- Team Members
Grazia Atanasio is a development communication consultant providing support to World Bank projects promoting climate resilience. Grazia has been with the Bank since 2001, working in different regions on strategic communication and stakeholder engagement in sustainable development operations. Lately Grazia is working primarily in the Sahel region of Africa, focusing on Ethiopia's natural resource management portfolio. Grazia speaks English, French, Spanish, and Portuguese, in addition to her native language, Italian.
Leigh Vogel is a photographer and communications consultant who has worked on the Connect4Climate initiative since 2011. Leigh utilizes both imagery and communications strategies to reach audiences with targeted messages. She comes with a background as editor in chief of a national lifestyle publication, and regularly contributes images to agencies and clients including Getty Images, The Associated Press, Polaris Images, and UPI. She is credentialed to photograph on Capitol Hill, and is a member of the White House News Photographers Association. A graduate of Georgetown University's master's in communications program, Leigh is the Photography Fellow at the University's Center for Social Impact Communications. Having developed a guide to help nonprofit organizations communicate strategically via imagery, she received the Center's Social Impact Award in recognition of her commitment to positive social change.
Over the past 18 years, Massimiliano has had the privilege to work on a broad array of projects dedicated to improving understanding and collaboration between diverse stakeholders. Concurrently, he has focused on building innovative partnerships with organizations and leaders in both the public and private sectors in Europe and the Far East. Massimiliano has also worked for Reuters, for the Italian Council, and as an entrepreneur. In 2005, he joined the academic world as a professor of Public Affairs and International Marketing and Communication, teaching at and collaborating with Italian universities in Milan and Gorizia. Massimiliano is an economist, and holds a Ph.D. in the field of Psychology of Communication Across Cultures.
Roberto Razeto has worked in the fields of communication and international relations for more than 10 years, as a teacher and manager at IULM University in Milan and as a communications consultant for the Italian government and multilateral organizations. With an advanced specialization in lobbying and public affairs gained at American University in Washington, D.C., he has been working within the Connect4Climate team since 2012, when the campaign was just getting started.
Max Thabiso Edkins was the climate expert and content lead at Connect4Climate. He brought eight years of climate experience to the team. Max contributed to South African climate and renewable energy policy, lectured in Masters classes, and trained local communities in Namibia, Tanzania, and Kenya. He was passionate about translating climate science and solutions into engaging communication that would lead to concrete action, and had a special knack for forging connections with youth leaders. He also worked as an ecologist, a marine biologist, a photographer, and a filmmaker. Max was raised in Lesotho, Germany, and South Africa.
Lucia Grenna created Connect4Climate in 2011 in response to the overwhelming need for effective and engaging communication on climate change. The initiative has since grown into a major global network of concerned individuals and committed organizations. Lucia was the task manager for the first World Congress on Communication for Development (WCCD, Rome 2006), which brought together for the first time more than 800 communications professionals with experience in development initiatives, policy- and decision-making, NGO work, community activism, and academic research. This group of thinkers from around the world discussed how best to adapt mainstream development communication into policies and practice. Lucia was also the author of several articles and publications on communication for development. Prior to joining the World Bank, she worked as a journalist in print and electronic media, and produced hundreds of interviews on issues related to economic and social development. She produced and marketed movies and documentaries as well, and was a team member of the World Bank/CNN Millennial campaign.