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Mark Watts Executive Director

Mark has served as Executive Director of C40 Cities since December 2013, during which time the organisation has grown from 63 to 94 of world's greatest cities, and from 40 to over 200 staff across the globe. From inception, C40’s mission has been to be a high ambition leadership group, driving the world to avoid dangerous climate change through the actions and leadership of the mayors of the world’s leading cities. In 2016, C40 became the first major organization to insist that a 1.5-degree target was essential rather than aspirational (through our Deadline 2020 program). Prior to joining C40 Cities, Mark was Director at pioneering engineering and design firm, Arup, and before that was a senior adviser to the Mayor of London, in which role the London Evening Standard described him as “the intellectual force behind Ken Livingstone’s drive to make London a leading light of the battle against global warming." He reports to C40 Chairperson and Mayor of Paris, Anne Hidalgo, and C40 Board President, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg. He believes that work should be fun, but that there is always time for music, narrowboats, and places you can get to by bicycle.

Kevin Austin Deputy Executive Director

Dr Kevin Austin serves as C40’s Deputy Executive Director. Kevin oversees all of C40’s programme delivery, operations and finance functions as well as contributing to global thought leadership and innovation in urban climate change issues. Kevin joined C40 from the Greater London Authority where he was responsible for External Relations for the Mayor of London. His previous role at the GLA included Head of Olympic projects, leading the delivery of the major city-related elements associated with the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympics Games.  Between 2002 2009 he served as Head of Transport, advising the Mayor of London on all aspects of transport policy. In earlier years he worked for a major consultancy advising clients on project implementation and economic appraisal He has a Masters in Transport Planning and a Doctorate in Civil Engineering from Leeds University.


Andrea Fernández Director of Governance & Global Partnerships

Andrea Fernández serves as C40’s Director of Governance and Global Partnerships. Andrea is responsible for overseeing C40's city diplomacy and finance programmes, and driving new strategic priorities and partnerships. Before joining C40, Andrea worked as a consultant at Arup for 11 years. In this role, she led high profile engagements related to sustainability and climate change in the urban environment, with a focus on policy, funding, governance and delivery strategies. Previously, Andrea worked in the World Bank’s Private Sector Development Department for five years, where she delivered investment appraisals and technical assistance for public enterprise reform and infrastructure projects in emerging economies. Andrea has a Bachelor’s degree in International Business and Economics from Concordia University and an MBA with a finance specialisation from Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business. 

Shannon Lawrence Director of Global Initiatives

Shannon Lawrence serves as the Director of Global Initiatives for C40, and is responsible for the development and delivery of C40’s thematic networks, overseeing C40’s Energy and Buildings, Transportation, Urban Planning and Development, and Waste and Water initiatives and technical assistance programmes. Previously, Shannon was the Head of the Energy Initiative at C40, where she supported city efforts in areas such as energy efficiency and district energy.

Prior to joining C40, Shannon was the Vibrant Cities Project Director for the Sustainable Urban Forests Coalition. She also worked as an independent sustainability and energy consultant for clients such as the U.S. Green Building Council, Virginia Tech’s Metropolitan Institute, Enterprise Community Partners and the World Resources Institute. Before she took up consulting, Shannon spent ten years working for international non-profit organizations promoting environmentally responsible and transparent energy and water planning in Africa and Asia.

Shannon holds a Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, with concentrations in international environmental and resource policy and development economics. She has a BA in Economics and English from Georgetown University.

Juliette Carter Corporate Services Director

Juliette Carter serves as Corporate Services Director for C40 and is responsible for the effective running of the organisation through C40's finance, HR, legal and IT functions.  Juliette previously worked at the Greater London Authority where she was the lead on HR and organisational development, supporting the organisation through two changes in political leadership. Whilst working in City Hall she had accountability for HR, resourcing, internal communications, project management, learning and organisational development teams. Juliette also worked with C40 whilst on secondment from the GLA to develop the in-house HR function and support the implementation of the City Advisor programme. Prior to working at the GLA, Juliette was Director of HR and in a variety of HR roles in the National Health Service. Juliette completed her BA in Literature and French at King's College London. She has a Masters in Human Resource Management and a post graduate certificate in employment law.

Simon Hansen Director of Regions

Simon Hansen is the Director of Regions, where he is responsible for the management of C40’s Regions and Cities team. Before joining C40, Simon served as Deputy Director in the City of Copenhagen’s Technical and Environmental Administration, as well as head of its City Development Department, where he oversaw strategic planning, including the delivery of Copenhagen’s ambitious climate plan for the city to be carbon neutral in 2025. Simon has also served as chief of staff in the Mayors Office. Prior to his involvement in city administration, Simon was head of section in the Danish Finance Ministry and policy advisor at the UK Cabinet Office. Simon has been a frequent lecturer at the University of Copenhagen with courses on City Governance and Urban Strategy. He holds an MA in political Science from the University of Copenhagen and the New School University in New York City, and a BA in political Science from the University of Copenhagen. (Photo credit: Ursula Back)

Hervé Marro Director of Communications

Hervé Marro serves as the Director of Communications at C40. He is responsible for the communication of the network of the 85 most important cities in the world committed to tackling climate change. Prior to joining C40, Hervé Marro served for 8 years as the Press and Communication Advisor to the Mayor of Paris, Anne Hidalgo, and played a key role in her political campaigns. Hervé also worked for the public TV network France Télévisions and was the spokesman for Ingrid Betancourt’s Support Committee.

David Miller Regional Director, North America and C40 Ambassador for Inclusive Climate Action

David Miller is the North American Director, C40 Climate Leadership Group, and Global Ambassador of inclusive climate action. He served as Chair of C40 Cities from 2008 until 2010. Prior to joining the C40, Mr. Miller served as President and CEO of World Wildlife Fund-Canada, Canada’s foremost conservation organization. The WWF creates solutions to the most serious conservation challenges facing our planet, helping people and nature thrive.


Mr. Miller was Mayor of Toronto from 2003 to 2010. Under his leadership, Toronto became widely admired internationally for its environmental leadership, economic strength and social integration.  He is a leading advocate for the creation of sustainable urban economies, and a strong and forceful champion for the next generation of jobs through sustainability. Mr. Miller has held a variety of public and private positions and served as Future of Cities Global Fellow at Polytechnic Institute of New York University from 2011 to 2014.  David Miller is a Harvard trained economist and professionally a lawyer. He and his wife, lawyer Jill Arthur, are the parents of two children.

Hastings Chikoko Regional Director for Africa

Hastings Chikoko is the Regional Director for Africa at C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group. He serves on the Advisory Board for the African Centre for Cities (University of Cape Town). His work with local authorities started at the City of Blantyre and later at the Ministry of Local Government in Malawi working with Mchinji District Council. Prior to joining C40, Hastings had a long career with the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) where he served in leadership roles in Zimbabwe, Kenya, South Africa and Switzerland; including being the Regional Director for East and Southern Africa (ad Interim) and Head of IUCN in South Africa. He has also been one of the International Development Research Center’s (IDRC) African Mentors for policy think-tanks in Africa; and a member of the Regional Technical Committee for the Global Water Partnership (Southern Africa). Besides an MSc degree in Cities from the London School of Economics (LSE Cities), he also holds an MSc degree in Strategic Management (University of Derby, UK), Postgraduate Diploma in Environmental Diplomacy - specializing in Green Economy (University of Geneva, Switzerland) and a BSc degree in Economics (University of Malawi). He has had focused training in Climate Change Diplomacy and Bilateral Diplomacy at the Diplo Foundation, Switzerland.

Tongbo Liu Managing Director, East Asia

Tongbo Liu serves as C40’s Managing Director for East Asia. Previous to joining C40, Tongbo was Vice president in the ABP Group in China where he was in charge of international development, branding and governmental relationships. From 2006 - 2012 he represented the London Development Agency and London & Partners (the Mayor's tourism agency) in China, where amongst other things he arranged the summit of World Cities Mayors. Earlier in his career Tongbo spent 5 years as a commercial attache of the province of Quebec, based within the Canadian Embassy in Beijing. Tongbo holds a masters degree in law from Beijing University and a BA in French literature from Xian University.

Júlia López Regional Director for Europe

Júlia López is C40's Regional Director for Europe. She has over a decade of experience working for the city of Barcelona, including the IT International Office, which she headed from 2013-2015. She helped Barcelona develop collaborative relationships with institutions such as the European Comission and the World Bank, and she developed an international urban knowledge transfer strategy by co-leading Barcelona's candidacy for the first European Innovation Capital. She also lead the Barcelona Smart City Office, where she was responsible for the development of a local digital strategy for the city based on sustainable public-private partnerships. Julia is a frequent lecturer at the Polytechnich University of Catalonia Foundation with courses on City Strategy and Governance. She is a fluent speaker of English, French, Spanish and Catalanm and holds an MSc in Telecom engineering from the Polytechnic University of Catalonia. She is also pursuing a Masters Degree in Sociology.

Manuel Olivera Regional Director for Latin America

Manuel Olivera serves as the Regional Director for Latin American cities at C40, after having served six years as the City Director in Bogota. In this position Manuel has supported several projects aimed at reducing greenhouse emissions including methane capture at landfills; traffic light LED retrofitting; diesel fuel quality improvement; and the implementation of the Hybrid Electric Bus Test Programme in Latin America. Manuel has more than 30 years of professional experience at both national and international levels leading multidisciplinary groups, assessing high level decision making, and ensuring programmatic success across several environmental fields. Manuel has worked as a consultant for the Inter American Development Bank, the World Bank, United Nations Development Project, World Wildlife Foundation, private companies, as well as Latin American governments. Manuel has a Master's degree in Resource Assessment for Development Planning from the University of East Anglia in Norwich, and pursued doctoral studies in Development Socioeconomics at the School for Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences in Paris.

Sanjay Sridhar Regional Director for South and West Asia

Sanjay Sridhar is the C40 Regional Director for South and West Asia. He is responsible for facilitating cities in the region to participate in the exchange of best practices to reduce the sources and their impact of climate change. Sanjay has more than 16 years of work experience in 3 continents (North America, Europe and Asia) in areas of architecture, urban development and planning, sustainable design and public policy. Prior to joining C40, Sanjay was with the World Resources Institute (WRI) as the Director of Urban Development for India. He also established WRI’s regional office in Bangalore from where, as the Country Lead for the Sustainable and Livable Cities Project, he laid the foundation for WRI’s flagship programme, the Steve Ross Center for Sustainable Cities. Prior to joining WRI, he held several roles as a member of the Core Group at the National Disaster Management Authority, Govt of India and as Adjunct Faculty at the Centre for Environmental Planning and Technology (CEPT University, Ahmdabad) where he continues to teach Urban Development Planning and Public Policy. He also led a group at CEPT University’s Center for Conservation Cities (CCS) looking at urban development in historical cities in India. He was also a member of the Agenda for Bengaluru Infrastructure and Development (ABIDe) taskforce, which undertook a comprehensive study of all aspects of urban development for the City of Bangalore, India.  Sanjay has a Bachelors degree in Architecture from Bangalore University in India; a LEED Accredited Professional (AP) from the US Green Building Council; a Masters Degree in Urban Development Planning and Policy from Erasmus University in the Netherlands and has also studied Urban Affairs and Public Policy at the University of Delaware, US.

Milag San Jose- Ballesteros Regional Director for East, Southeast Asia and Oceania

Milag San Jose- Ballesteros serves as the Regional Director for East, Southeast Asia and Oceania at C40. In this role, she is responsible for engaging and supporting C40 member cities in the region as well as facilitating collaboration between cities across the global C40 network. Central to this is working with C40 cities across the region towards ambitious commitments and transformative actions to address climate change. Milag has more than 20 years experience working on environmental governance and policy, natural resources management and sustainable development. Prior to joining C40, Milag served as Regional Environmental Governance Specialist with the Environmental Cooperation-Asia (ECO-Asia) program of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), where she led programmatic partnerships between national and sub-national environmental agencies, and provided technical support to pilot initiatives covering topics including urban environmental issues, compliance and enforcement mechanisms, climate co-benefits and public participation. In this capacity, she worked with 16 countries across Asia and coordinated engagements with various organizations and partners including the US Environmental Protection Agency, the World Bank, Asian Development Bank and the UN Environment Programme. Prior to this, she previously served as a Senior Program Officer with the US-Asia Environmental Partnership promoting clean technology, and as Executive Director of the Philippine member of Friends of the Earth International. A native of Manila, Philippines, she has been based in Singapore since 2008.

Jonathan Walter Director of Programs, Business & Innovation

Jonathan is C40s Director of Programmes Business and Innovation. He and his team are focused on shaping and delivering programmes that bring together cities, global and local businesses, start-ups and citizens to work collectively to tackle climate challenges.  Jonathan has recently spoken on the subject of the need for city business collaboration to drive meaningful climate action at Smart Cities New York and the Sustainable Urban Solutions conference in Copenhagen.

In previous roles, Jonathan has focused on technology-driven strategy and change and spent 12 years at WSP Group as Associate Director for Strategy.

Jonathan has a degree in Politics and Economics and holds professional qualifications in strategy development, change and project management. 

Wenwen Chen Office Manager

Wenwen Chen is Office Manager, leading the Beijing office's registration and operation as well as supporting Chinese cities's engagement in C40 China work. Prior to joining C40, Wenwen worked as a Program Operation Manager for Peking University's Guanghua School of Management. Wenwen has also served as Vice Director for the International Cooperation Department of the Dragon Design Foundation, where she led the World Green Design Award's reform, arranged the World Green Design Forums, and developed a Sino-EU green technology collaboration. She has also worked for the first local Fair Trade organization in China. Wenwen holds a Bachelor’s degree in Agriculture and Ecology from South China Agriculture University and an International MBA from Tsinghua University School of Economics and Management, including one semester in ESSEC Business School.

Pengfei Xie China Chief Representative, Acting Regional Director for East Asia

Pengfei Xie is the C40 China Chief Representative and Acting Regional Director for East Asia to build and maintain relationships with Chinese cities in the region. Prior to joining C40, Pengfei was director of China Sustainable Cities Project in the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), China Program. He led NRDC’s efforts in working with government partners, research institutions and other organizations to promote low-carbon urbanization in China. Prior, he worked as a research scientist on sustainable city planning with China Society for Urban Studies affiliated to the Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development (MoHURD). As a MoHURD expert, he has played an important role in compiling the national guidelines and standards on urban sustainability. Pengfei has both domestic and international experience. He has worked as a research fellow with the Smithsonian Institution in Washington D.C., and as an evaluation specialist for Asian Development Bank (ADB). He has also provided technical support to multinational projects. Pengfei publishes widely in academic journals. He obtained his PhD from Peking University, and MSc from University College London.  He is a Certified Urban Planner in China.

Anna Beech Head of the Executive Director's Office

Anna serves as the Head of the Executive Director's Office, supporting the Executive Director and managing the Executive Director team. In particular, she provides support to the Executive Director in managing responsibilities relating to public engagements and strategic thinking. She also manages special projects on the Executive Director’s behalf. Anna has spent seven years living and working in East Asia, including Hong Kong, Beijing, and Chengdu. Prior, Anna worked in the Mayor of London's Office for the climate change and sustainable transport adviser, and was part of the team who developed London's first Climate Change Action Plan. Anna holds a BA in Philosophy and Political Science from the University of Birmingham, UK and is learning to speak Mandarin Chinese.


Amanda Ikert Head of Adaptation Implementation

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.

Emilie Hvidtfeldt Senior Strategic Funders Manager

Emilie is the Strategic Funders Liaison Manager and part of the Office of the Executive Director. She is based in Copenhagen and is responsible for stewarding two of the C40 strategic funders, Children Investment Fund Foundation and Realdania, as well as developing various projects in the team. Prior to joining C40, Emilie worked as Head of Section in the Strategic Secretariat for the Danish Minister of Environment and Food, in the International Office for the Lord Mayor of Copenhagen, and in the Danish green think tank Monday Morning.  During her studies, she interned with The Climate Group, helped develop the C40 Green Growth Network, and assisted the Danish negotiation team at the Ministry of Climate and Energy in preparing and facilitating COP15 in 2009. Emilie has a MSc Political Science from University of Copenhagen and a MA Cities/Urban Geography from Kings College London.

Joshua Alpert Director of Special Projects

Joshua Alpert serves as C40's Director of Special Projects. In this role, he currently works on the creation of an inclusive climate action plan for megacities, templates for city investment and divestment, and a host of other projects. Prior to starting with C40, Joshua was Chief of Staff to Mayor Charlie Hales in Portland, OR. As Chief of Staff, Josh worked with and advised the Mayor on long-range strategy and policy, led City efforts on addressing homelessness and was the lead for C40, where he helped launch a seven-city pilot to quantify and measure the green economy. Before joining Mayor Hales' administration, Joshua worked for 7 years as the Northwest Director of Conservation Strategies for The Trust for Public Land. While there, he oversaw 18 successful ballot measure campaigns in western cities, counties and states, raising $2.7 billion in public funding for parks, natural areas and waterways. Joshua holds a J.D. from the Northwestern School of Law at Lewis and Clark College and a BA in Philosophy from the University of Pennsylvania.

Zoe Sprigings Energy and Buildings Programme Director

Zoe Sprigings serves as Programme Director of the Energy Initiative at C40.  She is responsible for delivering C40’s global energy strategy, including oversight of the energy efficiency and district energy networks. Prior to joining C40, Zoe was a Senior Policy Adviser in the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) of the UK Government. Previous roles included responsibility for securing parliamentary approval for energy efficiency legislation within the Energy Act 2011, and leading DECC’s contribution to the multilateral Climate Investment Funds for low-emissions and climate resilient development.  During her academic sabbatical, she was a Fellow at City University New York, a Red Cross Climate Centre research scholar in Addis Ababa, and Chair of the Board of Trustees for Medsin, a global health charity. Zoe holds a Masters of Arts in Disasters, Adaptation and Development from King's College London, and an undergraduate Masters of Arts in History from the University of Oxford (Coombs scholar).

