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Andrea Fernández serves as C40’s Managing Director of Climate Finance, Knowledge and Partnerships. Andrea is responsible for overseeing C40’s Climate Finance, Business Engagement and Knowledge and Learning programmes, as well as C40’s engagement in the Urban Shift Programme. She also drives new strategic priorities and partnerships.
Previously, Andrea worked in the World Bank’s Private Sector Development Department for five years, where she delivered investment appraisals and technical assistance for public enterprise reform and infrastructure projects in emerging economies. Andrea has a Bachelor’s degree in International Business and Economics from Concordia University and an MBA with a finance specialisation from Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business.
Anna serves as the Director of Governance at C40. Anna supports the Executive Director and oversees relationships with key C40 strategic funders. In particular, she provides support to the Executive Director in managing the Board of Directors, supporting the C40’s Chair’s Office functions and managing the Governance and Fundraising teams. Before joining C40 in 2015, Anna spent seven years living and working in East Asia, including Hong Kong, Beijing, and Chengdu. Prior, Anna worked in the Mayor of London’s Office for the climate change and sustainable transport adviser, and was part of the team who developed London’s first Climate Change Action Plan. Anna holds a BA in Philosophy and Political Science from the University of Birmingham, UK and is learning to speak Mandarin Chinese.
Boping is the Regional Director for East Asia (China) of C40. She is responsible for leading C40’s work in China to support Chinese member cities to further advance their climate ambition and lead the transition towards an urban ecological civilization.
Before joining C40, Boping was the China Director of the World Future Council (WFC) and helped WFC to establish and develop its office in China. Previously, she was the Director of Policy and International Strategy of WWF China, leading WWF China’s policy research and advocacy work to influence China’s high-level policy framework for stronger environmental targets in its development policy. Earlier in her career, Boping had experience with both private sector and government programs. She provided consultancy on climate change and renewable energy for investments in China, served for Dexia bank on public and project finance and started her career with the EU-China Natural Forest Management Project under the State Forestry Administration of China, which inspired her to pursue a career in sustainable development.
Cassie is the Managing Director for the Climate Solutions and Networks team, leading the development and delivery of sector programmes and support to cities in energy and buildings, food and waste, transport, urban planning, air quality and climate resilience. Cassie started at C40 as the Director for Energy and Buildings, supporting cities to reduce energy consumed by existing buildings, ensure new buildings are efficient from the start, and clean up the energy supply to buildings and beyond.
Prior to joining C40, Cassie was at the Greater London Authority (GLA) where she was the project manager for the London Environment Strategy; launched in 2018, it is a world-leading strategy for environment ambition at the city level. She was also leading the climate adaptation and sustainable development team, working to manage London’s climate risks and impacts and improve quality of life. Cassie has a wide range of technical experience in buildings and energy including developing new carbon scoring tools for national energy efficiency schemes and assessing new energy efficiency measures while working at the UK energy regulator Ofgem. She has also developed national government policy on smart energy systems.
Cassie graduated from Edinburgh University with a BSc in Environmental Geoscience and Newcastle University with an MSc in Clean Technology.
David Miller is the Managing Director of the C40 Centre for City Climate Policy and Economy.
Mr. Miller was Mayor of Toronto from 2003 to 2010 and served as Chair of C40 Cities from 2008 until 2010. Under his leadership, Toronto became widely admired internationally for its environmental leadership, economic strength and social integration. He is a leading advocate for the creation of sustainable urban economies.
Mr. Miller has held a variety of public and private positions and served as Future of Cities Global Fellow at Polytechnic Institute of New York University from 2011 to 2014. He has an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Waterloo in Environmental Studies, an Honorary Doctor of Laws from York University and is currently Executive in Residence at the University of Victoria. He is the author of ‘Solved, how the great cities of the world are fixing the climate crisis‘, (University of Toronto Press).
David Miller is a Harvard-trained economist and professionally is a lawyer. He and his wife, lawyer Jill Arthur, are the parents of two children.
