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About

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ICAT provides countries with tailored support and practical tools and methodologies to build the robust transparency frameworks needed for effective climate action in sync with national development priorities.

Why transparency?

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For countries to take effective climate action in line with the objectives of the Paris Agreement, they need to have sound data and information.

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Effective data frameworks help design and implement strong, evidence-based policies and
actions to address climate change.

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Strong transparency frameworks enable national ownership and the integration of stakeholders, and they ensure accountability at the national and international level.

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By being able to demonstrate the impact of climate policies on a country’s sustainable development, transparency frameworks enable climate policy to be integrated into national planning processes, improve finance mobilization and enable transformational change.

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This enables a country to effectively address climate change and advance their national development priorities at the same time.

GOVERNANCE

ICAT was created as a multi-stakeholder partnership and is governed by a Donor Steering Committee together with an Advisory Committee.

Donor Steering Committee

The Donor Steering Committee (DSC) is the central governance body of ICAT and provides its strategic direction.
Alex Fisher (Chair)
Director, Climate Ambition
Luisa Roelke
Head of International Climate Protection
Shirish Sinha
Director, Climate
Stefania Tomaselli
Senior Officer
Traude Wollansky
Senior Advisor
Jigme
Manager, Transparency Division
Freya von Groote
Director, Europe/Central Asia Region

Advisory Committee

The Advisory Committee helps steer ICAT by providing strategic advice on its overall vision, direction, and growth.

  • Alma Jean Team Lead, Transparency Division UNFCCC Secretariat Germany
  • Carolina Urmeneta Circular Economy Programme Director Global Methane Hub Chile
  • Daniel Plugge Component Manager, Transparency IKI Support Project for the Implementation of the Paris Agreement (SPA) Germany
  • Eduardo Calvo Associate Professor San Marcos University Lima Peru
  • Golam Rabbani Head of Climate Bridge Fund Secretariat BRAC Bangladesh
  • Jan-Willem van de Ven Head of International Climate Policy and Engagement European Bank for Reconstruction and Development United Kingdom
  • Jongikhaya Witi Independent MRV expert South Africa
  • Juan Carlos Belausteguigoitia Professor and Director Center of Energy and Natural Resources, Mexico Autonomous Institute of Technology (ITAM) Mexico
  • Kuki Handajani Soejachmoen Executive Director Indonesia Research Institute for Decarbonization Indonesia
  • Leandro Buendia International climate change consultant Philippines
  • Libasse Ba President of the National Committee on Climate Change in Senegal Technical Advisor to the Director of Enda Energie Senegal
  • Machtelt Oudenes Independent legal and MRVA expert/Senior Associate SQ Consult Netherlands
  • Mirella Salvatore Natural Resources Officer (Climate Change) FAO Italy
  • Miriam Hinostroza Head, Global Climate Action Unit, Energy and Climate Branch UNEP Denmark
  • Nguyen Phuong Nam Founder and CEO Climate Innovation Consulting & Services Viet Nam
  • Peer Stiansen Senior Adviser, Norwegian Ministry of Climate and Environment Chair, Nordic Working Group for Global Climate Negotiations Norway
  • Sandro Federici Head of the Technical Support Unit, IPCC Task Force on National Greenhouse Gas Inventories Institute for Global Environmental Strategies Japan
  • Sarah Lelo Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development Democratic Republic of Congo
  • Shanna Emmanuel Climate and Disaster Resilience Programme Officer, Environmental Sustainability Division Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) Commission Saint Lucia
Initiative Coordination Team

The Initiative Coordination Team, comprised of leaders from across ICAT’s implementing partners, manages the country and capacity building work.

Strategic Plan 2021 - 2026

ICAT’s Strategic Plan 2021 - 2026 lays out the overall ambition of ICAT and its long-term implementation plan.

ICAT Secretariat

The ICAT Secretariat, with management and support services provided by UNOPS, coordinates and guides the work of its implementing partners in line with the ICAT Strategic Plan 2021 - 2026.
Dr. Henning Wuester

ICAT Director

Dr. Henning Wuester

ICAT Director

Dr. Wuester leads ICAT and directs its day-to-day work based on the Initiative’s strategic plan. He manages ICAT’s secretariat and acts as the public face of the Initiative.

Dr. Wuester comes with a rich and longstanding experience in climate change and sustainable development. Prior to joining ICAT, he worked in the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) overseeing the Agency’s work on knowledge, policy, and finance. Previously, Dr. Wuester served the Green Climate Fund (GCF) as Senior Manager at the Interim Secretariat. He also worked in several positions within the United Nations system, as Special Adviser to the Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), and at the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) in several roles in the secretariat of the Convention on Transboundary Air Pollution.

Dr. Wuester holds a PhD in Economics from the University of Munich, where he started his career as assistant professor.

Oleg Bulanyi

Senior Programme Manager

Oleg Bulanyi

Senior Programme Manager

Oleg is Senior Programme Manager and coordinates the development and implementation of  ICAT’s strategies and regional and country projects.

