Arian Nooren is Executive Assistant to Johannes Meier. Arian has spent many years as an executive secretary and management assistant in multinationals such as Panta, Texaco (U.S. headquarters), Nedlloyd and Experian. She is excited about helping to establish the European Climate Foundation and the opportunity to make a contribution to creating a sustainable earth.
Arne is a Swedish national and holds a M. Sc. Degree in Mechanical engineering and a B.A. in Philosophy, Mathematics and Economics. During the 1980s he researched energy futures at the Swedish Defence Research Institute. In 1989, he started as a policy analyst with Vattenfall in their strategic planning department. Arne established Vattenfall's Brussels office in 1992 and headed their Brussels activities until 1995. Arne then worked until 2000 handling energy policy issues such as deregulation, nuclear phase out and energy taxation in Sweden. From 2001-2006 Arne was responsible for Public Affairs, and led work on climate change policy, including publication of Vattenfall's books such as the influential Curbing Climate Change (January 2006), the Global Greenhouse Gas Abatement Cost Curve (January 2007), and A One Tonne Future: A Guide to the Low-Carbon Century (June 2009).
Bert Metz is a Fellow at ECF and member of the Advisory Council. He focuses particularly on science and policy issues. He brings extensive experience as former co-chairman of the Climate Change Mitigation Working Group of the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) from 1997-2008 (IPCC received the Nobel Peace Prize for its work in 2007). He also was climate change coordinator of the Ministry of Environment of the Netherlands and chief negotiator for the Netherlands and the European Union on the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change and the Kyoto Protocol, as well as head of the Global Sustainability and Climate Change Division of the Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency. In addition, he taught at Ahmadu Bello University in Nigeria and served as Environmental Counsellor at the Netherlands Embassy in Washington DC. Currently he is also a member of a few scientific advisory boards of international institutes and projects. He holds a Masters degree in Chemical Engineering from Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands and received his PhD in Biotechnology at the same university. He has published a large number of IPCC books and scientific articles and in 2010 published a book "Controlling Climate Change" with Cambridge University Press. He also received the Environmental Economics Practioner Award from the European Association of Environmental and Resource Economists in 2009.
Born in Santiago de Compostela, Spain, Carlos joined the ECF after graduating with his MBA from the IE Business School in Madrid. His internship was with the International Trade Centre in Geneva. Prior to that Carlos spent five years in the Spanish Foreign Service working as an international trade expert with Embassies in Angola and in Saudi Arabia, as well as serving in the Spanish Institute for Foreign Trade. Carlos also holds a Masters in International Trade from the Centro de Estudios Economicos y Comerciales in Madrid, and a BBA from the University of Navarre. In addition, Carlos has volunteered in projects planting trees and cleaning beaches after oil spills. Carlos views joining the ECF as a great opportunity to further contribute to global challenges such as environment and sustainability. Personal interests of his include travelling, scuba diving, and movies, and he speaks Spanish, English, and Portuguese.
Gabriela grew up in Mexico City. After finishing her bachelor's degree in Industrial Design, she moved to Vienna where she studied German and a completed an M.A. Since 2002, Gabriela has held administrative roles in the public and private sector, including the Mexican Embassies in Vienna and The Hague, Shell, and the International Criminal Court. She has been with the ECF since 2009 as administrative support. Gabriela speaks Spanish, English, and German fluently, as well as conversational Dutch. She is married to a Scotsman and has a Dutch stepdaughter and two multilingual cats. Gabriela loves being a part of the amazing ECF network and contributing every day, even in a tiny way, to make the world a better place to live for future generations.
Ginny is Account Assistant on the ECF Finance team. Holding an M.A. in Archaeology of Southeast Asia from the University of Leiden, Ginny previously spent time on an archaeological dig in Indonesia. She has experience with digital mapping and data management, and has worked for the Provence House of Zuid Holland and the Dutch Forest Service. Born and raised in the Netherlands, Ginny is proud of her Indo-European heritage, and has returned to her roots by marrying an Indonesian man. They have a daughter together who they are teaching Dutch, English, and Indonesian.
