Meet the staff

ICLEI has more than 200 staff in 22 offices around the world, offering expertise that positions local and regional governments to advance sustainable urban development along our five pathways.

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Gino Van Begin
ICLEI Secretary General
Gino Van Begin
ICLEI Secretary General

Gino Van Begin is the Secretary General of ICLEI, the leading global network of more than 1,500 cities, towns and regions committed to building a sustainable future. He has consistently worked towards ensuring ICLEI’s quality as a not-for-profit, responsible and forward-looking local government organization serving its members worldwide. Gino has a background in law, before joining ICLEI, Gino worked in Russia an adviser in the environmental sector.

Monika Zimmermann
ICLEI Deputy Secretary General
Monika Zimmermann
ICLEI Deputy Secretary General

As Deputy Secretary General, Monika is responsible for the teams working on ecomobility, resilient cities, smart cities, urban research, knowledge management and global events, knowledgement and administration & finances. Starting to work for ICLEI in 1993 and prior to 2010, Monika set up ICLEI's International Training Centre at the ICLEI European Secretariat. She has published various books, founded and edited environmental magazines and served on the board of NGOs in Germany.

Emani Kumar
ICLEI Deputy Secretary General Regional Director, ICLEI South Asia Secretariat
Emani Kumar
ICLEI Deputy Secretary General Regional Director, ICLEI South Asia Secretariat

Emani works with all the offices in Asia, to ensure cohesion in implementation of ICLEI’s agendas and spearhead advocacy activities in the region. Emani has a background in environmental management and planning and more than twenty years of experience in climate change policy and planning, local governance, renewable energy, systems management and auditing.

Evgenia Mitroliou
Interim Program Manager, Resilient Cities
Evgenia Mitroliou
Interim Program Manager, Resilient Cities
Key Sustainability Accomplishments

Evgenia supports and guides all activities that fall under the ICLEI resilient cities strategy. Evgenia has a background in disaster management with a focus on community-based disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation. She has worked globally on disaster mitigation and preparedness and researched disaster risk reduction techniques in a variety of context, from rural to urban.

Interim Program Manager, Resilient Cities

The resilient cities team manages and connects to a variety of topics that fall under the broader umbrella of resilience. This includes urban risk, resilient urban logistics, financing the resilient city, climate insurance urban agriculture and food, smart infrastructure and other issues, in coordination with other World Secretariat and worldwide teams. They convene the Annual Global Forum on Urban Resilience and Adaptation held annually in Bonn.

Maryke van Staden
Program Manager, Low Carbon Cities
Maryke van Staden
Program Manager, Low Carbon Cities
Key Sustainability Accomplishments

Maryke directs the global low carbon strategy at ICLEI and is the Director of the Bonn Center for Local Climate Action and Reporting – carbonn Center. She oversees the projects and supports our global climate advocacy work. Specializing in local climate action and sustainable energy, she has over 20 years of experience in the field. Maryke is a visiting lecturer to several summer schools and regularly contributes to key global publications.

Program Manager, Low Carbon Cities

The low carbon team provides services to local and regional governments tackling climate change and air pollution, guiding their step-by-step approach towards carbon neutrality, energy security, and improved air quality - all leading to multiple and diverse benefits and sectoral impacts. This multi-disciplinary team guides low emission development and action planning, supports greenhouse gas emissions accounting and reporting, improves relevant standards, explores access to finance for cities and regions, and builds capacity on effective multilevel governance to achieve climate targets. To this end a range of services, tools and guidance is provided, including global platforms to report and seek access to finance, underpinned by climate advocacy to mobilize ambitious, necessary climate action around the globe.

Contact us at: carbonn(at)iclei.org
Roman Mendle
Program Manager, Smart Cities
Roman Mendle
Program Manager, Smart Cities
Key Sustainability Accomplishments

Roman manages the smart cities and city-business collaboration practice at ICLEI. Enabling cities to navigate the smart cities space and to evaluate solutions to sustainability challenges through demand-driven interaction with the private sector. He also supports industrial legacy cities transitioning towards sustainability through the Urban Transitions Alliance. Roman has a background in sustainability science and East Asian politics.

Program Manager, Smart Cities

The smart cities team guides local and regional governments towards looking at the big picture of digitization, circular economy and urban transitions management to sustainability - using resource efficiency, good urban governance, sustainability principles as a reflective lens to evaluate the benefits and risks of technologies and innovation for urban development. Their systems thinking approach ensures that the adoption of technologies and innovation in cities is people-focused, resource conscious, prioritizes environmental sustainability over business interests and leads to a safe, inclusive and sustainable future. The team also helps local governments navigate digital transition and other urban development trends by building strategies and developing leadership capacities in line with the SDGs and the Planetary Boundaries.

