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Dorah Marema (South Africa)

Since 2010, Ramatsobane Dorah Marema has been the President of GenderCC's board and one the founders of GenderCC Southern Africa.
For many years, Dorah was the Executive Director of the GreenHouse Project, an environmental NGO based in Johannesburg, South Africa. There, Dorah Lebelo was responsible for setting up a variety of projects, among them a permaculture project in a park in a poor and run-down neighbourhood in Johannesburg. This project aims to demonstrate to the surrounding inhabitants and passers-by how to live sustainably, i.e. gardening, composting etc. Other program areas include green building and design, efficiency and renewable energy and waste management/ recycling project.
In 2008, Dorah founded GenderCC Southern Africa, an independent branch of GenderCC. She is currently implementing a range of projects in the region and is also GenderCC’s Focal Point in Africa.

Gotelind Alber (Germany)

Gotelind Alber is GenderCC's treasurer and also takes part in the decision-making processes of the Steering Group.
Gotelind is based in Berlin and is an independent researcher and consultant. She is a physicist and has 25 years experience in research, policy and management, including as a past managing director of the Climate Alliance of European Cities. Currently, Gotelind is working as an independent consultant on energy and climate policy, energy efficiency and renewable energy, multi-level governance, gender and climate justice. She was also one of the co-founders of GenderCC – Women for Climate Justice.
She has been following the UNFCCC process from the very beginning in order to connect international climate policy with local approaches in industrialised and developing countries. Her recent projects include papers and a policy guidebook on “gender, cities and climate change” for UN-HABITAT and the GIZ, as well as various national and EU evaluation panels, including for the EU Horizon 2020 programme. To find our more, visit her website

Sylvia Namukasa (Uganda)

Sylvia Namukasa is an environmentalist with vast experience in environmental education, waste management, water and sanitation, climate change, organic agriculture and how all these thematic areas affect and relate to gender issues. Sylvia is the brain behind the Kirinda Youth Environmental Management and Poverty Alleviation Program Uganda (KYEMPAPU), a non-profit community-based organisation that partners with and is a member of GenderCC. She is the country coordinator for The Environment Online as well as the coordinator for the East African region for the Pan African Network for the Promotion of a Culture of Peace, a UNESCO youth wing. Sylvia was elected as member of the Board of Directors in 2017.

Kate Cahoon (Australia/Germany)

Kate Cahoon is a pro-choice, LGBTI*, women’s rights and climate activist. She has a Master of Arts (Political Science) and is currently a campaigner at 350.org in Germany. Prior to that, she coordinated a project on urban climate policy and gender for GenderCC, where she started off as a student assistant back in 2012. Together with Gotelind Alber, she published several articles on the gender dimensions of urban climate policies, including Into the Cities: Developing and supporting resilient, sustainable, and gender-responsive urban environments. Her main interests are climate justice, sexual and reproductive rights, intersectional feminism and energy democracy.

Patricia Glazebrook (USA)

Patricia Glazebrook is Professor of Philosophy at Washington State University. She is widely known as an environmental philosopher and ecofeminist though her work is interdisciplinary and uses empirical, sociological and ethnographic methods of data collection. Since 2002, she has been working with women subsistence farmers in northeast Ghana to record impacts of climate change on their crops, food security and nutrition, and to document their adaptation strategies. She has also written on food security in Africa more generally. She has published on gender in UNFCCC policy and in Assessment Reports of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, and currently studies the capacity of international climate finance to meet the needs of women agriculturalists.