Senior Programme Manager, E-Bus Mission
South Africa
Lusanda Madikizela, Senior Programme Manager, E Bus Mission

Lusanda Madikizela serves as the Senior Programme Manager for the TUMI E-Bus Mission, supporting selected Deep Dive Cities with electric bus deployment, and ensuring readiness for 100 000 e-buses by 2025. Lusanda is an Urban Planner who has previously worked in various roles as a development planner, a property manager and as a transport planner.

In her longest role with a national government, she worked closely with different cities, supporting them with transport planning as well as the development and implementation of public transport plans and operations. Her experience also includes mega-event transport planning and management, as a previous project leader for transport operations for the 2010 FIFA World Cup, and working closely with transport operators, to establish a public transport operations company for Bus Rapid Transit.

Lusanda is a former non-executive Director of the Tshwane Housing Company, an affordable, social housing provider, and maintains a keen interest in the development and growth of this housing sub-sector in Africa. She has a BSc Hons in Urban and Regional Planning, a Master of Urban Studies: Urban Management, both from Wits University and a post-graduate Certificate in Executive Development. She enjoys travelling, viewing public/street art and architecture, and attending live music shows.

Project Officer, Zero Emission Bus Rapid-Deployment Accelerator (ZEBRA)
Brazil
Mariana Batista - C40 Project Officer, Zero Emission Bus Rapid-Deployment Accelerator (ZEBRA)

Mariana serves as ZEBRA Project Officer and is responsible for the many knowledge sharing activities, publications and events of the ZEBRA Partnership, as well as updates of the E-Bus Radar.

Prior to joining C40, Mariana worked for the UK Government in Brazil, acting as the programme manager for the Bilateral Future Cities Programme, a programme by the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO). She also worked for the UK Department for International Trade supporting the Defence and Security Industry in Brazil.

Mariana holds a BA in International Relations from São Paulo State University (UNESP) and is currently finalising an MBA in Sustainable Cities from Rio de Janeiro Federal University (UFRJ). She can speak Portuguese, English, and Spanish.

Senior Programme Manager, Zero Emission Freight
United Kingdom
Catherine Ittner - C40 Zero Emission Freight Senior Programme Manager

Catherine Ittner is Programme Manager for C40’s Zero Emission Freight programme, working to help cities overcome barriers to electrifying and decarbonising the freight sector.

Catherine brings nearly a decade of environmental experience to the role, with several years at Environmental Defense Fund covering a wide range of areas including clean energy, clean air and transport. Catherine led strategic communications for the Breathe London pilot, an ambitious project to map and measure the capital city’s air pollution in partnership with C40, the Mayor of London, Google and scientific experts. Her work also contributed to the passing of congestion pricing in New York City and Illinois’ groundbreaking Future Energy Jobs Act. Most recently, Catherine worked to transform maritime shipping into a clean, zero-emission industry that supports the deployment of renewable energy and reduces the current disproportionate health burden caused by air pollution.

Originally from Texas, Catherine has lived in Buenos Aires, Austin and New York City and now resides in London. She has a BA in International Studies and Sociology from the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill and a PRINCE2 Practitioner certification.

Programme Manager, Zero Emission Vehicles (Maternity cover)
United Kingdom
Roulin Khondoker Programme Manager, Zero Emission Vehicles (Maternity cover)

Roulin manages a portfolio of Zero Emission Vehicle projects at C40, and working alongside the ZEV project officer, oversees the delivery of the Zero Emission Vehicle Network. In her role, Roulin supports cities willing to decarbonise their transport sector and move away from polluting motorized transportation modes to clean alternatives.

Roulin’s professional background is in environmental science and policy, with a focus on air quality and climate change. Prior to joining C40, Mariola worked as the Electric Vehicle Policy Lead at the Greater London Authority (GLA) supporting London’s transition to a zero emission city. Before GLA, Roulin worked as a Senior Air Quality Officer at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs advising government and local authorities on developing Clean Air Zones, and prior to this role she worked in academia on the impacts of Earth’s geosystems on climate change in the UK, the South Atlantic, and the Amazon Rainforest.

Roulin holds a PhD in Environmental Geochemistry from Imperial College London.

Senior Manager, Land Use Planning
Kenya
Photo of Alice Kaumba photo, the C40 Senior Manager of Land Use Planning, in the Climate Solutions and Networks team

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.

Senior Technical Advisor, Air Quality and Health
Singapore

Vivian serves as Senior Technical Advisor for Air Quality and Health. As part of the Air Quality team’s technical assistance program, Vivian is responsible for coordinating in-house modelling, analysis, report writing, and public communication in support of the cities’ air quality planning and policy development, as well as strengthening connections within C40 and with key C40 partner stakeholders.

