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Jukka Uosukainen

Director
Mr. Jukka Uosukainen was nominated as the first Director of the CTCN. He has worked in the national and international environmental sector for more than two decades, chairing and facilitating various UN committees, including of the UNFCCC and UNEP. More recently, he served as the Special Envoy for Climate Change for the Government of Finland.

Hartwig Kremer

Senior Programme Officer
Hartwig supports the CTCN in the areas of technology innovation, science and finance communities and matchmaking. In the Science Division of UN Environment, he coordinates the Global Environment Monitoring System - Water, and the World Water Quality Assessment. Hartwig holds a doctor of marine sciences and a degree as senior governmental advisor of fisheries economy focusing on environmental legislation and administration.

Rajiv Garg

Regional Manager - East and Southern Africa & West and Central Asia
Rajiv is managing CTCN activities in the East and Southern Africa and West and Central Asia region. Rajiv has over 23 years of experience in climate technology transfer in developing countries. Prior to joining CTCN, he was managing climate change mitigation programme of UN Environment in Asia and Pacific, and was the lead in design and implementation of the industrial energy efficiency based emission trading “Cap and Trade" scheme while working for Indian government. He has Masters in Engineering, PG certificate in Industrial Pollution Prevention and Control and is also a certified energy auditor and manager.

Patrick Nussbaumer

Industrial Development Officer
Patrick develops and implements technical assistance interventions in developing countries in the area of sustainable energy, environmental management, and climate technologies. Prior to joining UNIDO, he worked several years on energy issues in academia, as well as in the private sector. His background is in engineering, and is complemented by a PhD in Environmental Science and Technology.

Jaime Webbe

Regional Manager, Asia-Pacific
Ms. Jaime Webbe leads CTCN’s adaptation team. Prior to taking up her current post, Ms. Webbe was a programme management officer at UN Environment, working on environmental education and training, including serving as the focal point for the UN Alliance on Climate Change Education, Training and Public Awareness. Jaime has also worked on forest-based climate change mitigation (REDD+) for the UN-REDD team and on adaptation as the programme officer for climate change within the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity. Earlier, Jaime worked as a sustainable land management project manager at the World Bank exploring the links between land management and climate change.

Federico Villatico Campbell

Regional Manager - LAC, West and Central Africa
Federico is responsible for the CTCN’s mitigation technical assistance. Prior to joining CTCN he worked for several years on renewable energy, energy storage and sustainable transport sectors in academia, international organisations, and the private sector. His background is in mechanical engineering, complemented by a PhD in Energy Technologies for Sustainable Development.

Karina Larsen

Knowledge and Communications Manager
Karina is responsible for the CTCN’s communications and outreach strategy. She also manages the knowledge management system which aims to facilitate sharing of technology information among climate stakeholders. As Gender Focal Point, Karina advises and supports the Secretariat on the implementation of gender mainstreaming within CTCN operations.

Naomi Kosaka

Administrative and Fund Management Officer
Naomi oversees the management of financial and human resources to support the implementation of the Climate Technology Centre and Network’s operations. She has over 15 years of financial, budgetary and administrative management experience in the UN system as well as the public sector. Prior to joining the Centre, she worked as a Finance Officer and a Coordination Officer in the Department of Management in the UN Secretariat, New York. She is a Certified Practising Accountant and has a master’s degree in Applied Commerce.

Manfredi Caltagirone

Programme Officer
Manfredi is the UN Environment – CTCN liaison. He is responsible for collaborations with the Green Climate Fund and Multilateral Development Banks in addition to supporting capacity building activities. Prior to joining UN Environment, he worked as policy advisor on climate technologies at the Italian Ministry for the Environment. He has been a Research Fellow at the United Nations Foundation and at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at the Harvard Kennedy School. Manfredi holds a J.D. from the II University of Rome, and a MPA at the Harvard Kennedy School.

Giulia Ferrini

Associate Programme Officer
Giulia coordinates the development and implementation of CTCN capacity building activities. She has experience in the design, implementation and evaluation of climate change projects. Her experience led her to work with governments, international financing institutions, the private sector and not-for-profit organisations involved in climate change mitigation. Her background is in political science and international relations.

Nima Joshi

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).

Bibiana Sanchez

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.

