With the UN Climate Talks in Lima playing an essential role in the world’s near and long term efforts to address climate change – we searched the world for some of the most capable ‘Negotiator Trackers’ out there.  Together, they represent one of the most innovative, media-savvy and multi-lingual tracking teams we have ever taken to the UN. Now, after months of intense training, we can’t wait for you to see what they all can do.

Anna Pérez Català
Anna Pérez Català is our warm-hearted WOOFer, ready to apply a scientific eye to the EU's policy drivers.

Anna Pérez Català is our warm-hearted WOOFer, ready to apply a scientific eye to the EU’s policy drivers.

Anna hails from Spain, where her love of the environment spurred her on to become an Environmental scientist specialising in climate change and development.

She has a keen interest in climate politics and is passionate about the importance of understanding the public’s perceptions, especially when it comes to Adaptation.

Anna is the Co-founder of Climate-Exchange.org, with her fellow Masters students at the University of East Anglia.

Watch for Anna’s in-depth analysis of the EU’s fight for climate leadership, and the Spanish struggle to be ahead of the pack (or not).

Follow her on @AnnaPerezCatala

Asha Sitati
Asha Sitati is hoping to avoid the Climate Hazards in Lima with an Early Blogger Warning System

Asha Sitati is hoping to avoid the Climate Hazards in Lima with an Early Blogger Warning System

Asha is a trained environmental scientist working at the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) in Nairobi, Kenya.

Her day-job takes her to the frontline of Climate Change, working on developing Early Warning systems to reduce the risk that  vulnerable communities face with rapidly shifting environmental conditions.

She holds a Masters in Environmental Planning and Management, as well as an addiction to Nyama Choma, a delicious Kenyan BBQ you have to try once in your life.

Look out for Asha’s early warning signals if she senses flailing ambition from developing countries. This frontline campaigner knows we can’t afford to wait.

Follow her on @Ashamiss

Avik Roy
Avik Roy returns to the tracking team with some unfinished business, excited about the role India's new leadership will play.

Avik Roy returns to the tracking team with some unfinished business, excited about the role India’s new leadership will play.

 

You might remember our veteran tracker, Avik Roy, from his coverage of COP at Warsaw last year. He did such a great job shaking things up, we just had to bring him back.

Though still in his early years, Avik is a life-long journalist with a passion for environmental justice. After having worked for The Pioneer for three years, he is currently with Business Standard in New Delhi.

He believes his home nation has the potential to shift the status quo of climate politics in the world.  Let’s just hope its for the better.

Watch Avik aim to keep India accountable, and help it change things for the better.

Diego Arguedas Ortiz
Foto - Diego Arguedas informal

Diego Arguedas Ortiz will be covering Central America and the Caribbean, and will be sure to surprise you even more than he is himself!

 

Diego Arguedas Ortiz is a journalist based in San José, Costa Rica. His first COP experience was Warsaw 2013, where he tracked the negotiations along with reporters from four continents in the Climate News Mosaic project.

He writes for several local and international media outlets about sustainable development, human rights and global and local stories. Give him a bicycle and he shall move the world.

Look out for Diego’s spicy Central American perspective on all things mitigation, and be sure to check in on his adaptive insights from one of the most vulnerable regions in the world.

Follow him on@arguedasortiz

Denise Fontanilla
Denise Fontanilla will be diving into the negotiations head-first, hoping to come out with a fair, finance-filled COP20 in Lima

Denise Fontanilla will be diving into the negotiations head-first, hoping to come out with a fair, finance-filled COP20 in Lima.

After graduating from journalism, Denise has gone on to take on a leadership role within advocacy network Aksyon Klima Pilipinas. Her passion for climate change action began back in 2009, when the first of the yearly typhoons began to wreak havoc on the Philippines.

Now Denise’s passion is to help move along the public discussion on extreme weather events, climate change adaptation, and loss and damage.

