The Best Climate Practices observatory is honoured to present the international Expert Panel for the Best Climate Practices 2017 Award on “Building resilience to climate disaster risk”.
The international jury, chaired by ICCG Director Carlo Carraro, will evaluate this year’s candidate practices and the assessment will be combined with the results of the online public polls starting on July 3 (for more information on the evaluation procedure read the Best Climate Practices Contest’s rules)
This year’s jury is composed of high-profile representatives from international institutions with outstanding knowledge and expertise in the field of Disaster Risk Reduction and climate resilience. We are glad and grateful for their willingness to help us find the Best Climate Practices of 2017!
The jury members for the Best Climate Practices 2017 Award are:
Carlo Carraro (Chair)
Carlo Carraro is the Director of ICCG. He is Professor of Environmental Economics at Ca’ Foscari University of Venice. He holds a Ph.D. from Princeton University. He has been President of the University of Venice from 2009 to 2014 and Director of the Department of Economics from 2005 to 2008. In 2008, he was elected Vice-Chair of the Working Group III and Member of the Bureau of the Nobel Laureate Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). He has been re-elected in 2015 for a second term.
Paola Albrito is the Chief of Regional Office for Europe and Central Asia at the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR). In her current role, she supported the delivery of disaster risk reduction coordinated actions and partnership development within the Hyogo Framework for Action implementation and braced the preparation of the Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction and the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030. Paola joined UNISDR in 2004 during the preparations for the Second UN World Conference on Disaster Reduction, where she fed the conference with the Outcome Analysis Document on the status of risk reduction implementation at the global level.
Between 2005 and 2008, Paola worked on policy issues related to disaster prevention, including the development of a number of guidelines on indicators assessing disaster risks, mainstreaming of disaster risk reduction into sustainable development policies. Her previous field experience includes the coordination of Common Country Assessment and the United Nations Development Assistance Framework in Djibouti in the UN Resident Coordinator Office (1999- 2003); support to the UN Country Teams in developing sustainable development policies at the United Nations Staff System College in Turin; and programme evaluations as consultant at the International Labour Organisation.
Paola holds a Master’s Degree in International Relations and Political Science from the University of Turin, Italy. She is a member of the International Institute of Strategic Studies (London, UK) and Editorial Advisor at the Crisis Response Journal.
Elisa Calliari contributed to several international projects on disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation within FEEM (Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei), focusing in particular on the Caribbean Small Island Developing States and Latin American countries (Mexico and Paraguay). She is currently an expert on adaptation in transnational regions for the European Topic Centre on Climate Change impacts, vulnerability and Adaptation (ETC/CCA). She has also contributed to the ENHANCE (Enhancing risk management partnerships for catastrophic natural disasters in Europe) project, focusing on the role of Public-Public Partnerships (PuPs) for disaster risk reduction. Her latest achievements include co-authoring the Italian Climate Change Adaptation Plan and the 2017 Science for Disaster Risk Management Report of the European Union. She is particularly interested in climate negotiations and, in particular, in the issue of Loss and Damage from climate change impacts.
Federica Ranghieri is Senior Urban and Disaster Risk Management Specialist at the World Bank. She is actually the South Asia Region DRM coordinator, and leads climate resilient projects (CRIP I and II) in Sri Lanka, as well as the Afghanistan DRM program and several analytical works on multi-peril risk assessment, resettlement policies and governance and institutional assessments in India, Sri Lanka and Afghanistan. She coordinated the DRM Program at WBI, where she was TTL for the learning and training program on DRM and managed the Learning from Megadisasters project, which led to the Sendai Conference in 2012. She was also part of the WDR 2015 – Managing Risk for Development team. She joined the World Bank in 2004 with the Carbon Finance Business Unit where she developed the Italian Carbon Fund and from 2007 with EAP on Climate Change – Mitigation and Adaptation policies and Disaster Risk Management. Her last assignment before joining the World Bank was as assistant professor at the University of Milan, where she taught undergraduate Environmental Policies, Environmental economics and post graduate Environmental and Social Communication.
Reinhard Mechler has more than 15 years of experience working on socio-economic aspects related to disaster risk and resilience, and climate change. He currently is deputy director of the ‘Risk & Resilience’ research program at the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA). He has been a visiting professor at the University of Graz, as well as a senior lecturer at the University for Economics and Business in Vienna. Reinhard Mechler has been leading and contributing to many international research and consultancy projects. He acted as a lead author on IPCC’s special report on adaptation to extreme events (SREX) and on IPCC’s 5th assessment report (Working group II).
Maarten van Aalst
Maarten van Aalst is Director of the Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Centre, the global reference centre on climate risk management for the international Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement. He previously worked on climate and disaster risk management with the World Bank and several other development banks, international organisations, and government departments. He holds adjoint positions at Columbia University (International Research Institute for Climate and Society), at University College London (Department of Science, Technology, Engineering and Public Policy), and at the Overseas Development Institute (ODI).
In 2016, Maarten was appointed by Ban Ki Moon to the Leadership Group of the UN Secretary General’s Climate Resilience Initiative (A2R). He has also been Coordinating Lead Author of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), and serves on the Science and Technology Advisory Group of the UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (ISDR).
He obtained his PhD in Atmospheric Science from Utrecht University, the Netherlands, in collaboration with the Max Planck Institute for Chemistry in Mainz, Germany, where he worked with Jos Lelieveld and Nobel Laureate Paul Crutzen, following an MSc in Astrophysics at Utrecht University and NASA/Goddard Space Flight Centre.