Director CTCN ad interim, Regional Manager - Africa, West Asia and CIS
Rajiv has around 27 years of experience on issues related to climate technologies in developing countries. Prior to working for UNEP, he worked for 15 years in the Indian Government on policy issues and led implementation of a number of programmes and initiatives on energy, water management, Remote Sensing and GIS, pollution minimization and control, waste management, EIA, resource efficiency & cleaner production and Green Productivity. He has a Masters in Engineering (environment and water resources), PGCert in Industrial pollution prevention and control and is a Certified Energy Auditor and Manager.
Finance & Administration
Nima is an MBA in International Management, with extensive experience in management reporting (implementation, revenue, cash flow etc.). She joined CTCN’s Finance and Administrative team since the beginning of its operation i.e., in February 2014. She works closely with the CTCN Director and other colleagues to ensure effective functioning, coordination, planning and monitoring of various activities and projects, including Finance (budgeting, reporting), Grants Management (Agreements with Partners, UN to UN Agreements).
Programme Management Assistant
Bibiana supports the Climate Technology Centre’s financial and administrative team, ensuring effective functioning, coordination, planning and monitoring of the Centre’s activities and operations, including administrative activities related to meetings and forums, human resources, procurement and grants management. Bibiana has an Master of Science in Environmental Engineering from the Technical University of Denmark. In addition, she has a Master Certificate in Human Resources from Cornell University. Before joining the Centre, Bibiana worked for the World Health Organization and UNICEF Supply Division.
Clara is managing CTCN activities in Asia and the Pacific. She has over 20 years’ experience providing technical and policy advice on environment, climate change and sustainable development issues. Prior to joining CTCN, she worked for over 10 years as UNDP’s climate change and sustainable development technical specialist and advisor, supporting governments, development partners and a wide range of stakeholders to increase capacity for low carbon resilient development in developing countries. Before joining the UN, she worked extensively in academia in the USA and Portugal, helping bridge science-policy gaps to strengthen environmental governance and sustainable development. Clara holds a PhD in Environmental Planning from the University of California at Berkeley, USA, and an Environmental Engineering Degree from the Technical University of Lisbon, Portugal.
Cristina supports the implementation of the CTCN communications plan, including a wide range of communications initiatives, such as regularly creating content for different platforms, engaging with the media, and coordinating events. She has just finished what she calls a sabbatical year as UNV volunteer in Fiji, after serving for 7 years, as communications officer at the EU Agency for the Space Programme in Prague. Prior to that, she worked in other European Agencies, international organisations and NGOs coordinating multimedia campaigns, managing editorial content, writing, and managing websites and online communications.
Daye supports the Network and Partnership of the CTCN to strengthen the Network by identifying innovative climate technology providers for potential Network membership and providing online capacity-building activities. Daye has MSc in Engineering Systems and Management from Masdar Institute of Science and Technology in the United Arab Emirates and a BSc in Environmental Engineering at Ewha Womans University in the Republic of Korea. She has expertise in energy poverty, rural electrification, and grid expansion. Previously, she worked at the Green Technology Center Korea(GTCK), Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI) HQ and UAE office, and UNEP GGKP office in Geneva involved in the planning, and implementation of various climate technology projects.
Climate Technology Specialist
Hoyoung supports the CTCN in the operationalization work of the CTCN Partnership and Liaison Office. He also upscales the work of the CTCN through stakeholder engagement and supports countries towards transformational long-term climate actions. Hoyoung has previously worked at the Green Climate Fund (GCF). He was responsible for managing projects and partnerships with accredited entities and governments to deliver sustainable results aligned with GCF objectives. Before the GCF, he worked with the UN Global Compact, offering a range of policy initiatives to help businesses advance their commitments in the areas of environment, human rights, labour, and anti-corruption. He holds a Master of Arts with a major in International Development and Cooperation from Korea University in Seoul and a Master of Science in Public Management from Fudan University in Shanghai.
Capacity Building and Network Engagement Specialist
Jeawon Kim (PhD) develops and implements capacity building and network engagement programmes of the CTCN to enhance partnership and technical assistance impact globally. Her approach combines psychological science and marketing to co-create a change-advocating value that all stakeholders pursue. She previously worked at the National Institute of Green Technology Center (NIGT) as a Postdoc Research Fellow to provide policy advice on climate governance, technology R&D, and finance. Prior to this, Jeawon conducted evidence-based research in the area of behaviour and social change for numerous climate-change-related social issues at Social Marketing @ Griffith, the world’s largest behaviour change research centre located in Brisbane. Her work has been published in journals on behaviour science, consumer research, and environmental management. Jeawon holds a PhD in Social Marketing (Behaviour change for social good); 1st class Honours degree in Social Marketing; and a dual degree in Marketing and Psychological Science from Griffith University, Australia.
