Who We Are

Climate Scorecard identifies and advocates for actions that can lower emissions in leading greenhouse gas emitting countries and support the Paris Agreement.

Who We Are

Climate Scorecard was formed in 2015 by two concerned climate change advocates — Ron Israel, Director of the Global Citizens’ Initiative and Lois Barber, Director of the environmental advocacy group EarthAction. Its first activity was to analyze the emission reduction pledges that all countries signing the Paris Agreement were asked to make. The analysis concluded that initial Paris Agreement pledges are too low to prevent the planet from exceeding the global warming tipping point of 1.5 degrees Celsius.

Therefore, Climate Scorecard began its current program of climate change reporting and advocacy. Each month a team of young environmental researchers and advocates compiles a report on efforts related to climate change mitigation in each of 20 leading greenhouse gas emitting countries. These monthly Country Spotlight Reports also rate the status of current efforts, using a four-star rating system, and contain an advocacy message aimed at changing the practices of those responsible for the activity described in the monthly report.

All of Climate Scorecard’s monthly country reports are combined and published, along with related meta-analysis of climate change trends, into a monthly Global Spotlight Report. The monthly Global Report goes out to a mailing list of several thousand environmental leaders around the world.

Climate Scorecard Staff

Ron Israel

Ron Israel

Co-Founder

Ron Israel is a Climate Scorecard Co-Founder and the Executive Director of The Global Citizens’ Initiative. He has extensive experience designing and implementing international development projects in the fields of environmental protection and sustainable development, global governance, and citizen participation.

Lois Barber

Lois Barber

Co-Founder

Lois Barber is a Climate Scorecard Co-Founder and the Executive Director of EarthAction. She has a 30-year history of work in the non-profit world with a focus on citizen participation in policymaking on environment, peace, and justice issues.

Marisa Young

Marisa Young

Digital Media Coordinator

Marisa Young is an experienced Web Designer and Digital Media Specialist with a background in the arts and non-profit sectors. She holds a Masters degree in Marketing & Communications from Emerson College.

Diana Gastelum

Diana Gastelum

Report Editor

Diana Gastelum is a recent graduate from Suffolk University where she studied Environmental Policy and International Relations. Diana gained an interest in doing research surrounding the energy sector and how political actions within the industry play a role in the energy transition specifically within North and South America. Diana currently works as an Energy Program Coordinator focusing on energy efficiency, decarbonization, and other distributed energy technologies in the open market.

Climate Scorecard Country Managers

Carlos Alexandre de Oliveira

Carlos Alexandre de Oliveira

Brazil Country Manager

Carlos Alexandre de Oliveira holds a bachelor's degree in Business Administration from FMU-SP and an MBA in Business Management from FGV - Fundação Getúlio Vargas and UCI - University of California. He has more than 25 years of experience in various sectors of the economy (industry, commerce, finance and services). He currently lives in São Paulo-Brazil.

Diane Szoller

Diane Szoller

Canada Country Manager

Diane Szoller has been working on sustainability issues since the ’90s, including the start-up of environmental agencies on various levels - some being international, national and/or local. She has a background in finance and adult education academically and is a life long learner.

Annette Wiedenbach

Annette Wiedenbach

China Country Manager

Annette is a MIT SPURS Fellow alumna. Prior to coming to Boston, for the past 20 years she has lived in China, Taiwan and Singapore to work in communications, public affairs and sustainability.

Brittany Demogenes

Brittany Demogenes

EU Country Manager

Brittany Demogenes is currently a Master of Arts in International Affairs student at Johns Hopkins SAIS Europe. She holds a bachelor’s degree from UCLA where she graduated with a major in Political Science and a minor in English.

Liana Mehring

Liana Mehring

France Country Manager

Liana Mehring holds a Masters in International Affairs from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (IHEID) in Geneva, Switzerland. Her specialization is Environment, Resources and Sustainability with a secondary specialization in Global Health. She also holds a Bachelor of Science in Foreign Service from Georgetown University (Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service) in Washington, DC where her area of focus was Culture and Politics and African Studies.

Katherine Cote

Katherine Cote

Germany Country Manager

Katherine is an industrial engineer, MBA and holds advanced studies in Sociology and has deep expertise in the maritime industry (12+years). Katherine developed over the last 4 years a passion for sustainability and ESG strategy topics, especially related to supply chain and transportation, supporting a great variety of clients in the industry itself but also energy, cargo owners, insurance and financing companies- at a top tier consulting company. She recently attended a 6 month executive course on Climate & Sustainability at Cambridge University.

Pooran Chandra Pandey

Pooran Chandra Pandey

India Country Manager

Contributor to encyclopedia on sustainable development goals, Pooran Chandra Pandey is a managing director of Soent Group, a Germany based international policy consulting firm.

Netra Naik

Netra Naik

Indonesia Country Manager

Netra is a young climate scientist, architect, and environmental planner. She is interested in how cities adapt to deal with urban heat and flooding. Her specialist areas and research focus are green infrastructures, nature-based solutions, and climate-responsive design and planning. She is an ex-International Climate Protection Humboldt Fellow from the 2021 cohort.

Kazuya Takeda

Kazuya Takeda

Japan Country Manager

Kazuya Takeda is a supply chain and logistics professional working in a global robotics firm. He holds a Master’s degree of business administration from University of Glasgow and is a student of Harvard Extension School (Sustainability).

Pablo David Necoechea Porras

Pablo David Necoechea Porras

Mexico Country Manager

Pablo Necoechea is an expert in ESG and sustainability. He holds a Bachelor and Master in Economic Development from the Universidad Autónoma del Estado de Puebla (UPAEP), a Master in Innovation from Deusto Business School, and a Master and Ph.D. Candidate in Economics from the Universidad Complutense de Madrid.

Abeer Abdulkareem

Abeer Abdulkareem

Saudi Arabia Country Manager

Abeer Abdulkareem holds a Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy from Tufts University.

Amgad Ellaboudy

Amgad Ellaboudy

Saudi Arabia Country Manager

Amgad Ellaboudy is an Adjunct Faculty of Earth Science and Oceanography at Chaffey and Mount San Antonio community colleges.

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