Who we are
The Climate Action Accelerator operates as a not-for-profit association, whose mission and values are formalised in an organisational Charter. The programme is coordinated by a multidisciplinary team, under the direction of Bruno Jochum, Initiative Lead, and former Executive Director of Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) in Switzerland.
This team contributes to the success of the programme through:
- Strong values and a shared sense of urgency
- A drive to operationalise climate action and make it happen
- A spirit of collaboration
- Wide-ranging networks with major players in the areas of aid, health and higher education & research
- A cutting-edge expertise in these three priority service sectors and a deep understanding of issues related to climate-induced crisis
- An extensive international experience at high levels of responsibility
The Climate Action Accelerator extends a warm thank you to those who have helped the initiative grow: Carmen Menendez, Charline Hendrickx, Elie Benoit de Coignac, François Delfosse, Julien Grondin, Kerstin Blidi-Schmidt, Kory Barras, Leah Marugg, Louise-Marie Poirier, Mathilde Jourde, Thomas Jochum.
Board of directors
Dr Karim LAOUABDIA-SELLAMIPresident
Karim Laouabdia-Sellami is the former deputy general director of the Agence francaise de biomedicine, a French government body, former director of MSF’s Campaign for Essential Medecine and former Director General of MSF in Paris.
Beatrice Godefroy is the director for Europe of CIVIC – Civilians in Conflict – a humanitarian NGO focusing on the protection of civilians.
Marc Hermant is the Director of Human Resources at Unisanté. Unisanté is a university centre for general medicine and public health based in Lausanne. The institution has nearly 900 employees active in research, academic training, prevention and care.
Gilles Carbonnier is the Vice President of the International Committee of the Red Cross and a Professor of Economics and Development at the Institut des Hautes Etudes Internationales et de Développement of Geneva (Graduate Institute).
Elise Buckle is President of Climate and Sustainability, advisor to the UN and former director of special projects at the Climate Action Network. She has a huge wealth of experience and networks in climate policy agenda driving.
Sonia Roschnik is International Climate Policy Director at Healthcare without Harm, and former director of the sustainability unit at the National Health Service (NHS) of the United Kingdom. She is a specialist of the sustainable transformation of health services.
Alexa joined the Climate Action Accelerator to lead the fundraising and resource mobilisation pillar of the initiative. Her career path brings together the fields of human rights advocacy, environmental transition and higher education. After a humanitarian mission in Bosnia with Médecins du Monde, she worked for 10 years with the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH), where she was successively in charge of the Latin America office, developed the institutional fundraising office and, more recently, was a representative to the UN in Geneva. After obtaining a Master’s degree in international environmental and human rights law in Montreal in 2009, she joined the academic world and taught on climate change, environmental transition and human rights, notably at John Abbott College in Canada, where she also helped the institution to initiate its own transition. She also holds a bachelor’s in Political Science and Latin American Studies from McGill University. Alexa joined the initiative because she is convinced of the imperative to accelerate the race towards carbon neutrality.
Bruno JOCHUMExecutive Direction
Bruno Jochum is the director and founder of the Climate Action Accelerator. He has been involved in emergency medical humanitarian action for 20 years, having worked all over the world, from Iran to Rwanda to South Africa. After several years in the field with Médecins du Monde as well as with Médecins sans Frontières, he became successively Programme Manager, Director of Operations and then Director General of Médecins sans Frontières in Geneva (OCG), an NGO employing 7000 staff and a budget of 260 million CHF. Before launching the initiative, he was a Global Fellow at the Geneva Centre for Security Policy, where the Accelerator was incubated. Bruno has a degree from Sciences Po Strasbourg in Political Studies and holds a Master’s in Political Science from University of Paris I: Panthéon-Sorbonne and in International Public Law from the University of Nancy. His awareness of the human impacts of climate change and his taste for challenge led him to launch this new non-profit initiative, which aims to make a difference by operationalising climate action and provoking a domino effect among organisations in society.
Cécile CROSProgramme - Higher Education and Research
Cécile Cros is developing the initiative’s strategy for the higher education sector. She was previously Director of Partnerships and then Director of Programmes for seven years at Yann Arthus-Bertrand’s GoodPlanet Foundation and has for several years now been teaching at Sciences Po Saint-Germain-en-Laye on climate and international cooperation. She previously worked as a consultant for the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and contributed to the writing of several books on the environment. Prior to that, she held several senior positions within the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), including head of sub-delegation in countries in conflict and as deputy head of operations for Latin America. Cecile has a Bachelor’s degree in development and international cooperation from Université Toulouse 1 Capitole and a MSc in Sustainable Environmental Management at the University of Plymouth in the UK. She joined the Climate Action Accelerator to contribute effectively to the stabilisation of climate change.
