Carnegie Climate Geoengineering Governance Initiative (C2G2) Team

Miranda Boettcher

Miranda Boettcher, C2G2 Academic Advisor Consultant
In addition to her work with C2G2, Miranda Boettcher is also a research associate at Institute of Advanced Sustainability Studies in Potsdam (IASS Potsdam) in Germany. She is pursuing a Ph.D. in political science, and her research focuses on the interplay of language, knowledge, and power in climate geoengineering research and governance agendas.
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icholas Harrison

Nicholas Harrison, C2G2 Senior Program Manager
Nicholas Harrison brings 20 years' experience working across Europe and internationally on sustainable development and climate change governance and implementation. Prior to joining C2G2, Harrison served as an adviser on climate action in the Executive Office of the United Nations secretary-general, supporting delivery and ratification of the Paris Agreement on climate change. Before this, as a senior consultant at Ecofys, he coordinated global teams of experts delivering high-profile international research assessments and analysis on climate change, sustainable energy, and low emissions development.
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Valérie Novarina

Valérie Novarina, C2G2 Personal Assistant to the Executive Director
Valérie Novarina has over 13 years of experience as an administrative assistant in international organizations, such as UNICEF, World Health Organization (WHO), and World Meteorological Organization (WMO) in Geneva.
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Janos Pasztor

Janos Pasztor, Carnegie Council Senior Fellow and C2G2 Executive Director
A Hungarian and a Swiss citizen, Janos Pasztor has over 35 years of work experience in the areas of energy, environment, climate change, and sustainable development. Before taking up his current assignment he was UN assistant secretary-general for climate change in New York under Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.
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Natalie Rubiano

Natalia Rubiano, Government and Intergovernmental Organizations Outreach Officer
Rubiano has over five years of experience working on sustainability issues. Before joining the C2G2 team, she worked with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Country Office in Ecuador supporting the implementation of a broad portfolio of national and regional projects in environment and energy
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Cynthia Scharf

Cynthia Scharf, C2G2 Senior Strategy Director
In addition to her work with C2G2, Scharf is also a fellow with the Children's Investment Fund Foundation. Previously she served as the head of strategic communications and chief speechwriter on climate change for the United Nations secretary-general from 2009-2016. As a senior member of the secretary-general's Climate Change Support Team, she played a key role in the secretary-general's two global climate change summits (2014 and 2009) and advised the secretary-general during the UNFCCC negotiations, including the landmark Paris climate change agreement in 2015.
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Kai-Uwe Barani Schmidt, C2G2 Senior Program Director
Kai-Uwe Schmidt builds on more than 20 years of international and senior level working experience including at the executive office of the secretary-general of the United Nations, at the secretariat to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, at the World Bank Institute, and independent senior advisory work.
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Michael Thompson

Michael Thompson, C2G2 Policy Advisor
As policy advisor, Michael Thompson manages relations and programming for C2G2's work in India and the South Asia Region. In addition to his work with C2G2, he serves as the managing director of the Forum for Climate Engineering Assessment. Thompson has previously worked with the Natural Resources Defense Council and the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC, and the The Energy and Resources Institute in Delhi, India.
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Mark Turner

Mark Turner, C2G2 Director of Communications
Mark Turner has seen the world of international affairs from many sides, as a foreign correspondent, NGO activist, aid worker, and speechwriter. He was the Financial Times' Africa correspondent, and later UN correspondent, with tours in Iraq and Afghanistan. After leaving newspapers, he moved into public interest communications, including with the advocacy group Avaaz.org, IOM (after the Haiti earthquake), IRENA (renewable energy), UNHCR (refugees), and OCHA, as speechwriter for Valerie Amos, the UN's humanitarian aid chief.
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Qi Zheng

Qi Zheng, C2G2 Government and Intergovernmental Organizations Outreach Officer
Zheng has over eight years of experience working on climate change and development. She previously worked as programme manager for the UK Committee on Climate Change on a UK-China cooperation on climate risks.
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