Tag: CAN Staff

Immaculate Wanjohi - Finance Officer

Immaculate Wanjohi joined CAN International in December 2020.

Prior to joining  CAN International, Immaculate was a grants specialist at RTI International, where she coordinated the USAID Feed The Future Kenya Crops and Dairy Market Systems Activity .Before that, she worked as the finance and grants manager at Sustainable Environmental Development watch(SusWatch Kenya).She was in charge of overseeing financial and grants management of development projects including the SIDA-funded LVEMP II civil society watch project in East Africa, USAID/PREPARED community climate change assessment project in East Africa and a Devolution and climate change adaptation program funded by DANIDA.

Immaculate is Kenyan. She holds a Bachelor of Commerce in accounting from the University of Nairobi and is currently finalising her master’s degree in business administration with specialty in Finance from the same University. She has completed Section IV of Certified Public Accountant (CPA) from the Kenya College of Accountancy University.

Immaculate enjoys exercising, travelling, watching movies, listening to music and dancing.

She is very delighted to join the CAN International team and is looking forward to supporting the organization to achieve its noble goals.

Francesca Dattesi - Junior Programe Officer


About Francesca

Francesca has joined CAN in March 2020.

Francesca holds a Master’s degree in Environmental Policy, obtained at SciencesPO Paris after achieving a Bachelor in International Relations at Cardiff University. One of her main interests is exploring the relationship between humans and the non-human world, which brought her to write two theses on the Rights of Nature.

While studying, she participated to several volunteering projects, in particular one in Colombia, where she contributed to organise an event and the related awareness campaign on the importance of a clean environment. Between her bachelor’s and master’s degree, she did an internship at Fundación Biosfera, an environmental NGO based in Argentina, where she worked on climate change policy, environmental protection, also raising awareness on these topics.

In her free time, she enjoys painting her own t-shirts, playing boardgames and creating bracelets and other objects to express her creativity.

Francesca is currently based in the coastal town of Nettuno, Italy.

Minh Phuong Hoang - Communications Intern


About Minh Phuong Hoang

Minh started as an intern for CAN-I in October 2020.

Minh has two years of experience in CDM, GHG inventory, carbon footprint and renewable energy in Viet Nam. Currently, she is a second-year master's student of Sustainable Development at KU Leuven, Belgium. Previously, Minh worked as a Project Assistant for a World Bank project on climate innovation and as a Policy Consultancy Assistant for a private consultancy company in Viet Nam. In her previous job, she had experience with migrating and updating the company’s website and managing the company’s documents and portfolio.

Minh also runs her small business in Viet Nam to promote eco-lifestyle, fair trade, circular products, and attempts to develop a space for people interested in urban gardening. She is eager to contribute to CAN as well as gaining insights and experience through her internship.

Leila Rafi - Senior Relations Manager


About Leila

Leila Rafi joined CAN-International in August 2020. 

She holds a Master of Advanced Studies in Business Administration and a Master's degree in Information and Communication Systems at the University of Geneva at University of Geneva. Her initial work experience was in the private sector as a graduate and Business Analyst at Caterpillar. Since then, she has worked in the non-profit sector for the World Wide Fund for Nature, Terre Des Hommes Suisse and GAN Global, initially as a project finance and operations manager, and then building experience in proposal writing, overseeing project funding grants and donor relationship management. 

While Leila is based in Geneva, Switzerland, she is originally from Iran. In her spare time, she enjoys photography, drawing, and has a soft spot for animals.

Erin Ruth Palomares - Network Development Officer

The Network Development Officer is part of the Network Development and Outreach Department, and works with existing CAN nodes to strengthen and enhance node governance, node management, capacity and collaboration within and across regions. Amongst others, this position also helps to coordinate the Leadership Development Programme with nodes, and oversees the work of the NDO Intern.

About Erin

Erin worked with a number of international civil society networks in the course of her professional life. She managed civil society advocacy platforms such as the OECD/DAC CSO Reference Group and the Reality of Aid Network. Prior to joining CAN, she coordinated the policy advocacy work of the CSO Partnership for Development Effectiveness. Her thematic expertise include development aid and cooperation, private sector engagement for development, CSO enabling environment, and financing for sustainable development.

She has a Masters degree in International Studies at the University of the Philippines and an Advanced Master in Development Evaluation and Management at the Institute of Development Policy in the University of Antwerp. During her free time, she teaches global issues and international studies at a university in Manila.

Erin is thrilled to work with CAN. She recognizes the crucial role of civil society in advocating against business-as-usual practices in fighting climate change. She is particularly excited to work with the CAN nodes and contribute towards advancing social justice in climate action.

Nkatya Kafuli - Head of Operations


The Head of Operations is a member of the CAN-I Senior Management Team. S/he oversees Human Resources and Development, Finance and Administration. As a member of the Senior Management Team, the role also includes responsibility for the strategic direction of the organization and plays a central role in its operations.