Vivian is an air pollution epidemiologist with over 13 years of research experience, focusing on air pollution/environmental health, urban health, chronic diseases and well-being, and “big data” quantitative research methods. Before joining C40, she worked at Vital Strategies, a global public health organization, where she made the case for addressing air pollution from a public health perspective, increasing commitment and capacity of key stakeholders to strengthen air quality management to promote public health, and informing the public about the risks of air pollution. She also has hands-on public health experience, working as an epidemiologist at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health in Boston, USA, and as a Principal Scientist at the National Environment Agency in Singapore. 

She holds a BSc in Biology from the University of Washington (Seattle, USA), a Masters in Public Health from Boston University (Boston, USA), and a PhD in Public Health from the Chinese University of Hong Kong (China). She is currently based in Singapore.

Air Quality Programme Officer
United States
Miranda Jakubek

Miranda serves as a Programme Officer with C40’s Air Quality team. Based in New York City, she supports the overall coordination and delivery of the programme, ensuring the air quality work is connected with other C40 programmes and networks, and working with external collaborators.

Before joining C40, Miranda worked at various organisations where her work focused on the intersection of public health and the built environment. This included collecting data and research on housing factors and the impact that housing upgrades could have on disease prevalence and creating an interactive map of the City of Camden, NJ, to examine the quality and availability of green spaces and other community features. After college, she worked as an intern with New York City’s Office of Climate Policy and Programs.

Miranda holds a degree in Public Health from Tulane University and a Graduate Certificate in Sustainable Cities and Communities from Harvard University.

Project Officer, Zero Emission Freight
United Kingdom

Naomi is the Project Officer for Zero Emission Freight, working to support the Programme Manager in network activities and Technical Assistance projects. Prior to joining C40, Naomi worked as a Research Assistant to an environmental consultant on food and agriculture policy in the UK, with a particular focus on agroecology and grasslands as a nature-based solution to climate change. Naomi holds an MSc in Environment and Development from the University of Edinburgh and a BA in English Literature and Spanish from the University of Birmingham. She is based in Edinburgh, Scotland.

Project Officer, Zero Emission Areas
South Africa
Senior Manager, Mass Transit
United Kingdom

Naomi leads on public transport in the Transportation and Urban Planning team. She manages the Public Transport Network, which aims to increase the share of trips taken by public transport in member cities, by supporting cities to make the case for and design policies that prioritise, improve and enhance public transport. She also collaborates with C40’s Campaigns team and the International Transport Workers’ Federation on The Future Is Public Transport campaign.

Prior to joining C40 Naomi worked at Transport for London where she developed policies, strategies and projects that aim to increase and improve walking, cycling and public transport journeys. She also has four years’ experience working in the UK Parliament and a BA in Economics and French.

Project Officer, Zero Emissions Vehicles
United Kingdom

Zoe works on the Zero Emission Vehicles network and grant funded projects, working closely with the ZEV Programme Manager and the rest of the Transport and Urban Planning team. This involves managing webinars and workshops for the network, working with cities to identify priorities and challenges in terms of ZEVs, and developing grant-funded projects to assist cities on specific barriers.

Previously, Zoe managed communications and events for London-based refugee charity Breadwinners and ran a local non-profit sharing cheap, local vegetable boxes with the student community. She also holds a MA in Conflict, Security and Development, specialising in sustainable development and environmental migration, and a BA in English, both from the University of Exeter, UK.

Project Manager, Air Quality Policy and Analysis
United Kingdom

Toby serves as Data Analyst for Climate Action and Air Quality, within the Measurement and Planning Team. In this role, he helps to build and operate models that allow cities to measure the greenhouse gas, air quality and health impacts of climate action and related initiatives. Previously Toby worked as an intern at C40, where he helped to build project-level emissions analysis methods and also supported C40 cities with a variety of data collection efforts. Prior to joining C40, he worked in France, Spain and the UK as an English Language Teacher. Toby has an MSc in Environment and Sustainability from Birkbeck College (University of London) and a BSc in Zoology from the University of St. Andrews.

Declaration Manager, Green and Healthy Streets
United Kingdom

William serves as Declaration Manager for C40’s Green and Healthy Streets Declaration. In this role, William coordinates C40 support towards Green and Healthy Streets Declaration signatories and tracks the implementation of the Declaration in cities, helping to accelerate implementation and achieve effective, ambitious and measurable outcomes on decarbonising transport in cities.

