Interim Council, Focal Points, Regional Liaisons, and At-large Members

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Isatis Cintron

Isatis is a Puertorrican climate scientist studying the chemistry, transport and impacts of air pollution on glaciers from Antarctica to Greenland at Rutgers University. She has been the Latin America Regional Coordinator for Citizens Climate Education since 2015. Isatis believes that as scientists one of our greatest duties is to distribute and create information with multiple stakeholders, since the purpose of knowledge is to be shared. She is the founder of Climate Trace an organization that aims to build a grassroots Climate Agenda for Puerto Rico that translates into policy by building bridges between citizens, policymakers and scientists.

Timothy Damon

Timothy, an ECOS co-focal point, is Founder and President of the Global Youth Development Institute (GYDI), a globally networked non-profit organization dedicated to empowering young people as leaders for climate and sustainability action. Starting from 2011, he has been deeply engaged in the UNFCCC process, as both a civil society representative and an expert adviser to government delegations in the realms of Action for Climate Empowerment (ACE) and youth. This included five years supporting the global coordination of the UNFCCC’s official Youth Constituency (YOUNGO) and serving as an elected Focal Point of YOUNGO for 2016. Timothy holds an M.Sc. in Climate Change and International Development, with a focus in Water Security, from UEA, as well as an B.A. in Law and Policy, with an Economics minor, from Dickinson College. His further interests include philosophy and security studies.

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Eileen Doohan

Eileen cut her teeth on appropriate tech as a community developer in Fiji with the Peace Corps, then innovated along the bleeding edge of high tech back when Unix & C were still young, mobile tech and now cleantech projects for over 30 years with NEC (Japan), Alcatel (Germany) and NTT DoCoMo (Japan), plus newly-minted start-ups and public private partnerships in the US, Japan, Jamaica, UK and New Zealand. Eileen founded an interactive literacy gaming NGO for reading enrichment and worked as a Manager of ITU 3G/4G partnerships for high-speed, IP-based telemetric mobile systems. 

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Berenice Danaé Espinoza H.

Danaé, an ECOs co-focal point, is an Internationalist graduated from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM). She is co-coordinator of Movimiento de Jóvenes Latinoamericanos y Caribeños frente al Cambio Climático (CLIC!) and former YOUNGO Global South Focal Point to UNFCCC (2014). She has been part of the Mexican Delegation and, in collaboration with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Mexico, has led Action for Climate Empowerment (ACE) in the climate change negotiations of UNFCCC. She is the co-author of the book “Young people towards 2030. Innovation for transformation: Contributions for Reflection”, in collaboration with the Mexican Institute of Youth (IMJUVE).

Frank Granshaw

Alexandra Masako Goosens-Ishii

Olfa Jelassis

Olfa, Regional Liaison Middle East and North Africa (MENA), is a hydro-meteorological engineer graduated from the national engineering school of Tunis (ENIT) working in international cooperation and development. She is a Board and Steering committee member of ‘GenderCC- Women for climate justice’ and member of women and gender constituency (WGC). Olfa is an international expert, advocate, trainer and lecturer on gender, women’s rights and climate change.  She is co-founder of a local-based organization leading local environmental initiatives and projects, and was awarded the “Young Environmental Leader” by the Joke Waller-Hunter (JWH) Initiative.

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Mark S. McCaffrey

Mark is founder of ECOS and is based in Central Europe. Having helped establish a local watershed focused network two decades ago (BASIN, the Boulder Area Sustainability Information Network), and a national digital library and online community (CLEAN, the Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network), Mark assisted in initiating the climate and energy literacy frameworks and authored Climate Smart & Energy Wise, published in 2014 by Pruitt Press. Relocating from North America to Central Europe to pursue international collaboration and engagement opportunities, he assisted in the launch of the Institute for Sustainable Development in Budapest and has consulted with  Climate-KIC, the largest EU public-private partnership on climate solutions, and various United Nations organizations, such as FAO and UN CC: Learn. In 2016, the UNFCCC Secretariat recognized ECOS (originally called ECONGO) as a community supporting Action for Climate Empowerment and the original Article 6 of the Convention. ECOS is also aligned with capacity-building goals of Article 12 of the Paris Agreement as well as other efforts to reduce climate risks and maximize societal and ecosystem resilience through effective, localized climate education and engagement.

Henry McGhie

Henry is the Founder of Curating Tomorrow, a UK-based global consultancy for museums, the heritage sector and their partners, helping them draw on their unique resources to enhance their contributions to society and the natural environment, the Sustainable Development Goals, climate action and nature conservation. He has helped broker partnerships between researchers, museums and policy workers, and has contributed at three Action for Climate Empowerment Dialogues at the United Nations in 2017-19. Henry was involved in getting museums recognised as key sites for climate change education and action in the Workplan for the Paris Climate Change Agreement in 2018.

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Sarah-Mae Nelson

Sarah-Mae is Academic Coordinator for University of California Climate Stewards Initiative, statewide volunteer program to foster community resilience in the face of climate impacts, She created an interdisciplinary undergraduate Climate Change Studies Minor for UC San Diego for her Master’s through Scripps Institution of Oceanography. She serves as an ECOS Digital Communications Lead as well as Communications Director for the National Network for Ocean and Climate Change Interpretation (NNOCCI). In 2015, she was recognized by the Obama White House Office of Science and Technology as a Champion of Change in Climate Education and Literacy.