About Nkatya

Nkatya has extensive experience managing large complex donor funded programs overseeing operations, finance, procurement and human resources.

Nkatya is a Certified Chartered Accountant (Fellow, Association of Chartered and Certified Accountants, ACCA, UK) holds a Master in Business Administration and a Post Graduate Diploma in Human Capital Management.

Before joining CAN-I, Nkatya worked for donor funded projects including projects funded by funded by The Department for International Aid (DfID), the Federal Republic of Germany through Kreditanstalt fÜr Wiederaufbau (KfW), Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA), European Union and US Center for Disease Control and Prevention, CDC.

Nkatya is  Zambian born and based.

François Rogers - Head of Communications

The Head of Communications is a member of the CAN-I Senior Management Team. S/he sets and directs the CAN network’s overall communication strategy and leads both the Secretariat communications team and the CAN communicators’ network to enhance CAN’s communication strategy and approach; develop the profile and brand of the network; and ensure successful execution of activities to secure CAN-I goals.
About François
François joined CAN in January 2018 with extensive experience leading teams on strategic and sustainability communications, stakeholder engagement and external affairs across the public, private and third sectors.
Deeply committed to positive change, he has spent the bulk of his career driving collaborative action for sustainability, whether through communications, strategic partnerships, social entrepreneurship or cross-sector collaboration. Under the UNFCCC, he has trained more than 5,000 negotiators and sustainability leaders on the links between gender and climate change; developed gender and climate change strategies and action plans for the governments of Jordan, Egypt, Tanzania, Liberia, Bangladesh, Nepal, and the Arab League of States; co-authored the Gender Action Plan for the UNCCD and UNEP; and conducted a landmark gender review of the Climate Investment Funds (CIF) on behalf of the CIF Joint Trust Fund Committees.  
Shortly before joining CAN, François lead communications and stakeholder engagement for the Payments Strategy Forum, a ground-breaking multi-stakeholder initiative of the UK Payment Systems Regulator/ Financial Conduct Authority which brought c-suite managers of high street banks, consumer representatives, e-money providers and fintech companies together to develop a new strategy for payment systems in the country which processes more than 22 billion transactions worth around GBP 75 trillion annually.
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Katharina Rieder - Finance Officer

Katharina joined CAN in November 2018.

She grew up in Luxembourg, and moved to Montreal, Canada to complete a Trilingual Bachelor in Finance, Economics and Mathematics. During her studies she was part of the humanitarian association of her university where she organized a competition promoting sustainable development in which young entrepreneurs presented ecological business projects. After graduation, she moved to Switzerland to do an internship at the think-and-do tank Impact Initiatives, continuing to strengthen her dedication to the sector and to sustainable development.

Katharina is fluent in four languages (French, English, German and Spanish) and has been learning Arabic for three years.

During her free time she enjoys traveling, hiking and learning languages.

Katharina is currently based in Luxembourg

Mickey Eva - Communications Officer: Digital and Social Media

Mickey has almost ten years of experience in climate change advocacy, urban planning and sustainable finance in East and Southeast Asia and the UK. He had previously worked for CAN as the Regional Campaigns Communications Officer for Asia and more recently as Communications Consultant for the Shifting Financial Flows Towards Low Carbon Development in Southeast Asia (SHIFT-SEA) Project.

He has also worked in the climate movement with Climate Reality Philippines and as 350.org's East Asia Organizer, as well as in technical positions with MSCI ESG Research and the Philippines' Climate Change Commission.

He has a BSc degree in Geography and recently finished his postgraduate studies at the University of Manchester with a dissertation on low carbon city development and climate justice in the Global South. In his spare time, he enjoys vlogging and travel photography, and volunteers for the LGBT and youth movements in his home country.

Mickey is particularly excited to help translate CAN's meaningful work into fresh, creative and engaging storytelling in a business unusual and transformative way!

Sophie Richmond - Big Shift Global Coordinator

Sophie has over 13 years of experience in international development ranging across policy and advocacy, people and programme management and communications. She also brings expertise in strategy development and has a long track record of working in partnership with civil society organisations from around the world. She has worked in depth with local organisations fighting inequality in Latin America and believes the global fight against inequality and for a greener planet are intertwined. Specific areas of work included economic justice, climate justice, indigenous rights, power and gender.

She joined the CAN International team in October 2019 working for the Big Shift (www.bigshiftglobal.org). This campaign calls on development banks to shift their money out of fossil fuels and into sustainable, renewable energy.

Sophie holds a MSc from the University of London and a BA from the University of Newcastle.

A strong advocate for social justice, Sophie believes we have an ethical responsibility to all our neighbours around the world to act now for climate justice. Solidarity with the poor and most vulnerable is more important than ever. She speaks English and Spanish with a working knowledge of French. She is based in Birmingham, UK (but does not personally know any Peaky Blinders!)


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