Resilience Team

Barcelona Office


Esteban León

Head of the City Resilience Profiling Programme, UN-Habitat
Esteban has a background in economics, shelter/housing and settlement program design and management, capacity building, as well as building constructions an reconstruction projects in post-crisis situations and urban resilience building. He has been working for UN-Habitat since 2002 based in Nairobi, Geneva, Panama and Barcelona.

Amaya Celaya

Normative and Operations Coordinator
Amaya has expertise in urban design and planning, architecture, and international humanitarian action; she is expert in resilience and risk management models, as well as sustainability and climate action matters. Before joining UN-Habitat, she worked in the private sector for 16 years leading her own architecture atelier. She has also worked in the Emergency Response Unit of Directorate General for Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection (ECHO) of the European Commission, supporting in particular the work of the Emergency Response Coordination Centre (ERCC) in Ebola Crisis. She usually collaborates as inviting lecturer with several universities, and acts as expert / evaluator for European Commission Programme Horizon 2020 in Resilience, Secure Societies and Sustainability matters since 2015.

Rosa Suriñach

Partnerships, Advocacy and Outreach Coordinator
Rosa has over 15 years of professional experience with local governments and international organisations, and she has led global campaigns and advocacy initiatives promoting sustainable and resilient cities all over the world. Rosa took part of the elaboration of the New Urban Agenda leading mobilization and outreach initiatives within the Habitat III Secretariat. Before joining the United Nations in 2011, she worked in the private sector and in the Barcelona City Council. As responsible for advocacy and outreach, she coordinated field projects in Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Mexico, China, Kenya and Europe.

Andrea Nóblega Carriquiry

Technical Support, Intern
Andrea holds a Bachelor in Architecture from Universidad ORT, Uruguay and joined UN-Habitat in 2019 to support the CRPP technical team. She is currently part of the Mundus Urbano Porgramme, looking forward to finish by September 2019 her double master degree in MSc. International Cooperation in Urban Development -from the Technische Universität Darmstadt, Germany- and in MSc. International Cooperation: Sustainable Emergency Architecture -from the Universitat Internacional de Catalunya, Spain-. Prior to this, she worked in Uruguay as an architect for the private sector in architecture and construction firms, as a lecturer in Universidad ORT and as a volunteer for an NGO.

Anna Karaan

Urban Resilience Consultant
Anna has been part of the CRPP team since October 2016, providing overall support in tool development with a particular focus on the built and natural environment. She is an architect-planner with experience in various large-scale architecture, infrastructure and master planning projects. She holds a master’s degree in urban planning and development from the University of Sheffield, United Kingdom, and a bachelor’s degree in architecture from the University of the Philippines.

Craig Laird

Communications Specialist
Craig worked for a global association of local and regional governments before joining UN-Habitat in 2014. Throughout his career he has worked in global campaigns and platforms, creating content and editing websites.

Evan McCaffrey

Communications Support, Intern

Evan has a background in Multimedia Journalism and Marketing. He graduated with a B.Sc. in Journalism and a Minor in International Development from West Virginia University. He also holds a M.Sc. in Multimedia from Dublin City University. His prior professional experience includes tourism marketing in Europe and South America. Currently, he is studying at the Institut Barcelona d'Estudis Internacionals towards an M.A. in International Relations with a focus in conflict, threats and violence in global politics. Additionally, he volunteers at the Red Cross working with refugees in the Barcelona area.


Gemma Noguera

Operations and Cities Communication Officer
Gemma has been working in public and non-profit organisations for almost two decades in the field of communications and awareness. Currently, she is working in the Barcelona City Council and is seconded to UN-Habitat facilitating city-to-city collaboration, knowledge sharing and outreach. Prior to joining the municipality, Gemma worked in the private sector.

Helene Fourniere

Urban Resilience Specialist
Helene is an urban resilience expert which an academic background in architecture and urban fields and further specialisation spanning from sustainable developement to resilience and disaster risk reduction. She joined UN-Habitat City Resilience Profiling Programme in 2013, based in Nairobi (Kenya), and, in 2015, she relocated to Barcelona (Spain). Currently, she is focused on normative and operational activities, including the deployment of the Programme in Dakar, Senegal, and providing technical expertise to the RESCCUE project. Prior to that, she worked in the French public administration, as well as in architectural conservation and transformation in Zanzibar.

Iris Ebert

Partnerships, Outreach and Advocacy Assistant
Iris holds a Bachelor's of Science in Journalism, a Bachelor's of Arts in Sociology, and a Certificate in Technology, Arts & Media focused on graphic design and typography, from University of Colorado Boulder. She has prior professional experience in the humanitarian sector focused on refugee and migration issues. Iris joined UN-Habitat in 2019 and supports communications and advocacy efforts.

