The OCE

The OCE  team is hosted by Sorbonne University on the Pierre et Marie Curie campus in Paris, where it also benefits from the scientific environnement of IPSL.

David Wilgenbus
Executive Director
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Who I am
Astrophysicist by training, I have worked for 17 years (2001-2017) as head of educational resources for the La main à la pâte Foundation. I have coordinated several large-scale educational programs on sustainable development (climate change, housing, mobility, health, natural disasters...) and science (computer sciences, astronomy), which have been implemented in more than 100,000 classes in France and abroad. My expertise lies in science teaching and education for sustainable development; in particular the design of pedagogical projects and teacher training.
In 2017, I coordinated a feasibility study for an international initiative for climate change education, which led to the creation of the Office for Climate Education in 2018.

What I do at OCE

Since 2018, I have been the Chief executive officer of the Office for Climate Education. I lead the operational team based in Paris and am responsible for the implementation of the OCE's strategic plan. I also contribute to pedagogical engineering and teacher training at the OCE.

Micol Picasso
Operations Director
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Who I am
I have been working for more than 20 years in the humanitarian sector at different levels, from field missions to coordination position at headquarters. Specialized in emergency response missions, I have witnessed firsthand the negative effects of climate change on the most vulnerable people in the poorest countries (Haiti, Pakistan, Sudan, DRC). Since my return to Europe, I have been working on grant management and coordination of projects to raise awareness and mobilize young people and major decision-makers on the challenges of adaptation and ecological transition, in particular with Oxfam France.
What I do at OCE

Operations Director in office since March 2023, I’m in charge of  the coordination of ongoing projects, the management of HR on programs and of institutional fundraising  (with public donors and private foundations) with the objective of increasing  the operations of the OCE.

Natalie Nicetto
Executive assistant and Project manager
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Who I am
A young graduate in Negotiation of International Projects. Polyglot, thanks to my multicultural background, I speak 5 languages fluently. Born in Mexico, I have faced the social and environmental consequences of low resilience to strong industrial, climatic, economic and demographic changes. Growing up in this context, I developed a strong awareness for the preservation of the planet. Consequently, I engaged in different social and solidarity actions; such as participating in the development of a shared garden in Montpellier, France; organizing of a fundraising campaign for a sustainable building project in Hueyapan, Mexico; coordinating of a group of international volunteers for the development of the territory and sustainable agriculture technique in Rocca Sinibalda, Italy.
In my free time I enjoy cooking for others, biking around and I listening to live music.
What I do at OCE

I first arrived to the OCE as an executive assistant in order to provide logistics and administration support to the whole team. Later on I took the lead on the management of the main OCE international project: the CLEAR project. If you want to know more about it, go check the special section devoted to it.

Simon Klein
Science Officer
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Who I am
I am an ecologist studying pollinators ecology. I also have a teaching diploma. I did my PhD in France (CNRS in Toulouse) and in Australia (Macquarie University, Sydney) and I studied the impacts of environmental stressors on social bees behaviour. Then I taught biology to bachelor students in France and Australia. In 2019, after my PhD, I facilitated science in the GoodPlanet Foundation for Biodiversity in Paris ; and I worked as a biology and geology teacher at the Solertia institut near Paris. Apart from my academic and pedagogic engagements, I am active in theater making, and I am keen on transmitting sciences through comedy.



What I do at OCE

I joined the OCE team in Paris in February 2020 as Science Officer. My mission is to coordinate the production of educational resources of the OCE and its network and to participate to the teachers' professional development.

Nicolas Vogt
Education Officer
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Who I am
I have been a teacher for 15 years, both in secondary schools and in high schools. I have worked in France and in French schools abroad (Morocco, Senegal), in different networks. Active teaching methods are at the heart of my practice: observations, modelling, experimentation, investigative approach, inverted class... I try to favour the field approach as much as possible, which is important in the understanding of complex phenomena and scales. I like to build interdisciplinary projects with my colleagues, which gives more meaning to learning and mobilizes essential skills and values in students. Studies show that they promote the acquisition of knowledge and encourage proactive behavior, a great goal for building a better future!

What I do at OCE

I am an education officer, which means that I put my teaching experience at the service of the scientific and pedagogical expertise of the OCE. My knowledge in the production of resources (academic, textbooks,...) is very useful to me at OCE, which produces a lot of them: textbooks, summaries of IPCC reports for teachers, educational kits, digital resources. With my scientific colleagues, we also train many teachers and trainers, in France but especially abroad. Finally, we monitor educational projects all over the world: awareness raising, mitigation or adaptation projects, participatory sciences. The purpose of this follow-up is to support educational teams and to make these projects known in the hope of triggering chain reactions in the educational community.

Djian Sadadou
Communications & community manager
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Who I am
I am a young international professional, and graduate in political science and environmental science. I have an important multicultural background having lived in more than 8 countries, mostly in Latin America. I am motivated by the climate transition and its challenges in terms of education, energy, and social inclusion. As a result, I specialize in impactful communication, distribution of educational content and networks development. During the past 4 years I have been sharing my skills with international organizations and companies which aim to contribute to the climate transition.
What I do at OCE

Within the OCE, I hold the position of Communications & Community Officer. I am responsible for structuring the organization's communication as well as leading and developing its various networks in France and internationally.