Prior to his current role, William was Benefits Research Officer in the Knowledge and Learning Directorate, where he supported cities with making the case for climate action through demonstrating the wider social and economic benefits. He also supported on a number of additional research projects, including The Case for a Green and Just Recovery released by the C40 Global Mayors COVID-19 Recovery Task Force, and Coal-free Cities: The Health and Economic Case for a Clean Energy Revolution.

Workshop Project Officer
United Kingdom

Yisum serves as the Workshop Project Officer for C40’s Global Initiatives team. She provides support in the effective and professional delivery of around 18 network workshops and side events per year. The workshops are mainly focused on sectoral-based initiatives, in particular: Adaptation, Waste & Water, Transportation, Buildings & Energy, Urban Planning & Development. Before joining C40, she worked in a variety of project management and business development within the policy, education and business sector. This includes coordinating multidisciplinary research projects at the Policy Institute at King’s, organising engagement events with policy stakeholders at Pearson and delivering executive education courses for international clients at LSE Enterprise. She was also placed on a volunteering scheme set up by the UK’s Department for International Development where she explored issues of climate change mitigation & adaptation, social wellbeing and sustainable urban development in Peru. Yisum holds an MSc in Environmental Technology from Imperial College London and a BSc in International Relations and History from the London School of Economics. She speaks English (fluent), Spanish (intermediate) and Mandarin (intermediate).

Director, Food and Waste
United States

Zachary Tofias serves as the Director of the Food and Waste Programme at C40. His work supports C40 cities’ transition toward regenerative resource management and reducing emissions through more sustainable consumption. The Food and Waste Programme is helping cities accelerate a worldwide transition to more effective municipal solid waste management, and the implementation of comprehensive solutions that reduce carbon emissions and increase resiliency throughout the urban food system.

Zach has been with the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group since 2007 in partnership with the Clinton Climate Initiative. Over the course of this time, he has been City Director in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, created and led the Climate Positive Development Programme, was the head of Urban Planning and Development, and recently was the Interim Director of Adaptation.

Since 2007, Zach has worked around the world with leading cities and the private sector on developing locally relevant solutions for replicable models of making cities more sustainable. Zach has a Master’s degree in Business Administration from Cornell University and a Bachelor’s degree from Middlebury College.

Technical Lead, Air Quality
United States

Zoë Chafe serves as Technical Lead for Air Quality at C40. In this role, Zoe provides technical guidance on air quality across C40 and leads C40’s air quality technical assistance program. Zoë has deep experience at the intersections of air quality, climate change, and human health. She served as Chapter Scientist for the Human Health chapter of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Fifth Assessment Report, and as a lead author of the Global Energy Assessment. As a consultant for the World Health Organization, she led a report on the air quality and health impacts of home heating with wood and coal. At the City of Oakland, California, she evaluated potential health and safety risks associated with the proposed handling of coal at a bulk commodities terminal. She also served on the research and communications staff of the Worldwatch Institute in Washington, DC.

Zoë holds a PhD (Energy and Resources) and MPH (Master of Public Health) from the University of California, Berkeley, as well as a bachelor’s degree in human biology from Stanford University. Her research has been supported by the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, the Young Scientists Summer Program at the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), and the Atkinson Postdoctoral Fellowship in Sustainability at Cornell University.

Technical Lead, Transport & Urban Planning
United Kingdom

Simon serves as Technical Lead for Transport at C40. In this role he provides technical expertise on transport and helps embed transport and urban planning programmes in cities’ climate action plans.

Prior to joining C40 Simon worked within the Transport Strategy team at Transport for London (TfL) on the development of air quality and environmental policy for the Mayors Transport Strategy and London Environment Strategy. He led the policy development for the T-Charge, the early introduction and expansion of the Ultra Low Emission Zone, the Mayor of London’s scrappage scheme for microbusinesses and charities, and TfL’s Zero Emission Zone guidance.

Simon holds an MSc in Transport Planning and Management from the University of Westminster and a BA in History from the University of Warwick.

Senior Manager, Food Systems
Italy

Stefania oversees the Food Systems Network as part of C40’s Urban Planning and Development Initiative. Before joining C40, Stefania worked as policy advisor and project manager at the Mayor’s Office of Milan (2011-2015), where she focused on the Milan Urban Food Policy Pact and overall Food Policy for the city. In particular, Stefania helped design both measures and served as a liaison for local and international stakeholders. Stefania also worked as a World Health Organization (WHO) consultant for policy alignment and aid coordination in the health sector in Moldova (2011-2014) and Tajikistan (2006-2009). She has a PhD in Institutions and Policies from UCSC, Milan, and a MSc in Political Economy of Late Development from the London School of Economics.

