Global Steering Committee

Global Steering Committee

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The Global Steering Committee (GSC) represents member cities at the regional and global levels, and provides the platform for our city-led network. The GSC has a clear mandate to set principles and policy that are directly driven by and responsive to the needs of the network’s member cities.

The GSC comprises ten Chief Resilience Officers representing their ten cities from across the five regions of the network:

  • Africa (AFR)
  • Asia-Pacific (APAC)
  • Europe and the Middle East (EME)
  • Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC)
  • North America (NAM)

Each region holds two seats in the GSC.

The GSC is co-chaired by two CROs representing different regions.

Current GSC representatives

Beck Dawson

CHIEF RESILIENCE OFFICER
SYDNEY

Beck Dawson is the Chief Resilience Officer for metropolitan Sydney, hosted by the City of Sydney Council as part of R-Cities. Known as “the person paid to worry for Sydney,” Beck champions urban resilience and systems thinking for cities. Since 2015, Beck has led the development and implementation of the Resilient Sydney Strategy, working with governments, business, and the community to build collaboration and investment for a stronger, more connected, and more resilient city.

Dr Folayinka Dania

CHIEF RESILIENCE OFFICER
LAGOS

Dr Folayinka Dania is the Chief Resilience Officer for Lagos State and the Chief Executive Officer of the Lagos State Resilience Office (LASRO). She coordinates the implementation of the Lagos Resilience Strategy in collaboration with other State Government Ministries, Departments and Agencies with the goal of ensuring that the State continues to thrive, adapt and grow sustainably.

Ramsey Green

CHIEF RESILIENCE OFFICER
NEW ORLEANS

Ramsey Green is the Deputy Chief Administrative Officer for Infrastructure at the City of New Orleans, where he manages the delivery of operations and infrastructure – and the funds of over $2 billion allocated to this work – for the residents of New Orleans. Ramsey also serves as the city’s Chief Resilience Officer and as the liaison for the Mayor of New Orleans to the Sewerage and Water Board of New Orleans, with responsibility for coordinating the infrastructure work between the two entities.

Verónica González

CHIEF RESILIENCE OFFICER
Ciudad Juárez

Verónica González has dedicated over 15 years to the development and implementation of public policy instruments in different cities in Mexico. She is currently the Director of Resilience Coordination in the Municipality of Ciudad Juárez, which gives continuity to the project financed by The Rockefeller Foundation in the framework of the 100RC initiative.

Cristina Huidobro

CHIEF RESILIENCE OFFICER
Santiago Metropolitan Region

Cristina is an architect with a bachelor’s degree from the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile and a master’s degree in Urban Planning from the University of Maryland. She has 13 years’ experience in project coordination in public policy, urban planning, and local development, both at the municipal and regional levels.

Kamlesh Yagnik

CHIEF RESILIENCE OFFICER
Surat

Kamlesh Yagnik has over three decades’ experience in business and consulting. His areas of interest include citywide surveillance, e-Governance, and energy management. As President of the Southern Gujarat Chamber of Commerce and Industry, he represented micro-, small, medium, and large enterprises working in flood-prone areas of South Gujarat, India. An Energy Engineer by training, with a degree from from India’s leading technological institute IIT, Mumbai, Kamlesh is Director of two companies working in the areas of energy, climate change, and information technology.

Arnoud Molenaar

CHIEF RESILIENCE OFFICER
ROTTERDAM (EME)

Arnoud Molenaar is the CRO for Rotterdam and developed the city’s first Resilience Strategy in 2016. In 2019, he co-hosted the Global Urban Resilience Summit. Since 2020 Arnoud has been an affiliate Cities Expert and the Cities Lead at the Global Center on Adaptation.

Eleni Myrivili

SENIOR ADVISOR FOR RESILIENCE AND SUSTAINABILITY
ATHENS (EME)

Eleni Myrivili is Senior Advisor to the City of Athens for Resilience and Sustainability. In 2015, she was appointed the city’s Chief Resilience Officer and launched in 2017 the Athens Resilience Strategy for 2030. She established the first office of Resilience and Sustainability in the city, embedding resilient methodologies, influencing strategic planning, and building capacity within the city’s administration.

Brian Strong

CHIEF RESILIENCE OFFICER
SAN FRANCISCO (NAM)

Brian Strong is San Francisco’s CRO and Director of the Office of Resilience and Capital Planning, responsible for the city’s ten-year Capital Plan, its Capital Budget, and the implementation of the Resilient SF strategic vision. Brian created San Francisco’s first multi-year Capital Plan in 2006, and has been instrumental in the development and passage of $3.5 billion in GO bonds to improve the city’s infrastructure.