Director and Advisory Board Secretary, Climate Technology Centre & Network
Dr. Rose Mwebaza (PhD) is the Director of CTCN and brings 20 years’ experience providing policy advice on a wide range of climate change, environment and sustainable development issues. She has previously served as Chief Natural Resources Officer at the African Development Bank, and held leadership positions within the UN Development Programme. Dr. Mwebaza was a Lecturer at Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda, for 10 years, serving as the Head of Department for Commercial Law, and Deputy Dean of the Law School. Rose holds a PhD in Environment and Natural Resource Governance from Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia; a Master’s Degree in International Comparative Law (With a Certificate of Academic Excellence) from the University of Florida, U.S.A and a Bachelor of Law Degree (LL.B, Hons.) from Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda.
Regional Manager - Africa
Rajiv is managing CTCN activities in Africa and West Asia &CIS region. 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.
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.
Knowledge and Communications Manager (Gender focal point)
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. Ms. Larsen has over twenty years’ experience in global environment and health issues, with previous positions at UNFPA; the Council of Women World Leaders; the Office of the Prime Minister of Iceland, and the American Cancer Society.
Diana Maria Ramos Perez
Climate Technology Manager for Latin America and the Caribbean
Diana is managing CTCN activities in Latin America and the Caribbean. She is Chemical Engineer with specialization in Environmental engineering from the National University of Colombia and pursued an MBA in Renewables in Beuth Hochschule für Technik-Berlin. She has a long experience in the environmental field, particularly in climate change projects related to sustainable energy and methane avoidance. Her experience is based in the Colombian and international consultancy field of environment in multilateral organizations such as UNFCCC and UNDP, and private consultancy companies such as HEAT GmbH and PwC, where she has achieved a cross-sectorial knowledge in various stages of the climate change projects’ cycle. Diana was also an entrepreneur in the field of productive use of renewables in rural areas.
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.
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 and BSc in Environmental Engineering at Ewha Womans University. She has studied energy poverty issues in Tanzania and in particular built a decision support tool using agent based modeling approach. Previously, she worked at the Green Technology Center Korea(GTCK), Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI) in Seoul, and UNEP GGKP office in Geneva.
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).
Knowledge and Research Specialist
Heather supports knowledge management, writing and research endeavors at the CTCN. She has worked for the World Bank, UN Food and Agriculture Organization, and Verra on climate change policy issues in the agriculture, forestry, energy and transport sectors. Prior to this, Heather spent several years working for the National Park Service fire ecology program conducting field work across the United States. She has published on climate change and was a contributing author to the IPCC Fifth Assessment Report. She holds an MSc from Yale School of the Environment, a BA from Middlebury College, and a certification as Expert in Climate and Renewable Energy Finance from the Frankfurt School UNEP Collaborating Centre for Climate and Sustainable Energy Finance.
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. Irma holds a Master’s degree in International Communications and a Bachelor of Journalism degree. She is pursuing her Executive MBA at Copenhagen Business School.
Clarine Ovando Lacroux
Donor and Policy Specialist
Clarine supports the CTCN on donor engagement and the operationalization of the CTCN. Clarine has a background in Urban and Regional Planning and has over six years of experience working in the humanitarian and development sector, providing technical support on urban and settlements-based programming and project management oversight to a diverse range of projects. Before joining the CTCN, Clarine worked for several years in refugee and internal displacement response and supported field offices’ work to engage with partners and ensure compliance with donor regulations.
Woo Jin Lee
Senior Innovation Specialist
Dr. LEE supports the CTCN's cooperation with UNFCCC bodies and new stakeholders as innovation mobilizer. He brings over 10 years’ experience as R&D specialist with a PhD in Mat. & Sci. Eng. from KAIST. Before joining the CTCN, he served as director of policy divisions on various S&T fields for 15 years, at the Ministry of Science and ICT, Republic of Korea.
Capacity Building Associate, Africa Region
Judith is providing technical and capacity building support to the climate mitigation and adaptation requests in the Africa region, to promote sustainable development. She is an environmental scientist who holds a MSc. degree in Environmental Technology for Sustainable Development. Her background is in Environmental Conservation & Natural Resource Management from The University of Nairobi, Kenya. Judith has experience in research for development, impact assessments, project monitoring and coordination. Her work experience includes working with the World Agroforestry (ICRAF) as a research assistant, working with the Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI), Africa Centre as a research Intern, she has also worked as an intern with Kenya Climate Justice Women’s Champions (KCJWC) and the former Office of the Prime Minister, Kenya.
Mitigation Specialist, Asia-Pacific
Sambit is a clean energy and climate change professional with several years of experience in managing and delivering advisory assignments. Prior joining CTCN, he was working with United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) India as a Program Manager in the Chemicals and Waste Management vertical. He has also worked as a regional manager on clean energy and climate related projects for a climate change advisory firm in Thailand. Sambit is an engineer and MBA in Power Management from National Power Training Institute India. He is also a certified lead auditor in environment management system.
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.
Latin America & Caribbean Climate Change join Mitigation- Adaptation Specialist
Ramiro has almost 8 years of experience at the climate change science-policy interface, including on 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.
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.
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.