Meet our team
Meet Dhanush, a fearless visionary determined to shake up our food systems and take on climate change. He refuses to settle for the status quo, which is why he’s assembled a top-notch team at Clim-Eat.
Dhanush Dinesh, Chief Climate Catalyst
Meet Dhanush, a fearless visionary determined to shake up our food systems and take on climate change. He refuses to settle for the status quo, which is why he’s assembled a top-notch team at Clim-Eat. Together, they’re on a mission to disrupt the industry, challenge norms, and create a more sustainable future for all.
Prior to founding Clim-Eat, Dhanush worked as Head of Partnerships and treach of CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) to scale up Climate-Smart Agriculture. He is a Trustee of Plan Vivo Foundation and a Visiting Researcher at the University of Leeds. His previous work experience includes roles within the private sector, NGOs, and the UN system, in China, India, Thailand, and the UK. He has worked on a range of issues including forestry, environmental policy, climate change adaptation, and advocacy, at the national, regional, and global levels.
Dhanush has an interdisciplinary academic background, combining an MBA from PSG Institute of Management and an MSc in Carbon management from the University of Edinburgh and has a PhD in Environmental Governance from the Universiteit Utrecht.
Meet Wiebe, the Policy and Impact Innovator at Clim-Eat. With a passion for accelerating climate action through impactful partnerships, Wiebe is a driving force behind our efforts to make a real difference.
Wiebe Smit, Policy and Impact Innovator
As Policy and Impact Innovator, Wiebe aims to accelerate climate action through meaningful partnerships with individuals and organizations that want to bring positive change to the world’s food system. He leads Clim-Eat’s efforts towards key global platforms such as the UN’s Climate COP and spearheads a groundbreaking climate action project in Kenya.
Previously, Wiebe worked as Program Management Officer for the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) with experiences in programme development and management, policy engagement, and administration. He studied the Master International Development at Wageningen University & Research, with a specialization in Sociology of Development and Change, and is passionate about climate change and development challenges in Africa. He chaired the first ever UNFCCC COP Food System Pavilion and has served as Co-Convener of the Enabling Environment Action Group of The Global Alliance for Climate-Smart Agriculture (GACSA). He also worked for the NWO (Dutch Research Council)’s WOTRO Science for Global Development department.
Leanne is the driving force behind Clim-Eat’s institutional knowledge development, evidence-based communication, and partnership initiatives.
Collaboration and Learning Architect
Leanne is the driving force behind Clim-Eat’s institutional knowledge development, evidence-based communication, and partnership initiatives. With her expertise in both organizational and technological innovation, Leanne is strongly embedded in her field. She’s committed to building strong partnerships and driving positive change through cutting-edge solutions.
Leanne previously worked on communications and knowledge management at the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS). She has studied the Master International Development at Wageningen University & Research, specializing in evaluation, knowledge management, and innovation at the Knowledge, Technology and Innovation group. She holds a Bachelor’s degree (Hons) in Governance, Economics and Development from Leiden University College. She is passionate about exploring creative ways to look at today’s challenges around food systems, climate change and development, including rethinking how we see and approach learning & failure.
Evgenia is the powerhouse behind Clim-Eat’s seamless day-to-day operations. With a razor-sharp focus and expert multitasking skills, she keeps the team on track and everything running like clockwork.
Evgenia Mamedkhova, Operational Mastermind
Evgenia is the glue that keeps the Clim-Eat team together. As the mastermind behind the organization’s day-to-day operations, she ensures that everything runs like a well-oiled machine. With a passion for solving complex human issues, Evgenia earned a master’s degree in sociology and followed it up with a master’s in human geography from Radboud University.
Before joining Clim-Eat, Evgenia worked as a finance and project management officer for an environmental NGO, where she worked on projects aimed at empowering women to lead and participate in forest conservation. Her dedication to promoting gender equality and environmental sustainability has made her a valuable asset to the team.
Evgenia is particularly interested in exploring the critical roles that women play in natural resource management. She is committed to creating positive change and is always on the lookout for innovative solutions to complex problems.
Vita is the ultimate ‘Events Wizard’ at Clim-Eat, where she brings her exceptional skills as a Global Events Professional to create unforgettable experiences. With her expertise in designing, organizing, and coordinating high-impact events, she wields her wand to make the impossible possible.
Ratih Septivita, Events Wizard
Vita is the ultimate ‘Events Wizard’ at Clim-Eat, where she brings her exceptional skills as a Global Events Professional to create unforgettable experiences. With her expertise in designing, organizing, and coordinating high-impact events, she wields her wand to make the impossible possible. From concept to execution, Vita is the mastermind behind Clim-Eat’s most unforgettable events that leave a lasting impression. There is no challenge too big or small for her to handle.
