The Expert Review Group (ERG) is an advisory body composed of 17 experts from different geographies, backgrounds and expertise. They were selected through an open call for applications from a competitive pool of applicants. They are members of academia, subnational governments, the private sector and civil society organizations, representing 12 countries worldwide. 53% of them are women and 47% men. Together, they hold vast experience as practitioners or researchers working on resilience and adaptation to climate change.

This group of experts provides advice to the Race to Resilience campaign and the High-Level Champions on issues such as: which initiatives should be included in the campaign and how those initiatives and their members could improve their procedural criteria. They also advise on the overall progress of Race to Resilience and make recommendations to Champions on how the campaign can be strengthened.

The ERG is one of three Advisory bodies of the Race to Resilience campaign, coordinated by the Technical Secretariat.

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Ellen Acioli

Ellen Acioli was born and grew up in the Amazon, Brazil. She graduated in Biological Sciences, has a master degree in Ecology and Conservation, and specialization in Sustainable Projects and Climate Change.

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Ellen Acioli

Ellen Acioli was born and grew up in the Amazon, Brazil. She graduated in Biological Sciences, has a master degree in Ecology and Conservation, and specialization in Sustainable Projects and Climate Change.

She has worked throughout her career to protect and conserve forests and their peoples, and safeguard livelihoods, cultures and traditions. She supported the creation of protected areas, the strengthening of local communities and activities that keep the forest standing.

She currently works at Fundación AVINA in the coordination team of the Voices for Climate Action program, which aims to help civil society actors engage and take their voices beyond their communities, in order to influence public policies for mitigation and adaptation to climate change implementation of effective climate solutions at local and regional levels.

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Ibidun Adelekan

Ibidun Adelekan is a geographer by training with over 25 years’ experience as an academic engaged in climate research. She is a Professor at the University of Ibadan, Ibadan (Nigeria). She is a citizen of Nigeria.

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Ibidun Adelekan

Ibidun Adelekan is a geographer by training with over 25 years’ experience as an academic engaged in climate research. She is a Professor at the University of Ibadan, Ibadan (Nigeria). She is a citizen of Nigeria.

Her field of research expertise include climate and society, human dimensions of global environmental change, and climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction in coastal and urban areas.

She has good experience in participatory field research and engagement of different categories of stakeholders through the organization of capacity building workshops, multi-stakeholder platforms, media engagements and policy dialogues.

Knowledge generated from her research activities have been upscaled to inform and influence decision-making by different categories of stakeholders. She is a coordinating lead author of the Africa chapter – IPCC Sixth Assessment Report Working Group II on Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability.

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Ambe Emmanuel Cheo

Ambe Emmanuel Cheo is an Associate Academic Officer at the United Nations University (UNU-ViE) where he contributes to research, capacity building and outreach activities in the frame of projects.

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Ambe Emmanuel Cheo

Ambe Emmanuel Cheo is an Associate Academic Officer at the United Nations University (UNU-ViE) where he contributes to research, capacity building and outreach activities in the frame of projects.

He is a Technical Expert within the Consultative Group of Experts on National Communications from Parties not included in Annex I (CGE) and a member of the FAO Transparency network. He has more than five years’ experience working on topics, among others, related to water resources management, groundwater modelling and climate change. For his earlier studies, he focused on popularizing the implications of climate change on water resources to policymakers, stakeholders and vulnerable farmers. His expertise is particularly relevant to Africa, where he has worked for several years as project coordinator, project manager and principal investigator in different projects. Emmanuel holds a PhD in Environmental and Resource Management (ERM), from the Brandenburg University of Technology (BTU) Cottbus-Senftenberg, Germany.

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Fabiola Espinoza

Fabiola Espinoza is currently a PhD Candidate in Sustainability Science, focusing on understanding how power structures and different worldviews influence the governance of coastal adaptation and what it means for social justice and environmental integrity.

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Fabiola Espinoza

Fabiola Espinoza is currently a PhD Candidate in Sustainability Science, focusing on understanding how power structures and different worldviews influence the governance of coastal adaptation and what it means for social justice and environmental integrity.

She is a Peruvian national, belongs to the Center for Sustainability Science-LUCSUS, Lund University (Sweden) and works under the Marine Coastal Ecosystem Biodiversity and Services in a Changing World (MACOBIOS) Project.