James Alexander Programme Director, City Finance

James Alexander is the City Finance Programme Director & Head of the C40 Cities Finance Facility. Prior to joining C40, James served as Senior Policy Manager and Head of the London office for the Scottish Council for Development and Industry, where he advised the Scottish Government and other key stakeholders on the actions and priorities needed to create sustainable economic prosperity for Scotland. James worked with the leaders of Scotland’s cities to develop the Cities Strategy for Scotland and setup and led a new Scottish Cities Alliance focused on driving investment, economic growth and job creation in Scotland’s cities. James has also led international trade missions to the Middle East; and has considerable experience in the skills sector, including two years as President of the National Union of Students in Scotland. James has a degree in Mathematics from Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh.

Ricardo Cepeda-Márquez Technical Lead for Water and Waste

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.

Zachary Tofias Director of the Food, Water and Waste Programme

Zachary Tofias serves as the Director of the Food, Water and Waste Programme at C40. His work supports C40 cities transition towards regenerative resource management and reduce emissions through more sustainable consumption. The Programme is helping cities accelerate a worldwide transition to more effective urban water and 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 Program, and most recently was the head of Urban Planning and Development. For over 10 years, Zach has been working around the world with leading cities and the private sector on developing locally relevant solutions for replicable models for sustainable city growth. Zach has an Master’s of Business Administration from Cornell University, and a bachelor’s degree from Middlebury College.

Gunjan Parik Programme Director for Transportation and Urban Planning

Gunjan Parik serves as the Programme Director for Transportation and Urban Planning 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.

Jana Davidova Deadline 2020 Project Manager

Jana supports C40's Regions Team with the management of the Deadline 2020 Programme, including coordination of funder reporting for grants that C40 has received to support a number of C40 cities in Asia and Africa with developing Climate Action Plans compatible with the goals of the Paris Agreement. Jana also manages the C40 Participation Standards project and advises on the C40 China Strategy. Previously, Jana supported C40's Global Initiatives Team where she helped produce the Good Practice Guides, assisted C40 Workshops, and strengthened C40’s engagement with Chinese cities.

Jana is a double MSc graduate from the London School of Economics and Sciences Po Paris, including a year at the University of California. Before joining C40, Jana worked at the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment, London, where she co-authored the 5th edition of the Global Climate Legislation Study. During her time at LSE she was a research assistant with LSE Cities. Jana is proficient in English, French, Spanish, Czech, Russian, and Slovak, and is currently improving her Mandarin Chinese, having held a Confucius Scholarship at Tsinghua University, Beijing.

Luke Sherlock Programme Manager, Municipal Buildings Efficiency

Luke Sherlock is responsible for managing the C40 Municipal Buildings Efficiency Network, supporting cities in driving energy efficiency in the buildings they control, as well as managing the C40 China Buildings Programme as part of the Energy and Buildings Technical Assistance Programme. Luke joined C40 from the Aster Group, a social housing provider, where he was the Group Environment Manager responsible for a sustainability plan and Environmental Management System covering more than 27,000 properties. His previous roles included leading the development and implementation of a new sustainability strategy for the Devonshire Group, a diverse privately owned property portfolio, and energy management and sustainability reporting at Burberry, a FTSE 100 company. He holds a Masters degree in Nature, Society & Environmental Policy and a Bachelors degree in Geography, both from the University of Oxford, and is learning to speak Mandarin Chinese.

Frances Downy Programme Manager, Private Building Efficiency

Frances 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, Frances (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. Frances 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. 

Kate Laing Network Manager, Mobility Management

Kate Laing manages the Mobility Management Network at C40. She supports a network of global cities delivering strategies and measures to help cities increase, integrate and influence the choices of travel mode available to citizens, and ultimately to encourage the adoption of more climate-smart mobility options. Prior to C40, Kate worked in Johannesburg as a principal consultant for Pegasys, where she delivered integrated public transport planning projects with a focus on Bus Rapid Transit implementation. 

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.

Emmanuelle Pinault Head of City Diplomacy – Political Engagement

Emmanuelle is in charge of the C40 City Diplomacy programme, which helps C40 members engage on the global stage with a powerful voice, in order to influence policies and markets and secure resources for their climate ambitions. She has been leading on C40's engagement in the Paris Agreement, the New Urban Agenda, 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda since 2015, in close partnership with the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy, and the Global Task Force for Local and Regional Governments. In 2016, she initiated the CitiesIPCC campaign, aiming at raising the profile of urban issues in the IPCC, and in 2017, Urban 20, a city diplomacy initiative led by Buenos Aires and Paris to create a space for cities in the G20. Prior to joining C40, Emmanuelle worked as a diplomatic adviser to national and local governments in Africa and Latin America. Emmanuelle holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science, from the Institute of Political Studies, Lyon (France), and a Postgraduate Diploma in Sociology, from the School of High Studies in Social Sciences – EHESS, Paris. 

Snigdha Garg Senior Manager, Adaptation Research and Integration

Snigdha Garg serves as the Senior Manager, Adaptation Research and Integration. In this position, she is responsible for managing adaptation research projects of C40 and mainstreaming adaptation across C40's projects and programmes. Before joining C40, Snigdha graduated from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies with a Masters in Environmental Management. She previously worked with ICLEI South Asia for three years on building climate resilience strategies, disaster risk reduction, developing climate change mitigation and adaptation plans for cities, and bench-marking basic services against national standards for South Asian cities. She has experience in sustainability consulting, project management and urban resilience. In addition, she also holds a Masters of Environmental Studies from TERI University, India and a Bachelors of Science from Delhi University, India.

Alfredo Redondo Senior Manager, Adaptation Diplomacy

Based in the London office, Alfredo is developing and driving C40's Adaptation Diplomacy Strategy, leading C40 engagement in the World Urban Forum, New Urban Agenda, 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda and Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, and managing other international projects and alliances. Before this, he was Manager of the Climate Change Risk Assessment Network at C40 supporting cities to help build resilience capacity, identifying vulnerabilities, and develop action plans to manage risk assessment. 

Prior to joining C40, Alfredo worked at both national and international levels on human rights, refugees, sustainability and climate change. Alfredo has a Masters degree in Public Policy from King's College London, and a Bachelors degree in International Relations from Universidad Empresarial Siglo21 in Cordoba, Argentina.

Laura Jay Deputy Director for North America

Laura Jay serves as a Deputy Director for North America. Previously, Laura managed the Land Use Planning Network at C40. In this role, Laura worked with a network of urban planners in C40 cities to support the development of land use plans and policies to address climate goals to create more compact, connected and resilient cities. Prior to joining the C40, Laura served as a Project Manager at Terrapin Bright Green where she worked with government agencies, developers and non-profits to create more sustainability policies and designs. She has also worked at the U.S. Green Building Council on the development of their strategic plan. Laura has a Master's degree in Urban Planning from Columbia University in New York and a Bachelor's degree from Wheaton College in Massachusetts. 


Stefania Amato Network Manager, Food Systems

Stefanie 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.



Aris Moro Knowledge & Partnerships Manager

Aris is the Knowledge and Partnerships Manager for the C40 Cities Finance Facility (CFF), a joint initiative of the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group and GIZ. The CFF facilitates access to finance for climate change mitigation and resilience projects in urban areas. In his role, Aris collects, manages and disseminates all knowledge generated in CFF-supported projects, which include cycling infrastructure in Bogotá, electric buses in Mexico City, and community-led ecosystem-based adaptation in Durban. Aris holds a MSc in Environmental Policy and Regulation from LSE and a BA in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from the University of York and the University of California, San Diego. Prior to joining C40, Aris worked for Carbon Analytics, an environmental accounting start-up, and for ABC Trust, an Anglo-Brazilian NGO helping children in Brazilian cities. 

Ilan E. Cuperstein Deputy Regional Director for Latin America

Ilan serves as Deputy Regional Director for Latin America after having worked as C40 city adviser to Rio de Janeiro, helping the city implement its climate action plan in multiple areas and setting the first sustainability office in Latin America. Afterwards, Ilan has successfully launched the C40 clean energy network, which has now over 30 cities from various C40 regions. Ilan has previously worked at the China Brazil Center for Climate Change, where he worked with government agencies, energy companies and NGOs in bilateral projects related to biofuels, clean energy innovation policies, electric vehicles and carbon capture and storage. Ilan holds a BA in International Relations from PUC-RJ and a Master's degree in Environment and Development from the London School of Economics. 

Cristina Miclea Project Officer Climate Action Plans

Cristina serves as Project Officer - Climate Action Plans, supporting the development of the C40 Climate Action Planning and Assessment Framework and the delivery of climate action planning technical assistance to 8 global cities. Cristina joined C40’s Measurement and Planning Programme in 2017, initially leading on the analysis of city GHG inventories, targets, and climate action plans and making this data more accessible to cities and C40 staff. Previously, Cristina managed and delivered building energy data projects and building energy efficiency policy analysis as part of C40’s Energy and Buildings Initiative. She also provided support to network managers on planning and delivering city interactions and workshops in New York City, Shenzhen and Paris. Before joining C40, Cristina worked as a Fellow for the MIT Climate CoLab, analysed corporate emissions reports from the world’s largest listed companies at the Environmental Investment Organisation and conducted consultancy work for a London local borough. She completed a Masters in Environmental Technology from Imperial College and holds a First Class Honours Degree in Psychology from University College London.    

Xueye Liu Mobility Management Project Officer

Xueye is responsible for the development and delivery of C40’s Mobility Management network among C40 Chinese Cities. She will be based in Beijing. Before joining C40, Xueye was a Planner at China Urban Construction Design & Research Institute Co. Ltd, where she was responsible for planning, project management and client relationships. She led and implemented 5 projects, including 3 strategic planning, 2 survey projects and 1 design project by working close with Chinese government departments such as the NDRC, MOHURD and all levels of municipal governments. Overall, she participated 20 projects varies from compiling national standards for Chinese national parks to designing national parks regimes.


Xueye holds a Bachelor’s degree in Ecology from Hebei Agriculture University and a Master of Ecology at Beijing Normal University. 

Regina Vetter Network Manager, Cool Cities

Regina Vetter serves as the Network Manager for the Cool Cities Network at C40. In this position, she is responsible for supporting cities to manage the urban heat island effect and to implement greening and cooling infrastructure solutions. Previously, Regina worked as C40’s Workshop Project Officer, where she supported all Global Initiative networks in the conceptualisation, planning, and execution of successful workshops in order to provide a platform for direct peer‐to‐peer exchange between individuals in C40 cities.

Regina holds a Master degree in Environmental Policy & Regulation from the London School of Economics and a Bachelor degree in Geography & Politics from Royal Holloway University. Before joining C40, she worked for the German GIZ in Costa Rica supporting the national government on its carbon neutrality goal, as well as for the London Sustainability Exchange and for Siemens’ ‘The Crystal’, an urban sustainability exhibition in London. She speaks German, English and Spanish.

Michael Doust Programme Director, Measurement and Planning

Michael Doust serves as the Programme Director of Measurement and Planning at C40. In this position, he is responsible for global standards, measurement, reporting and climate action planning. Prior to joining C40, Michael worked for the Greater London Authority where he led the development of London's GHG inventory and was responsible for strategy development, and planning and review of Mayoral climate change programmes. Previously, Michael worked for two other municipal authorities in the UK as well as the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.  He is a Chartered Environmentalist and has a Master's degree in Environmental Change and Management from the University of Oxford.

Tom Bailey Head of Consumption Program

Tom Bailey serves as the Head of Consumption Program. Tom is responsible for driving a number of research areas, from assessing the climate action being taken by C40 cities to developing an evidence base to support C40's city diplomacy work. Prior to joining C40, Tom was a Senior Consultant in Arup's Energy and Climate Change team, both in London and in Hong Kong, where he led projects in strategic city and national climate policy modeling and planning, urban energy infrastructure delivery and low-carbon energy system design. He has experience across the  green urban infrastructure development process and has spent an extended period seconded to the GLA in London, writing the Mayor’s Climate Change Mitigation and Energy Strategy. Tom has also helped drive a successful internal sustainability change program at Arup. A Chartered Environmentalist, Tom has a Masters degree in Sustainable Energy Systems from Imperial College London and a Bachelors in physics from the University of Manchester.

Rachel Huxley Director of Knowledge and Learning

Rachel Huxley is Director of Knowledge and Learning, responsible for C40’s knowledge management and research strategy. Rachel has been with C40 for over 3 years during which time she has developed and led a priority programme of research on the co-benefits of urban climate action, as well as contributing to research on the barriers to climate action, and undertaking city consultation for the current C40 strategy to 2020. Rachel is also undertaking a PhD on Sustainable Cities at the University of Leeds, her research is looking at the processes and practices of transition and decision making. Prior to this Rachel was Chief Executive of Peterborough Environment City Trust, leading the Trust’s work on sustainable behaviour change and engagement project delivery, as well as, working strategically with city partners to develop a sustainable city plan. As part of her work on sustainable cities Rachel established and led the Sustainable Cities Network, an informal network of leading UK cities to enable sharing of best practice and challenges.

Zarina Moolla Project Manager, Standards

Zarina serves as C40’s Project Manager, Standards for Mitigation Goals and Emissions Accounting Standards. In this role, she works with member cities to develop relevant, consistent standards to effectively measure the impacts of policies and actions on emissions and to assist cities with setting emission reduction targets. Prior to joining C40 Cities, Zarina worked at the National Business Initiative (NBI) South Africa as a Project Manager for Climate Change Mitigation, where she managed work on the CDP climate change and water programmes in South Africa. She also worked with companies to build capacity and provide best practice guidance on greenhouse gas reporting. Previously, Zarina worked as a Programme Officer for environmental, water and energy projects at the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf), where she managed a low carbon cities project, focusing on the City of Durban. Zarina holds an MSc in Environmental Science and a BSc Honours in Geography and Environmental Management, from the University of KwaZulu-Natal.

Molly Wang Project Manager, Technical Assistance

Molly Wang serves as Project Manager where she supports the delivery of a Technical Assistance programme to help C40 cities establish greenhouse gas emissions inventories, set emission reduction targets, and develop climate change action plans. Prior to joining C40, Molly led energy management and carbon reduction activities at a local authority in the UK. In that role, she conducted mandatory emissions reporting, delivered varied energy and water saving projects, and managed multimillion pound energy supply contracts. She also brings experience of sustainable transport programmes from her time at the Energy Saving Trust and has worked on the energy efficiency recycling fund at Salix Finance. She is a Certified Energy Manager with a MSc. in Climate Change from the University of East Anglia and a BSc. in Environmental Science and Engineering from Fudan University in Shanghai.

Max Jamieson Programme Manager, Technical Assistance

Max Jamieson manages C40’s measurement and planning technical assistance programme. The programme helps cities develop city-wide greenhouse gas emission inventories and set ambitious emission reduction targets to support development of robust, evidence-based, climate action plans.

Prior to joining C40, Max was a managing consultant in the energy and climate team at the interdisciplinary consultancy, ICF. There, Max helped businesses and governments tackle energy and climate related issues. He worked on sustainable energy policy development and evaluation for the European Commission, UK government and regulators, as well as supporting a range of corporate clients measure and manage their greenhouse gas emissions.

Max has previous experience working at the UK Department of Environment Food and Rural Affairs and at PricewaterhouseCoopers. Max holds a Masters in Environmental Technology and Energy Policy from Imperial College London and a BSc in Marine Geography, from the University of Wales, Cardiff.

Ilona Rayan Research Team Coordinator

Prior to joining C40, Ilona worked for over eight years in foreign diplomatic Missions, most recently as the research officer at the Permanent Mission of Fiji to the United Nations. As a part of the Fiji delegation to the United Nations she was tasked with assisting the Ambassador and diplomatic staff  on issues such as peacekeeping and humanitarian affairs, human rights and sustainable development. She also assisted in the coordination of official visits of the President, Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs of Fiji during the annual UN General Assembly.  Her experience has left her with a thorough knowledge of the work being done by the United Nations, its many organs as well as different Non and Inter-Governmental Organizations. In addition to her professional experience Ilona has a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Government from Hunter College and a Master of Science in Global Affairs with a concentration in International Development and Humanitarian Assistance from New York University.

Irene Skoula Programme Manager, Clean Energy

Irene Skoula manages 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 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).

Gifti Nadi City Adviser for Addis-Ababa

Gifti Nadi serves as C40’s City Adviser for Addis-Ababa. In this position, she primarily works with the political and operational leadership within city government to facilitate the delivery of the proposed Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) project. Gifti has more than 15 years of experience in the fields of capacity building, public policy, climate change, media, gender equality, health and rural development. Most recently, she worked with the Ethiopian Development Research Institute and Ethiopian Economics Association as part of the Think Tank Initiative's Policy Engagement and Communications program. Her previous roles also include time at UNDP's Africa Adaptation Programme (AAP) in Nairobi, and at the International Women’s Media Foundation (IWMF) as a Senior Program Officer for Africa. Gifti holds a Master’s degree in International Public Policy from Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) and a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from the University of Maryland.

Julia Lipton Head, Thriving Cities

As C40's Programme Manager Climate Action Plans, Julia leads The Thriving Cities Initiative (TCI), which aims to support cities make the long term, systemic shift to a ‘good life’ for all, within planetary boundaries. TCI is currently working with four pilot cities, to become lighthouses of sustainable consumption and build actual models of sustainable city society.

Previous to this, Julia worked as a Programme Manager, Climate Action Plans and City Adviser to Sydney, where she worked with the city and private sector stakeholders to develop sector sustainability plans to drive emissions savings in industry sectors. Before joining C40, Julia managed the City of Sydney’s Residential Sustainability Programs and worked for the NSW Government fostering business partnerships in energy efficiency and managed the UK’s Corporate Responsibility Index in Australia and New Zealand.  Julia has a bachelor’s degree in business and a master’s degree in international development.

