Meet the staff

ICLEI has over 300 staff in more than 20 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 has been the distinguished Secretary General of ICLEI since 2013. Before that, he served as ICLEI Regional Director for Europe and as Deputy Secretary General. He has ensured ICLEI performs as a responsible, forward-looking, not-for-profit local and regional government organization serving its Members worldwide. Gino Van Begin graduated with a law degree from the University of Brussels as a lawyer and speaks Dutch, French, English, German and Russian. For more information, please visit his full profile here.

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.

Kobie Brand
ICLEI Deputy Secretary General, Regional Director ICLEI Africa Secretariat
Kobie Brand
ICLEI Deputy Secretary General, Regional Director ICLEI Africa Secretariat

Kobie has more than 25 years of practical and managerial experience in Environmental Management and Urban Development. Her expertise range from biodiversity, climate change, coastal management to urban sustainability and planning. She is responsible for the strategic direction, growth, partnerships, programs and scope of work for ICLEI in Africa. Kobie is also Global Director for ICLEI’s Biodiversity and Nature-based solutions work, and in this capacity heads up the Cities Biodiversity Center embedded in ICLEI Africa.

Nazmul Huq
Head of Resilient Development
Nazmul Huq
Head of Resilient Development

Nazmul leads the global Resilient Development Team with a mission to ensure mainstreaming resilience thinking in city development policies and actions. Nazmul has more than 10 years of professional experiences in Bangladesh, England and Germany on climate change adaptation, resilience, disaster risk reduction and ecosystem services. He is an urban planner with further academic training in human ecology, ecosystem and sustainability sciences. 

Head of Resilient Development

The Resilient Development 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.

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Victoria Vital Estrada
Officer, Resilient Development
Victoria Vital Estrada
Officer, Resilient Development
Victoria works on the implementation of ICLEI's Resilient Development Pathway with all ICLEI offices. She coordinates global partnerships in urban resilience and climate adaptation. With a background in sociology and metropolitan governance, she has professional experience in projects related to sustainable development, gender, human rights, water and sanitation, and political campaigns and elections.
Alina Tepes
Officer, Resilient Development
Alina Tepes
Officer, Resilient Development
Alina coordinates the Urban Infrastructure Insurance Facility project with the Central- and South American offices. She also provides inputs to other ICLEI projects from a resilience perspective. Alina is currently completing her PhD on decision-making tools for socio-ecological systems that account for complexity and holistic approaches. She has experience in climate adaptation, disaster risk reduction and wastewater management as well as working in developing countries.
Cesar Carreño
Head of Climate Data
Cesar Carreño
Head of Climate Data

Cesar leads the analysis of  Climate-related data including GHG emissions inventories; Climate actions; target and monitoring processes for the carbonn Center at ICLEI, with a special focus on Quality Control and Completeness analysis guiding reporting of local and regional governments to the CDP/ICLEI Unified Reporting System. Cesar is an Accredited Urban GHG Specialist (ID: 00010772-UGHGIS) and trained in Water Footprint and leads the Climate Data Team with experience in Multi-level governance and MRV systems.

Head of Climate Data

The climate data 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 are 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
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Carla Mariño Viteri
Officer, Climate Data
Carla Mariño Viteri
Officer, Climate Data
Carla leads on the engagement with cities, states and regions to support their climate-related reporting. She is involved in research and analysis of policies that support climate action and sustainable development. She is an environmental engineer, a certified greenhouse gas inventory specialist, and holds an M.Sc. of Technology and Resources Management.
Laura Maria Noriega Gamarra
Officer, Climate Data
Laura Maria Noriega Gamarra
Officer, Climate Data
Laura ensures that reliable climate data and knowledge are available to inform decision-makers about developments and processes to support climate action, including multi-level governance, MRV systems and energy transition towards 100% renewables. She holds a MSc. in Technologies and Natural Resources Management, and she is engaged in supporting climate action at subnational level.
Burcu Tuncer
Head of Circular Development
Burcu Tuncer
Head of Circular Development

Burcu leads the Circular Development team and coordinates ICLEI interoffice cooperation. With her team, she supports local governments’ journey for making circular economy opportunities a reality through evidence-based prioritisation, development, adoption and implementation of inclusive policy interventions, peer-to-peer exchanges and resource mobilization. Burcu is a senior expert with 15+ years sustainable production and consumption experience in Germany, Asia and MENA. She is an environmental engineer, has a MBA and Msc. in environmental management and policy.