Cédric MARTINProgramme - Aid
Cédric Martin works closely with key partners of the Climate Action Accelerator in defining their climate and environmental roadmaps. He has an international professional background, notably in emergency humanitarian work in conflict zones and as a programme manager with Médecins sans Frontières. He then worked for several years as a consultant on organisational resilience, risk analysis, critical incident response and the evolution of organisational practices with Accomplir Consulting. Inspired by participative management models and trained in non-violent communication, he has developed a particular aptitude for listening and accompanying organisations in their transformation challenges. Cedric holds a degree in engineering from the l’Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Arts et Métiers (ENSAM) in France and is also trained in carbon assessments. In a very personal approach, Cédric joined the Climate Action Accelerator to align his professional commitments with his deep motivations.
Charlotte Cochaud is the creative one in the team, coordinating the communications strategy and social media content production for the Climate Action Accelerator. She has a long expertise in communication, developed when she was Head of Communication at Michel et Augustin and Head of social media at Chanel. She founded and currently leads her own communications consulting firm, DIFFERENT. During the first COVID lockdown, she launched the community “Et Après?” in order to ask questions on the transition in the fields of tourism, work and the environment. Charlotte holds a bachelor’s degree in applied foreign languages and a Master’s in international communication strategies from the University of Burgundy. Close to nature, she joined the Climate Action Accelerator because she is passionate about transition issues and wants to do her part.
Estelle Gouenard coordinates the creation of shared resources through the launch of a community of practice and plays a key role in implementing the best management tools in our various projects. Specialised in the management of Social and Solidarity Economy (SSE) organisations, Estelle has been accompanying companies in their transformation and development projects (finance, digital and skills) as a project manager for 15 years. More recently, she worked as a training manager for the Bolloré Group and as a project manager for a digital transformation firm. Estelle holds a master’s degree in management for companies in the social and solidarity economy from ESSCA and a master’s degree in management of the ecological and solidarity transition from the Green Management School. Passionate about the ecological transition and behavioural shift, Estelle joined Climate Action Accelerator to reconcile the environmental and cognitive challenges involved.
Estelle JANUELProgramme - Aid
Estelle Januel’s role at the Climate Action Accelerator includes working with aid organisations on their decarbonisation roadmaps as well as on the organisation of events. She has 12 years in the private sector, managing high-level marketing and communications projects with different international companies. Prior to joining the Accelerator, Estelle was most recently working at the Médecins Sans Frontières Middle East Hub in the United Arab Emirates, and before that, at the Department of Africa of the French Secours Catholique. She acquired a master’s degree in Social and Solidarity Economy from Institut Catholique de Paris, to align her personal convictions with her professional career. She also has a Master’s in Communications Arts from EFAP. Trained in the Carbon Footprint assessment method, she holds a Centrale Supelec Exed certification on sustainable business. Passionate about the ecological transition, she joins the Climate Action Accelerator with the desire to contribute to the so called “Tipping Point”, when the adopted change becomes the new standard.
Jean COLRATCarbon Metrics
Jean Colrat is the Climate Action Accelerator’s engineer in carbon footprint measurement and analysis, assisting partners in their methodology and helping to identify the levers and solutions. In his previous work experiences, he specialised in the assessment and management of human risks within various multinational companies, work which took him from Chile with AcroTec to Congo with SOFRECO. He then moved on to audit and project assignments on environmental issues, including the implementation of low-carbon strategies, adaptation to climate change, training and awareness-raising on environmental issues. Jean has a degree in business management from IEA Paris and a master’s degree in environmental engineering from the Institut Génie de l’Environnement et l’Eco-développement. Jean joined the Climate Action Accelerator because the community approach to sharing and action resonates with his personal commitments.