Miroslav Polzer

Miroslav, Regional Liaison for the United States, Canada, and Europe, is founder and CEO of International Association for the Advancement of Innovative Approaches to Global Challenges, a United Nations (ECOSOC, UNFCCC, GCF) accredited civil society organization based in Klagenfurt am Wörthersee (Austria) which has as its main aim to set up the multistakeholder partnership GloCha as the world’s leading multistakeholder engagement ecosystem for sustainable development goals implementation and climate action. Before joining IAAI, Miroslav was head of Austrian Science and Research Liaison Office (ASO) Ljubljana from 1996-2011.

Ma. Cecilia Quaglino (Argentina)

Cecilia, Regional Liaison for Latin America and the Caribbean, is a passionate climate activist in Fridays For Future Argentina. She organized the last L-COY 2021 (Local Conference of Youth) in Argentina and coordinated the elaboration of the Argentine Youth Statement on Climate Change. Thanks to this, she has recently been elected a National Delegate for COY16. Following studies on Environmental Engineering (UCA), she worked on the first microplastics research in her region, published in 2020 in the reputable Springer Journal. She currently works as an Environmental Communication Strategies Coordinator for a local foundation (FNGA). As of 2020, thanks to the Global Shapers Community, she has been trained by former vice-president and Nobel Prize recipient Al Gore as a Climate Reality Leader.

Disha Sarkar

Disha, Regional Liaison for East, Central, and Southern Asia, is a youth climate advocate and a member of YOUNGO’s ACE Working Group. She was Co-Chair of the International Youth Conference 2021 organized by Generation Next Network, USA and the UN Department of Global Communication; convened “Mentorship Circles” providing Capacity Building Opportunities to college students on Green Jobs; served as a Coordinator for the virtual ACE Youth Forum 2021; and organized “Leveraging ACE: A Multistakeholder Perspective” as a Side Event of the Asia Pacific Climate Week 2021. She previously represented GYDI as a Virtual Delegate during the UNFCCC’s online Subsidiary Bodies session held in May-June 2021.

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Gregg Walker

Gregg is a professor of Communication and an adjunct professor in the environmental sciences, forestry, geosciences, marine resource management, and public policy programs at Oregon State University.  Gregg has served as a Fulbright Senior Specialist in the fields of Peace and Conflict Resolution, is an advisor to the National Collaboration Cadre of the USDA-Forest Service, and on the roster of the U.S. Institute for Environmental Conflict Resolution. Gregg is co-director of the Climate Change Project for Mediators Beyond Borders International and Chair of the Climate Change Negotiations Working Group for the International Environmental Communication Association. 

Laura Weiland

Laura has lived, studied, and worked across several countries over the past two decades. She has been imagining, designing, and creating nontraditional educational experiences across biology, farming, permaculture, regenerative frameworks, eco-social design, community organizing, and climate education. She holds a master’s degree in sustainable development with a focus in community development. In 2018, she and her team organized the first Drawdown Learn Conference to explore how to more deeply activate a solutions-oriented approach to climate education and engagement through schools and community participation.

Past Leadership

Donna Goodman

Jonas Haller

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Viktor Josa

Viktor’s involvement in education and outreach roots from his youth engagement in the UN climate policy lobby. As a youth stakeholder in the WHO and UNFCCC processes he has developed an interest for climate empowerment, which he strives to foster by bridging the gap between civil society and international policy processes through innovative educational tools with a youth-led group called, CliMates. Viktor currently works in a Brussels based NGO that focuses on raising the ambition of healthcare towards climate-smart solutions.

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Jen Kretser

Dolphine Magero

Marcia McKenzie

Saffran Minhra

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Deb L. Morrison, PhD

Deb is a collaborative design-based educator-researcher engaged in disrupting racism and other forms of intersectional oppression, specifically in the area of climate literacy and action. She is a learning scientist at the Institute of Science and Math Education within the College of Education at the University of Washington. In her positionality as a white science educator and researcher, Deb believes that praxis is a personal responsibility and seeks to engage in ethical research and its translation into practice.; @educatordeb

Tracey Osborne

Joseph Robertson

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Abby Ruskey

Abby has worked in executive positions for over 25 years to develop and integrate capacities, programs and tools for helping individuals and collectives catalyze and life-affirming systems change. She has degrees in planning and environmental education, certifications in transformative leadership and has served on a variety of related boards and commissions from the local to international levels. She worked to spur and secure Washington State’s new climate literacy program for K-12 students and in Olympia, Washington, U.S., created a local Youth-Education-Communications-Outreach network (YECO).

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Pasang Dolma Sherpa

Pasang, Executive Director of the Center for Indigenous Peoples’ Research (CIPRED), has been working in the area of Climate Change and natural resources management with indigenous and local communities for more than a decade. She is the current Co-Chair of Facilitative Working Group (FWG) of Local Communities and Indigenous Peoples’ (LCIP) Platform of UNFCCC, Chair of the Specialist Group on Indigenous Peoples’ Customary and Environmental Laws and Human Rights (SPICEH), Commission on Environmental, Economic and Social Policy (CEESP) of IUCN and Steering Committee Member of the International Indigenous Peoples’ Forum on World Heritage (IIPFWH), UNESCO.

Srishti Singh

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Evans Tembo

Evans is a WASH and Environmental Engineer and Public Health Specialist with eleven years experience in water security, environmental sanitation, climate resilience, environmental and public health. He is Executive Director for ENVAROS Innovative R&D Hub, promoting healthy and resilient communities through innovative research and capacity building in water security, low-cost water treatment technologies, environmental sanitation and climate resilience in Zambia. He has been involved in climate change discourse as an educator/facilitator at community level as well as a climate change negotiator at UNFCCC COP since 2009.

Alex Wang