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MEET THE TEAM

Collectively the GCCA team brings together decades of experience working across all aspects of climate change, including policy and research, campaigning and communications. They are dedicated to using this experience to expand the climate movement, and help new voices to join the debate.

Antonio Hill

Executive Director

Antonio Hill

Antonio has more than 20 years of experience in international environment and development work, mostly as a policy adviser on climate-related issues but also in the full suite of campaigning skills including research, strategy and planning, lobbying, media and communications, alliance-building and conflict resolution. When he unplugs from GCCA he can usually be found seeking wilderness or working on his family’s micro-lot coffee farm in the Colombian Andes.
Sarah Jenkinson

Global Campaigns Strategist

Sarah Jenkinson

Sarah is passionate about helping organisations connect better with their audiences to inspire support and effect change. With extensive experience of working across campaigns and communications, Sarah has enjoyed a variety of positions with: Oxfam GB Greenpeace; Avaaz; the UK's Climate Coalition; Christian Aid and many more. Her passion for sustainable living began 20 years ago on a Welsh hillside at the UK’s Centre for Alternative Technology. Sarah has recently returned to the valley with her son.
Greg McNevin

Strategic Communications Lead

Greg McNevin

Formerly a communications and media relations specialist with Greenpeace International, Greg has worked on human rights and environmental issues around the world, covering issues such as oceans, whaling, deforestation, climate change, coal mining and nuclear power. He has a keen interest in the intersection of activism, technology, and visual arts, and how to tell more human stories in a constantly evolving digital world.
Hongyu Guo

Chinese Communications Manager

Hongyu Guo

Setting up the GCCA’s Chinese language communications in 2013, Hongyu came to the GCCA with a wealth of experience in communications, program coordination and management, having done stints as a communications specialist at Intel China Ltd and as Workshop Coordinator at the China-Europa Forum. When not working Hongyu can be found with her head in a book, or travelling the world.
Juliana Russar

Brazil Campaigns Strategist

Juliana Russar

Juliana is the campaign strategist for Brazil. Born in São Paulo, Brazil, she has a degree in International Relations (USP) and a Master in Development Studies (IDS). Juliana is proudly a co-founder of Engajamundo (2012), and Clímax Brasil (2013). Nowadays, she is part of the board of advisors of Engajamundo, a youth non-governmental organization dedicated to empower Brazilian youth through training, campaigning, mobilisation and activism actions to understand, participate and focus on international political processes. Moreover, she is an active member of Clímax Brasil, a collective dedicated to take climate change out of the closet in Brazil through creative and fun actions.
Edward Bell

Digital Campaigns Specialist

Edward Bell

Edward specializes in building websites and expanding the digital presence of climate campaigners and has been a part of the GCCA team since 2012. He lives in sunny Los Angeles with his partner and their collection of exotic terrariums, unconventional pets and a ridiculous amount of comic books.
Karen Barkley

Operations Coordinator

Karen Barkley

Karen has a long history of project management and administration. She has managed international development projects in Nepal and Nigeria, a climate change project for the University of Calgary, as well as theatre and dance programs, including her own dance company. Life has been a journey of following passions and currently you can find her passionately hiking and skiing in the Canadian Rockies with her dog Dorje.
Karla Maass

Latin American Communications Manager

Karla Maass

Karla has developed her career around climate change and natural resource management linked with policy advocacy and citizen participation processes. She worked 6 year as Project Director in a Chilean NGO and, for 5 year she worked at UN in agencies such as ECLAC and FAO/headquarter in Rome, Italy. She believes that governance of information is key for collective decision making processes and, on her role in GCCA she tries to fill that gap. Karla is an agricultural engineering with postgraduate studies in rural development and climate change.
Mark Raven

Global Communications Manager

Mark Raven

Mark brings editorial, coordination, and campaigning experience to the GCCA having previously helped to coordinate communications for the world's largest environmental network at CAN-International. He has helped to ensure that diverse constituencies have delivered critical climate messages to key audiences around the world when it mattered most. When not working he enjoys sailing and painting - badly.
Micheline Legault

Office Manager

Micheline Legault

Micheline started in the province of Quebec as Communication Officer. After the birth of her 3 children, she studied administration management. She worked for 14 years at IUCN - Canada as Office Manager before she joined GCCA in its first years. She’s Vice-President of a 400-member outdoor Club where she can give free rein to her passions: road bicycling, hiking, winter sports and motorcycling.
Oscar Alarcón