She has nearly six years of experience in issues related to coastal resilience and financial inclusion at national and international level. She worked as part of the decision-makers of a natural protected area in Peru supporting fisheries management and marine biodiversity conservation initiatives, as well supported small-scale fisheries access to financial resources while working at the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO).

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Alex Godoy-Faundez

Alex Godoy-Faundez is Director of Sustainability Research Center at Universidad del Desarrollo (Chile), Doctor Honoris Causa at the University of Wisconsin – Green Bay, and Research Associate at Earth Engineering Center at Columbia University working on Sustainability Science.

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Alex Godoy-Faundez

Alex Godoy-Faundez is Director of Sustainability Research Center at Universidad del Desarrollo (Chile), Doctor Honoris Causa at the University of Wisconsin – Green Bay, and Research Associate at Earth Engineering Center at Columbia University working on Sustainability Science.

At the international level, he was a member of the HPLE Committee on Food Security and Nutrition at FAO, an expert reviewer of “Global Sustainable Development Report” and “10 New Insights in Climate Science 2019” for COP25 and leading author for the “10 New Insights in Climate Science 2020”. Today, He is a Review Editor of Working Group III for the next IPCC Report, leading author for Global Environment Outlook (GEO) for Business at UNEP and Chilean representative of UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN).

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Narayan Gyawali

Narayan Gyawali is Nepal Program Director at Lutheran World Relief (LWR) – a member of the Corus family of organizations.

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Narayan Gyawali

Narayan Gyawali is Nepal Program Director at Lutheran World Relief (LWR) – a member of the Corus family of organizations. Mr Gyawali has over 20 years of experience in participatory project design, implementation, monitoring assessment and adaptive learning, with expertise in resilience and resilience measurement, Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) and agricultural entrepreneurship. Mr Gyawali’s recent work includes:

  • Collaboration with Yale University, Z Zurich Foundation and TANGO International on resilience measurement.
  • Assessment on Trans-Boundary Early Warning System in Nepal-India.
  • Development of the Six Pillars of a Transboundary Flood Resilience Community

Mr Gyawali is PhD Scholar and doing research in flood resilience. He holds a master’s degree in Development Evaluation and Management from Antwerp University, Belgium. He has special research interest in flood resilience measurement, social capital and local governance.

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George Haddow

George Haddow is an American citizen who serves as a Strategic Advisor to Adaptation Leader LLC and a Principal and Co-Founder of Bullock & Haddow LLC.

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George Haddow

George Haddow is an American citizen who serves as a Strategic Advisor to Adaptation Leader LLC and a Principal and Co-Founder of Bullock & Haddow LLC.

He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Washington College and a Masters in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of New Orleans. Mr Haddow served as White House Liaison and Deputy Chief of Staff to FEMA Director James L. Witt from 1993-2001.

He currently serves as a Senior Advisor to the Institute for Sustainable Development and is a charter member of the American Society of Adaptation Professionals.

Mr Haddow serves as a Senior Fellow at the Disaster Resilience Leadership Academy at Tulane University.

Mr Haddow co-authored several university-level textbooks including two books focused on risk reduction and climate change adaptation, “Living with Climate Change: Thriving and Surviving in a Changing Climate” and “Global Warming, Natural Hazards.”

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Marina Hermosilla

Marina Hermosilla is currently serving as the Executive Director of Chile’s Corporate Leaders Group on Climate Change (CLG-Chile). She is a member of the Advisory Committee for Climate Action of Chile’s Ministry of the Environment.

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Marina Hermosilla

Marina Hermosilla is currently serving as the Executive Director of Chile’s Corporate Leaders Group on Climate Change (CLG-Chile). She is on the Advisory Board of World Wildlife Fund for Nature, WWF-Chile, and also member of the Advisory Committee for Climate Action of the Chile’s Ministry of the Environment.

Marina has an Agronomy degree from University of Chile and has more than 25 years of ample and solid experience in the public, private, academic and civil society sectors. She participated in the creation of the Environmental Impact Assessment System in Chile, and she has advised state agencies in the design of environmental public policies and regulations.

She served as Sustainability Director at Walmart Chile, at the Polpaico holding of Switzerland’s Holcim Group, and Director of Social and Environmental Responsibility at Masisa Chile. She has taught at Faculties of Medicine and Agronomy of the U. of Chile and the Master of Environment and Sustainable Development of the U. Mayor.