Antoine Metten Steering Committee Engagement Officer

Antoine serves as the C40 Steering Committee Engagement Officer in the Office of C40 Chair, based in Paris. In this position, Antoine manages the day-to-day activities of the Steering Committee – C40’s main governing body comprised of elected mayors representing each of C40's 7 regions - and provides direct support for the external engagements of the C40 Chair (Mayor of Paris, Anne Hidalgo) and the C40 Steering Committee members (Vice Chairs). Antoine also works with the Head of the Office of the Chair and Head of the Executive Director’s Office to set and implement Mayor Hidalgo’s strategic vision for her tenure as C40 Chair. Antoine previously served as Assistant to the Office of C40 Chair in Rio under former Chair of C40, Mayor Eduardo Paes.  Prior to joining C40, Antoine worked at the Office of the Brazilian State Secretary for Public Health and the UN Economic Commission for Latin America & the Caribbean in Santiago de Chile. Antoine holds a Masters Degree in Political Science from Sciences Po and postgraduate degree in Urban Planning from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro.

Luan Baptista Programme Management Office (PMO) Manager

Luan Baptista Ribeiro is the C40’s Programme Management Office (PMO) Manager. In this role, Luan is responsible for providing C40 staff with guidance and advice on the practice of programme management and execution and for ensuring effective processes, systems and tools are developed and delivered to drive improved performance management within C40's portfolio of programmes. Prior to this role, Luan served as Coordinator for Global Initiatives where he led on the data analysis and reporting for the Global Initiatives team to key funders, Steering Committee and the Board of Directors. Before joining the C40, Luan was involved in projects focused on regional development and transport planning in Regeneris and Urban Flow. Prior to moving to the UK, Luan worked as Advisor for International Relations in Sao Paulo Mayor’s Office where he was responsible for facilitating the exchange of best practices and policies on urban development with cites, private and public organisations around the world. Luan is a Managing Successful Programmes (MSP) certified professional and has a Master’s degree from the Bartlett Development Planning Unit at University College London and a Bachelor’s degree in International Relations from the Pontifical Catholic University of Sao Paulo. Luan is fluent in Portuguese, Spanish and English, and is competent in French.


Caroline Watson Programme Director for Transportation and Urban Planning

Caroline serves as Programme Director for Transportation and Urban Planning. 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.

Emily Morris Head of Editorial Content and Strategic Planning

Emily serves as the Head of Editorial and Content at C40. In this role, she supports a broad range of communications activities, from developing content in partnership with internal and external stakeholders to project management of special media campaigns and video projects. Emily also works closely with staff in C40 member cities on various communications initiatives and announcements. Prior to joining C40, Emily worked in the Marketing and Communications Department of the Lebanese American University in Beirut, and as a Regional News Editor at an English-language newspaper in Damascus. Before that she worked in Kenya with International Peace Initiatives, an NGO dedicated to supporting and funding local initiatives that mitigate the effects of poverty, disease and violence. Emily holds a Masters degree in International and European Politics from the University of Edinburgh and a Bachelor of Science degree in Journalism from Boston University.

Caterina Sarfatti Programme Manager, Inclusive Climate Action

Caterina Sarfatti serves as a Programme Manager for Special Projects at C40. In this role, Caterina currently works on C40's Inclusive Climate Action programme. Formerly, Caterina worked with the delivery and event teams on a series of key strategic events that formed the 'Road from Paris' to the 2016 C40 Mayors Summit in Cuidad de México (CDMX). Caterina also served as the Deputy Director for Europe. Before joining C40, Caterina worked in the City of Milan, where she served as policy advisor and project manager at the International Relations Office, focusing on the coordination of EU projects. In particular, Caterina led projects on smart cities and environment, social innovation and social cohesion, migration and integration. Caterina was also the key coordinator of Milan's Smart City policies at the Mayor’s Office. Caterina holds degrees in Political Theory and Political Science from Sciences-Po (Paris) and Master degrees in Human Rights and Humanitarian Law (Université Assas-Paris II) and in Global Environmental Policies (Università La Tuscia). She is the author of several articles on Smart Cities.

Jared Pruzan Senior Manager, Special Projects

Jared currently serves as a Senior Manager for Special Projects, where he is responsible for assessing, scoping and creating new projects at C40. His previous roles include: Head of Network Communications, where he managed the organization's digital properties; strategic advisor for the C40 Exchange, a virtual community and knowledge-sharing portal for members and staff; and Manager of the City Adviser Programme annual competitive bid process. He also served as Manager of the Sustainable Urban Development Network. Prior to joining C40, Jared worked as a Financial Analyst at Lazard and as the coordinator of a nonprofit research initiative within Harvard University's David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies. Jared earned a Masters of Public Affairs in International Nonprofit Management from New York University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Comparative Literature from Yale University.

Josh Harris Head of Media

Josh is the Head of Media at C40. In this role, he works to showcase the efforts of C40 and it’s member cities to journalists worldwide. Josh works closely with media teams in C40 member cities to help them secure additional international press coverage for their climate efforts. Prior to joining C40, Josh led the European media relations team for the humanitarian aid NGO, International Medical Corps. Josh has previously worked in communications roles in the Houses of Parliament, Lloyds Banking Group and the Overseas Development Institute, and has spent time working in DRC, Jordan, Ethiopia and Sierra Leone.

Clarence Nicol Head of Human Resources

Clarence Nicol serves as C40’s Head of Human Resources, responsible for developing and managing HR activities within C40. Prior to joining C40, Clarence worked for London’s Metropolitan Police, providing strategic and operational HR service to the Police Officers and Police Staff protecting Parliament.  Clarence previously worked for the British Council as a HR Consultant, supporting teams in the UK and overseas. Though based primarily in the UK, Clarence also worked in Ghana and Sierra Leone where he designed and implemented change projects. Clarence holds a BA degree from Fourah Bay College, University of Sierra Leone as well as a Masters degree in Human Resources Management from London South Bank University. 

Eric Ast Senior Manager Data & Analytics, City Intelligence Team

Eric Ast serves as the Senior Manager of Data & Analytics.  Eric is responsible for managing C40 data, conducting analysis, and developing engaging visual analytics tools to support C40 member cities and staff.  Prior to joining C40, Eric was a Managing Energy Analyst for Bright Power in New York City, where he consulted owners of affordable multifamily housing on portfolio energy and water efficiency strategies, and helped local property owners comply with the Greener, Greater Buildings Plan. Previously, Eric was a Senior Business Analyst at Capital One, working on customer management strategy across a domestic credit portfolio. Eric has a dual Bachelor of Science degree in Systems Engineering and Economics from the University of Virginia, and a Master of Science degree in Sustainable Technology from the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Sweden.

Marvin Barrios Head of Operations

Marvin Barrios serves as the Head of Operations at the New York office of C40, where he supports the Director of Finance & Operations oversee the administrative, human resources, information technology and legal functions for the global organisation. Before joining C40, Marvin was the Grants Manager at Bienvenidos in Los Angeles where he managed government contracts, programme budgets and accounting functions; prior to this role, he oversaw the Accounts Payables and Receivables Department. He began his career at Bienvenidos by providing support to the President and Board of Directors, and then to the HR and IT departments. Prior to Bienvenidos, Marvin worked at the City of Los Angeles at their redevelopment agency where he provided administrative support to the Regional Director. Marvin graduated from the Advanced Technologies Academy with concentrations in Accounting and Marketing.

Lisa Kim Operations Manager

Lisa Kim serves as the Finance Analyst at the New York office of C40, where she supports the Head of Finance in the accounting functions for the global organization. Before joining C40, Lisa managed office administration for the nonprofit arts organization, OrigamiUSA. Prior to this role, Lisa assisted the Accounting Department and the President at the literary agency, Sterling Lord Literistic. In addition to working in the publishing industry, Lisa spent time teaching high school English literature and writing in New York City. Lisa holds an MA in English Education from Columbia University and holds a BA in Journalism & Mass Communications and Sociology from New York University.

Daniel Samuels Manager of Network Communications, City Intelligence Team

Daniel Samuels serves as the Manager of Network Communications at C40 on the City Intelligence Team. In this position, he is responsible for the development and overall management of the C40 Exchange—C40’s online knowledge management, communication and collaboration system. He also coordinates and curates the C40 Newsletters, including the weekly C40 Report to the monthly C40 Newsletter. Prior to this, Daniel was a Project Analyst with the Clinton Foundation working primarily on C40-CCI (Clinton Climate Initiative) projects, where he helped launch an intranet that evolved into the C40 Exchange. Daniel came to the Clinton Foundation after spending 8 months in Ghana working for the Kokrobitey Institute, a sciences, arts and humanities school, that promotes cultural understanding and community service. Daniel holds a Bachelor in Economics and Social Sciences from Sydney University, Australia.

Chris ‘Schmo’ Schmalz IT Manager

Chris ‘Schmo’ Schmalz serves as C40’s IT Manager.  This role is responsible for the internal information technology operations of the global organization.  Primary areas of focus include managing support channels, implementing technology projects, monitoring systems and managing internal policies and processes.  Prior to starting with C40, Chris worked for nearly seven years for Apple with a focus on account management and business sales to large organizations and not-for-profits.  Chris has an extensive technology support background having worked for integrators and service providers before his career with Apple.  Chris earned a BA in History from DePauw University in Greencastle Indiana.

Matt Jones Operations Manager

Matt Jones serves as the Operations Analyst in C40's New York office, where he supports the Head of Operations with administration, human resources, information technology, and legal functions. Before joining C40, Matt was the Assistant Policy Officer for the Low Income Investment Fund. In this role, he provided administrative and analytical support to the Director of Federal Policy. Prior to this position, Matt interned for a Member of the United States House of Representatives. Matt began his Career at the Relay Foundation, a San Francisco based non-profit, where he worked with the CEO and COO to build and establish the organization shortly after its creation. He graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with a BA in Political Science. 

Anelda Blom HR Advisor

Anelda Blom serves as C40’s HR Administrator, where she supports all Human Resources functions for the organization. Prior to joining C40, Anelda worked for Golder Associates Africa, providing HR consultative and operational support service to line managers and employees in South Africa, Ghana, Mozambique, and Botswana. Previously, Anelda worked for CBARS as an HR Information System Consultant, providing functional application support and management information service to CBARS.  Anelda holds a BCom degree in Human Resource Management from the University of Pretoria. 


Lisa de Souza HR Manager

Lisa de Souza serves as C40’s HR Manager, providing day to day HR support and contributing to the long-term strategic development of the HR function within the organization. Prior to joining C40, she held various HR roles within the Financial, Pharmaceutical and Automotive sectors in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Lisa has worked in the capacity of an HR Business Partner and HR Manager, where she provided strategic HR advice to line managers and departmental heads. Lisa was also responsible for the delivery of Generalist HR services, with a strong focus on operational efficiency and effectiveness. Lisa holds a Master’s Degree in HR from Murdoch University.

Markus Berensson Research Manager

Markus Berensson serves as Research Manager for C40 Research and Innovation Team. He is working on the Deadline 2020 Programme, building on C40's Deadline 2020 research, as well as a number of forward looking research areas. Prior to joining C40 Markus was a member of the City of Stockholm’s Urban Development Committee and Political Advisor in Stockholm City Hall, where he was involved in a wide range of reforms within the energy sector, urban planning and sustainable transport. Markus has also worked a Senior Political Advisor in the Stockholm County Council where he was responsible for a sustainable regional development plan and helped drive an administrative reform aimed at strengthening regional governance. Markus is currently reading for a MSc in Sustainable Urban Development at the University of Oxford.

Sara Radelet Head of Fundraising

Sara Radelet serves as Fundraising Manager for C40 and has over 20 years experience in fundraising and organisational management, with prior work in the higher education and arts sectors. Sara’s expertise is in grant-seeking, funding stream development and engaging donors and partners in support of charitable causes. Prior to joining C40, Sara was Advancement Coordinator at the American University of Paris, assisting in strategy development, and prospect identification and engagement for the launch of the University’s first Capital Campaign with a goal of €20 million. Previous appointments include securing funding for the renovation and launch of a performing arts center in Pittsburgh (and serving as the founding Executive Director); and spearheading the strategy and implementation of an $8 million Capital Campaign for a cutting-edge artist residency space and arts museum. Sara holds a BA in the Liberal Arts from The George Washington University.

Nicola Smith Executive Assistant to the Executive Director

Nicola (Nikki) Smith serves as the Executive Assistant to the Executive Director of the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group. In this position, she is responsible for all administrative support for the organisation, including managing the administrative officers located in C40 offices across the globe. In this role, she specifically supports the Executive Director, organising and supervising the business activities that facilitate the smooth running of the Executive Director’s office. In her career, Nikki has held administrative and customer-facing positions in government and other public-sector organisations, including the London Fire Brigade and the Greater London Authority, where she spent 11 years providing administrative support to the Mayor of London’s private office.

Irma Carranza Regional Coordinator

Irma Carranza serves as Regional Coordinator. In this position, she provides administrative support to the Director of Initiatives and Regions, the Regional Director of Latin America, and the Regional Director of North America. Before joining C40 Cities, Irma was a partner in the City of Santa Monica’s Cradle to Career Initiative looking at and measuring youth well being. Prior to this, she worked at the Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy as an organizer working to bring good jobs into underserved communities. Prior to LAANE, she worked over ten years in several clerical and administrative supportive roles with the City of Santa Monica, including serving the Civil Engineering and Architecture Division staff. Irma attended Santa Monica College and Los Angeles Trade Tech.

Adrian Fenton Climate Governance Manager

As Climate Governance Manager, Adrian's mission is to improve the understanding, collaboration and alignment between the different levels of governments involved in climate action planning and delivery, both at the global and national levels. An important part of his role is to support the engagement of cities in national climate politics and policies, particularly in the areas of NDCs and long-term strategies. Before joining C40, Adrian was a National Advisor to the Government of Fiji and led the development of their National Adaptation Plan. Adrian has had a varied ten-year career in the international development sector. He has worked for several academic institutions, think tanks, and organisations on a range of projects across Africa, Asia, and the Pacific. Adrian has an undergraduate in economics, two post graduate degrees in development planning and research methodology, and a PhD in climate economics and policy.

Agathe Cavicchioli City Diplomacy Manager

As City Diplomacy Manager, Agathe’s role is to engage C40 members in the C40 City Diplomacy Strategy and support C40’s engagement and participation in intergovernmental climate, urban and development policy-making processes. Agathe works closely with the Head of City Diplomacy to drive strategic and effective engagement of the C40 network in global climate policy dialogue and to maximise its impact in the global political stage. Prior to joining C40, Agathe managed low-carbon development projects for an international local government network and supported the network’s global climate advocacy strategy and engagement in the UNFCCC process. Agathe has an interdisciplinary background in climate science, international climate policy and urban planning. Her experience includes research and consulting for international organizations, NGOs, consultancies, local governments and research institutes in Europe, the US, Brazil and Bangladesh. Agathe holds a MA in Climate and Society from Columbia University and joint Master degrees in European Affairs and Urban Sustainable Development from Sciences Po Lille and Lille University of Science and Technology.

Alex Richards Group Financial Controller

Alex Richards serves as C40’s Group Financial Controller. He is responsible for managing the day to day financial operations of C40 worldwide. Alex’s previous experience includes working as a finance manager for a construction company, and as an auditor for a UK top-20 accountancy firm, both based in London. Alex is ACA-qualified and has an MSci Mathematics degree from the University of Bristol.

Alissa Raj City Adviser for Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Alissa is the City Adviser for Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. She is responsible for facilitating and developing a Paris Agreement compatible Climate Action Plan for the city, as well as ensure the capacity of the local council counterparts are built during the process. Prior to joining C40, her experience included corporate consulting, with a focus on sustainability strategy and reporting for locally listed companies, as well as environmental sustainable design consulting, focusing on optimising building and masterplan design for sustainable certification and carbon emission reductions. Her experience includes assisting the development the KL's Carbon Management Plan for council-owned assets as the local consultant, and she is a keen advocate for integrated climate action through partnerships. She has a Bachelors in Architectural Studies as well as Master of Environments from the University of Melbourne.

Amy Kirbyshire Content Editor, Knowledge Hub

Amy Kirbyshire is the Content Editor for C40's Knowledge Hub, where C40 captures and disseminates many of its key learnings, best practices, and unique insights into the political economy of climate change in cities. Prior to joining C40, Amy worked at the Overseas Development Institute, where she spent seven years first with the Climate and Development Knowledge Network on adaptation research and knowledge management, and later as a researcher on climate risk and resilience. At ODI her work explored extreme heat adaptation in Indian cities, mass displacement to cities, climate-induced migration, flood early warning in Nepal, political economy analysis, and Adaptation Communications under the UNFCCC, among other issues. Prior to ODI, Amy also worked at the Asian Disaster Preparedness Centre and the Red Cross Climate Centre on climate risk. She holds an MSc in Disasters, Adaptation and Development from Kings College London, and a BSc in Geography from Sheffield University.

Amy Rodwell Director of Finance

Amy Rodwell serves as C40's Director of Finance. Amy leads the global finance function for all entities within the C40 group, and supports the Management Team with strategic decision making through the provision of timely and accurate financial analysis. Amy's previous charity sector roles were at the National Deaf Children's Society and the International Planned Parenthood Federation. Prior to this, Amy worked as an Aid Auditor in a large, global accountancy firm, undertaking work for global donors in over 50 countries, including the world’s second smallest by population, Tuvalu.

Amy is a Chartered Accountant and holds a Masters in Finance (major: economic policy) from the University of London, as well as a BA in Economics and Geography.

Andrew Armstrong Building Energy Code Analyst for the Building Energy 2020 Programme

Andrew serves as New Building Energy Code Analyst for the Building Energy 2020 Programme, a 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.

