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The SLoCaT Secretariat is the administrative body of SLoCaT, overseen by the Board of the SLoCaT Foundation. The SLoCaT Secretariat services both the SLoCaT Partnership and the SLoCaT Foundation.  In conducting its daily operations, SLoCaT Secretariat is guided by the SLoCaT Operational Manual.

Vacancies and Internships


SLoCaT Secretariat Team

Maruxa Cardama - Secretary General

Passionate about social, political, economic and environmental justice for human development, Maruxa specialises in integrated urban and territorial development. Over her 16-year career, she has worked with multilateral institutions, national, regional and local governments, NGOs and philanthropy in 33 countries across continents to develop public policies, capacity and implementation projects, and multi-stakeholder partnerships.

Prior to joining SLoCaT, Maruxa founded Communitas, the multi-stakeholder coalition which pioneered knowledge-based advocacy for the Sustainable Development Goal on Cities & Human Settlements. She also served as the Secretary General of the Network of Regional Governments for Sustainable Development (nrg4SD), and during her tenure co-facilitated the engagement of local and regional governments in the UN Rio +20 Conference. Maruxa has also held posts as Senior Policy Specialist in Cities Alliance-UNOPS, as well as in local and regional government in the UK and Spain. In 2004-2010, she was Deputy Director of the Representation of the South West of England to the EU, where she led on the sustainability portfolio for a partnership of regional authorities, academia and the private sector.

Prolific public speaker and analyst, Maruxa is member of the Future Earth community. In recent years, she has served in the UCL-Nature Sustainability Expert Panel on the Urban Science-Policy Interface and as Adviser on Global Agendas to the Conference of European Peripheral Maritime Regions of Europe CPMR. Maruxa holds an LL.B., an LL.M. in European Law; and a MA in Development Economics and Management of Cooperation Projects.


Talya Enriquez Romano Chief Operating Officer (COO) and Membership Director

Talya Enriquez Romano works closely with SLoCaT members to coordinate their activities on sustainable transport with those of SLoCaT Partnership. Prior to joining SLoCaT, she served as the Director of Greater China at Marinedream Foundation where she was responsible for raising awareness and capacity building on sustainable oceans and marine life. Her international work experience was in Istanbul, New York and Shanghai, where she worked in both local start-up and multi-national non-profit organizations including World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) and United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF).

Talya holds a Master of Public Administration in Non-Profit Management and Public Policy from New York University and an undergraduate degree in International Relations and Political Science from Bogazici University in Istanbul, Turkey. She currently lives in Shanghai, China. 


Karl Peet Sustainable Transport Research Director 

Karl is currently leading research on various topics including a financing framework for sustainable transport, with the goal of meeting targets defined by evolving global climate change and sustainable development agendas. Previously, Karl developed recommendations for the Climate and Environment Services Group-Shanghai (CESG) to help meet sustainable transport demands in China. Prior to that, Karl served as Project Manager in Strategic Planning and Policy at the Chicago Transit Authority, focusing on climate change mitigation and adaptation, bus rapid transit planning and implementation, and multimodal and active transport. 

Karl holds a Master of Public Policy/Urban Planning and a Master of Arts in Linguistics from Harvard University, and a Bachelor of Science in Symbolic Systems from Stanford University.


Mark Major Senior Advisor 

Mark provides support and advice to SLoCaT, in particular in relation to the global sustainable development processes and the developing action agendas flowing from the Paris Agreement on Climate Change and Habitat III. He is also a Visiting Professor at the Chinese Academy of Transport Science (Ministry of Transport) in Beijing and contributes to the University of Oxford course on the 'Global Governance of Transport'. Previously Mark was the Team Leader for Sustainable Urban Mobility for the European Commission based in Brussels and also negotiated for the EU the transport aspects in the UNFCCC and UNCSD processes.

Mark has a MBA in International Management from the American Graduate School of International Management (USA) and a  Bachelor's degree (with Honours) in Civil Engineering from Oxford Polytechnic (UK). Mark is based near Girona in the north of Spain.


Angela Enriquez - Senior Associate

Angela is a Senior Associate and provides project management and research support on climate change and urban transport projects. Prior to SLoCaT, Angela was an Associate at the World Resources Institute where she supported research on the topics of urban transport actions and policies within the climate agendas on the sub-national, national and global levels. She was also the lead of the Low Emissions Development Strategies Global Partnership (LEDS GP) Transport Working Group where she provided capacity building support to national and subnational governments on how to plan and implement sustainable, low carbon transport actions. Prior to joining WRI, Angela worked as a Transportation Planner in the public and private sectors. Her responsibilities included performing stakeholder outreach, market research, and developing cost-effective alternatives within budgetary constraints for public transport projects.

Angela holds a joint Master of Science in Regional Development Planning and Management from Technische Universität Dortmund and University of the Philippines, Diliman and a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Analysis and Design from the University of California, Irvine. She currently resides in Washington, DC.


Christopher Dekki - Senior Associate

Christopher supports the policy advocacy and outreach dimension of SLoCaT to engage with a wide multi-stakeholder base and shape intergovernmental spaces. Beyond SLoCaT, Chris is a consultant for the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP). There he supports Voluntary National Reviews (VNRs) efforts on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and assists with stakeholder engagement. Chris is also Adjunct Professor of Political Science at St. Joseph's College in New York. In recent years, he has worked in the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA), coordinating national SDGs workshops, and supporting the Secretariat for the UN High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) and the SDG 14 Ocean Conference. Previously, as Policy Analysis and Advocacy Officer of the Communitas Coalition, Chris worked with urban sustainability stakeholders to embed the need for urban and territorial sustainability into the SDGs and the New Urban Agenda. His 10-year professional trajectory is a natural evolution of his coordination of youth-led organization initiatives from early in his career within the UN Major Group for Children and Youth and other key youth-led platforms.

