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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).
Amy Kirbyshire is the Senior Editorial Manager for C40’s Knowledge Hub, where C40 captures and disseminates many of its key learnings, best practices, and unique insights into the political economy of climate change in cities.
Prior to joining C40, Amy worked at the Overseas Development Institute, where she spent seven years first with the Climate and Development Knowledge Network on adaptation research and knowledge management, and later as a researcher on climate risk and resilience.
At ODI her work explored extreme heat adaptation in Indian cities, mass displacement to cities, climate-induced migration, flood early warning in Nepal, political economy analysis, and Adaptation Communications under the UNFCCC, among other issues.
Prior to ODI, Amy also worked at the Asian Disaster Preparedness Centre and the Red Cross Climate Centre on climate risk. She holds an MSc in Disasters, Adaptation and Development from Kings College London, and a BSc in Geography from Sheffield University.
André serves a Senior Advisor for the Clean Construction Programme. Prior to joining C40, he worked at the Climate Agency for the City of Oslo where he primarily focused on Oslo’s transition to zero-emission construction machinery and reducing indirect emissions from the buildings sector. He was also closely involved in developing Oslo’s climate strategy to 2030. André has worked at the Norwegian Environment Agency where he led the unit responsible for implementing EU’s Emissions Trading System in Norway. He has previously worked on climate change issues for over a decade at the International Energy Agency and the World Bank. André holds a Masters degree in International Relations from Johns Hopkins University, School of Advanced International Studies.
Andrea Bizberg serves as a Technical Adviser for the Air Quality Climate Action Planning Project in Latin America, and is responsible for coordinating the air quality impact analyses for the two pilot city projects in Buenos Aires and Guadalajara.
Prior to joining C40, Andrea has worked for more than five years on air quality, climate change and public health issues in several countries in Latin America and Europe, most recently working as an international consultant for the United Nations Development Programme to support the update of the Nationally Determined Contributions (NDC).
Prior to this, she has worked from a public policy perspective across different sectors. With the NGO, the Nature Conservancy she has worked as a strategic consultant to increase the ambition of the NDCs of priority countries in LATAM with the inclusion of Natural Climate Solutions (NCS). She has also contributed to the development of a green finance taxonomy in Mexico with the Green Finance Advisory Council of the Mexican Stock Exchange. Finally, she has provided policy research and technical advice to the Economist Intelligence Unit, Harvard University and the Mexican Ministry of Public Health around air quality and public health issues.
Andrea holds a Master in Environmental Policies from Sciences Po, a Master in Environmental Sciences from Sorbonne Université (Université Pierre et Marie Curie) and a Bachelor in Science, Technology and Health from the University Paris-Saclay (Université Paris-Sud XI).
Andrea serves as Monitoring and Evaluation Manager to the UKAID Climate Action Implementation Programme. She works across teams to balance and respond to funder requirements, cities’ priorities, and C40’s existing KPIs. In doing so, her objective is to demonstrate the impact of C40 and its cities’ work while enabling meaningful comparison and learning across programmes.
Prior to joining C40, Andrea worked as a Knowledge Transfer Manager on a UKAID programme that aimed to strengthen innovation networks between the UK, Nigeria, Kenya, and South Africa. Before this, she gained progressive M&E experience consulting for UN-Habitat and the International Fund for Agricultural Development.
She holds an MSc in Environment and Sustainable Development from University College London and a BASc in Sustainability, Science and Society from McGill University.
Andrew serves as New Buildings Adviser for the Building Energy 2020 Programme, buildings and energy technical assistance programme for C40 cities. Andrew is responsible for providing cities with technical assistance focused on supporting cities with their plans to implement ambitious building energy performance requirements including building energy codes. Prior to joining C40, Andrew was a Sustainability Consultant in London for TÜV SÜD Real Estate, a building services engineering consultancy, working in the building engineering team. Andrew was responsible for designing and implementing energy strategies for a broad range of developments including the delivery of low and zero regulated carbon emission housing developments. In his previous roles he conducted environmental assessments of the built environment which take into account a range of wellbeing and sustainability issues including the impacts of carbon emissions. Andrew is qualified as a domestic energy assessor (DOCEA), BREEAM New Construction Assessor and holds a BSc in Biology from the University of Sussex.
Angel Monjarás is responsible for developing and maintaining data visualization applications for internal use and the C40 Knowledge Hub using the Qlik platform.
Prior to joining C40, Angel has worked at two Qlik partners in many roles, including practice leader, solution architect, training manager and product specialist.
Angel has a bachelor’s degree in computer science and a diploma in business intelligence. He is a part time teacher at ITAM in Mexico City and a Qlik Academic Program Ambassador for 2022.
Anita serves as the Senior Grants Manager of Government Funding in C40’s Corporate Services team, based out of the London office. She is responsible for funder relations, contracting, and procurement for C40’s Climate Action Planning work in Latin America and Asia.
Before joining C40, Anita was the Regional Relationship Manager of global corporates for Standard Chartered Bank, South Africa. In this role, Anita provided banking solutions to blue-chip corporates across sub-Saharan Africa. Anita has over a decade of corporate and investment banking experience focusing on counterparty risk and client-facing functions from Canary Wharf to Johannesburg and safely through the financial crisis.
Anita graduated from the University of Stellenbosch with a Bachelor of Commerce (Financial Management).
As C40’s Manager for Climate Budgeting, Annabel works to deliver C40’s Climate Budget programme by providing guidance and support to cities in understanding different options and approaches to climate budgeting through peer-to-peer learning.
