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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 and Director of Initiatives, Regions, and Events

Kevin Austin serves as C40’s Deputy Executive Director and Director of Initiatives, Regions, and Events.  Prior to joining C40 he was Assistant Director of External Relations for the Mayor of London. His responsibilities included running the events, marketing, design and commercial teams.  Kevin has a background in economics and strategy development, and has a Masters in Transport Planning and a Doctorate in Civil Engineering from Leeds University. Following his PhD he worked for a major consultancy, advising clients on project implementation and economic appraisal. He joined the Greater London Authority in 2002 and was responsible for advising the Mayor of London on all aspects of transport. Between 2009 and 2012 Kevin worked as Head of Olympic projects and led the delivery of the major city-related elements associated with the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympics Games.

Seth Schultz Director, Research, Measurement & Planning

Seth Schultz is the Director of Research, Measurement & Planning at C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group. In this role, Seth is responsible for organizational accountability and visibility through implementing a comprehensive and cohesive research and planning strategy. Seth works to ensure that cities accelerate and share their work on climate change issues through specific data analysis. He is also a frequent speaker about the breadth and depth of climate actions being taken by C40 Cities and their impact around the world. Prior to this role, Seth helped create the Climate Positive Development Program (CPDP) -- developed in partnership with the Clinton Climate Initiative and the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). CPDP supports the development of large-scale urban projects striving to reduce the amount of on-site CO2 emissions to below zero. Seth’s background includes more than 15 years of experience in the environmental field. Some of his past work includes managing contracts and clients at the city, state, regional and federal level. He has managed nationwide U.S. federal contracts with EPA and NOAA and overseen research projects on emergency response work conducted at the World Trade Center cleanup, Hurricane Katrina and others. He holds a bachelors degree in Environmental Science from Binghamton University and oversees C40's office in New York City.

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. 

Clare Hammacott Director of Finance & Operations

Clare Hammacott serves as C40’s Director of Finance & Operations, responsible for the organisation’s global Finance, Human Resources, IT and Legal functionalities. Prior to joining C40, Clare managed the Secretariat for the Commission on Civil Society and Democratic Engagement, consulting with parliamentarians in both the House of Commons and the House of Lords, and over 150 NGOs on the Transparency of Lobbying, Non-party Campaigning and Trade Union Administration Bill. Previously, she spent 14 years working in the corporate world, in a variety of roles covering consultancy, operations, client management and sales for global mobility companies, including Team Relocations, Weichert Relocation Resources and Cartus.  Clare has lived and worked in the UK, The Netherlands, Germany, Switzerland, Singapore and Malaysia and has experience of relocating families to over 120 countries around the world. She holds a BA (Hons) German degree from the University of Liverpool (UK) and Freie Universität Berlin (Germany).

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.

Adenike Musa Executive Assistant to the Executive Director & Office Manager

Adenike Musa serves as the Executive Assistant to the Executive Director of the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group. In this position, she is responsible for all administrative support for the organisation, including managing the administrative officers located in C40 offices across the globe. In this role, she specifically supports the Executive Director, organising and supervising the business activities that facilitate the smooth running of the Executive Director’s office. Prior to joining C40, Adenike worked for the Greater London Authority where she supported Deputy Mayors and senior management teams on a variety of projects and events. Previously, Adenike worked in a similar capacity as Senior Personal Assistant within public and private sector organisations such as PricewaterhouseCoopers UK and the Department for Education, where she was responsible for implementing HR policies, supervising staff, budget management and general office management. Adenike holds a Bachelor’s degree in Politics and International Relations from the University of Westminster, London.

Hastings Chikoko Regional Director for Africa

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

Tongbo Liu Regional Director for East Asia

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

Júlia López Regional Director for Europe

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

Manuel Olivera Regional Director for Latin America

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

Brendan Shane Regional Director for North America

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

Sanjay Sridhar Regional Director for South and West Asia

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

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

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

Caterina Sarfatti Strategic Programme Manager

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

Anna Beech Policy and Strategy Adviser

Anna Beech serves as a Policy and Strategy Adviser at C40. In this role, she undertakes policy analysis and research on climate change issues and helps develop speeches and presentations for the Executive Director, supporting his external engagement and international relations, especially in relation to C40's East Asia expansion strategy. Anna has spent the past seven years living and working in East Asia, including Hong Kong, Beijing, and Chengdu. Prior, Anna worked in the Mayor of London's Office for the climate change and sustainable transport adviser, and was part of the team who developed London's first Climate Change Action Plan. Anna holds a BA in Philosophy and Political Science from the University of Birmingham, UK and is learning to speak Mandarin Chinese.

