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.
Emma believes urban planning is vital for creating green, resilient and thriving cities. In her role as Manager for Urban Planning and Adaptation Integration, Emma works across C40’s Urban Planning and Design and Resilience teams to provide integrated technical support to C40 cities. Emma is responsible for working with cities and across C40 teams and programmes to mainstream climate adaptation through urban planning.
Prior to joining C40, Emma spent three and a half years at built environment consultancy Arup. There she developed her technical expertise in urban planning for adaptation (and mitigation) through projects working for municipal authorities and international development institutions in the United Kingdom and abroad. She is experienced in advising local governments on how to translate local climate objectives and global best practices into ambitious planning policies.
Emma is an Associate of the Royal Town Planning Institute (AssocRTPI) and holds First-Class degrees from the London School of Economics (MSc Environment and Development) and the University of Oxford (BA Geography).
Elyse is the Senior Programme Manager for Green Shipping and Ports, where she is responsible for engaging and promoting shipping and port decarbonization. She has experience working with both public and private stakeholders at the intersection of international collaboration, climate risk, and green shipping corridors.
Prior to joining the C40 team, Elyse managed decarbonization projects with the First Movers team at the Global Maritime Forum. She was a key contributor to the Zero-Emission Shipping Mission’s Blueprint for Future Ports Programme, and part of the team driving the Poseidon Principles initiatives.
Originally from the midwest US, Elyse now lives in Copenhagen, Denmark. She has a BA in Global Studies from Appalachian State University in North Carolina and an MSc in Security Risk Management and Environmental Governance from the University of Copenhagen.
Pedro Bastos serves C40 as the Transformative Urban Mobility Initiative (TUMI) E-bus Mission Manager in the LATAM region, engaging cities in Brazil, Mexico, and Colombia transitioning to electromobility in their bus-based public transit systems.
Before joining C40, Pedro worked for the Institute of Transportation and Development Policy (ITDP) as a public transport analyst in Brazil. Prior to ITDP, Pedro helped create and launch the E-BUS RADAR platform when he belonged to the Laboratory of Sustainable Mobility team (at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, UFRJ).
Pedro holds a BA in Public Administration and a Master’s degree in Urban Planning from the UFRJ. He is now a PhD candidate in Urban Planning at the same university, investigating innovative political arrangements for low-carbon public transit systems in Brazilian cities. In addition, Pedro is an urban photographer in his spare time who loves cooking and cycling.
Isabelle is the Schools Reinventing Cities with Minecraft Manager within C40’s Urban Planning and Design team.
In this role, she works closely with cities and Minecraft Education to launch the first year of the Schools Reinventing Cities competition, which aims to empower young people to find tangible solutions for a more sustainable and resilient urban future. Solutions from this competition will be created within a virtual Minecraft representation of each city.
Prior to C40, Isabelle was working as an urban researcher at the Mori Memorial Foundation Institute for Urban Strategies in Tokyo. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Geography [International] from the University of Leeds and a Master’s degree in International Planning from UCL.
Alejandro is an architect and urban planner with relevant experience setting resilience plans for vulnerable communities. As C40’s Water Programme Officer, Alejandro is responsible for coordinating and managing the second phase of the Water Safe Cities Project delivery, which aims to reduce water-related climate risk.
Prior to joining C40, he lectured on slum upgrading strategies and developed several urban regeneration schemes in the Global South. His most recent work was setting up a Mobility Plan for Medellín city (Colombia), seeking to prioritize pedestrians, cyclists, and public transport in street design.
Alejandro studied architecture at two regional universities: Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana (Colombia) and Universidad Catolica (Chile). Afterwards, he won a Chevening scholarship targeted at local leaders that allowed him to study for a Master’s degree in International Planning and Sustainable Development at the University of Westminster (United Kingdom).
Alejandro enjoys sketching urban landscapes, practising yoga and visiting local markets.
