Management

Mark Watts Executive Director

Mark Watts serves as the Executive Director for C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group. Prior to joining C40, Mark was the Director of Arup’s energy consulting team based in London. Focused on cities and sustainability, he lead Arup’s partnership with the C40 group of cities committed to tackling climate change. Prior to joining Arup as a Director in 2008, he was the climate change and sustainable transport adviser to the Mayor of London, in which role the London Evening Standard described him as “the intellectual force behind Ken Livingstone’s drive to make London a leading light of the battle against global warming.” He led the development of London's ground-breaking Climate Change Action Plan and the associated programme of projects to reduce London’s carbon emissions by 60% by 2025. Mark is a member of the Yale Climate Dialogue and is a member of the Advisory Group at WRI's Ross Center for Sustainable Cities.

Kevin Austin Deputy Executive Director

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

 

Simon Hansen Director of Regions

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

Shannon Lawrence Director of Global Initiatives

Shannon Lawrence serves as the Director of Global Initiatives for C40, and is responsible for the development and delivery of C40’s initiatives and networks. Previously, Shannon was the Head of the Energy Initiative at C40, where she supported city efforts in areas such as energy efficiency and district energy. Before joining C40, Shannon was the Vibrant Cities Project Director for the Sustainable Urban Forests Coalition. She also worked as an independent sustainability and energy consultant for clients such as the USGBC, Virginia Tech’s Metropolitan Institute, Enterprise Community Partners and the World Resources Institute. Before she took up consulting, Shannon spent ten years working for International Rivers and the Environmental Defense Fund promoting environmentally responsible and transparent energy and water planning in Africa and Asia. Shannon holds a Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, with concentrations in international environmental and resource policy and development economics. She has a BA in Economics and English from Georgetown University.

Seth Schultz Director of Science & Innovation

Seth Schultz currently serves as the Director of Science & Innovation at C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group, on special assignment from his permanent post as C40’s Director of Research, Measurement & Planning. In this capacity, Seth will serve as a Lead Author on the Inter-Governmental Panel on Climate Change's (IPCC) Special Report on 1.5 Degrees (SR 1.5) in 2017, and more broadly, work to raise international awareness on the role of cities in tackling climate change. Seth has been at C40 since 2011 and has been instrumental in leading the organization through a period of rapid growth and impact. Prior to his experience at C40, Seth worked closely with cities on climate and sustainable development issues at the Clinton Foundation and the U.S. Green Building Council; he has a further 10 years of experience in the private sector managing contracts and clients at the city, state, regional and federal level. He is a sought after speaker on topics including urban innovation, big data and co-generation of knowledge. He holds a bachelors in Environmental Science from Binghamton University.

Andrea Fernández Director of Governance and Global Partnerships

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

Hervé Marro Director of Communications

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

Clare Wadd Director of Finance

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