The Coalition’s Steering Committee provides regular oversight of Coalition activities and initiatives, making recommendations to the Working Group. 

Tasks of the Steering Committee include making recommendations to the Working Group regarding work plans, budgets, and funding proposals, and assisting with securing Coalition funding, including contributions to the Trust Fund.

See more information in section 4(c) of the CCAC Framework Document.

The Steering Committee convenes monthly, and more frequently as needed, to perform their functions. 

Current members

The two Working Group Co-Chairs also jointly chair the Steering Committee. The other members include six country partners, two international organisations and two non-governmental organisations of Partners in the Coalition. Each are elected to staggered two-year terms as set out in section 4(c) of the CCAC Framework Document

The Coalition’s Secretariat also serves as the Secretariat to the Steering Committee and participates in that capacity. 

Co-Chairs

Ghana

Peter DeryPETER JUSTICE DERY
Director, Environment Division
Ministry of Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation (MESTI), Ghana

Mr. Peter Justice Dery is a Director responsible for the Environment Division at the Ministry of Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation, Ghana. Prior to that he was Head of Climate Change and Sustainable Development Policy at the Ministry. He  holds other responsibilities including the Climate and Clean Air Coalition (CCAC) focal point for Ghana, Ghana’s Designated National Authority for Clean Development Mechanism (CDM), CBD Primary Focal Point, Chairman of the Governing Board of the West African Science Centre for Climate Change and Adapted Land Use for the Sub region, Steering Committee member of the Regional  Centre for Energy and sustainability of the University of Energy and Natural Resources, Sunyani, Board member of the West Africa Resilience Lab at the University for Development Studies, School of Medical and Health Sciences in Ghana.

He has coordinated a number of initiatives, including the CCAC Supporting National Action Planning/Institutional Support project, the development of Ghana’s INDCs to the UNFCCC, the implementation of environment and climate related projects at the national and community level notably, the Ghana Adaptation Fund Project, Partnership Action on Green Economy (PAGE) Project, Green Climate Fund Readiness Project and NDC Support Programme. He is the Coordinator of the National Climate Change Steering Committee and chairs a number of green economy and climate change related committees at the national level.

He holds a Bachelor of Arts and an LLB respectively from the University of Ghana and a professional Barrister at Law from the Ghana School of Law. He has Masters in Public Policy and Administration. He has received specialized training in Environmental Law, Climate Change and Policy from different international institutions including the International Development Law organization, Nanyang Technological University (NTU) of Singapore, National Environment Institute of Korea, National Development Commission of China, and the United Nations. Mr Dery is currently a PhD candidate awaiting to graduate with specialization in Environmental Governance from the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration.

Switzerland

Janine KurigerJANINE KURIGER
Head, Global Programme Climate Change and Environment
Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation

Janine Kuriger is Head of Division at the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA). Her team is responsible for bilateral and multilateral climate change and environment cooperation, such as Switzerland’s contribution to the Climate and Clean Air Coalition.

She has longstanding experience in development cooperation and previously served as the Head of the SDC office in India where she was in charge of the climate change programme. Since joining the Swiss development cooperation, she has held various positions at SDC’s headquarter in Bern, the SDC cooperation office in Peru and the State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO) in Bern, working mostly on environmental and climate change issues. She has extensive knowledge both in climate change adaptation and mitigation. Among others, she was involved in the development and implementation of projects in the fields of clean air, energy efficiency in brick kilns and buildings, cleaner production in industries as well as the promotion of renewable energies. Ms. Kuriger is well connected with the civil society, academia, private sector as well as international organizations.

She holds a Master of Arts in Political Science and an Executive Master in Business Administration.

Country members

Canada

Francis Pigeon, CanadaFRANCIS PIGEON
Director, Climate Finance and Partnerships 
Environment and Climate Change Canada 

Francis joined Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) in May 2018 as the Director, Climate Finance and Partnerships. Central to his role is leading Canada’s commitment to provide $2.65 billion CAD over five years in support of developing countries’ transition to low-carbon economies as well as advancing Canada’s engagement in strategic international partnerships such as the Powering Past Coal Alliance and the Climate and Clean Air Coalition.  

Prior to joining ECCC, he oversaw the management of Canada’s International Assistance Envelope, a dedicated fund used to support Canadian international assistance activities valued at approximately $6 billion CAD annually. In that function, he supported the Ministers of Foreign Affairs and International Development in their function as co-managers of the Envelope as well as to lead the Department’s efforts through the federal budget process.  