Anelise Rosa Project Manager, Financing Sustainable Cities Initiative (FSCI)

Anelise works across the Financing Sustainable Cities Initiative (FSCI) to support the tracking, coordination and communication of activities, events and outcomes across the Initiative. She is responsible for monitoring and dissemination of knowledge from the sectors currently covered by the FSCI (finance for sustainable transport, energy and adaptation). Anelise also leads on coordination between the C40’s work on climate finance and Inclusive Climate Action, as well as the Initiative’s annual events strategy. Before joining C40 in 2016 to work on the C40 Cities Mayors Summit, Anelise was studying for a MSci in Natural Sciences at UCL, specialising in biomedical sciences and organic chemistry. As a student, she became interested in sustainable development and global health through working nationally and internationally with student advocacy groups including Universities Allied for Essential Medicines and Medsin UK.

Anissa Febrina City Adviser to Jakarta

Anissa Febrina is the City Adviser for Jakarta.  In this capacity, she will be providing the city with expert support to deliver an inclusive climate action plan (CAP), compatible with the ambitions of the Paris Agreement. Part of this involves working with internal and external stakeholders, and marshalling needed technical advise for the CAP process.

For the past 9 years, Anissa has been working in the development sector, focusing on urban environmental management and more recently in the knowledge-to-policy processes in development. She started her career as an analyst with the Clinton Climate Initiative, an implementing partner of C40 in Jakarta before leading various development projects and programs with German development agency GIZ (Clean Air for Smaller Cities in the ASEAN Region), UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office/ Dept of Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (Newton Fund in Indonesia) and Australian Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade (Knowledge Sector Initiative). Prior to working in development, she was a journalist focusing on urban issues with English-language daily The Jakarta Post.

Anissa earned her master's degree in Urban Management from Technische Universitaet Berlin, Germany, and undergraduate degree in Architecture from University of Indonesia. 

Anita Brown Grants & Contracts Manager

Anita serves as the part-time Grants and Contracts Manager in C40’s Corporate Services team, based out of the London office. She is responsible for funder relations, contracting, and procurement for C40's Climate Action Planning work in Latin America and Asia. Before joining C40, Anita was the Regional Relationship Manager of global corporates for Standard Chartered Bank, South Africa. In this role, Anita provided banking solutions to blue-chip corporates across sub-Saharan Africa. Anita has over a decade of corporate and investment banking experience focusing on counterparty risk and client facing functions from Canary Wharf to Johannesburg and safely through the financial crisis. Anita graduated from the University of Stellenbosch with a Bachelor of Commerce (Financial Management).

Anna Jönsson Governance Officer

As Governance Officer, Anna’s role is supporting the Executive Director’s Office in coordinating activities and managing key stakeholder relationships. This includes coordinating C40 Global Board and UK Board of Directors meetings, as well as the C40 Budget Committee. Before joining C40, Anna was at the International Federation for Housing and Planning as project coordinator, promoting social sustainability in cities. Prior to this, she has been working with press and communication in Denmark and Brazil. Anna holds a Master in Urban Governance from Sciences Po Paris, where she studied migration, housing and climate issues in large metropolises. During her studies, she was engaged as a research assistant in projects on urban political networks and roman migration in France. Anna also holds a bachelor of science degree in International Business and Politics, and has studied Global Organic Farming at Kalø Agricultural College in Denmark.

Anna Peiris Project Officer, Zero Emission Vehicle Network

Anna is joining the Global Initiatives team as the Project Officer for the Low Emission Vehicle Network. In this role, she will be assisting the coordination of the network’s activities and events, primarily focusing on the LEV network workshop, supporting the network cities, and resource management. Previously, Anna worked as an intern for the Financing Sustainable Cities Initiative, where she supported the delivery of the annual Financing Sustainable Cities Forum in New York, alongside the coordination of several FSCI workshops. Prior to joining C40, she has been involved with NGO's campaigning on global health issues, specifically with the group Universities Allied for Essential Medicines (UAEM), working with universities to promote global equitable access to medicines and assisting in implementing relevant progressive licensing practices to address these challenges. Anna has a bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Science from University College London (UCL).

Anthony Courreges Manager, Clean Transportation Finance

Anthony serves as Clean Transportation Finance Manager for C40’s Financing Sustainable Cities Initiative (FSCI). In this role, Anthony leads the development and successful implementation of a range of city-city interactions and technical assistance on urban transportation finance. He supports city achievements of strong finance-related outcomes, bringing cities together to share experiences and learn from each other to discover new solutions. Prior to joining C40, Anthony acquired significant experience managing projects in the built environment in Europe and in the United States. Until 2017, he worked in the U.K. as a Senior Sustainability Consultant for Mott MacDonald, where he collaborated with a variety of public and private clients to develop, refine and successfully implement sustainability strategies in the built environment. A Chartered Engineer, Anthony holds a Master’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering and Energy Sciences from Polytech' Nantes Graduate School of Engineering.

Antoine Jaillet Data Analyst, Climate Action Tools and Analytics

Antoine Jaillet serves as a Data Analyst within the C40 Measurement and Planning team, using data and tools to measure greenhouse gas emissions and assess the impacts of city-wide actions on climate, economic and social indicators. Prior to joining C40, Antoine worked as a climate consultant for the French consultancy firm Carbone 4, focused on the energy and housing sector. In that role, he assisted private and public sector stakeholder in measuring their carbon footprint, defining climate targets compatible with the Paris agreement together with designing action plans meeting those targets. He also brings experience from the development and financial sectors, having worked with the French Development Agency (AFD) on climate issues in the Nigerian oil and gas industry. He also worked for Credit Agricole CIB, a banking institution, on the financing of industrial projects. Antoine holds an Engineering Diploma from Mines Nancy, a Msc. in engineering from Université de Lorraine and a Master’s degree in Public Policy from Sciences Po Paris.

Ariadne Baskin Project Officer, Mass Transit Network

Ariadne works as a Project Officer for the Mass Transit Network, within the wider Transport & Urban Planning (TUP) Initiative. In her work, Ariadne supports C40 cities efforts to enhance mass transit coverage and experience to make it more accessible, integrated and attractive to use.  Ariadne will also support ensuring cities progress on their Green and Healthy Streets Declaration commitments. Previously, Ariadne was based in Nairobi and worked as a consultant in the Air Quality and Mobility Unit at UN Environment (UNEP), where she worked to shift national and city-wide policies to incentivize zero- and low emission vehicles and non-motorized transport. Also, Ariadne managed UNEP’s work on regulating the global used vehicle trade and supported their work with the Global Environment Facility (GEF) in Latin America and the Caribbean.  Ariadne has a master’s degree in Regional and Urban Planning from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) and is a duel South African- Greek citizen. 

Asha Sitati Technical Adviser, Climate action Planning – East & Southern Africa

Asha is the Climate Action Planning Technical Adviser providing expert support to C40 cities in East and Southern Africa. Prior to joining C40, Asha worked as a Senior Consultant at Climate and Energy Advisory, where she was instrumental in formulating and implementing climate change mitigation and adaptation projects across Africa. She also spent time at the United Nations Environment headquarters in Nairobi researching the design of efficient, integrated and actionable early warning systems for climate-related hazards in Africa, as well as documenting emerging issues of global environmental concern and raising these with decision makers. Asha has also worked on diversification of livelihood options for smallholder tobacco farmers in Kenya as a way of adapting to climate and environmental changes. She is a licenced EIA/EA Expert with an MSc in Climate Change from University College London, an MA in Environmental Planning and Management from the University of Nairobi and a BSc in Environmental Science from Maseno University in Kenya. Asha is based in Nairobi.

Barbara Barros City Adviser for Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Barbara Barros serves as City Adviser for Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, as part of C40 Climate Action Planning Programme. In this role, she is responsible for engaging internal and external stakeholders, and facilitating knowledge transfer across the Rio’s City Hall, C40 network and C40 consultants, in order to provide high-quality tailored technical assistance to support locally-led efforts and strengthen the Rio’s climate action.

Prior to joining C40, Barbara worked on the development of the Rio de Janeiro Climate Change Adaptation Strategy, in which she carried out a vulnerability assessment and an adaptation strategy for the Urbanization & Housing sector of the City by 2040. Later, she served as a Head of the Adaptation and Resilience Sector of the City Hall of Recife (Pernambuco – Brazil) to manage the Climate Change Adaptation Plan and low carbon urban development projects of the City. She also worked as a technical consultant for the Recife’s Master Plan to advance climate change planning within the urban planning agenda for the next 10 years.

She holds a degree in Architecture and Urban Planning from Federal University of Alagoas (Brazil), and a Master’s in Urban Engineering from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (Brazil). Her master’s thesis analyses the integration of adaptation planning with urban planning across four megacities.

Brian Farrelly Helpdesk Technician

Brian Farrelly is a Helpdesk Technician in C40's New York City office, reporting directly to the IT Manager. In this role, he addresses the tech support needs of C40 team members by managing incoming helpdesk tickets, facilitating IT training sessions and serving as an on-site and remote support resource. Prior to joining the team at C40, Brian was an IT Support Specialist at Todd Street Productions, a marketing communications and event production company based in New York City. In this position, he was responsible for assisting staff and freelance members with their IT inquiries, new machine deployments and providing on-site support for corporate events and sales meetings. Before his position at Todd Street, Brian was in a similar IT support role at MJM Creative, which is a subsidiary of WPP, a British multinational advertising and public relations company. Brian graduated from the State University of New York, Albany with a BA in English. 

Carlos Vázquez Castañeda City Adviser for Guadalajara, Mexico

Carlos Vázquez Castañeda serves as City Adviser for Guadalajara, Mexico. He supports the city government and metropolitan area with tailored technical assistance, stakeholder engagement and facilitation of knowledge transfer towards ambitious, transformative and inclusive climate action planning. 

Carlos has worked on sustainable development and climate change related themes from a public policy perspective across different sectors. As public servant, he participated in the implementation of Mexico´s Special Climate Change Program, the National Emissions Register, among other climate policy instruments derived from the General Climate Change Law of Mexico. He also has provided policy and technical advice to subnational governments on the elaboration of state and municipal Climate Change Plans. 

In the international cooperation field, he has served as National Advisor for the implementation of Mexico´s Nationally Determined Contribution in accordance with the Paris Agreement newly developed transparency and accounting mechanisms. More recently, Carlos worked as International Climate Finance Officer, facilitating the design and implementation of UK climate portfolio in Mexico, covering various themes including energy, cities, green finance, sustainable infrastructure, forests, among others.

Carlos holds a master´s degree in Public Administration and Public Policy from University of York in United Kingdom, and a second one, in International Relations with a specialization in Political Economy of Development from Universidad Autonoma de Barcelona, Spain. He holds a bachelor´s degree in International Relations from Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México. 

Caroline Coccoli Knowledge and Data Analyst, Inclusive Climate Action Programme

Caroline is a Knowledge and Data Analyst for the Inclusive Climate Action Programme, within C40’s Special Projects team. Prior to joining C40, Caroline worked at The Economist Group’s World Ocean Initiative, where she researched and reported on ocean governance and the development of the sustainable blue economy. Caroline brings experience in geospatial data analysis, having published research on marine spatial planning. She previously worked at AZTI Tecnalia, a marine science institute in Pasajes, Spain, where she developed a machine-learned model for spatial conflict resolution between marine industries along the Basque Coast. Caroline holds a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science from Northwestern University. She was awarded an Erasmus Mundus Scholarship for her Master’s degree in Marine Environment and Resources, completing her studies at Université de Bordeaux, Euskal Herriko Unibertsitatea/Universidad del País Vasco, and the University of Southampton.

Cécile Faraud C40 Clean Construction Programme Manager

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.

Chantal Oudkerk Pool Head of Adaptation Planning

“As Head of Adaptation Planning and through the Climate Adaptation Academy,​ Chantal supports the C40 member cities in developing and implementing their plans to build climate resilience and adapting to climate risks. After obtaining her master’s degree in Urban Planning and International Development,​ she held various positions within the City of Rotterdam. From 2005-2007,​ she lived in Bangladesh where she worked for UNICEF and Habitat for Humanity on projects related to water supply, sanitation and housing. Chantal joined the Rotterdam Climate Proof programme in 2008 where she first coordinated the research base for the Rotterdam Adaptation Strategy (RAS) before becoming responsible for the implementation and monitoring of the RAS. She was involved in the establishment of C40’s first network, Connecting Delta Cities (CDC), and has coordinated the exchange of knowledge and best practices between delta cities since 2008. Chantal has also been the project leader for the Rotterdam-Ho Chi Minh City partnership programme on adaptation since 2009, organised two large international conferences (1000+) on adaptation and several CDC/C40 workshops." 

Charlotte Breen Project Manager, Business, Data & Innovation

As Project Manager - Business Data and Innovation, Charlotte leads on circular economy research and works with member cities, the private sector and academic institutions to develop the new C40 Green Economy & Innovation Forum. Prior to C40, Charlotte spent seven years in the private sector, as the Sustainability Manager in the international team of Grosvenor Group, a real estate investor and developer. Charlotte’s role was to accelerate innovation and responsible business practices across the 17 offices, and in turn 60 cities. In 2014, Charlotte co-authored a research paper on ‘Resilient Cities’, ranking 50 global cities by environmental and social resilience, published in the Financial Times. Charlotte is a Chartered Environmentalist, Young Leader member of the Urban Land Institute and has been a guest lecturer at Henley Business School, University of Reading for five consecutive years. Charlotte holds a degree from Cambridge University in Land Economy, a multidisciplinary degree combining economics, policy and law, applied, in particular, to the built environment.

Chris Layer Knowledge Hub Officer

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

Christopher Horn Senior Communications Manager, North America

Christopher is the Senior Communications Manager, North America at C40. In this role, he helps ensure the mayors of C40’s North American cities are recognised as global climate leaders, and supports efforts to strategically position C40 globally. He also provides input into C40’s policy functions and thought leadership role within North America, fostering knowledge-sharing among key stakeholders and collaborating with C40 member cities and partners to raise visibility and communicate successes. Before joining C40, Christopher was the Director of Communications at American Forests, the oldest national conservation organization in the U.S., where he led communications activities for the organization’s key policy issues and urban and wildland forest restoration efforts. Prior to that position, he worked at Casey Trees, a community forestry nonprofit in Washington, D.C. Christopher graduated from the University of Kansas with a Bachelor of Science degree in Journalism, and minors in European Studies and French.

Cornelia von Einem Team Coordinator for the Comms & Events team

Cornelia von Einem serves as Team Coordinator for the Comms & Events team. Based in Paris, Cornelia provides daily support to the Director of Communications & Events, and serves as a key member of the team, helping to coordinate and structure meetings and agendas with internal and external stakeholders. She also liaises with Les Canaux, a metropolitan hub for innovation and economic solidarity and the location of C40’s Paris office. Cornelia has held administrative and customer-facing positions in private and public-sector organisations in France, after working as a picture editor in scientific book publishing, where she developed a keen interest in environmental issues. She has lived in Venezuela, Germany, and Japan before moving to France, and speaks German, French, and English (and is now brushing up on her Spanish!).

Cristina Argudo City Adviser – Quito, Ecuador

Cristina Argudo serves as City Adviser for Quito, Ecuador as part of the Climate Action Planning project in Latin America. She will be responsible for engaging stakeholders, facilitating knowledge transfer with C40 and consultants to provide high quality customized technical assistance and support local efforts for long-term climate action planning in the city.

Before joining C40, Cristina previously worked for 3 years as an Environmental Analyst in the Climate Change department of the Secretary of Environment in Quito. During her time there  she worked very closely with sustainability and climate change city networks following the city´s international commitments and facilitating access to technical assistance programs and finance for the implementation of climate action. She participated in the development of the GHG emissions inventory, climate planning with CURB tool and was part of the pilot process for the MER Framework.  Furthermore, she was responsible for engaging different stakeholders in climate change participatory processes.  Cristina has additional experience in project management and coordination working in international organizations such as the UNDP, and local NGOs. 

Cristina holds a MSc in Environment and Development from the University of Edinburgh and a BSc in Biology and Environmental Sciences from Trent University in Canada. Currently she is undergoing a graduate specialization degree in Cities, Climate Change and Leadership at FLACSO University in Ecuador. 

Culley Thomas Head of Modelling

Culley Thomas serves as the Head of Modelling within Measurement and Planning at C40. Culley is leading the development and enhancement of a suite of tools and information systems that improve cities’ ability to evaluate and implement climate action strategies. Prior to joining C40, Culley was a Senior Strategic Consultant in AECOM's Climate and Sustainability group based in San Francisco. In that position, he led the development of numerous analytic and decision-support models related to urban low carbon planning, climate vulnerability analysis, sustainable infrastructure, and municipal finance. He also served as project manager or technical lead on more than 45 city climate action planning projects and developed many community and project-scale greenhouse gas inventories. Culley also served as a board member of the Tropical Forest Group, advocating for policies and practices that facilitate reduction in emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD+). Culley has a Master’s degree in City and Regional Planning from University of California, Berkeley, and a Master’s degree in International Development from University of California, Davis.

Desmond C. Appiah C40 City Advisor, City of 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).

Divya Prakash Vyas Deputy Regional Director for South and West Asia

Divya Prakash Vyas serves as the Deputy Regional Director for South and West Asia for C40. He is responsible for facilitating cities in the region to participate in the exchange of best practices to reduce the impacts of climate change. Over the last decade and a half, he has worked across scales of urban development such as regional plans, master plans, urban design, and architecture projects in India and parts of the Middle East. 

He has worked on key projects such as India's flagship Smart City Mission (in the cities of Vishakapatnam, Tirupati, Ludhiana and Chandigarh),  the Dholera Special Investment Region, Nagpur Metropolitan Area Region Development Plan, and various other projects such as special economic zones, town planning schemes, mixed use developments and project management consultancy. In doing so, he played key roles such as project manager, client coordinator and key team member. Most recently, he was Associate Director of the Design Planning and Economics business line at AECOM India Private Limited. He has also previously worked with Halcrow-CH2MHILL. 

Divya Prakash holds a Bachelors Degree in Architecture from the University of Mumbai and a Masters Degree in Urban Design from the Centre for Environmental Planning and Technology in Ahmedabad, India.