Head of Circular Development

ICLEI’s Circular Development team guides local governments in to embrace circular and sustainable development and shift away from resource-intense models. By prioritizing regenerative resources, preserving what is already made, using waste as a resource and generating new business models, the circular economy helps operationalize sustainable urban development. From policy recommendations and knowledge exchange activities to the development of monitoring and planning tools, we support local circular-focused efforts in an inclusive and practice-oriented manner. The team focuses on collaborative governance, urban metabolism studies, nature-based solutions, city-business engagement and social equity as key entry points to local circular transitions. 

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Olga Horn
Senior Officer, Nature-based Solutions, Circular Development
Olga Horn
Senior Officer, Nature-based Solutions, Circular Development
Olga’s work focuses on mainstreaming and promoting nature-based solutions in urban areas through knowledge exchange and advocacy. She has an academic background in sustainability science, GIS, international business economics and psychology.
Rebecca Wessinghage
Officer, Transition Concepts, Circular Development
Rebecca Wessinghage
Officer, Transition Concepts, Circular Development
Rebecca leads the work on urban transitions, social equity and inclusive governance. As part of the Urban Transitions Alliance, she facilitates peer-to-peer learning between industrial legacy cities and coordinates the project’s knowledge creation, cooperation and dissemination activities. Rebecca’s previous experience includes education, curriculum development and research in the field of audiovisual publishing. With her M.A. in humanities, Rebecca advocates to strengthen the citizen focus in sustainable urban development.
Marion Guénard
Officer, Circular Development
Marion Guénard
Officer, Circular Development
With an academic background in environmental management, sociology and economics, Marion focuses on the different tools and methodologies local and regional governments can use to promote cross-sectoral circular projects that benefit all residents. She is currently supporting the city of Turku, Finland, in designing a collaborative circular economy action plan at the regional level. Marion also supports ICLEI regional offices in localizing the circular economy framework and tailoring it to the needs of individual cities.
Ying-Chih Deng
Officer, Circular Development
Ying-Chih Deng
Officer, Circular Development
Ying-Chih work focuses on circular development and sustainable urban transition. At ICLEI, he facilitates industrial legacy cities toward just and sustainable transition. His previous experience includes urban research and public service design at Technical University Berlin, German Development Agency (GIZ), and the Ministry of Culture of Taiwan. He holds a Ph.D., 'Radical Learning' centers on an agile learning process fostering innovations in design education.
Charis Hoffmann
Jr. Officer, Circular Development
Charis Hoffmann
Jr. Officer, Circular Development
Charis manages content development and communication activities for the ICLEI Circulars platform and supports ICLEI's circular development advocacy activities and global efforts to collect needs and priorities from local governments across different world regions. Her previous experience includes engaging stakeholders in the circular economy policy process at European level. She has an academic background in psychology and public policy.
Angelica Greco
Student Assistant, Circular Development
Angelica Greco
Student Assistant, Circular Development
Angelica supports the circular development team in a variety of areas, including best practices research, content creation, and framework development for the Circle City Scan Tool project. She is currently working toward a master of science in the Geography of Environmental Risks and Human Security at the United Nations University.
Maryke van Staden
Interim Head of Urban Research
Maryke van Staden
Interim Head of Urban Research

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 global programs and projects, working closely with national and subnational governments on integrated climate action. Linked to this, Maryke also supports ICLEI's global climate advocacy work. Specializing in local climate action, sustainable energy and energy security, she has over 20 years of experience in the field.

Interim Head of Urban Research

The ICLEI Urban Research Team drives evidence-based policy making and science-informed local action through initiating, maintaining and fostering effective collaboration among relevant stakeholders across the globe. The Research Team, through operationalization of the ICLEI Global Research Strategy, strives to scale up collaborative science-based research across all sustainability themes to support subnational governments achieving sustainability goals.