Chris holds a BA in History and Political Science and a MA in International Relations. He also has a JD and was admitted to the New York State Bar (2013, retired). Chris spends his time living between Bangkok and his native New York City, as well as in the Middle East, thanks to his firm roots in Syria and Lebanon.


Sudhir Gota - Senior Transport and GHG Consultant

Sudhir Gota specializes on environmental issues related to transport sector and has extensive experience in transport data crunching for different types of policies, projects & investments. He was the first recipient of the Lee Schipper Memorial Scholarship for Sustainable Transport and Energy Efficiency. He is the main architect of the TEEMP models which has been endorsed by GEF and used by other development banks such as ADB, IADB and World Bank in more than 50 cities. He has been instrumental in bringing green freight and transport data into agenda in Asia through research and advocacy. He is an active researcher and has co-written a book on low carbon transport, several publications and policy briefs on transport and environmental issues challenging conventional practices and advocating innovative solutions. 

Sudhir holds a Master of Technology from National Institute of Technology (Warangal) and a Bachelor of Civil Engineering from Bangalore University.


Nikola Medimorec - Senior Researcher 

Nikola supports SLoCaT on research and data collection for various topics related to sustainable transport and climate change. Prior to SLoCaT, Nikola worked as a research consultant for the Korea Transport Institute and, most recently, for the Global Green Growth Institute. During an internship at CityNet he assisted in the preparation of a sustainable urban transportation workshop for representatives from Asian cities. He also engages on sustainable transport policy in Korea on his website

Nikola holds a Master of Arts in Urban Geography from Seoul National University and a Bachelor of Science in Applied Geography from Trier University. He is based in Seoul, Korea.


2001-2003 M.Tech (Transportation Engineering)(with GATE Scholarship), Traffic Engineering, Urban and Regional Planning and Pavement Engineering, NIT Warangal, India

• 1996 – 2000 Bachelor of Civil Engineering, Transportation Engineering, Bangalore University, India

Alice Yiu - Program Manager

Alice Yiu is a Program Manager and supports the implementation of a range of SLoCaT Programs and events. Prior to her role in SLoCaT, Alice has been working as a Sustainable Transport Researcher with the Climate and Environment Services Group-Shanghai (CESG), contributing to the establishment of the Urban Development and Transport Database on China's sustainable transport development.

Alice is originally from Hong Kong and she holds a degree in Political Science from Brigham Young University-Hawaii.



Cece Chen - Accounting Consultant

Cece Chen is currently assisting in accounting related work for SLoCaT, including monitoring the accounting records and coordinating with external accountants and CPA firm. Previously, Cece had professional experience with a realty group in Chicago and also a large multinational corporation in Shanghai.

Cece holds a Master of Accountancy from DePaul University in Chicago and a Bachelor of Corporate Finance from Shanghai University of International Business and Economics.




Irene Gonzalez San Vidal - Intern in Communication & Social Media

Irene supports SLoCaT and specifically the Transport Decarbonisation Alliance on communication matters, this includes managing the feed of social media and the content of websites. Irene has always been interested in environmental and social matters, she is really conscious of Climate Change and wants to be an active citizen. She has participated in activities organized by the European Union and she has recently lived in Rome (Italy) during her Erasmus where she followed Human Sciences lectures in Italian.

Irene holds a Bachelor of Journalism and Applied Communication from Brussels university IHECS (Institut des Hautes Études des Communications Sociales) and she is currently in her first year of Master in Advertising and Commercial Communication also at IHECS.


COP24 Team Staff


Katy Huaylla

Katy specialises in transport, city planning and infrastructure. She has extensive experience in the public and private sector in project design, planning and development. In 2017, she was awarded the Chevening Scholarship, the most prestigious UK government’s international awards scheme which enabled her to study a master degree in the UK. Currently, she works as a research assistant at University College London developing a journal paper that aims to examine the political economy of the implementation of innovative transport projects in the City of London. Before coming to the UK, Katy was a specialist at the Peruvian Ministry of Transport working in the planning of the Metro network of Lima and Callao. Besides, she worked as a private consultant in the development of technical studies for the extension of the Metropolitano (BRT project in Lima) and the urban plan for accessibility improvement in the City Centre of Lima. Katy has participated actively in UN-HABITAT conferences since 2013 including WUF7, HABITAT III and as a speaker in COP23, presenting her experience as a scholar of Academy of Sustainable Urban Mobility (eAoSUM) 2017.

Katy holds a Master of Science in Transport and City Planning from University College London and a Bachelor of Architecture from University San Antonio Abad del Cusco. She currently resides in London, UK.


Madeline Zhu

Madeline works at the intersection of innovation, entrepreneurship, and sustainable development, specifically focusing on new technologies and tools for public transport. Now based in the US, she previously led partnerships and grew business development at a South African-based tech startup focused on digitizing informal transport networks in emerging markets, primarily in Africa. She is passionate about the role of business in empowering the public sector, primarily through data-driven platforms and cutting edge technology.

She is a graduate of Harvard University and the University of Cape Town.


Yanniek Huisman

Yanniek supports SLoCaT during COP24 in the reporting team to cover transport news at the conference. In his daily job, Yanniek works at Inventum where he focuses on the company’s strategy for sustainable heating solutions. Previously he worked at TKI Wind op Zee to stimulate innovations for offshore wind in the Netherlands and interned at the UNFCCC and the German Development Institute (DIE).

Yanniek holds a Master of Science degree in Climate Studies from Wageningen University and a Bachelor of Science degree in Liberal Arts and Sciences from Leiden University College.




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