Victor Indasi is C40’s Programme Manager, African Cities for Clean Air. He is responsible for managing the programme’s work in C40’s 13 African cities. He works closely with city staff, the C40 Regions Team (Africa), the global Air Quality Programme, and C40 partners to evaluate the current landscape of air quality activities in C40 cities, identify barriers, city needs, and priorities, and contribute to the ongoing development of C40’s air quality strategy for Africa.
Prior to joining C40, Victor worked for United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the continental intergovernmental organization ACMAD and the regional intergovernmental organization ICPAC. He has also consulted for various international organizations, including Conservation International, The Stimson Center, Environment for Development (EfD) and Aeolius Wind Systems (AWS). Victor holds a Bachelor of Science degree (University of Nairobi, Kenya), a Doctoral degree focusing on wind energy (Curtin University, Australia) and postdoctoral research experience in Climate Change (University of Cape Town, South Africa).
Ekaterina (Katya) Guryeva serves as Team Delivery Officer, Climate Solutions & Networks, at C40. As a key part of her role, she supports CSN teams in coordinating and delivering workshops, webinars, study tours and other core services to C40 cities. Prior to this, Katya was an Events intern at C40, supporting the delivery of the 2022 World Mayors Summit.
Before joining C40, Katya served as Research and Analyst intern at IDeA Foundation Armenia, where she researched the development and financing of urban green space in Yerevan. She has also worked on social impact projects in Russia and Armenia, including co-founding the youth arts camp Caucasus Connect.
Katya holds a BA in European Social and Political Studies from UCL, specialising in Urban Planning, Danish and Spanish. As part of her degree, she also spent a year at the University of Copenhagen studying Landscape Architecture and Urbanism at Master’s level.
Yana serves as Project Manager within C40’s Ports and Shipping team. She coordinates the Green Shipping Corridors work of C40, aimed at decarbonizing global maritime transport, reducing emissions from ports and ships, and promoting green infrastructure development and broader sustainable shipping practices.
Before joining C40, Yana worked in an environmental non-profit in Brussels, lobbying the EU for the adoption of ocean protection legislation. For many years, her work in Europe was centred around EU and French advocacy, campaigning, as well as citizen empowerment and mobilization. She is the co-author of 3 studies on eco-anxiety.
Yana holds a Bachelor’s degree in International Relations and a Master’s in European Affairs. She speaks English, French, Russian and Dutch.
Sachin serves as C40’s Director of Climate Resilience. He oversees C40’s adaptation programmes and activities, including urban heat, water and urban nature.
Previously, Sachin worked in Arup’s International Development and Urban Design Departments for thirteen years. Sachin has a Bachelor’s degree in Architecture from Mumbai University and a Master’s degree in Urban Design from Harvard University.
Camille serves as C40’s Manager for Urban Planning and 15 Minute City. She is responsible for the Green and Thriving Neighbourhoods programme, which empowers and supports cities to implement the 15-minute city principles and ambitious net-zero neighbourhoods.
Prior to joining C40, Camille worked as an intern in the research team of the UCLG World Secretariat in Barcelona. She was involved in the publication of the 6th report of the Global Observatory on Local Democracy and Decentralisation (GOLD VI) on pathways toward urban and territorial equality. She also took part in the annual report for the UN High-Level Political Forum on the localisation of SDGs. She has experience working for architecture firms both in France and the United States as an intern.
Camille holds a Master’s in Governance of Ecological Transitions from Sciences Po Paris, and a Master’s in Architecture.
Disha is C40’s Senior Programme Manager for Clean Energy. In this role, she 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, she held various roles focusing on energy efficiency and clean energy transition.
Prior to joining C40, Disha was at the International Energy Agency where she was the energy efficiency coordinator for India. In this role, Disha worked on a wide range of topics including buildings, industrial and transport energy efficiency, and supported the IEA in developing the roadmap for energy-efficient residential buildings in India-timelines towards net zero buildings and construction, developing a policy package for mainstreaming energy efficiency in the textile sector. She also supported the IEA in drafting an energy-efficient stimulus recovery plan for India.
Disha holds a Master’s degree in Energy Systems from the Indian Institute of Technology and is an electrical engineering graduate.
