Salesforce Platform Specialist
United Kingdom

Sheriff Sanusi has dedicated his professional experience to helping organisations meet their objectives by supporting them to build and make efficient use of Salesforce platforms. He is based in the United Kingdom but is originally from Nigeria, with a background in MSC Business Information Systems.

Prior to joining C40, Sheriff Sanusi previously worked within the financial sector, medical research industry and the agricultural sector (AGCO), where he helped to improve and enhance Salesforce platforms. Sheriff brings experience working on multiple Salesforce platforms, including sales cloud, service cloud and experience cloud.

Modelling and Evaluation Manager
United Kingdom
Christina Xiao Modelling and Evaluation Manager

As C40’s Modelling and Evaluation Manager, Christina is responsible for assessing and reporting the impact of cities’ climate actions, including their wider economic, social, and health benefits.

Prior to joining, Christina was a public health researcher whose work focused on evaluating the impact of health policies at the intersection of urban design, sustainable transport, and physical activity promotion. In addition, she has worked as a consultant for local government and non-profit organizations, such as Sustrans and Impact for Urban Health. She also has experience as a health policy consultant within the Health Division of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development. Throughout her career, she has focused on issues at the intersection of health, environment, and climate change by assessing policies that promote both human health and environmental sustainability.

Christina holds a PhD in Epidemiology from the University of Cambridge, a Master of Public Health from École des hautes études en santé publique, and a BA in Public Policy from the University of Chicago. She enjoys running and cycling, photography, discovering new recipes, and improving her blind wine-tasting skills.

Senior Research Manager
United Kingdom

Christina is a Senior Research Manager at C40. She oversees the delivery of a wide range of research projects which accelerate and drive policy innovation in how cities tackle climate change.

Prior to C40, Christina was an associate at leading international engineering and sustainability consultancy Arup. Part of the leadership team for a group of 20 consultants specialised in research and analysis on climate-related topics, she worked on climate policy, carbon analysis, climate mitigation and resilience strategies for public and private clients.

Christina has a BSc degree in Physics and Philosophy from Manchester University as well as an MA in International Affairs with a specialisation in Resources and Sustainability from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva. Her Master’s research on South Africa’s national renewable energy policy was recently published in the Energy Policy journal.

City Finance Projects and Events Officer, C40 x GCoM Joint Program
South Africa

Cebo serves as the City Finance Projects & Events Officer within the C40 x GCoM Joint Program, focusing on the delivery of Finance Academies, giving technical assistance & researching as required.

Before joining C40, Cebo worked in the environmental/conservation sector in South Africa and the Southern African Development Community (SADC) focusing on water (IWRM), and biodiversity stewardship & mainstreaming. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Geography & Environmental Management & a Master’s in development studies from the University of Kwa Zulu Natal.

Manager, Energy Finance, City Finance Programme

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.

Climate Finance Pipeline Development Manager, C40 x GCoM Joint Programme
United Kingdom

Marcus serves as Climate Finance Pipeline Development Manager for the C40 and GCoM Joint Programme. He has a strong background in climate finance, having gained over five years of experience across roles in research and consulting. Most recently, he worked at E Co., a small consultancy based in London focused on all elements of project design. He has led the design and proposal development of multiple projects now approved by the Green Climate Fund across a broad range of sectors and geographies. He has previously worked at the Climate Institute, where he was responsible for producing research papers and policy briefs.

Marcus loves playing and watching all sports and is a long-suffering Arsenal fan.

Global Senior Manager, CFO Network for African Cities
United Kingdom

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.

Head of Finance Engagement and Partnerships, C40 x GCoM Joint Programme

Emilie serves as C40’s Head of Finance Engagement and Partnerships for the C40 x GCoM Joint Programme. She has 20 years of experience in the fields of diplomacy, sustainable urban development policies and finance, including 13 years in the French national administration. She was previously the Deputy Executive Director and Director of Programmes of the Global Fund for Cities Development – FMDV, a global network of local governments dedicated to urban financing. She designed and managed the work program (€35 million) and led strategic partnerships and global advocacy. In this position, she played a leading role in designing the subnational component of the Finance in Common Initiative (gathering 500 Public Development Banks), as well as in obtaining the recognition of innovative solutions for cities’ climate finance in the climate COPs agenda.