Dolly Oladini Network Manager, Air Quality

Dolly serves as C40’s Network 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.

Donna Hume Head of Campaigns

Donna Hume serves as the Head of Air Quality at C40. She is responsible for developing C40’s global air quality strategy, which aims to support cities to reduce air pollution and carbon emissions at the same time. Prior to joining the C40, Donna was a Senior Campaigner at Friends of the Earth where she was responsible for leading the organisation's climate change campaigning. She led a team of people that prevented any fracking taking place in UK for the past 6 years, including by securing moratoriums on fracking in Scotland and Wales, helped secure a commitment to UK coal power phase out by 2025, and worked with Friends of the Earth International on a global campaign to keep fossil fuels in the ground in 30 countries.

Prior to that Donna held a number of other roles at Friends of the Earth: on overseeing campaign strategy and development, and in the political, economic and energy teams. During that time she supported the set-up of the organisation’s air quality campaign, built a 200 organisation strong coalition of businesses and civil society to support clean energy, and led a successful campaign to secure ongoing UK Government support for the solar industry. She has also worked at the Environmental Justice Foundation on a global campaign exposing unethical practices in cotton farming. Donna has a Bachelor’s degree in History from King’s College London.

Eduardo Peralta Lopez Programme Officer for Air Quality

Eduardo Peralta Lopez serves as Programme Officer for Air Quality. In this role he assists in overall coordination and delivery of the programme, including ensuring the air quality work is connected with other C40 programs and networks, working with external collaborators and assisting in reporting and delivery of our technical assistance program. Previously, Eduardo worked as an intern for the C40 Global Initiatives team where he successfully provided direct support in diverse lines of work. 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. Previous to 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).

Ezgi Kelleher Clean Energy Business Model Analyst

Ezgi supports C40 cities with technical assistance to select and implement innovative business models for clean energy projects as part of the Energy & Buildings Technical Assistance Programme. Prior to joining C40, Ezgi worked with local governments in solar PV consultancy projects which included feasibility assessment, financial model development, procurement and deployment. Ezgi was also responsible for project management of building energy efficiency projects. She was previously a member of a research group in KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm and her research focused on renewable energy in the context of transmission network and electricity market. Ezgi holds a MSc in Sustainable Energy Systems from the University of Edinburgh and has a BSc in Industrial Engineering from Bilkent University.

Federico Di Penta Programme Manager, Sustainable Waste Systems

Federico Di Penta is the Programme Manager for Sustainable Waste Systems, supporting cities develop solutions for the collection, disposal and recycling of solid waste. The programme also provides technical assistance and a finance academy, to further support cities in implementing and funding their new waste management models. 

Federico started his career as a strategy consultant, supporting local and national governments in designing and implementing structural reforms aimed at improving the quality of services delivered to citizens. He later worked at the United Nations and for NGOs, where he has accumulated extensive international work experience, working across Europe, Africa, Asia and Latin America. Federico has developed significant experience across the waste management process; from financing new waste management models, to implementation road maps, to the development of awareness-raising communication campaigns and national legislation aimed at reducing the quantity and harmfulness of waste produced. A passionate environmentalist from a young age, Federico has also led an international campaign against marine litter through an Italian NGO devoted to marine conservation and is a regular lecturer at national and international conferences on the topic. He holds a Degree in Management and Political Science from Royal Holloway, University of London.

Felipe Ehmke City Adviser of the Municipality of Curitiba, Brazil

Felipe Ehmke serves as the City Adviser of the Municipality of Curitiba, Brazil, as part of C40 Climate Action Planning Programme. He is responsible for contributing to the update of the city`s climate action planning consistent with the ambitions of the Paris Agreement. He has also to engage internal and external stakeholders, so that Curitiba`s capacity to implement climate action is enhanced.

Felipe is a public servant in the Institute for Research and Urban Planning of Curitiba, known as IPPUC, and has worked there for almost eight years as an Environmental Engineer, in the Land Use Department, under the Planning Supervision. He was part of the development and revision of the city`s major urban and environmental policies, plans and projects, including coordinating the review in the environmental policy in Curitiba`s Master Plan and being member of municipal councils, forums and committees. Furthermore, he assisted the municipality in many international partnerships between the city and other parties, especially the ones related to climate change and environmental policies.

Felipe is graduated in Environmental Engineering at the Federal University of Parana (UFPR), post-graduated in Work and Safety Engineering at the Federal Technological University of Parana (UTFPR) and Specialist in Planning, Transport Management and Environment.

He speaks English, Spanish and Portuguese.

Flavio Coppola Land Use Planning Network Manager

As Land Use Planning Network Manager, Flavio coordinates a network of urban planners in C40 cities to help them reach their climate goals through the development of land use plans and policies that promote compact, connected and resilient cities. Prior to joining C40, Flavio was an urban economics consultant in the San Francisco Bay Area and provided cities and transit agencies with economic analyses to help create sustainable and high-quality places in California and the rest of the US. In previous capacities, he has worked for local governments, non-profits and consulting firms in San Francisco, Rio de Janeiro, London, and Paris, on projects pertaining to sustainable policy and transportation, urban planning, and economic development. Flavio holds a Bachelor Degree in Political Science and a Master's Degree in Regional and Urban Planning from Sciences Po Paris, and a Master of Science in Local Economic Development from the London School of Economics. He speaks English, French, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, and Farsi.

Francesca Towner Personal Assistant

Francesca Towner serves as one of the Personal Assistants within C40. In this capacity, she provides administrative and scheduling support to the Deputy Executive Director, Director of Global Initiatives, and Director of Regions. Francesca is responsible for establishing and maintaining administrative processes and office systems across the organisation. In her 15 year career as a Personal Assistant, she has held several positions across a variety of sectors including 6 years working within the Transport department at the Olympic Delivery Authority (London 2012). 

Friederike Hanisch Senior Manager, C40 Divest/Invest Forum

Friederike Hanisch is Senior Manager of the C40 Divest/Invest Forum, supporting cities and their pension funds that have an interest in divesting from fossil fuels and investing in sustainable assets. Previously she worked at ShareAction, where she set up and managed the European Responsible Investment Network (ERIN). She worked with its 40 member organisations to strengthen collaboration and develop joint sustainable finance initiatives across 12 European countries. In the run up to the Global Climate Action Summit in 2018, she also led an investor engagement initiative which encouraged 150 asset owners to take bold climate actions. She previously worked with a range of sustainability organisations, including community network Semble, the New Economics Foundation, and WWF UK. In her spare time, she co-founded Hackney Fixers, a local community repair initiative for electronic items, which has prevented over 1,000kg of electronic waste and saved 17,000kg in GHG emissions to date. Friederike holds a BSc in Environmental Sciences from Leuphana University of Lüneburg, Germany, and an MA in Environmental Politics from the University of Keele.

Gabriel Tenenbaum de Oliveira Programme Manager, ZEBRA

Gabriel Tenenbaum de Oliveira joined C40 in 2018 and serves as Programme Manager for the ZEBRA project, a C40 and ICCT-led initiative to accelerate the introduction of zero emission buses in the Latin-American region. Gabriel project manages ZEBRA grant deliverables, including ensuring bold political and financial institution commitments and cities' progress towards fleet-wide deployment strategies. Gabriel also manages C40 Mass Transit Network initiatives with support from the Transport and Urban Planning Programme Directors. Gabriel holds a master in Transportation Engineering from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ) and a double degree in Engineering from École Centrale de Lyon (France) and UFRJ.

Giovanni Tedesco Data Officer

Giovanni Tedesco serves as Data Officer supporting the C40 flagship Deadline 2020 Programme around city 1.5°C ambition and Paris Agreement delivery as well as regional and C40-wide data needs. Giovanni works closely with the Global Initiatives team and Regional Directors to deliver locally-specific and valuable data analysis to further enhance C40's efforts to address climate change mitigation and adaptation. Giovanni holds a degree in Political Science from the University of Bologna and a MSc in Environmental Management from the University of Reading.

Gisela Provasi Project Officer, Sustainable Waste Systems

Gisela serves as Project Officer for the Sustainable Waste Systems (SWS) Network, supporting the achievement of mitigation outcomes from waste management and reduction throughout C40’s cities. Gisela’s work is particularly focused on the development of the Regional Technical Assistance Programme for global south cities, the Finance Programme for Municipal Solid Waste, and on supporting the SWS partnership with the Climate and Clean Air Coalition. Prior to joining C40, she worked at the City of Paris providing support to local initiatives on circular and social economy and representing the city in a European network for urban social innovation. In Paris, Gisela has also advised the Parisian Network of Waste Reuse Organizations (Refer). She has been trained at the Brazilian Permanent Mission to the United Nations in New York, where she followed UN and G70 negotiations on sustainability issues, and has worked for the Brazilian Institute for the Environment and Natural Resources (IBAMA) as a legal intern. She is a lawyer registered at the Brazilian attorney association (OAB/SP) and has experience with environmental law and extended producer responsibility (Felsberg & Associates). On the side, Gisela is also a volunteer legal adviser and field worker for Liter of Light Brazil, a research contributor to Resama (South-American Network for Environmental Migrations), and a Youth Climate Leaders fellow. Gisela holds a Masters on Sustainable Development, Environmental Management and GIS from the University of Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne and a Law degree from University of São Paulo Law School.

Giulia Pivetti Workshop Coordinator

Giulia serves as Workshop Coordinator, supporting the Measurement and Planning team in coordinating technical assistance workshops to help cities build GHG inventories, set emission reduction targets and develop climate action plans. Prior to joining C40, Giulia worked for the World Bank in Tanzania and Rwanda as Municipal Finance Analyst, supporting the City Creditworthiness Initiative, a program dedicated to helping sub-national authorities improve their financial performance. She has previously worked for other International Institutions, including the United Nations Capital Development Fund in Dar es Salaam, the United Nations World Tourism Organization in Madrid and the European Commission in Brussels. She holds a Master Degree in Economics and Management of Public Administrations and International Institutions and a Bachelor Degree in Economics of International Development and Cooperation.

Guillaume Joly Residential Retrofit Policy Analyst

Guillaume serves as Residential Retrofit Policy Analyst at C40 and is based in London. In this role, he supports the delivery of a Technical Assistance programme to help C40 cities establish and improve ambitious residential retrofit policies. He delivers direct support and through sharing best practices and tangible mitigation outcomes, meanwhile paving the way to creative and alternative approaches to be considered. Prior to joining C40 Guillaume worked for several French local authorities on a range of residential retrofit projects including improving subsidies for fuel poor households, defining local zero-emission strategies and setting environmental standards for retrofits. He also chaired a non-profit association for citizens; empowerment and sustainability. He holds a Master’s degree in Local Social Development and access to public utilities for economically deprived households and a Master’s degree in Local energy and telecommunication Networks Governance and built environment production.

Hasan Oztas Group Management Accountant

Hasan is the Group Management Accountant at C40 and supports the Group Financial Controller and the Director of Finance, with particular responsibility for banking and accounts payable and receivable. He provides monthly and quarterly internal reports for budget holders and project managers and is reporting to some of C40's funders. Before joining C40, Hasan gained a wide range of experience in the corporate, charity and public sectors in various different positions, most recently at the NHS, BAFTA and several children’s Charities. He is a part qualified CIMA Finalist working through his exams to become certified, and holds a BA in Accounting and Finance from the University of Hertfordshire.

Helen Ho Data & Innovation Officer

Helen is responsible for the annual city reporting programme and works in collaboration with C40 partner organisations to assist member cities in disclosing climate data and tracking their performance. She also works to understand the data and information needs of member cities, and develops and delivers programmes aimed at improving city data management processes. Helen joined C40 in 2016 on the Research, Measurement & Planning team and previously worked on climate change, energy and transport policy at the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR). She holds an MSc in Environmental Technology from Imperial College London and a BSc in Natural Sciences from University College London.


Honorine van den Broek d’Obrenan Benefits Research Officer

Honorine van den Broek d’Obrenan works as a Benefits Research Officer, exploring the wider social and economic benefits of climate action. She is helping to coordinate a range of meetings and events, assisting with stakeholder communication, and coordinating city support including data collection. Previously, Honorine had worked as an intern for the C40 adaptation masterclasses and research, and contributed to C40’s overarching Climate Action Planning Programme.

Honorine has both an architecture and sustainable urban engineering education in France. During her studies, Honorine has conducted a series of study trips through Europe and Asia interviewing developers of innovative sustainable projects for cities on energy, transport, waste and water management, and education. She has questioned the interaction of health and sustainability at a building scale through her master thesis, and her work in sustainable architecture firms in Taiwan and Rotterdam. 

Ibtissam Sadouni Global Initiatives and Global Platform for Sustainable Cities Project Officer

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.

Iliyana Arnaudova Clean Energy Finance Manager

Iliyana serves as Clean Energy Finance Manager for C40’s Financing Sustainable Cities Initiatives (FSCI). Prior to joining C40, Iliyana worked with municipalities in Europe, Africa and the Middle East. Most recently, she was based in Cairo working for the Regional Center for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (RCREEE), where she developed and managed a portfolio of programs and projects across the region that included renewable energy, energy efficiency, and local climate & energy actions. She has also worked for the European Commission's Joint Research Centre (JRC) on analysing sustainable energy action plans in the Southern Mediterranean and for the Council of European Municipalities and Regions (CEMR) on Covenant of Mayors in Sub-Saharan Africa initiative. Iliyana holds a Master's degree in Environment and Resource Management with a specialization in Energy Studies from Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.

Indra Levite Measurement and Planning Officer

Indra Levite joins the C40 London office where she serves as a Measurement and Planning Officer. Prior to joining C40 Indra worked for the Secretariat for the Latvian Presidency of the Council of the European Union in 2015 and has gained experience in the fields of sustainable urban planning and climate change issues through internships at the Latvian Ministry for Environmental Protection and Regional Development as well as the Riga City Council Planning Department. She holds a BA in Geography from the University of Sussex and a MSc in Environmental Technology from Imperial College London. Indra speaks Latvian, German, English and French.

Indriany Lionggo Climate Adaptation Academy Workshop Coordinator

Indriany Lionggo supports the C40 Climate Adaptation Academy as workshop coordinator. Before joining C40, Indrianyworked as a research assistant at the Institute for Housing and Development Studies (IHS) Erasmus University. She supported three very relevant cross-cutting specialisations: urban land governance, urban competitiveness and resilience, and strategic planning. She has studied architectural design during her bachelor in Australia and has gained experiences working as an architect. 

Inés Lockhart Programme Manager, Climate Action Planning Latin America Programme

Inés Lockhart currently serves as Programme Manager for the Climate Action Planning Programme in Latin America, as part of the Measurement & Planning Initiative. She provides technical assistance to Latin American cities through the climate action planning process towards the development of ambitious Climate Action Plans, in line with the Paris Agreement. Previously, when joining C40, Inés served as a Project Manager for the Technical Assistance Programme on secondment from the City of Buenos Aires. Before joining C40, Inés was part of Buenos Aires Environmental Protection Agency serving as the city´s Climate Change coordinator, responsible for the climate action plan development process, from GHG Inventory development and climate hazards identification, target setting and strategic planning towards the development of the city´s Climate Change Action Plan 2010-2030 (launched in 2009 and updated in 2015). She managed and coordinated the interaction with different stakeholders and has been the technical liaison for the city over the years in the different international networks, and the local focal point with the national government. Born in Argentina, she speaks Spanish and English fluently.


Irene Burga City Advisor on Air Quality and Health, Los Angeles

Irene Burga serves as the C40 City Advisor on Air Quality and Health for the City of Los Angeles.  She will develop and deliver policies and projects that achieve city-wide air quality, climate, and health benefits as part of the city’s sustainability plan, pLAn. Irene will oversee the City’s contributions to the South Coast air quality management plan and work on matters related to the goods movement around the Port of LA, development of strategies around electric vehicles, and designing a new community air monitoring project.

Irene previously worked for the Environmental Defense Fund where she designed and advocated for policies that reduce pollution from the oil and gas industry, increase opportunities for clean energy development, and help areas most underserved and overburdened by poor air quality. Irene also has experience working on energy benchmarking policies for the Natural Resources Defense Council. She holds a B.A. in International Relations from the University of San Diego and a J.D. from Boston University School of Law.

Isabel Fernández Learning & Engagement Manager

Isabel Fernández serves as Learning & Engagement Manager for C40’s Measurement and Planning Initiative. This initiative supports cities with the development of evidence-based climate action plans, including greenhouse gas emission inventory development and scenario planning. Isabel’s work focuses on supporting city officials engage relevant stakeholders in the climate action planning process and coordinating the development of learning resources and training materials. Prior to joining C40, Isabel worked for eight years at ICLEI, a global network of cities, towns and regions promoting sustainable development at the local level. She developed communication strategies, managed content for online channels and social media platforms, as well as recruited and maintained media partnerships. She contributed to several international and EU-funded projects in the field of sustainability management and urban governance, working closely with local governments, and with a focus on tools for urban management and knowledge brokerage processes. Isabel was also responsible for the organisation of large-scale conferences for local governments on topics such as climate change, renewable energies, smart cities and transition initiatives.

Isabel holds a Master Degree in Law from the University of Oviedo (Spain) and University of Freiburg (Germany). Originally from Spain, Isabel speaks Spanish, English, German and French.

Iyad Kheirbek Head of Air Quality

Iyad Kheirbek serves as the Head of 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 program at the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.  In the 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 programs.  Iyad has an MS in Environmental Health from University of Washington in Seattle and a BA from from Tufts University.

Jacqueline Lam Deputy Regional Director for Southeast Asia and Oceania

Jacqueline Lam is the Deputy Regional Director for Southeast Asia and Oceania with C40. Over the last decade, she has held positions with various ministries and agencies in the Singapore government, as well as the Asian Development Bank. Most recently, she was in charge of various sustainable and inclusive development projects in Southeast Asia for ADB, focusing on project financing, government capacity building and pilot project implementation for public-private partnerships, investment promotion, SME and agriculture sector development. In her earlier work with the Energy Market Authority of Singapore, she was in charge of advocacy and partnerships with ASEAN partner governments for energy efficiency and renewables policy. 

