- Team Members
Giulia C. Braga is a communications professional passionate about exploring the role of visual media and the arts in creating a better world. She coordinates Connect4Climate’s engagement with creative industries, as well as the Film4Climate global campaign dedicated to greening the silver screen. At Connect4Climate, she also works as creative and production senior consultant for several high-profile projects and events, including the recent “Fiat Lux: Illuminating Our Common Home” public art display.
Francis Dobbs worked in UK television and independent film production before moving to the World Bank Group media division 25 years ago. At the World Bank he ran a production unit responsible for the production of a variety of videos and television documentaries on development issues. Francis now helps the Connect4Climate team plan and execute the program’s communications projects.
Kaia Rose is a filmmaker dedicated to meaningful and curious storytelling that enacts powerful change. She has been working with Connect4Climate since her award-winning web-series Climate Countdown won a Film4Climate award in 2016. Over her career she has directed and edited short documentaries and films for festivals, produced animated TV series for Disney Jr, managed archive footage on PBS feature docs, and traveled the world filming stories as a 'one-woman-band' in her role as a climate communicator. As a freelance filmmaker Kaia has created video content for the World Bank, UN Global Compact, UN Foundation, Our Climate, Rachel's Network, 350.org, The Juilliard School, and the Sustainable Development Solutions Network. Kaia previously lived in England where she graduated with first class honors from the University of Bristol and worked as an animation producer and studio manager at the BAFTA-award winning studio ArthurCox.
Inês Silva Araújo was born in Moledo do Minho, Portugal. She holds a bachelor's degree in Journalism and a master's in Strategic Communication. She lived for a time in Brazil, where she studied cinema and music, as well as in Ireland, where she worked at the Portuguese embassy in Dublin. Her most challenging experience was in India, where she participated in an international volunteer program to teach English in the slums of New Delhi. Inês is a woman passionate about the world who dedicates much of her free time to traveling and writing. She currently holds the title of Communications Consultant for Partnerships and Knowledge Management at Connect4Climate, where she keeps on trying to make a difference. She strives to make a positive impact in the world and catch 'l'instant decisif.'
Bárbara Gomes Simões, a proud Portuguese communications specialist, began her Washingtion, D.C. career with a Communications Associate internship at Connect4Climate, where she now occupies a Communications Consultant position. Prior to this, Bárbara worked as a communications assistant with TAP Portugal and with the ActivoBank in Portugal. She received a degree in Social Communication, with a concentration in Journalism, Marketing and Public Relations. Bárbara is particularly committed to youth empowerment, and has worked on numerous youth-focused international efforts (AIESEC, European Voluntary Service, Erasmus +), organizing and promoting various projects in Russia, Slovenia, Turkey, Spain, and Luxembourg.
Dany Oliveira is a marketing and communication specialist experienced in brand management and rapid-growth startup culture. Dany worked as a marketing manager for two major Portuguese brands, where he was responsible for coordinating the marketing teams and managing budgets. He contributes to the staging of worldwide sporting events like UEFA Champions League and World University Championship Futsal. Dany is highly skilled in digital marketing, with a focus on optimizing market performance. He holds a degree in journalism and a master's in marketing strategy from the University of Minho in Portugal. Born in France, Dany wants to make an impact in the world by taking on climate change and inspiring others to do the same.
Jenni Philp is a digital marketing consultant from Scotland, UK. Specializing in the world of social media, Jenni has deep experience building and growing powerful online communities. She has been lucky enough to work with several high-profile clients across the Sony International Music roster as well as major brands such as Nike, BBC, and the NHS. Jenni is excited to be a part of the C4C Team, as she believes the power of high-quality, creative content and communication is essential to driving people to get involved and take action.
Ryan P. Smith writes, edits, formats, uploads and curates content for Connect4Climate's website. He also regularly drafts and revises offline C4C materials. Ryan graduated Stanford University in 2017 with an interdisciplinary degree in Science, Technology & Society and takes pride in his ability to translate complex ideas into clear but stylish language. In his off time, Ryan is partial to crossword puzzles, movies and video games.
Max Bartoli has been a media consultant for Connect4Climate and other private companies since 2003. The founder and CEO of MaXaM Productions Holding LLC, he is an award-winning producer and director. His projects include the sci-fi feature Atlantis Down, the 8-episode TV series entitled Atlantis Rising: The Making of Atlantis Down, the short film Ignotus, and the two documentaries Postcards From The Past and Time Travelers. Most recently, he produced and directed The Secret of Joy, a $500K project comprising a short film, a book and a song, to raise awareness and funds for the cause of pediatric cancer. He’s also worked for advertising agencies in Italy and England, directing and producing videos as well as television commercials.