Contact us at: smart.cities(at)iclei.org
Monika Zimmermann
Interim Program Manager, EcoMobility
Monika Zimmermann
Interim Program Manager, EcoMobility
Key Sustainability Accomplishments

Tsu-Jui Cheng will be the Progect Manager from 1 August 2018 on

Interim Program Manager, EcoMobility

ICLEI’s EcoMobility team supports local and regional governments to provide safe, affordable, accessible, resilient, low-emission and overall sustainable mobility to fulfill the mobility needs of all people and securing a high quality of urban life while respecting the limits of one planet. EcoMobility gives priority to walking, cycling, public transport and shared mobility and helps to reduce the dependency on privately-owned vehicles. EcoLogistics promotes the transportation of goods with minimized impacts on air quality, health, safety, and GHG emissions.

Contact us at: ecomobility(at)iclei.org
Tori Okner
Head of Strategy and Partnerships
Tori Okner
Head of Strategy and Partnerships
Key Sustainability Accomplishments

Tori supports the Strategy and partnerships team through knowledge management and transfer to enable city-to-city exchange. Her work focuses on strategic planning, multi-stakeholder planning processes, network management and social innovation. She has a background in environmental policy with expertise in climate change, food systems, governance and urban planning. Tori worked as a consultant serving clients from local municipalities and national governments to private universities and research institutions.

Head of Strategy and Partnerships

Contact us at: iclei(at)iclei.org
Yunus Arikan
Head of Global Advocacy & Policy
Yunus Arikan
Head of Global Advocacy & Policy
Key Sustainability Accomplishments

Yunus leads the global policy and advocacy team at ICLEI. Since 2013, he has led global advocacy towards international bodies and multilateral agreements. Yunus helped establish the Bonn Center for Local Climate Action and Reporting – carbonn – and served as the Director of the Secretariat for the World Mayors Council on Climate Change. He has a background in environmental engineering.

Head of Global Advocacy & Policy

The global advocacy and policy team seeks to build an international policy environment that strengthens subnational government capacity and supports urban sustainability and climate action. Through their efforts, the team has helped reshape the global sustainability landscape where subnational governments are recognized, engaged and resourced.

Contact us at: iclei(at)iclei.org
Eva Madeira
Head of ICLEI Global Membership and Governance
Eva Madeira
Head of ICLEI Global Membership and Governance
Key Sustainability Accomplishments

Eva leads membership and governance at ICLEI, guiding membership policy and communications and supporting engagement with ICLEI governance bodies. Eva has experience in human resources and talent management, conference planning and training facilitation. She has a background in economics and business management.

Head of ICLEI Global Membership and Governance

The global membership and governance team engages direct outreach to members and members‐to‐be and leads the development and implementation of membership plans for current members and prospective members. The team coordinates of all details of membership meetings and receptions.

Contact us at: iclei(at)iclei.org
Jen Bogle
Head of Global Communications
Jen Bogle
Head of Global Communications
Key Sustainability Accomplishments

Jen leads global communications at ICLEI, Leveraging 10 years of experience in stakeholder outreach and strategic communications with sustainability-minded city governments, private sector actors, academic institutions and international organizations, Jen uses communications as a tool to shape and implement strategic goals. She has a background in environmental science and urban planning.

Head of Global Communications

The global communications team is responsible for leading and coordinating communications across ICLEI offices. The team plays a key role in strategic communications alongside the global advocacy and policy team. The team uses communications to reach a diverse global audience and is responsible for brand positioning, multimedia production and media relations.

Contact us at: media(at)iclei.org
Joseph Wladkowski
Head of ICLEI Global Capacity Center
Joseph Wladkowski
Head of ICLEI Global Capacity Center
Key Sustainability Accomplishments

Joseph leads the ICLEI Global Capacity Center. He manages the strategic development of data and knowledge management systems used by the global organization, and advises on the development and use of sustainability indicators and performance reporting systems. Joseph has also coordinated several of global conferences at ICLEI. He has a background in environmental governance.

Head of ICLEI Global Capacity Center

The ICLEI Capacity Center serves key organizational functions for the World Secretariat and the entire global organization, including global data and knowledge management and research. The Capacity Center also coordinates local ICT services to all offices and organizes key global events.

