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City Diplomacy and Membership

Steven Molteno

Membership Manager

Steven is responsible for Membership and Governance. He joined ICLEI Africa in 2011 and has worked on communications, membership, governance and several events. He has a special interest in international relations, African history and current affairs, linguistics, and biodiversity. He also has a background in IT, and wants to use his skills and interests to serve Africa’s cities and their sustainable development.

AllDirectors
Deputy Secretary General: ICLEI & Regional Director: ICLEI Africa

Kobie Brand

Coordinator: City Diplomacy and International Relations

Marina Reyskens Lutz

Administration Officer

Faghmieda King

Professional Officer: Climate Change, Energy and Resilience

Nelson de Lamare

Professional Officer: Sustainable Energy Action and Political Liaison

Ayman Aribou

Deputy Secretary General: ICLEI & Regional Director: ICLEI Africa

Kobie Brand

Kobie has more than 25 years of practical and managerial experience in Environmental Management and Urban Development. Her expertise range from biodiversity, climate change, coastal management to urban sustainability and planning. She is responsible for the strategic direction, growth, partnerships, programmes and scope of work for ICLEI in Africa. Kobie is also Global Director for ICLEI’s Biodiversity and Nature-based solutions work, and in this capacity heads up the Cities Biodiversity Center embedded in ICLEI Africa.

Coordinator: City Diplomacy and International Relations

Marina Reyskens Lutz

Marina is an international affairs specialist and has previously worked in the International Relations Unit in the Office of the Executive Mayor at the City of Cape Town, South Africa, a position she held since 2016. Prior to her work at the City of Cape Town, Ms Reyskens Lutz worked as a Senior Policy Officer (Political Affairs) at the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Pretoria.

Administration Officer

Faghmieda King

Faghmieda joined ICLEI Africa in 2014. Her key responsibilities are membership, logistics and office administration. She has 10 years’ experience as entrepreneur developer, coordinating member events, undertaking coaching sessions and other support activities.

Professional Officer: Climate Change, Energy and Resilience

Nelson de Lamare

Nelson is part of both the Climate Change, Energy & Resilience work stream, and the Membership team, while undertaking his MA in International Studies at Stellenbosch University. He has experience working for the Coordinating Committee for International Voluntary Service, a global network of International Voluntary Service CSOs, as well as the culture and education sectors of UNESCO.

Professional Officer: Sustainable Energy Action and Political Liaison

Ayman Aribou

Ayman is a trilingual policy officer and an energy engineer by training. He has solid experience in working at the global network level and a proven track record in political advocacy in an African context. His academic background is in energy transition and governance, as well as energy efficiency and renewables. Ayman has a Master’s degree in Political Science and Social Science from the European Institute in Berlin (Germany), a Master’s degree in Automatic Control of Energy Efficiency from the University of Lorraine in Nancy (France), as well as an Engineering Degree in Renewable Energy from the International University of Rabat (Morocco).

Related Projects

We, together with various partners, are jointly delivering activities under the SESA project, which aims at providing energy access technologies and business models that are easily replicable and generate local opportunities for economic development and social cohesion in selected sites in nine African countries.
We are supporting and facilitating capacity building within coastal cities and the transfer of knowledge and expertise to harness the potential of these cities. We are assessing needs of coastal cities’ in the Western Indian Ocean region through a key stakeholder engagement workshops and delivering trainings on adapting to climate change and enhancing resilience.
Cities are complex, dynamic, political systems. We bring together the right people and an understanding of the political economy of individual cities to identify and address the critical challenges they are facing. Our aim is to generate insights and evidence that will help improve the living conditions, services and life chances of all city residents, particularly for disadvantaged communities.
Building more inclusive and sustainable food systems has the catalytic potential to offer several economic and development benefits to all people, especially the poor and disadvantaged.

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The Team

AllDirectors
Deputy Secretary General: ICLEI & Regional Director: ICLEI Africa

Kobie Brand

Coordinator: City Diplomacy and International Relations

Marina Reyskens Lutz

Administration Officer

Faghmieda King

Professional Officer: Climate Change, Energy and Resilience

Nelson de Lamare

Professional Officer: Sustainable Energy Action and Political Liaison

Ayman Aribou

Deputy Secretary General: ICLEI & Regional Director: ICLEI Africa

Kobie Brand

Kobie has more than 25 years of practical and managerial experience in Environmental Management and Urban Development. Her expertise range from biodiversity, climate change, coastal management to urban sustainability and planning. She is responsible for the strategic direction, growth, partnerships, programmes and scope of work for ICLEI in Africa. Kobie is also Global Director for ICLEI’s Biodiversity and Nature-based solutions work, and in this capacity heads up the Cities Biodiversity Center embedded in ICLEI Africa.

Coordinator: City Diplomacy and International Relations

Marina Reyskens Lutz

Marina is an international affairs specialist and has previously worked in the International Relations Unit in the Office of the Executive Mayor at the City of Cape Town, South Africa, a position she held since 2016. Prior to her work at the City of Cape Town, Ms Reyskens Lutz worked as a Senior Policy Officer (Political Affairs) at the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Pretoria.

Administration Officer

Faghmieda King

Faghmieda joined ICLEI Africa in 2014. Her key responsibilities are membership, logistics and office administration. She has 10 years’ experience as entrepreneur developer, coordinating member events, undertaking coaching sessions and other support activities.

Professional Officer: Climate Change, Energy and Resilience

Nelson de Lamare

Nelson is part of both the Climate Change, Energy & Resilience work stream, and the Membership team, while undertaking his MA in International Studies at Stellenbosch University. He has experience working for the Coordinating Committee for International Voluntary Service, a global network of International Voluntary Service CSOs, as well as the culture and education sectors of UNESCO.

Professional Officer: Sustainable Energy Action and Political Liaison

Ayman Aribou

Ayman is a trilingual policy officer and an energy engineer by training. He has solid experience in working at the global network level and a proven track record in political advocacy in an African context. His academic background is in energy transition and governance, as well as energy efficiency and renewables. Ayman has a Master’s degree in Political Science and Social Science from the European Institute in Berlin (Germany), a Master’s degree in Automatic Control of Energy Efficiency from the University of Lorraine in Nancy (France), as well as an Engineering Degree in Renewable Energy from the International University of Rabat (Morocco).

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