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Maarten van Aalst

Maarten van Aalst, Director
Maarten coordinates the Climate Centre's support to climate risk management across the Red Cross/Red Crescent, analysis and documentation of experience, and links with scientific and policy communities on climate change, disaster risk management and development planning. He has worked on adaptation to climate change and disaster risk reduction since 1999, including at the World Bank, African Development Bank, Interamerican Development Bank, OECD and UNDP. He is Coordinating Lead Author of the forthcoming IPCC Special Report on managing extremes, Lead Author of the IPCC Fifth Assessment Report, and holds an adjunct appointment as Research Scientist at the International Research Institute for Climate and Society, Columbia University. Maarten obtained his Ph.D. in Atmospheric Science from Utrecht University.

Pablo Suarez

Pablo Suarez, Associate Director for Research and Innovation
Pablo got involved with the Climate Centre as a technical advisor in 2005. He now leads the team's initiatives linking applied knowledge with humanitarian work - as well as new approaches to climate risk management (including participatory games for learning and dialogue). Pablo is based in Boston, USA, and oversees the Climate Centre's work in Africa and the Americas. His work as researcher focuses on the integration of climate information into decision making, and on institutional integration across disciplines and geographic scales. He has consulted for the United Nations Development Programme, the World Food Programme, Oxfam America, and about twenty other international humanitarian and development organizations, working in more than 50 countries.

Bec McNaught

Rebecca McNaught, Senior Climate Advisor - Pacific
Bec has worked on addressing climate change with the Red Cross Red Crescent Movement across Asia, Pacific, Middle East and Northern Africa since 2005. She studied an Environmental Science degree at Deakin University and is currently conducting research on climate change as a humanitarian concern at Melbourne University in Australia. Bec currently resides in the Pacific and works with the Pacific Red Cross Societies and their partners as well as inputs into the global work of the Climate Centre. Email:

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Fleur Monasso, Senior Program Officer
Fleur joined the Climate Centre in 2006 as a project officer. She is responsible for overall coordination of all Climate Centre programmes. She provides technical support to Central Asia, Caucasus, the Middle East and Northern Africa. She studied international relations at the University of Amsterdam and was already committed to the Climate Centre from 2004 onwards as a volunteer, giving presentation to branches of the Netherlands Red Cross.  

Knud Falk

Knud Falk, Technical Advisor
Since 1 March 2010, Knud has been assisting the Climate Centre in its support to the Movement on climate-related program development and resource mobilization. He is an expert in the field of Disaster Risk Reduction, Climate Change Adaptation and Ecological monitoring, surveys and assessments.
Skypename: knudfalk2 / Mobile: +46 70 621 5479


Erin Coughlan, Program Officer
Erin joined the Climate Centre late 2011. She supports Climate Centre programs to build awareness and capacity for climate risk management, and coordinates an internship program through Columbia University bringing graduate students in climate fields to IFRC offices around the world. She also is the Climate Centre liaison at the International Research Institute for Climate and Society (IRI), working with the Help Desk team to provide rapid responses to climate-related questions from the IFRC. She studied environment, international development, and climate science at McGill and Columbia Universities.
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Carina Bachofen, Technical Advisor
Carina joined the Climate Centre as Technical Advisor in December 2011. She supports Climate Centre programs to build awareness and capacity for climate risk management with an increasing focus on the design and facilitation of participatory games for learning. Before joining the Climate Centre, she served as Global Coordinator for the Ecosystems and Livelihoods Adaptation Network (ELAN), a partnership between the International Union for Conservation of Nature, World Wildlife Fund US, the International Institute for Environment and Development, and CARE International. Carina also spent several years as a consultant at the World Bank working on climate change adaptation and related capacity building initiatives. Carina holds degrees from the London School of Economics and Political Science and McGill University.

Louisa Whitlock.JPG Louisa Whitlock, Technical Advisor
Louisa first worked with the Climate Centre through the Young Scholars for Humanitarian Work programme in 2011; following periods of consultancy work with IFRC projects in Eastern Europe and the Caucasus, she joined the team as a technical advisor in 2013. She is currently based in Tbilisi working with National Red Cross/Red Crescent Societies and their partners in the region to build capacity in climate risk management and advocacy, and provides additional support for other Climate Centre programmes, including the Partners for Resilience programme in Ethiopia. Louisa holds degrees from the University of Cambridge and King's College London.
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