Senior Urban Specialist, World Bank
Soraya Goga started her career working for the Durban Metropolitan Council in the Economic Development Department, and she continues to work on issues related to city economic performance, including in Indonesia and Russia, and on the lagging regions agenda in Turkey and now in the European Union. She has significant experience in improving local government performance, including in Pakistan, Jordan, Palestine, and Tajikistan. She also works on the sustainable cities agenda, examining issues of social, economic, and financial and environmental sustainability, particularly in Turkey. Finally, she has extensive experience in post-conflict reconstruction including urban planning in Dili, urban upgrading in Afghanistan, housing in North-East Sri Lanka, and local government development in Palestine.
Senior Urban Development consultant, WorldBank
Swati Sachdeva has more than 13 years of progressive experience in urban development specializing in sustainability and resiliency planning in Asia, Africa, the Caribbean, and North America. Adept at integrated design and planning, research, spatial analytics, policy dialogue, and project management. Swati staunchly believes that, as climate change and rapid urbanization are increasing global vulnerability towards disasters, there lies an urgent need to innovate adaptive growth models that can make our communities more resilient and equitable. Since 2016, Swati is a senior urban development consultant at World Bank.
Communications Consultant, Acclimatise
Dr. Lydia Messling is a specialist in communicating climate science to different audiences and equipping others to do the same. She is experienced in designing and facilitating research and analysis on different narrative approaches, conducting training workshops, and developing community conversations. She has previously worked for organizations encouraging behavior change, identifying how to best engage audiences with climate change and different actions, and measure and communicate their progress. As an environmental and social scientist, Lydia has a keen interest in interdisciplinary work and how applied science can provide social solutions. She holds a Ph.D. in Climate Justice and was a Leverhulme Scholar. She also has an MRes in Politics and International Relations from the University of Reading, and a BSc in Environmental Science from the University of East Anglia.
Research Associate & PM, National Observatory of Athens
Mr. Anestis Trypitsidis is a highly motivated project manager with strong experience in managing more than 15 GIS and Remote Sensing projects at the National (EUREKA-EUROSTARS, GSRT, EGY/PRV-YPEKA, etc.) and international level (EC, JRC, DGENV, Maltese Government, etc.). Most recent relevant EC projects experience include: H2020-FIRE, H2020-e-shape, H2020-NextGEOSS, H2020-EOPEN, H2020-FPCUP, H2020-Marine-EO, Eo4SD- Climate Resilience (ESA). Anestis has excellent project management skills such as leadership, communication with the implementation team, planning, time management, risk, negotiation with contracting authority/coordinator, and active participation in the review and plenary meetings. Anestis got MEng (5-year Diploma Degree course structure, equivalent with the Master's Degree) in Urban Planning & Regional Development (University of Thessaly), M.Sc. in Applied Geography & Spatial Planning – Stream C: GeoInformatics (Harokopio University, Department of Geography)).