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SUP Partners

The SUP is a collaborative effort with teams from these partner organizations working across geographies and areas of expertise.

Core Institutional Partners


Core Partners

Leadership team

Amanda Eichel

Senior Advisor, The Resilience Shift

Head- Management and Delivery of the SUP Series

Amanda Eichel is a Senior Advisor at The Resilience Shift. She was the Executive Director of the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy based in Brussels. Previously, Amanda worked at the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group, where she led the regional and programmatic teams, and directed research and knowledge management efforts.

Prior to joining C40, Amanda worked for Mayor Bloomberg’s Office of Long-Term Planning and Sustainability in New York City and served as Climate Protection Advisor to the Mayor of Seattle, Washington.

United States of America

Ian Klaus

Senior Fellow, Chicago Council of Global Affairs

Series Editor of the SUP Series

Ian Klaus is a senior fellow on global cities and foreign policy at the Chicago Council on  Global Affairs. He also serves as director of research and policy for the Global Parliament  of Mayors and as the series editor of the AR6 Summary for Urban Policymakers. Previously, he served as a diplomatic adviser to the Urban 20 and C40 City Climate  Leadership Group.

He was senior adviser for global cities at the US Department of State. In that role, he led urban diplomacy for the United States, engaging dozens of foreign ministries and  development agencies from Africa, South America, North America, Asia, and Europe on  urbanization and foreign policy issues. He also internally managed the State  Department's efforts to develop urbanization-related policies. Klaus was deputy United  States negotiator for the United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable  Development. From 2011 - 2016, he served as member of the policy planning staff in the  office of the Secretary of State, advising the Secretary of State and Director of Policy  Planning. He has been a member of the World Economic Forum's advisory board on the future of urban development, the Creative Cities Working Group at Stanford University, a  visiting fellow at the University of Pennsylvania, and the Ernest May Fellow for History and  Security Studies at the Kennedy School of Government. He holds a Ph.D. in international  history from Harvard University, and is the author of Forging Capitalism (Yale, 2014) and Elvis is Titanic (Knopf, 2007).

United States of America

Aromar Revi

Director, Indian Institute for Human Settlements

Coordinating Lead Author, Chapter 18, IPCC AR6 WGII and Chapter 4, IPCC Special Report on 1.5°C

Aromar Revi is the founding Director of the Indian Institute for Human Settlements (IIHS).  He is a global practice and thought leader, and educator with over 37 years of interdisciplinary experience in sustainable development, global environmental change, long-term futures, governance, public policy and finance, and urbanisation. Aromar is a global expert on Sustainable Development; Co-Chair of UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN). He is a member of the Advisory Board of UCLG, the global voice of local and regional governments from 0.24 million towns, cities and regions.

Aromar is a leading expert on global environmental change, especially climate change.  He was a Coordinating Lead Author (CLA) of the 2018 IPCC Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5 °C. He is a CLA of the synthesis chapter on Climate Resilient Development Pathways of the IPCC AR 6 on Adaptation, and a member of the AR6 Synthesis Report Core Writing Team. He was also a CLA of the 2018 SR1.5 Summary for Urban Policymakers, and the 2021 Summary for Financial Decisionmakers. He was earlier a CLA of the IPCC Assessment Report 5 on Urban Areas, that established the role of cities and regions in addressing climate risks in 2014.

He is one of South Asia’s most experienced risk and disaster management professionals and has been a member of the Advisory Board of UNDRR' Scientific & Technical Advisory Group (STAG) and its bi-annual Global Assessment of Risk (GAR), from 2008. He has led the design for UNDRR of the Coalition for Disaster Resilient Infrastructure (CDRI), a global partnership to promote the resilience of infrastructure systems to climate and disaster risks.

India

Debra Roberts

Head, Sustainable and Resilient City Initiatives Unit, EThekwini

Co-chair, IPCC Working Group II

Professor Debra Roberts is currently head of the Sustainable and Resilient City Initiatives Unit in eThekwini Municipality (Durban, South Africa) and was selected as the city’s first Chief Resilience Officer in 2013. Professor Roberts was a lead author of Chapter 8 (Urban Areas) of Working Group II’s contribution to the Fifth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). She was elected as Co-Chair of Working Group II for the IPCC’s sixth assessment cycle in 2015. She was also a lead negotiator for the South African delegation involved in the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) negotiations until December 2015. She is an Honorary Professor at the University of KwaZulu-Natal in the School of Life Sciences and has been an advisor to the Global Commission on Adaptation, United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG) and the United Nations Secretary General’s 2019 Climate Summit. In 2019 she was included in a list of the World’s 100 Most Influential People in Climate Policy.

