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C40 is a network of the world’s megacities committed to addressing climate change. C40 supports cities to collaborate effectively, share knowledge and drive meaningful, measurable and sustainable action on climate change. The C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group, now in its 12th year, connects more than 95 of the world’s greatest cities, representing over 700 million people and one quarter of the global economy. Created and led by cities, C40 is focused on tackling climate change and driving urban action that reduces greenhouse gas emissions and climate risks, while increasing the health, wellbeing and economic opportunities of urban citizens.
Dr Kevin Austin serves as C40’s Deputy Executive Director. Kevin oversees all of C40’s programme delivery, operations and finance functions as well as contributing to global thought leadership and innovation in urban climate change issues.
Kevin joined C40 from the Greater London Authority where he was responsible for External Relations for the Mayor of London. His previous role at the GLA included Head of Olympic projects, leading the delivery of the major city-related elements associated with the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympics Games. Between 2002 2009 he served as Head of Transport, advising the Mayor of London on all aspects of transport policy.
In earlier years he worked for a major consultancy advising clients on project implementation and economic appraisal.
He has a Masters in Transport Planning and a Doctorate in Civil Engineering from Leeds University.
Gunjan Parik serves as the Director of the Transportation & Urban Planning Programme at C40. In this position she is responsible for driving and delivering C40’s transportation and urban planning strategy globally. Prior to joining the C40, Gunjan worked at Transport for London (TfL) in a range of strategy and policy roles, most recently as the Head of Paralympic Transport and Accessibility, where she was responsible for ensuring TfL’s capacity to operate a robust transport network able to meet the unique challenges of the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Previously, Gunjan was based in India where she worked as a Senior Consultant for Pricewaterhouse Coopers, working across a range of government institutions at local and national levels.
Gunjan holds a Masters of Science in the Management and Regulation of Risk, and a Master’s of Science in Information Systems, both from the London School of Economics.