Johannes Meier holds a M.S. in Computer Science and a Ph.D. in Communication and Information Sciences. Prior to joining the European Climate Foundation as CEO he was a partner at McKinsey & Co., CEO of GE CompuNet Computer AG, managing board member of the Bertelsmann Foundation, and founder of a software company developing coordination platforms. Johannes sits on the supervisory boards of Xing AG, the Leipzig Graduate School of Management, and Unicef Germany. Meier holds a M.S. in Computer Science and a Ph.D. in Communication and Information Sciences. He speaks German, English, French.
Lalit is an experienced production engineer with a Master in Management Studies specialised in Finance. Lalit comes to the ECF from Greenpeace International, where his main responsibilities were budgeting, management reporting and control, and treasury. Prior to this, Lalit worked in India and the Netherlands in various roles such as Group Operations Analyst, Financial Controller, Finance Manager, and Business Analyst. Lalit has recently passed the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) gate exam, and is aiming for CIMA certification in 2013. His hobbies include gardening, sketching, and sports like cricket, hockey, football, and volleyball.
Lorraine is originally from Ireland and moved to The Hague at the beginning of 2011. She holds a Masters degree in cultural policy and management, a post graduate diploma in administration and a Bachelor of Arts degree, all from University College Dublin. After her Bachelors degree Lorraine completed a three year graduate management programme at AIB Bank. Then she moved to Brussels to work for the British Council and to complete the research element of her Masters degree before moving to London. In London she managed various projects in the UK government and the private sector involving the implementation of quality management systems and IT enabled workflows. Before moving to The Hague she worked for over two years at the Health Foundation. Most recently she was a Business Analyst at Eurojust. Concurrently with her current role she has worked as a consultant to the Bernard van Leer Foundation on an impact assessment of their advocacy work and service provision in the field of early childhood development. Lorraine loves the great outdoors. She is a Royal Yacht Association qualified skipper (and aims to brave the North Sea on her doorstep very soon).
Martijn's work focuses on the finance and economics of de-carbonising the European economy, and more specifically the power sector. Before joining the ECF Martijn was Project Advisor to the World Economic Forum's Climate Change Initiative. Martijn facilitated high-level public-private engagement aimed at developing partnerships in support of a low-carbon growth agenda. The most promising proposals focused on enhanced energy efficiency co-operation and better functioning carbon markets. Prior, Martijn worked as a strategic consultant at PricewaterhouseCoopers, where he helped set up the carbon verification practice for the EU ETS. Martijn is an accredited lead verifier for CO2 and NOx trading schemes. He holds a Master's degree in Business Economics from the University of Groningen and is a former Global Leadership Fellow of the World Economic Forum.
Michiel is the IT Assistant of the ECF The Hague office. He has studied Sinology at Leiden University and in Taiwan, and is currently studying fiscal law at Leiden. He has experience with technical support, managed a bicycle messenger company, and likes cats.
Based in The Hague, Patty is Programme Director for Energy Efficiency at the ECF. Until August 2012 she was also founding Chief of Operations. Patty was first recruited in 2007 to help manage the foundation's establishment, including organisational structure and early programme strategies. As head of the Energy Efficiency programme, she manages three main initiatives: (1) creating the regulatory and market framework for large-scale energy efficiency investments; (2) energy efficiency in buildings; and (3) energy efficiency in products. From 1998 to 2005, Patty helped launch and manage the Energy Foundation's China Sustainable Energy Program (CSEP) and the Beijing office. She spent several months at the World Bank in Buenos Aires on the Argentina Energy Efficiency Project and the rural electrification programme. Early on in her career, Patty spent two years in China as an English teacher and volunteered for several environmental NGOs including Redefining Progress, the Center for Marine Conservation and the California Public Interest Group. Patty holds an M.P.A. with a specialisation in energy and climate policy from Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School for Public and International Affairs, and Bachelor degrees in both Environmental Studies and Economics from the University of California at Santa Cruz.