Senior Manager, Zero Emission Bus Rapid-Deployment Accelerator
United Kingdom

Thomas Maltese serves as Senior Manager for C40’s Zero Emission Bus Rapid-deployment Accelerator (ZEBRA) project, led by C40 Cities and the International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT). Working across different teams in C40 and partner organisations, Thomas will support C40 cities plan, finance and deploy electric buses. This will be initially done by working with Medellin, São Paulo and Mexico City, as well as the region’s leading city in this sector, Santiago, by creating best practice sharing opportunities for bus electrification in Latin America.

Prior to joining C40, Thomas kickstarted his career in the field of climate action at The Climate Group, as EV100 Project Coordinator, managing amongst other things relationships with EV100 members. EV100 is a global initiative bringing together companies committed to accelerating the transition to electric mobility from within their own operations.

Half-Italian and half-British, Thomas grew up in Italy and later graduated in Political Science from the Université Libre de Bruxelles in Belgium.

Programme Manager, Urban Flooding
Brazil

Pedro Ribeiro manages the Urban Flooding Network at C40 and works as the Acting Technical Lead for Urban Flooding advising the C40 Climate Action Plan Programme. He supports a network of global cities to identify, plan and implement projects to increase resilience to urban flooding impacts. The network is focused on four work streams: Governance and Holistic Water Management; Measuring and Monitoring Urban Floods; Flood Operations and Response; and Flood Reduction.

Before joining C40, Pedro worked at the Rio de Janeiro Resilience Office, where he worked on the development of Rio Resilience Strategy. In Rio’s Resilience Office, Pedro focused on the city’s urban climate vulnerabilities including Heat Waves, Drought, and Floods. Pedro was responsible for leading initiatives on Heat Waves, developing the first municipal urban heat map, and the Urban Water Resilience, developing Rio de Janeiro’s rainwater harvesting potential analysis (Reuse Map).

Pedro holds an environmental sciences degree at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro State, with a post-graduate degree in Ecological Landscape at the Pontifícia Universidade Católica of Rio de Janeiro.

Municipal Buildings and Energy Efficiency Data Manager
United Kingdom

Pegah is responsible for managing the C40 Municipal Buildings Efficiency Network, supporting cities in driving energy efficiency in the buildings which cities control, as well as providing cities with technical assistance on building energy data analysis that will inform and support ambitious policies. In addition, Pegah evaluates building energy efficiency scenarios in C40 Cities Climate Action Plans and produces building energy data related research pieces for C40 Knowledge Hub.

Prior to joining C40 Pegah worked for Siemens Global Centre of Competence for Cities as an Infrastructure Researcher. There Pegah worked on projects including C40’s Air Quality research, Digitalization and Industry 4.0 study, and an infrastructure overview project with Myanmar. Pegah is also an experienced web and graphic designer with expertise in data visualisation and communication. Pegah holds a Masters in Smart Cities and Urban Analytics from University College London and a BA in Architectural Engineering from Azad Tehran Central Branch, Iran. She speaks Persian and English.

Water Security Network Manager
South Africa

Rebecca oversees the Water Security Network as part of C40’s Adaptation Implementation Initiative. In this position, she is responsible for supporting city efforts to identify, plan and implement projects to increase their water security. Rebecca is experienced in water resource modelling, management, and stakeholder engagement. She is passionate about water, sustainability, climate resilience, the urban context, and the role they play in societal development. Rebecca’s work has given her experience across Sub-Saharan Africa; where she has been able to interact with people from diverse communities to develop climate adaptation and water management plans.

Rebecca holds a Master of Science in Water and Environmental Management from Loughborough University, United Kingdom, where her research focused on the application of bottom-up adaptation decision support for resilient water resource management and security in African cities. She also holds a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of Cape Town, South Africa. Rebecca is an accredited Chartered Water and Environmental Manager (C.WEM) and is fluent in English and French.

Programme Manager, New Building Efficiency
United Kingdom

Paul Cartwright serves as Programme Manager for New Building Efficiency. Paul is responsible for managing the New Building Efficiency Network supporting cities to accelerate actions to improve energy efficiency and achieve net zero carbon for new buildings, as well as managing technical assistance programmes, including the C40 South Africa Buildings Programme. Prior to joining C40, Paul was a Principal Consultant at BRE (Building Research Establishment), a building research and consultancy organisation in the UK. Paul led a multi-disciplinary team of sustainable building professionals delivering applied research and consultancy projects focused on improving the performance of buildings for both public and private sector organisations. Paul took key roles in delivering a number of building performance innovation projects including working with industry, public sector and academic partners to develop solutions for scaling-up the delivery of low carbon housing. He holds a Bachelors degree in Geography and International Relations from Lancaster University and a Masters degree in Urban Development Planning from University College London.