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Runa Khan

Runa Khan founded Friendship, an International SPO in 2002. In Bangladesh, a country facing humanity’s most pressing challenges, Friendship works for vulnerable people in the remotest communities.

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Runa Khan

Runa Khan founded Friendship, an International SPO in 2002. In Bangladesh, a country facing humanity’s most pressing challenges, Friendship works for vulnerable people in the remotest communities. Friendship’s strategy focuses on 4 vital challenges: Saving Lives, Poverty Alleviation, Climate Adaptation and Empowerment. She is the Founder and co-chair of Friendship International which operates from five European countries.

Runa khan is an advocate of climate change, human rights, women empowerment, leadership and importance of nurturing human values. She received numerous awards: Green Award by Positive Planet Foundation (2016), Social Innovation Leadership Award by World CSR Congress (2014), Social Entrepreneur Award, IDB (2008), Rolex Awards for Entrepreneurship (2006), an Ashoka fellow and Schwab Foundation Social Entrepreneur.

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Gloria Lillo-Ortega

Gloria Lillo-Ortega works with civil society organizations in her home country of Chile. She has been the Head of the Socio-ecological Transition Programme at the Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung Southern Cone office (Chile, Argentina and Uruguay) since April 2020.

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Gloria Lillo-Ortega

Gloria Lillo-Ortega works with civil society organizations in her home country of Chile. She has been the Head of the Socio-ecological Transition Programme at the Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung Southern Cone office (Chile, Argentina and Uruguay) since April 2020, and has been involved with public policies in academia, government agencies and civil society for more than 10 years.

She has contributed to different studies and publications that address climate action, water governance and energy transition in Latin America, for example: CR2’s Report to the Nation “The 2010-2015 mega-drought: A lesson for the future” (2015), Chile’s Third National Communication on Climate Change to the UNFCCC (2016), Greenpeace’s campaigns “Chile sin Plástico” and “No a Vaca Muerta” (2017-2018), Chile’s Nationally Determined Contribution (2020), the Latin-American edition of the “Carbon Atlas. Facts and figures of fossil fuel” (2020), among others.

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Paul O’Hare

Paul O’Hare is a Senior Lecturer at Manchester Metropolitan University, UK. He is currently acting as policy lead for adaptation and resilience at the Manchester Climate Change Agency (MCCA).

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Paul O’Hare

Paul O’Hare is a Senior Lecturer at Manchester Metropolitan University, UK. He is currently acting as policy lead for adaptation and resilience at the Manchester Climate Change Agency (MCCA).

His current role entails close co-operation with policy makers. This entails taking scientifically informed interpretations of resilience and giving them a city-level policy and practice perspective to ensure climate resilience initiatives gain traction across multiple agendas and scales. At a local level, he works with community and flood action groups attending meetings, advising on strategy and co-organizing events both regionally and in local neighbourhoods.

His contribution to the academic field of resilience is demonstrated through his authorship and co-authorship of over 20 peer-reviewed academic articles. Much of this work critically analyses the concept of resilience, drawing conclusions regarding the implications for climate change adaptation.

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Jessica Omukuti

Jessica Omukuti is an academic from Kenya. She is a Research Fellow for Oxford Net Zero at the Institute for Science Innovation and Society (InSIS) at the University of Oxford (United Kingdom).

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Jessica Omukuti

Jessica Omukuti is an academic from Kenya. She is a Research Fellow for Oxford Net Zero at the Institute for Science Innovation and Society (InSIS) at the University of Oxford (United Kingdom). Her research focuses on how equity and inclusivity can be integrated into global and national policies on net zero.

Her domains of expertise and experience are in resilience and adaptation to climate change, specifically climate finance, climate justice and equity, just transitions and climate adaptation and governance in the Global South, with particular expertise in Sub-Saharan Africa.  She has co-led research on governance of climate change in the Caribbean and Latin America. She has previously worked at the University of York, the Green Climate Fund, Mercy Corps and CARE International.

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Ignacio Robles

Ignacio Robles is a consultant Engineer with experience in both the private sector (WSP, Envision Sustainability Professional) and academia (University of Cantabria, Spain).

