Have you had the curiosity to know who the Connect4Climate team is?
- Team Members
Lucia Grenna created Connect4Climate in 2011, realizing the overwhelming need for effective and engaging climate change communications. The initiative has since grown into a major global partnership of concerned individuals and committed organizations. She was the task manager for the First World Congress on Communication for Development (WCCD, Rome 2006) that brought together for the first time more than 800 communication professionals engaged in development initiatives, policy- and decision-making, NGOs, community representatives, and academics from around the world to discuss how to mainstream development communication into development policies and practice. She was author of several articles and publications on communication for development. Prior to joining the World Bank, Grenna worked as a journalist in print and electronic media and produced hundreds of interviews on issues related to economic and social development. She worked in production and marketing of movies and documentaries, and was a team member of the World Bank/CNN Millennial campaign.
Over the past 18 years Massimiliano have had the privilege to work on a broad array of projects dedicated to improving understanding and collaboration between diverse stakeholders. At the same time, he focused on building innovative partnerships with organizations and leaders in both the public and private sectors in Italy, Europe, and the Far East. Massimiliano also worked for Reuters, for the Italian Council and as an entrepreneur. As from 2005, he also 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, with a Ph.D. in the field of Psychology of Communication Across Cultures.
Max Bartoli is a media consultant for both 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 two documentaries Postcards From The Past and Time Travelers. Most recently, he produced and directed The Secret of Joy a $500K project made of 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.
Max Thabiso Edkins is the climate change expert at Connect4Climate. He brings eight years of climate experience to the team. He has been an advisor to South African climate and renewable energy policies, lectured in Masters classes, and trained local communities in Namibia, Tanzania and Kenya. He is passionate about translating climate science and solutions into engaging communication for action. He has also worked as an ecologist, a marine biologist, a photographer and a filmmaker. Max was raised in Lesotho, Germany, and South Africa.
Paula Alves da Silva is a journalist, a proud Portuguese from the North, a sun and sea lover and a passionate traveler. Over time Paula had the chance to experience enriching professional and personal opportunities, in different countries and realities. Presently, here at Connect4Climate, Paula has the great possibility to deal with one of the major issues the world is facing nowadays, climate change. Paula believes that informed people are not only able to change their world, they can also, and especially, change the world. At Connect4Climate information is treated as gold, because we believe information is key to alter mentalities and actions, in order to build a better future. As Nathaniel Branden said, “The first step towards change is awareness.”
Roberto Razeto has worked in the field of communication and international relations for more than 10 years, as teacher and manager at University, and as communication consultant for Italian government and multilateral organization. With an advanced specialization in lobbying and public affairs gained at America University in WDC, has been working within the C4C’s team since 2012, just at the beginning of the campaign.
Sandra Valdivia is passionate about words and believes in their power to change the world. Daughter of a Spanish father and a Portuguese mother, Sandra was born in Germany. Sandra grew up having the chance to experience enriching personal and professional opportunities in different European countries. As a journalist, Sandra worked across different platforms, both digital and broadcast, for TV Channels in Portugal and France. Sandra has a degree in New Communication Technologies with a speciality in Multimedia and Audiovisual Communication and a masters in Communication Sciences – Journalism and Information. Nowadays, at Connect4Climate, she is fortunate not only to be part of such a multicultural and multilingual work environment, but also to have the honor to use her expert knowledge in communications to make a difference in the world, by dealing with one of the major threats to humanity, climate change.