With 15+ years of experience in events planning, coordination and project management, she has organized different kind of events from small to medium-scale meetings, workshops and seminars — to large scale conferences and exhibitions around the world.
Prior to joining Clim-Eat, she worked as Global Events Manager for CCAFS where she led the organization of several high-profile events such as the Agriculture and Rural Development Day (ARDD), the 5th Global Science Conference on Climate-Smart Agriculture (CSA) and also the ‘around-the-world’ virtual Launch event “A new Era for Food and Climate”. She was also a Program Officer for the Forest and Livelihoods Programme, Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) where she assisted the Director of the Programme and also helped with the planning and execution of several events, locally and internationally.
Aside from her work experience in the International Development sector, she also has experience working in the private-sector, for IBM Indonesia (2005-2008) as an Integrated Marketing Communications (IMC) Specialist, where she specialized in marketing and organizing events for IBM.
As Innovations Researcher Annebelle predominantly works as a research assistant to horizon scanning for highly impactful and disruptive technical innovations to catalyze the transition to a sustainable and just food system.
Annebelle Rombach, Innovations Trainee
As Innovations Trainee Annebelle predominantly works as a research assistant to horizon scanning for highly impactful and disruptive technical innovations to catalyze the transition to a sustainable and just food system. Meanwhile, she is also dedicated to learning about how behavioral science can improve the science communication of organizations such as clim-EAT and cultivate action in our society.
Annebelle previously completed her Bachelor’s degree (Hons) Earth, Energy & Sustainability with a minor in Psychology at Leiden University College, during which she specialized in quantitative and methodological subjects, with a focus on environmental sciences. She is especially interested in how we can use our understanding of the intersection between the natural world and technology as an advantage in protecting and enhancing environmental systems and services.
Lucas Rutting is a Futures Researcher with a background in ecology, natural resources management and social-ecological systems.
Lucas Rutting, Futures Researcher
Lucas Rutting is a Futures Researcher with a background in ecology, natural resources management and social-ecological systems. After working as a lecturer at sustainability BSc, and MSc programs at both the University of Amsterdam and Utrecht University, and as a researcher-practitioner for the Scenarios Project of the CGIAR research program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS), he did his PhD research at Utrecht University, which focused on the political dimension of participatory foresight for governance of social-ecological systems.
Lucas joins Clim-Eat as a scenarios expert and is currently involved in a number of projects, including the new CGIAR initiative ClimBeR: Building Systemic Resilience Against Climate Variability and Extremes. For ClimBeR, he focuses on sustainable, bottom up-niche practices—or disruptive seeds—that challenge the current, unsustainable food system in Guatemala, with the potential to transform the Guatemalan agricultural sector in the face of accelerating climate change.
Neil is a strategic communications specialist with 15 years’ experience in the sustainable food and agriculture sectors.
Neil Palmer, Communications Consultant
Neil is a strategic communications specialist with 15 years’ experience in the sustainable food and agriculture sectors. With a background in economics, journalism and photojournalism, he has undertaken assignments in over 60 countries, across Africa, Asia and Latin America. He has an MA in International Public Relations and Global Communication Management from Cardiff University’s School of Journalism, Media and Culture. He is also an NCTJ-qualified journalist.
Neil spent 10 years working for CGIAR, most notably as a Senior Communications Officer at the International Center of Tropical Agriculture (CIAT), at its headquarters in Colombia. He was also Head of Communications of the Crop Trust, one of the three parties involved in running the Svalbard Global Seed Vault. Neil currently counts Clim-Eat among a list of clients to whom he provides a range of consultancy services.
Meet Sylvi, the Assistant Extraordinaire who seamlessly combines marketing communication expertise, digital prowess, and project management finesse to help Clim-Eat achieve success.
Meet Sylvi—the secret weapon of Clim-Eat’s success, bridging the worlds of personal assistance and communication support with unparalleled finesse. With a trailblazing career in marketing communication and event management, Sylvi has wowed audiences at prestigious events for Samsung, Panasonic, and other renowned brands.
From crafting captivating campaigns in the digital realm to conquering project management challenges, there’s no limit to her passion and creativity. A force to be reckoned with, Sylvi leaves competitors in the dust, achieving jaw-dropping follower growth and engagement in her wake. With her by their side, Clim-Eat’s journey to revolutionizing the world of food systems is unstoppable.
Kevin Gitau Ng’ang’a
Kevin is an independent consultant, working with Clim-Eat as Kenya Climate Action Strategist.
