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Nandikesh Sivalingam, Director
Nandikesh has over 10 years experience working for non-profits on diverse issues pertaining to environment, forests, climate change and rights. Nandikesh has many years of experience working on coal and power related issues in India and has expertise in trends, policies and politics around energy sector in India. Under his guidance he enabled Greenpeace India’s victory on National Clean Air Plan, as well as pushing through the deadline on implementation of emission standards for thermal power sector.
Lauri Myllyvirta, Lead Analyst
Lauri has over 10 years experience as an air pollution and climate expert. He has led numerous research projects on air pollution, assessing air quality and health impacts of energy policies, including more than a dozen modeling studies of the air quality and health impacts of coal-fired power plants. This research has been published and utilized in numerous countries in East Asia, Southeast Asia, South Asia, Europe, Turkey, South Africa and others. Lauri has also contributed to numerous publications around energy solutions and air pollution and is asked frequently to attend seminars and conferences as an expert speaker. He served as a member of the Technical Working Group on regulating emissions from large combustion plants in the EU and currently serves as a member of the expert panel on regulating SO2 emissions in South Africa.
Sunil Dahiya, Analyst
Sunil has over 8 years of experience as a strategist and research analyst on environmental issues. He led the energy and air pollution campaigns at Greenpeace India which resulted in the development of larger civil society momentum and clean air collective (with other groups working on air pollution issues in India), ultimately making sure that India has its first-ever National Clean Air Programme (NCAP). Sunil has also been the leading expert and voice on implementation of emission standards for coal-based power plants in India. His expertise is research, policy support and coalition development on the issues of the energy transition, climate change, air pollution and community rights etc. He has also authored multiple reports and international research papers on air pollution and energy issues.
Isabella Suarez, Analyst
Isabella brings her strategic development and research experience in climate change and energy security to CREA, focusing primarily on the group’s work in Southeast Asia. She previously served as the Strategic Engagement Coordinator for the Global Commission on Adaptation at the World Resources Institute, and was a contributing author on the foremost report on climate adaptation. Her research covers policy and coalition building for intersectional and inclusive climate action, including issues such as gender, infrastructure resilience and locally led action. She worked as a researcher and consultant at organizations such as the Advanced Energy Group, UN Women, UN Counter-terrorism Executive Directorate, and TransAsia Oil and Gas.
Erika Uusivuori, Researcher
Erika recently received her master’s degree, graduating in the program of environmental and resource economics at the University of Helsinki. She was granted the maximum grade for her thesis, which dealt with reducing the load and impacts of microplastics in waters when using ecological nets. For her bachelor’s degree, she majored in agricultural economics. She has experience working in the USA for a crop consulting company where she evaluated crop health and conditions for the benefit of farmers.
Tarja Torsti, Operations Officer
Tarja is responsible for the administration of human resources, finances and other infrastructural processes. Prior to joining CREA she worked for the European Climate Foundation where she gained experience in grants management and finance. She has over 20 years of experience in the fields of operation, finances and administration in both business and non-profit sectors.