Amanda Ikert Head of the Adaptation & Water Initiative

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

Zoe Sprigings Head of Energy Initiative

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

James Alexander Head of the Finance & Economic Development Initiative

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

Ricardo Cepeda-Márquez Head of the Solid Waste Initiative

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

Zachary Tofias Head of the Urban Planning and Development Initiative

Zachary Tofias serves as the Head of the Urban Planning and Development Initiative and the Climate Positive Development Programme at C40. He has been with the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group since 2007 in partnership with the Clinton Climate Initiative, initially as the City Director in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and later helped create and launch the Climate Positive Development Program. For over 10 years, Zach has been working with both private sector developers and city partners around the world on developing locally relevant solutions to find replicable models for sustainable city growth. Zach’s work leading the Urban Planning and Development Initiative aims to demonstrate it is possible to build communities that are environmentally sustainable, economically viable, and net-carbon negative. Zach has an Master’s of Business Administration from Cornell University, and a bachelor’s degree from Middlebury College.

Gunjan Parik Head of the Transportation Initiative

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

Niki Hitchcox Head of Events

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

Francisco Lomparte Events Manager

Francisco serves as the C40 Events Manager based in the New York City office. His responsibilities include facilitating and delivering C40 Workshops and Events within C40’s global network of cities. Prior to joining C40, Francisco worked for the State University of New York as the Associate Director for Alumni Affairs, executing meetings and conferences for the medical school. He also worked for the American Cancer Society as an Event Manager in Miami-Dade County, where his responsibilities included fundraising and managing volunteers to develop events. Francisco has a Bachelors Degree in Public Relations and Advertising from Barry University. He is fluent in Spanish and conversant in Portuguese. 

Jonathan Walter Head of Programmes

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

Sara Radelet Fundraising Manager

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

Jana Davidova Regions Project Coordinator

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

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

Michael Doust Head of the Measurement and Planning Initiative

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

Frances Downy Network Manager, Private Building Efficiency

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

Maria Lucila Spotorno Network Manager, Bus Rapid Transit

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

Kathryn Urquhart Network Manager, Low Emissions Vehicles

Kathryn Urquhart manages the Low Emissions Vehicle Network and assists with overall strategy and operations for the C40 Networks team. Before joining C40, Kathryn worked for former Vice President Al Gore’s nonprofit Climate Reality Project—formerly the Alliance for Climate Protection—on the political programme team. She is also a former Clinton Foundation Orfalea Fellow. Before joining the non-profit world, she helped start a green business conference called Opportunity Green in Los Angeles. Kathryn graduated from the University of Southern California with a Master’s of Public Policy and from the University of California, Santa Barbara with a bachelor’s degree in Political Science.

Alfredo Redondo Network Manager, Climate Change Risk Assessment

Alfredo Redondo manages the Climate Change Risk Assessment Network, which is lead by C40’s Chair Mayor Paes. The Climate Change Risk Assessment Network is the largest city-to-city exchange group in C40, representing more than half of C40 cities. In this role, Alfredo works closely with participating cities to help build resiliance capacity, identifying vulnerabilities, and develop action plans to manage risk assessment. 

With experience working at both national and international levels on human rights, sustainability and climate change, Alfredo recently led the Rio+YOU campaign, which produced social media content in 5 languages, reaching over 2 million people via simultaneous events in over 200 cities and 38 countries during Rio+20. He is also a co-founder of Fundacion TierraVida, which drives sustainability through education, advocacy and leadership development for young people. Prior, Alfredo's background is in international diplomacy and finance, having worked at the Argentine Embassy in London and in the public sector consulting on IDB fund management in Mexico and Argentina.