Rebecca joined the ECF from the British Government where she worked in the Department for Trade and Industry's Energy Group. For ten years before joining ECF, Rebecca worked directly with the energy sector on Climate Change policy issues, and is an experienced EU policy maker having worked in Mr Peter Mandelson's Cabinet in the European Commission. From 2002 to 2005 Rebecca worked on a variety of economic portfolios within the British Government, including for a period in the Cabinet Office, Economic and Domestic Affairs Secretariat, where she led Cabinet coordination of business, trade, and energy issues. Rebecca has lived and worked in both the US and China, and studied Human Sciences at the University of Oxford.
Renée joined the ECF from the Dutch government where she worked at NLAgency, the Dutch Energy and Innovation Agency, where she worked on energy efficiency at the national and European levels. Renée established and coordinated the member state exchange platform Concerted Action for the EU Energy Services Directive, and has been a member of several EU government and non-governmental networks on energy efficiency policies. From 2008 to 2010 she was seconded to the Dutch Ministry for the Environment as part of a small team dedicated to the coordination of Dutch energy and climate policy. Renée holds a M.A. in Human Geography from Utrecht University
Robin Millington has held senior management roles in both the private sector and in non-profit organizations internationally. Prior to joining the ECF, Robin was Director of Development for INSEAD. Earlier she served as the first International Director for Wetlands International, dedicated to sustaining and restoring wetlands on all continents. She has also served as Managing Director of the Centre for European Policy Studies in Brussels and was a consultant to a number of organizations (including the American Embassy in the Netherlands, and board-level corporate clients) on diversity issues. After receiving her MBA from INSEAD, Robin continued her career in the IT sector, including as Global Business Development Manager for ICL and as lead negotiator on the largest computer technology transfer into the former-Soviet Union during perestroika. Robin obtained her Bachelor's degree from Stanford University in International Relations and is a dual national (American/Dutch). She is deeply committed to making a difference to her daughter's generation and its climate future.
Salvatore is Associate in the Power Programme. After an experience as Financial Auditor he decided to change the focus of his career and to follow is growing interest in the climate and energy sectors. Salvatore studied Business and Administration in Rome, holding a Master in Corporate Finance (Luiss University Rome), before moving to the Netherlands and obtaining a Master in Environment and Resource Management with a specialization in Sustainable Energy Studies (VU Amsterdam). Being an Italian native speaker, Salvatore is fluent in English, with a good knowledge of Spanish, and he is committed to finally learning Dutch.
Born and raised in Portugal and educated in Switzerland and the Netherlands, Victorine holds Dutch nationality. She obtained her M.A. in Hotel Management in Lausanne. She studied at Webster University in Leiden and obtained her Bachelor's degree in International Relations. Fluent in Dutch, English, and Portuguese and with good knowledge of French, Victorine feels at home at ECF where so many languages and nationalities are present. Victorine is the Finance & Grants Officer and also works closely with HR. Despite not having a purely financial background, Victorine has grown into her job and thoroughly enjoys facilitating the grant making process with operational work. Victorine is married and has two teenage sons as well as two lady beagles. As a great nature lover Victorine is excited to continue working for ECF and be a part of such a passionate team.
Berta is the Operations Manager for the ESC. Previously Berta spent 3 years managing development cooperation programmes with the European Commission's DG EuropeAid for Latin America and the Caribbean. Prior to that she worked for nearly 4 years at the European Road Federation, first as Institutional Affairs Officer and later as Head of Office; for 6 months as an intern with the External Relations Unit of the European Economic and Social Committee; and started her professional career in an international youth NGO focusing on Rural and Sustainable Development, where she had been a volunteer since she was a teenager. Berta holds a degree in languages (University of Zaragoza & Eberhard Karls Universitaet Tuebingen), an M.A. in European and Transatlantic Contemporary Studies (University of Bath), a postgraduate on Sustainable Development Cooperation (Univeristy of Comillas, Madrid) and is a PhD candidate in International Relations –Peace, Security and Conflict Resolution Studies. She is of Spanish nationality and is fluent in English and French, with advanced knowledge of German and some knowledge of Italian and Portuguese.