Hastings Chikoko is the Managing Director of Regions and Mayoral Engagement & Regional Director for Africa at C40. He serves on the Advisory Board of the African Centre for Cities and also sits on the Advisory Group for the African Cities Research Consortium at the Global Development Institute of University of Manchester. He is one of the Board of Directors at the World Green Building Council and sits on the Technical Advisory Group (TAG) of the Global Environment Facility – GEF (Sustainable Cities and Urban Systems). He is a member of the Africa-Europe Strategic Task Force on Sustainable Energy, and the Global Supervisory Council/Board of Wetlands International. He has also served on the World Economic Forum’s Global Future Council on Clean Air. With a postgraduate degree in Cities from the London School of Economics (LSE), his work with local governments started at the City of Blantyre and later at the Ministry of Local Government in Malawi. Prior to joining C40, Hastings had a long career with the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) in Zimbabwe, Kenya, South Africa and Switzerland; including being the Regional Director (a.i) for East and Southern Africa and Head of IUCN in South Africa. Besides an MSc in Cities from LSE, he also holds an MSc in Strategic Management (University of Derby, UK) Postgraduate Diploma in Environmental Diplomacy – specializing in Green Economy (University of Geneva, Switzerland), a Bsc in Economics (University of Malawi).
Juliette Carter serves as Corporate Services Director for C40 and is responsible for the effective running of the organisation through C40’s finance, HR, legal and IT functions. Juliette previously worked at the Greater London Authority where she was the lead on HR and organisational development, supporting the organisation through two changes in political leadership. Whilst working in City Hall she had accountability for HR, resourcing, internal communications, project management, learning and organisational development teams. Juliette also worked with C40 whilst on secondment from the GLA to develop the in-house HR function and support the implementation of the City Advisor programme. Prior to working at the GLA, Juliette was Director of HR and in a variety of HR roles in the National Health Service. Juliette completed her BA in Literature and French at King’s College London. She has a Masters in Human Resource Management and a post graduate certificate in employment law.
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 and 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.
Lamia Senousi is C40 Managing Director of the Communications & Events team, based in London, UK. Prior to joining C40, Lamia was Head of External Communications at the London Business School, where she oversaw a team of public relations and government affairs experts in London, New York, Dubai and Hong Kong. Lamia also served as a Global Communications and Strategic Partnership Leader at EY (formerly Ernst & Young), where she worked under the former Secretary of State for Finance in Spain and led the development and implementation of a global communications and partnership agenda for the Global Climate Change & Sustainability Practice. Previously, she worked at Deloitte, LLP in London and at PR Newswire. She was also the Campaign Manager & Election Agent in 2015 for the Labour Parliamentary Candidate for Cities of Westminster and London. Lamia has served in a number of advisory roles, including as a Communications Advisor to the Womanity Foundation. Lamia is fluent in Arabic, Danish, English, and German.
Mark’s aim as Executive Director is to ensure that C40 Cities is equally focused on science-based climate action and political leadership for climate justice. C40 has grown dramatically in scope and ambition under Mark’s tenure and its 300 staff now support nearly 100 of the world’s leading cities, representing around 700 million residents.
Prior to joining C40 Cities, Mark was a director at pioneering engineering and design firm, Arup; and previous to that role he was a senior adviser to the Mayor of London. Outside of work he can usually be found either up a mountain or proclaiming the discovery of a great new band.
Milag San Jose-Ballesteros serves as the Regional Director for East, Southeast Asia and Oceania at C40. In this role, she is responsible for engaging and supporting C40 member cities in the region as well as facilitating collaboration between cities across the global C40 network. Central to this is working with C40 cities across the region towards ambitious commitments and transformative actions to address climate change. Milag has more than 20 years experience working on environmental governance and policy, natural resources management and sustainable development. Prior to joining C40, Milag served as Regional Environmental Governance Specialist with the Environmental Cooperation-Asia (ECO-Asia) program of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), where she led programmatic partnerships between national and sub-national environmental agencies, and provided technical support to pilot initiatives covering topics including urban environmental issues, compliance and enforcement mechanisms, climate co-benefits and public participation. In this capacity, she worked with 16 countries across Asia and coordinated engagements with various organizations and partners including the US Environmental Protection Agency, the World Bank, Asian Development Bank and the UN Environment Programme. Prior to this, she previously served as a Senior Program Officer with the US-Asia Environmental Partnership promoting clean technology, and as Executive Director of the Philippine member of Friends of the Earth International. A native of Manila, Philippines, she has been based in Singapore since 2008.