Sandra Bry

Adaptation Specialist- LAC, West and Central Africa
Since 2015, Sandra coordinates the design and implementation of CTCN requests coming from the LAC region and West and Central Africa in adaptation and combined adaptation-mitigation. Sandra is a lawyer by training, specialised in environmental law and risk management, and holds a PhD in international relations in environmental and development studies. Before joining the CTCN, Sandra worked on climate capacity building activities for 6 years at UNEP DTU Partnership.

Ho-Sik Chon

CTCN Secondee
Ho-Sik supports the CTCN in the design and implementation of adaptation requests. He is seconded with the CTCN from his position as Senior Researcher at the Green Technology Center, which is a technology-based policy research institution funded by the South Korean Government. He has researched climate technologies which either mitigate greenhouse gas emission or enhance resilience against climate risk. Ho-Sik holds a PhD in Water Management from the Centre for Environmental Policy, Imperial College London, UK and an MSc in Environmental Geochemistry from Department of Geosystem & Environmental Engineering, Hanyang University, South Korea.

Emma Hannula

Adaptation Specialist, Asia-Pacific
Emma Hannula has over 10 years of working experience related to green building, sustainable urbanisation, disaster risk reduction, climate change, international networks and capacity building. As the climate change adaptation specialist for Asia-Pacific, Emma supports related technical assistance responses and capacity building projects in the region. She also provides expert guidance for projects related to energy efficient buildings

Irma Juskenaite

Communications Associate
Irma has more than 12 years experience in Public relations. She supports international communication activities of the CTCN. During her career Irma worked with high level politicians, well known international companies and NGOs on strategic communications planning, message development, media relations, she acted as a spokesperson for the Mayor of the capital of Lithuania too.

Agathe Laure

Climate Change Adaptation Specialist, East and Southern Africa & West and Central Asia
Agathe coordinates technical assistance and capacity building interventions of the CTCN to support countries from East and Southern Africa, and West and Central Asia adapt to climate change. Agathe holds Master’s degrees on International law, and on Environmental Policy and Sustainable Development and has more than seven years of experience coordinating and implementing projects for increasing costal resilience, sustainable agriculture, water resources management, and ecosystems conservation in Asia and Africa, including at the World Bank and FAO.

Victor Low

Special Advisor
Victor has been involved in most aspects of operationalizing the CTCN and continues by developing partnerships for the CTCN's Technology Library and planning Advisory Board meetings, among other tasks. An engineer by education, Victor has 25 years of experience in climate and renewable energy technologies with government and the private sector.

Marta Moneo

Regional Coordinator for Latin America and the Caribbean
Marta supports CTCN as coordinator in supporting countries in the identification of climate technology needs, technology transfer opportunities in Latin America and the Caribbean. She has over 13 years of experience on climate change adaptation from different perspectives; research, policy advice and project management and implementation. Prior to joining the CTCN, she has lead climate change initiatives in UNDP, the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research and the Polytechnic University in Madrid. She holds a Master in Environmental Management and a PhD in Agriculture and Natural Resources Economics.

Shanar Taleb-Tabrizi

Knowledge Management Specialist
Shanar supports the knowledge management team with regard to technology information and partnerships. She has experience with sustainable development research in Sweden, South Africa and Mozambique, and holds a Master’s degree in Environmental Engineering from the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm.

Abdel Karim Traore

Africa Regional Coordinator
Abdel is a renewable energy engineer with expertise in climate change. He has more than 15 years of professional experience including work related to the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) and carbon finance. Before joining the Climate Technology Centre, Abdel was Global Strategy Advisor and Multicountry Programme Lead at the Netherlands Development Organisation for off-grid solar. Abdel holds a Master of Science in New and Renewable Energy (Durham University, United Kingdom).

Scott Willis

Strategic Advisor
Scott is a Canadian climate change policy professional, with fifteen years’ experience as a government advisor, project manager, and UN lead negotiator for the Government of Canada. He supports the CTCN Director on UNFCCC-related technology policy issues.

Judit Rodríguez

Climate Technology Specialist
Judit supports the Latin America and the Caribbean group and the Francophone Africa group. She has experience in energy transition research in Rwanda in collaboration with the UNEP-DTU Partnership, and in renewable energy projects in the private sector in Sweden. Judit holds a Master’s degree in Energy Engineering from the Polytechnic University of Catalonia (BarcelonaTech), and in Climate Change from the University of Copenhagen.