During her time with the Ministry of Trade and Industry, she led negotiations for free trade agreements with ASEAN counterparts as the representative for Singapore, and facilitated numerous stakeholder consultations on key interests and policies for various sectors, including sustainable architecture, civil engineering and urban development. Having spent most of her career with an ASEAN portfolio, Jacqueline is one of the biggest advocates for regional cooperation and believes fervently in the strength of policy and project implementation in numbers. 

Jacqueline is a big supporter of marine conservation, and volunteers with non-governmental groups on marine conservation research in Singapore, Indonesia and the Philippines. Jacqueline earned her undergraduate degree with the National University of Singapore in Political Science, and her Master's degree with the University of New South Wales in Development Studies. With extensive experience of living and working across Asia Pacific, she is fluent in English, Mandarin, Cantonese and speaks a little Bahasa Melayu.  

Jenifer van Dijk Castañeda Project Officer, C40 Climate Adaptation Academy

Jenifer van Dijk Castañeda joined C40 as a project officer to support C40’s Climate Adaptation Academy based in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. She will coordinate the technical assistance programme on adaptation to 15 cities in South East Asia and Latin America. Furthermore, she will organise tailored master classes, that support governance, capacity building and knowledge exchange on several topics.  

Jenifer studied Business & Tourism in Mexico and Australia and obtained a master's degree in International Land and Water Management from Wageningen University. During her research period in Peru she focused on stakeholder collaboration and integrated water resources management at watershed and city level. After her graduation she worked in The Netherlands at the asset management department of public water company Vitens, carrying out risk assessments, writing strategic plans to improve the water supply infrastructure and streamlining contingency plans.

Jessica De La Rosa Social Media & Digital Manager

Jessica serves as Social Media & Digital Manager for C40 and is responsible for advocating the organisation on social & digital platforms. In this role, Jessica promotes C40’s achievements and activities through C40's digital platforms, connects with cities and partners to develop campaigns & engages with new audiences to help build a strong and engaging brand. Before joining C40 in 2016 to work on the C40 Summit, Jessica was a Digital Content Editor for one of the biggest digital media websites in Mexico. She has also collaborated as an intern in the Department of Sustainable Development for the Mexican oil Industry PEMEX, and she has volunteered in the organisation of several events, including TEDxEastEnd in London and the World Youth Conference. Jessica holds a BA in Communications Science from the National Autonomous University of Mexico. She is fluent in Spanish and English.

Jia Yong Regional Coordinator for East, Southeast Asia and Oceania

Jia Yong is the Regional Coordinator for East, Southeast Asia and Oceania (ESEAO), and South and West Asia (SWA), providing support to these regions through a variety of administrative and operational tasks. Prior to joining C40, Jia Yong worked as an industrial engineer in a major semiconductor firm. He holds a degree in Business Management from Singapore Management University, and a Master’s in Environmental Management from the National University of Singapore. His master’s thesis analyses the energy efficiency of urban transportation. He does triathlons in his free time, and is interested in cities, urban transportation, energy efficiency, and decarbonization.

Joselito Guevarra Head of Climate Action Planning, Southeast Asia

Joselito Guevarra serves as the Head of Climate Action Planning, Southeast Asia at C40.  In this role, he will be engaging and assisting C40 member cities in the region to develop their technical capacity and institutional processes to deliver transformative climate action at the national and local levels. Before joining C40, Jojo was the Regional Project Manager for the Global Initiative for Southeast Asia (GISEA), where he spearheaded the capacity building efforts in emergency response for the ten ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) member countries. He has more than 20 years of experience in project management coupled with more than 12 years experience in emergency response, crisis management, advocacy, capacity building, government affairs and international relations. This is complemented by a Master of Science degree in Environmental Management (MEM Programme) from the National University of Singapore (NUS) and an undergraduate degree in Sociology from the University of the Philippines (UP) in Diliman.  

Joshua Gardner Programme Manager of Global Initiatives

Josh is the Programme Manager of Global Initiatives at C40, supporting the delivery of C40’s thematic initiatives and networks and strategic engagement with other C40 teams. Before joining C40, Josh worked as a sustainability consultant specializing in climate change in Melbourne, Australia. Most recently, he served as Project Coordinator for climate science and policy institute Climate Analytics to support the delivery of UNDP and Climate Vulnerable Forum’s Low Carbon Monitor report. He was a Senior Consultant with Ernst & Young in the Climate Change and Sustainability team, and in this role was seconded to City of Melbourne as part of Rockefeller Foundation’s 100 Resilient Cities initiative. His consulting roles have seen Josh work with a diverse range of clients in government, not for profit and the private sector to assist them across a breadth of sustainability issues, often with an emissions reduction lens. Josh graduated from the University of Melbourne with a Bachelor of Chemical Engineering and Bachelor of Arts, majoring in politics. 

Judith Neijzen C40 Summit Global Partnerships Manager - Seconded to Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Judith serves as C40 Summit Global Partnerships Manager on a secondment basis from the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs until April 2020. In this position, she focusses on securing strong participation and contributions from city representatives and other key stakeholders in the C40 Mayors Summit, and leads on the successful delivery of the Cities & Business Forum as a main side event of the C40 Mayors Summit together with the C40 Business & Innovation team.

Judith previously worked for C40 as Regional Coordinator Europe and Africa. Prior to joining C40 Cities, she was responsible for communications and marketing at the International Federation for Housing and Planning. During her studies, she interned at the Food Security Department of the Dutch embassy in Bangladesh and researched urban living in Taiwan as part of the Netherlands Asia Honours Summer School. Judith holds an MA in International Business Communication from Copenhagen Business School and holds a BA in Liberal Arts and Sciences: Global Challenges from Leiden University.

Julia Moreno Rosino City Intelligence Analyst

Julia serves as City Intelligence Analyst, delivering data analysis projects in support of internal business intelligence and external publications and tools, expanding C40's work with analytics partner Qlik.

Prior to joining C40, Julia worked as Management and Regulatory Officer at the Spanish Medicines Agency, where she managed the organization´s data systems. She had also contributed to environmental and sustainable development projects with international non-profit organizations, mainly Action Against Hunger and Greenpeace.

Julia has an MSc on Environmental Management at London Kingston University, focused on climate change, and holds a Degree in Pharmacy and a Diploma in Public Health.

Kamleshan  Pillay Adaptation Finance Manage

Kamleshan Pillay, as Adaptation Finance Manager within the Financing Sustainable Cities Initiative team. Based in Cape Town, he is responsible for managing delivery of adaptation finance support to cities and collaborating closely with the Adaptation Initiative team. Kamleshan brings extensive experience in climate and adaptation finance. Prior to joining C40, he was a technical leader for an International Development Research Centre innovation project, which aimed to develop a climate insurance facility addressing flood risk in South Africa. He also did project coordination for South Africa's BIOFIN project funded by the United Nations Development Programme. Kamlesh is currently completing his PhD in adaptation finance at the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg within the Global Change Institute, as well as working toward his Certificate in Quantitative Finance.

Katherine Maxwell Senior Manager, Climate Action Planning

Katherine is Senior Manager (Climate Action Planning) for C40’s Measurement and Planning department. In this role, she provides expert assistance across the climate action planning process in Africa, China, Latin American and South East Asia.

Prior to joining C40, Katherine was Innovation Manager for the Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation (centre for climate expertise for the University of Edinburgh) where she was responsible for the management of a variety of European funded climate action projects working directly with cities. 

Katherine has also worked for London School of Economics (Cities) on the New Climate Economy report which provided insight on transport policy for compact and connected growth. In addition, Katherine has run her own consultancy ‘Urban Transitions’ that provided climate planning and stakeholder engagement expertise for municipalities and has held Visiting Researcher (City Planning) positions at UC in Chile, working with municipalities on their disaster risk reduction planning. Katherine has global experience working for a variety of other third, public and private sector organisations focusing on developing climate action planning and GHG emission inventories for cities.

Katherine holds a BSc in Geography and an MSc in Environmental Sustainability from the University of Edinburgh and is currently finalising her PhD in Sustainable Urban Development from the University of Oxford.

Kathrin Zeller Network Manager, Waste to Resources

Kathrin Zeller serves as a Network Manager for the Waste to Resources Network at C40, aiming for the acceleration of the transition from solid waste management towards sustainable materials management. In her most recent experience in Germany she worked at a municipal PPP for waste treatment in the city of Cologne within their international projects. Prior to that she served as a project coordinator for topics of climate, environment and energy at the Konrad Adenauer Foundation in Rio de Janeiro. One of her projects was to help establish the Brazilian city network CB27. Kathrin holds a master degree from the University of Cologne/ Germany in Regional Sciences of Latina America with a focus on theory of economic and social policy, and a MBA of the Leuphana University Lüneburg/ Germany in Sustainability Management. Kathrin is based in the office in Rio de Janeiro and speaks German, English and Portuguese. 

Kayley Goff Events Manager

Having joined the team in 2016, Kayley produces a range of world-leading international events for C40, working across production, branding, high-profile speaker management and agenda development. This includes the C40 World Mayors Summits,the Women4Climate and Cities4Climate Conferences, C40 Talks, and media related events.

Prior to joining C40 Kayley held events position at The Prince’s Trust, City University London, and Blenheim Palace working across a spectrum of including, award ceremonies, gala dinners, conferences, ceremonial graduations and large scaling sporting events, ranging from 20 up to 65,000 attendees. For the last 5 years she has also lead on the operational delivery, and assisted with technical production on Brainchild Festival, an award winning music and arts festival, based to the south of London.

She holds a MA in Sports Business Management, specialising in Major Event Management from The University of West England and a BSc in Equine Science from Oxford Brookes University.

Laetitia Pettinotti Inclusive Climate Action Diplomacy & City Engagement Manager

Laetitia Pettinotti joined C40 as the Inclusive Climate Action Diplomacy & City Engagement Manager. In this role, Laetitia plays a key role on leading C40’s engagement in the Mayors Migration Council (MMC) and supporting cities engage in the global discussions relevant to equity and climate, migration and displacement, and to inclusive climate action. Laetitia also supports the ICA programme where it intersects with City Diplomacy activities, including the ICA Advisory Board and Equity pledge.

Prior to joining C40, Laetitia, an economist by training, has worked on distributional issues of policy impacts with a focus on vulnerable, pro poor and women target groups. Prior to C40, she was a researcher for the Grantham Research Institute at the London School of Economics where she worked on the domestication of the Sustainable Development Goals in Tanzania. Her experience also includes research on decision-making over water allocation under climate change in Kenya, Ghana and Ethiopia. She holds a PhD in Economics (University of the Basque Country, Spain), a MSc in Environmental Economics (University of Edinburgh, UK) and a MA in Sustainability and Public Policy (Sciences Po Lille, France).

Laura Jungman Senior Manager, C40 Cities Finance Facility

Laura Jungman serves as Senior Manager for the C40 Cities Finance Facility. Prior to joining C40, Laura worked as policy manager at CDP, leading on deliverables for forests policy globally. Laura also worked with climate finance at the Climate Policy Initiative and with policy for the Sustainable Development Goals at UNDP’s RIO+ Centre. Before moving to the UK, Laura lived and worked in Brazil, France, India, and Tunisia.  Laura holds a MSc in Development Studies from the London School of Economics and Political Sciences, where she attended as a Chevening Scholar awarded by the UK’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office. 

Laure Rees-Smith Graphic Design Coordinator

Laure serves as Graphic Design Coordinator at C40. As part of the Communications and Events Team, Laure assists the Head of Creative Content in developing, planning and executing the graphic identity and design of a variety of communications campaigns and initiatives. Prior to joining C40, Laure worked as a designer at Passion Pictures where she helped win the Greenpeace Rang-Tan campaign. She also worked closely with directors in designing style frames for animated films. Laure also works with Southwark Council as part of the Recycling Champion Scheme, using her design as a tool to help encourage her community to recycle. She holds a Bachelors Degree in Graphic and Media Design from London College of Communication. 

Lia Nicholson Technical Adviser, Climate Action Planning – West Africa

Lia is Technical Adviser for Climate Action Planning in West Africa, where she supports the C40 cities of Abidjan, Accra, Dakar and Lagos to develop plans and begin implementing climate action in line with the Paris Agreement.

Prior to joining C40, Lia was a civil servant to the Government of Antigua & Barbuda. Lia served as an international climate negotiator for agreements under the United Nations, spearheaded climate action planning, and developed investment proposals. Her portfolio included grid-interactive wind and solar, resilient buildings and infrastructure, and electric public transport systems. Lia has also worked on access to finance for financially excluded farmers in northern Nigeria as a Kiva fellow.

Lia received a Master of Environmental Management from Yale University and a B.A. in International Environmental Policy from Scripps College in California. Lia received a Gruber Fellowship in Global Justice and Women’s Rights (2014) and Commonwealth Queen's Young Leader Award (2017). Lia was featured on TEDxAntigua with a talk titled Climate innovators – our environment’s game changers.

Lina López City Adviser for Medellin, Colombia

Lina López serves as the City Adviser for Medellin, Colombia. She is responsible for engaging internal and external stakeholders, facilitating knowledge transfer across the city and the wider C40 network, and working with consultants to provide high quality tailored technical assistance to support locally-led efforts to deliver transformative climate action. The City Adviser develops and implements a strategy to support Medellin in developing an ambitious and robust climate action plan that is compliant with the goals of the Paris Agreement.

Prior to joining C40, Lina worked for six years as a Public Servant at the Environmental and Transport Authority, Area Metropolitana del Valle de Aburrá. She was the co-creator of Medellín's Bike Share System, and responsible for elaborating the long-term Bicycle Master Plan for Medellin and its Metropolitan Area. During the last two years, she conducted a team to formulate Sustainable Mobility Plans for organizations, and building cycling infrastructure in different municipalities around the Aburrá Valley.

Lina holds a Master of Science in Transport and City Planning from University College London in the United Kingdom and a Product Design Engineer degree from Universidad EAFIT (Medellin-Colombia).

Lucy Mahoney Programme Manager, Mobility Management (Maternity Cover), Seconded to C40 by Transport For London

Lucy joins C40 on secondment from Transport for London (TfL) covering the Mobility Management Network position in the Global Initiatives Team.

Within TfL Lucy worked in the Road Strategy and Freight team which leads the thinking on the future of London's streets to reflect the Mayor's Transport Strategy including the strategic approach to traffic reduction, managing freight and reducing road danger. Her previous position in TfL was as a Principal Strategy Planner in Road Safety where her work focused on the development of the Vision Zero Action Plan; an ambitious new approach to road danger reduction achieved through reducing the dominance of motor vehicles on London’s streets to minimise the dangers they pose to vulnerable road users.

Previously to TfL, Lucy read Geography and the Environment for her D.Phil. at the University of Oxford. She was based in the Oxford University Centre for the Environment jointly within the Transport Studies Unit (TSU) and the Environmental Change Institute (ECI). Her academic research, empirically and theoretically focused on the interrelations between society and the environment. Her research interests include: the geographies of wellbeing, behavioural science, active and sustainable mobilities, and the interconnections between cities, society and place.

Lu Sun Head of Climate Action Planning China

Lu Sun serves as Head of Climate Action Planning China at C40. In this position, he is responsible for managing the delivery of a programme of technical assistance, guidance and training to C40 cities in China, with the aim of building technical capacity to develop climate action plans that are compatible with the ambitions of the Paris Agreement. Before joining C40, Lu worked on a PhD project in urban planning at the University of Copenhagen, where he also managed and coordinated international projects and proposals with a focus on sustainability. Lu holds a Master’s degree in Landscape Architecture from Peking University in Beijing.

Malvina Bondy GHG Emissions Data Analyst

Malvina serves as a GHG Emissions Data Analyst within the C40 Measurement and Planning modelling group. She develops decision support tools and coordinates the compilation of important datasets associated with city-scale GHG emissions and climate action planning. 


Prior to joining C40, she worked with the German development corporation GIZ on social protection projects including climate risk insurance in partner countries as well as undertaking research on quantifying the effects of urban air pollution at the London School of Economics. She also brings experience from the field of urban mobility from her time with the Future Cities Catapult. Malvina holds a MSc with Distinction in Environmental Economics & Climate Change from the London School of Economics as well as a MA in Economics from the University of Aberdeen. Born in Germany, Malvina speaks English, French and German.

Maria Gracia Aguilar City Adviser - Lima, Peru

Maria Gracia Aguilar serves as City Adviser for Lima, Peru. As part of the Climate Action Planning project in Latin America, she will be responsible for engaging stakeholders, facilitating knowledge transfer and providing technical assistance towards long-term climate action planning. 

Maria Gracia previously worked as an Analyst for Libelula, a Peruvian consultancy firm focused on climate change management. During her time at Libelula, she worked with the Development Bank of Latin America (CAF) in developing a vulnerability analysis framework and climate change adaptation measures for the city of Arequipa, Peru. Maria Gracia has also measured and certified carbon footprints for the private sector and supported the development of sustainability plans. She was also involved in researching the advances and barriers of implementing Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) in 18 Latin American countries as well as writing the Third National Climate Change Communication for Peru. Most recently, Maria Gracia worked in Columbia University’s Earth Institute where she conducted research on sustainability policy and implementation. 

Maria Gracia holds a Master in Public Administration in Environmental Science and Policy from Columbia University in the city of New York and a Geography degree from Pontificia Universidad Catolica del Peru.