Over the years, he played various functions in a number of federal organizations that allowed him to develop a unique specialization in policy development and financial management in both domestic and international contexts.   

Francis holds a Masters in International Relations and a Baccalaureate in Political Sciences and International Development. 

Colombia

David Felipe Olarte AmayaDAVID FELIPE OLARTE AMAYA
Head of the Office of International Affairs
Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development, Colombia

Mr Olarte is professional in International Affairs at the Jorge Tadeo Lozano University and a Specialist in Project Management at EAN University. 

He has national experience in the governmental field, in international cooperation, negotiation and formulation of projects. He also has knowledge in law and international institutions. 

He currently holds the position of Head of the Office of International Affairs of the Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development of Colombia. 

European Commission

Brendan DevlinBRENDAN DEVLIN
Counsellor
Directorate General for Energy of the European Commission responsible for Foresight and Strategy 

Mr Devlin has led the North Sea, the islands, sanctions and aspects of external legislation teams in DG Energy. Before 2007, he guided the negotiation, signature and ratification of the Energy Community Treaty, the first multilateral treaty between the states of South East Europe and the European Union (and the first energy Treaty signed by the EU). He began working in the Commission at the Directorate General for Competition leading major cases looking at the gas market in Germany and the North Sea. Then for three years, he worked as a note-taker at EU-US Summits. 

By training, Mr Devlin is a lawyer and economist. He worked as a journalist before entering the Commission, writing in the UK national press and as an editor on a specialist political/economic journal. He has also worked in a Fortune 500 company and as teacher of political economy at the London School of Economics. 

Japan

Hiroshi Tsujihara HIROSHI TSUJIHARA
Director for International Strategy on Climate Change, Global Environmental Bureau
Ministry of Environment, Japan

Mr Tsujihara is the Director for International Strategy on Climate Change, Global Environment Bureau, Ministry of the Environment, Japan.  Prior to this position, he was the Director for research and information office, Global Environment Bureau, Ministry of the Environment Japan.

Tsujihara has also held the position of Director of the secretariat of Asia Pacific Network for Global Change Research and Director for Regulatory Standard and Research Division, Nuclear Regulation Authority, Japan.  He has a wide range of administration experience, including in global environment and water quality protection. 

Jordan

More information will be added soon.

New Zealand

Don SymeDON SYME
Counsellor Primary Industries
Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, New Zealand

Don Syme is Counsellor (Primary Industries) in the New Zealand Embassy in Rome. He is New Zealand’s Deputy Permanent Representative to the FAO, and represents New Zealand’s interests on the FAO Programme Committee, FAO Committee on Fisheries Bureau and Committee on World Food Security (CFS) Bureau and a range of international steering committees in Rome covering inter alia, climate change, soils, plant health, and family farming. Don is currently the Vice Chair of the CFS. 

Mr Syme represents the Global Research Alliance on Agricultural Greenhouse Gases (GRA) in the FAO and also represents New Zealand as an Associate Member of the Governing Board of the EU Joint Programming Initiative on Agriculture, Food Security and Climate Change (FACCE-JPI) and also represents New Zealand in the fisheries committee and agriculture working group in the OECD. 

Philippines

Albert MagalangALBERT MAGALANG 
Head, Climate Change Office 
EMB-Dept of Environment and Natural Resources, Philippines

Mr Magalang is a senior public official who has worked with the national government agency as an environmental management expert since 1982. He is presently the Head of the Climate Change Office of the Environmental Management Bureau of the Department of Environment & Natural Resources (DENR). 

His 38 years in government service and his various official work assignments have honed his expertise on environmental protection and management, particularly on climate change, solid waste management, environmental impact assessment, environmental planning and research. He has also been engaged in project negotiations and implementation with international development partners and organizations. 

At the United Nations, he was elected as one of the five UN regional representatives in the Global DNA Forum Chairing Committee. He participates as a Philippine representative in the UNFCCC climate negotiations, UNEA sessions and ASEAN Working Group meetings on climate change. 

He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Biology and a Master in Business Administration and is a recipient of various training grants by international development partners.

Non-governmental organisation members

International Union of Air Pollution Prevention Associations (IUAPPA)

Richard MillsRICHARD MILLS

Mr Mills was until recently Director of the International Union of Air Pollution Prevention Associations.

After reading Philosophy, Politics and Economics at Balliol College, Oxford, he joined the UK Institute of Community Studies, working on urban social problems.