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Ignacio Robles

Ignacio Robles is a consultant Engineer with experience in both the private sector (WSP, Envision Sustainability Professional) and academia (University of Cantabria, Spain). Working day by day on Technical Due Diligence, Sustainability and Resilience assessments, Traffic and information technology studies, Life cycle Costing analysis and Demand simulations, modelling and monitoring systems in order to improve existing and upcoming engineering solutions and make them future ready.

With experience in project management and coordination of new information technologies applied to transport systems, infrastructure sensors, redundancy against disruptive events, environmental impact and sustainability solutions. Involved in several international R&D projects on risks, resilience, monitoring tools, sensor and data analysis applied to infrastructures, environment and ecosystems.

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Annette Salked

Annette Salked has academic qualifications matched with over 25 years working in the environment, climate and international development sectors, and a passion for working in the spaces that link between people and their environments.

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Annette Salked

Annette Salked has academic qualifications matched with over 25 years working in the environment, climate and international development sectors, and a passion for working in the spaces that link between people and their environments.

Annette’s experience has been gained in national and international civil society organisations and local governments in her native Australia as well as countries in the Asia and Pacific regions.

Annette has significant experience in strategy and policy development, collaborative program design, project management and community engagement. Her technical specialisations include climate adaptation and resilience, natural resource management and nature-based solutions for both rural and urban areas. Annette is passionate about achieving gender justice and ensuring all people can drive the activities that impact on them. She is equally passionate about the need to solve our climate crisis and ensure that all people can adapt its impacts.

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Tom Tanner

Tom Tanner is a development geographer with a background in environmental change, development studies, environmental economics and political science.

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Tom Tanner

Tom Tanner is a development geographer with a background in environmental change, development studies, environmental economics and political science. Now a policy-oriented academic researcher and postgraduate teacher, he has prior experience working with governmental and intergovernmental bodies in Bangladesh, Argentina and the UK, including as a UNFCCC negotiator and advisor. From the northeast of England, Tom is currently Director of the Centre for Environment, Development and Policy in the Department of Development Studies at SOAS University of London (UK), and a Research Associate at the Overseas Development Institute (ODI).

Tom’s practice-oriented resilience and adaptation research works directly with communities, NGOs, businesses and governments. His research specialisms include policy and planning, urban resilience strategies, co-benefits methodologies, policy entrepreneurship, access to finance, and youth-led approaches.

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Sebastian Vicuna

Sebastian is an Associate Professor at the School of Engineering and Director of the Centro de Cambio Global (Global Change Research Center) in Chile. His research interests are related to water resources, hydrologic modelling, climate change adaptation and integrated watershed management.

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Sebastian Vicuna

Sebastian is an Associate Professor at the School of Engineering and Director of the Centro de Cambio Global (Global Change Research Center) in Chile. His research interests are related to water resources, hydrologic modelling, climate change adaptation and integrated watershed management.

Related to these research areas, Sebastian was Lead Author for the Second Assessment Report on Climate Change and Cities (ARC3-2), was a Lead Author of the IPCC 5th Assessment Report in the chapter on Climate Change Impacts in Central and South America and was a Review Editor for the IPCC Special Report on Climate Change and Extreme Events in the chapter impacts.

Sebastian is a Chilean Environmental Engineer from the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. In 2004 he earned a Masters in Public Policy and a Masters in Environmental Engineering from the University of California at Berkeley. In 2007 he obtained a PhD in Environmental Engineering from the same university.

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Terry-René Wiesner Brown

Terry-René Wiesner Brown PhD, is natural resources professional with over 25 years of  experience in ecosystem-based approaches to land, water, and biodiversity protection, with climate change mitigation, adaptation, and resiliency applications.

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Terry-René Wiesner Brown

Terry-René Wiesner Brown PhD, is natural resources professional with over 25 years of  experience in ecosystem-based approaches to land, water, and biodiversity protection, with climate change mitigation, adaptation, and resiliency applications.

She has experience with subnational governments, civil society organisations, and academia, and is based in the United States. She works for Pasco County, Florida, and serves as a volunteer board member for the Tampa Bay Conservancy and the Florida Wildlife Federation (United States).

Dr Brown is also a civil society delegate through the UNFCCC and a participant in the Research and Independent Nongovernmental Organizations (RINGO) constituency.

Her doctoral research concentrated on elevated carbon dioxide effects on freshwater ecosystems, and she was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship focused on climate change science and policy in the European Union. Her work has centered on rural and coastal resiliency, with some experience in urban resilience.