Sabina Manea – Board Vice Chair Sabina is currently a PhD candidate in the Law Department at the London School of Economics where her thesis focuses on the ownership rights in EU ETS allowances and their impact on climate change policy and the financial regulation of emissions trading. In addition to EU climate change policy, her interests include the treatment of the EU ETS in commercial contracts and the financial markets. Sabina is a qualified non-practising solicitor, having previously worked at Slaughter and May in London. She holds a BA in Law with Law Studies in Europe (Germany) from the University of Oxford and an LLM in Banking Law and Financial Regulation from the London School of Economics. In addition, Sabina serves as an International Analyst for Climatico, focusing on emissions trading within the EU.
Ruth Brandt – Secretary Ruthi joined the Climatico board in 2010 and has served as Secretary since February 2011. Ruthi started her associaton with Climatico as an analyst with the Oxford G8-Research Group, covering aspects of Japanese compliance with G8 commitments. When the Oxford G8RG reformed into Climatico, she joined as a US analyst, contributed to several of Climatico’s publications, and attended the COP15 in Copenhagen in December 2009, compiling Climatico’s daily reports and covering negotiations and actions by representatives of the civil society. Ruthi has been working with environmental non-governmental organisations for many years, both in the UK and in her native Israel, and is co-founder of the Oxford Routs & Shoots student society. Her interests lay in international cooperation to mitigate carbon emissions, the effect of climate change on food security and the connection between climate change and wildlife conservation. Ruthi holds an MSc by Research at Oxford University’s Wildlife Conservation Research Unit (WildCRU) and currently resides in Oxford, UK.
Marie Karaisl – Treasurer Marie works for the recently established consulting company Thelos in Mexico, developing an environmental evaluation tool for infrastructure projects. Previously, she worked as Natural Resource Economist with the Namibia Nature Foundation and the Ministry of Environment and Tourism in Namibia and for the German Institute for Economic Research (DIW Berlin). She holds an MPhil in Development Studies and wrote her thesis on eco-tourism in Russia. Marie has served as a Mexico analyst and editor for Climatico and currently manages Climatico’s fundraising efforts.
Andrea Fiore – General Counsel, specializing in Employment Law Andrea Grace Fiore is currently serving as an employment attorney with the Law Office of Joshua D. Gruenberg. She received her Juris Doctorate degree from California Western School of Law, San Diego, where she also worked as a research assistant contributing to various topics including indigenous rights in Colombia, Bolivia, Indian Gaming and Italian Banking Law. Before settling into her current job she interned for the Law Offices of Jacob Sapochnick, a reputable immigration law firm. She has an article published in the Journal of Biolaw and Business, and was a member of the Health Law Society, the Women’s Law Caucus, and Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity, for which she served as Community Service Chairperson.
Shira Honig Shira is from Toronto, Canada and holds a master’s degree from New York University in international and environmental policy. Her interests include the intersection of geopolitics and climate change, particularly with regard to North America and the Pacific. In addition to writing for Climatico, Shira is a contributor for a book on climate change law and policy to be published by the Canadian division of ThomsonReuters. She has worked at Islands First as a climate change adviser, where she helped the Federated States of Micronesia build their policy capacity in their UN Mission in New York and at COP-15 in Copenhagen, and at UNDP’s Equator Initiative, where she worked on biodiversity and poverty reduction programs. She has also worked on Canadian civic engagement and political leadership issues, most recently as a research coordinator at Samara.