His main career was in the UK Civil Service. After roles in regional planning, the voluntary housing sector and water privatisation he was Head of Housing Management and Estate Regeneration and subsequently Head of Air and Environmental Quality.

Appointments have included Vice-Chairman of the UN(ECE) Convention on Long Range Transport of Air Pollution; Chairman of the UK Environmental Analysis Co-operative; and membership of the UK Government Forum on Motoring Policy. Honours include the President’s Award of the Institute of Environmental Health and the Order of the British Empire (OBE) for services to the environment.

World Resources Institute (WRI)

DAVID WASKOW
Director, International Climate Initiative
World Resources Institute (WRI)

David Waskow is the Director of WRI’s International Climate Initiative. The Initiative is focused on international cooperation that catalyzes and supports action on climate change at the national level in developed and developing countries. The initiative includes work on the elements of a 2015 international climate agreement and the Climate Justice Dialogue, addressing issues of climate impacts and equity.

David has worked for many years at the intersection of environmental and development issues. Prior to WRI, David directed climate change policy at the development organization Oxfam America, where much of his work focused on the impacts of climate change on vulnerable communities. While at Oxfam, he addressed a wide range of climate finance issues, including increasing financial resources, the development of effective, responsive finance institutions, and the participation of local communities in directing the use of finance on the ground. At Oxfam, he also directed policy work on climate adaptation and resilience strategies, including food security and agriculture issues and the role of the private sector in climate resilience.

Prior to joining Oxfam, Waskow served as the international program director for Friends of the Earth, where his role included overseeing the organization's work on the environmental dimensions of trade policy and international financial institutions. In addition to his international experience, he has worked on domestic issues ranging from low-income housing to garment industry labor conditions.

He has testified before Congress on responses to climate change and on trade issues, and he is frequently a go-to source on climate change financing for the media, from The Washington Post to The New York Times.

He has graduate degrees from the University of Chicago and the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University; his undergraduate degree is from Brown University.

International organisation members

Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Zitouni Ould-DadaZITOUNI OULD-DADA
Deputy Director, Climate and Environment Division
Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Dr. Ould-Dada is currently Deputy Director in the Climate and Environment Division at the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in Rome. Before joining FAO, he worked as Head of Technology Unit at UNEP in Paris for 5 years. Prior to that, he worked for the British Government for 15 years holding several senior positions at Department of Energy and Climate Change; Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs; Food Standards Agency; Environment Agency; and Ministry of Agriculture Fisheries and Food. He also worked for the French Government on international climate change during France Presidency of the European Union in 2008.

His 23 years international work experience covers a wide range of fields including climate change; energy policy; technology and innovation; agriculture and food security; environmental policy; radiation protection; and the 2030 Agenda for sustainable development.

Dr. Ould-Dada is renowned internationally for his strong diplomatic and moderating skills and ability to build collaborative partnerships. His international responsibilities include UK Lead Negotiator on technology and Chair of climate change negotiations under the UNFCCC; Chair of European Union Expert Group on Technology; Chair of IRENA’s Policy and Strategy Committee; Member of International Energy Agency’s Renewable Energy Working Party; Member of UN Inter-Agency Task Team for implementation of Technology Facilitation Mechanism under the 2030 Agenda; and Member of UN Inter-Agency Task Team to develop a UN System-wide Approach to Climate Action for the UN Secretary General’s Climate Action Summit 2019.

Dr. Ould-Dada has a BSc in Environmental Engineering from Institut Universitaire de Technologie, Perpignan, France; Master Degree in Environmental Management and Planning, Université de Rennes, France; and PhD in Radiation Protection from Imperial College, London, UK.

International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD)

David MoldenDAVID MOLDEN
Director General
International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD)

Dr. David Molden, is the Director General of the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) an intergovernmental knowledge organization dedicated to mountains and people of the Hindu Kush Himalayan region.  Now in his second term, David Molden has been instrumental in positioning ICIMOD as a regional organization working within and across eight countries (Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, China, India, Myanmar, Nepal, and Pakistan) in fields such as climate change, atmospheric pollution, adaptation and resilience building, ecosystem management, the cryosphere, water resource management, and information systems. 

During David’s tenure, ICIMOD developed its programme on atmosphere and air quality, working with researchers, governments, practitioners, and CCAC to develop solutions. He guided the Hindu Kush Himalayan Assessment, an IPCC like assessment that lays out policy options for sustainable development in region. David has promoted regional cooperation in one of the least integrated regions worldwide, by using science and development for diplomacy.  

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