Advisory Group

Cristina Rumbaitis Del Rio
Regional Programme Manager for Action on Climate Today
Cristina Rumbaitis del Rio is the Regional Programme manager for Action on Climate Today, a £25 million UK AID supported climate change programme that seeks to mainstream climate change resilience into development planning and budgeting at the national and sub-national level in India, Pakistan, Nepal, Afghanistan and Bangladesh. As programme manager she manages an implementation team of approximately 40 people across the programme locations. Prior to that, Dr. Rumbaitis del Rio worked at The Rockefeller Foundation in New York from 2007-2015 as a Senior Associate Director. Rumbaitis del Rio received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Columbia University. She also has a Doctoral degree in Ecology from the University of Colorado.
Emani Kumar
Deputy Secretary General, ICLEI World Secretariat Regional Director, ICLEI South Asia Secretariat
Emani Kumar is ICLEI’s first Deputy Secretary General from an Asian developing country. He has a wealth of knowledge and first-hand experience in the areas of climate change policy and planning, local governance, renewable energy and energy efficiency, social accountability, and is the founding Executive Director of ICLEI South Asia.
Jagan Shah (NIUA)
Director of National Institute of Urban Affairs (NIUA)
Jennifer Bielman
Country Representative for Mercy Corps Indonesia
Jim Jarvie
Thismia Focus
Jim previously led the development of Mercy Corps’ global programs in climate change and environment, focusing on Southeast Asia. He is a biologist by training, with over 20 years of experience in natural resource management, conservation and conflict.
Umamaheshwaran Rajasekar
Director at Taru Leading Edge
Dr. Umamaheshwaran Rajasekar is Director at Taru Leading Edge where he is leading the company’s vertical on risk and resilience. He is a disaster management and climate change expert with over 15 years of experience in developing risk reduction strategies, climate change analysis, hazard modeling, institutional analysis, adaptation & mitigation plans for governments, INGOs, bi-lateral and multi-lateral agencies. His interest and recent efforts are targeted towards bridging the gap between technology and society to enable informed decision making in a changing environment.
Ngo Thi Le Mai
Country Coordinator for ISET in Vietnam
Ngo Thi Le Mai is the Country Coordinator for the Institute for Social and Environmental Transition (ISET) in Vietnam, which supports urban & climate resilience planning in five Vietnamese cities and at the national level. She provides management, oversight, and strategic guidance for programs funded under the Rockefeller Foundation's Asian Cities Climate Change Resilience Network (ACCCRN) and the USAID's Mekong - Building Climate Resilience of Asian Cities (M-BRACE). She got a bachelor’s degree in English at the Hanoi University, Vietnam, and studied Business Administration and English at the University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia.
Pakamas Thinphanga
Lead Expert at Thailand Environment Institute (TEI)
As a Lead Expert, Pakamas leads the Urban Climate Resilience Programme under TEI’s Asian Centre for Resilience and Adaptation to Climate Change and Disasters. She is responsible for project overall management and strategic planning, and building capacity of her project teams. Under the programme, projects, including the Rockefeller supported Asian Cities Climate Change Resilience Network (ACCCRN) and USAID funded Mekong Building Climate Resilient Asian Cities (M-BRACE), focus on research areas in urbanisation, climate change, understanding vulnerability and resilience concepts, and translating urban climate resilience concepts into practice. Pakamas is a Co-Director of the Urban Climate Resilience in Southeast Asia Partnership project, funded by IDRC and SSHRC (2014-2019).
Saleemul Huq
Director of International Centre for Climate Change & Development (ICCCAD)
Saleemul Huq is the Director of ICCCAD since 2009 and intends to support grow teaming capacity of Bangladesh stakeholders, while enabling people and organizations from outside to benefit from training in Bangladesh. Dr. Huq is also a Senior Fellow at the International Institute for Environment & Development (IIED) in the UK. Dr. Huq has published numerous articles in scientific and popular journals, was a lead author of the chapter on Adaptation and Sustainable Development in the third assessment report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), and was one of the coordinating lead authors of ‘Inter-relationships between adaptation and mitigation’ in the IPCC’s Fourth Assessment Report (2007).
Shiraz A Wajih (GEAG)
President of Gorakhpur Environmental Action Group (GEAG)

Secretariat Team

Ratri Sutarto
Ratri Sutarto is Mercy Corps Indonesia Director for Asian Cities Climate Change Resilience Network (ACCCRN). She previously managed the ACCCRN program in Indonesia, working closely with the local and national government and stakeholders. She has started working in urban climate resilience field since 2010. She is an environmental engineer graduated from Bandung Institute of Technology in Indonesia and continues her studies in climate change impact and sustainability before joining Mercy Corps in 2010.
Denia Aulia Syam

Currently Denia Aulia Syam working as a Regional Manager for of Asian Cities Climate Change Resilience Network (ACCCRN). Previously she was a national network coordinator for Indonesia and she responsible for all line networking and engagement and at the national level and in bridging the communication to the sub-national and local actors on urban climate changes resilience issue. Having Environmental Engineering as an educational background, Denia starts her professional working experience on climate change resilience issue since 2009. Her specific interests is to work are on the climate change policy and development, partnership and building alliance, and environmental awareness.

Nyoman Prayoga

Nyoman Prayoga (Yoga) is Member Relations Manager for Asian Cities Climate Change Resilience Network (ACCCRN). With his educational background as a Master of Engineering in Urban and Regional Development from Diponegoro University, he built his experience in managing the implementation of resilience projects at ACCCRN cities in Indonesia since 2014. Throughout his work, his interest is grow teaming on communication, generating knowledge, and building awareness on urban climate change resilience issue. Now, he is responsible in ACCCRN to ensuring active participation from members in the network, attracting new membership, maintaining member engagement, encouraging and influencing the ACCCRN community to connect and collaborate to one another in building UCCR.

Farraz Theda

Farraz Theda is Member Relations and Fundraising Coordinator for Asian Cities Climate Change Resilience Network (ACCCRN). She earned her bachelor degree from University of Indonesia, and Chonbuk National University, majoring communication with specialty in media studies. She started her career in NGO in 2016, when she joined ACCCRN Program in Indonesia, she was also involved in 100 Resilient Cities program, and actively engage in climate resilience initiative. She hopes to continue learn and share good practice of UCCR efforts through ACCCRN.

Alfan Nasrulloh

Alfan Nasrulloh is Web and Membership Management Officer for Asian Cities Climate Change Resilience Network (ACCCRN). His role is to develop and manage the website to meet the need of users and members. His previous experience is website development and management for climate change sector for more than five years. Alfan's interests are on website development, internet things, data analysis and IT in general.