At the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs, she initiated and negotiated Sustainable Development Goal #11 on sustainable cities, represented the French government in UN fora and managed urban programs in Africa. She has been an Advisor at the Cabinet of the French Minister in charge of Urban policy in deprived areas. She has also been Head of the Environment office at the Prefecture of Seine-Saint-Denis (gathering 40 cities in the Paris metropolitan area). In this position, she oversaw the environmental regulation of 4000 industrial sites, as well as major urban development projects – Olympic facilities, Grand Paris Express (new metro lines) and the rehabilitation of polluted industrial sites.

Senior Manager, City Finance Programme
United States

Wanjiku Ngare is a Senior Manager in the City Finance Programme at C40. She is responsible for overseeing a portfolio of special projects and partnerships, supporting sectoral finance staff, program management, and supporting internal team strategy development and operations.

Wanjiku is a passionate urbanist with experience in management consulting and project finance. Prior to this role, she was an operations senior associate at Instiglio Inc and an associate management consultant at Dalberg Advisors. She worked on cross-sectoral projects for diverse clients, including large foundations, multilateral development banks, and bilateral development finance institutions. Her work spanned from identifying and addressing barriers in scaling the deployment of pico to microgrid solar in East African countries; to identifying key constraints to economic development in Kosovo. She began her career as a Project Finance Analyst at Sol Systems LLC, a leading renewable energy financier and developer in the United States.

Wanjiku holds a Bachelor’s in International Affairs from Georgetown University and a Master’s in Urban Planning from the Harvard Graduate School of Design.

Writer and Editorial Manager, C40 Knowledge Hub
United Kingdom

Erin MacDermott is the Writer and 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, Erin worked at the Institute of Development Studies (IDS) on research communications, media and policy, generating wider external engagement with research on inclusive trade, climate adaptation and digital inclusion in cities.

Previously Erin was based in Madrid, and worked at CrowdFarming, a start-up initiative supporting farmers to switch to more sustainable practices. She holds an MSc in Climate Change, Development and Policy from IDS, and a BSc in Economics and Politics from Bristol University.

Project Officer, Divest/Invest Forum
United Kingdom

Amaia is C40’s Divest/Invest Forum Project Officer, where she works closely with the Head of Sustainable Investment as part of the Climate Finance, Knowledge and Partnerships team. In this role, she supports cities with their commitments to divest financial assets from fossil fuel companies and champion investments in climate solutions.

Prior to joining C40, Amaia was at the Birmingham City Council, with a focus on various international projects with Birmingham’s sister cities and EU-funded projects. She also supported partners within the Commonwealth networks. While at the Council’s leading Brexit Programme, she collaborated closely with the UK Government Home Office.

Amaia is passionate about working with cities and building global relationships with partners, and has rich experience with city governments, NGOs, universities and local authorities.

Projects & Events Officer, UrbanShift Programme
United Kingdom

Conrad serves as Projects & Events Officer for UrbanShift, delivering the many events and deliverables the UrbanShift team oversee globally every year. Working with our partners UNEP, WRI, and ICLEI, he helps coordinate the smooth running of the team both internally and externally. Having joined C40 as a World Mayors Summit intern, Conrad supported the Head of Summit Delivery and the C40 Executive Office.

Prior to joining C40, Conrad produced radio and television for National Geographic, MTV and the Smithsonian, and has worked on large-scale events for clients including TikTok, BBC and Channel 4.

He has a degree in Communications from Goldsmiths University of London, specialising in Political Communications.

Head of Climate Budgeting

Catrin is Head of Climate Budgeting at C40, a new programme supporting cities to improve their governance systems to operationalise and deliver climate targets. Before joining C40, Catrin worked for the Climate Agency for the City of Oslo as the lead technical advisor on Oslo’s climate budget. Prior experiences include national emissions inventories and impact assessments at the Norwegian Environment Agency. Catrin holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology and a Master’s degree in Economics, specialising in development and natural resource economics, from the Norwegian University of Life Sciences.

