Who We Are

We are a diverse, international team of around 100 young volunteers with a broad range of backgrounds and experiences. We are united by a belief in climate solutions, through policy reform as well as individual and collective action. Through enabling a deep understanding of climate policy, we want to amplify young people’s voices and spark positive change around the world!

Our Leadership Team

Emma Heiling
CEO & Founder

Emma is currently doing her Master’s in Environmental Policy at the university of Sciences Po in Paris. She has a bachelor’s degree in Land Economy (Environment, Law and Economics) from the University of Cambridge and co-founded ClimaTalk at the end of her final year in June 2020. She is also very passionate about animal rights and a big vegan foodie.

Georgia Fulton
COO & Editor-in-Chief

Georgia researches and teaches at the University of Geneva, having studied English literature at Cambridge and Durham. She is Editor-in-Chief at ClimaTalk. Currently she can be found in the mountains around Geneva when not in the library!

James-Joseph De Costa
Climate Action & Careers Project Lead

J-J is a third year Physics student at the University of Oxford who is incredibly passionate about the environment and its protection. His main areas of interest are clean energy generation and storage and the preservation of biodiversity.
By working at Climatalk in the Climate Action and Careers department he aims to help make climate science more accessible and educate a wide audience about the importance of preserving our natural world, and how to get involved.

Asanté Boyce
Climate Action & Careers Project Lead

Asanté is the Climate Action and Career’s Team Co-Lead. She holds a bachelors degree in Sociology and Criminology and a masters in Cultural Anthropology. Asanté has a keen interest in the socio-cultural factors involved in sustainability and the environment, particularly the inclusion of diverse perspectives.  A lover of documentaries and both non-fiction and fiction books, she always welcomes good recommendations!

Maria Constantinescu
EU Policy Project Lead

Maria is working as Sustainability Specialist in the private sector, based in Belgium, after studying and volunteering in Romania, Czech Republic, Morocco and Portugal. Her mission of empowering youth for climate action has been highlighted in the past years as she represented Romania as the Youth4Climate delegate, COP26 delegate, and International Conferences for Youth related to the SDGs agenda. With her studies she specialized in Global Governance and EU Integration, which is one of the reasons why Maria is co-leading the EU Policy Team at ClimaTalk.

Kendra Williams
Public Relations Team Lead

Kendra is in her second year studying English and History at the University of York, and is very passionate about sustainability and environment protection. She is specifically interested in how people can communicate the environmental message and help it reach a wider audience, something she is excited to do in her role at ClimaTalk.

Fotios Kotzakioulafis
EU Policy Project Lead

As the most active European Climate Pact Ambassador in Greece, I have worked on several projects both there, and in Iceland, but also across Europe, while I had the opportunity of being selected and actively participating in two high-level EU Policy Dialogues with the Executive Vice-President of the European Commission (EVP), Frans Timmermans and with the Commissioner for Environment, Oceans and Fisheries Virginijus Sinkevicius, in Brussels. In parallel, I am involved in EU advocacy, which mainly consists of topics related to climate, sustainability, and energy through my role as a local facilitator for the Just Transition Regions.

Virginia Raffaeli
YCLD Project Lead

Virginia is a law and policy researcher currently working for the Geopolitics and Global Futures Programme of the Geneva Centre for Security Policy (GCSP) in Switzerland. Before, she worked as a Legal Intern for the Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL), focusing on the impact of climate change on land in the context of indigenous and women’s rights. She holds an LL.B. from the University of Durham and an LL.M. in International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights from the Geneva Academy.

Irene Domínguez Pérez
Website Team Lead

Irene is a Industrial Engineering graduate by the Technical University of Madrid, currently finishing her Double Degree Master in Electromechanical Engineering in the Brussels Faculty of Engineering. Her growing concern for sustainability issues led her to analyse the environmental impact of power generation in her Bachelor thesis. She’s also an alumna of the EIT Climate-KIC Journey 2020 and looks forward to working in tackling environmental challenges.

Ananya Sharma
Website Team Lead

Ananya is a student at Putney High school in London, and is currently studying for her A levels in Geography, History and Psychology, and is looking to study Geography at university. She has also undertaken an EPQ (extended project qualification) on Climate Repair. Her experience at COP26 and the Centre for Climate Repair at Cambridge has sparked her passion for raising climate awareness among young people and advocating the importance of sustainability.

Afef Abdelli
Design Team Lead

Afef has a master’s degree in Human Resources and Management. Recently, she obtained a certificate in reporter photography. She is passionate about taking photos, also interested in sustainable human development, and climate change. She cares about the environment and future generation. That’s why she believes that taking care of the environment now helps to preserve it for tomorrow. She loves languages and exploring new places.

Marko Milutinovic
Social Media Team Lead

Marko Milutinovi? is the Director of Communications at the international non-governmental
organization Young European Leadership, as well as the leader of the social media team at
ClimaTalk, a non-governmental organization with the aim of demystifying climate policies and
strengthening the voices of young people in the fight against climate crisis.
In addition, Marko is an environmental activist, Young European Ambassador and European
Climate Pact Ambassador.

Julia Gaus
Editing Team Lead

Julia is a young professional in development cooperation focusing on sustainable urban development and climate finance. She holds a masters degree in climate change, development and policy from the University of Sussex and an undergraduate degree in international relations. At ClimaTalk she is currently serving as Co-Lead of the Editing Team as well as Commissioning Editor. In her free time she is passionate about exercising outdoors and sustainable living.

Isabel Siggers
Editing Team Lead

Isabel is a 4th year Earth Sciences student at the University at Cambridge, with a focus on Geophysics. Originally from the United States, she is interested in how scientific research drives innovation in carbon capture and sequestration projects, and how these innovations are fostered by economics and policy

Bernarda Parodi
Video Team Lead

Bernarda is currently based in Madrid, working as a freelance video editor and designer. She has experience working in TV and social media, after studying her double degree in Journalism and Audiovisual Communications.  She is passionate about protecting our planet and changing the world through the efforts of small communities with a feminist and inclusive perspective.

Alexandra Nikolin
Research Team Lead

Alexandra is a 3rd year Natural Sciences student at Cambridge, specialising in conservation science and applied ecology. Throughout her time at Cambridge she has been the Green Officer and Ethical Affairs Executive for Fitzwilliam College, as well as being an active member of Cambridge University Environmental Consulting Society. In September, Alexandra plans to start her MSc in Global Environmental Change and Policy at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. In addition to policy, Alexandra is especially interested in the role biodiversity plays in the climate crisis.