Aaron Kiely is responsible for the development and implementation of C40’s new flagship Global Youth Initiative, working with C40 mayors and young activists to create a Global Youth and Mayors Climate Forum capable of building a shared agenda to drive forward climate solutions, and engaging youth leaders in urban climate action.
Prior to joining C40, Aaron co-led Friends of the Earth’s climate campaign in the UK. He worked to grow and empower a network of 200 activist groups to campaign for socially just climate action both locally and nationally. He was involved in the successful legal challenge to halt expansion of Heathrow airport, and has campaigned on air pollution and fracking. He played a leading role in organising the largest ever UK climate demonstration ahead of the Paris climate talks in 2015.
Previously Aaron was elected to represent 1 million students of African, Arab, Asian and Caribbean descent at the National Union of Students UK. Aaron organised inspiring and successful campaigns that dramatically increased the number of Black representatives in the student movement, effectively challenged racism and halted deportations of international students. Aaron also has experience in local government where he has served as an elected representative.
Aaron has a BSc in Sociology and Social Policy from London Metropolitan University.
As City Diplomacy Manager, Agathe’s role is to engage C40 members in the C40 City Diplomacy Strategy and support C40’s engagement and participation in intergovernmental climate, urban and development policy-making processes.
Agathe works closely with the Head of City Diplomacy to drive strategic and effective engagement of the C40 network in global climate policy dialogue and to maximise its impact in the global political stage. Prior to joining C40, Agathe managed low-carbon development projects for an international local government network and supported the network’s global climate advocacy strategy and engagement in the UNFCCC process.
Agathe has an interdisciplinary background in climate science, international climate policy and urban planning. Her experience includes research and consulting for international organizations, NGOs, consultancies, local governments and research institutes in Europe, the US, Brazil and Bangladesh. Agathe holds a MA in Climate and Society from Columbia University and joint Master degrees in European Affairs and Urban Sustainable Development from Sciences Po Lille and Lille University of Science and Technology.
Ahmed Mokgopo serves as Youth Engagement and Campaigns Manager. at C30 In this position, Ahmed supports the development and implementation of C40’s Global Youth and Mayors Forum.
Before joining C40, Ahmed worked as a Campaigns Specialist at 350.org where he led the South Africa teams fossil fuel finance and divestment campaigns. There, he managed 350.org’s efforts in urging the City of Cape Town to commit to divest from fossil fuels. Following Cape Town’s announcement to divest from fossil fuels in 2017, Ahmed headed up the development and implementation of a public finance campaign advocating for South African Development Finance Institutions (DFIs) to commit to policy that would exclude fossil fuel financing. The campaign enhanced 350’s visibility amongst senior public finance officials through media, public mobilisation and direct engagement. Through this campaign, 350.org became a key partner in stopping the development of the Thabametsi coal fired power plant which was officially cancelled in November 2020.
Before 350.org, Ahmed was a research assistant at Itad an international development consultancy where he supported a global programme evaluating the role of markets in poverty reduction. Ahmed holds a Master’s in Globalisation, Business and Development from the University of Sussex and a Bachelor’s degree in Anthropology from the University of the Witwatersrand.
Akshatha serves as C40 City Adviser for Bengaluru. She is an architect and a landscape architect by training, a designer at heart, and enjoys solving problems with a social lens.
Akshatha is passionate about building inclusive partnerships between communities, donors, and not-for-profit organisations to achieve long-term social impact. Over the last eight years, as a development sector professional, Akshatha has successfully developed and implemented community programs and mobilised funding for organisations that work across sectors such as women empowerment, healthcare, education, and the environment. Her core competencies are partnership development, program development and management, strategic planning, impact monitoring and evaluation, and community engagement.
Akshatha enjoys practising simple yoga, reading, and gardening every day. She is fascinated by butterflies and elephants. Akshatha enjoys travelling, and as an ardent foodie, desserts are her go-to meal.