Priyanka serves as Project Officer for C40’s Reinventing Cities Programme within the Urban Planning and Design team. She has a background in Sustainable Design and holds an MSc in Environmental Design and Engineering from University College London. Prior to joining C40, she worked as a Sustainability Consultant, where she collaborated with design teams to integrate passive design strategies as well as renewable technologies into building designs.
Alongside her previous role, Priyanka worked as a Community Engagement Officer at Energy Garden, where she supported community groups in South London to deliver resilient projects such as community gardens to grow food and enhance biodiversity within London Overground Stations.
Pepe manages C40’s Walking and Cycling Network, which supports cities around the globe to unlock the potential of active mobility.
Pepe brings over a decade of experience working across the consulting industry, government agencies and international organizations. Prior to joining C40, Pepe worked at Transport for London (TfL), where he was leading the update of the London Cycling Action Plan setting a vision for cycling in post-pandemic London. Before joining TfL, Pepe was based in the international development team at ICF in London, where he worked on projects in urban resilience, disaster risk management and spatial planning. While at ICF, Pepe was involved in projects supporting earthquake reconstruction and resilience in Nepal, proposing recommendations to the spatial system to reform the urban planning system in the Kyrgyz Republic, and supported the UK government in designing a global £80 million investment in urban development.
Pepe holds a Master’s in Urban Policy from the London School of Economics and Sciences Po, and a Bachelor’s in Political Science from Sciences Po.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Celeste serves as Urban Climate Resilience Manager for the Adaptation team. In this role, she is responsible for ensuring coordinated management of a portfolio of activities and projects to achieve the overall objectives of the Climate Resilience programme within C40. Previously, Celeste served as Programme Officer for the Climate Action Implementation team, supporting programme management, planning and coordination across teams.
Before joining C40, Celeste was part of the UN-Habitat team in Lao PDR, where she contributed through project and programme management to expand the organisation’s portfolio in the country. She engaged in several projects linked to addressing climate change impact through adaptation and mitigation strategies, working closely with the government, donors, and development partners.
Celeste holds a Degree in Architecture, with a specialisation in Urban Planning, and an MSc in International Cooperation from the International University of Catalonia, Spain.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Pegah is responsible for the C40 Healthy and Efficient Buildings Program, an innovative approach aimed at supporting cities to develop and implement building decarbonization actions that increase the health of their occupants, reduce energy use and create green jobs.
Pegah previously managed C40 Municipal Buildings Efficiency Network, supported cities in driving energy efficiency in their municipal assets, as well as provided cities with technical assistance on building energy data analysis that would inform and support ambitious policies. In addition, Pegah evaluated building energy efficiency scenarios in C40 Cities Climate Action Plans and produced 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 data visualisation and communication expertise. Pegah holds a Masters’s in Smart Cities and Urban Analytics from University College London and a BA in Architectural Engineering from Azad Tehran, Iran. She speaks Persian and English.
Rebecca Ilunga is the Head for Adaptation Research and Performance at C40. In this role she is responsible for developing science-based research on urban adaptation climate action; measuring adaptation success, tracking through KPIs and adaptation data management & assessment, to help cities build their climate resilience. Previously she managed the Water Security Network as part of C40’s Adaptation Implementation Initiative. In this position, she was 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 globally; where she has been able to interact with people from diverse communities to develop climate adaptation and water management plans.
Oliver is the Sector Knowledge Manager for C40’s UKAID CAI programme, where he supports the transport, energy and buildings and waste teams to provide state-of-the-art technical sectoral support to strengthen the relevance and impact of the climate actions that cities will undertake as part of the UKAID programme.
He has previously served as Project Manager, Sustainable Transport for the C40 Cities Finance Facility (CFF), where he managed the creation and dissemination of knowledge to support sustainable transport deployment in cities. Before C40 Oliver worked as a campaign manager for a political party and continues to work as a SCUBA diving instructor in both Malta and the UK. Oliver holds a Master’s degree in Climate Change from the University of East Anglia during which he worked with local authorities to identify the most appropriate GHG inventories to encourage meaningful emissions reduction and a Bachelor’s degree in Zoology from the University of Manchester.