Look out for this Fiery Filipina to keep the West in check and a close eye on Asian policy shifts in Lima.

 Follow Denise on @denisemf_ 

Federico Brocchieri
Federico Brocchieri is the most experienced member of the team, and sure to bring a veteran's touch to his tracking

Federico Brocchieri is the most experienced member of the team, and sure to bring a veteran’s touch to his tracking in Lima.

COP veteran, science-lover and climate activist, Federico is an environmental engineer set on engineering a new negotiating future at COP20.

But don’t let the suit and the smooth eyes fool you, Federico is the founder and co-ordinator of Italian Climate Network’s Youth Section, and a former British Council International Climate Champion.

At the tender age of 22, this Italian powerhouse is looking forward to celebrating a birthday in Lima – but he warns me – there’ll be no negotiators invited to the party if we’re not on track for a fair and ambitious agreement next year in Paris.

 

Follow Federico on @FedericoClimate 

Maria E. Rinaudo Mannucci

Maria Eugenia Rinaudo combines her experience as an activist, with the precision of the private sector.

Maria has been active in Venezuela’s environmental scene since her first COP experience back in 2011.

Since then, she has become a Regional Director of one of Venezuela’s largest environmental NGO’s, the founder of CLIMATEATE and a co-founder of CLIC, the Latin American youth Climate movement that is sweeping the continent.

As a blogger, she writes for some of the biggest media organisations in the country, and will be filling her columns with stories about adaptation and the role that communities can play.

Follow Maria on @Climateate

Paulina Szabat
Paulina Szabat isn't afraid of getting a little technical if that's what it takes to bridge Europe's gaping divides.

Paulina Szabat isn’t afraid of getting a little technical if that’s what it takes to bridge Europe’s gaping divides.

 

Paulina has been working with IndyAct to galvanise civil society across Eastern Europe for the last couple of years, and hopes these skills will work even better once she brings them out of the cold.

A Climate Reality Leader and a key believer in the need for every country to do their bit in Lima, Paulina will be keeping a close eye on all those seeking to wriggle out of a binding solution.

Watch out for Paulina to keep the spotlight shining on the EU, and as they say in Lord of the Rings, “look to the East” when times get tough in Lima.

 

Follow Paulina on @paulina_szabat

Risalat Khan
Risalat Khan is keen to support developing countries in their quest for climate justice, but also believes that social innovation can lead a sustainable revolution across the developing world

Risalat Khan is keen to support developing countries in their quest for climate justice, but also believes that social innovation can lead a sustainable revolution across the developing world.

 

Risalat is another experienced campaigner, but this time with an entrepreneurial twist.

While challenging Bangladesh’s coal developments through his work with Avaaz.org,  he has also founded two different agribusinesses dedicated bringing urban farming into the heart of Dhaka, and sustainable food into the stomachs of its residents.

His passion for climate justice is only matched by his passion for photography, so watch out Negotiators, you’ve got some real paparazzi this year!

Follow Risalat on @risalat_k

Santiago Ortega
Santiago Ortega is an environmental engineer ready to invest some renewable energy into the UNFCCC

Santiago Ortega is a civil engineer ready to invest some renewable energy into the UNFCCC

Santiago has to be the youngest Engineering Professor we’ve ever seen. But don’t worry, you’re going to want to stay awake for his lectures.

Hailing from Medellin, Colombia, Santiago has dedicated the last few years of his life to investigating renewable energy opportunities for Colombia and some of its closest neighbours.

This included developing a number of CDM projects, and he will be keeping a close eye on the role that renewables, and market-based solutions will play in Lima.

He is Fellow in Global Journalism from the University of Toronto, and covers energy and environment stories for different media outlets. But for Lima, we have him all to ourselves.

Be sure to follow him on @sortegarango.

Together, this team is going to be the best source of news coming out of Lima, and will have you on the edge of their opiniated seats throughout the 2 action-packed weeks.