Somayya Ali Ibrahim
Somayya Ali Ibrahim is the International Program Manager of the Urban Climate Change Research Network (UCCRN), a consortium of over 800 scientists and practitioners dedicated to the analysis of climate change mitigation and adaptation from an urban perspective. Based at the Earth Institute at Columbia University and the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies (NASA GISS), she develops and manages climate change projects and partnerships with large city groups, universities, development banks, and federal and UN agencies, working closely with Mayors’ offices and stakeholders around the world to provide climate risk information to key city decision-makers. She manages the UCCRN Secretariat in New York and its global network of projects and partnerships, including the establishment of the UCCRN Regional Hubs in Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, Latin America, and North America, to facilitate city-to-city partnerships and the transfer of best practices. She also manages the development and publication of the UCCRN ARC3 series, an ongoing set of major global, interdisciplinary, science-based assessments on climate change and urban areas, published by Cambridge University Press. She is Co-Editor of the Second UCCRN Assessment Report on Climate Change and Cities (ARC3.2), an 800-page, four-year effort with 400+ authors and reviewers across the globe. Somayya was one of ten individuals chosen to represent Columbia University at the United Nations 21st Conference of the Parties (COP21) in Paris in December 2015. She also worked with the Urban Thematic Group of United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network, and the Campaign for an Urban Sustainable Development Goal (SDG). Somayya holds a B.Sc. (Hons.) in Management Sciences and an MBA from the University of Peshawar, and a Masters in Climate and Society from Columbia University.