Eva Perrier Ponsin
Communication Officer
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Who I am
My previous experiences in academic and international settings have strengthened my professional aspirations and today I am Communications Officer at the OCE. I am wholeheartedly committed to pursuing a career in the field of climate change communication. My enthusiasm for my role at OCE is fueled by the prospect of contributing to causes that are deeply meaningful to me, especially in the realm of education. Throughout my academic and professional journey, I have sought to leverage my skills to raise awareness and educate young people, whether in the context of contemporary art or by addressing the critical issue of climate change. Working at OCE represents for me the opportunity to deepen my commitment to climate change education, and I eagerly look forward to the challenges ahead!
What I do at OCE

I collaborate closely with all members of the communications team, working on various initiatives related to the implementation of climate change education, including the ALEC project in Latin America. I am actively involved in editorial aspects, which includes creating and managing our social media presence, writing articles and newsletters, and updating the website with relevant content. Furthermore, I have a strong inclination for graphic design and video production!

Chiraz Haddad
Communication officer junior
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Who I am
Recently graduated with a degree in Applied Foreign Languages and a DU in International Solidarities, I am currently finishing my last year of study in marketing and communication within the OCE.
Very interested in educational, intercultural and solidarity themes, I have until now oriented my training and my professional experiences in this direction. I had the chance to have several experiences abroad which allowed me to develop a strong interest in questions relating to understanding others, education and the environment in general.
Joining the OCE represents a great opportunity for me to work in an international organization whose missions are close to my heart.

What I do at OCE

I am currently working in the OCE communications team. I work with members of the communications team on the design and creation of content, the implementation of a communications strategy and the organization of national and international events.

Adeline Aroskay
Science Officer
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Who I am
I am a Doctor in Earth Sciences. During my doctorate carried out at ISTeP (Sorbonne University, Paris) and completed in 2020, I became interested in studying the fate of volcanic sulfur gases emitted into the atmosphere. In parallel with my research activities, I taught geosciences in higher education and I also worked on masters preparing for the CAPES and SVT aggregation competitions. I myself have a degree in Life, Earth and Universe Sciences and I was a high school SVT teacher.
My experience in higher and secondary education has often led me to question my teaching practices in order to improve the acquisition of skills among students as well as give more meaning to learning. I have a strong interest in questions relating to education and the improvement of practices, but also in all questions relating to the environment and climate change in general.
Working at the OCE allows me to combine themes that are close to my heart and which give a lot of meaning to my professional activity.
What I do at OCE

I joined the OCE in August 2023 as a scientific mediator. I put my experiences in the world of research and in the educational environment at the service of the OCE's missions which require both scientific and educational expertise.

In addition to the production of educational resources, my colleagues and I are training numerous teachers and trainers in France and especially abroad and we are contributing to the coordination and monitoring of national and international educational projects.

 

Manon Levrard
Project manager junior
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Who I am
2 years ago I finished my Master degree in international relations and then I worked as an international project manager in a French territorial institution. This year I’m starting an apprenticehip for a program management and advocacy specialization. I love travelling. By the way my last goal was moving without plane around Europe and it’s possible! I’m interested in a lot of topics around international challenges: intercultural meetings, population empowerment, human rights respect etc. Today, working at Office for Climate Education giving to my professional path much more meanings because of the importance of environmental concerns.
What I do at OCE

I’m in charge of ARRICE project which is a multi-countries project in Africa. The aim is to develop education for climate change in Kenya, Senegal and Mauritia. My role is to launch the project with stable fundings and coordinate actions between partners.

Lola Kengen
Research Intern
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Who I am
I am currently a first-year student in the Master's program in Education Sciences at the Learning Planet Institute. Following my studies at the University of Warwick, I obtained a Bachelor's degree in Political Science, International Relations, and Sustainable Development. It was during this time, while writing my thesis exploring systemic solutions to the phenomenon of eco-anxiety, that I discovered innovative pedagogies and the importance of socio-emotional learning. Subsequently, I worked as a Teaching Assistant for Students with Disabilities (AESH) for a year at Pajol School (Paris 18th). I wanted to immerse myself on the "other side," that of the teachers, in order to better understand the challenges facing the French public school system.
What I do at OCE

I joined the OCE team as an intern on their eco-anxiety research project after meeting Simon Klein, who came to facilitate a workshop on emotions related to climate change in my master's class. I work full-time on this qualitative research project. I coordinate field visits to the 5 pilot schools and also handle transcribing and analyzing the collected data. The aim of our research is to assess the impact of educational resources deployed by OCE on students' understanding of climate issues, as well as their emotions and motivation to take action for the climate.

Natalie Chong
Science Officer
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Who I am
A social scientist by training, I have an inter- and transdisciplinary background with experience in sustainability and climate-related issues in research and practice. My PhD research focused on the (co-)production of scientific knowledge and tools (models) and their use in water resource management in France and Australia. Previously, I have developed educational resources and activities such as workshops, summer schools, training programs, and webinars to promote critical reflection and collective action on various sustainability issues for stakeholders in France, Cambodia, and the Philippines. I have also worked to strengthen the relationship between research and policy at the global level with UNFCCC, IPCC, IPBES, and CBD. Convinced that education is the key driver of transformative change, I am committed to making climate education inclusive and accessible and finding creative ways of teaching and learning that spark meaningful conversation and drive positive change.
What I do at OCE

I joined the OCE team in April 2024 as a Science Officer, where my primary focus is to develop educational resources, training, projects, and other activities which contribute to OCE's mission to prioritize climate education in France and abroad.

 

Anne Bres
Communication Manager for France
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Who I am
I have over 30 years of experience in the field of communication and a 360° vision of the role, having worked in both technical positions (webmaster, community manager) and strategic ones (internal communication manager or scientific communication manager). For the past 4 years, I have worked as a communication manager at the National Institute of Earth Sciences (INSU) of CNRS.
Among the research themes of this institute, one finds climate change, a topic that deeply captivated me during this tenure, and for which I have committed myself to popularizing, notably by co-writing the book "Understanding (Almost) Everything About Climate."
What I do at OCE

At OCE, my role involves structuring and exploring the link between OCE and the scientific community in France, as well as developing our visibility and presence within the educational community.