Alfredo holds a Masters in Public Policy from King's College London and a BA in International Relations from Universidad Empresarial Siglo 21, Córdoba, Argentina. Originally from Argentina, Alfredo speaks Spanish, English and Portuguese and is based in C40's Rio de Janeiro office.

Snigdha Garg Network Manager, Cool Cities

Snigdha Garg serves as the Network Manager for the Cool Cities Network at C40. In this position, she is responsible for supporting cities to manage urban heat island effect. Before joining C40, Snigdha graduated from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies with a Masters in Environmental Management. She previously worked with ICLEI South Asia for three years on building climate resilience strategies, disaster risk reduction, developing climate change mitigation and adaptation plans for cities, and bench-marking basic services against national standards for South Asian cities. She has experience in sustainability consulting, project management and urban resilience. In addition, she also holds a Masters of Environmental Studies from TERI University, India and a Bachelors of Science from Delhi University, India.

Amrita Kataria Network Manager, Solid Waste

Amrita Sinha Kataria manages the Solid Waste Network at C40. In this position, she assists cities and collaborates with networks of global cities to deliver their strategies for tackling waste management issues.  Before joining C40, Amrita worked for Team London Ambassadors, a part of the Mayor of London’s Olympic and Paralympic programme for London 2012. Prior to this role, she worked as a Waste Prevention Adviser with Lambeth Council, London. She also worked on a project with the Greater London Authority to research provision of environmental management support to SMEs in London.  Amrita formerly worked in New Delhi, India as a Program Analyst on the Clinton Climate Initiative Waste and Solar Team. She has also worked for Coca-Cola, India to develop their rainwater-harvesting manual for bottling plants.  Amrita holds a M.Sc. in Environment, with specialisation in Water Resources Management from The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) in New Delhi, India, where she received DAAD (The German Academic Exchange Service) scholarship to Freie Universitat, Berlin. She holds a B.Sc. in Environmental Science from University of Delhi, India. Currently, she is an Associate Member of IEMA (Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment) and University of Bath, UK.

Laura Jay Network Manager, Land Use Planning

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


Clare Healy Network Manager, Transit-Oriented Development

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


Neil Walmsley Network Manager, Creditworthiness

Neil Walmsley is Manager of the Creditworthiness Network for C40. Neil was previously the Sustainable Cities manager for the global environmental consultancy Ricardo-AEA and specialized in urban adaptation and resilience building. In this role, Neil worked with 21 cities across Europe to help them develop adaptation strategies, and supported the Government of Turkey to develop their national urban adaptation strategy. Previously, Neil has worked for a UK-based think tank as a sustainability advisor and development manager to the private sector and UK Government, which included working with the UNEP on a global sustainable finance initiative and helping the City of London develop an overarching governance and sustainability strategy. A qualified archaeologist, Neil also has a MA in International Relations and is a trained PRINCE2 project management practitioner. 

Skye d’Almeida Network Manager, Sustainable Infrastructure Finance Network

Skye manages the Sustainable Infrastructure Finance Network, supporting cities to scale-up finance for low-carbon and resilient infrastructure. Part of this role includes a joint project with Citi Foundation and the World Resources Institute to help cities identify finance solutions for sustainable urban services. Prior to joining C40, Skye was a Senior Advisor on economic and regulatory policy at the Australian Energy Market Commission. Her experience includes designing and implementing climate finance mechanisms, such as emissions trading schemes and clean tech pilot programs, and working with the United States Department of Energy to develop an international network of clean energy policy makers. Skye was also a delegate at international negotiations under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the Clean Energy Ministerial. She holds degrees in Business and Science from the University of Queensland.


Aris Moro Project Officer, Cities Finance Facility

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

Cristina Miclea Project Manager, Energy Initiative

Cristina serves as a Project Manager at C40, coordinating and delivering city-driven projects and policy analyses for workstreams across the Energy Initiative. She also provides support to network managers on planning city interactions, workshops and partnerships. Previously, Cristina led a study to identify key city needs in the areas of building energy efficiency, and collaborated with the Tokyo Metropolitan Government on updating the report "Urban Efficiency: A Global Survey of Building Energy Efficiency Policies in Cities." Prior to this, she led an energy efficiency consultancy project for a London Borough. Previous interdisciplinary experiences include: working as a Fellow for the MIT Climate CoLab; working as a corporate emissions analyst for an environmental think thank; and as an environmental behaviour research assistant at University College London. She completed a Masters in Environmental Technology from Imperial College London, where she also received a prize for her dissertation. Cristina also holds a First Class Honours Degree from University College London and speaks French and Spanish.