South Africa

Seth Schultz

CEO, Resilience Rising

Lead Author, IPCC Special Report on 1.5°C

Seth is CEO of Resilience Rising. A globally recognized innovator and thought leader, he has a long track record of building consensus and initiating change in the field of sustainable development, urban climate action and resilient infrastructure. He is a passionate advocate for solutions that advance a safe, resilient and sustainable future, the need for transformative decarbonisation and long-term resilience. Over the past two decades, Seth has worked with many of the most leading and innovative organisations in this space to turn theory into practice, including the Louis Berger Group, the US Green Building Council, the Clinton Foundation, C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group, the Global Covenant of Mayors, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and the Resilience Shift. Seth shares his expertise through involvement with various boards and advisory councils, is a sought-after speaker and guest lecturer, and has authored numerous articles, reports, blogs and thought leadership pieces around the world.

United States of America

Technical Team

Amir Bazaz

Associate Dean, School of Environment and Sustainability; School of Systems and Infrastructure; Senior Lead Practice, Indian Institute for Human Settlements. 

Contributing Author, Chapter 4, IPCC Special Report on 1.5°C

Amir Bashir Bazaz is Senior Lead-Practice at IIHS. He has a PhD in Management from the  Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad, with a specialization in Public Systems. He  has substantial experience of working with various integrated assessment frameworks  and modelling arrangements. His current research interests are low-carbon  societies/infrastructure, climate change mitigation and adaptation (across scales) with  specific focus on urban climate change linkages and climate, energy and environment  policy.

Amir he has been a Contributing Author to the IPCC Special Report on 1.5C (Chapter 4), is  Contributing Author to the Feasibility assessment in the AR6 cycle, has been a Lead  Author on the Summary for Urban Policy Makers (SUPM), and has been a Lead Author on  the Summary for Financial Decision Makers (SFDM). He was also the National Expert  Consultant to the Government of India, managing the production and submission of  India’s Second National Communication to the UNFCCC.

At IIHS, Amir had been the Regional Research Lead for a multi-partner, multi-year climate  adaptation research project — Adaptation at Scale in Semi-Arid Regions (ASSAR). This  project was part of an IDRC/DFID funded global climate adaptation research programme  — Collaborative Adaptation Research Initiative in Africa and Asia (CARIAA) operational  across West, South and East Africa as well as South Asia. In addition, Amir has been a part  of many practice-based engagements at IIHS, notably on ‘Energy Innovation’ in  partnership with Cambridge University; and ‘GCRF-PEAK program, focusing on  sustainable energy transitions in the Urban context’ in partnership with Oxford  University, Peking University, and the University of Cape Town and EAFIT University,  Colombia. He is the Lead Researcher for the Volkswagen Foundation funded multi-country, multi-year RESET project (Reconfiguring Sustainable Energy Transitions) that  tracks the energy transition in India, Germany, the Netherlands and South Africa. He also  manages the Disaster Risk & Resilience portfolio at IIHS.

India

Prathijna Poonacha Kodira

Senior Consultant- Director’s Office, Indian Institute for Human Settlements

Lead - Programme Management and Consultation, SUP

Prathijna Poonacha Kodira earned MSc in Human Settlements from Katholieke University, Leuven, Belgium. She is senior consultant with the Director’s Office, the Practice team and is a part of the School of Environment and Sustainability. She mainly works with the climate change team. Her work focuses on understanding climate change impacts and responses in urban and peri-urban geographies both from top-down and bottom-up perspectives. In peri-urban Bangalore, her research looks at how communities are responding to climatic and non-climatic risks in the context of rapid social and ecological changes with a particular focus on gender dynamics. She is also interested in understanding and applying various tools to enable multi-stakeholder participation in decision making especially in the urban context. One such tool is Transformative Scenario Planning which facilitates her interaction with diverse stakeholders to imagine the future of water in Bengaluru.

Prior to IIHS, Prathijna has worked in various organizations ranging from civil society organizations, academic and research institutions in the field of heritage planning and conservation, and design consultancy.