Clean Construction Research Officer

Henrique Goes is C40’s Clean Construction Research Officer. In this role, Henrique works closely with both research and clean construction teams to assess the socioeconomic effects (jobs, equity and costs) of a transition to clean construction in cities.

Before joining C40, he served in the City Government of São Paulo as one of the directors of the Public Innovation Laboratory (011.lab), and he also was a policy advisor at the Special Ministry of Strategic Projects. In both instances, he worked to improve public service delivery in several agendas, such as environment, urban planning, education and health. Earlier on, Henrique worked for the South American Office of Article 19, researching and advocating for greater public accountability in environmental matters in Brazil. He has also served as a graduate consultant for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria as part of his MSc Program at LSE.
He holds a BSc in International Relations from the University of São Paulo, an MSc in Economic Development Management from the London School of Economics and Political Science, and is completing an MSc in Public Management at INSPER.

Project Officer, City-Business Engagement

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.

Senior Ecological and Wellbeing Economist
United Kingdom

Francesco is C40’s Senior Ecological and Wellbeing Economist, providing evidence and analysis for a progressive economic and policy narrative that supports the transformational change needed to achieve 1.5°C, equitable and resilient cities.

Prior to joining C40, Francesco worked as an economist for Homes England, the UK Government agency responsible for housing and urban regeneration, for PwC, a consultancy, and for the Mayor of London.

Outside of work, Francesco is a steering group member of the Finsbury Park and Stroud Green Neighbourhood Forum, helping to develop a design code and a Neighbourhood Plan for the local community.

Francesco has a MSc in Urban Economic Development from University College London and a BSc in European Economics from the University of Rome Tor Vergata.

Head of Sustainable Investment
United Kingdom
Lucy Auden - C40 Head of Investment

Lucy is C40’s Head of Sustainable Investment, responsible for the Divest/Invest Campaign, working to divest public pension schemes and assets from fossil fuels and invest in socially just, environmentally sustainable solutions.

Previously Lucy worked with the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL) as Senior Programme Manager of the Investment Leaders Group (ILG): a global network of pension funds, insurers, asset and wealth managers, with over USD 12 trillion AUM, working to unlock sustainable investment challenges through advocacy and applied research. Before CISL, Lucy was Head of ESG for Savills Investment Management.

Lucy has an MSc in Environment and Sustainable Development from University College London and spent time in Freetown co-producing sustainable urban development strategies with civic, government and academic stakeholders.

Qlik Platform Manager

Angel Monjarás is responsible for managing the Qlik data analytics platform, developing and maintaining analytic applications for internal use, and the C40 Knowledge Hub.

Prior to joining C40, Angel worked at two Qlik partner organisations and held many roles, including practice leader, solutions architect, training manager and product specialist.

Angel holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science and a Diploma in Business Intelligence. He is a part-time business intelligence teacher at ITAM (Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México) in Mexico City, a 2024 Qlik Luminary, and a 2022, 2023, and 2024 Qlik Academic Program Ambassador.

Head of City-Business Engagement
United Kingdom

Zöe is based in London and leads the City-Business Engagement team, supporting C40 Cities to engage with businesses at a local, regional, and global level to support the implementation of their climate action plans. The City-Business Engagement team leads the City-Business Climate Alliance programme and supports efforts to develop public-private collaboration.

Before joining C40, Zöe managed a capacity-building programme for the UK Government, providing technical support to national and local governments across 16 middle-income countries, raising climate ambition and reducing emissions. Prior to this, she led climate for the Urban Systems team at Innovate UK, bringing innovative businesses together with cities. She also worked on research and innovation policy for UKRI USA at the British Embassy in Washington DC. Zöe holds a BSc in Physical Geography from King’s College London and also studied at the University of Chapel Hill in North Carolina.

E-Bus Mission Manager, Africa
South Africa

Wilberforce Chege serves as C40’s TUMI E-Bus Manager for Africa, India, and Indonesia. In this role, Wilberforce works to support the deployment of electric buses in emerging markets, ensuring readiness for 100,000 e-buses by 2025.