Digital Development Lead

Oscar Alarcón

Having worked developing several NGO’s digital strategies and infrastructure, Oscar is a digital guru that takes care of all GCCA’s assets. Oscar also runs a Digital Development startup with offices located in México supporting local and global NGO’s digital needs. When he's not coding he’s probably playing bass with some local band or taking a bicycle ride at the beach.
Veronica Barbosa

Communications Manager - Brazil

Veronica Barbosa

Born in Rio de Janeiro, she holds a degree in Journalism and a Masters in Humanitarian Affairs from Université Paris 12. Veronica has worked at international agencies and NGOS in Brazil, Europe and Africa and campaigned on issues as varied as gender equality, global health funding, child rights, poverty and inequalities and climate justice. She also handled media and communications work in humanitarian contexts – including in Sudan and in Côte d’Ivoire. She is a passionate independent photographer and loves being surrounded by nature.

OUR BOARD

Alden M. Meyer

Board Chair

Alden M. Meyer

Alden Meyer is the Director of Strategy and Policy for the Union of Concerned Scientists and Director of its Washington office. He provides general oversight and strategic guidance for UCS’s advocacy on global warming, energy, transportation, scientific integrity, agriculture and arms control issues. He is UCS’s principal advocate on national and international policy responses to the threat of global climate change, and also works on renewable energy and electricity policy issues. Mr. Meyer has more than 30 years of experience on energy and environmental policy at both the national and the state and local levels. Before coming to UCS in 1989, he served as Executive Director of four national organizations: the League of Conservation Voters, Americans for the Environment, Environmental Action, and Environmental Action Foundation. Before that, he worked as a policy analyst on electric utility issues and nuclear power economics for the Environmental Action Foundation, and as energy issues coordinator for the Connecticut Citizen Action Group. Mr. Meyer has testified before Congress on energy and environmental issues, and has authored numerous articles on climate change, energy policy, electric utility and nuclear power issues for both environmental and general interest publications. He has served on several federal advisory panels, including the Secretary of Energy’s Advisory Board. Mr. Meyer received his undergraduate degree from Yale, concentrating in political science and economics. He also holds a Master of Science degree in human resource and organization development from American University.
Phil Ireland

Vice Chair

Phil Ireland

Phil Ireland is an advocacy, campaigning and policy specialist who works across social, economic and environmental issues. He is currently based at Purpose Europe where he helps shape and implement new progressive movements to address some of the worlds most pressing challenges. Prior to Purpose, Phil was the Director of Operations at United Voice NSW, one of Australia’s largest unions, where he oversaw the Union’s communications, finance, advocacy, membership and administration. During this time he also served as a Campaign Director for the Australian Labor Party, where he managed campaign teams and integrated new community organizing and digital campaigning techniques into several successful elections. Phil has extensive experience in the NGO sector having worked and consulted for a range of different Australian and global NGOs. Of note, Phil led Oxfam’s advocacy engagement with Australia and the Pacific both domestically and in the United Nations climate change negotiations. Phil holds a Ph.D. in climate change and development in addition to a Bachelor of Science (Hons I) and a Bachelor of Arts. He is the recipient of multiple awards including First Class Honors for his thesis on Peace Building on the Thai-Burmease Border, a Marie Curie scholarship to the EU for his work on collective action in South Asia and The University of Newcastle Faculty Medal. Phil has authored several peer-reviewed academic articles, book chapters and articles in the public media. Phil blogs regularly at www.philireland.com.au and can be followed on twitter @Phil_Ireland.
Steven Guilbeaut

Treasurer

Steven Guilbeaut

Steven Guilbeaut is the senior director and cofounder of Equiterre, a Quebec, Canada based environmental NGO. Steven is an environmentalist who has focused on climate change since the early‘90s. He worked for Greenpeace Canada and Greenpeace International for ten years, was senior advisor for Deloitte and Touche, and has contributed to such media outlets as the Métro newspaper, Radio-Canada, La Presse and Corporate Knights Magazine. Throughout his career, Steven, who co-chaired Climate Action Network International for five years, has attended the majority of UN climate meetings – an experience that in 2009 served as the topic for his first book. He is a member of Quebec's Cercle des Phénix, an honorary society for environmentalists, and an honorary fellow of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society. French newspaper Le Monde has called him one of the world's top 50 players in sustainable development. In 2012, the Université de Montréal awarded him its medal for lifetime achievement, a rare distinction shared by the likes of Christopher Reeve and Oliver Jones.
Lo Sze Ping