India

Amy Leitch

Associate, ARUP

Amy Leitch is an Associate with Arup’s New York office, working across platforms, projects and initiatives to accelerate a shift in urban planning and practice towards resilience critical infrastructure. She has over 13 years’ experience working as a sustainability and city resilience consultant on large-scale urban planning projects, city-wide plans and policies, and developing and delivering some of the world’s leading thought leadership and guidance on urban resilience and climate action. Her projects include the City Resilience Index, C40 Cities’ Climate Action in Mega-cities reports, and co-leading with the Urban Sustainability Directors Network a two-year initiative with 11 US cities to collaboratively develop a toolkit for local governments to center racial equity within climate planning and action.

United States of America

Chandni Singh

Senior Research Consultant - Practice, Indian Institute for Human Settlements

Lead Author, Chapter 10, IPCC AR6 WGII; Author, Cross-Chapter Paper 2, IPCC AR6 WGII

Chandni Singh has a PhD in International Development from the University of Reading, United Kingdom and works at the interface of climate change and development in the global South. At IIHS, she works on climate change adaptation, drivers of differential vulnerability to climate change and hazards, and rural and urban livelihood transitions. She was a Contributing Author on the IPCC Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5°C and is a Lead Author on the Working Group II Assessment Report 6 (Chapter 10 Asia and Cross-chapter Paper on Cities and Settlements by the Sea). Chandni is also a Lead Author on UCCRN’s Third Assessment Report on Climate Change and Cities, and Contributing Author on the UNESCO-ICOMOS-IPCC “Cultural Heritage and Climate Change” Initiative. She serves on the editorial boards of Regional Environmental Change, Urbanisation, and Climate and Development, and is the 'Vulnerability and Adaptation' Domain Editor for Wires-Climate Change. She has previously worked in research and practice-based organisations such as the University of Reading (UK), Bioversity International, Pragya, and WWF India across South Asia and sub-Saharan Africa. Chandni is also deeply interested in science communication for lay audiences and is a published poet.

Swati Surampally

External Consultant, Practice Programme, Indian Institute for Human Settlements

Assistant – Technical Team

A Landscape Planner with a background in Architecture, Swati has a keen interest in the land-climate nexus. Her research approach emanates the ability to succinctly foreground geo-climatic and socio-ecological understandings through innovative open-collaborative thinking and critically blend with interdisciplinary methods (both quantitative and qualitative). She has previously worked on a rural development project in Gujarat and climate-action research project in northern Karnataka. Swati is also a co-founder of Green Panther, an initiative which provides nature-based learning resources for children. An ardent member of India Greens Party, she stays engaged in green politics to get to the institutional roots of sustainable development.

India

Maitreyi Koduganti Venkata

Researcher, Indian Institute for Human Settlements

Assistant – Technical Team

Maitreyi Koduganti Venkata is a researcher with the Practice team at IIHS. She has earned a second Master’s degree in Water Management and Governance from UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education, the Netherlands. Much of her work in the last six years focused on climate sciences, vulnerability studies, resource management, gender studies, sustainability and Research-into-Use. Her inclination towards action-oriented research have resulted in developing documentaries and participatory games alongside UNCESCO-IHE Delft and Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Centre, South Africa. In the past, Maitreyi has worked with Watershed Organisation Trust (WOTR) and Development Alternatives (DA) in the areas of agrarian studies, climate sciences, stakeholder engagement and watershed development.

At IIHS, she has been part of many climate change adaptation research and practice initiatives. She is also engaged in writing several academic articles, blogs and op-eds around climate change and resource management. She also serves as the president for the Water Youth Network.

India

Communications and Engagement Team

Madhurya Balan

Design Consultant, IIHS

Madhurya Balan is part of the SUP team for the media communications and is lead on the designing of the four Reports. With 10 years experience in visual design, facilitation and conservation education, her work has been based in Nepal, Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh in India. Core questions for her are around how to communicate crucial science for the public, and what are experiences that will connect more people to a right relationship with choosing change.

India

Beena Chester

Director of Business Engagement, Resilience First

Beena is responsible for the strategic partnership and engagement direction of Resilience First’s corporate membership and networks.

With over 20 years’ experience in the membership sector, Beena was previously the Events Director at London First, where she grew their programme of membership engagement through an expanded calendar of events with senior executives and politicians, whilst at the same time leading on large-scale commercial summits (including East West Institute’s second Worldwide Cyber Security Summit) and awards ceremonies. Beena also spearheaded Skills London, the UK’s largest careers fair for 15 to 24 years old, and the London Planning Awards, organised in partnership with the Mayor of London.