Kevin Gitau Ng’ang’a
Kevin is a climate risk and food systems expert with over nine years of experience in agriculture and climate ecosystems. He has worked across various disciplines such as CSA research, data-driven digital agriculture, project management, business development in agriculture, agronomy, and M-agri technologies. He has successfully undertaken key projects such as ‘Climate Risk Planning & Managing Tools for Development Programmes in Agriculture and Food Sector (CRISP), ‘Kenya County Climate Risk Profiles’, ‘Digital Adaptation in Agriculture’, ‘Gamification of Weather Forecast’, and ‘Impacts of Covid-19 to food systems’ at CGIAR’s Alliance of Bioversity and CIAT. He has also held positions such as Senior Agronomic Content Lead consultant at Mercycorp Agrifin, Project Manager at M-agri project ‘iShamba’, and Technical Content Associate at Mediae. He was recognized for his achievements with the CGIAR Inspire challenge award in 2019. His skills and knowledge have enabled him to drive innovation and positive change in the agriculture sector.
Meet Suzanne, our captivating finance maven and fearless strategist, weaving financial intricacies for Clim-Eat’s organizational success.
Suzanne loves all things most people find boring, confusing or scary, like finance, admin, contracting, etc. To her, it feels like being a spider in a web when working on these things and although she’s not necessarily a fan of spiders, she likes having a backstage view of all things that are going on in non-governmental organisations.
She learned what she does on the job and through trial and error – as she holds master’s degrees in biochemistry and (much later) in international and European law (both in Leiden) which have limited relevance to her field now.
Suzanne has worked as a finance manager and controller in several different non-governmental organisations since 2007. She’s experienced in working with organisations going through a transition and in facilitating processes of change.
Suzanne is a life-long learner and recently became CPD Certified Business Strategist.
Dr Bruce Campbell
As Chief Innovation Strategist, Bruce will bring crucial thought leadership to fulfil our ambition of catalysing a transformation in food systems under climate change.
Dr Bruce Campbell, Chief Innovation Strategist
As Chief Innovation Strategist, Bruce will bring crucial thought leadership to fulfil our ambition of catalysing a transformation in food systems under climate change. Bruce has four decades of experience working with rural development, agriculture, climate change, rural livelihoods and forestry in 30+ low and middle income countries. He previously directed the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS), which under his leadership reached 60 million people with its ideas, 19 milllion farmers with climate-smart agriculture, informed over USD 3.5 billion in investments and resulted in over 70 policy wins in just the last two years.
Previously based in Zimbabwe, Indonesia and Australia, Bruce has worked extensively in agricultural and forestry research for development. His work has spanned social-ecological systems, the link between poverty alleviation and forest goods and services, and Aboriginal natural resource management, among other topics.
He has served as Director of the Forests and Livelihoods Program at CIFOR – Center for International Forestry Research, inaugural Director of the Institute of Environmental Studies at the University of Zimbabwe, and inaugural Director of the School for Environmental Studies at the Charles Darwin University in Darwin. Bruce has a PhD in Ecology from the Universiteit Utrecht, and has published over 180 peer-reviewed articles and more than a dozen books.
Dr Lini Wollenberg
Lini, our Futures Pathmaker at Clim-Eat – a thought leader in the world of food and climate. With her finger on the pulse of the latest research and trends, she helps us identify priority topics and develop innovative solutions for our impact partners.
Dr Lini Wollenberg, Futures Pathmaker
Lini is a member of the founding Clim-Eat team and Research Professor at the Gund Institute for Environment and Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources, University of Vermont. She works closely with the Alliance of Bioversity and CIAT as a food and climate specialist to support scaling of low-emissions development. Previously Lini was the Flagship Leader for Low-Emissions Development for the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS). She also worked for the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) and the Asia Rural Poverty and Resources Program at the Ford Foundation.
Dr Philip Thornton
As Research and Innovation Strategist for Clim-Eat, Philip combines horizon scanning and futures thinking with the latest research on food and climate, helping to identify new opportunities for our impact partners.
Dr Philip Thornton, Research and Innovation Strategist
As Research and Innovation Strategist for Clim-Eat, Philip combines horizon scanning and futures thinking with the latest research on food and climate, helping to identify new opportunities for our impact partners. He will focus on the environmental, social and economic impacts of technological innovation in food systems and the enablers of transformative change in food systems.
Before he became part of the founding Clim-Eat team, Philip was the Flagship Leader for Policies and Priorities for Climate Smart Agriculture for the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS), and a Principal Scientist at the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) in Nairobi, Kenya. He has 38 years’ experience in agricultural research for development. He is a member of several journal editorial boards and a lead author for Working Group II of the IPCC’s AR6 assessment round, to be published in 2022. Philip is an Honorary Professor in the School of Geosciences, The University of Edinburgh, and listed as the 39th most influential climate change scientist on Reuters Hot List.