Programme Manager, Zero Emission Vehicles
Spain

Mariola manages a portfolio of Zero Emission Vehicle projects at C40 and with the ZEV project officer oversees the delivery of the Zero Emission Vehicle Network. In her role Mariola supports cities willing to decarbonize their transport sector and move away from polluting motorized transportation modes to clean alternatives. Mariola had previously launched and led C40’s Walking and Cycling Network. Mariola’s professional background is in strategy consulting. Prior to joining C40, Mariola worked as a Senior Manager for Dalberg Global Development Advisors advising governments, multilateral organizations, UN agencies and foundations on urban issues, such as mass transportation, from a social and economic development angle. Before Dalberg Mariola worked as a Senior Associate at The Boston Consulting Group (BCG) supporting Fortune 500 private sector companies in strategy design and implementation.

Mariola holds a Master in Public Administration by Columbia University (New York) and a Bachelors and Master in Business Administration by ESADE (Barcelona).

Programme Manager, Mobility Management
United Kingdom

Kate has a dedicated focus on the C40 Cities who have signed the Green and Healthy Streets Declaration and thus committed to establishing a significant area of their city as zero-emission by 2030. Kate has more than 13 years of experience as an economist and advocate for sustainable policy, working with decision-makers in the public sector to manage urban mobility and urban water supply in the context of global climate change. Prior to joining C40 Cities, Kate worked with Pegasys Strategy & Development in South Africa and PricewaterhouseCoopers in Australia and the United Kingdom.

Kate has a Master’s degree in Economics from University College London and a Bachelor’s degree in Politics, Philosophy and Economics from the University of Cape Town.

Technical Lead, Waste and Water
Mexico

Ricardo Cepeda-Márquez serves as C40’s Technical Lead for Waste and Water, where he is the senior expert covering the areas of solid waste, materials management, and urban water management, bringing attention and organizational coordination to the opportunities in GHG emission reduction in these sectors, including the importance of upstream interventions around prevention and reduction of waste, accelerating the transition of cities towards a sustainable materials management vision, the urgency to address methane emissions from landfills and wastewater and the importance of integrated urban water management in cities. Previously, Ricardo served as Head of the Waste & Water Initiative at C40. Before joining C40, Ricardo led the development of the Closure and Landfill Gas Utilization Project at Bordo Poniente, the now-closed Mexico City Landfill, a project that is estimated to reduce more than 20 M tons of GHG emissions in the next 25 years. Ricardo also worked as a Lead Engineer performing hydraulic safety analysis for oil pipeline systems for the Mexican Oil industry – PEMEX, and developing statistical analysis tools for rainfall and drought prediction for municipal planning.

Senior Manager, Knowledge and Reporting
United Kingdom

Ibtissam is the Global Initiatives (GI) and Global Platform for Sustainable Cities (GPSC) Project Officer at C40. Her role is to support the Global Initiatives team in delivering high quality network engagement and outputs across GI’s programmes and initiatives, and coordinate with the Governance & Partnerships team to support knowledge sharing activities and engagement from the Global Initiatives team in GPSC activities. Prior to joining C40, Ibtissam served in several project support roles in the non-profit sector. Most recently, she worked at ClientEarth as a Programme Officer, supporting the work undertaken by the Climate & Forests team across the EU and in West and Central Africa. She also gained experience working in project management and business development in the private sector. Ibtissam holds a Masters degree in Business Administration and Management from the University of Bordeaux and a Bachelors degree in Economics, Law and Management from the University of Rouen.

Technical Lead, Energy & Buildings
Greece

Irene Skoula serves as the technical expert on Energy and Buildings helping C40 cities deliver ambitious actions in line with the goals of the Paris agreement, specifically through initiatives to deliver zero carbon new buildings by 2030 and all buildings by 2050 and increase low carbon energy supply as part of the global grid decarbonization required by 2050. She previously managed the Clean Energy Network at C40, which is focused on supporting cities plan and implement ambitious low carbon energy programs for electricity, heating or cooling that will help them reduce their greenhouse gas emissions. Irene has also acted as an interim network manager for private building efficiency and was previously the C40 City Advisor for the City of Athens, where she facilitated the delivery of the first GPC-compliant GHG inventory for the city and a fully‐integrated Climate Mitigation and Adaptation Action Plan.

