and gender related issues. She combines her deep understanding of social problems with her eagerness to improve the living conditions for those most vulnerable.

Previously she worked coordinating the youth engagement agenda for COP25 and the Ministry of Environment. She worked with different stakeholders in order to enhance youth participation at every level, focusing on involving young people in the process through the Young Negotiators Program, COY15.

Juanita is co-founder of the Dar Hogar foundation in Chile, a project that builds houses for underprivileged families, and she is a director in Tremendas, a small NGO dedicated to the empowerment of young girls who work on diverse projects related to the SDGs.

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GFANZ Partner Alliance Lead Sara Simonds

Sara Noonan Simonds serves as the GFANZ Partner Alliance Lead as part of the Climate Champions Team. She leads on strategic engagement with the GFANZ sector-specific alliances to accelerate the transition to net zero, including liaising with the Race to Zero and EPRG teams, in order to amplify and elevate best practices, address shared challenges, […]

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GFANZ Partner Alliance Lead

Sara Simonds

Sara Noonan Simonds serves as the GFANZ Partner Alliance Lead as part of the Climate Champions Team. She leads on strategic engagement with the GFANZ sector-specific alliances to accelerate the transition to net zero, including liaising with the Race to Zero and EPRG teams, in order to amplify and elevate best practices, address shared challenges, and engage on global net zero policy issues. Sara brings deep experience engaging with the C-suite at global institutional investment firms through her work at Focusing Capital on the Long Term (FCLTGlobal). 

In her prior role as Director of Strategic Engagement at FCLT Global, Sara worked closely with leading global asset owners, asset managers, and corporations to contribute to evidence-based research, collaborate across the investment value chain, and build awareness for practical actions that drive long-term value for all stakeholders. Prior to FCLT Global, Sara worked with the United Nations Capital Development Fund supporting poverty alleviation through financial inclusion in the least developed countries. Sara began her career in institutional fixed income sales and trading at Merrill Lynch, followed by roles in corporate strategy and finance. Sara is currently an adjunct professor in the Strategy and Innovation department at Boston University.

Sara is the co-founder of Inspired Nation, a non-profit that supports youth vocal artists and raises money and awareness for youth-oriented charities, and an advisor to Coaches Across Continents, an internationally recognized leader in sport for social impact in developing countries. Sara holds dual citizenship with Sweden and the U.S. and is a graduate of Harvard College and the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth.

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Global Lead, Cities & Regions, Race to Resilience Kate Strachan

Kate holds a PhD in coastal science and has a nearly a decade of experience in climate change, coastal and resilience management. Kate has a wealth of experience when it comes to supporting local and subnational governments across the African continent plan and respond to the impacts of climate change. Her experience includes developing adaptation […]

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Global Lead, Cities & Regions, Race to Resilience

Kate Strachan

Kate holds a PhD in coastal science and has a nearly a decade of experience in climate change, coastal and resilience management. Kate has a wealth of experience when it comes to supporting local and subnational governments across the African continent plan and respond to the impacts of climate change. Her experience includes developing adaptation and resilience plans, mainstreaming nature-based solutions, ecosystem-based adaptation, coastal management plans, ad  climate risk identification. Kate has been involved in drafting policies, plans and  several guidelines and training modules to support this work. She has also most recently been  working with national governments across Sub-Saharan Africa with increasing their Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) ambitions and strengthening their adaptation and resilience  targets. As well as establishing what the relevant entry points are for mainstreaming climate priorities into local development plans and national climate-related policies, such as NDCs.

During her professional career, Kate has project managed a number of highly strategic projects at ICLEI Africa including the Urban Natural Assets: Coasts for Life, which supported coastal cities with mainstreaming nature into coastal management planning; a project which supported coastal cities in the West Indian Ocean region with enhancing their climate change adaptation and resilience capacity; and IMPACT which investigated how African cities can implement collaboration mechanisms that enable Improved Municipal Planning in African CiTies (IMPACT) for climate resilient development.

 

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Nature-based solutions Lead Irene Suárez Pérez

Irene is the nature-based solutions lead for the Climate Champions, focusing on 2030 breakthrough targets, with objectives that include: Strengthen nature’s place in the Races and create a nature positive narrative with partners; Increase financial flows for nature-based solutions; Ensure financial institutions commit to tackling commodity driven deforestation by 2025; Promote corporations tackling commodity driven […]

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Nature-based solutions Lead

Irene Suárez Pérez

Irene is the nature-based solutions lead for the Climate Champions, focusing on 2030 breakthrough targets, with objectives that include:

  • Strengthen nature’s place in the Races and create a nature positive narrative with partners;
  • Increase financial flows for nature-based solutions;
  • Ensure financial institutions commit to tackling commodity driven deforestation by 2025;
  • Promote corporations tackling commodity driven deforestation and contribute to a nature positive economy by 2030.