Climate Technology Associate Specialist
Molly is supporting the Africa, West & Central Asia teams in the design and implementation of CTCN technical assistance and capacity-building activities. She received a bachelor's degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering, and a master of science in Sustainable Environment and Energy Systems from Middle East Technical University(Turkey). She has over 4 years of experience as a climate technology researcher for macro and micro-electromechanical systems in the renewable and clean energy sector. She has also worked as operations and support specialist in a start-up environment(NALA).
Climate Technology Specialist, Africa, Commonwealth of Independent States and West Asia
Nadege is supporting the design and implementation of CTCN technical assistance and capacity building activities. She has 12 years of experience on climate change including climate finance, mitigation through the design of roadmaps and low carbon strategies, NDCs implementation as well as climate change adaptation with deep expertise of climate change vulnerability assessments at territory level (municipalities, cities, regions or countries). With a background in international affairs and a master in renewable energy, Nadege has been working within the scope of the UNFCCC since 2006 where she started as part of the National Designated Authority (NDA) team in Morocco.
Wooyoung provides operation and programme-related support including the coordination of project planning for Asia-Pacific region and the CTCN Liaison Office activities. As well as the processing of UNEP Legal Instruments, he performs a wide range of administrative functions in the field of accounting, grants management, budget forecasting and procurement. Wooyoung has a Master’s degree in Development Policy from KDI School of Public Policy and Management. Before joining CTCN, he worked for the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN DESA), UN Global Compact (UNGC) and UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).
Latin America & Caribbean Climate Change join Mitigation- Adaptation Specialist
Ramiro has almost 9 years of experience at the climate change science-policy interface, including in the assessment of various aspects of environmental and natural resources management within the context of programmes and projects dealing with sustainable development, mitigation and adaptation to climate change technologies. Through his work in international organizations and the private sector, he has achieved broad expertise in multi-country initiatives. Ramiro liaises and supports the Centre's technical assistance, capacity building and networking activities in Latin America and the Caribbean.
Since September 2004, Suil Kang has worked at the international Environmental Research Institute(IERI), Gwangju Institute of Science and Technology(GIST), Republic of Korea. In the IERI, Suil conducted many activities including international R&D collaboration, operation of capacity-building programs such as international internship and training workshops, policy works on Climate Change including IPCC, ASEAN, and APEC and several international development projects including CTCN Technical Assistance and Korea-UNDP. Suil was on secondment to the Climate Technology Cooperation Team in the Ministry of Science and ICT(MSIT) as an expert advisor from July 2016 to December 2018 and contributed to the collaboration with CTCN and facilitation of domestic climate technology cooperation. Suil was also on secondment to the National Institute of Green Technology Center(NIGT) as a Director of the International Strategy Division in 2019. Suil served as a Technology Executive Committee(TEC) member under the UNFCCC from 2018 to 2022. Suil holds a bachelor, master, and Ph.D. in Agricultural Chemistry from Seoul National University, Republic of Korea, and had post-doctoral experience at Michigan State University, USA from 2000 to 2004.
Climate Technology Specialist, Africa and West and Central Asia
Valentin is supporting the design and implementation of CTCN technical assistance and capacity building activities in Africa and West & Central Asia. Prior to the CTCN, he worked at a Berlin-based technology start-up as a product manager where he developed technology solutions to measure, report and reduce GHG emissions in supply chains. Valentin holds a double master's degree in Strategic Management from Berlin School of Economics and Law, Germany and in Entrepreneurship & Innovation from ESCE International Business School in Paris, France.
Marisela Ricardez Garcia
Senior Climate Specialist
Woojin has over 15 years of experience in science and technology issues. Previously, he worked for the Korean Government, where he was involved in establishing and implementing nationwide R&D and RD&D policies, programmes, and projects across various fields, such as bio and energy technology. As the Director of the Climate Change R&D Team at the Ministry of Science and ICT, the Korean NDE, he assumed responsibility for overseeing R&D programs and initiatives related to climate change, including CTCN pro bono projects. He holds a master’s degree in public administration from Syracuse University, USA and a Bachelor's degree in chemical & biological engineering from Seoul National University, Korea.