Before joining C40, Irene was the Head of the Department for Environmental & Energy Projects in one of the biggest consultancy firms in Greece. For more than 10 years, she worked with Greek and European local authorities for the development and implementation of sustainable energy action plans.

Irene holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Physics from the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens and a Master’s degree in Environment and Sustainable Development from the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA).

Director, Air Quality
United States

Iyad Kheirbek serves as Director, Air Quality at C40, and is responsible for the development and delivery of C40’s global air quality strategy. Prior to joining C40, Iyad spent a decade working on air quality, climate, and public health issues with the City of New York, most recently serving as the Executive Director of the Air Quality programme at the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. In that role, Iyad was responsible for leading the New York City Community Air Survey, the largest ongoing urban air monitoring program in the US, and led research and policy analysis to support development and implementation of New York City’s air quality and climate agendas. Prior to joining the New York City, Iyad worked as an environmental scientist for the nonprofit NESCAUM, assisting States in the Northeastern US in developing air quality and climate programmes. Iyad has an MS in Environmental Health from University of Washington in Seattle and a BA from Tufts University.

Director of Urban Planning and Design
France

Hélène Chartier is the Director of Urban Planning and Design at C40. The team she leads develops programs and activities that support cities to accelerate sustainable and resilient urban planning policies and design practices.

Her team leads the C40 Land Use Planning network which supports cities to institutionalise climate action through urban planning regulations; the Reinventing Cities competition that delivers decarbonised and resilient urban regeneration projects; as well as the Green and Thriving Neighbourhoods program and C40’s workstream on 15-minute City.

In the past, Hélène was an advisor to the Mayor of Paris, Anne Hidalgo. She also worked for the Paris Urbanism Agency and the global consulting firm, Arup. Helene has a Master’s degree in Science and Engineering from the Ecole Centrale, with a specialisation in building and civil engineering. In the past 15 years, Helene has lived and worked in Paris, London and New York.

Programme Manager, Private Building Efficiency
United Kingdom

Frankie Downy manages the Private Building Efficiency Network at C40, where she works with cities to accelerate implementation of energy efficiency measures in private sector buildings. Prior to C40, Frankie worked as a Development & Project Manager for International Programmes at the Energy Saving Trust. There she managed several European Commission funded energy efficiency and renewable energy programmes that worked with industry, civil society, national and international agencies throughout Europe. Frankie also chaired a working group for EU member state governments on sharing best practice on effective ways to implement the Renewable Energy Sources Directive. She has a Master’s degree in Climate Change from the University of East Anglia and a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Geoscience from Cardiff University.

Senior Manager, Sustainable Waste Systems
United Kingdom

Gisela Provasi serves as Senior Manager for the C40 Sustainable Waste Systems Network, supporting C40 cities in emissions mitigation in the waste management sector and building resilience and equity through their municipal waste management systems. Gisela’s work is mainly focused on cities in the Global South regions, working on topics such as achieving universal collection and safe disposal and diversion of organics and recyclables from landfills for treatment.

Gisela also acts as a youth mentor at Youth Climate Leaders, has completed training with The Climate Reality Project and is a lawyer registered at the Brazilian attorney association (OAB/SP).

She holds a law degree from the University of Sao Paulo and a master’s degree from Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne in Sustainable Development, Environmental Management and GIS (DDMEG). Gisela speaks Portuguese, English, French, Spanish and has been learning Arabic MSA.

Director, Transportation
United Kingdom

Gunjan Parik serves as Director for Transportation at C40. Prior to joining the C40, Gunjan worked at Transport for London (TfL), most recently as the Head of Paralympic Transport and Accessibility, where she was responsible for ensuring TfL capacity to operate a robust transport network able to meet the unique challenges of the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. She also worked as a Senior Associate at the TfL Policy Unit where she served as an advisor on issues of strategic importance for TfL. Previously, Gunjan was based in India where she worked as a Senior Consultant for Pricewaterhouse Coopers, working across a range of government institutions at local and national levels. Gunjan holds an Masters of Science in Management and Regulation of Risk, and an Master’s of Science in Information Systems, both from the London School of Economics.

Reinventing Cities Project Officer
United Kingdom

Costanza is the Reinventing Cities Officer. She graduated from UCL with an MSc in Environment & Sustainable Development and has a background in Environmental Engineering.