Dries works with the communications team in support of the ECF's Power programme. Over the last two years Dries has led the ECF's flagship Roadmap 2050 project as a project, outreach, and policy manager. Previously, Dries worked at Apple, Inc. where for five years he worked in the EMEA Public Affairs department. He holds an M.A. in Contemporary History from the Catholic University of Brussels and Leuven, and achieved a post-graduate in International Relations at the Karl-Rueprecht University in Heidelberg. As a Belgian and native Dutch speaker, Dries also masters English and French and has a good level of German and Italian. Dries is thrilled to have joined the ECF and take part in what is the biggest challenge of the 21st century.
Erica joined ECF in February 2013 to work on energy efficiency and on the development of the EU's post-2020 climate and energy framework. Prior to that she worked at Climate Action Network Europe, where she led the network's policy and advocacy activities on energy efficiency, and helped to establish the cross-sectoral Coalition for Energy Savings. From 2005 to 2009 Erica worked as adviser to Green MEP Caroline Lucas at the European Parliament, and briefly at the Institute for Public Policy Research in London. She is proud to be the third Human Sciences graduate from Oxford University to join the ECF team, and in her spare time enjoys various musical activities, running, dancing and aspiring to meditate.
Elsa Özmen is Associate in the EU Climate Policies programme. Before joining the ECF, she worked in the renewable energy sector where her interest in climate and energy grew. After 5 months away from the ECF spent in the Cabinet of the EU Energy Commissioner, Elsa is very happy to be back fighting climate change with her ECF colleagues. During her studies, she completed traineeships at the Council of Europe and the French Consulate in Hamburg. Elsa studied in France, Germany and Belgium. She holds Master's degrees in Political Sciences and Internal Relations from the Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Strasbourg, the Institut des Hautes Etudes Européennes and the College of Europe. A French-Turkish binational, Elsa speaks French, Turkish, English and German and is very determined to learn Spanish.
Johanna is Associate in the Transport programme and she is engaged in the work on the emissions of cars and on biofuels. She started at the ECF in early 2012 and was previously Programme Assistant in the EU Climate Policies team. Johanna holds an MA in International Relations with a focus on Europe, and an MSc in Environment and Resource Management. Prior to ECF, she worked for EU institutions (European Commission, European Council), a national government (Permanent Representation of Hungary to the EU) and several environmental ogranizations (WWF, IUCN, EBCD). A Hungarian national, Johanna also speaks English, French and some German.
Laurentien is a Fellow at the ECF, focusing in particular on communications and strategy. She works both within the European Climate Foundation as well as the Energy Strategy Center. She has extensive expertise in communications, combining experience in the media, public affairs and strategic communications. She has worked within the private sector as well as NGOs and has worked on sustainability and environmental issues for several years (e.g., Senior Advisor with WWF, Vice President of Fauna & Flora International, former Strategy Director Europe for African Parks, a private sector initiative for conservation management in Africa). Laurentien holds a Bachelor's degree in Politics from the University of London (Queen Mary College) a Master's Degree in Journalism from the University of California at Berkeley, USA and a 'Propaedeuse' History from the University of Groningen, the Netherlands. She is of Dutch nationality and is fluent in English, Dutch and French; has an advanced knowledge of German and some knowledge of Spanish.
Lucie works in the ESC, the communications unit of the Foundation. She studied communications in France and spent one year in Maastricht studying International Communications. She moved to Brussels after her studies, where she first gained experience at the European Banking Federation and then moved to consultancy for 3 years. In 2010 Lucie joined the ECF in a position that required various roles in the communications team. She is focusing on developing and maintaining communications materials, as well as be involved in organising events and serving an operational role. She is a French native speaker and is fluent in English.
Mayta is the Director Operations & Services of the European Climate Foundation and is in charge of its strategic development. He is a civil engineer in mechanics and holds a Master in Environmental Management from the Free University of Brussels (ULB). Over 12 years Mayta filled several roles in the financial software industry, including project manager, programme manager, and key account manager on international projects. After deciding to focus on global warming issues, he worked for nearly 5 years with Det Norske Veritas (DNV), a Norwegian foundation whose mission is to "safeguard life, property and the environment." He was responsible for for the DNV's Climate Change and Environmental Services division for the Benelux region, Germany, and the UK. Among other things, he was involved with Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) validation and verification, carbon footprint design, and third-party services related to GHG emission reduction projects.