Monica Ridgway Network Manager, Green Growth

Monica Ridgway manages the Green Growth Network at C40. In this position, she supports network cities to develop methodologies to quantify the co-benefits of climate action and work more effectively with the private sector. Monica joins C40 from Ecologic Institute, where she managed a research project on post-carbon cities funded by the European Commission's Seventh Framework Program (FP7). She also supported SMEs in the green sector by performing market research for water information products and services. Monica was awarded a scholarship from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) for her MSc in Economics and Management Science at Humboldt University in Berlin, Germany, where she wrote her master's thesis on decoupling economic activity and car use in US metropolitan areas. Monica holds a BBA in Business Honors and Marketing from the University of Texas at Austin.

Tom Bailey Head of Research

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

Hanya Gartner City Reporting Manager

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

Eric Ast Manager of Research Special Projects

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

Rachel Huxley Research Manager

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

Max Jamieson Programme Manager, Compact of Mayors

Max Jamieson manages C40’s technical assistance and support programme for Compact of Mayors signatory cities. The programme helps cities develop city-wide greenhouse gas emission inventories, set ambitious emission reduction targets and develop robust climate action plans.

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

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

Ilona Rayan Research Team Coordinator

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

Gifti Nadi City Adviser for Addis-Ababa

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

Irene Skoula City Adviser for Athens

Irene Skoula serves as the C40 City Adviser for Athens, where she will work closely with the City Administration to establish a GHG inventory and develop a Climate Action Plan. Irene will provide guidance to the City on climate issues and will facilitate exchanges between Athens and other C40 member cities. Before joining C40, Irene was the Head of the Department for Environmental & Energy Projects in one of the biggest consultancy firms in Greece. For more than 10 years, she worked with Greek and European regional and local authorities for the development and implementation of sustainable energy and climate protection action plans. She also has significant experience in funding mechanisms for climate mitigation measures at a European and National level. Irene holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Physics and a Master’s degree in Environment and Sustainable Development. 

Jamie Ponce City Adviser to Chicago

Jamie Ponce serves as the C40 City Adviser to Chicago. In this position Jamie works to drive economic and environmental benefits in the City of Chicago and across the C40 network of global megacities. He currently focuses on energy efficiency in the built environment, sustainable infrastructure finance, and market-driven resource stewardship. Prior to this role, Jamie spent 10 years with A.T. Kearney, a global management-consulting firm, during which time he specialized in corporate strategy, organisational effectiveness, economic development, and natural resource efficiency. These efforts—including work with The Rocky Mountain Institute, Environmental Defense Fund, and The Packard Foundation—address some of the planet’s most pressing challenges through solutions that span industries, sectors, and ideologies. Jamie holds an Masters of Business Administration from Harvard Business School, a Master of Public Administration from Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, and a BA from Indiana University.

Liz Hanson City Adviser to New York City

Liz Hanson serves as C40’s City Advisor to New York City.  In this position, she supports implementation and management of both a technical analysis of building energy efficiency potential and a Technical Working Group of industry stakeholders, as outlined in the City’s One City: Built to Last plan.  Liz joins the Mayor’s Office of Sustainability and C40 after serving in Governor Deval Patrick’s Administration in Massachusetts since 2011.  Most recently she worked as the Policy Advisor for Climate Preparedness and Environmental Affairs at his Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA).  In this role she developed and led implementation of Governor Patrick’s Coordinated Climate Preparedness Initiative, which included advancing over twenty high-priority items across fourteen agencies, and assisted EEA’s Undersecretary for Environment in advancing all aspects of the Administration’s environmental agenda. Before joining EEA, Liz served in Governor Patrick’s Office of Policy and Cabinet Affairs as the Policy Analyst for EEA and the Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development.  Liz holds a bachelor’s degree from Temple University in Philadelphia where she studied political science and economics. 

