CLIMATE-L.ORG Thematic Experts
The CLIMATE-L.ORG team of the International Institute for Sustainable Development’s Reporting Services (IISDRS) brings you news and information on the actions of international organizations in responding to the problem of global climate change. The team of highly-qualified experts regularly updates the CLIMATE-L.ORG website ( and produces CLIMATE-L.ORG Bulletin, which contains key summaries posted to CLIMATE-L.ORG during the previous two weeks, along with guest articles on international climate change activities, written by the heads of UN and other international bodies, and an IISDRS analysis of global activities on climate change.
Langston James "Kimo" Goree VI (US)
Director, IISD Reporting Services
Langston James "Kimo" Goree VI
Langston James "Kimo" Goree VI is the Director of the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) Reporting Services and one of the founders of the Earth Negotiations Bulletin. Kimo established the CLIMATE-L list in 1998 has been the list’s moderator for more than ten years. In January 2008 he developed the first concept note for CLIMATE-L.ORG, and is responsible for the fundraising and overall coordination for this knowledge management project.
Richard Sherman (South Africa)
Intelligence Manager, IISD Reporting Services
Richard Sherman
Richard Sherman is the Intelligence Manager and Programme Manager for IISDRS's Africa Regional Coverage Project. He was a team leader and writer for the Earth Negotiations Bulletin from 2002-2005. In addition, Richard works as a consultant to Stakeholder Forum for a Sustainable Future and the South African Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism, with a particular focus on institutional reform and global governance. From 1998-2001 he was a member of the South African government's climate change delegation, and has played an active role in the South African NGO sector since 1995.
Diego Noguera (Colombia)
Digital Manager
Diego Noguera
Diego Noguera is the Digital Manager for IISD Reporting Services. He is a good example of the new generation of online jobs, working mostly from Bogotá, Colombia, while solving the technical and digital problems of staff and consultants in New York, Geneva, Winnipeg and two dozen other cities worldwide. Diego has a degree in Computer Science and a postgraduate degree in Networking and E-business.
Alice Bisiaux (France)
Content Editor - Oceans and Coasts; and Freshwater
Alice Bisiaux
Alice Bisiaux is Content Editor of CLIMATE-L.ORG and Thematic Expert for Oceans, coasts and freshwater. She has covered various global conferences on oceans and water policy since 2003. She is also the editor of the GPA Outreach and teaches environmental issues at ESADE University in Barcelona, Spain. She received her LLM in international legal studies from New York University and is a member of the New York bar.
Tomi Akanle (Nigeria)
Capacity Building and Education; and Industry/Industrial Development
Tomi Akanle
Tomilola Akanle is the Thematic Expert for Capacity Building & Education and Industrial Development, and she also covers the actions taken by the UNU, UNIDO, UNITAR, UNICEF, UNESCO, ITU and the UNFCCC Sustainable Development Mechanisms programme. She joined the Earth Negotiations Bulletin team in 2007 and covers meetings on climate change and sustainable energy. She is currently studying for her PhD in International Environmental Law at the University of Dundee, Scotland, and is studying the clean development mechanism (CDM).
Asheline Appleton (Kenya)
Adaptation, Mitigation, Biodiversity & Forests
Asheline Appleton
Asheline holds an LL.M. degree from University College London and a law degree from the University of Nairobi. She has specialized in international environmental law, particularly climate change and biodiversity. Asheline worked as a State Counsel for the Attorney-General in the department of treaties and agreements, Kenya, as well as in private practice. She now consults for a number of international organizations and UN agencies on environmental issues.
Stefan Jungcurt Ph.D. (Germany)
Agriculture and Food Security; and Energy
Stefan Jungcurt
Stefan Jungcurt is the Thematic Expert for Agriculture and Food Security in the context of climate change. He has covered meetings of the Convention on Biological Diversity and the FAO International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture for the Earth Negotiations Bulletin since 2003. He is also working as an IISD Associate on issues relating to biodiversity conservation and climate change adaptation. In 2007, Stefan received his Ph.D from Humboldt University of Berlin, Germany. His research focused on interactions between international institutions regulating the conservation and use of plant genetic resources.
Kelly Levin (US)
Kelly Levin
Kelly Levin is the Thematic Expert for Adaptation; Land Use, Land Use-Change, and Forestry; and Reduced Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation. She joined the Earth Negotiations Bulletin team in 2007, and has been primarily covering climate change and biodiversity meetings. She is pursuing her Ph.D. degree from Yale's School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, and is focusing her research on adaptation policies for conserving biodiversity in a changing climate.
Elsa Tsioumani (Greece)
Elsa Tsioumani
Elsa Tsioumani is the Thematic Expert for Biodiversity. She has covered meetings of the Convention on Biological Diversity and other biodiversity-related bodies since 2000. She is an international lawyer focusing on environmental and human rights issues, based in Thessaloniki, Greece.
Yulia Yamineva (Russia)
Science, Assessment and Monitoring
Elsa Tsioumani
Yulia Yamineva is the Thematic Expert for Science, Assessment and Monitoring as well as Finance. She has covered meetings of the UNFCCC and IPCC, including for the Earth Negotiations Bulletin, since 2006. She participated in the preparation of the UNFCCC paper on finance and investment in 2007. She is working on her Ph.D. at the University of Cambridge, Centre of International Studies, where she is examining how the IPCC conducts its assessments in conditions of high uncertainties and high decision stakes.