Nicole is based in the Brussels office. She was born in The Netherlands where she started her working career in the pharmaceutical and publishing sectors through media marketing. Since 1992 she has been living in the Brussels area where she worked more than 16 years in the HR department of a global clinical research office. Nicole joined the ECF team in 2009 with the start-up ECF Brussels office. The organisation of the office was her first big challenge. From 2009 to 2012 she managed the Brussels ECF office on top of HR Management for the ECF's network of European offices. Since February 2012 Nicole is focusing completely on HR Management due to the growth of both the Brussels office and the overall ECF network. Nicole speaks fluent Dutch, English, and French, has a good knowledge of German, and a basic knowledge of Greek, the language spoken at home with her husband and two kids.
Nimali works in the media team of the ECF's Energy Strategy Center, where she is responsible for delivering the day-to-day media activity and the provision of strategic communications support to ECF programmes and grantees. Having led the communications team of a leading UK tour operator after working on the implementation of the Republic of Maldives' European Tsunami Response PR Campaign, she brings a breadth of communications experience in both the public and the private sector. Nimali studied international business management in Germany before completing her Master's with specialisation in Strategic Crisis Response Communications at TVU London. She is a German native speaker, fluent in English, and has a good knowledge of French.
Pete currently works on low-carbon transport policy at the European Climate Foundation. Prior to that, he spent 12 years analyzing and reporting on markets for freight, commodities, equities and bonds, initially for information provider IHS Maritime and later for the multinational media and information provider Reuters. He later switched to general news reporting for Reuters, before moving to Brussels in 2008 to report on EU politics. His award-winning journalism has also featured in The Times of London, the Independent and International New York Times. During his time as a journalist and writer, he has published seven books on marine ecology. He also scooped secret preparations for the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan and was on the Reuters team reporting the climate talks in Copenhagen. He is a keen ecologist and spends most of his free time teaching his three children to swim, surf, dive and explore nature.
Stephen is ECF program director for EU climate policies, in Brussels. Before joining the foundation, Stephen spent four years as co-manager of Notre Europe, a Paris-based think tank dedicated to European unity, which was founded by former European Commission president Jacques Delors. His focus there was on energy policy, deliberative democracy, and think tanks. He has published several books and studies on these issues and organised the first-ever pan-European deliberative poll. Stephen was previously a public affairs consultant in Brussels and London. He was adviser on European and international affairs for the Belgian Deputy-Prime Minister and Minister for Transport for three years. He has taught lobbying in Europe as Adjunct Professor at Sciences Po in Paris. French and American, and a father of two, Stephen holds a mid-career Master in Public Administration from Harvard University and a post-graduate degree in comparative politics from Sciences Po.
Tudor started his career as a broadband and telecommunications engineer in the UK. After moving to Belgium and continuing work as a telematics engineer, he later moved to software, database, and website development for ReachCentrum. With this multidisciplinary background Tudor has taken on the role of IT Support & Development Professional at the ECF Brussels office. His tasks will be to join the IT departments and streamline them into one unit, as well as support the IT development needs of the other teams within the ECF. Tudor is a native European with roots in Romania and Sweden and has studied in Belgium and the UK.
Theresa works both for the ECF and for RAP as the Office Manager. In her role, she handles administrative and operational tasks for both organizations and is also thefirst point of contact for visitors coming to our Brussels office. She brings many years of experience having worked for various multinational companies.Prior to the ECF, Theresa worked for Sony Europe, first as an IT analyst on the Vaio support team, and later in Product Marketing Europe, where she planned new product and campaign launches and organized key events and trainings. She also worked in the EMEA division of Owens Corning Fiberglass as an account portfolio manager for European customers in the thermoplastic and windmill industries. She later joined the Benelux division of Intersystems Corporation, a US-based software company, as a customer operations specialist in financial and legal affairs. Theresa holds a university degree in scientific translations (FR-DE-GB). She is fluent in German and French (bilingual), English, Dutch and Spanish, and is currently learning Turkish. Theresa has travelled to many parts of the world and took two major trips to South America. She loves nature, hiking, and holds a sailing license. She also enjoys dancing Argentinean tango.