Contact us at: urban.research@iclei.org
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Pourya Salehi
Senior Officer, Urban Research
Pourya Salehi
Senior Officer, Urban Research
Pourya coordinates the research activities at the World Secretariat. He manages, supervises, and coordinates research projects for ICLEI, Chief among them the IFWEN project. Pourya is also the coordinator of ICLEI Global Research Strategy.
Graduated from Technical University of Munich and with more than 8 years of professional experience, Pourya represents ICLEI in research-related spaces and is a member of GCoM’s Research & Innovation Technical Working Group.
Amy Jones
Junior Officer, Urban Research
Amy Jones
Junior Officer, Urban Research
Amy is responsible for supporting the implementation and further operationalization of ICLEI’s Global Research Strategy. She also contributes to the implementation of several research and innovation projects. As well as a BA in Geography with International Study, Amy holds an MSc in Global Urban Development and Planning from the University of Manchester. Prior to joining ICLEI, Amy assisted FGV with a project on innovation in the Food-Water-Energy Nexus.
Rohit Sen
Head of Climate & Energy Action
Rohit Sen
Head of Climate & Energy Action

Rohit leads the Climate & Energy Action Team. He coordinates and manages all activities and projects related to renewable energy and climate action, guiding sub-national governments to achieve climate neutrality. Rohit is a senior energy expert with more than 10 years of professional experience in Germany, India, Scotland and Sub-Saharan Africa. He is an engineer with a background in energy technology and management.

Head of Climate & Energy Action

The Climate & Energy Action team supports subnational governments to assess, act and accelerate climate and energy action to achieve low emission development, climate neutrality, localizing NDCs, towards 100% renewables, ensure energy access, energy security, and SDGs. ICLEI’s GreenClimateCities (GCC) Program is at the heart of this work, with a host of tools and guidance provided to the ICLEI network. Take a look at the Solutions Gateway and join the 100% Renewables Cities and Regions Network where we work with partners on technical and policy guidance.

Contact us at: carbonn(at)iclei.org
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Evgenia Mitroliou
Senior Officer, Climate & Energy Action
Evgenia Mitroliou
Senior Officer, Climate & Energy Action
Evgenia is a climate resilience expert leading ICLEI’s engagement in facilitating integrated climate action planning worldwide through coordinating flagship projects and initiatives, such as the GCC and UrbanShift. She has experience consolidating strategic partnerships and managing large-scale events, including program development, team and project cost management. She has an MA in International Humanitarian Action.
Felix Akrofi-Atitianti
Officer, Climate & Energy Action
Felix Akrofi-Atitianti
Officer, Climate & Energy Action
Felix focuses on low emission development strategies and enhanced air quality in cities. He is ICLEI's global coordinator of the Urban-LEDS II project, a flagship project involving more than 60 cities. With a background in Environmental Risk Management and Sustainable Development, Felix is an apt climate advocate and provides support for enhancing multilevel governance for local climate action.
Karishma Asarpota
Junior Officer, Climate & Energy Action
Karishma Asarpota
Junior Officer, Climate & Energy Action
Karishma supports project coordination, climate research, and communication for integrated climate and energy action, supporting sub-national governments to achieve climate neutrality. She also supports ICLEI’s GreenClimateCities (GCC) Program and the Solutions Gateway. Karishma is experienced in working on sustainable urban energy transition, spatial planning and youth engagement in climate policy. She has a background in urbanism and architecture with professional work experience in the Netherlands and the United Arab Emirates.
Kanak Gokarn
Junior Officer, Climate and Energy Action
Kanak Gokarn
Junior Officer, Climate and Energy Action
Kanak supports ICLEI's work in the 100% Renewables Regions and Cities Roadmaps project under the International Climate Initiative (IKI), as well as the 100% Renewables Network. Her background is in energy policy and international relations, and she has previously worked in various public policy institutions and international organizations in France and India.
Eszter Mogyorósy
Head of Innovative Finance
Eszter Mogyorósy
Head of Innovative Finance

Eszter manages the Innovative Finance Team within ICLEI's Low Emission Development and Resilient pathways. Her job focuses on unlocking and catalyzing financial flows to local and regional communities. She has 20 years of experience in managing and leading various sustainability oriented projects in different national and international organizations, providing assistance and analytical support to matters related to climate finance. Eszter has a background in economics and business administration.