Mariana Berganton Transportation and Urban Planning Project Officer

Mariana serves as the Transportation and Urban Planning Project officer to help support Green and Healthy Streets Declaration cities progress their commitments, and to support the team meet all our ambitious targets. Previously, Mariana worked as an intern for C40's Executive Director’s Office, where she supported the team in preparing briefings and presentations for the Executive Director, updated C40 Overview of Services, conducted research on extreme weather impacts in C40 cities in 2018, offered translation support, provided technical and logistical support at the Women4Climate conference in Paris in 2019. Prior to joining C40, Mariana graduated from an MSc in International Development Studies at the University of Amsterdam, in the Netherlands. For her Master’s thesis, Mariana undertook an independent three-month research project in Thailand, investigating how small and medium enterprises perceive climate change risks and how they act upon them. Mariana was also an intern for the Center of Sustainable Development Studies as a reporter, investigating the engagement of different university departments and sustainable development. Mariana holds a BA in International Relations from the University of Westminster. She’s fluent in Portuguese, French and English and has intermediate knowledge in Italian and Spanish.

Mariola Panzuela Malgosa Network Manager, Transit Oriented Development -Barcelona

Mariola manages the Walking and Cycling Network at C40. In her role Mariola supports cities shift from motorized private transportation modes to active mobility solutions, such as walking and cycling. Enhancing walking and cycling initiatives and policies has the potential to boost citizens’ physical and mental health, safety and social equity, and improve the city’s air quality and noise pollution while generating no emissions. 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).

Marvin Lagonera City Adviser for Quezon City, Philippines

Marvin Lagonera is the City Adviser for Quezon City, Philippines. He is responsible for providing support towards the development of the city’s climate action plan compatible with the Paris Agreement. He was previously affiliated with the International City/County Management Association (ICMA), where he served as City Program Coordinator for USAID’s “Strengthening Urban Resilience for Growth with Equity (SURGE)”. Before that he was part of ICLEI Southeast Asia, where he managed a portfolio of projects on low carbon development, sustainable energy and urban research. He also served as ICLEI Country Liaison Officer for the “Ambitious City Promises”, an IKI-funded project supporting large cities in Indonesia, the Philippines and Vietnam to establish ambitious climate targets and actions. He also led in developing the Philippine National Climate Change Mitigation Framework Strategy and the UNDP-GEF project “Supporting Cities to Achieve Low Emission Urban Pathways (SCALEUP)”.

Marvin holds a Master's degree in Political Science major in Global Politics and Bachelor’s degree in Economics-Honors and Political Science from the Ateneo de Manila University. He was a recipient of the Erasmus Mundus Master’s Mobility with Asia at the University of Warsaw and the Joint Master’s Research Mobility of the ASEAN University Network and Kyoto University Graduate School of Energy Sciences. In his spare time, Marvin enjoys crossfit, power boxing and outdoor activities like hiking and cycling.

Mary Sokolow Events Coordinator

Mary Sokolow serves as Events Coordinator at C40. In this role, Mary supports the delivery and production of C40 events, including coordinating with the various C40 Teams to manage event marketing and branding, invitations and other related communications. Mary is also responsible for managing and strengthening C40’s global contact database for all events. Prior to joining C40, Mary held internships at the French Meeting Events Industry Council (UNIMEV) in Paris, where she was involved in the production and on-site organization of their annual meeting; and at Bloomberg Philanthropies in New York, where she was part of the team developing a variety of events in the fields of Arts, Culture and Environment. Mary also worked at Mouth, a social media and marketing agency where she worked on the design and implementation of social media strategies for clients. Mary is a graduate in Foreign Languages from Sorbonne University and also holds a Masters Degree in PR and Events Management from the Superior Institute of Communications (ISCOM).

Matheus Ortega City Adviser for Salvador, Brazil

Matheus Ortega serves as City Adviser for Salvador, Brazil. He supports the city government with technical capacity and stakeholder engagement towards the implementation of ambitious Climate Action Plans. Prior to joining C40, Matheus worked as Head of Future Cities Programme for the UK Government in Brazil. He led the design and delivery of a £16m Prosperity Fund programme in smart transportation and water management, managing partners such as the World Bank and UN Habitat. He also worked as Project Manager in areas such as climate smart cities planning, urban mobility, infrastructure regulation, solid waste management, and sustainable social housing in several Brazilian cities.

Maximus Ugwuoke City Adviser to Lagos

Maximus is the City Adviser to Lagos where he is providing technical assistance to the City in the development and delivery of Climate Action Plan in line with the Paris agreement.

He has had a long and successful career in Lagos State Government for over 20 years serving in different roles and focusing on climate change, solid waste management, air quality and pollution control, environmental governance and policy, as well as environmental impact assessment. It is under his leadership that Lagos State developed a GHG inventory that is GPC compliant. 

Maximus was the first head of Lagos State Climate Change Unit, which successfully implemented climate change mitigation and adaptation projects, including delivering annual Lagos State International Climate Change Summit, which was held for seven consecutive years. 

As Head of the Climate Change Unit, Maximus was also responsible for managing relationships with so many climate change programme partners for Lagos State, such as C40, ICLEI, UN Agencies, the World Bank, and civil society groups.

While doing national service, Maximus was a Corper of the year award winner. He is also a Commonwealth Professional Fellow obtained from the Center for Global Eco-Innovation of University of Lancaster.  He holds a Bachelor’s degree from University of Nigeria Nsukka and Master’s degree in Environmental Resources Management from University of Lagos. He is a Registered Advertising Practitioner. 

Mehrnaz Ghojeh Project Manager, Inclusive Climate Action Programme

Mehrnaz serves as project manager for the Inclusive Climate Action Programme, as part of C40's Special Projects team. Prior to C40, she was a Senior Urban Development Specialist at BuroHappold where she led projects with Philanthropic organizations and IFIs including Wellcome Trust, Rockefeller Foundation and the World Bank). Her experience also includes working with mayors and city officials, in particular from Beirut, Tbilisi, Tehran and Belgrade on regional strategies and policies for urban resilience. Mehrnaz has previously served as an urban policy advisor to the Ministry of Roads and Urban Development and Tehran Municipality.

In 2012, Mehrnaz co-founded, UE:EU, to explore the implications of emergent risks on cities and their inhabitants. Mehrnaz is particularly interested in the nexus of cities, climate change, health and equity. Her research currently focuses on the evolving role of city networks in facilitating science diplomacy and responding to the governance challenges facing planetary health.

Mehrnaz trained as an architect and holds an MPhil in Urban and Environmental Design from University of Cambridge. She was a visiting fellow at Nanjing University in China and has been a regular guest lecturer at a number of universities including, Imperial College London, University of Cambridge and UCL.

Mikkel Petersen Fundraising Coordinator

Mikkel serves as Fundraising Coordinator for C40. He fills a supportive role in developing and implementing C40's fundraising plan and contributes to cultivating and maintaining strong donor relationships. Throughout his career, he has focused on public sector donors and philanthropies on issues such as climate change, anti-corruption and urban development. At the City of Copenhagen, he helped secure funding for integrated urban renewals in the municipality. Prior to joining C40, he was raising funds for the "Economy, People & Planet" conference, organised by danish organisation Transition Now. During his studies, Mikkel interned at the Transparency International Secretariat in Berlin, where he assisted in gaining funding for both projects and core operations from governmental donors such as DFID and Danida. Mikkel is fluent in Danish, English and German. He holds a MSc in global studies and social science from Roskilde University.

Nadia Shah Adviser to the City of Johannesburg, South Africa

Nadia Shah works as an Adviser to the City of Johannesburg in South Africa. She is responsible for providing technical assistance towards the development of the City’s climate action plan in line with international ambitions and national commitments.  Nadia previously worked for the Climate Support Programme (CSP) at GIZ (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit) as an Adviser to Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA). During her time at GIZ, Nadia supported the development of the National Adaptation Strategy and the development and review of six provincial and 44 local government climate action plans. Nadia also previously employed as a consultant at Urban Earth where she worked very closely with eThekwini Municipality for two years, first as a member of the project team which developed the Durban Climate Change Strategy and later as a project team member of Durban’s 100 Resilient Cities Programme. Nadia holds an Honours degree and BSc in Environmental Management and is currently pursuing her Masters degree.

Natalia Reyna Technical Manager

Natalia serves as a Technical Manager in the Measurement and Planning team. In this role, she supports the delivery of technical assistance to help C40 cities develop greenhouse gas emissions inventories in line with international best practice. This includes the development of further guidance, resources and case studies on data management, inventory development and climate action planning. Prior to joining C40, Natalia completed a PhD in environmental engineering in Imperial College London. The topic of her research focused on the “Impact of Black Carbon Emissions from the uncontrolled burning of waste”. She also holds an MPhil in Engineering for Sustainable Development by the University of Cambridge. Before starting her PhD, Natalia was the Director of Research in Air Quality at the National Institute of Ecology and Climate Change (INECC) in Mexico. During this time, she coordinated the “Sustainable Cities Project”, which assessed the sustainability of medium-sized cities in Mexico. She has also worked as a Senior Consultant at the Engineering Institute of the National University of Mexico (UNAM), and as a Sustainable Water Management Consultant in the United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (UN-ECLAC).

Nathalie Badaoui Climate Action Planning, City Adviser for São Paulo

Nathalie Badaoui serves as City Adviser for São Paulo, Brazil, as part of C40 Climate Action Planning Programme. She is responsible for engaging internal and external actors, facilitating the transfer of knowledge and working with the C40 and consultants to provide high quality customized technical assistance and support local efforts for long-term climate action planning in the city.

Prior to joining C40, Nathalie managed international cooperation projects and partnerships for sustainable urban development. At the United Nations Human Settlements Programme she coordinated capacity building projects on urban and metropolitan governance with subnational governments in Latin America. At São Paulo State Company for Metropolitan Planning, she facilitated technical assistance for the local implementation of the New Urban Agenda. She later worked with the Municipality of São Paulo in the design of its Innovation in Government Lab – the (011).lab. During her studies at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), she led research on metropolitan indicators at LSE Cities.

Nathalie holds a BA in International Affairs from PUC -São Paulo, a MA in Urban Governance from Sciences Po Paris and a MSc in Local Economic Development from the LSE. 


Neuni Farhad Project Officer, Adaptation Research

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

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

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

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

Nguyen Phuong Nam City Adviser - Hanoi, Vietnam

(Dr.) Nguyen Phuong Nam, is C40 City Adviser for Hanoi, Vietnam. In this role, he will be responsible in providing technical support, engaging relevant stakeholders and partners, and ensuring knowledge exchange as Hanoi develops its climate action plan aligned with the ambition of the Paris Agreement.

Before C40, Nam was the Head of the Center for Responding to Climate Change (CliTech).  He was with Clitech since 2012 taking on various roles—as researcher, policy advisor, national consultant and project manager for several climate- change related projects.  Nam took both his undergraduate and master’s degrees for Chemistry at the Vietnam National University. After which, he proceeded for his PhD studies in Germany under a scholarship. He spent six years in Germany as a research fellow working on solid waste treatments by biological methodologies at Bonn University and worked on the topic of renewable energy (RE).

Nam is also a member of the editing board of the Journal of Vietnamese Environment (JVE) and is one of 4 active Vietnamese reviewers of UNFCCC for National Communications (NCs) & Biennial Update Reports (BURs) in Vietnam. 

Nina Pincus Operations Analyst

Nina serves as Operations Analyst at the New York office of C40, supporting the wider operations, finance and legal teams. Before joining C40, Nina worked at Mizuho Securities where she worked in the Corporate Access department, liaising with the Tokyo office and coordinating non-deal Roadshows for Japanese companies. Prior to this, Nina lived in Tokyo where she worked as a marketing and sales coordinator at a media company, helping produce a biweekly magazine called Metropolis Japan. Nina graduated from Scripps College with a BA in Foreign Languages, focusing on Spanish and Japanese. 

Oliver Walker Project Assistant for the C40 Cities Finance Facility

Oliver is the Project Assistant for the C40 Cities Finance Facility. He has previously been a member of the C40 regions team, where he was involved in engaging C40 cities in committing to the Deadline 2020 programme and enforcing the participation standards. Previously he has 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.

Olivia Bedworth Business & Innovation Manager

Olivia serves as Business & Innovation Manager in the C40 London Office. Olivia manages the City Solutions Platform programme, which facilitates the early engagement between cities, businesses and other climate solution providers to accelerate the co-creation and implementation of innovative solutions to cities' most urgent climate challenges. Olivia is responsible for ensuring that the City Solutions Platform cities remain supported throughout the innovation process, towards solution implementation.

Before joining C40, Olivia obtained a Natural Sciences degree from Durham University, where she studied Physics, Philosophy & Earth Sciences. In her final year, Olivia led a project on the intersection between chaos theory and climate change, and completed an internship with Deloitte. In her spare time, Olivia is teaching herself Spanish and enjoys playing the piano.

Omar Saracho Technical Adviser, Latin America

Omar Saracho serves as the Technical Adviser of Climate Action Planning, Latin America. In this position, he is responsible for providing expertise and support on GHG inventories, climate risk assessments and climate change actions to C40 cities in the region. Prior to joining, Omar worked with international NGOs such as Mercy Corps, Institute for Sustainable Communities and World Vision, as well as UNEP and UN Habitat. He lived and worked for seven years in South and South East Asia providing technical support to local governments on projects related to climate change mitigation, resilience building and green growth. Previously, Omar spend more than two years in Eritrea working for an initiative to reforest the desert and produce food with seawater crops, planting over a million mangroves along the Red Sea for animal fodder and carbon credits. Omar has a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture from ITESO University in Guadalajara, Mexico, and a Master’s degree in Environment and Sustainable Development from University College London.

Paul Cartwright Programme Manager, New Building Efficiency

Paul Cartwright serves as Programme Manager for the New Building Efficiency Network. Paul is responsible for managing the New Building Efficiency Network supporting cities to accelerate actions to improve energy efficiency in new buildings, as well as managing the South Africa Buildings Programme as part of the Energy and Buildings Technical Assistance 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 lead 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.

Pauline Eloi Bloomberg Engagement Manager

As Bloomberg Engagement Manager, Pauline is responsible for liaising with the Bloomberg Philanthropies environment team on projects and activities related to C40 and Michael Bloomberg’s position as C40 Board President. Pauline initially joined C40 as Project Manager for the Women4Climate Tech Challenge, a global competition designed to promote and support  innovation and climate solutions from women in the tech community. She started her career in e-commerce, where she worked as a localisation and operations manager for six years, before taking part in the On Purpose leadership programme to transition her career into the environmental impact sector. She since worked with sustainability leader and carpet manufacturer Interface, designing and implementing circular solutions to reduce waste, and developed a new portfolio of services for the innovation foundation Nesta.

Paul Jorgensen Project Manager, Climate Action Planning Africa Programme

Paul serves as a project manager for C40’s Climate Action Planning Africa Programme. Prior to joining C40, Paul worked as an environmental consultant for SRK Consulting, assisting a diverse client base in providing advisory services and solutions for environmental and social challenges. This included developing climate change policies, strategies and implementation plans for the private sector and city governments. He has previously held positions as a junior lecturer at the University of KwaZulu Natal, South Africa and a guest researcher at the United Nations University, Germany. He holds a Masters Degree in Environmental Science and a Bachelor of Social Science in Economics and Geography. During his Masters degree, Paul was awarded the Green Talents Award, an award which is granted by the German Federal Ministry for Education and Research (BMBF) to young and early professionals in sustainability research.

Pedro Ribeiro Project Officer, Adaptation Initiative

Pedro Ribeiro manages the Urban Flooding Network at C40. He supports a network of global cities to identify, plan and implement projects to increase resilience to urban flooding impacts. Before joining C40, Pedro worked at the Rio de Janeiro Resilience Office, where he was part of the development of the first Resilience Strategy of the city. In Rio's Resilience Office, Pedro focused on the cities urban vulnerabilities including risks due to Climate Change, such as Heat Waves, Drought, and Floods. Pedro was also responsible to lead initiatives on Heat Waves/Urban Heat Islands and Urban Water Harvesting. These Initiatives required the integration of different stakeholders for addressing the challenges in a holistic and comprehensive methodology. Pedro is currently attending a post-graduate course on Ecological Landscape at the Pontifícia Universidade Católica of Rio de Janeiro and holds a Bachelor in Environmental Sciences at Federal University of Rio de Janeiro State.

Pegah Noori khah Building Energy Data Analyst

Pegah serves as Building Energy Data Analyst at C40 and is based in London. In her role she provides cities with technical assistance on building energy data analysis that will inform and support ambitious policies. In addition she supports technical workshops, building energy data related research products and peer to peer comparison research. Prior to joining C40 Pegah worked for Siemens Global Centre of Competence for Cities as an Infrastructure Researcher. There she worked on projects including C40's Air Quality research, Digitalization and Industry 4.0 study, and an infrastructure overview project with Myanmar. Previously she worked as a web/graphic designer gaining experience 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.


Phillip Dinga City Adviser, Nairobi

Phillip is the City Adviser for Nairobi. He is responsible for the Climate Action Planning Programme in Nairobi. In this role, he will be offering technical support to develop and update the City’s Climate Action Plan aimed at low carbon climate resilient development. This is in line with the City’s national and sub national priority actions and global commitments including the Paris Agreement. Prior to joining C40, Phillip worked as the Low Emission Development Officer for the United Nations Development Programme- Kenya under the Low Emission and Climate Resilient Development (LECRD) Project implemented by the Ministry of Environment and Forestry. Phillip supported and coordinated the establishment of a sustainable GHG Inventory for Kenya, development of Kenya Specific emission factors on manure management, supporting and upscaling of climate change innovations and coordinating the development of the country’s Green Building Standards and Certification tool. Phillip also successfully supported in the development of the National Climate Change Action Plan 2018-2022, the development of Minimum Energy Performance Standards for computers, televisions and LED lighting and a curriculum to mainstream climate change into national and sub national policies, planning and budgeting. He holds a Master’s Degree in Environmental Planning and Management and a Bachelor’s Degree (First Class Honours) in Environmental Studies both from Kenyatta University in Kenya. In his spare time, Phillip is a nature enthusiast and an avid basketballer.