Alessio Baù is a campaign and communications expert focused on grassroots organising, public policy, digital media, creative content and social innovation with experience both in the public and private sectors. At C40, Alessio works in the campaigns team as Senior Campaigns Manager, with a focus on citizen and civil society engagement.
Prior to joining C40, Alessio worked as Social Media Editor-in-Chief for the City of Milan, as content strategist and campaign manager for the AirBnB Policy and Communications team, and as a consultant for firms, electoral campaigns, and non-governmental organisations.
Alessio has a Bachelor’s degree in Humanities (Univ. Padova) and he completed Stefano Mancuso’s course in Plants, Social Innovation & Design (Univ. Florence). He is a published author with a background in journalism and a board member of the Milan LGBTQ+ association. He is passionate about urban gardening and train travel.
Alex Richards serves as C40’s Group Financial Controller. He is responsible for managing the day to day financial operations of C40 worldwide.
Alex’s previous experience includes working as a finance manager for a construction company, and as an auditor for a UK top-20 accountancy firm, both based in London. Alex is ACA-qualified and has an MSci Mathematics degree from the University of Bristol.
As Strategic Projects Manager, Alice manages and coordinates a number of cross team projects on behalf of the Governance and Executive Director’s Office. Projects include Chair and strategic funder priorities such as C40’s rapid response strategy, C40’s global leadership board and strategy, mayoral convenings, internal communications and strategic funder engagement.
Prior to her role as Strategic Projects Manager, Alice worked as a Stakeholder Engagement Officer and Intern in the Executive Director’s Office. During this time, Alice coordinated projects including C40’s COVID-19 response, the Future is Public Transport campaign launch, supported on Board and Steering Committee processes and supported the delivery of the 2019 C40 World Mayors Summit in Copenhagen.
Alice graduated from the University of Manchester in 2019, having studied Geography and spending a year studying at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver.
Alice manages C40’s Land Use Planning network, which is responsible for providing support to cities to develop sustainable land use and urban planning policies.
Prior to joining C40, Alice worked as a chief land use planner with National Land Commission Kenya. She was responsible for monitoring the implementation of the National Land Use Policy, coordinating collation of data for drafting responses to questions raised by the Kenyan Parliamentary Committee on Land, and providing technical assistance to county governments in developing sustainable urban plans. Alice has also worked in local government, responsible for development permitting and advising real estate developers, and previously as an urban planner with a consultancy firm, where she was the head of the research and community engagement unit. Alice is based in Nairobi, Kenya.
Alicia serves as Digital and Social Media Manager for C40. In this role, she is responsible for taking C40’s presence on social media and digital platforms to the next level, and increasing the visibility of both C40, and our cities’ work.
Alicia helps to further strengthen C40 as one of the leading voices in the global climate conversation, and connects our organisation with audiences around the world through creative and engaging content on new and existing platforms.
Before joining C40, Alicia worked as a journalist for newspapers across the UK, covering live news and producing content for digital and social media platforms.
Alicia holds a BA in Journalism Studies from the University of Sheffield, UK, and is accredited by the National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ).
As Summit Coordinator at C40, Alicia’s mission is to coordinate activities for the Summit, leading on speaker relations, registration and budget monitoring.
Prior to joining C40, Alicia has assisted in the organisation of a wide range of events – from international general assemblies to corporate conferences and trophy ceremonies – on behalf of several organisations including the French Olympic Committee. She also worked for the 2018 Glasgow European Championships, where she collaborated with more than forty different suppliers to procure all the needed equipment for all 11 sporting disciplines of the championships.
She holds an MSc in International Relations from the University of Bath and a BA in languages from the Paris IV Sorbonne University.
In her role as City Diplomacy Manager, Alina’s work is to mobilise C40 member cities around strategic diplomatic objectives. She focuses on supporting C40’s COP26 engagement and the Cities Race to Zero as well as helping to drive C40’s EU advocacy strategy.
Prior to joining C40, she worked with the Europe Programme at Chatham House, a leading international affairs think tank, where she supported the development and management of research projects looking at global issues that require European engagement. Among these, a project exploring the future of democratic governance and a youth engagement project working to increase young people’s understanding of and engagement with the issue of climate change. Alina also spent a year working in Brussels, including at the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Neighbourhood and Enlargement Negotiations (DG NEAR) and at the Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum.