Annabel joined C40 in August 2021 as a Project Officer for C40’s Divest/Invest Forum. She has experience in organising and coordinating in-person and online events, conducting research, and developing knowledge and communication materials to showcase best practices and lessons learned from C40 programmes and cities.
Annabel has a strong background in climate politics gained through her BA in Human Sciences from the University of Oxford and MSc in Environment, Politics & Society from UCL. Her dissertation was focused on the interaction of climate policy with social justice in both London & Cape Town. Annabel is also a youth leader and has previously represented the UK at the youth engagement group to the G7.
As the Women4Climate project officer, Ariane supports cities in launching mentoring programmes dedicated to women and works to build a strong community of women leading urban climate action.
Prior to joining C40, Ariane interned at Women Engage for a Common Future (WECF), supporting their advocacy on gender and climate for COP26, which she attended as a member of the Women & Gender Constituency. She also contributed to the 6th Gender Just Climate Solution Award, which celebrates the most outstanding local climate actions that benefit from women’s leadership and promote gender equality. She has worked with various civil society organisations, both internationally and in France, to promote climate justice at different institutional levels.
Ariane has a degree in international affairs from Sciences Po Paris, France, where she focused on feminist and people-centred approaches to global affairs.
Aris is the Knowledge and Partnerships Manager for the C40 Cities Finance Facility (CFF), a joint initiative of the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group and GIZ. The CFF facilitates access to finance for climate change mitigation and resilience projects in urban areas. In his role, Aris collects, manages and disseminates all knowledge generated in CFF-supported projects, which include cycling infrastructure in Bogotá, electric buses in Mexico City, and community-led ecosystem-based adaptation in Durban. Aris holds a MSc in Environmental Policy and Regulation from LSE and a BA in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from the University of York and the University of California, San Diego. Prior to joining C40, Aris worked for Carbon Analytics, an environmental accounting start-up, and for ABC Trust, an Anglo-Brazilian NGO helping children in Brazilian cities.
Barbara Barros serves as City Adviser for Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, as part of C40 Climate Action Planning Programme. In this role, she is responsible for engaging internal and external stakeholders, and facilitating knowledge transfer across the Rio’s City Hall, C40 network and C40 consultants, in order to provide high-quality tailored technical assistance to support locally-led efforts and strengthen the Rio’s climate action.
Prior to joining C40, Barbara worked on the development of the Rio de Janeiro Climate Change Adaptation Strategy, in which she carried out a vulnerability assessment and an adaptation strategy for the Urbanization & Housing sector of the City by 2040. Later, she served as a Head of the Adaptation and Resilience Sector of the City Hall of Recife (Pernambuco – Brazil) to manage the Climate Change Adaptation Plan and low carbon urban development projects of the City. She also worked as a technical consultant for the Recife’s Master Plan to advance climate change planning within the urban planning agenda for the next 10 years.
She holds a degree in Architecture and Urban Planning from Federal University of Alagoas (Brazil), and a Master’s in Urban Engineering from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (Brazil). Her master’s thesis analyses the integration of adaptation planning with urban planning across four megacities.
Beatrice serves as the Regional Engagement Manager for Asia at C40 Cities Finance Facility (CFF). Before joining C40, she spearheaded courses and workshops to improve Philippine public services and processes’ responsiveness and efficiency and support the government’s public-sector innovation thrust. To do this, she designed courses on citizen-centred service design and collaborated with partners to introduce experimentation.
She has long experience in the public sector as a project manager and researcher, delivering capability development and knowledge management interventions for the Philippines and the Asia-Pacific region. She led campaigns to promote the Philippine government’s disaster resilience framework and assistance programs and documented local governments’ preparedness and response strategies. During this time, she also coached local officials on creating and planning development projects on wildlife conservation, climate adaptation, health, and food safety and security, among others.
Beatrice earned a BA in History from the Ateneo de Manila University and a Certificate in Social Sciences and the Humanities from Sciences Po Paris. She is also certified by the Asian Productivity Organization as a Public-Sector Productivity Specialist. She spends her free time volunteering for youth engagement and human rights education programs.
Benjamin serves as C40 City Advisor for Chennai and Bengaluru. He is an architect, urban regional planner and urban designer by training with close to a decade of experience working in the fields of spatial planning and policy, mobility, physical infrastructure and environmental management with a strong focus on stakeholder engagement.
Prior to joining C40, Benjamin worked with the National Institute of Urban Affairs (NIUA), Delhi, and Dutch consultancy firm Royal Haskoning DHV (RHDHV) with practical experience of working with governments across 4 continents (India, Europe, Middle East, and Africa).
While at NIUA, he worked on the preparation of the Master Plan of Delhi 2041, and with RHDHV he worked on the Revised Master Plan of Bengaluru 2031 and greenfield urban extension master plans for Surat, Aurangabad.
Benjamin enjoys preparing maps using creative cartographic methods and research writing with a focus on deep ethnography; he is also a trained musician and plays the keyboard, acoustic guitar, bass guitar, ukelele, and melodica during his free time.
Beth is Content and Web Editor at C40. In this role, she is responsible for creating, editing and maintaining content on C40’s websites and developing strategic content for comms activities across C40’s areas of work.
Before joining C40, Beth was Communications Coordinator at the European Respiratory Society, where she developed and actioned comms strategies for campaigns and international events, led the organisation’s media activities, and managed social and digital comms channels. Before this, she worked as Digital Content Editor for Sheffield Hallam University and as an Editorial Intern for a local magazine.
Beth holds an MSc in Science Communication from the University of Manchester and a BA in English Language and Linguistics from the University of Sheffield.