Rebecca Chan Project Manager, Climate Action Planning, Southeast Asia at C40

Based in Singapore, Rebecca Chan serves as Project Manager for Climate Action Planning, Southeast Asia at C40. In this role, she will be working with regional partners and especially C40 member cities, in enabling them to develop and execute robust climate action. Before joining C40, Rebecca was Product Marketing Manager at ABB, where she was part of the growth of rooftop and utility solar across Southeast Asia, and the exciting start for electric vehicle infrastructure in Singapore. Rebecca graduated from the National University of Singapore with a B.Eng (Hons) in Materials Science and Engineering.

Rebecca Woo Operations & Legal Officer

Rebecca Woo is C40's Operations & Legal Officer based in the London office where she assists with contract and grant review, entity registration work, and board governance process management. Before joining C40, Rebecca was a lawyer with the UK Government Legal Department where she worked on EU grant funding and community cohesion in the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government. Rebecca had a diverse portfolio of work including regulatory compliance, dispute resolution, commercial law and public law. Some of her key responsibilities included representing the UK government in negotiations with the European Commission in relation to procurement irregularities under the European Regional Development Fund and advising on and drafting secondary regulation to implement domestic housing policy. Prior to this role, Rebecca qualified as a Solicitor with Allen & Overy LLP. In addition to working as a lawyer, Rebecca has volunteered with campaign teams at the Fairtrade Foundation, Global Witness and Friends of the Earth International. Rebecca holds a Bachelor of Arts in Chinese and Economics from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London and a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Law. 

Rié Hirai Senior Manager of Creative Content

Rié Hirai serves as C40’s Senior Manager of Creative Content. Rié is responsible for developing the visual identity of C40 to strengthen the organisation’s brand recognition and reputation across a broader audience worldwide. Before joining C40, Rié served as Senior Creative Director for the City of Paris. In this role, she helped define and design strong print and digital communication campaigns, including those for the City’s Participatory Budgeting and Car-Free Day. Together with Mayor Anne Hidalgo’s communications team, Rié developed a wide range of data visualizations and content using Paris open data. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Visual Communication from the Royal Academy of Arts in Brussels.

Sabrina Gander Senior Manager, Inclusive Climate Action Research

Sabrina Gander works as Inclusive Climate Action Research Senior Manager and is responsible for managing the benefits research programme, ensuring quality outputs to provide cities with the knowledge tools to make the case for climate action. Prior to joining the research team, Sabrina has supported the organisation of the C40 Summit in Mexico City. Prior to joining C40, Sabrina worked for Bloomberg Associates in Rio de Janeiro, as project management consultant responsible for the day-to-day delivery of projects across seven disciplines in the Rio municipality, including sustainability, and for UNESCO as a consultant for the Early Childhood Program in Rio. Sabrina holds a Masters in International Relations from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva, Switzerland. Sabrina is based in the London office and speaks English, German, French, Portuguese and Spanish.

Samuel Chademana City Adviser to Tshwane

Samuel joined C40 in April of 2018 as the City Adviser for  the City of Tshwane in South Africa. He has over 10 years of experience in the design, implementation and evaluation of Donor, private and Government-funded community projects, in the socio-economic development and Climate Action spaces. Originally Zambian, his work experience has mostly been in South Africa, including two years as the Climate and Energy Justice campaign Manager for an Environmental Justice NGO known as groundwork; four years as Associate Program officer with the UNDP’s Energy and Environment Group; at a regional level in Eastern and Southern Africa; Three years with the City of Cape Town as a Professional officer for Local Economic Development and two years as an Assistant Policy and Strategic Planning officer with a South African government Development Agency known as the Independent Development Trust. In his leisure time Samuel plays basketball and Lawn Tennis; he is also an ardent hiker and enjoys gardening.

Samuel holds a BSc in Forestry from the Copperbelt University in Zambia; Two honours Degrees in Community Development from the University of KwaZulu-Natal and another in Sustainable Development Planning from University of Stellenbosch (both in South Africa), A diploma in Community Based Adaptation from the Centre for Sustainable Development  in Carlifornia and just completed a Masters in Public Administration (yet to graduate) with the University of KwaZulu-Natal

Silvia Marcon Head of the Chair's Office

As Head of the Chair’s Office, Silvia works with the Chair of C40, Mayor of Paris Anne Hidalgo, her team in Paris, and the C40 Executive Director team to set the Chair's strategic vision, implement the Chair’s priorities and coordinate Steering Committee engagement. Silvia manages Chair-level external communications and leads the Women4Climate initiative, designed to advance and support the emergence of the next generation of female climate leaders in C40 Cities.

The former director of green Think Tank Fondation de l'Ecologie Politique-FEP (France), Silvia has worked for several years at the French WWF office as the Institutional Relations Manager, responsible for the National Energy Transition Bill. Silvia graduated in International Relations from the University of Trieste (Italy), and holds a Masters degree in Urban Sociology from the School for Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences/EHESS-Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (Paris, France).

Simone Marti Project Manager, Women4Climate Initiative

Simone Marti, Project Manager of the Women4Climate initiative. She is responsible for coordinating and engaging C40 cities from across the world to successfully roll-out of Women4Climate mentorship schemes and to participate in the research work stream of the initiative. Simone’s career has spanned the private, international development, and philanthropic sectors. After experience running her family business she worked on a USAID agri-trade project that provided finance for small farmers and agribusinesses. Having witnessed climate-related challenges first hand, she studied for an MSc in Climate Change and Development at the Institute of Development Studies (University of Sussex). On completion of her studies she worked at the World Bank’s Global Environment Facility in Washington DC. Next she was a project manager at Camara, Zambia, a social enterprise that uses technology to deliver skills and improve education globally.  

Simon Roberts Technical Lead, Transport and Urban Planning, Seconded to C40 by Transport For London

Simon joins C40 on a year long secondment from Transport for London (TfL). He will serve as the technical expert on transport and urban planning and will help support the Green and Healthy Streets Declaration cities and help embed transport and urban planning programmes in cities’ climate action plans.

At TfL Simon worked within the Transport Strategy team 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 forthcoming 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.

Simon Sambou City Adviser for Dakar, Senegal

Simon Sambou serves as C40’s City Adviser for Dakar. In this role, he is responsible for providing technical assistance in updating the city’s climate action plan to deliver mitigation and adaptation outcomes and inclusive low-carbon development in line to the Paris Agreement.

Simon has previously worked as a lecturer at the Institute of Environmental Sciences (ISE) and Climate Action Facilitator at the Group of Action and Initiative for an Alternative Development (GAIA). He was responsible for carbon assessment and monitoring at the Project for Sustainable and participatory management of traditional alternative energies (PROGEDE 2). Simon has also worked with the Catholic Relief Services (CRS) as a Program Officer coordinating the USAID’s Learning Agenda Project “Climate Information Services Research Initiative (CISRI)” in Senegal where he worked closely with local municipalities and as Climate Change Technical Advisor for the development of Green Climate Fund program. He holds a Masters degree in Geography, a MSc degree and PhD in Environmental Sciences from the Institute of Environmental Sciences of Cheikh Anta Diop University of Dakar (UCAD).

Sophie Bedecarré Ernst Content Coordinator

Sophie serves as Content Coordinator at C40. Sophie is responsible for develping content and campaigns to amplify C40’s accomplishments on social media, at C40 events, and in supporting creative projects. Prior to joining C40 in 2017, Sophie worked in the Office of Sustainability at Vassar College as Carbon Neutrality Intern, working to develop the college’s first Climate Action Plan & carbon neutrality commitment, model an internal carbon charge program and devise a building energy monitoring system. Sophie has also fundraised for Nobody Leaves Mid-Hudson, a small non-profit working for immigration & utility justice in the Hudson Valley, since 2015. Sophie has a BA in Geography & Earth Science from Vassar College with a focus on Environmental Justice (and minored in Studio Art).

Stelios Diakoulakis Deputy Regional Director for Europe

Stelios Diakoulakis is the C40 Deputy Regional Director for Europe and closely works with the Regional Director in supporting member cities in Europe regarding their overall participation in C40 activities ensuring they benefit from their membership and also comply with C40 Participation Standards. He is responsible for the delivery of projects of strategic importance that contribute in achieving C40 cities' climate targets. Prior joining C40, Stelios worked as Senior EU Policy and International Affairs Advisor to the Mayor of Athens serving, among others, as the City of Athens primary contact to C40. He has significant experience in European politics on various fields having offered his services for many years in the European Parliament and the Greek Foreign Ministry while he has also worked at a consulting company focusing on strategic regional programs and development research projects in the EU Cohesion Policy framework. He has studied Economics at the Athens University of Economics and Business and holds a master’s degree in European Studies from the University of Reading, UK. He speaks English, French and Greek. 

Stephanie Bonno Head of Events

Stéphanie Bonno serves as the Head of events at C40 and is responsible for thoughtful execution of key events that showcase the work of C40 Cities and its mayoral global leadership as a unique organizational approach. She has 20 years of work experience in the fields of project management and international events organization, with both operational and strategic skills. Prior to joining C40, Stéphanie served as the Head of the President’s Cabinet at the French Tennis Federation, where she was in charge of international relations, as well as all of the events organized by the President’s Cabinet, during the French Open and the ATP Paris Masters 1000. She also worked for the French National Olympic and Sport Committee as a project and events manager for the Winter and Summer Olympic Games. Stéphanie holds a Master’s degree in information and communication and a post graduate degree in Information and journalism.

Stephen Davis Adviser to the City of Cape Town, South Africa

Stephen joined C40 as the City of Cape Town’s climate change adviser in March 2018. He has been working on clean energy and climate change for more than 10 years In between working as an independent consultant, coach and facilitator, Stephen most recently worked with Pegasys Strategy & Development on projects related to resilience, clean energy, and climate change mitigation, specialising in low-carbon urban development. Stephen also worked with ICLEI Africa where he provided technical and strategic support to the Urban Low Emission Development Strategies project. Stephen has assisted numerous cities and local governments in South Africa, Rwanda, Mozambique and Comoros with GHG emissions modelling, reporting and target setting, as well as capacity building, and with developing, monitoring, reporting and evaluating climate change strategies and action plans. He has designed and facilitated multi-stakeholder engagements related to clean energy and climate change. Prior to working in the low-carbon cities space, Stephen worked for 4 years as a researcher at the Energy Research Centre in Cape Town, where lectured in energy and climate change topics, and led several research projects on residential energy efficiency and behavioural change. Stephen has a Master’s degree in Operations Research from the University of Cape Town and a degree in Statistics and Actuarial Science from the University of the Witwatersrand. He also holds certificates with the World Bank’s City Climate Planner Program and with the Centre for Appreciative Inquiry as a coach and facilitator. In his spare time Stephen can be found running up and down mountains, and is a climber, semi-professional ultra-trail runner, and artisanal bread-baker.

Stephen Green Helpdesk Technician

Stephen Green serves as the Helpdesk Technician at C40. This role is responsible for addressing the day-to-day helpdesk tickets, explaining and supporting departmental processes and policies. It also includes reviewing IT inventory needs; facilitating weekly IT training sessions and monitoring and proactively managing the company computers and phones. Stephen also supports with implementing and maintaining security procedures. 

Prior to joining C40, Stephen worked at the Genius Bar for Apple for nearly six years and was a Genius in the London Covent Garden store for nearly two years. After Apple Retail, Stephen joined an Apple Mac managed service provider in London where he supported and serviced the IT of a dozen different business across central London, both remotely and on site. Stephen graduated from the University of Portsmouth with a BA in Film Studies and Entertainment Technology.

Stephen Otieno City Adviser, Nairobi (Food Systems)

Stephen Otieno is the C40 Food Systems City Adviser for Nairobi. His role is to support and assist the City of Nairobi develop and deliver a robust Food System Strategy. He also connects the City to resources across the C40 Food Systems Network, FAO, and other technical partners. Prior to joining C40 Cities, he was a research fellow at the East African Institute of the Aga Khan University, where he coordinated the implementation of a donor-funded project on Urban Food Systems in East Africa. He has previously worked at UNEP’s Department of Early Warning and Assessment (DEWA), the African Conservation Centre, and was a visiting research scholar at York University, Canada. He has also consulted for the Global Climate Adaptation Partnership (GCAP) – UK. He holds a B.A in (Urban Planning) and an M.A in (Environmental Planning & Management) from the University of Nairobi. Stephen is currently pursuing his PhD at the University of Nairobi, focusing on “Environmental performance of food systems,” funded by the Swiss National Research Foundation, University of Bern and CETRAD, Kenya.

Tessa Devreese Programme Officer, the Clean Construction Programme

Tessa serves as the Programme Officer for the Clean Construction Programme supporting cities in reducing carbon emissions from construction materials and machinery. Prior to joining C40, Tessa interned at the consultancy Metabolic on the Green Building Team advising on sustainability strategies for new developments with a particular focus on low carbon building materials and embedding circular economy principles into the building design. She also interned at the consultancy XCO2 where she advised on the sustainability of planning applications in London. For her Master’s thesis she assessed the circularity of Transport For London’s construction material use on large infrastructure projects and analysed the system change required to improve it.

Tessa has a Master’s degree in Environmental Design and Engineering from University College London and a Bachelor’s degree in Biological and Environmental Engineering from Cornell University. 

Thomas Maltese Project Officer, Zero Emission Bus Rapid-deployment Accelerator

Thomas Maltese serves as Project Officer for C40’s Zero Emission Bus Rapid-deployment Accelerator 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. 

Tibebu Assefa City Adviser, Addis Ababa

Tibebu has a total of 13 years of work experiences. He served as an instructor, program coordinator, and consultant in government and non-government institution in Ethiopia. He has worked in partnership with government ministries and international partners  such as  WRI, UNDP and IIED.

Prior to joining C40, he worked as Climate Change Expert for Echnoserve Consulting - a locally renowned environment and climate change consultant company.  While with the consulting company, he assisted a diverse client base in providing advisory services and solution in the area of climate change. One of the well-known projects he has worked on include the development of the Addis Ababa GHG Inventory Report in 2012 using the GPC. This report was done in partnership with WRI and he worked in collaboration with a Technical Working Group comprising representatives from various sectors.  During this time, WRI also gave three on-site capacity building training and follow-up webinars.

He also served as a consultant at UNDP in the preparation of climate change adaptation scale-up investment plans for 150 districts in Ethiopia.

Tibebu is an art and nature enthusiast but in his spare time, he also likes reading and spending time with family and friends.

Vanesa Cofino Mackie Finance & Grants Officer

Vanesa is responsible for the administration and management of restricted fund grants, ensuring that compliance is met and robust systems and processes are in place.  Vanesa was recently Finance and Operations Manager at Pro Bono Economics, a charity helping other charities to understand and improve their impact. Prior to this she was Finance and Operations controller at Trillion Fund, a loan based crowdfunding platform for renewable energy projects.  She has also worked at IDOM, a global architectural and engineering consultancy firm, Quiet Revolution, a vertical axis wind turbine firm and Waste Watch, a sustainability charity.  Vanesa holds a BSc (Hons) in Ecology, Conservation & Environment from York University and an MSc in Environmental Decision Making from the Open University.

Viola Follini Projects & Events Officer, Financing Sustainable Cities Initiative

Viola Follini works across C40’s Financing Sustainable Cities Initiative (FSCI), supporting FSCI Academies, Forums, comms and knowledge management, and helping to support cities in accessing vital finance to make their Climate Action Plans a reality. Previously, Viola worked with the C40 Measurement & Planning team as an intern for 7 months. 

Before joining C40, Viola co-founded UniverCities, an inter-university Conference in London that brings students and practitioners from the urban academic and professional world together to showcase the broad employment landscape open to the next generation of city-makers. Alongside this, she worked on the Urban Futures Research Domain of King’s College London, creating the website and managing content on the blog and the social media accounts. She also managed the social media accounts for the Italian start-up Urban Symbiosis Design. 

Viola holds a MA in Sustainable Cities from King’s College London and a BSc (Hons) Environmental Management from the University of Salford, Manchester, where she was awarded the prize for ‘Best performance on an undergraduate environmental programme within the School of Environment and Life Sciences’. She has also completed an online course on Sustainable Cities organized by the SDG Academy and led by Aromar Revi, Director of the Indian Institute for Human Settlements.

Yassin Mkwizu City Advisor - Dar es Salaam

Yassin Mkwizu serves as City Advisor for the Dar es Salaam City supporting the city in their Climate Action Planning and working with all the relevant sectors in the city. He has over 15 years experience of managing projects on environment, climate change and natural resources. He worked with the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) from 2005 as national coordinator before joining the Norwegian Embassy in Dar es Salaam in 2008 as Programme officer for 10 years. When working at the Norwegian Embassy, he facilitated establishment of the National Carbon Monitoring Centre (NCMC) which is mandated to collect and report carbon emission from deforestation and other land use changes. His passion in city greening lead him to establish DarNature, a centre with natural settings for education, research and recreation situated in Dar es Salaam.  Yassin Holds a PhD from the University of Dar es Salaam where he studied the role of storytelling in climate change initiatives. He will use this knowledge to facilitate capturing of stakeholders’ stories in the climate action planning for Dar es Salaam.

Yisum Heneghan Workshop Project Officer

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).

Yuping Qiu Programme Officer, C40 China Buildings Programme

Yuping Qiu is a Programme Officer, C40 China Buildings Programme, supporting the development and implementation of ambitious citywide building energy efficiency initiatives. Prior to joining C40, Yuping worked as an Advisor at the Danish Energy Agency, part of the Danish Ministry of Energy, Utilities and Climate, where she focused on collaboration with the Chinese government supporting UN sustainability goals. Based in the Department for Global Cooperation, Yuping was in charge of energy policy monitoring, report drafting and policy analysis.  In addition, she brings experience from the Royal Danish Embassy in China, where she worked with consular affairs. Yuping holds a master’s degree in International Studies from Aarhus University, Denmark. 

Zoë Chafe Technical Lead for Air Quality

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.