Irene was nature-based solutions lead for the United Nations Secretary General in the lead up to the Climate Action Summit. She was also lead the Independent Association of Latin America and the Caribbean (AILAC) at the UNFCCC where she had previously advised on adaptation and loss and damage.

Irene was a lead UNFCCC negotiator for Costa Rica, whilst she was Senior climate advisor for The Nature Conservancy. She is an economist by training and specialized in development studies in The Netherlands.

She is the mother of Javier and loves being in nature and trekking.

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International Politics Unit Kiran Sura

Kiran joins the Climate Champions team on a part-time secondment from PwC where she is an Assistant Director in the Sustainability & Climate Change practice covering international climate policy and finance. Alongside her work with the Climate Champions team, Kiran leads the delivery of BEIS’s flagship climate negotiations programme supporting developing countries and small island […]

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International Politics Unit

Kiran Sura

Kiran joins the Climate Champions team on a part-time secondment from PwC where she is an Assistant Director in the Sustainability & Climate Change practice covering international climate policy and finance. Alongside her work with the Climate Champions team, Kiran leads the delivery of BEIS’s flagship climate negotiations programme supporting developing countries and small island states to engage in international climate processes, and is steering PwC’s engagement in COP27. Kiran is a member of WBCSD’s Climate Policy Expert Working Group and sits on the Advisory Board of Climate Home News.

During her time at PwC Kiran has provided technical input and strategic oversight on several global, multi-year, international climate and development projects for a number of donors including the UK (BEIS and FCDO), the Netherlands (DGIS), Germany (BMUB and IKI), Norway (Norad and NICFI) and the U.S. (State Department).

Prior to joining PwC, Kiran served as an economist for the UK government with spells in DCLG and Defra. She joined the UK Committee on Climate Change in 2007 as lead economic advisor on the UK’s long term (2050) emissions reduction target and latter on adaptation.

Kiran holds an MSc in Economics with reference to Sub-Saharan Africa from SOAS, and a BSc in Economics from City University.

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Cities and Regions Engagement Manager Tanmay Takle

Tanmay serves as a Special Advisor to the Minister for Environment & Climate Change, Government of Maharashtra. He is seconded from WRI India. Tanmay has led the efforts to get 43 cities in Maharashtra in the Race to Zero and has co-led efforts for Maharashtra’s entry to the Race to Resilience. He has worked closely […]

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Cities and Regions Engagement Manager

Tanmay Takle

Tanmay serves as a Special Advisor to the Minister for Environment & Climate Change, Government of Maharashtra. He is seconded from WRI India.

Tanmay has led the efforts to get 43 cities in Maharashtra in the Race to Zero and has co-led efforts for Maharashtra’s entry to the Race to Resilience. He has worked closely with the city of Mumbai to draft South Asia’s first net-zero aligned climate action plan and will be a Sous-Sherpa for the city at the U20 cities summit. He has also initiated several climate action plans for multiple million-plus cities in the state.

More recently, he is working with the Government of Maharashtra to set up its Chief Minister headed council on climate change. Going forward, Tanmay is keen on helping states and cities quantify the economic opportunities that net-zero targets present. He also intends to get more financial institutions in the country to participate in the the GFANZ coalition.

Tanmay is pursuing an M.S. in Sustainability Management from Columbia University. In his free time, you can find him playing drums, bass or listening to R&B.

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Finance Team Tom Tayler

Tom is a Senior Manager in the Aviva Investors Sustainable Finance Centre for Excellence. His work focuses on market and regulatory reform, and sharing expertise and best practice on sustainable finance through the Aviva Investors ESG Academy. Tom has supported Aviva Investors’ sustainable finance and market reform work including contributing to the work of the […]

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Finance Team

Tom Tayler

Tom is a Senior Manager in the Aviva Investors Sustainable Finance Centre for Excellence. His work focuses on market and regulatory reform, and sharing expertise and best practice on sustainable finance through the Aviva Investors ESG Academy.

Tom has supported Aviva Investors’ sustainable finance and market reform work including contributing to the work of the EU High Level Expert Group on Sustainable Finance, the UK Green Finance Taskforce, the UN-convened Net Zero Asset Owners’ Alliance, the Net Zero Asset Manager Initiative, and the UN Global Investors for Sustainable Development. He has also spent time in the Aviva public policy team, working on sustainable finance issues and key reforms including the EU Action Plan for Financing Sustainable Growth, the DWP clarification of pension funds’ fiduciary duties, and the IOSCO Sustainable Finance Network. He worked in the Aviva Investors legal team for five years, specialising in regulated collective investment funds. He is a member of the reference group for the UNPRI/UNEP FI Legal Framework for Impact and is a qualified solicitor, holding an MA (Oxon) in Jurisprudence from The Queen’s College, Oxford. He previously worked at Allen & Overy LLP, the Department of the Treasury Solicitor, Beachcroft LLP and the University of Law.