Head of Innovative Finance

The goal of the Innovative Finance Team is to catalyze and improve capital flows to cities, towns, and regions and strengthen their capacity  to access climate finance and attract investment for their climate resilient and low-emission development. Further to this, through raising awareness and advocacy, the Innovative Finance Team contributes to closing the gap between the availability and the accessibility of climate funds by subnational governments.

Contact us at: tap(at)iclei.org
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Cecilia Rivera
Junior Officer, Innovative Finance
Cecilia Rivera
Junior Officer, Innovative Finance
Cecilia supports the Transformative Actions Program (TAP) at ICLEI, evaluating project's proposals and advising local governments to strengthen their applications. She worked at the Mexican Ministry of Environment in the air quality management department, coordinating a national program to improve the air quality. Cecilia holds a double Master’s degree in Environmental Sciences and Natural Resources Management from the UASLP University and the TH Köln.
Beatriz Fonseca
Junior Officer, Innovative Finance
Beatriz Fonseca
Junior Officer, Innovative Finance
Beatriz is a Junior Office at the Innovative Finance team. With experience in events, communication, and project management, Beatriz assists in the coordination of the TAP program and other climate finance-related projects, supporting advocacy on innovative finance and engagement at international initiatives such as CCFLA and LUCI. Beatriz holds a master’s in development and Governance at the University Duisburg-Essen and a bachelor's in International Affairs at the Pontifical Catholic University in Rio de Janeiro.
Tu My Tran
Head of Sustainable Mobility
Tu My Tran
Head of Sustainable Mobility

Tu My leads the Sustainable Mobility Program at ICLEI, overseeing initiatives towards integrated, socially-inclusive, and environmentally-friendly urban mobility for people and goods. Experienced in partnership building, project management, and workshop facilitation, Tu My has a background in management and international relations. Tu My is proficient in Italian, English, Spanish, and German. 

Head of Sustainable Mobility

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
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Himanshu Raj
Officer, Sustainable Mobility
Himanshu Raj
Officer, Sustainable Mobility
Himanshu leads the EcoLogistics initiative in the Sustainable mobility team at ICLEI, guiding and supporting engagement with ICLEI member cities in the decarbonizing freight sector. He has experience working in sustainable urban design & planning, transport planning, water & sanitation management, and smart cities. He has a background in Infrastructure planning (M.Sc.) and Architecture (B.Arch).
Yiqian Zhang
Officer, Sustainable Mobility
Yiqian Zhang
Officer, Sustainable Mobility
Yiqian supports the sustainable mobility agenda at ICLEI. She works with cross-functional teams to support cities to transform the urban logistics scenes and plan for people-friendly and socially inclusive mobility options. Yiqian has a background in public administration and global studies, and has previously worked for NGOs in the fields of sustainability, climate change and European policies.
Sina Zhen
Junior Officer, Sustainable Mobility
Sina Zhen
Junior Officer, Sustainable Mobility
Sina supports the EcoLogistics Community project in the Sustainable Mobility team at ICLEI. Her previous professional experiences include transportation consulting, policy research and business development in the fields of electrification, automation, and shared mobility. She holds an MBA in Sustainable Mobility Management from the Technical University of Berlin and a BS in Civil Engineering from Colorado State University.
Lothar Mildebrath
Head of Human Resources and Administration
Lothar Mildebrath
Head of Human Resources and Administration

Lothar leads the human resource and administration section of the world secretariat as a service for all the colleagues in the office and applicants.

Head of Human Resources and Administration

The Administration team deals mainly with internal services for all teams within the ICLEI world secretariat and also acts as the access point for all external inquiries. They look after stock keeping, replenishment and procurement of all kinds of office equipment as well as inventory, keys, job tickets, telephone and mail. Facility management, safety and security in the building are also part of their duties. They logistically prepare meetings and coordinate all kinds of processes and procedures in the office environment.

