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Amandla serves as the Global Senior Manager, CFO Network for African Cities – an initiative focused on engaging and empowering senior finance officials in C40 Cities’ network to access climate finance, and implement evidence-based budgetary decisions and policy making in public financial management. Amandla is responsible for driving new strategic priorities, partnerships and programming to develop the network.
Amandla is currently based in the United Kingdom and has worked across a wide variety of areas within international development, including environmental sustainability, agribusiness management, private sector development, women’s economic empowerment and innovation in Europe and Africa. Before joining C40 Cities, she was stationed in Nairobi, Kenya and worked as an internal consultant for One Acre Fund. Amandla has also consulted on a Horizon2020 climate change project to set up a twinning programme between European cities and African cities and municipalities to empower climate-vulnerable communities within Africa to develop and sustain nature-based solutions to climate change and inequitable exposure to air pollution. In addition, she has previously held project management positions at UK Research and Innovation and Connected Places Catapult.
Amandla holds an MSc in Public Policy and Administration from the London School of Economics and Political Science, and a BA in Social Policy, Politics and Economics from the University of Birmingham.
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.
Amira plays a leading role in managing the end-to-end strategy and delivery of the Joint Programme events, such as UNGA and COP28, bringing together key stakeholders to further urban climate action and showcase the achievements of the Joint Programme.
Previously, Amira worked for the Commonwealth Secretariat, where she was responsible for the convening of a portfolio of pan-Commonwealth Ministerial Meetings, played a leading role in the planning and delivery of the biennial Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Kigali and the Commonwealth Leaders Event as part of the official Coronation programme of HM King Charles. Amira has worked with many host governments, advising on multiple protocol and logistical elements from communique negotiations to official photographs, greeting parties and event production. Amira has a BA in French and Italian Literature from the University of Oxford and an MA in International Studies and Diplomacy from the School of Oriental and African Studies.
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 is the Editorial Lead for C40’s knowledge management work. She leads the capture and sharing of C40’s knowledge for city and climate professionals, principally on C40’s Knowledge Hub, as well as internally for C40 staff. Amy started at C40 as the Knowledge Hub’s Content Editor, writing and managing the library of content on the platform in its first years. She continues to oversee the Hub, aiming to ensure it captures the insights of leading cities as well as the most relevant resources from organisations around the world to build a leading-edge, comprehensive, practical platform for cities on climate issues.
Prior to C40 Amy spent seven years at the Overseas Development Institute, first with the Climate and Development Knowledge Network on adaptation research and knowledge management, and later as a researcher on climate risk and resilience. She holds an MSc in Disasters, Adaptation and Development from Kings College London, and a BSc in Geography from Sheffield University.
Ana Terra serves as Clean Energy Finance Manager for the City Finance Programme, a global initiative that supports investment in green infrastructure and adaptation projects. Also at C40, Ana previously worked as TUMI E-bus Mission Manager for Latin America, managing a programme to support 6 cities in the region to develop strategies to e-bus deployment.
Ana has 10 years of experience in supporting partnerships between international organisations, investors and government on Clean Energy, supporting Government Aid Programmes and directly involved in international business development initiatives. She holds a Bachelors degree in International Relations and a MBA in Clean Energy.
Anantha serves as theC40 Head of Mobility, in India, supporting electrification of freight and passenger transport, and inclusive climate action in cities to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and climate risks.
Anantha has almost 15 years of experience in sustainable transport, air quality, electric mobility, public transport, multi-modal integration, non-motorized transport, shared mobility, climate action and policy. She has actively worked with diverse stakeholders involving government, private organisations, academic institutions and international organisations on various climate change and sustainable transport projects. Prior to joining C40, she worked with the World Bank as a consultant, where she supported the development of transport sector implementation strategies for clean air management projects. She previously worked as a Research Scientist with the Center for Study of Science, Technology and Policy in the climate environment and sustainability sector, supporting energy, environment, and sustainability projects.
Anantha holds a PhD in Engineering specialising in sustainable mobility – urban public transport systems sustainability assessment from the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore (IISC) and a Master’s degree from the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi (IITD) in Transportation Engineering.
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).
Monitoring and Evaluation Manager, UCAP Climate Action Implementation Programme – Andrea serves as Monitoring and Evaluation Manager to C40’s UCAP CAI 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 is the Manager of the Net Zero Carbon Buildings Accelerator, providing support to signatory cities implementing ambitious actions to decarbonise buildings. He is responsible for tracking the progress of signatory cities and coordinating with the C40 networks in assisting cities in overcoming barriers to implementation. This includes providing expertise on global best practice approaches to building decarbonisation policies, from supporting cities in C40’s energy and buildings networks to assisting technical assistance programmes such as C40’s UCAP Climate Action Implementation Programme.
He previously served as Advisor for New Buildings, providing direct technical assistance to cities supporting the development of policies and programs to improve new building codes. In this role, he also supported C40’s Deadline2020 program delivering Climate Action Plans for cities across the network.
Before joining C40, Andrew was a Sustainability Consultant in a building services engineering consultancy, working in the UK development industry. Andrew was responsible for designing and implementing energy & sustainability strategies for a broad range of developments, including delivering low and zero-regulated carbon emission housing developments. He 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 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 and 2023.
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).
Anne-Marie is responsible for liaising with the Bloomberg Philanthropies Environment team on projects and activities related to C40 and Michael Bloomberg’s position as C40 Board President. She oversees the delivery of strategic projects, including the C40 x GCoM Bloomberg Philanthropies Joint Program, the UK and Inc Boards and runs the Executive Office. In this role, she cultivates strategic funder relationships and leads strategic operations across milestone events for C40.
She was the Head of Summit Delivery for the World Mayors Summit in 2022 in Buenos Aires and prior to that a diplomat for the Commonwealth Secretariat, leading on protocol, special projects and senior leadership support. She holds a BA in History with French from Queen Mary, University of London and a Masters in International Diplomacy from the School of Oriental and African Studies.
Anri Manderson serves as Network Manager in the Climate Solutions and Networks team, splitting time between the Sustainable Waste Systems Network and the Food Systems Network. She supports the delivery of both networks’ knowledge-sharing activities, also helping cities deliver on their commitments to the Pathway Towards Zero Waste and the Good Food Cities Accelerator.
Before joining C40, Anri worked in food systems across southern Africa, specifically building resilience in smallholder farmer systems. She has extensive experience in community and natural resource governance, building local economies, regenerative agriculture, and youth and female empowerment.
Anri holds a joint PhD in food policy from the Universities of Antwerp in Belgium and Stellenbosch in South Africa. She also completed an MPhil degree in Sustainable Development Management and Planning and a BA in Visual Communication Design, both at Stellenbosch University.