Prior to that, Beena was the Head of Membership at the French Chamber of Commerce in Great Britain (FCCGB), where she grew their membership base and introduced new member services to increase the network’s engagement. At the FCCGB, Beena also had the opportunity to work with the French government as well as HRH The Prince of Wales.

Beena currently sits on the Board of the Global Tech Advocates Future of Work Committee and is excited to also recently be appointed to the International Security Expo Advisory Council.

Outside of work, Beena enjoys life with her family, yoga and travelling.

United Kingdom

Gemma Cowan

Communications Manager, Resilience Rising & ICSI

Gemma is the Communications Manager for Resilience Rising and the International Coalition for Sustainable Infrastructure. Prior to this, she worked as Communications Manager for The Resilience Shift. Gemma has communications experience in the commercial and development sectors, and spent many years working with marginalised groups in Cape Town’s townships, sharing their stories and working alongside them to create sustainable socio-economic change in their communities. She is skilled in external communications, advocacy, strategy, and project management. Prior to joining The Resilience Shift, Gemma took a career break to complete an MSc Sustainable Development, focussing her research on the effect of gender equity on apparel value chains. Gemma’s core interests lie at the intersection of social justice and climate change issues; she applies a systems approach to problem-solving and believes that solutions to these challenges need to be inclusive, community-led and holistic.

Sarah Grumulaitis

Graduate Transportation Planner, ARUP

Nicola Iezza

Junior Officer, Sustainable Resources, Climate and Resilience, ICLEI

Nicola joined the ICLEI’s Sustainable Resources, Climate and Resilience in 2020 starting to work mainly on two different streams: from the one hand side he dealt with projects of city cooperation with a strong international component that goes in and beyond European boundaries (International Urban Cooperation and the Covenant of Mayors Office for Europe) with the aim of strengthening and localizing SDGs as well as link up cities and regions with major initiatives as Global Covenant of Mayors (GCoM).

Amruth Kiran

Senior Associate, Geospatial Lab, IIHS

At IIHS, Amruth is part of the Geospatial Lab where he primarily works with Big Earth Observation (EO) data analysis, Spatial Data Infrastructures (SDI) and large scale survey designs. A background in Computer Science (undergraduate, VTU - Bangalore) combined with Remote Sensing and GIS (postgraduate, Indian Institute of Remote Sensing - Dehradun), Amruth's main area of expertise is building spatial data platforms and frameworks for researchers, students and strengthen institutional spatial data policies.

Marnie McGregor

Strategic Communications and Advocacy Advisor, GCoM

Marnie has worked in multiple global cities over the past two decades including Sydney, Toronto, New York, Vancouver and Athens – in the areas of urban planning and policy, strategic communications, stakeholder engagement, and government relations, bringing national and international coalitions and networks together to advocate for local solutions to global issues.

Her extensive background in municipal government includes experience with urban policy files including climate adaptation and mitigation, rapid transit, sustainable transportation, affordable housing and refugee integration.

Midhun Mohan

Senior Associate, Communications and Design, IIHS

Midhun has a professional span of over nine years distributed over many areas related to marketing and communication. He began his career as a Graphic Designer and over time, evolved his area of expertise in Digital Marketing, Web development and Search Engine Optimisation (SEO).

Midhun’s core competencies include Design, Google Analytics, Google Ad-words, SEO, WEB-CMS Development and social media marketing. He holds a PG in Visual Communication, and his other interests include content blogging, photography and Application development.

At IIHS, Midhun manages various digital media channels & Website development. His role gives him the opportunity to drive the organisation’s strategic digital growth plans.

Malavika Navale

Senior Associate, Communications and Design, IIHS

Malavika is a visual designer and illustrator from Bangalore. She aims to create culturally and environmentally relevant work that is intentional, immersive and engaging to the viewer.

Her interest in spatial and visual design took her to London where she completed her MA in Narrative Environments at UAL, Central Saint Martins. Malavika focuses on projects and narratives that are directed toward social development, education and change. At IIHS, she is part of the communications and design team.

Giorgia Rambelli

Coordinator, Head of Global-Regional Coherence, GCoM

Giorgia has joined the Global Covenant of Mayors Secretariat in 2020, where she leads the work on Global-Regional Cohernece and Coordiantion, working to support the GCoM allaince partners to implement the mission and vision of the GCoM across the world, while respecting Regional and national contexts.

Giorgia is also acting as the coordinator of the international dimension of the Covenant of Mayors - Europe She has a strong expertise in international urban diplomacy as former head of the coordination unit of the International Urban Cooperation.

