The Advisory Board of the Oxford Climate Journalism Network (OCJN) is a group of people chosen for their expertise, including climate journalists, climate scientists and strategic partners of the network and of the Reuters Institute. The Advisory Board will support the OCJN in its goal of improving the quality and impact of climate change journalism worldwide. Members shall be invited initially for a two-year period and will meet once per quarter.
The remit of the board will be:
To establish connections between the Network and leading organizations and ideas in the world of climate journalism, climate science and climate policy
To provide advice and expertise
To help develop the range of the Network and support its work, for the improvement of climate journalism worldwide
To connect the Institute with potential funding partners and other stakeholders.
Meredith Artley is the editor-in-chief and senior vice president of CNN Digital. She oversees the creation, programming and publishing of CNN’s journalism across CNN’s digital platforms, including CNN.com and CNNi.com across mobile, social, desktop and a range of emerging platforms and products.
She leads a global team of hundreds of talented reporters, producers and editors to fuel the world's top digital news brand. Under Meredith's leadership, CNN Digital has been the undisputed leader in digital news: #1 in unique users across mobile and desktop, #1 in video, and the most followed news organisation on social.
Over her 12+ years at CNN, she has grown and led a talented team of diverse digital journalists in Atlanta, New York, DC, LA, London, Hong Kong and other locations around the world who work together to create essential and engaging journalism for millions of people every day.
Meredith has been in the digital news space for more than 25 years. Before joining CNN and moving to Atlanta in 2009, she led digital journalists and strategies for the Los Angeles Times, the Paris-based International Herald Tribune and The New York Times.
She has been a member of the Aspen Institute’s Knight Commission on Trust, Media and Democracy, a former president of the board for the Online News Association, a fellow of the Sulzberger Executive Leadership program at Columbia University, and a graduate of the University of Missouri.
Wolfgang Blau is the Co-Founder of the Oxford Climate Journalism Network, which he developed together with the Reuters Institute during a Visiting Research Fellowship.
In his prior role, he was the President International and Global Chief Operating Officer of Condé Nast, publishing brands such as Wired, The New Yorker, Vogue, Vanity Fair, Architectural Digest, Bon Appetit and Condé Nast Traveller. He oversaw all Condé Nast companies in Asia, Europe and Latin America as well as these functions: Product & Technology, Data & Insight, Licensing, Business Development, Delivery & Business Transformation, the Global Editorial Operations and the company's global Sustainability Council.
Before becoming President of Condé Nast, Wolfgang was the company’s Chief Digital Officer, a role in which he initiated and led the transformation of the company’s internal operating model and systems across Asia, Europe and Latin America towards forming the world's most influential network of lifestyle publishing companies.
Prior to Condé Nast, Blau served as Executive Director of Digital Strategy at The Guardian and as Editor-in-chief of Zeit Online, a position that won him Germany’s Chief Editor of the Year award. He started his career as a radio news anchor and worked for seven years in California as a Silicon Valley reporter and columnist for German national newspapers and broadcasters.
Wolfgang is an advisor to the United Nations Climate Change Division UNFCCC and a Trustee of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation.
Dr Fatima Denton
Dr Fatima Denton is the Director of the United Nations University Institute for Natural Resources in Africa (UNU-INRA). Before joining UNU-INRA, she worked with the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) as Director of the largest substantive division – the Special Initiatives Division – and Coordinator of the African Climate Policy Centre (ACPC).
She is an accomplished senior manager, renowned across the research and implementation branches of the UN and beyond for her in-depth knowledge of natural resource management and extensive experience in research and policy development in the African region.
Dr Denton’s research has centred on climate change adaptation, focusing on resilience systems in agriculture, water, and energy, principally in Africa. She works on the intersections of adaptation and mitigation, focusing on transition theories, not least green transitions, stranded assets, and minerals and extractives. Dr. Denton has served as a Lead Author and Co-ordinating Lead Author for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), contributing to reports and special reports over the past two decades.