She has worked in marketing and communication in London and has first-hand experience in cities of China, Argentina and Western Africa. Recently, she was part of a research group in Freetown, working with local communities to tackle daily challenges and risks in informal settlements. Costanza is Italian but she can speak five other languages including Spanish, French, some Portuguese and a little Mandarin too.

Programme Manager, Clean Energy
United Kingdom

Constant is Programme Manager for Clean Energy. In this role, he manages the Clean Energy Network and supports cities to plan and implement ambitious energy programmes that aim at decarbonizing electricity, heating and cooling. Before that, he held various roles focusing on power sector decarbonisation and sustainable urbanisation. As a campaign manager, he helped to double the number of global companies committing to 100% renewable power through The Climate Group’s RE100 initiative. He also worked as an analyst at CIFF – one of the world’s largest philanthropic organisations working on climate change. He started his career working for various French environmental public institutions after a Master in Public Affairs from Sciences po Paris and an MSc in Environmental Technology from Imperial College London.

Director, Transportation
Sweden

Daniel serves as Director for Transportation at C40. He has 20 years’ experience of leading transport strategy, policy, and planning including 16 years working for the city and regional governments in London, Stockholm and Vancouver.

As a director at TransLink, the regional transportation agency in Vancouver, he was responsible for a study of mobility pricing in 2016, as well as feasibility studies for major public transport expansions. As chief strategy officer for transport at the City of Stockholm, he was project manager for the Urban Mobility Strategy and managed the implementation and amendment of the city’s congestion tax system. At Transport for London, he worked on the implementation of the congestion charge and low emission zone.

Daniel has a degree and masters in Town Planning, having studied at the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, UK and the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm.

City Adviser, Accra
Ghana

Desmond C. Appiah, C40 City Advisor was the Chief Resilience & Sustainability Advisor to the Mayor of the City of Accra at the Accra Metropolitan Assembly. He coordinated all city programs aimed at ensuring sustainable city development in areas pertaining to climate change, waste management, road safety, disaster planning and management, with a charge to integrate management structures for enhancing sustainable urban development. Desmond is an advisor to the Mayor of Accra on sustainability.

With over 20-years’ experience in sustainability-related projects in manufacturing, academia, forestry, mining, agro-business, and commercial sectors across Europe, USA and Africa, Desmond is the founded Sustainable Ghana Limited, an innovative health, safety, quality and environmental management firm which has supported several small and medium scale industries to assess and develop proactive management approaches to risks in HSEQ.

Desmond holds an MSc (Energy and Sustainable Development) from De Montfort University, Leicester UK, an MS (Environmental Protection & Safety Management) from St. Joseph’s University, Philadelphia USA, a BA (Hons) (Geography and Resource Development) from the University of Ghana, a PG Certificate (Group Crisis Intervention) Critical Incidence Stress Management and a First Certificate in Food Safety from The Royal Institute of Public Health. He is a trained Health & Safety, Quality and Environmental Management Systems Auditor and a Trainer. Desmond enjoys politics, the great outdoors and sports (football & boxing).

Senior Manager, Air Quality
United Kingdom

Dolly serves as C40’s Network Senior Manager for Air Quality. Previously, Dolly worked for the Mayor of London, where, as a Senior Policy Officer, led a flagship project for the European Commission, Hydrogen for Innovative Vehicles (HyFIVE) under two political administrations. Coordinating global vehicle manufacturers, Dolly was at the forefront of developing solutions to improve air quality and mitigate climate change in London and other major European cities, through implementing a network of zero-emission vehicles and hydrogen refuelling stations. Dolly concurrently managed air quality communications for the Mayor’s environment team, promoting the T-Charge and Ultra Low Emission Zone policies, including the delivery of London’s Low Emission Bus Zones and School Air Quality Audit programme. As part of her commitment to engage communities, Dolly created the annual ‘Hydrogen Week’ social media campaign in 2014, which at first originated as a movement within City Hall, and is now thriving with events taking place nationwide. Dolly is learning to speak Swedish and has an interest in urban design having recently contributed to Arup’s ‘Cities Alive: Designing for Urban Childhoods’ report.

Declaration Manager, Clean Air Cities
United Kingdom

Eduardo serves as the C40 Clean Air Cites Declaration Manager. In this role, he works to drive forward the implementation of the declaration to strengthen air quality management in cities. Previously at C40, Eduardo was the Programme Officer for Air Quality, where he was responsible for assisting the overall coordination and delivery of the programme.

