Stephen Otieno serves as Senior Manager, Climate Action Planning for Africa. His role is to support C40 cities under the CAP Africa Programme to finalize and deliver city climate action plans, and assist with post-CAP planning and mainstreaming actions.

Stephen joined C40 in 2018, initially working as the Food Systems City Adviser for Nairobi and later transitioning to coordinate C40’s food systems work in Africa as Regional Program Manager. He worked together with city officials and the C40 food team to scope and pilot a flagship regional node for African cities which initiated discussions, identified barriers and highlighted opportunities towards creating resilient and inclusive food systems strategies.

Prior to joining C40 Cities, Stephen was a Research Fellow at the East African Institute of the Aga Khan University, where he coordinated the implementation of a donor-funded project on Urban Food Systems in East Africa. He has previously worked at UNEP’s Department of Early Warning and Assessment (DEWA), the African Conservation Centre, and was a Visiting Research Scholar of the Faculty of Environmental Studies at York University, Canada.

Stephen holds a B.A in (Urban Planning) and an M.A in (Environmental Planning & Management) from the University of Nairobi. He is currently completing his PhD at the University of Nairobi, focusing on “Environmental performance of food systems,” funded by the Swiss National Research Foundation, University of Bern and CETRAD, Kenya.”