Our team


Our team operates from several locations around the world, with staff based in Germany, Italy, the UK and the US. Our staff members are:

Andy Parker
Project Director

Andy has been one of the main architects of the SRM Governance Initiative since its launch in 2010. He has a background in climate policy and began working on geoengineering when he led the production of the Royal Society’s Geoengineering the climate report, starting in 2008.  Since then he’s researched SRM governance and policy at the Harvard Kennedy School (USA) and the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (Germany), and he was also a member of the UN Convention on Biological Diversity’s expert working group on geoengineering. He’s currently an Honorary Senior Research Fellow at the University of Bristol, UK.

Peter McGrathPeter McGrath

Peter was trained in the UK, obtaining his BSC in agricultural zoology from the University of Glasgow and his PhD from the University of Leeds. In 2003, he joined TWAS, becoming responsible for the organization’s programmatic activities aimed at building scientific capacity in developing countries. In 2013 he became coordinator of IAP, the InterAcademy Partnership, while retaining his duties under the TWAS Science Policy/Science Diplomacy Programme.

Alex HanafiAlex Hanafi

Alex is Senior Manager of Multilateral Climate Strategy and a Senior Attorney in Environmental Defense Fund’s International Climate Program. Alex coordinates research and advocacy programs designed to promote policies and build institutions that effectively reduce greenhouse gas emissions around the globe.

Manuela Schipizza LoughManuela Schipizza Lough

Manuela Schipizza Lough has an academic background in Languages from the University of Trieste, in Italy. She worked as a trainer for Bank of America Corporate Banking in London, then she moved back to Italy and has been working on international multi-partner projects for 15 years, managing teams that always had a very high scientific profile, such as members from the Ecole Normale Supérieure in Paris, the University of Cambridge, the Chinese Academy of Sciences and Lund University. Before joining TWAS-SRMGI she had a fellowship at the International School for Advanced Studies in Trieste (SISSA).

Francois PougelFrançois Pougel

François has a background in Earth Science and Sustainability from Université Toulouse III and in Geopolitics and International Relations from Sciences Po Toulouse. He worked four years in corporate sustainability in France, where he gathered experience in trade associations and regulatory affairs, policy and strategy making, risk management and communication. He then joined the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies in Germany, working as a Research Associate on Digitalisation and Sustainability. He has been SRMGI’s Project Manager since early 2017, and is the Co-Founder of BE.ive, a Potsdam-based sustainability consultancy.

Steering Group

The three SRMGI convening partners have appointed a Steering Group of three co-chairs to oversee the project:

Dr. Steven Hamburg

Dr Steven Hamburg
Chief Scientist, Environmental Defense Fund (EDF)

Steven Hamburg is EDF’s public voice for its commitment to science-based advocacy and is responsible for the scientific integrity of EDF’s positions and programs. His training and research specialty is in ecosystem ecology, with a focus on forests. Dr. Hamburg has served as an advisor to both corporations and non-governmental organizations and was awarded an Environmental Merit award by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for his climate change-related activities. He has published widely including in Nature and Science and has served as a lead author for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

Professor Laban A. Ogallo

Professor Laban A. Ogallo
Fellow, The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS)

Prof. Ogallo is Kenyan, born in 1950. He holds B.Sc (Hons), M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in meteorology. He is a full Professor of Meteorology at the Department of Meteorology of the University of Nairobi, Kenya, where he was once a chairman of the department. His main areas of research interest include climate change, climate modelling, and the prediction and application of climate information in integrated disaster risk reduction and sustainable development efforts. He has actively participated in the IPCC climate change assessment activities. Prof. Ogallo Previously served as the Secretary (Chief Executive) of the Kenya National Council for Science and Technology, worked with WMO in Geneva, was the Founding Director of the IGAD Climate Prediction and Application Center (ICPAC), and is currently Coordinator of the IGAD/UNDP Project on building resilience capacity, is a fellow of, among others, the Kenya Academy of Sciences (KNAS), African Academy of Sciences (AAS), and TWAS. He has published widely in many journals.

Professor John Shepherd

Professor John Shepherd, CBE FRS
Professor, School of Oceans and Earth Science, University of Southampton, UK
Chairman of Royal Society Working Group

Professor Shepherd is a Fellow of the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications, and was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1999. He was the Deputy Director of the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research from 2001 to 2010. His current research interests include the natural variability of the climate system on long time-scales, the development and use of intermediate complexity models of the Earth climate system for the interpretation of the paleoclimate record, and for long-term projections of climate change. Professor Shepherd served as Chair of the Royal Society working group on geoengineering.