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.

Lydie Lescarmontier
Science Officer
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Who I am
I'm a glaciologist by training, and I specialised my work on the functioning of emissary Antarctic glaciers. During my research career, I worked with the CNRS (French National Research Institute) and the Australian National University to better understand the effect of Climate Change on the Antarctic ice sheet. From 2015 to 2017, I was vice-president of the french committee of APECS (Association of Polar Early Career Scientists) promoting education and science in polar regions, and is today young researcher represent at the CNFRA (French National Committee of Research in Arctic and Antarctic) and polar guide in the Arctic and Antarctic.
What I do at OCE

In 2018 I joined the OCE team as Science Officer. My mission is to coordinate the production of education resources of the OCE and its network and to participate to the teachers' professional development.

Mathilde Tricoire
Education Officer
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Who I am
I am a biology and geology teacher. Thanks to my solid scientific background, I have been able to acquire advanced knowledge in biology, geology and climate science. My years of teaching in middle and high school classes in the Loir-et-Cher region have allowed me to develop active teaching methods, at the service of my students. My professional skills are also coupled with a strong personal ecological conviction, which explains my desire to make education on these issues available to as many people as possible.
What I do at OCE

As the Education Officer of the OCE, I am in charge of writing resources for teachers as well as providing training - in France and abroad - on the themes of climate change. In order to do this, I also coordinate the production of serious games.

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



What I do at OCE

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

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.

Apurva Barve
Education Officer
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Who I am
I am a biologist from Pune, India, with a masters in Zoology and a PhD in biotechnology. I work in the area of science education, communication & outreach, with experience in running educational outreach projects. My primary interest is communicating the excitement of science, and introducing active teaching-learning methods to science classrooms at all levels. Over the past seven years, I have (i) developed and run professional development workshops for science teachers (ii) conducted education and outreach projects, from conception to implementation (iii) established international collaborations. Along with a team at the Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER) Pune, I have conducted workshops to introduce teachers to new pedagogical tools and assessment methods, with emphasis on inquiry-based learning. I have taught biology at the undergraduate level, and managed website content.
What I do at OCE

I am passionate about nature and the environment and would like to contribute to educating tomorrow's citizens on the causes and consequences of climate change. I joined OCE in October 2021 as Education Officer. I would be contributing to capacity building of teachers and adaptation of climate change education resources for Latin America under the ALEC project. I shall also be part of the team developing a MOOC for teachers on climate change. 

Gabriel Brunnich Dunand
Strategy and Partnerships Officer
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Who I am
Trained in international affairs and development studies (Sciences Po, Paris), I served in the United Nations system for 14 years (UNESCO, UNDP) in France, Burkina Faso, Mali and Senegal; have 10 years’ experience teaching English in France at the primary, secondary and university levels and have worked as a preschool teacher in New York City. From 2015 to 2021, I led the UNESCO International Fund for the Promotion of Culture (IFPC), managing the implementation of over 20 artistic projects around the world; and overseeing the transformation of the IFPC via a multi-stakeholder consultative mechanism tasked with developing and implementing a strategic roadmap for the Fund. I am passionate about harnessing the power of culture and education to contribute to sustainable development and address climate change.
What I do at OCE

As Strategy and Partnerships Officer at the OCE, I am responsible for strategic partnership development; coordinating projects in Africa, Southeast Asia and Europe; and supporting climate change education policy.

Clémence Pichon
Research Intern
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Who I am
Fascinated by the challenges that offers today's education, I am a student in Cognitive Science in the Ecole Normale Supérieure of Paris since 2018. Thanks to my family and some extracurricular activities (I have been for several years an activity leader in holidays camps), I've been interested for several years on what creates an education of quality. I did several education internships in institutions, among which the Fondation la Main à la Pâte, and laboratories (J-PAL, LPP of the Paris University). I participated in particular in a training project for teachers about the social and behavioral skills in primary school. Involved personally in the fight against climate change through various associations, I wanted to link my knowledge and my taste for the social and behavioral learning in school and the crucial stake of climate education.
What I do at OCE

Student in M2, I am doing my research internship in the OCE and the Institut Jean Nicod (CNRS - ENS - EHESS). I study, through surveys with teachers and their students, the perceptions and emotions of young student (4th - 5th grade) who follow a climate education at school.

Dany Lefort
Communication Intern
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Who I am
I've always been dedicated to the associative sector and the work in NGOs, hence, being a part of the OCE team was for me a true calling. After a few years participating in the foundation of several associations as well as the organisation of several projects with solitary aspects I wanted to evolve in an organisation which main goal is the education. Prioritizing climate change education is a goal that I want to achieve thanks to my contribution to the OCE.
What I do at OCE

Currently enrolled in a communication school  for my Master's degree I joined the OCE team in January 2022. As the communication manager junior I work under the supervision of Djian Sadadou. I will participate in the promotion and the elaboration of projects for the climate change education in France and worldwide. In other words I will work on the realization and diffusion of communication mediums, on the organisation of events and the realization of communication campaigns as well as the managing of the education communities. 

Floriane Marié
Intern in project management
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Who I am
I am currently studying for my last year master’s degree in International Relations at Sciences Po Toulouse, but I never forget my origins from Bretagne! After experimenting 5 continents, studied in Peru, and worked in Denmark, I am now settling down in Paris, at the OCE for the next 6 months.
In a first time I have been committed in the field of education, but later on it is through various associative experiences within my university, as well as during a mission carried out for the environmental transition of Marseille that I started acting for climate. Since then, i have tried to combine these two interests by taking the turn and challenges of climate change education.
In parallel to my professional experience within the OCE, I am doing a thesis research work with a focus on the agenda of climate change education within international arenas and international political meetings.
What I do at OCE

I joined the OCE team in January 2022 as an intern, to work on the development and strategy of the organization's future projects under the supervision of Gabriel Brunnich Dunand. The whole team will accompany me during these 6 months of internship to develop my project management skills as well as refine my expertise in climate change education.