Brian Yeoman City Adviser to Houston

Brian serves as the C40 City Adviser to Houston. In this position he works with the city’s political and administrative leadership to establish priorities for developing and implementing programmes that reduce energy use and greenhouse gas emissions, and that promote the use of clean energy. Before joining this effort, Brian was a Senior Research Scientist at the Houston Advanced Research Center, where he oversaw sustainability efforts, including facilitating a High Performance Building Team and leading research projects such as residential energy efficiency and construction waste management. Earlier, he was the Associate Vice President of Facilities Planning and Development at the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston where he was responsible for the design and construction of new facilities and major renovations. Brian holds an Masters and Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of South Dakota, and has been the recipient of numerous awards for his efforts in the realm of sustainability, including the 2006 Citizen’s Environmental Coalition (CEC) President’s Synergy Award.

Ilan E. Cuperstein City Adviser to Rio de Janeiro

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

David Craven City Adviser to Melbourne

David Craven serves as the C40 City Adviser to Melbourne. In this position, he works in close collaboration with the city administration through the Director City Planning and Infrastructure and the Director City Design, with support from the Office of the Lord Mayor, to facilitate the delivery of sustainable design and infrastructure outcomes for urban renewal precincts within Melbourne. Prior to joining C40, David held leadership positions focused on the creation of a more sustainable built environment across the public, private and not-for-profit sectors, including roles as a Director with the Green Building Councils of both Australia and New Zealand, and Leader of Sustainable Buildings with Sustainability Victoria. He also led projects in London with Brookfield Multiplex and the global architectural practice Woods Bagot. David has experience in establishing and managing green building rating systems, developing voluntary industry leadership programs, introducing building energy efficiency regulation and creating sustainable building and precinct design strategies. David holds a Bachelor of Architecture with Honours from the University of Melbourne.

Julia Lipton City Adviser to Sydney

Julia Lipton serves as the C40 City Adviser to Sydney, where she will work with the City to drive emissions savings in industry sectors and develop a replicable model.  Based on existing data, Julia will help develop strategies to quantify opportunities for emissions savings in each sector and develop plans for reductions based on the sector’s characteristics, barriers and drivers. Before joining C40, Julia developed the first of these sector strategies, the City of Sydney’s Residential Apartments Sustainability Plan, and managed residential sustainability programs for the City.  Julia has also worked for the NSW Government fostering business partnerships in energy efficiency. Before joining the public sector, Julia managed the UK’s Corporate Responsibility Index in Australia and New Zealand and the Green Capital corporate sustainability program for non-government organisations in Australia.  Julia has a bachelor’s degree in business and a master’s degree in international development.

Micah Lang City Advisor to Vancouver

Micah Lang serves as the C40 City Advisor to Vancouver, focusing on Green Buildings.  In this position, he fosters partnerships with building owner/operator associations, energy utilities, non-governmental organisations, other municipalities and levels of government to catalyze and support energy conservation retrofits in multi-family housing buildings. Prior to C40, Micah has ten years of experience assisting local governments around the world plan to implement sustainability and climate change mitigation programs, including positions with ICLEI-U.S.A., Golder Associates, HB Lanarc Consultants, and Blue Cedar Ventures, where he served as Director. Micah holds a Masters in Energy and Resources from the University of California, Berkeley and a Bachelors in Environmental Science from The Colorado College.  

Rafael Ramos City Adviser to Mexico City

Rafael Ramos serves as the C40 City Adviser to Mexico City. In this position, he is responsible for assisting the Mexico City Government in advancing its climate action agenda in order to achieve meaningful reductions of greenhouse gas emissions and climate risk. Before joining C40 Rafael served as Director of the Mexico City Ambient Air Monitoring System in the City's Secretary of the Environment. Prior to this, Rafael was a Consultant at private Environmental Engineering firms for more than 15 years. Rafael holds a Master of Science degree in Control Systems from the London Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine, and a BA with Honors in Mechanical and Electrical Engineering from the Mexican National Autonomous University.

