The Climate Change Policy & Practice team
The Climate Change Policy & Practice team of the International Institute for Sustainable Development’s Reporting Services (IISD RS) brings you news and information on the actions of international organizations in responding to the problem of global climate change. The team of highly-qualified experts regularly updates the Climate Change Policy & Practice website ( and produces Climate Change Policy & Practice Daily Feed, which contains key summaries posted to Climate Change Policy & Practice, along with guest articles on international climate change activities, written by the heads of UN and other international bodies, and IISD RS Climate Policy Updates.
Langston James “Kimo” Goree VI (US)
Director, IISD RS
Kimo Goree
Langston James “Kimo” Goree VI is the Director of the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) Reporting Services and one of the founders of the Earth Negotiations Bulletin. Kimo established the CLIMATE-L list in 1998 has been the list’s moderator for more than ten years. In January 2008 he developed the first concept note for Climate Change Policy & Practice, and is responsible for the fundraising and overall coordination for this knowledge management project.
Richard Sherman (South Africa)
Intelligence Manager, IISD RS, and Programme Manager, African Regional Coverage (ARC)
Richard Sherman
Richard Sherman is the Intelligence Manager and Programme Manager for IISDRS’s Africa Regional Coverage Project. He was a team leader and writer for the Earth Negotiations Bulletin from 2002-2005. In addition, Richard works as a consultant to Stakeholder Forum for a Sustainable Future and the South African Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism, with a particular focus on institutional reform and global governance. From 1998-2001 he was a member of the South African government's climate change delegation, and has played an active role in the South African NGO sector since 1995.
Alice Bisiaux, LL.M. (France)
Content Editor and Thematic Expert on Oceans, Coasts, and Freshwater, Climate Change Policy & Practice
Alice Bisiaux
Alice Bisiaux is the Content Editor and Thematic Expert for Oceans, Coasts, and Freshwater of Climate Change Policy & Practice. She has covered various global conferences on oceans and water policy since 2003. She is also the editor of the GPA Outreach and teaches environmental issues at ESADE University in Barcelona, Spain. She received her LL.M. in international legal studies from New York University and is a member of the New York bar. She is responsible for the Water, Oceans and Coasts section of IISD’s two publications MEA Bulletin and Linkages Update.
Jeff Zucker (US)
Information Architect and Web Developer
Jeff Zucker
Jeff Zucker is a writer, anthropologist and software developer who co-founded and co-coordinated UNICEF's ground-breaking Voices of Youth internet initiative; led a team evaluating UNESCO's WebWorld project; designed and implemented multi-hospital information systems and online curricula for Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center; and built the original IISD Linkages website including the initial process for presenting the ENB online. Jeff is the author of books and articles on indigenous peoples of Oregon and other topics, and of open source software tools used by thousands of programmers worldwide.
Tomilola “Tomi” Akanle (Nigeria)
Thematic Expert on Capacity Building and Education, and Industry/Industrial Development, Climate Change Policy & Practice
Tomi Akanle
Tomilola “Tomi” Akanle is the Thematic Expert for Capacity Building & Education and Industrial Development, and she also covers the actions taken by the UNU, UNIDO, UNITAR, UNICEF, UNESCO, ITU and the UNFCCC Sustainable Development Mechanisms programme. She joined the Earth Negotiations Bulletin team in 2007 and covers meetings on climate change and sustainable energy. She is currently studying for her PhD in International Environmental Law at the University of Dundee, Scotland, and is studying the clean development mechanism (CDM).
Melanie Ashton (Australia)
Thematic Expert on Chemicals Management, Climate Change Policy & Practice
Melanie Ashton
Melanie Ashton is the Thematic Expert for Chemicals Management. She holds an MSc in Environment and Development from the London School of Economics. Her dissertation analyzed the relationship between International Financial Institutions and developing country Governments in a Principal-Agent framework. Originally from Melbourne, she also holds a Bachelor of Science in Earth Sciences from the University of Melbourne. Melanie first attended international environmental negotiations as a member of the WSSD Youth Caucus and later as a consultant in the area of Persistent Organic Pollutants. She has worked extensively on chemical management and environmental issues throughout the South Pacific.
Stefan Jungcurt, Ph.D. (Germany)
Thematic Expert on Agriculture and Food Security, and Energy, Climate Change Policy & Practice
Stefan Jungcurt
Stefan Jungcurt is the Thematic Expert for Agriculture and Food Security in the context of climate change. He has covered meetings of the Convention on Biological Diversity and the FAO International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture for the Earth Negotiations Bulletin since 2003. He is also working as an IISD Associate on issues relating to biodiversity conservation and climate change adaptation. In 2007, Stefan received his Ph.D from Humboldt University of Berlin, Germany. His research focused on interactions between international institutions regulating the conservation and use of plant genetic resources.
Renata Rubian (Brazil)
Thematic Expert on Development and Poverty, and Human Settlements and Population, Climate Change Policy & Practice
Renata Rubian
Renata Rubian is the Thematic Expert for Human Development issues. She works for the Poverty Group, Bureau for Development and Policy, at UNDP, an initiative that supports the implementation and achievement of MDGs by 2015. Prior to moving to New York, Renata served at the UNDP Regional Centre in Sri Lanka, where she collaborated on the development of the Asia Pacific Regional Human Development Report series. Renata’s previous experience also includes working with the Ecosystem and Livelihoods Group at IUCN, UNEP, Convention on Biological Diversity, UNDP in Brazil, and the Canadian Government in Ottawa. She holds an MA in Political Science, with a major in Development Studies, from McGill University.