Contact us at: iclei.ws@iclei.org
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Jamie Walker
Officer, Administration
Jamie Walker
Officer, Administration
Jamie is responsible for the Administration team and works closely with the Human Resources department. He is the first point of contact for internal and external queries, and supports the organization and maintenance of the World Secretariat building. Jamie has 14 years’ experience working in legal, medical and personal administration. Previous employers include Byrne Wallace Solicitors and The Irish Medicines Board (HPRA)
Julia Reiners
Junior Officer, Administration
Julia Reiners
Junior Officer, Administration
Julia is part of the Administration team and works closely with the Human Resources department. She supports the team with internal and external queries, as well as the organization and maintenance of the World Secretariat building. Julia has a background in administration for telecommunications companies and non-profit associations.
Carmen Gebauer
Head of Finance
Carmen Gebauer
Head of Finance

Carmen leads the finance and controlling at ICLEI. She is responsible for the accounting and project statements, as well as preparing the annual accounts and accompanying the project exams. Through her expertise, Carmen has represented ICLEI in this position for several years. She previously worked for a German professional association.

Head of Finance

The Finance team oversees all of ICLEI’s accounting processes and financial project reporting. It ensures the books are in order for the Annual Financial Statement and the financial deadlines for all projects are respected.

Contact us at: iclei.ws@iclei.org
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Anna-Katharina Kiefer
Officer, Finance
Anna-Katharina Kiefer
Officer, Finance
Anna supports the Finance & Controlling team at ICLEI in the financial project controlling and reporting and is responsible for travel arrangements and reimbursements to staff. She has a background in administration and accounting.
Yasmin Bacharwala
Junior Officer, Finance and Controlling
Yasmin Bacharwala
Junior Officer, Finance and Controlling
Yasmin supports the Finance & Controlling team at ICLEI in the financial project controlling and budgeting and also supports Capacity planning. She has a background in business administration. Yasmin has experience in business and personnel management and also in project budget planning.
Gino Van Begin
Secretary General and Executive Director
Gino Van Begin
Secretary General and Executive Director

Gino Van Begin has been the distinguished Secretary General of ICLEI since 2013. Before that, he served as ICLEI Regional Director for Europe and as Deputy Secretary General. He has ensured ICLEI performs as a responsible, forward-looking, not-for-profit local and regional government organization serving its Members worldwide. Gino Van Begin graduated with a law degree from the University of Brussels as a lawyer and speaks Dutch, French, English, German and Russian.

Secretary General and Executive Director

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Sunandan Tiwari
Director of Global Implementation
Sunandan Tiwari
Director of Global Implementation
Sunandan leads the implementation of ICLEI’s global projects and coordinates joint fund-raising at the global and regional scales, fostering collaborations among ICLEI’s offices and partners.  He provides strategic guidance on circular development and sustainable mobility, as well as on general program, organizational, and partnership development. Sunandan is a trained ecologist with extensive experience on urban resilience planning and financing, biodiversity management, urban-rural dynamics, and a spectrum of other sectors in the rural domain.
Eva Madeira
Director of Global Outreach | Chief of Operations
Eva Madeira
Director of Global Outreach | Chief of Operations
Eva directs the coordination between the Communications, Knowledge Management and Membership & Governance teams, as well as leading the global membership policy and governance engagement. As Chief of Operations, she also ensures the effective management of internal procedures and steers joint initiatives among the World Secretariat teams. Eva's 15-year experience also includes a background in human resources and talent management, conference planning and training facilitation, with an education in economics and business management.
Maryke van Staden
Director of Business Development | Director of carbonn Climate Center
Maryke van Staden
Director of Business Development | Director of carbonn Climate Center
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 global programs and projects, working closely with national and subnational governments on integrated climate action. Linked to this, Maryke also supports ICLEI's global climate advocacy work. Specializing in local climate action, sustainable energy and energy security, she has over 20 years of experience in the field.
Yunus Arikan
Director of Global Advocacy
Yunus Arikan
Director of Global Advocacy
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.
León Díaz-Bone
Executive Assistant to the Secretary General
León Díaz-Bone
Executive Assistant to the Secretary General
León assists the Secretary General in his priority planning, supporting decision making, and acting as hub for strategic communication with partners, as well as between different ICLEI teams and offices. León has experience in working with cities and subnational governments. He holds an MSc in City Design and Social Science from the London School of Economics and Political Science.
Yunus Arikan
Director of Global Advocacy
Yunus Arikan
Director of Global Advocacy

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.