Cristina Mendonca Adviser to the Chair & Head of C40 Office Rio de Janeiro

Cristina Mendonça serves as Adviser to Chair Mayor Eduardo Paes & Head of C40's Office in Rio. In this position, she works as the primary liaison between C40, its Chair (the Mayor of Rio) and the Steering Committee (main governing body comprised of mayoral level representation from 12 cites). Cristina works closely with the Chair and C40 Executive Leadership to set and communicate strategic vision, and to support and coordinate Steering Committee participation. As Head of the C40 Office in Rio, she advises and collaborates with the city’s political, administrative and technical leadership to design and implement the strategy to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and climate risk, in close collaboration with the Rio City Adviser, C40 Networks, and partners organizations. Before joining C40, Cristina worked as a consultant advising companies on industrial processes, sustainable development, innovation technology, and renewable energy with a focus on optimizing production processes. Cristina is chemical engineer, specialist in research and development in chemical process. Cristina is currently a candidate for a Masters in Urban and Environmental Engineering at Pontifical Catholic University, and holds an Executive MBA from the COPPEAD Graduate School of Business at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro.

Antoine Metten Assistant to the Office of the Chair

Antoine Metten serves as Assistant to the Office of the Chair. In this position, Antoine assists the Office of the Chair in all activities related to the Chair's support, as well as, C40 & City of Rio work plan implementation. Activities include logistics and institutional management of the Steering Committee, our main governing body comprised of 12 cities, communications from the Office of the Chair and also support implementation of program, projects and policies in the areas of energy efficiency, transportation, solid waste management and urban revitalizations in the context of the C40 & City of Rio work plan. Prior to Joining C40, Antoine worked as Assistant to the State Secretary of the Ministry of Public Health in Brazil, editing communication material and supporting academic research focused on the Brazilian Health Economic Industrial Complex. Previously, Antoine worked as a researcher at the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean in Santiago, Chile. Antoine holds a post-graduation degree in Urban Planning from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro and a Master Degree in Public Policy from Sciences Po. Grenoble, with special emphasis on urban studies. 


Luan Baptista Coordinator for Global Initiatives

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


Brooke Russell Head of Editorial and Content

Brooke Russell serves as a Director of Communications, Editorial and Content at C40. A key member of C40’s Communications team, Brooke is responsible for editorial planning and execution across targeted distribution channels; in this capacity, she supports C40 staff, cities and partners in the development of a diverse range of content. Before joining C40, Brooke was for three years at the Clinton Climate Initiative, where she helped to build the organisation’s Communications department, bringing 14 years of prior experience as a contributing writer to organisations including the Economist Intelligence Unit, the London School of Economics and McKinsey & Co. Brooke holds a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from Columbia College at Columbia University and a Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, where she concentrated on international environmental and resource policy, and development economics.

Jared Pruzan Head of Network Communications

As the Head of Network Communications, Jared oversees C40's digital properties including C40.org and the C40 Exchange, a virtual community and knowledge-sharing portal for members and staff. Jared also contributes to the organization's social media strategy. Previously, Jared helped restart the City Adviser Programme, launching an annual competitive bid process for member cities. He also served as Manager of the Sustainable Urban Development Network and as a project manager for the Climate Positive Development Program. Prior to joining C40, Jared worked as a Financial Analyst at Lazard and as the coordinator of a nonprofit research initiative within Harvard University's David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies. He is also the author of Contemporary Realism: The Seavest Collection (2007), a book of essays. Jared earned a Masters of Public Affairs in International Nonprofit Management from New York University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Comparative Literature from Yale University.

Daniel Samuels Manager of Network Communications

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

Emily Morris Manager of Editorial and Content

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

Josh Harris Press and Communications Manager

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

Amy Gutcher Head of Finance

Amy Gutcher serves as the Head of Finance at C40, responsible for the finance function across the global organization. Prior to joining C40, Amy was a Financial Controller for Shell Foundation, an international charity focused on business-based solutions to challenges around access to energy, sustainable transport and sustainable job creation, with a $20 million budget and an endowment worth nearly $500 million.  Among previous roles in both the commercial and third sector, Amy has also worked as an Assistant Manager at Deloitte LLP in London, where she served in the assurance department to support FTSE 100 companies, charities, law firms, and small businesses.  She is a chartered accountant with an ACA and DChA from the ICAEW, and holds a Masters of Arts in Natural Sciences from Cambridge University.