Israel Barroso

Project Assistant
Urban Planner from the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM) with two Master degrees, one in Urban Design, and the second in Urban Planning from the Universidad Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC).  Currently working as Project Assistant for the Cities Resilience Profiling Programme (CRPP) of UN-Habitat in Barcelona. Previously he worked for the UN-Habitat´s liaison office in Spain in Madrid and for the Safer Cities programme in Barcelona in the project Police Platform for Urban Development (PPUD). Israel was also part of the European COST Action project on Crime Prevention through Urban Design and Planning, as part of its Junior Network.

Sozvin Salih

Urban Resilience Consultant
Sozvin holds a master degree in Urban Design from Cardiff University, United Kingdom, and a Bachelor in Architecture from University of Sulaimani, Iraq. She joined the CRPP team in January 2017, where she has focused in the areas of urban mobility, as well as urban risk reduction measures. Prior to joining the CRPP, she worked as an architect in public-private partnership projects in Iraq, and as a lecturer at the Sulaimani Polytechnic University.

Walker Toma

Urban Resilience Specialist
Prior to joining UN-Habitat in 2017, Walker worked as a land use economist focusing on the intersection of public policy, land use, and economics. His role with the CRPP involves providing support to the city of Port Vila, Vanuatu, in implementing the CRPT and working with the technical team in areas related to economics, transportation, logistics, and social services. He holds a BA from Cornell University and MSc from the Universitat Internacional de Catalunya, where he is also currently pursuing a Ph.D. analysing the way in which land use policy and design can promote urban resilience

Yana Antonenko

Technical Support, Intern
Yana specializes in Geographic Information System (GIS) and urbanism. She graduated from ETSAV architecture school of the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC) with a master in Sustainable Intervention in the Built Environment. She also holds a double degree MSc in Marketing from University of Groningen and BI Norwegian Business School. Before studying at ETSAV, she has been working in a wide range of sectors, including cultural and non-profit organisations, international development and market research in Russia and Europe.

City Operations - Asunción


Cristian Decormis

CRPP Focal Point in Asunción, Praguay
Cristian is an economist with experience in technical and management positions. He has worked on social and economic development issues, and he has been part of several programmes and projects in Bolivia and Paraguay. He has also participated in some regional initiatives. Prior to joining UN-Habitat, he worked with the government (both at a national and at a regional level), with private entities, and in international cooperation initiatives to develop tools and projects. He joined the City Resilience Profile Programme in 2016 as a Focal Point in Asunción, Paraguay.

City Operations - Barcelona


Ares Gabàs Masip

Head of the Resilience Department (Barcelona City Council)
Ares has been Head of the Resilience Department, which is under the Infrastructure and Urban Coordination Management of the Barcelona City Council, since November 2013. She is currently the responsible for the development of the resilience strategy and project implementation carried out through the Resilience Boards (TISU). She has a background in architecture and public space design, and she has been working for the municipality of Barcelona since 2006. Before joining the Resilience Programme in September 2012, she worked in the 22@ District Transformation Project, an integrative urban renewal process of the former industrial area of Barcelona.

City Operations - Dakar


Amadou Lamine Cissé

CRPP Focal Point in Dakar, Senegal
Amadou Lamine Cissé has been working in the fields of social science research, public administration and local governance. From 2009 to 2016, he coordinated the Revitalisation Strategy of the City of Montreal. Previously, he also worked in evaluation, strategic planning and communication within different UN Agencies located in West Africa (IOM, UNDP, UNCDF…). He holds a master in Sociology (Université de Dakar), one in Health Projects Management (Université de Bordeaux) and one in Public Administration (École Nationale d'administration publique du Montreal).

City Operations - Maputo

City Operations - Port Vila


Olivia Johnson

CRPP Focal Point in Port Vila, Vanuatu
Olivia came to UN-Habitat from a previous career with Save the Children Australia, where she was the Resilience Manager for Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation based in Vanuatu. During 2017, she joined the Humanitarian Surge Team with Save the Children and supported on the ground with the Mosul and Raqqa response in Iraq and Northeast Syria in proposal development and donor relations.

External Contributors


Pamela Sitko

Actions for Resilience Expert for Port Vila
Since 2005, Pamela has worked in disaster, development and conflict settings in over 20 countries. Pamela’s key areas of focus include technical guidance and research related to resilience building, urban development, and crisis preparedness and response. Additional skills include capacity building, media and communications, strategy development and conducting evaluations. Previously experiences include work with World Vision International on urban disaster management and revision of the Sphere Handbook for minimum humanitarian standards in disaster response. Pamela has a PhD in urban disaster resilience from Oxford Brookes University.