Director of Global Advocacy

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 Global Membership and Governance
Eva Madeira
Head of Global Membership and Governance

Eva directs the coordination between the Communications, Knowledge Management and Membership & Governance teams, as well as leading the global membership policy and governance engagement. As Chief of Operations, she also ensures the effective management of internal procedures and steers joint initiatives among the World Secretariat teams. Eva's 15-year experience also includes a background in human resources and talent management, conference planning and training facilitation, with an education in economics and business management.

Head of Global Membership and Governance

The global membership and governance team engages in outreach to ICLEI Members, Member onboarding and coordinates global membership planning and services among ICLEI offices, as well as managing the ICLEI governance bodies that drive the strategic direction of the association.

Contact us at: iclei(at)iclei.org
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Philippe Romero
Officer, Global Membership and Governance
Philippe Romero
Officer, Global Membership and Governance
Philippe works in the Membership and Governance team. In particular, he contributes to the coordination of ICLEI’s global efforts in terms of membership services and relations, and participates in the facilitation of the work of ICLEI’s governance bodies. Holding a Master Degree in International Relations from Sciences Po Bordeaux, he previously worked in the field of development in Africa.
Ariel Dekovic
Head of Global Communications
Ariel Dekovic
Head of Global Communications

Ariel Dekovic is a nonprofit marketing and program development expert with a strong track record of organizational management and community engagement. For over 15 years, she has worked strategically to raise the impact and brand awareness for global organizations in such diverse fields as sustainability, food policy, water management, arts and education. Ariel has an MBA from UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business and a BA from Vassar College.

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
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Dana Vigran
Senior Officer, Communications
Dana Vigran
Senior Officer, Communications
Dana is a communications professional who has worked with international organizations in Guatemala, Germany, the U.S. and the U.K to craft and share stories that further their work. Dana has a background in sustainable development, gender and youth rights with an MSc in Gender, Development and Globalization from the London School of Economics and a BA in History from Occidental College.
Angelo Ngugi Becker
UI/UX Designer, Communications
Angelo Ngugi Becker
UI/UX Designer, Communications
Angelo is a multifaceted designer who loves to design services that enhance the online user experience. He is responsible for conceptualizing and designing various online platforms and also acts as the web projects lead at ICLEI WS. Angelo holds a Bachelor in Integrated Design from Köln International School of Design (KISD), with a focus on Interface and Service Design.
Matteo Bizzotto
Officer, Communications
Matteo Bizzotto
Officer, Communications
Matteo is a social media and communication professional with experience in international and governmental organizations in Europe and the US. With a background on economics, politics and rehabilitation support for disabled children, Matteo is committed to fostering inclusive climate action that leaves no one behind. He holds a Master’s Degree in International Relations & a Bachelor’s in Economics.
Everica Rivera
Officer, Communications
Everica Rivera
Officer, Communications
Everica is an experienced communications professional with a demonstrated background in digital media. She has worked with various international organizations to raise brand awareness in diverse fields such as human rights, gender parity, and disaster risk reduction. Everica holds an MA in International Conflict & Security from the University of Kent and BAs from the University of Texas at Austin in International Relations and French.
Olga Tokareva
Junior Officer, Communications
Olga Tokareva
Junior Officer, Communications
Olga is responsible for the graphic design and multimedia production for ICLEI's projects. She has experience in brand design, print design and illustration, and has previously worked at the UNFCCC Secretariat. Olga holds a Master's Degree in Foreign Regional Studies with a focus on environmental policies.
Joseph Wladkowski
Head of Knowledge Management & Global Events
Joseph Wladkowski
Head of Knowledge Management & Global Events

Joseph leads the ICLEI Knowledge Management & Global Events team. 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 Knowledge Management & Global Events

