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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?


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


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


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


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.


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


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.
Surabi Menon (Chair)
VP, Global Intelligence
Luisa Roelke
Head of International Climate Protection
Shirish Sinha
Director, Climate
Stefania Tomaselli
Senior Officer
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.

  • (Chair) Ruta Bubniene Mitigation, Data and Analysis Programme UNFCCC Secretariat Germany
  • Anil Markandya Distinguished Professor Basque Centre for Climate Change Spain
  • David Antonioli CEO Verra USA
  • Eduardo Calvo Associate Professor San Marcos University Lima Peru
  • Golam Rabbani Head of Climate Bridge Fund Secretariat BRAC Bangladesh
  • Jo (Jyotsna) Puri Head, Independent Evaluation Unit Green Climate Fund Republic of Korea
  • Jonas Mphepya Executive: Weather and Climate Services South African Weather Service South Africa
  • 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
  • Lars Nilsson Professor Environmental and Energy Systems Studies, Lund University Sweden
  • Leandro Buendia International climate change consultant Philippines
  • Machtelt Oudenes Independent legal and MRVA expert/Senior Associate SQ Consult Belgium
  • Mary Awad Project Officer and Transparency Specialist Ministry of Environment Lebanon
  • Michael Strogies GHG inventories expert Federal Environment Agency Germany
  • Mirella Salvatore Natural Resources Officer (Climate Change) FAO Italy
  • Miriam Hinostroza Senior Programme Management Officer UNEP Denmark
  • Mr. Nobert Nyandire Programme Coordinator Sustainable Environmental Development Watch Kenya
  • Mr. Ricardo Fernandez Mitigation, Energy and Transport European Environment Agency Denmark
  • Mr. Takashi Morimoto Chief Analyst, Environment and Energy Department Mitsubishi UFJ Research & Consulting Co., Ltd Japan
  • Ms. Yasna Rojas Ponce Researcher Instituto Forestal Chile

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. 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 Support Officer

Randa Ahmed

Programme Support Officer

Randa is Programme Support 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.

ICAT secretariat - Josh Edwards
Josh Edwards

Communications Specialist

Josh Edwards

Communications Specialist

Josh is ICAT’s Communications Specialist and leads the development and implementation of its communications strategy and all related activities.

Prior to ICAT, Josh has led the communications for a wide range of multi-stakeholder, campaign, and startup organizations.

Josh holds a MSc Natural Resource Management and a Bachelor in Communications. He 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.

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.

ICAT secretariat - Lauren Tropeano
Lauren Tropeano

Monitoring, Evaluation, Learning and Uptake Consultant

Lauren Tropeano

Monitoring, Evaluation, Learning and Uptake Consultant

Lauren supports the implementation of ICAT’s Monitoring, Evaluation, Learning and Uptake (MELU) 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.

Alan Ichilevici de Oliveira

Intern – Project Management

Alan Ichilevici de Oliveira

Intern – Project Management

Alan is ICAT’s Project Management Intern and supports country engagement work.

Prior to ICAT, Alan has worked on climate and development projects at GIZ and the Brazilian public sector.

Alan is a Master of Public Policy candidate and holds a Bachelor in Civil Engineering. He is based in Berlin and supports ICAT’s Bonn office remotely.


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