Prior to joining C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group, Wilberforce’s worked with GreenCape Sector Development Agency in South Africa as a Senior Energy Analyst and Sector Lead, working on providing technical assistance and advisory on Sustainable Mobility and Energy Storage to cities, local governments, municipalities, and private sector clients and SMMEs. His previous career roles have included Technical Director, Project Manager, and Civil and Transportation Engineer, delivering on projects across Africa, Europe, and the Americas. He is also the author of several publications in Electric Mobility and Sustainable Transportation.

Wilberforce holds a Master of Engineering (M.Eng.) in Transport and a B.Sc. (Eng.) Civil Engineering degree from the University of Cape Town, with the research component conducted at the University of Twente in the Netherlands. He is also a Master of Business Administration (MBA) candidate with Project Management specialisation at the University of Edinburgh Napier in Scotland, UK. Wilberforce is a Net Zero Accredited Professional (Carbon, Water, Waste, and Ecology) by the Green Building Council of South Africa and was shortlisted as the Graduate Engineer of the Year finalist by the South African Institution of Civil Engineering (SAICE) in 2020.

Senior Project Manager, UrbanShift
United Kingdom

Viola serves as Senior Project Manager in C40’s UrbanShift team. She is responsible for many vital functions to support the tracking, coordination, budgeting, events and outcomes of C40’s participation in UrbanShift.

Before this role, Viola was the C40 Projects & Events Officer for the Financing Sustainable Cities Initiative (FSCI). She supported FSCI academies, forums, communication and knowledge management, and assisted cities in accessing vital finance to make their Climate Action Plans a reality. Previously, Viola worked with the C40 Measurement & Planning team as an intern.

Viola holds a Master in Sustainable Cities from King’s College London, where she focused her research on the benefits of urban nature on the human brain through neuroscience technology. She also holds a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Management.

Senior Research Manager
United States

Snigdha Garg serves as the Senior Manager, Adaptation Research and Integration. In this position, she is responsible for managing adaptation research projects of C40 and mainstreaming adaptation across C40’s projects and programmes. 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.

Head of Mitigation Research
United Kingdom

Markus Berensson serves as the Head of Mitigation Research at C40. In that role, he leads a team that actively supports urban climate action by analysing opportunities for cutting GHG emissions while simultaneously generating wider benefits such as reducing air pollution, improving health and creating good green jobs.

Before joining C40, Markus was a Political Advisor in Stockholm City Hall and a Senior Political Advisor in the Stockholm County Council, where he was involved in a wide range of reforms within the energy sector, urban planning and sustainable transport. Markus holds an MSc degree in Sustainable Urban Development from the University of Oxford.

Adaptation and Research Manager
United Kingdom

Neuni Farhad serves as Project Officer of Adaptation Research. She is responsible for identifying knowledge gaps in adaptation research and is currently working across several research projects to support cities in undertaking climate adaptation actions.

Before joining C40, Neuni completed her Master’s degree in Environment and Sustainable Development from University College London. During this, she worked on urban risk resilience through project based in Lima, Peru assessing urban development in the city’s coastal area with a focus on transport and governance.

Neuni previously interned at the UK’s Department of Energy and Climate Change as an Economist, working across several policy teams to pass legislation and quantify benefits of energy and climate change policies. She has also previously worked in the UK NGO sector on Women’s livelihood and empowerment projects across countries in South Asia and Africa with UK based charity Global One.

She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from the School of Oriental and African Studies in London and is fluent in Bengali.

Senior Manager for Climate Action, UrbanShift

Matheus serves as Senior Manager for Climate Action in C40 Cities’ UrbanShift team. His role is to build capacity and support UrbanShift cities to commit to more ambitious targets and accelerated climate action. He is leading the development of a City Academy module and regional training sessions on Integrated Climate Action Planning.

Prior to this role, Matheus was the C40 City Adviser for Salvador, Brazil, working from within the city hall to coordinate the development of the city’s first ever Climate Action Plan. Before joining C40, Matheus worked as Head of Future Cities for the UK Government in Brazil. He led the design and delivery of a £16 million Prosperity Fund program in smart transportation and water management, in collaboration with international partners such as the World Bank and UN-Habitat. He also worked as a project manager in areas such as climate-smart cities planning, sustainable mobility, urban infrastructure, solid waste management, and sustainable social housing in several Brazilian cities.

