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 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.
Global Campaigns Strategist
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.
Brazil Campaigns Strategist
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.
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.
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.
Digital Development Lead
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.
Communications Manager - Brazil
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.
Head of Fundraising
Sarah Roberts is an enthusiastic and successful fundraising professional with 20 years experience fundraising for outstanding causes including MSF and Greenpeace. Sarah’s fundraising efforts have enabled positive social change across a range of environmental and social issues all over the world in particular in Australia, Brazil, China, India, SE Asia, South Africa, UK, Netherlands, Switzerland. Sarah is a passionate advocate for practical, community focused solutions to environmental issues, for example she is actively engaged in growing and protecting solar in Australia through her leadership on the Solar Citizens Board. Away from GCCA you can find her cycling the streets of Amsterdam with her toddler.
Marcia is an experienced campaigner with 20 years of developing creative campaigning and influencing strategies to amplify climate related issues for organisations including UNHCR, Plan UK, Amnesty International, Oxfam and others. With an academic background in gender, anthropology & development, Marciabelieves passionately in the role of people-powered action in achieving lasting social and environmental change. She is also an associate for the Sheila McKechnie Foundation, providing grassroots campaign training in the UK & globally. As a fresh air enthusiast, Marcia is generally found either swimming or walking along her local Suffolk coast or exploring the UK & Europe in the family camper van.
Country Lead - India
Ritwajit has extensive experience in public policy issues viz; in climate change, sustainability, livelihoods, urban, NRM, social enterprises and international development. He has ten years of international project management experience in Asia, Africa, and Europe. In the past, he has successfully managed sizeable scaled impact projects. He has directly worked with enablers and influencers like National Governments, Donors, Bi & Multi-Laterals, Research Agencies, Media, INGOs, and CBOs. Before GCCA he was working with UNDP, Deloitte, Sambodhi, Ennovent, South Pole, EVI and SEARCA. He is dedicated to work on climate change programs that reach beneficiaries directly, elevate their voice and allow them to hold institutions and providers accountable. He has MBA in Environmental Management from IIFM, Bhopal and Specialized Diploma in Urban Management from Erasmus University, Rotterdam. He is a core member of The Climate Reality Project. He is a representative of The CT, GBYN and IPBES. Away from GCCA, you can find him working with indigenous communities on education and handicrafts in a small village of Shantiniketan, located in West Bengal, India.
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 is an advocacy, campaigning and policy specialist who works across social, economic and environmental issues. He is currently based at
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
and can be followed on twitter
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.
Andrea Learned is a global climate action influencer with a 25-year career in marketing, communications and social media strategy – and a personal passion for biking as transportation. As an independent thought leadership development consultant, she has worked with a range of private and public sector clients including: the We Mean Business Coalition, Iron Mountain, Ceres, C2ES, The Embedding Project, and the International Boreal Conservation Coalition.
In her early career, Andrea was recognized as a marketing to women leader, during which time she co-authored the book, Don’t Think Pink, and consulted and presented on how women make decisions. Andrea has written for publications that include Greenbiz, The Guardianand The Huffington Post, and is a globally recognized Twitter influencer.
In addition to her commitment to GCCA, Andrea also provides pro bono social impact expertise to amplify the music and message of global community radio station, KEXP.org. Whenever she’s not working, Andrea is riding her bike(s) or walking her dogs in the beautiful city of Seattle.
Rev Henrik Grape
Rev Henrik Grape was ordained pastor in Church of Sweden 1987 and since year 2000 he has worked as Officer on Sustainable Development in Church of Sweden. More than a decade he has been in WCC working group on climate change an involved in many international projects around climate change in ecumenical and inter religious settings. Now he is the coordinator of World Council of Churches working group on climate change.
Anjali Jaiswal is a senior director and senior attorney with the interanational program with the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC). She collaborates with local partners in India to advance energy efficiency, promote solar energy, and protect communities from the impacts of climate change. Previously, she was a member of NRDC’s litigation team and water program, fighting for stronger efficiency standards and improved water quality. In 2005, Anjali was selected to be a fellow in the Nehru-Fulbright Indo-American Environmental Leadership program. She has been profiled by both Marie Claire and the Daily Journal. She holds a bachelor’s degree in environmental sciences from the University of California, Riverside, and a law degree from University of California, Hastings College of Law.
Dr. Binbin Wang
Dr. Wang brings decade of expertise and experience in climate change and sustainable development, working across media, NGOs, academia and think tanks. She has tracked the UNFCCC process since 2009. As the trusted advisor to state government, non-profits and business, Dr. Wang has been recognized as one of the top climate change policy and communication experts with colorful networks in China and has extensive expertise on international climate governance issues ranging from research to practices.
Most recently, Dr. Wang joins the inaugural team to build up a new think tank, Institute of Climate Change and Sustainable Development in Tsinghua University. Mr. Xie Zhenhua, China’s Special Representative on Climate Change Affairs is the inaugural president of this new institute. ICCSD’s vision is to build a top think tank in the field and establish a collaborative network around the world to make joint efforts for a low carbon future.