She is currently a Co-ordinating Lead Author for the IPCC Sixth Assessment Report, Working Group III. Dr. Denton was Programme Leader for the International Development Research Centre (IDRC), where she managed high-impact action research, including Africa’s largest climate change adaptation research programme. She has a significant presence on advisory committees and scientific boards, including Future Earth, Global Economic Transformation (CGET), which is chaired by Joe Stiglitz, the Institute for New Economic Thinking (INET), and the Climate Change Advisory Group (CCAG), which is led by Sir David King. Dr. Denton is a prolific writer and holds a PhD in Political Science from the University of Birmingham, UK.
Aldine Furio is the Strategic Communications Director Europe at ECF. She oversees the organisation’s political and corporate communications and manages ECF’s communications teams across Brussels-based and country desks.
Aldine has a 20-year experience in communications, public engagement and high-level advocacy with a strong focus on politics and general interest. Prior to joining ECF in 2018, Aldine worked with a number of global NGOs — Oxfam, Fairtrade, Avaaz, Crisis Action, Care, MSF — in communications, advocacy and campaigning roles, focusing on humanitarian aid, human rights and development issues. She started her career in communications agencies dedicated to political and public affairs, working in France and with EU institutions.
Aldine holds a degree in interactive communications from the University of Paris 8.
Leo previously worked for 16 years as a journalist, editor and author at the Guardian newspaper. Before joining Carbon Brief in 2015, he was WWF-UK’s chief advisor on climate change. In 2013, he was awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of Exeter in recognition of his journalism. In 2020, he was named “editor of the year” by the Association of British Science Writers. Leo's books include A Life Stripped Bare, The Final Call and Will Jellyfish Rule the World?
Dr Saleemul Huq
Dr Saleemul Huq is the Director of the International Centre for Climate Change and Development (ICCCAD) and Professor at the Independent University Bangladesh (IUB) as well as Associate of the International Institute on Environment and Development (IIED) in the United Kingdom. In addition he is the Chair of the Expert Advisory Group for the Climate Vulnerable Forum (CVF) and also Senior Adviser on Locally Led Adaptation with Global Centre on Adaptation (GCA) headquartered in the Netherlands.
He is an expert in adaptation to climate change in the most Vulnerable developing countries and has been a lead author of the third, fourth and fifth assessment reports of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and he also advises the Least Developed Countries (LDC) group in the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).
In addition he is affiliated with the UN Food System Summit for 2021 as co-chair of the Action Track 5 on Building Resilience to Vulnerabilities, Shocks & Stress. He has published hundreds of scientific as well as popular articles and was recognized as one of the top twenty global influencers on climate change policy in 2019 and top scientist from Bangladesh on climate change science.
Recently he has been appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2022 New Year Honours for services to combating international climate change.
Lagipoiva Cherelle Jackson
Lagipoiva Cherelle Jackson is a Pacific Island journalist and scholar who has spent over 20 years reporting on climate change, human rights, gender, and culture from an island perspective. She was a Journalist Fellow at the Reuters Institute where she published a pioneering study on the coverage of the climate crisis in the Pacific islands.
Lagipoiva is the host of An Impossible Choice, a series by the Guardian's Pacific Project focusing on the existential nature of the climate crisis. She is the recipient of the National Environment Award by the Government of Samoa recognising her work in climate journalism and was recognised by the US State Department for her work as a Pacific woman leader in journalism.
In 2020, she was instrumental in global consultations and the formulation of the Special Rapporteurs Report on violence against women journalists to the Human Rights Council which sought to lay the foundation for states to establish an appropriate human rights framework, including through the development of policies or strategies to ensure the protection of women journalists.
She is a mentor and advocate for Pacific journalism and works with the International Federation of Journalists, Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma, and New Narratives to strengthen and support journalism in the Pacific islands.
Sipho Kings is the Editorial Director at the weekly African newspaper The Continent. He previously news edited and then ran the South African newspaper Mail & Guardian. He has been an environment and climate reporter for over a decade. This work won him more than a dozen awards and saw him selected for the 2018 cohort of Harvard's Nieman journalism fellowship. While he still reports, his focus now is on creating spaces for reporters to do quality journalism.
