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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

Network & Capacity Building Manager
Rajiv is working as Network and Capacity Building Manager. Rajiv has 20 years of experience on complex technology transfer issues and their solutions using integrated system based approaches. Prior to joining CTCN, he was managing climate change mitigation programme for UNEP in Asia and the Pacific and was also the lead in designing the industrial emissions "Cap and Trade" scheme while working for Indian government. He has Masters in Engineering, PG certificate in 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.

Federico Villatico Campbell

Climate Technology Manager
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 & 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.

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 UNEP – 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 UNEP, 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

Advisor
Giulia supports the development and implementation of CTCN capacity building activities, including the Incubator Programme for Least Developed Countries. Giulia holds an MSc in International Relations from the London School of Economics, and a BA in Political Science from University of Rome III.

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.

Laia Barbara

Climate Technology Specialist
Laia is supporting the CTCN in the design and implementation of technical assistance interventions for climate change mitigation, with the focus on Latin America and Francophone Africa. Laia’s background is engineering, complemented with a Masters in International Business. Before joining the CTCN, Laia worked as an engineer in the private sector and with the Spanish Government.

Sandra Bry

Climate Technology Specialist
Sandra is supporting the CTCN in the design and implementation of requests from Latin America, Anglophone Africa and Asia in adaptation and combined adaptation and mitigation. Sandra is a lawyer by training, with specialisation in environmental law and sustainable development and holds a PhD in international relations in the field of environmental and development studies. Before joining the CTCN, Sandra worked at UNEP DTU Partnership (UDP) as a research assistant and PhD student.

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.

Langa Dorji

CTCN Secondee
Langa has 11 years working experience as District Environment Officer, Royal Government of Bhutan. He supports the CTCN Network and Capacity Building team. He is seconded with the CTCN from his position as the Head of Environment Sector at District Level, Advisor to District Governor on environment polices law and programme. He also worked on environmental awareness and advocacy, water management & conflict resolution waste management. He was a Member of Multi Sectoral Task Force in Bhutan (HIV/AIDS/Drugs/Suicides cases/Volunteerism).

Adrian Guhr

Associate Programme Officer
Adrian supports the Climate Technology Managers with climate change mitigation projects and serves as contact person for the CTCN Secondment Programme. His previous experience lies with research in innovating municipal waste management in Stockholm. Adrian also has experience with production process and material flow optimization in the solar cell and automotive supply industry. Adrian holds a Master’s degree in Sustainable Technology from the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Sweden and a Bachelor’s in Industrial Engineering from Leuphana University Lueneburg, Germany.

Emma Hannula

Network and Capacity Building Specialist
Emma Hannula has a Master‘s degree in architecture and urban planning. She has over 8 years of working experience related to construction, green housing, climate change, sustainable urbanisation, international networks, conferences and capacity building of different stakeholders. Before joining CTCN Emma worked with UN-Habitat in its headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya and in the UN-Habitat Sri Lanka country programme.

Irma Juskenaite

Communications Associate
Irma has more than 10 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.

Andreas Karlsen

Mitigation Technology Specialist
Andreas is working as Climate Technology Specialist supporting the design and implementation of mitigation requests and technology transfers. Prior to joining the CTCN, Andreas worked for UNDP and the Danish Government on climate policies and finance, NAMAs and CDM project development. Andreas holds a Master’s degree in Environmental Geography from the University of Copenhagen.

Agathe Laure

Programme Advisor
Agathe coordinates technical assistance interventions and capacity building activities of the CTCN in developing countries. Prior joining the CTCN, Agathe worked several years on sustainable development and climate change adaptation issues, 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.

Parimita Mohanty

Coordinator for Asia Pacific
Parimita supports CTCN as the coordinator for the Asia Pacific region. She has 14 years of experience on sustainable energy, smart grid and climate technologies. Prior to joining UNEP, she has led several energy related projects in Asia Pacific region. She is a member of several international technical committees on Renewable energy. She holds Master in Technology in Energy Science and Technology and has a PhD in Power Control for Renewable Energy.

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.