Heather Jacobs is a Knowledge and Research Specialist for the UN Climate Technology Centre and Network in Copenhagen. She has worked for the World Bank, UN Food and Agriculture Organization, and Verra on climate change policy and transparency issues in the agriculture, forestry, energy, and transport sectors, and has authored or co-authored several publications and guidance documents on GHG impact assessment, land use, climate-smart agriculture, and adaptation metrics. She was a contributing author to the IPCC Fifth Assessment Report. Prior to this, Heather spent several years working for the National Park Service fire ecology program conducting field work across the United States. She holds an MSc from Yale School of the Environment and a certification as Expert in Climate and Renewable Energy Finance from the Frankfurt School UNEP Collaborating Centre for Climate and Sustainable Energy Finance.
Susanne Konrad has an interdisciplinary background in sustainability studies, climate change governance and international forest ecosystem management. Originally from Germany, she spent the last 6 and half years in Copenhagen, where she worked for a UNEP Collaboration Center, based at the Technical University of Denmark. There she worked closely with developing countries on capacity building proposals to help them meet the transparency requirements of the 2015 Paris Agreement. As a TRANSGOV global project associate, she has brought this expertise to bear in helping to analyze the political effects of capacity building initiatives designed to support developing countries to engage with ever more elaborate UNFCCC transparency requirements.
Rahwa Kidane is a postdoctoral researcher in the Environmental Policy Group at Wageningen University and Research. She holds a PhD in Environmental Studies from the University of Adelaide, with a focus on climate change impacts, vulnerability and adaptation in developing countries. Within TRANSGOV projects, she will facilitate analysis of Ethiopia’s participation in UNFCCC climate transparency arrangements and its implications for national adaptation actions. Her work will also investigate whether radical transparency – or the generation of ever more climate-related information enabled through satellite and other remote sensing technologies – hold responsible actors accountable, enhances trust and consecutively accelerates climate action in India and Ethiopia.