I am the lead of Resilience and Adaptation Services for Arup’s Europe Region with over 20 years of experience developing climate and urban development programmes in Asia, Africa and Latin America where I have designed and managed more than 40 urban resilience and climate adaptation programmes.
At Arup, I lead the Climate Change focus area of International Development and deliver advisory services to climate urban projects (e.g. US$100M World Bank in Ghana, US$240M ADB in Myanmar; £60M in Peru); urban climate resilience planning support (e.g. Urban Resilience Roadmap for Zimbabwe for UNDP and Unicef; City Action Plans and Armenia & Georgia Resilience Roadmap for the World Bank). I also lead action-oriented publications for development actors (E.g global guidelines for investment in infrastructure of the GCF; sustainable infrastructure for WWF and GIZ). I regularly lead the development of change methodologies on urban climate change and contributes to global publications (e.g. Global Guidelines for Integrating Urban into NDCs, October 2020). Before joining Arup I worked for 15 years with the UN, 10 of which with UN-Habitatas Chief Technical Advisor and Head of Country Programme.
In this role, I led the development the national climate change policies and strategies; and supervised the implementation of adaptation projects (green and hard infrastructure). As programme manager I delivered 40+ projects with or for the UN (eg UN-Habitat, UNEP, Unicef, UNDP, UNEP), bi/multi-lateral bodies (eg EU, ECHO, DFID, GIZ), development banks ( e.g. ADB, WB), trust-funds, private foundations and networks (e.g. HSTF, C40, Basf), NGOs (e.g. WWF). I led multiple country offices and large programmes with more than 70 professionals. I supervised mitigation and adaptation developments includings nature-based, hybrid and grey infrastructure (e.g. coastal buffering through Mangrove restoration; cyclone-shelters); low-carbon and sustainable services (e.g. biogas plants); and economic development (e.g. recycling plants)