Matheus has a Bachelor’s degree in International Relations and a Master’s degree in International Development and Humanitarian Emergencies from the London School of Economics.

Head, C40 UrbanShift
South Africa

With over 10 years of experience in development and climate finance, Jessy brings a wealth of knowledge to her current role as the Head of C40 UrbanShift, a GEF-funded transformative initiative. Throughout her career, she has actively contributed to impactful projects, including climate finance initiatives and efforts to enhance energy access in rural areas of Sub-Saharan Africa. Prior to her current position, Jessy served as the Regional Engagement Manager for the C40 Cities Finance Facility (CFF), where she played a pivotal role in project preparation of climate-related infrastructure projects.

Through her current and previous work, she seeks to support the transition of African cities towards climate-compatible economies through integrated planning support, knowledge exchange, and access to global expertise and finance. Jessy’s passion lies in climate finance, recognizing its paramount importance in unlocking and accelerating the development and implementation of interventions to adapt and increase resilience to climate change in the region.

Committed to continuous learning, she pursued post-graduate studies at Yale’s Centre for Business and Environment and holds a Master’s degree from the University of Cape Town, South Africa.

Principal Finance Advisor
Benefits Research Senior Manager
United Kingdom

Honorine works as a Benefits Research Senior Manager, exploring climate actions’ social and economic impact on communities. Over the past years, she has supported more than 40 cities in assessing the health and climate impact of urban projects, from school retrofits in Copenhagen to coal power transition in South Africa, and urban transport planning strategies in Latin American cities. Honorine has both an architecture and sustainable urban engineering education in France. She has questioned the interaction of health and sustainability at a building scale through her work in sustainable architecture firms in Taiwan and Rotterdam.

Programme Manager, Air Quality Technical Assistance
United States

Helen leads the technical assistance part of C40’s Air Quality Program and works on deploying projects within cities in the areas of air quality monitoring, health impact assessment, air quality modelling, data analysis and policy development. Prior to this role, Helen led the Empowering Cities with Data Programme to support city governments to a) insitutionalise and transform their data management processes and systems and b) collect criticial data needed to develop and implement targeted policies across all sectors. She joined C40 in 2016 on the Research, Measurement & Planning team and previously worked on climate change, energy and transport policy at the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR). She holds an MSc in Environmental Technology from Imperial College London and a BSc in Natural Sciences from University College London.

City-Business Climate Alliance & UrbanShift Manager
United Kingdom

Emily serves as a Manager within the Business & Innovation team, working across both the City-Business Climate Alliance (CBCA) and the Sustainable Cities Impact Programme (SCIP). In this dual role, she facilitates the delivery of local and global city-business partnerships by conducting research, coordinating events and developing tools and guidance. Prior to this, Emily supported the Climate Action Planning Programme with internal coordination and communication, development of best practice and lessons learned from the different regional programmes as well as support in the development and dissemination of CAP resources. She also supported the C40 City Solutions Platform programme as an Intern in the Business and Innovation team. Emily has an MSc in Climate Change: Environment, Science and Policy from King’s College London, and previously completed a Bachelors in Natural Sciences at Nottingham University. During her degree, she worked as an Explainer at the Science Museum in London, was a presenter at BBC Eco Day in 2019 and completed an international climate entrepreneurship course with EIT Climate-KIC.

Knowledge Platforms Lead
United States

Daniel Samuels serves as Knowledge Platforms Lead at C40 in the Climate Finance, Knowledge and Partnerships team. In this position, he is responsible for the development and overall management of C40’s knowledge platforms and data, including C40’s primary public knowledge-sharing platform, The C40 Knowledge Hub. In this role, he is also responsible for mapping C40’s data across its systems. Prior to this, Daniel was a Project Analyst with the Clinton Foundation working on the C40-CCI (Clinton Climate Initiative) team, where he helped the first CCI intranet. 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, community service and sustainable development. Daniel holds a Bachelor in Economics and Social Sciences from Sydney University, Australia.