Marie-Flore Michel leads the Solutions Team within the Climate Action Accelerator, coordinating its activities and technical expertise, and is the transport and digital thematic focal point. Her previous positions give her a strong scientific and political-legal background. Most recently, she worked as an Environment Specialist at ICAO, the UN agency in charge of international civil aviation, on sector-wide decarbonisation strategies. Before that, she was policy advisor within the environment-climate team at the French Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs, in charge of freshwater issues and was the Scientific Project Officer & Climate-COP 21 Project Manager at the French Embassy in Slovakia. Marie-Flore holds a master’s degree in Political Science and Environmental Law from University of Paris I: Panthéon-Sorbonne and a Master’s degree in Environmental science (Ocean, Atmosphere, Climate and Space Observations) from the Pierre and Marie Curie University, from where she also earned her Bachelor’s in degree in Physics. She joins the Climate Action Accelerator to transform words into actions.
Melissa MCRAEProgramme - Health
Melissa McRae joins the Climate Action Accelerator to support the development of the health sector pillar, working on its strategy and programme. She is a general practitioner, dual trained in Emergency Medicine and Public Health. In the humanitarian sphere for the last 15 years, she has worked in a range of roles including clinical care, medical operational strategy development, implement and evaluation, research, management and leadership and most recently medical ethics. Her work has predominantly been with the Red Cross and Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), beginning as a doctor with MSF in 2005 in South Sudan and most recently as Medical Director for MSF Operational Centre Amsterdam (OCA) and with the Research Unit based in Geneva. Melissa is currently working for the MSF Research Unit on Humanitarian Stakes and Practices. She holds a Master’s in public health and Tropical Medicine and is currently completing a Master in Bioethics with a strong interest in climate injustice. She joined the Climate Action Accelerator to provide practical, sustainable solutions for populations most affected by climate change.
Mélody VEROTProgramme - Aid
Mélody Verot joins the Climate Action Accelerator to assist team members working on decarbonisation roadmaps. She is an independent junior researcher and project assistant specialised in humanitarian and global development issues. She has experience in consulting with Accomplir Consulting. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of Paris I: Panthéon-Sorbonne and a Master’s degree in migration and global development from the University of Sussex. She joined the Accelerator to take part in an innovative organisation taking meaningful action to create lasting change. She is passionate about global justice and how climate change influences other social and economic concerns of our time and future.
Kiran JOBANPUTRAProgramme - Health
Kiran Jobanputra leads the development of the health sector strategy of the initiative. He is a medical doctor specialising in family practice and public health, currently working as a family physician for the UK National Health Service. He previously worked for 14 years in humanitarian medical programmes with Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), and subsequently as deputy medical director and head of the Manson Unit, a Research and Development team within MSF. In this capacity he developed the environmental health and climate crisis adaptation strategy for MSF’s Amsterdam operational centre and supported several environmental health programmes including a lead poisoning intervention in Nigeria and an occupational health programme in Bangladesh. Kiran holds a Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery from the University of Edinburgh and a Master of Public Health from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. He joined the Accelerator to bring together his interests in health equity, improving access to care in fragile and conflict affected settings, and strengthening resilience and environmental sustainability of health services.
Pascal is part of the Solutions team, in which he is the buildings, energy and waste focal point. Architect with a long practice in design and construction for the private and public sectors in France, Pascal has been involved in humanitarian action for 25 years. Having worked for a long time with Médecins Sans Frontières – in South-East Asia, the Middle East, Sub-Saharan Africa and Central America – as construction coordinator and technical director, he has acquired a large experience in the field of aid. Afterwards, Pascal was technical and logistics manager at the MSF operational centre in Geneva and then consultant for various international organisations including IOM, WHO, the Red Cross and Save the Children International. He is specialised in hospitals and health facilities, including infection prevention and control, and in emergency shelters. Pascal is a government-certified architect (DPLG) from the Ecole Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture de Montpellier. He joined the Accelerator because he is convinced of the need for a rapid ecological transition.
Patricia SCHWERDTLEProgramme - Health
Patricia (Trish) Schwerdtle is associate expert with the Climate Action Accelerator, working on the development of the health sector pillar. She is a researcher at the Heidelberg Institute of Global Health (HIGH) in Germany, working in a climate change and health research consortium. Previously, she worked in clinical emergency nursing in rural-remote Australia and in the Pacific, in primary health care in South Sudan, and in European tertiary hospitals before moving into academia after a decade. She also has experience in humanitarian governance and has been involved with MSF since 2007. She holds a double bachelor’s in Nursing and Health Promotion, and two post-graduate diplomas in Critical Care and Health Professions Education. She also holds a Master’s in International Health and is completing a Ph.D. in Global Public Health, focusing on climate-related migration and health. Trish joined the Accelerator because wants to be a part of accelerating the transition of health systems to carbon neutrality and climate resilience.