Giorgia is the Coordinator for climate policy and energy governance at the European Secretariat of ICLEI-Local Governemntts for Sustainability with over 12 years of experience in the fields of climate and energy. She strongly believes that the involvement of cities and regions is vital to driving forward sustainability in Europe, as well as for achieving the objectives of the Paris Agreement.

Giorgia drafted positioning documents on climate and energy policy, as well as provided expert contributions to Opinions for institutions such as the Committee of the Regions and the European Economic and Social Committee.

Prior to joining ICLEI, Giorgia gained professional experience in the Italian Embassy in Jakarta and as a research assistant at the University of Sydney.

Yasaswini Sampathkumar

Content Consultant, IIHS

Yasaswini Sampathkumar is a writer and educator living in Assam, India. She spent a decade pursuing a career in molecular biology before turning to teaching and writing. She writes about the challenges in urban water supply and conservation. She is passionate about sustainable lifestyles and enjoys teaching first-generation learners to communicate with confidence.

India

Debabrat Sukla

Communications Consultant, IIHS

Debabrat Sukla is a consultant for the SUP. In his role, he coordinates, manages and plans for all ranges of communication activities for the consortium. He brings 5+ years of work development communication experience, having worked for donor driven projects focusing on climate change, adaptation and livelihood development. His work has taken him to Nepal, Bangladesh, India, South Africa and UAE.

India

Satyabrat Sukla

Assistant, Communications and Design, IIHS

Post his Bachelor’s in History, Satyabrat did his Master’s in Development Studies, focussing on the trends and challenges in municipal solid waste management systems. With a keen interest in the development sector and a passion for design, he began his career at the Centre for Environment Education (CEE). At IIHS, Satyabrat is part of the Communications and Design team and leverages his experience in communications to help drive outreach and strengthen institutional awareness.

Shaiksha Vali T

Senior Associate, Communications and Design, IIHS

Shaiksha is part of the SUP team for the website design & development, he is a creative innovator, branding strategist, with 15+ years of experience creating impactful visual solutions for various clients across numerous industry verticals. His broad range of graphic design expertise and a deep understanding of the psychology behind design to create effective campaigns and corporate narratives.

He is an expert in production design and asset creation for modern press and ability to take complex data and present it in a clear way to the audiences. He is skilled in Visual Design, Typography, User Experience (UX) and Web Design.

India

Padma Venkatraman

Head of Communication & Design, Indian Institute for Human Settlements

Communications Head for the SUP Series

Padma is a communications person with 20 years’ experience and whose portfolio includes a versatile mix across the spectrum in her field. She has also taught postgraduate students in her capacity as guest lecturer and has mentored teams throughout her stints as part of senior leadership. Padma spent a decade in advertising in India and the UAE, starting off as a copywriter and moving on to servicing, therefore creating a strong foundation of understanding the impact of both sides, creative and business. She has headed the branches for one of India’s largest PR agencies Perfect Relations, first in Pune and then in Bangalore. She then worked with the Motherson Group, headquartered in Noida, India managing Global Communications across 41 countries with a mandate for end-to-end internal and external communications. She has been a freelancer with Indian Express, Pune and Times of India, Bangalore in the earlier days of her career.

Her experience includes strategic communications in PR for a wide array of sectors including but not limited to Automotive, Manufacturing, Corporate, Technology, Agriculture, Retail, Pharma & Healthcare, Insurance, Industry bodies and mandates for Public Affairs and events for the Government. At IIHS, Padma heads Communications and Design and she works with her team to create strategies to build and enhance institutional brand and reputation, engagement and outreach.

India

Sandeep Viswanath

Consultant, Media Lab, IIHS

Sandeep believes that the practice of arts should not be divorced from socio-political realities of our society and has att empted to practice his craft in this manner. He worked as an IT consultant for two years, soon after he quit engineering to devote his energies in the pursuit of filmmaking. As a filmmaker, Sandeep has worked on films on varied subjects such as issue of child labour, landless labourers, subaltern labour in Bollywood, F water management in cities and Mumbai mill era. Some of his films have been screened in festivals in India and abroad. His film on MGNREGA worker’s rights has been awarded by the Government of India for being innovative in educating the MGNREGA workers. He has produced documentaries in Bhil and Pawri languages using participatory media approach. Sandeep holds a master’s degree in Media and Cultural Studies from Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai. has research interests in labour rights, food, culture and invisible labour in film production. He has worked on media literacy for children in various regions of India.