Tim is Media Manager of the ECF's Energy Strategy Center (ESC). He is responsible for devising and executing the ECF's press strategy as well as running press campaigns day to day. He offers strategic, hands-on advice to grantees and BPNs as well as working closely with all the ECF programmes to ensure their work is effectively communicated to target audiences. Over the past two years he has been particularly involved in the challenges of communicating climate science. Tim joined from Fleishman-Hillard in Brussels where he had worked as an Account Director across sectors and with a range of clients. Prior to moving to Brussels, Tim spent seven years working for the British Labour Party in London where he ended his run as Director of the press office prior to his departure in 2008. Tim studied at the Universities of Edinburgh and Vienna and has a Masters Degree in Politics and German.
Tom is the head of Energy Strategy Center (ESC), the communications unit of the European Climate Foundation. He has held senior corporate and consultancy posts in government relations and communications.
Yana is an associate in ECF's Power Programme and would examine issues related to the spectrum of EU energy and climate policies (particularly mitigating policies and measures to integrate RES in the generation mix, reduce GHG emissions and create low carbon economy). Prior to joining ECF, Yana worked in the European Parliament first in the Directorate for Legislative Quality and later as a Parliamentary Policy Advisor. She also previously held roles in the public sector, working in Sofia, Paris and London. Yana holds a Masters degree in Politics and Government in the EU with highest distinction from the London School of Economics and Political Science, and double Bachelor's degree in International Relations and European Studies from the American University in Bulgaria. She has also pursued a specialisation in European Political Economy at the University of Limerick, and effectuated an executive training on renewable energy finance with UNEP-FI. Her research interests further lie in EU's External Relations (particularly Russia and the Caucuses states; energy security; EU defence capabilities and EU-NATO partnership). A Bulgarian national, Yana also speaks English and French. She is excited to be able to work on issues that genuinely spark her up. Yana's leisure interests include surf-paddling, walking and photography books.
Carel Carlowitz Mohn is Communications Director at the ECF office in Berlin. Prior to joining the ECF he was Head of Communications at DIW Berlin, the German Institute of Economic Research, a leading German public policy think tank. He has also held senior positions at vzbv, the Federation of German of Consumer Organisations, and at the international secretariat of Transparency International. From 1994 to 1996 he supported the Independent Working Group on the Future of the United Nations as an assistant to German President Richard von Weizsäcker. He has worked extensively as a journalist and was a correspondent for Deutschlandfunk, Germany's national public radio. Carel holds a degree from the German School of Journalism in Munich and a political science diploma from Free University Berlin. He was born in 1969 on the western side of the Berlin wall, and is married and has three children.
Charlotte is an Associate in the Transport team in Berlin. She was previously a Programme Assistant in the EU Climate Policies team in Brussels. Before joining ECF Charlotte worked as an environmental solicitor in London for a firm that advised and represented environmental NGOs and interest groups. She worked on the successful court challenge to the Government's support for a third runway at Heathrow; the first case to be decided under the UK's Climate Change Act 2008. Charlotte has also worked for a humanitarian aid organisation and at the BBC. She has worked in a number of countries including Argentina, Singapore and France. Charlotte has a Masters degree in Human Sciences from Oxford University.
Huy Tran is an Associate in the Germany Programme. Prior to joining the European Climate Foundation he worked for an investment bank in Vietnam, the German Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ) and the German Engineering Federation (VDMA) in Berlin. He co-founded two non governmental organisations dedicated to international development and intercultural communication, in which he is still involved in on an honorary basis. Huy studied in Marburg, Berlin (both Germany) and Ashland (USA) and holds a Diploma in Political Science. He speaks German and English and is dedicated to improving his Vietnamese.