Head of UrbanShift

Diego is C40’s Head for UrbanShift. He is responsible for managing C40’s workstreams on urban growth, climate action planning, city finance and city-business collaboration. Before joining C40, Diego was Special Assistant to the CEO and Chairperson of the Global Environment Facility.

In his native Colombia, Diego built a strong career in the public sector. He served as Deputy Director of Subnational Public Finance at the Ministry of Planning, where he led several initiatives to build the capacity of Colombian cities on fiscal health, urban planning and sustainable development. At the Executive Office of the President of Colombia, Diego was a Monitoring & Evaluation Specialist for the social policy branch. Earlier in his career at the Bogotá City Hall, he worked for the first city-wide recycling program.

Diego holds a Master’s degree in Public Administration from New York University and a Bachelor’s degree in Government and International Relations from Universidad Externado de Colombia.

Programme Manager, Climate Action Planning, Europe, South & West Asia (Arup Secondee)

Elliott serves as the Programme Manager for the Climate Action Planning Programme in Europe and South & West Asia, within the Measurement and Planning Team. In this role, he is working directly with city officials across Europe, South and West Asia to help them develop Paris Agreement compliant climate action plans.

Elliott is currently seconded from Arup, where he works as a senior design engineer on projects across the built environment, working to develop innovative zero-carbon energy strategies for buildings, neighbourhoods and cities, as well as integrating the SDGs and circular economy principles into designs. Recent projects include working with Stockholm Royal Seaport on seasonal energy storage, developing metrics to measure the sustainability of new neighbourhoods for By & Havn, and the zero-carbon design for the UN17 Village in Copenhagen.

Elliott holds a first-class MEng degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Warwick, a Masters in Sustainable Development from the University of Cambridge, and a PhD from the University of Cambridge which examined how cognitive biases in workshops can limit rational decision making about the future.

Technical Adviser (Energy & Buildings / Waste)

Elizabeth serves as Technical Adviser for C40’s UCAP Climate Action Implementation (CAI) Programme in Africa. In this role, she provides technical assistance to the C40 cities of Accra, Addis Ababa, Dar Es Salam, Johannesburg, Lagos, Nairobi and Tshwane to develop climate action plans and begin implementing these plans in line with the Paris Agreement. Prior to joining C40, Elizabeth worked for ClimateCare as a Project Developer and Manager where she managed a couple of donor-funded programmes by UKAID including, “The CDM Support Project in Kenya”, under the Strengthening Adaptation and Resilience to Climate Change in Kenya (StARCK+) Programme. She has extensive climate change mitigation and adaptation experience including expertise in development projects in the areas of household energy and water. She has previously worked in the private sector engaging governments and other stakeholders in climate change consultancy. She was part of the team that developed Kenya’s 2nd National Climate Change Action Plan (NCCAP) to the UNFCCC in collaboration with IISD. She is an Afrika Kommt! Alumni (2018 -2020), having spent a year in Germany on a capacity building programme to foster sustainable economic cooperation between Germany and Africa. Elizabeth holds an M.A. in Environmental Planning and Management from the University of Nairobi and a B.A. from Kenyatta University.

Head, City Finance Programme
United States

Claire is Head of the City Finance Programme, a global initiative that supports investment in green infrastructure and adaptation projects.

Information and Knowledge Systems Manager
United States

Chris serves as Information and Knowledge Systems Manager at C40, where he aids in the development and maintenance of knowledge management platforms for the sharing of research, case studies, and best practices to foster C40’s mission. Chris began at C40 in 2013 as a contractor to assist the launch of the C40 Exchange, a knowledge-sharing portal and community for member city officials and C40 staff. He has also managed C40’s contact systems, which aim to improve member support and outreach. Prior to C40, Chris was Vice President of a family-run writing and publishing company that focused on producing biographies for business executives, and worked on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange for a market specialist. Chris holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Richmond, with a Finance concentration and added major in Economics.

Editorial Lead, C40 Knowledge
United Kingdom
Amy Kirbyshire

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.

Managing Director, Climate Finance, Knowledge and Partnerships
Picture of Andrea Fernández

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.