Chris Spence (New Zealand)
Deputy Director, IISD RS
Chris Spence
Chris Spence is the Thematic Expert on Climate Change governance, focusing on the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). He has attended meetings of the UNFCCC for the Earth Negotiations Bulletin since 1998, and managed the Bulletin’s climate change team since 1999. He writes and lectures regularly on the climate change negotiations. In 2005, he was also appointed Deputy Director of IISD Reporting Services and Managing Editor of Linkages Update.
Lynn Wagner, Ph.D. (US)
Manager/Editor, Knowledge Management Products, IISD RS, and Thematic Expert on Desertification and Sustainable Development, Climate Change Policy & Practice
Lynn Wagner
Lynn Wagner is the executive editor of Climate Change Policy & Practice and the Thematic Expert for Sustainable Development and Desertification. She has covered meetings of the Commission on Sustainable Development for the Earth Negotiations Bulletin since 1994, and has covered meetings of the Convention to Combat Desertification since 1996. Lynn is also the editor of MEA Bulletin and Linkages Update. She received her Ph.D. from the Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies, and has authored a book and several journal articles exploring the influence of negotiation processes on negotiated outcomes.
Diego Noguera (Colombia)
Digital Manager, IISD RS, and Online Editor, Climate Change Policy & Practice
Diego Noguera
Diego Noguera is the Digital Manager for IISD Reporting Services and Online Editor of Climate Change Policy & Practice. He is a good example of the new generation of online jobs, working mostly from Bogotá, Cundinamarca, while solving the technical and digital problems of staff and consultants in New York, Geneva, Winnipeg, and two dozen other cities worldwide. Diego has covered meetings for the Earth Negotiations Bulletin since 2003 and is the Digital Editor of MEA Bulletin and Linkages Update. Diego has a degree in Computer Science and a postgraduate degree in Networking and E-business.
Soledad Aguilar, LL.M. (Argentina)
Thematic Expert on Trade and Investment, Climate Change Policy & Practice
Soledad Aguilar
Soledad Aguilar is the Thematic Expert on Trade, Finance and Investment for Sustainable Development. She has participated in more than fifty multilateral environmental negotiations, mostly on finance and trade and environment issues within the climate change, biodiversity, biosafety and chemicals conventions, working for the Earth Negotiations Bulletin as writer and team leader, and previously as a negotiator and diplomat for the Argentine Government. She has also worked as a consultant on international environmental law for the World Bank and the Food and Agriculture Organization on issues including a post-2012 climate change framework, pest and pesticide management, and biofuels. She is a regular contributor to specialized environmental policy and law journals on developments in the Doha environmental goods and services negotiations, the UN Financing for Development process, and the GEF. Soledad holds an LLM degree from the London School of Economics and law degree from University of Buenos Aires.
Asheline Appleton, LL.M. (Kenya)
Thematic Expert on Adaptation, Mitigation, Biodiversity, and Forests, Climate Change Policy & Practice
Asheline Appleton
Asheline holds an LL.M. degree from University College London and a law degree from the University of Nairobi. She has specialized in international environmental law, particularly climate change and biodiversity. Asheline worked as a State Counsel for the Attorney-General in the department of treaties and agreements, Kenya, as well as in private practice. She now consults for a number of international organizations and UN agencies on environmental issues.
Reem Hajjar (Lebanon/Canada)
Thematic Expert on Forests, Climate Change Policy & Practice
Reem Hajjar
Reem Hajjar is the Thematic Expert for Forests. She is currently pursuing a PhD in Forest Resources Management at the University of British Columbia, where she is examining community forestry experiences in Brazil, Mexico and Canada. She has a Master's in Conservation Biology from Columbia University, and a Bachelor's in Biology from McGill. Since joining the Earth Negotiations Bulletin in 2005, she has covered various forest and biodiversity-related negotiations, including the meetings of the UN Forum on Forests and the International Tropical Timber Organization.
Kelly Levin (US)
Thematic Expert on Biodiversity, Climate Change Policy & Practice
Kelly Levin
Kelly Levin is the Thematic Expert for Adaptation; Land Use, Land Use-Change, and Forestry; and Reduced Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation. She joined the Earth Negotiations Bulletin team in 2007, and has been primarily covering climate change and biodiversity meetings. She is pursuing her Ph.D. degree from Yale's School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, and is focusing her research on adaptation policies for conserving biodiversity in a changing climate.
Elsa Tsioumani, LL.M. (Greece)
Thematic Expert on Biodiversity, Climate Change Policy & Practice
Elsa Tsioumani
Elsa Tsioumani is the Thematic Expert for Biodiversity. She has covered meetings of the Convention on Biological Diversity and other biodiversity-related bodies since 2000. She is an international lawyer focusing on environmental and human rights issues, based in Thessaloniki, Greece. She holds a Law Degree and a Master in Public Law and Political Science from the University of Thessaloniki, and an LL.M. in European Law from the College of Europe in Belgium.
Yulia Yamineva (Russia)
Thematic Expert on Science, Assessment and Monitoring, Climate Change Policy & Practice
Yulia Yamineva
Yulia Yamineva is the Thematic Expert for Science, Assessment and Monitoring as well as Finance. She has covered meetings of the UNFCCC and IPCC, including for the Earth Negotiations Bulletin, since 2006. She participated in the preparation of the UNFCCC paper on finance and investment in 2007. She is working on her Ph.D. at the University of Cambridge, Centre of International Studies, where she is examining how the IPCC conducts its assessments in conditions of high uncertainties and high decision stakes.
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