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Built Environment Lead Nigel Tonks

Nigel is a Director of Arup with 30 years experience in the building industry. He is a member of the UKIMEA Board, where he holds the Regional portfolio for Sustainable Development.  He leads the Building group in London, comprising Engineers, Architects and specialists. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Building Services Engineers, […]

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Built Environment Lead

Nigel Tonks

Nigel is a Director of Arup with 30 years experience in the building industry. He is a member of the UKIMEA Board, where he holds the Regional portfolio for Sustainable Development.  He leads the Building group in London, comprising Engineers, Architects and specialists. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Building Services Engineers, with a background in the mechanical engineering and environmental design of buildings.  He fosters a multidisciplinary environment, leading multi-professional collaborations with signature architects, delivering passive and low energy developments. Nigel has delivered high quality sustainable development in the UK and around the world. His recent projects include the renovation of the Royal Academy of Arts in London, the headquarters for the Nobel Institute in Stockholm, the Edinburgh Music Venue and the headquarters building for Amorepacific in Seoul and for Rolex in New York.

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Executive Director Frances Way

Frances joined the Climate Champions on secondment from CDP where she is Chief Strategy Officer. CDP is an international non-profit that drives companies and governments to measure and reduce their environmental impacts. Prior to CDP, she worked in the private finance sector, primarily at Dresdner Kleinwort’s Global Equities Division. Frances sits on the board of […]

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Executive Director

Frances Way

Frances joined the Climate Champions on secondment from CDP where she is Chief Strategy Officer. CDP is an international non-profit that drives companies and governments to measure and reduce their environmental impacts. Prior to CDP, she worked in the private finance sector, primarily at Dresdner Kleinwort’s Global Equities Division. Frances sits on the board of EIRIS Foundation and holds an MSc in Environmental Technology from Imperial College.

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Resilience African Cities Lead Hellen Wanjohi-Opil

Hellen works as the Resilience African Cities Lead at the World Resources Institute (WRI) and is on full-time secondment to the Climate Champions. She holds an Msc.(Climate Change & Adaptation) as well as a B.A.(Urban and Regional Planning). She has over twelve years of experience within both the rural and urban space in Africa, particularly […]

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Resilience African Cities Lead

Hellen Wanjohi-Opil

Hellen works as the Resilience African Cities Lead at the World Resources Institute (WRI) and is on full-time secondment to the Climate Champions. She holds an Msc.(Climate Change & Adaptation) as well as a B.A.(Urban and Regional Planning). She has over twelve years of experience within both the rural and urban space in Africa, particularly working at the grassroots with vulnerable communities. Hellen has been involved in participatory planning for land tenure regularization and infrastructure development in over 20 informal settlements, and planning with marginalized communities in Kenya’s Arid and Semi-Arid Areas (ASALs).

Hellen has also worked extensively with city, regional and national authorities in the preparation of over 15 development plans in Kenya and Rwanda. Her experience also includes consulting work on multiple donor-funded projects in the areas of climate resilience, urban governance, urban investment planning, policy, gender, and social inclusion. Hellen also has previously consulted for the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) providing technical expertise on county spatial planning, and at the Climate Change Planning Unit at UN-Habitat.

Hellen is based in Nairobi, Kenya, where she lives with her husband and three children.

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RtZ Consultant Tessa Vincent

Tessa joins Race to Zero as the Campaign Consultant, working directly with Campaigns Manager, Fiona Macklin. Tessa has a Law and Politics background and has worked for Judges, Members of Parliament and a Minister in Aotearoa, New Zealand. She has experience in the NGO sector enhancing climate philanthropy and setting up coalitions to improve food […]

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RtZ Consultant

Tessa Vincent

Tessa joins Race to Zero as the Campaign Consultant, working directly with Campaigns Manager, Fiona Macklin.

Tessa has a Law and Politics background and has worked for Judges, Members of Parliament and a Minister in Aotearoa, New Zealand. She has experience in the NGO sector enhancing climate philanthropy and setting up coalitions to improve food security and tackle food waste.

Tessa recently moved to the United Kingdom to study a Masters of Public Policy at the University of Oxford’s Blavatnik School of Government. She thrives being involved in initiatives which aim to collectively solve climate issues.

Outside of work, she’s a keen runner, hiker and loves coffee outings!

Tessa is currently working Wednesdays but will join the team full time in July 2022. She will be based in London from September 2022.