Clarence Nicol Head of Human Resources

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

Marvin Barrios Head of Operations

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

Lisa Kim Finance Analyst

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

Matt Jones Operations Analyst

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

Anelda Blom HR Administrator

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


Josh Weinberg Management Accountant

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

Emmanuelle Pinault Head of City Diplomacy – Political Engagement

Emmanuelle Pinault serves as the Head of City Diplomacy – Political Engagement at C40. In this role, she is responsible for assessing and implementing C40's city diplomacy strategy in the climate global political agenda, as well as engaging C40 member cities into the Compact of Mayors. Prior to joining C40, she worked for twelve years as an independent consultant on international relations and cooperation with national and local governments in Africa and Latin America. Her latest position was senior adviser on international affairs and climate change to the Mayor of Bogota, Colombia, where she designed and implemented the city’s climate change international strategy, and developed strategic mitigation and adaptation partnerships with several city networks, UN agencies, nonprofits and funders. She also managed the Cities and Climate Change Bogota Summits in 2012 and 2015, and delivered Bogota City Marketing Strategy 2013-2015, working closely to the private sector. Emmanuelle holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science, from the Institute of Political Studies, Lyon (France), and a Postgraduate Diploma in Sociology, from the School of High Studies in Social Sciences – EHESS, Paris. 

Ava Zekri President of the Board Liaison

Ava Zekri works with the office of the President of the Board to ensure fluid coordination across the organization. Previously, Ava served as Manager of the City Climate Leadership Awards and City Reporting Manager at C40. In her Awards position, she developed, managed and coordinates the implementation of the Awards in close collaboration with Siemens and helped C40 meet their sustainability goals by ensuring that cities demonstrating true leadership in addressing climate change are globally recognized. She also interned with the Urban Planning and Design Branch of UN Habitat in Nairobi and worked as a researcher at the New Cities Foundation. She also worked as a consultant for the French National Railway Authority (SNCF). Ava holds a Masters degree in Regional and Urban Strategy from Sciences Po Paris, and a Bachelors degree in Geography with a special emphasis on spatial analysis from La Sorbonne.

Nicola Smith Administrative Assistant

Nicola (Nikki) Smith serves as one of the Administrative Assistants within the organization. In this capacity, she provides administrative and scheduling support to the Executive Assistant to the Executive Director, the Director of Initiatives, Regions and Events, the Head of Events and the Director of Global Initiatives and her team. Nikki is also responsible for establishing and maintaining administrative processes and office systems across the organisation. In her twenty-eight-year career, Nikki has held administrative and customer-facing positions in government and other public-sector organisations, including the London Fire Brigade and the Greater London Authority, where she spent the last 11 years providing administrative support to the Mayor of London’s private office.



Irma Carranza Administrative Assistant

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

Gareth Nicholas Administrative Assistant

Gareth Nicholas serves as an Administrative Assistant in C40’s London office.  In this role, he supports the Regional Directors for Europe and Africa, assists the Global Initiatives team, and manages the technical aspects of C40’s global webinars.  Prior to joining C40, Gareth held administrative positions in a variety of organisations, including a cycle training cooperative, a regional anti-racism project and a local government housing initiative.  Gareth has a Masters degree in mathematics from the University of Sheffield.

Michael Marinello Special Adviser, Communications

Michael Marinello serves as a Special Adviser for global communications, social and digital media and media partnerships for C40. He comes to C40 from the Microsoft Corporation where he was Director of Communications for the Microsoft Office Division. He led worldwide PR/AR efforts, including strategic planning, team management, and social media strategy. Prior to his work at Microsoft, Michael served in the US Senate for Senators Daniel Patrick Moynihan (NY) and Robert Kerrey (NE), ran global public affairs for The GCI Group, and ran WW Public Relations for Becton Dickinson and Company. Michael is also the managing editor of the C40/National Geographic Blog "City Solutions" and sits on the editorial advisory board of Cities Today Magazine. He has won numerous PR industry awards for his work on brand communications, public affairs and crisis and issues management. He is a graduate of Lehigh University, where he studied International Relations and History.