Before joining C40, Eduardo worked for UN-Habitat in their Bogotá office as part of the Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean. He participated in the development and management of projects within the “Urban Planning and Design”, “Urban Environmental Quality, Climate Change and Resilience” and “Urban Economy and Innovation” lines of work. Before that, Eduardo collaborated with Miljøpunkt, an NGO that works on social and environmental sustainability at the local level in the city of Copenhagen. He has also worked with the University of Málaga (Spain), where he conducted research focused on the promotion of sustainable systems in cities through the development of synergies between wastewater treatment plants and biomass production.

Eduardo holds a Degree in Environmental Sciences from the University of Málaga (Spain) and a Master of Science in Engineering of Sustainable Cities from Aalborg University (Denmark).

Director, Climate Action Engagement and C40 Copenhagen Office
Denmark

is the Director of Climate Action Engagement. In this post, she works across the teams of Climate Solutions and Networks (CSN) and Climate Finance, Knowledge and Partnerships (CFKP) to maximise programme delivery and impact. Emilie also leads the Copenhagen office and oversees regional activities and relations.

Emilie has been with C40 since 2016 with various responsibilities in the Executive Director’s office and as Head of the C40 World Mayors Summit 2019. Prior to joining C40, Emilie worked on cities and climate action in the City of Copenhagen, Danish Ministries and in the Danish green think tank Monday Morning. Emilie is based in Copenhagen and has an MSc in Political Science from the University of Copenhagen and an MA in Cities/Urban Geography from Kings College London.

Climate Solutions & Networks Team Officer
United States

Emily serves as the Climate Solutions & Networks Team Officer where she manages the overall Climate Solutions & Networks team coordination. In this role, she supports and tracks communication and knowledge materials for the team. Before this position, Emily worked as the Communications & Events Intern for C40 where she has provided logistical and administrative support for the Global Youth and Mayors Forum, collected and organized content for the new c40.org, and collaborated on technical working groups.

Prior to joining the C40 team, Emily earned her Master’s degree at Columbia University in the Climate and Society program studying the intersection of climate science and communication. As a graduate research assistant, she worked for the Columbia World Projects, ACToday Senegal, to research the effects of climate variability and change on food security. Before graduate school, she worked in Angers, France with the Teaching Assistant Program in France (TAPIF) and spent two summers interning with the United States Forest Service. Emily has a BA in Global and International Studies with a focus in human rights and a BS in French and Francophone Studies.

Director, Transportation
United Kingdom

Caroline serves as Director for Transportation at C40. Previously, Caroline worked at environmental behaviour change charity Global Action Plan where, as a Partner, she led their Air Quality Portfolio. Working with local authorities, cities, and the NHS, Caroline designed and delivered programmes to protect health and reduce dangerous air pollution. Prior to this, Caroline was Strategy Manager at the Energy Saving Trust managing electric vehicle research and delivery programmes. At EST she worked with business fleets to increase uptake of low carbon vehicles, and chaired the Low Emission Vehicle Partnership car working group and the European Energy Network’s Transport Working Group. Caroline has also worked as Policy Advisor in the UK’s Environment Agency and as a Researcher to a Member of the UK Parliament. Caroline has a masters degree in Environmental Politics from Keele University.

Managing Director, Climate Solutions and Networks
United Kingdom

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.

Programme Manager, Clean Construction
United Kingdom

Cécile Faraud manages the C40 Clean Construction Programme, which supports cities cities in driving zero carbon construction by 2050, with a focus on reducing carbon from materials and machinery. Prior to C40, Cécile managed the London City-Business Leaders initiative at CDP, aimed at aligning the city and businesses climate ambitions and actions. The partnership comprises the Greater London Authority, 11 global companies operating in London such as Tesco, Sky, Siemens and Landsec, and NGO partners CDP, C40 and The B Team. She had previously shaped and led the Circular Economy programme for the city of Peterborough (UK), authoring blogs on the Circular Economy. She has also worked, when based in Bangkok, on French and South-East Asian collaboration for sustainable development and cross-cutting regional issues.

She holds a MSc in Environment and Sustainable Development from University College London (UCL) and Master’s degrees in International Relations and Geography from IRIS Sup’ (France) and the Sorbonne respectively.

Clean Construction Senior Advisor
Norway

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.

Technical Adviser, Climate Action Planning, Latin America
Mexico

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).

Declaration Manager, Net Zero Carbon Buildings
United Kingdom

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.

Program Manager, Green Ports
United States

Alisa leads the development of C40’s new Green Ports Forum, 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 ports efficiency program 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.

Head of Adaptation Implementation and Water
United States
Amanda Ikert

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.