Since 2002 Juan Pablo has worked with environmental civil society and business in goal setting, strategic planning, and process development roles. His experience in climate change includes CDM project development, domestic GHG mitigation actions design, and international climate policy strategy, supporting organisations in their quest for innovative and cost-effective climate policy design and implementation. As an Associate with the ECF, Juan Pablo helps form the philanthropic strategy on international climate politics and policy, engaging links between grantees and foundations through project development, grant writing, and outreach. He holds a B.A. in International Relations from the Instituto Tecnologico Autonomo de Mexico in Mexico City and an M.P.A. in Environmental Science and Policy from Columbia University in New York, and was the founder of LAMAT, a Mexican development NGO.
Jörg Haas is Programme Director Global Climate Policies at the European Climate Foundation. He is a widely respected expert on international climate, energy and development and has been attending climate negotiations since 1999. As part of Project Catalyst's core team, he acquired a thorough understanding of the economics of climate change. Until joining ECF, Jörg headed the Department of Ecology and Sustainable Development at the Heinrich Böll Foundation, a political foundation with offices in 26 countries. For 10 years, Jörg coordinated its program on environment and sustainable development, shaping the Foundations' activities on many global processes relating to climate, renewable energies, sustainable development and trade. Until 1997, he was heading the Heinrich Böll Foundations' Latin America Department. He studied Geography at the University of Trier and Rural Development at the Centre for Advanced Training in Rural Development, Berlin. He started his career in Ecuador, working for German Development Cooperation in rainforest conservation.
Katrin Riegger works on the ESC team in the Berlin office. Previously she worked for the Bund fuer Umwelt und Naturschutz Deutschland (BUND) in Berlin as a communications officer, where she was in charge of the organisation's press relations and strategic media work accompanying campaigns, conventions and UN climate change conferences. She has also worked in the office of Mr Reinhard Bütikofer, chairman of the Green Party, and as a journalist. Katrin studied at the University of Cologne and at the Sorbonne Nouvelle in Paris and holds a Masters' degree in Political Science.
Markus Steigenberger manages the ECF programme in Germany. Prior to joining ECF in 2010, he led the department of European Affairs at the German League for Nature and Environment (DNR). In this position he coordinated the activities of German Environmental NGOs during the German EU presidency in 2007. From 2004 to 2006 he was responsible for international campaigns at BUND/Friends of the Earth Germany. He also worked as a journalist and published several books on climate change and globalization. Markus holds a Master of Sustainable Business Administration (University of Lueneburg) and a Magister Artium in Economical History, Political Science and Law (Universities of Marburg and Paris). He lives with his wife and his 2 sons in Berlin.
Martin Rocholl has over 30 years experience as a volunteer and professional in environmental NGOs, working on a broad spectrum of issues, such as sustainable city planning, EU structural and agricultural policies, transport and climate change. He previously worked as a consultant on environmental and European policies and campaign strategies in Berlin, with a specialisation in energy efficiency legislation in the EU. Rocholl has founded and served on the board of several local, national and international NGOs. From 1998 to 2005 Rocholl worked in Brussels as the director of Friends of the Earth Europe, a network of environmental organisations in 30 European countries with more than 2000 local groups. He was the coordinator of the successful Ecological Tax Reform Campaign in Germany in 1996-1997 (with 'Deutscher Naturschutzring'). Rocholl has also worked as a journalist and scientist and holds a PhD in Biology.
Noheir was born and raised in Cairo, Egypt. At the age of 16 she won a scholarship to the United World College of the Adriatic in Italy, where she studied the IB for two years. This time was a fantastic experience, which has influenced her life ever since. She holds a B.A. in Japanese from Cairo University, and after her graduation worked for the Japanese Embassy in Cairo. She also worked as Executive Assistant to the Managing Director of The Arab Radio and Television Station in Avezzano-Italy. After marrying a German Diplomat Noheir moved to Germany. In Berlin, she worked for Sony Entertainment. She spent three years in Brussels doing honorary work for the office of the German Foreign Ministry, and then moved to Kenya for two years where she carried on her honorary work and briefly joined the World Bank Somalia Program as a consultant. Upon returning from Kenya to Cairo Noheir worked in a Swiss/German/Egyptian law firm. Noheir is happy to have been a member of the ECF team since 2010, and be a part of an international and dynamic company. She has two children and a Beagle. Noheir speaks Arabic, English, German and Italian.