Alina graduated from King’s College London with a degree in European Studies and also holds an MSc in International Relations from the University of Edinburgh
Alisa is Deputy Director of Ports and Shipping, working to connect port cities, ports, and related public and private sector stakeholders in sharing knowledge and developing and implementing policies and solutions that improve public health and mitigate greenhouse gas emissions from ports and supply chains. Alisa has extensive experience working with engineering consultancies, power utilities, technology companies, and government agencies in the energy and maritime sectors.
Over the past 5 years, Alisa championed and managed a port efficiency programme for the US Department of Energy’s Better Communities Alliance and supported the technical and advisory teams on the 2050 Masterplan for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. Alisa also spent a part of her career in Southeast and South Asia with an international electric utility, where she was responsible for leadership, project direction, business planning and development of critical power and infrastructure projects.
She is also a co-founder of SolarSkyrise, a clean technology company that tackles the emissions challenge of large buildings and transforms the value of urban renewables.
Alisa holds a B.A. in International Relations and Political Science from Boston University, and an Executive Master in Urban Planning from the University of Southern California.
Alissa is the City Adviser for Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. She is responsible for facilitating and developing a Paris Agreement compatible Climate Action Plan for the city, as well as ensure the capacity of the local council counterparts are built during the process.
Prior to joining C40, her experience included corporate consulting, with a focus on sustainability strategy and reporting for locally listed companies, as well as environmental sustainable design consulting, focusing on optimising building and masterplan design for sustainable certification and carbon emission reductions.
Her experience includes assisting the development the KL’s Carbon Management Plan for council-owned assets as the local consultant, and she is a keen advocate for integrated climate action through partnerships.
She has a Bachelors in Architectural Studies as well as Master of Environments from the University of Melbourne.
Amanda Ikert (“Mandy”) serves as Head of Adaptation Implementation at C40. In this position she is responsible for supporting cities as they work to meet their climate change adaptation and water management goals.
Before taking on this role, Mandy served as the City Director for Jakarta at C40 where she worked closely with the Governor and regional government of Jakarta to identify, develop and implement programmes and projects to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Before joining C40, Mandy was a city planner in New York, serving in both NYC’s City Planning and Parks and Recreation departments.
She has a research background in urban and architectural history as well as international environmental programming, including projects with the Asia Foundation and the Aga Khan Trust for Culture. Mandy holds a Master of City Planning and a Master of Science in Architectural Studies from MIT and a BA in History from Wesleyan University.
Amélia Maradas serves as City-Business Engagement Project Officer at C40.
Prior to joining C40, Amélia worked as Innovation Lead with UNLEASH, a global Innovation Program with the mission to build the world’s leading initiative and platform for innovative, implementable, and scalable solutions to the SDGs.
Amélia has experience working with innovation, social entrepreneurship, and youth network mobilisation. She also worked with UNDP Junior Professional Service Center for partnerships, donors, and outreach campaigns.
Amélia holds a B.A. in Political Science and International Relations from Sciences Po Bordeaux (France) and graduated from Vrije Universiteit (Netherlands) with an LLM. in Law and Politics of International Security.
Amy Buitenhuis is Senior Manager for Urban Heat and manages the C40 Cool Cities Network. She supports a network of global cities to identify, plan and implement projects to increase resilience to urban heat.
Before joining C40, Amy spent almost a decade working at the City of Toronto on programs and policies related to resilience, housing, and COVID-19 response and recovery. During this time, she is proud to have delivered Toronto’s first Resilience Strategy and led the City’s 2020 hot weather response during the COVID-19 emergency (and hottest summer in 50+ years). She also
designed and established a new apartment building quality standards program, regulated short-term rentals, and developed Toronto’s plan for the future of its temporary COVID-19 shelters for people experiencing homelessness and on its journey toward recovery from the pandemic.
Amy holds an MA in geography from the University of Toronto and a BScE in engineering and BA in geography from Queen’s University (Canada).