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.
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).
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.
As Senior Manager, Knowledge and Reporting, Ibtissam is responsible for leading several strategic projects which allow C40 to demonstrate city action, including reporting, data tracking and knowledge projects across the Climate Solutions and Networks team.
Ibtissam has been with C40 since 2018 with various responsibilities. She previously supported the CSN team in delivering high quality network engagement and outputs. She also supported C40’s work as part of the GEF-funded Global Platform for Sustainable Cities programme to deliver knowledge-sharing and capacity development activities in cities working on urban sustainability issues.
Prior to joining C40, Ibtissam 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 Master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Bordeaux and a Bachelor’s degree in Economics, Law and Management from the University of Rouen.
Irene Skoula serves as the Director of the Energy and Buildings Programme at C40. In that role, she leads a team that actively supports cities in implementing ambitious building energy efficiency initiatives and catalyzing the cleaning up of the energy supply in line with a 1.5°C climate mitigation target. She has previously acted as the Technical Lead for the Energy & Buildings team, 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 has also previously managed the Clean Energy Network at C40, which is focused on supporting cities plan and implement ambitious low carbon energy programs for electricity, while she has also acted as an interim network manager for Private Building Efficiency. As C40’s former City Advisor for the City of Athens, 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).
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.
Hélène Chartier is the Director of Urban Planning and Design at C40. The team she leads develops programmes 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, which delivers decarbonised and resilient urban regeneration projects; as well as the Green and Thriving Neighbourhoods programme and C40’s workstream on 15-minute cities.
Hélène previously served as an advisor to the Mayor of Paris Anne Hidalgo. She also worked for the Paris Urbanism Agency and the global consulting firm Arup. Hélène holds a Master’s degree in science and engineering from the École Centrale with a specialisation in building and civil engineering. In the past 15 years, Hélène has lived and worked in Paris, London and New York.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Costanza is the Reinventing Cities Project Manager. 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.
Daniel serves as Director of Climate Action Implementation at C40, developing and implementing multi-region projects to advance cities’ Climate Action Plans. Before that, he served as director of C40’s transport programme, advancing work on zero emission areas and setting up the Green and Healthy Streets Leadership Forum.
Daniel has nearly 20 years experience working in city government in Stockholm, London and Vancouver, and as a consultant to city governments in multiple regions. He has led strategy, policy, and implementation of major urban planning, transportation, climate action and innovation projects in multiple global regions. He has a track record of implementing complex and politically sensitive projects like traffic restrictions, urban densification, and road user charging.
Daniel has a Master’s degree in urban planning, having studied at the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, UK and Kungliga Tekniska Högskolan (the Royal Institute of Technology) in Stockholm.
Dolly is C40’s Senior Manager for Air Quality, responsible for bringing together global cities within the C40 Air Quality Network. Through collaboration, cities share best practices and solutions for improving international air quality to meet their public health, climate and equity goals. Dolly’s priority is to support cities to design healthier, inclusive and resilient societies across the transport, buildings/energy and waste management sectors.
Previously, Dolly worked for the Mayor of London, where, as a Senior Policy Officer, she led a flagship hydrogen transport project for the European Commission under two political administrations. 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.
Outside of C40, Dolly is a Board Trustee at Parks for London, which works with local authorities and landowners to protect and improve London’s green infrastructure.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
Cécile Faraud is Technical Lead for Clean Construction, supporting cities in driving zero carbon construction by 2050, with a focus on reducing carbon from materials and machinery.
Before C40, Cécile managed the London City-Business Leaders initiative at CDP, aiming to align 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. When based in Bangkok, she has also worked on French and South-East Asian collaboration for sustainable development and cross-cutting regional issues.
She holds an MSc in Environment and Sustainable Development from University College London (UCL) and a Master’s degree in International Relations and Geography from IRIS Sup’ (France) and the Sorbonne respectively.
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).
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 the UKAID 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.
Alisa is Deputy Director of Ports and Shipping, 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 port efficiency programme 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.
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.