Sunandan Tiwari
Senior Manager, Global Projects
Sunandan Tiwari
Senior Manager, Global Projects
Key Sustainability Accomplishments

Sunandan leads the global projects team and coordinates the biodiversity work. He manages and supports the implementation of key projects funded by the International Climate Initiative run by the German government. He previously worked in the ICLEI South Asia Secretariat and developed the urban resilience program. Sunandan has a background in ecology with over 20 years of experience across a range of sectors from rural to urban domains.

Senior Manager, Global Projects

The Global Projects team supports, raises funding for, manages, and implements multi-office projects with the aim of profiling ICLEI globally as a hub of expertise. In addition, it explores and develops new, cross-cutting, emerging thematic areas and related fund raising opportunities.

Contact us at: iclei(at)iclei.org
Edgar Villaseñor Franco
Executive Director ICLEI Mexico, Central America & Caribbean Secretariat
Edgar Villaseñor Franco
Executive Director ICLEI Mexico, Central America & Caribbean Secretariat

Central America & Caribbean Secretariat


Eje Central Lazaro Cardenas 13Building Miguel Abed, Floor 5 Of. 506 and 507,Col. Centro, CP 06050 Del.Cuauhtemoc,

Mexico City, Mexico


Email: iclei-mexico@iclei.org

Rodrigo de Oliveira Perpetuo
Regional Director ICLEI South America Secretariat
Rodrigo de Oliveira Perpetuo
Regional Director ICLEI South America Secretariat

South America Secretariat


Rua Marquês de Itu,

São Paulo, SP, Brasil


Email: iclei-sams@iclei.org

Kobie Brand
Regional Director ICLEI Africa Secretariat
Kobie Brand
Regional Director ICLEI Africa Secretariat

Africa Secretariat


Knowledge park III Century City

Cape Town South Africa


Email: iclei-africa@iclei.org

Zhu Shu
Regional Director ICLEI East Asia Secretariat
Zhu Shu
Regional Director ICLEI East Asia Secretariat

East Asia Secretariat


14/F, Seoul Global Center Building 38 Jongno, Jongno-gu,

Seoul, Republic of Korea


Email: iclei-sea@iclei.org

Steve Gawler
Regional Director ICLEI Oceania Secretariat
Steve Gawler
Regional Director ICLEI Oceania Secretariat

Oceania Secretariat


Level 8, 225 Bourke StMelbourne,

VictoriaAustralia


Email: iclei-oceania@iclei.org

Victorino Aquitania
Regional Director ICLEI Southeast Asia Secretariat
Victorino Aquitania
Regional Director ICLEI Southeast Asia Secretariat

Southeast Asia

Units 3-6, Manila Observatory
Ateneo de Manila University
Loyola Heights
Quezon City, 1108
Philippines

Email: iclei-sea@iclei.org

Wolfgang Teubner
Regional Director ICLEI European Secretariat
Wolfgang Teubner
Regional Director ICLEI European Secretariat

European Secretariat


Leopoldring 379098

Freiburg, Germany


Email: iclei-europe@iclei.org

Togo Uchida
Executive Director ICLEI Japan Office
Togo Uchida
Executive Director ICLEI Japan Office

Japan Office


Shimbashi SY Building 4F 1-14-2 Nishi-Shimbashi Minato-ku

Tokyo 105-0003,Japan


Email: iclei-japan@iclei.org

Megan Meaney
Executive Director ICLEI Canada Office
Megan Meaney
Executive Director ICLEI Canada Office

Canada Office


401 Richmond St. W, Studio 204

Toronto, Ontario, M5V 3A8.Canadas


Email: iclei-canada@iclei.org

Yeonhee Park
Executive Director ICLEI Korea Office
Yeonhee Park
Executive Director ICLEI Korea Office

Korea Office


#320 Deoham Park, 126 Suin-ro,

Gwonseon-gu, Suwon, Gyeonggi-do,Republic of Korea


Email: iclei.korea@iclei.org

Angie Fyfe
Executive Director ICLEI USA Office
Angie Fyfe
Executive Director ICLEI USA Office

USA Office


1536 Wynkoop St., Suite 901

Denver, Colorado, 80202USA


Email: iclei-usa@iclei.org

Tsu-Jui Cheng
Executive Director, ICLEI Kaohsiung Capacity Center
Tsu-Jui Cheng
Executive Director, ICLEI Kaohsiung Capacity Center

Kaohsiung Capacity Center


Floor 6, Tower B, 834 Chengcing
Road, Niaosong District, Kaohsiung
83347, Chinese Taipei


Email: iclei-kaohsiung@iclei.org


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