Antoni Bielewicz is a communication manager in Poland. Before joining the Energy Strategy Center Antoni worked with the Harvard Business Review and other business media in Poland. He studied Media and Communication and has an M.A. in Latin American Studies from the University of Warsaw. Father of two daughters, and a sport and travel fan, Antoni wants to make his country and continent better places to live.
Ceren Ayas is Turkey Associate in the Power programme. Ceren holds her undergraduate and Master's degrees in Sociology from Middle East Technical University and conducting her PhD at the Autonomous University of Barcelona, Institute of Environmental Sciences. Before joining ECF, she worked in World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) between 2006-2013. A Turkish national, Ceren speaks English, Spanish and some Italian.
Before joining ECF, Keith worked for seven years as head of WWF-UK's climate change programme where he built up a team working on issues such as the UK Climate Change Act, renewable energy and energy efficiency policy, campaigns against coal and airport expansion, international and European climate policies and climate change adaptation. He has a background as a journalist, mostly with ENDS where he covered a wide range of environmental issues. Keith also worked for the UK Government's Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution at the time of its influential 2000 report on Energy and the Environment.
Matt Phillips has held senior positions in environmental and international development and children's rights organizations for over a decade. Following a short career as an award-winning journalist he secured an MSc in Ecology and Conservation at University College London before working for the Royal Society for the Conservation of Nature in Jordan. Later at Friends of the Earth he led the biodiversity and economic globalization programmes involving work that transformed UK biodiversity legislation, reduced the UK's impact on tropical forests and coordinated Friends of the Earth International work on globalization towards the World Summit on Sustainable Development. Subsequently, Matt oversaw all the campaigning and advocacy for Save the Children, and was one of the founders and coordinators of the Make Poverty History campaign that pressed rich countries to deliver on aid, trade justice and debt cancellation in 2005. Matt then oversaw the development of a strong advocacy and campaigning brief for the organization covering UK child poverty as well as successful campaigning for free basic healthcare for the world's poorest children. He now wants to tackle climate change in order to ensure children and biodiversity have a future.
Piotr Trzaskowski focuses on the ECF's activities in South Eastern Europe, especially non-EU countries. Previously he coordinated climate and energy work of the Eastern European NGO CEE Bankwatch Network, where he developed deep understanding of the energy scene in a number of post-communist countries as well as energy sector lending of the European public banks the EIB and the EBRD. Before that, he cooperated with Polish and Georgian NGOs. Piotr holds an M.A. degree in International Relations from the University of Warsaw. After work he is involved in the local activism for food sovereignty and plays ultimate frisbee.
Stefano works as the global communications manager for the ECF, coordinating a new dedicated team of country specialists in Australia, Canada, the United States. He previously worked as a Correspondent for 14 years with Reuters news agency, specialising in Energy, Oil, Commodities, Maritime markets and the Environment and priorly British Political and General news in London. Over the years he has also worked for the Evening Standard, the Daily Telegraph, Euromoney, and newspapers in Latin America. His work has been published by international media including the China Post, New York Times, and Washington Post. For Reuters he broke a string of world exclusives in the build-up to the Iraq War on the U.S. Navy secretly moving tanks and heavy armour using merchant shipping to the Gulf months ahead of the 2003 invasion. In his spare time he is a keen antiquarian and amateur archaeologist who has a special license to dig on the Thames River, reporting his finds to the Museum of London and British Museum.
Tomasz Terlecki is founder and former Executive Director of the CEE Bankwatch Network, one of the largest advocacy NGOs from the new EU member states and a member of the Green 10. Over two decades of work for environmental NGOs, Tomasz has been with a number of groups - from local think tanks through to international networks. This includes organizations such as the Global Greengrants Fund, the Institute for Environmental Economics, the Polish Ecological Club, the Environment Liaison Centre, and the Foundation for the Support of Ecological Initiatives. Tomasz is a multilingual professional with over a decade of senior level management experience in fundraising, financial management, capacity building and organizational development. He has extensive first hand experience in international advocacy activities promoting sustainable development and social justice, and holds a degree in Physics at the Pedagogical University in Kraków.