Two Co-Chairs of the Working Group are elected by country Partners for staggered two-year terms.
The current Co-Chairs are:
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.
Head, Climate Change Office
EMB-Dept of Environment and Natural Resources (Philippines)
Mr. Albert Altarejos 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.