Dr Radhika Khosla
Dr Radhika Khosla is Associate Professor at the Smith School of Enterprise and Environment, School of Geography and the Environment, and Research Director of the Oxford India Centre for Sustainable Development, Somerville College, at the University of Oxford. She works on examining the productive tensions between urban transitions, energy services consumption and climate change with a focus on developing country cities.
Radhika is Principal Investigator of the Oxford Martin School's interdisciplinary and multi-country programme on the Future of Cooling, which examines and helps shape the unprecedented increase in cooling energy demand growth. She is also Co-Investigator of Oxford Net Zero, an interdisciplinary research programme aimed at informing effective, equitable, and ambitious climate action. Alongside she leads complementary research projects on urban transitions and energy consumption (focussing on India). She is a contributing author to the sixth assessment report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and lead author of the UNEP Emissions Gap Report (2020).
Radhika's other current academic affiliations are at University of Pennsylvania (USA), and the Centre for Policy Research (India). She serves on the UK's Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office UK-India Advisory Board; on the Steering Committee of the Smart Surfaces Coalition; on boards of journals and book presses; and on a range of advisory roles within Oxford.
Radhika holds a PhD in the Geophysical Sciences from the University of Chicago and an undergraduate and master's degrees in Physics from the University of Oxford.
Nelly Luna is the co-founder and editor-in-chief at OjoPúblico, Peru’s leading investigative outlet. She is an investigative journalist specialised in data analysis, environment and human rights. She has written and co-edited the books Poderes Fácticos, historias urgentes en tiempos de crisis (Debate, 2020) and Vacunagate. Historia de una vacunación irregular en el Perú (Aguilar, 2021).
She has led investigations that have received various national and international awards. She twice won the Data Journalism Awards in the innovation category (2015, 2020), the Journalistic Excellence award given by the Inter-American Press Association (IAPA) and the Scientific Journalism award, given by the Institute of the Americas.
She worked on the Panama Papers, the 2017 Pulitzer Prize-winning global investigation led by the International Consortium for Investigative Journalism (ICIJ). As a member of the OjoPúblico team, she also won the National Human Rights Award in Peru (2015) and in 2019, together with his team, she obtained the honourable mention awarded by the Latin American Studies Association (LASA), in the United States, for her role in in-depth coverage of topics to understand Latin America. She is a member of the Advisory Committee of the Rainforest Journalism Fund.
Meera Selva is the Director of the Journalist Fellowship Programme at the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism and the Deputy Director of the Reuters Institute.
Meera is an accomplished senior journalist with experience in Europe, Asia and Africa. She joined the Reuters Institute from Handelsblatt Global where she had been working out of Singapore, having helped launch the digital daily business paper in Berlin in 2014. She was also previously a London-based correspondent for the Associated Press, and Africa correspondent for the Independent based in Nairobi. She also has several years experience in financial journalism.
She is co-founder of the Oxford Climate Journalism Network and her work at the Reuters Institute includes climate change, newsroom diversity and media freedom.
Meera studied for an MPhil in European Politics at St. Antony’s College, Oxford, and was a journalist fellow at the Reuters Institute in 2007-8, where she looked at the media coverage of the Darfur crisis. She is also a member of the RISJ Steering Committee.
Catrin Thomas leads the team responsible for advancing the Laudes Foundation’s efforts to catalyse broad impact through the development of external relations, strategic communications and visual branding strategies.
As a senior corporate affairs professional, Catrin has more than 20 years of international experience in strategic communications, integrated marketing, content and analyst relations across the financial services, technology, media and non-profit sectors.
Prior to joining Laudes Foundation, Catrin was the Corporate Affairs Director at the UK Government-backed Green Finance Institute and previously the Head of Corporate Communications, EMEA, at Bloomberg. A fluent Welsh speaker, Catrin sits on the board of GlobalWelsh, a non-profit diaspora engagement and investment organisation.