Peter is a seasoned chartered accountant with over 30 years of experience in management and leadership roles in both the commercial and not-for-profit sectors. Peter has held senior financial management roles, most notably nine years at the Director of Finance and Administration at WWF International as well as operational management and systems transformation roles. Passionate about sustainability, Peter joins the Accelerator as he is keen to find ways to use his knowledge and experience to make the world a better place. Thank you Peter!
Pierre Beurrier is responsible for human resources, finance and participatory dynamics at the Climate Action Accelerator. Through his consultancy firm Accomplir Consulting, Pierre has worked with health and humanitarian organisations for the past 15 years to meet the challenges of their transformation. He has held positions of administrator, project manager and head of mission in humanitarian organisations as well as administrative director in a medical surgery and obstetrics health establishment in France. Pierre holds a degree in Business & Management, International Law and International Relations, as well as a Master’s in Social and Environmental Transformation from the Green Management School. Aware of the climate emergency and the challenge to be met, he joined the Climate Action Accelerator to work on the launch and development of a non for profit start-up that thinks differently.
Ricardo RUBIOProgramme - Aid
Ricardo Rubio supports the Climate Action Accelerator as a focal point for the modelisation and impact of the environmental roadmaps on organisational resources. He is the former Deputy Secretary General in MSF International, leading all support functional areas at MSF, including Human Resources, Finance, Fundraising, Supply, Logistics, and Information Systems. Before that, he was International Finance Coordinator, coordinating the MSF financial network. Ricardo started to work at Médecins Sans Frontières in 2004, first as finance coordinator, and then as project manager, and deputy country director in different field missions. He was also at the Barcelona headquarters where he led the implementation of SAP on the finance area. Ricardo holds a Bachelor of Science in Business administration and management from Universidad de Càdiz and a master’s degree in Financial audit from Universidad de Cádiz and the Instituto Español de Censores. After working for more than a decade in humanitarian action and reflecting on the needs of our planet, it became clear for Ricardo that accelerating climate action is the least we can do and in turn, contributing to the initiative is the least he can do.
Samantha Brangeon is an associate expert with the Climate Action Accelerator, joining to help the initiative better understand the positioning, ambitions and financing of the main international aid donors on the question of climate. After fifteen years in coordination positions in various humanitarian organisations, including ACTED and Christian Aid, she specialised in supporting humanitarian organisations to reduce their environmental footprint. She worked for 7 years as Environmental Researcher at Groupe URD, where she was in charge of the Humanitarian Environment Network. She is currently a consultant on these issues and working on a USAID-funded project to reduce the amount of waste generated by the sector and improve recycling on the field. Her studies include a Bachelor’s in European Studies from the University of Essex, a Master’s in Sustainable Development (from Université Paris Dauphine – PSL) and in Development Administration and Planning (from University College London). She has been following the development of the Accelerator for several months and finds it an exciting initiative to join.
Sonja Schmid is part of the Solutions Teams and is the thematic focal point for procurement and supply. She has over ten years of experience in the field of sustainability, specialising in purchasing and procurement standards. She was previously Corporate Responsibility Manager at ALDI and Senior Manager of the Sustainable Supply Chain Initiative at the Consumer Goods Forum. Prior to that, she worked for a leading consultancy on climate, environment, and development based in Germany and named Adelphi. Sonja holds a Master of Arts (M.A.) in Political Science from the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität in Munich. She also has training in social auditing and social banking, as well as a certificate in permaculture and in stakeholder engagement for sustainability projects. Sonja joins the Climate Action Accelerator as she wants to contribute to the transition to a net-zero world and is convinced in the power of collaborative networks.
Zaninka Ntagungira supports transversal projects and partnerships at the Climate Action Accelerator and is leading the development of the support programme for national actors. She previously worked as a researcher on a youth and permaculture project in Guinea with the International Trade Centre and collaborated with the Rwanda Environment Management Authority on research on the history of plastics in the country. Before that, she worked in research and community management with the OCDC in Washington D.C working on cooperatives in developing countries and with the UNHCHR in Conakry working on access to justice. She holds a master’s degree in development studies from the Geneva Graduate Institute, specialising in environment and sustainability, and a bachelor’s in Political Science from the University of Tampa. She joined the Climate Action Accelerator because she wants to participate in concrete, direct and operational steps towards mitigating climate change.