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

Contact us at: events(at)iclei.org
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Snezhana Cfarku
Officer, Data and Knowledge Management
Snezhana Cfarku
Officer, Data and Knowledge Management
Snezhana supports the Capacity Center in Data and Knowledge Management. Through her broad technical experience, she facilitates data management process for different ICLEI projects. Snezhana has a background in Computer Engineering, with the main focus in the development and maintenance of Databases and Information Systems. Prior to joining ICLEI, Snezhana worked in the Private Sector as a Developer & Reporting Specialist.
Giulia Salvaterra
Officer, Global Events
Giulia Salvaterra
Officer, Global Events
Giulia coordinates the planning, organization and implementation of ICLEI’s global events and worked as administrator for the project “Global Platform for Sustainable Cities”, a multi-faceted project under the Global Environment Facility (GEF). With an academic background in foreign languages and tourism management, Giulia has experience in project management and events organization.
Patricia Festa Secanella
Junior Officer, Data and Knowledge Management
Patricia Festa Secanella
Junior Officer, Data and Knowledge Management
Patricia supports ICLEI World Secretariat's systems work, including the ICLEI Activity Reporting platform, the maintenance of core data in the global database as well as the organization of major events. Patricia has experience in data analysis, reporting and research. She has a background in development economics.
Ayan Huseynova
Officer, Global Events
Ayan Huseynova
Officer, Global Events
Ayan coordinates planning, implementation and evaluation of ICLEI’s global events. Having previously worked with international development and research NGOs in Azerbaijan and Germany, Ayan is experienced in project management and has an academic background in international relations, international marketing management and European studies.
Johanna Buchmann-Duck
Junior Officer, Global Events
Johanna Buchmann-Duck
Junior Officer, Global Events
Johanna supports the planning and implementation of ICLEI’s global events, ranging from event logistics and technical preparations to participant support and communications. Her previous experience includes policy analysis and event planning with the Canadian federal government. Johanna’s academic background is in environmental management and the relationship between circular economy and biodiversity.
Sunandan Tiwari
Head of Global Projects
Sunandan Tiwari
Head of Global Projects

Sunandan leads the implementation of ICLEI’s global projects and coordinates joint fund-raising at the global and regional scales, fostering collaborations among ICLEI’s offices and partners.  He provides strategic guidance on circular development and sustainable mobility, as well as on general program, organizational, and partnership development. Sunandan is a trained ecologist with extensive experience on urban resilience planning and financing, biodiversity management, urban-rural dynamics, and a spectrum of other sectors in the rural domain.

Head of 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
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Isabelle Tanangco
Officer, Project Administration, Global Projects
Isabelle Tanangco
Officer, Project Administration, Global Projects
Isabelle specializes in the financial and administrative management of international projects and business acquisition. Her expertise lies in developing complex multi-partner budgets, forecasting and controlling project expenditure, and liaising with partners and donors for effective project administration. She also has experience in supporting human resource management and organizational administration.
Thibault Renoux
Senior Officer, Global Projects and Legal Affairs
Thibault Renoux
Senior Officer, Global Projects and Legal Affairs
Thibault manages international projects with a focus on biodiversity and specializes in acquiring and managing grants and service contracts. He also provides legal support to ICLEI offices on corporate law, contractual and procedural matters, and supports the development of organizational policies. Thibault holds LLMs in both International Law and in Intellectual Property, and has previously worked at IUCN.
Jiwon Lee
Senior Officer, Global Projects
Jiwon Lee
Senior Officer, Global Projects
Jiwon specializes in designing and implementing international development projects in the themes ranging from climate change mitigation, energy efficiency, and urban food system. She coordinates a BMU-funded project that supports cities in Southeast Asia in developing inclusive climate action plans. She holds a BSc degree in environmental engineering and MSc in environmental governance.
Jasmin Frietsch
Junior Officer, Global Projects
Jasmin Frietsch
Junior Officer, Global Projects
Jasmin supports the financial and administrative management of projects funded by the International Climate Initiative. She has a background in agriculture and resource management in sub-/tropical regions and specializes in international and interdisciplinary processes with a focus on biodiversity, climate change and socio-ecological systems.
Jangkyong Im
Secondee from Seoul Metropolitan Government (SMG)
Jangkyong Im
Secondee from Seoul Metropolitan Government (SMG)
Jangkyong is a secondee from Seoul Metropolitan Government (SMG). He is a professional engineer in waterworks, the design of roads and railways, and the examination of construction designs. He has a background in civil engineering and social policy.
Edgar Villaseñor Franco
Regional Director ICLEI Mexico, Central America & Caribbean Secretariat
Edgar Villaseñor Franco
Regional 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

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

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