Chris Spence (New Zealand)
Deputy Director, IISD Reporting Services
Chris Spence
Chris Spence is the Thematic Expert on Climate Change governance, focusing on the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). He has attended meetings of the UNFCCC for the Earth Negotiations Bulletin since 1998, and managed the Bulletin’s climate change team since 1999. He writes and lectures regularly on the climate change negotiations. In 2005, he was also appointed Deputy Director of IISD Reporting Services and Managing Editor of Linkages Update.
Lynn Wagner, Ph.D. (US)
Manager/Editor, Knowledge Management Products - Desertification; and Sustainable Development
Lynn Wagner
Lynn Wagner is the executive editor of CLIMATE-L.ORG and the Thematic Expert for Sustainable Development and Desertification. She has covered meetings of the Commission on Sustainable Development for the Earth Negotiations Bulletin since 1994, and has covered meetings of the Convention to Combat Desertification since 1996. Lynn is also the editor of MEA Bulletin and Linkages Update. She received her Ph.D. from the Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies, and has authored a book and several journal articles exploring the influence of negotiation processes on negotiated outcomes.
Joe Nyangon (Kenya)
Online Editor
Joe Nyangon
Joe Nyangon is the Online Editor of CLIMATE-L.ORG, and has been a Digital Editor for the Earth Negotiations Bulletin since 2006. He has worked on multidisciplinary projects covering forestry, energy, innovation systems, climate change, and measurements and assement. He holds an M.Sc in Computing and Information Systems from the University of Greenwich (UK), a B.Sc in Environmental and Biosystems Engineering (Nairobi) and postgraduate certificates in policy analysis in energy and environment, knowledge and innovation systems and project management.
Soledad Aguilar (Argentina)
Trade and Investment
Soledad Aguilar
Soledad Aguilar is the Thematic Expert on Trade, Finance and Investment for Sustainable Development. She has participated in more than fifty multilateral environmental negotiations, mostly on finance and trade and environment issues within the climate change, biodiversity, biosafety and chemicals conventions, working for the Earth Negotiations Bulletin as writer and team leader, and previously as a negotiator and diplomat for the Argentine Government. She has also worked as a consultant on international environmental law for the World Bank and the Food and Agriculture Organization on issues including a post-2012 climate change framework, pest and pesticide management, and biofuels. She is a regular contributor to specialized environmental policy and law journals on developments in the Doha environmental goods and services negotiations, the UN Finance for Development process, and the GEF. Soledad holds an LLM degree from the London School of Economics and law degree from University of Buenos Aires.
Melanie Ashton (Australia)
Chemicals Management
Melanie Ashton
Melanie Ashton is the Thematic Expert for Chemicals Management. She holds an MSc in Environment and Development from the London School of Economics. Her dissertation analyzed the relationship between International Financial Institutions and developing country Governments in a Principal-Agent framework. Originally from Melbourne, she also holds a Bachelor of Science in Earth Sciences from the University of Melbourne. Melanie first attended international environmental negotiations as a member of the WSSD Youth Caucus and later as a consultant in the area of Persistent Organic Pollutants. She has worked extensively on chemical management and environmental issues throughout the South Pacific.
Reem Hajjar (Lebanon/Canada)
Reem Hajjar
Reem Hajjar is the Thematic Expert for Forests. She is currently pursuing a PhD in Forest Resources Management at the University of British Columbia, where she is examining community forestry experiences in Brazil, Mexico and Canada. She has a Master's in Conservation Biology from Columbia University, and a Bachelor's in Biology from McGill. Since joining the Earth Negotiations Bulletin in 2005, she has covered various forest and biodiversity-related negotiations, including the meetings of the UN Forum on Forests and the International Tropical Timber Organization.
Amber Moreen, Ph.D. (US)
Atmosphere; Governance; and Tourism
Amber Moreen
Amber Moreen is the Thematic Expert for International Organizations and the Montreal Protocol. She has covered meetings , including of the Montreal Protocol and of the Commission on Sustainable Development, for the Earth Negotiations Bulletin since 2003. Prior to that she worked for the US Environmental Protection Agency, where she worked on ozone depletion and groundwater issues. She received her Ph.D. in Policy Analysis from the Pardee RAND Graduate School.
Renata Rubian (Brazil)
Development and Poverty; and Human Settlements and Population
Renata Rubian
Renata Rubian is the Thematic Expert for Human Development issues. She works for the Poverty Group, Bureau for Development and Policy, at UNDP, an initiative that supports the implementation and achievement of MDGs by 2015. Prior to moving to New York, Renata served at the UNDP Regional Centre in Sri Lanka, where she collaborated on the development of the Asia Pacific Regional Human Development Report series. Renata’s previous experience also includes working with the Ecosystem and Livelihoods Group at IUCN, UNEP, Convention on Biological Diversity, UNDP in Brazil, and the Canadian Government in Ottawa. She holds an MA in Political Science, with a major in Development Studies, from McGill University.


CLIMATE-L.ORG is a knowledge management project for international negotiations and related activities on climate change run by the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD), which is fully responsible for the content posted on CLIMATE-L.ORG. Information on United Nations activities is provided in cooperation with the UN system agencies, funds and programmes through the United Nations System Chief Executives Board for Coordination (CEB) Secretariat and the UN Communications Group (UNCG) Task Force on Climate Change.