Oleg brings to ICAT hands-on experience in climate finance, MRV, and carbon markets. Prior to ICAT, he managed climate finance accounting and reporting at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD). Previously Oleg developed the carbon markets regulatory framework at the UNFCCC secretariat and provided climate change consultancy services in Ukraine.

Oleg holds a degree in nuclear engineering from the Ukrainian National Technical University. He is based in ICAT’s Bonn office in Germany.

ICAT secretariat - Randa Ahmed
Randa Ahmed

Programme Management Officer

Randa Ahmed

Programme Management Officer

Randa is Programme Management Officer to support ICAT’s country and regional engagement and stakeholder management.

Prior to ICAT, Randa worked for the United Nations University Institute for Environment and Human Security and led the Executive Office of the Vice-Rectorate in Europe.

Randa holds a MSc Poverty Reduction: Policy and Practice and a BA in Asian and African Area Studies. She is based out of ICAT’s Bonn office in Germany.

Sarah Olsen

Project Officer

Sarah Olsen

Project Officer

Sarah is a Project Officer of ICAT, managing grant and procurement operations as well as ICAT’s M&E framework.

Prior to ICAT, Sarah has worked with project and information management, coordination and logistics in the humanitarian/development sector.

Sarah is based in UNOPS offices in the UNCity in Copenhagen.

ICAT secretariat - Hannah Swee
Dr. Hannah Swee

Climate Change Specialist

Dr. Hannah Swee

Climate Change Specialist

Hannah is a Climate Change Specialist and manages ICAT’s training and capacity development activities, including coordinating the development of the ICAT toolbox.

Before joining ICAT, she was a Learning and Development officer at UNOPS. She has also worked as a lecturer at the University of Copenhagen, and has worked in various locations in the Asia-Pacific region on climate and disaster risk programmes.

Hannah holds a PhD in Development Studies and is based out of ICAT’s Copenhagen office in Denmark.

Karen Van der Westhuizen

Communications Senior Manager

Karen Van der Westhuizen

Communications Senior Manager

Karen is Communications Senior Manager of the ICAT team. 

 

Before joining ICAT, Karen was head of global communications for the Bonn-based Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), where she structured the organization’s communications strategy around storytelling. Previously, she worked with various communications agencies in South Africa, where she represented clients across the African continent. She then managed communications for the International AIDS Society, initially for its  conferences in Durban and Barcelona; and later for the entire organization, based in Geneva. Before moving to Bonn to join FSC, Karen was head of communications for Eli Lilly’s Global Health Programs.

Karen holds a National Diploma in Public Relations and a BSc (Honors). She is based at ICAT’s Bonn office in Germany.

ICAT secretariat - Eleni Patra
Eleni Patra

Research and Administration Assistant

Eleni Patra

Research and Administration Assistant

Eleni is a Research and Administration Assistant and provides administrative, research and knowledge management support to ICAT.

Prior to joining ICAT, Eleni worked in administrative, project management and communications roles for UNOPS and the European Parliament.

Eleni holds Masters degrees in International Law and Development Studies. She is based out of ICAT’s Bonn office in Germany.

Lauren Tropeano

Project Support Officer

Lauren Tropeano

Project Support Officer

Lauren it ICAT’s Project Support Officer and  is currently providing a maternity cover for the Project Officer, managing grant and procurement operations as well as ICAT’s M&E framework.

Prior to ICAT, Lauren worked as a teaching assistant at the Lund University Centre for Sustainability Studies, where she completed her Master of Environmental and Sustainability Science.

Lauren is based out of the UN City, Copenhagen.

Teresa Schueler

Project Support Assistant

Teresa Schueler

Project Support Assistant

Teresa has joined ICAT to support in the areas of grant administration, procurement and general administration.

Prior to joining ICAT, Teresa has worked as an Administrative and Operations Coordinator in two different UN Peacekeeping missions, where she was responsible for monitoring and reporting on operational processes and targets related to Supply Chain and Performance Management. She further has worked on projects focused on facilitating cooperation between private and public stakeholders.

Teresa holds Bachelor’s degrees in Geography and Anthropology and in Business Administration. She is based in the ICAT office in Bonn.

Ricardo Gómez Zamudio

Intern – Monitoring, Evaluation, Learning and Uptake

Ricardo Gómez Zamudio

Intern – Monitoring, Evaluation, Learning and Uptake

Ricardo is ICAT’s Monitoring, Evaluation, Learning and Uptake (MELU) Intern and supports the implementation of ICAT’s MELU Framework.

Prior to ICAT, Ricardo has worked on wetland conservation and sustainable use, climate change, stakeholder engagement and urban biodiversity. Ricardo is a Master of Strategic Leadership candidate and holds a Master’s in Environmental Studies and Sustainability Science.

He is in Mexico, although in autumn 2022 will be based in Sweden. He supports ICAT’s Bonn office remotely.

Calum Findlay

Project Management Intern

Calum Findlay

Project Management Intern

Calum is ICAT’s Project Management Intern. 

He joins the team following a placement at the IFRC in Panama, and has several years experience teaching languages.

Calum holds a Master in European and International Studies and a Bachelor in Mathematics and French. He is based at the ICAT office in Bonn.

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