Lo Sze Ping

Sze Ping is currently CEO of Greenovation Hub, the Executive Board Chair of Friends of Nature - the first green NGO in China, and Deputy Board Chair of Global Call for Climate Action (GCCA). In 2010, he was appointed by the Hong Kong Government to sit in the advisory Sustainable Development Council. In recent years, Sze Ping founded two non-profit organizations in China: Greenovation Hub - a non-profit organization specializing in innovative environmental campaigns on climate change, access to clean water and sustainable finance; and Forward Works, an organization specializing in activist education and capacity building. He has held the position of Secretary General for the Society of Entrepreneurs and Ecology and its affiliated SEE Foundation, and was an expert for the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP) review the environmental initiatives of the Shanghai Municipality in its preparation for the World Expo 2010. Sze Ping led the establishment of Greenpeace in China in 1999 and was the Campaign Director until 2009, where he developed and carried out campaigns on Food Safety and Sustainable Agriculture, Toxic Electronics Waste and Clean Production, Climate Change and Energy, Illegal Logging and Timber Trade in China. Sze Ping serves on the boards of All China Environmental Federation, Minjian International, China Youth Climate Action Network (CYCAN), on the Global Advisory Council for 350.org and the Global Agenda Council on the Role of Civil Society of the World Economic Forum (WEF). He also serves as advisor to many University programs, he is a Fellow in the India China Institute of the New School University, and a Research Fellow in the Institute of Civil Society of the Zhongshan University. Sze Ping lives in Guangzhou and Hong Kong with his wife and their eight-year old son.
Guillermo Kerber

Guillermo Kerber

Guillermo Kerber (Uruguay) presently coordinates the work on Caring for Creation and Climate Justice at the World Council of Churches (WCC), in Geneva, Switzerland. Since joining the WCC in 2001 he has been a programme executive dealing with international affairs, supporting the work of churches and communities in various parts of the world as well as coordinating the WCC’s advocacy on environment and climate issues at various United Nations conferences and the UN Human Rights Council. Before moving to Geneva, in his home country he was Professor of Ethics at the National University (Universidad de la República) and Catholic University (1992 – 2000). and was the director of an ecumenical organization working on rural development, migration and human rights (Servicio Ecuménico para la Dignidad Humana - SEDHU) (1992 - 2000). He holds academic degrees in Philosophy and Theology (ITU/PUG Uruguay) and a doctorate on Sciences of Religion (UMESP, Brasil). His doctoral thesis is on the place of ecology in Latin American theology, O ecologico e a teologia latinoamericana Porto Alegre, Sulina 2006. Other recent publications include: Ecumenical advocacy and witness at Rio+20, in The Ecumenical Review, Volume 64, Number 3, October 2012; Justice climatique, in Sources, Fribourg, Janvier-Février 2011; Tesis sobre la Justicia climática and Ecología, nueva cosmología e implicaciones teológicas, in Voices, EATWOT, Volume XXXIV Nº 2011/1; Caring for Creation and Striving for Climate Justice: Implications for mission and spirituality, in International Review of Mission, Vol 99-2, November 2010. Besides being member of the Board of GCCA, he is also member of the board of the Swiss organization Oeku – Church and Environment ,president of the Board of the International Network for Human Rights and member of the international Committee of the World Forum on Theology and Liberation .
Kingsley Ofei-Nkansah

Kingsley Ofei-Nkansah

Kingsley Ofei-Nkansah has been a trade unionist since 1986 working mainly in the General Agricultural Workers Union of the Trades Union Congress in Ghana. Since 2008 he has been the General Secretary of the Union with direct responsibility for External Relations, and Policy Advocacy and Campaign, among others. He is known for his long-standing activist work on food security, sustainable development, human rights and gender equality issues. He has been a lead campaigner against obnoxious international trade agreements, gender violence, land grabbing, genetically modified organisms and corruption in Ghana. He serves on various International, Regional and National Boards and Committees including the National Media Commission in Ghana; National Climate Change Committee; Country Team for the Comprehensive African Agricultural Development; Board of ABANTU for Development-A leading Gender focussed organisation; West African Working Group on Trade and Development; Board of the Agricultural Workers Trade Group of the International Union of Food. He got a first degree in Political Science with Philosophy and has taken a number of postgraduate and certificate courses including Labour Policy Studies, International Trade and Labour Market; Rural Development Project Planning; Organisation Development and Alternative Dispute Resolution.