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Management team

The Management team is responsible for the day to day running of CDKN. It is chaired by the CEO and comprises of the Chief Operations Officer, the regional leads and Heads of Output. It meets every three months to:

  • Formulate or evaluate CDKN strategy
  • Agree, monitor and evaluate business plans
  • Resolve programme issues and address high level programme risks
  • Confirm annual and quarterly planning and priorities
  • Strengthen relationships in the CDKN delivery team

Sam Bickersteth | Chief Executive Officer

Sam Bickersteth

Sam has led CDKN, a global alliance of southern and northern organisations delivering innovative solutions for climate compatible development in developing countries since 2011. He has established CDKN as a leading global, multi-donor funded programme supporting developing country decision-makers. Through [more…]

Ari Huhtala | Deputy CEO – Policy and Programmes

Ari Huhtala

Ari is an economist from Finland and he has spent most of his life in development work, first in the field of industrial development and technology/investment promotion and then specialising in environmental financing issues. His experience includes UNDP in Hanoi and Dhaka, UNIDO headquarters in Vienna [more…]

Annabel Kalmar | Chief Operating Officer

Annabel Kalmar

Annabel started her career at the World Bank and The Consultative Group to Assist the Poor (CGAP) working on rural finance and then the OECD on developing the DAC guidelines on pro-poor growth for private sector, infrastructure and agriculture. After working with these multilaterals for four years, [more…]

Ali Cambray | Future Funding Lead

Ali Cambray

Alison has 15 years’ experience as a specialist in environmental policy, including on climate change mitigation, adaptation, water quality and flood management. An Assistant Director in PwC’s Sustainability & Climate Change team, she works with central and local governments and businesses to [more…]

Ali Tauqeer Sheikh | Regional Director for Asia

Ali Tauqeer Sheikh

Ali Tauqeer Sheikh is the founding CEO & National Program Director of Leadership for Environment and Development (LEAD) Pakistan ( LEAD is a non-for-profit, non-partisan organization that specializes in sustainable development. It is a premier national institution and think tank [more…]

Connie Espinosa | Regional Director for Latin America and the Caribbean

Connie Espinosa

Connie is an Environmental Economist with fourteen years of experience in forest and conservation related issues; eight of which linked to climate change mitigation. Connie worked ten years in IUCN linked to the Global Forest and Climate Change Programme, expending her last four years in the Union coordinating [more…]

Carl Wesselink | Regional Director for Africa

Carl Wesselink

Carl is the Regional Director of CDKN Africa and a Director of SouthSouthNorth (SSN). He has worked in the human rights, good governance and development field for two decades in Africa. In 2008 he joined the South African Export Development Fund to help establish its sustainable energy division. He has [more…]