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.

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.

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.

Giovanni Pagani

Urban Resilience Consultant
Giovanni joined UN-Habitat in 2016 to support the developement of the City Resilience Profiling Tool (CRPT and its implementation in cities). Prior to that, he worked as a journalist and researcher, focusing mainly on urban conflict analysis and post-war reconstruction in the MENA region. Giovanni is trained as an architect and holds an MSC in Middle East Politics from the London School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS).

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.

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.

Julia Linares

Intern Outreach and Partnerships
Julia has a background in Business Management and Administration and she is currently studying the Master NOHA in International Humanitarian Action. Julia joined UN-Habitat in September 2018 to support the Partnership, Advocacy and Outreach Department.

Lara Barange

Intern Communications and Outreach
With a master’s in International Relations, Lara specialised in environmental policy, and prior to CRPP was part of the UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean, working on agriculture’s resilience to climate change. Lara joined UN-Habitat’s CRPP in September 2018 to support with communications and outreach towards the preparation of Barcelona Resilience Week 2018.

Mihai Magheru

Governance and Human Rights Advisor
Mihai is sociologist and has worked for almost two decades in human development and social protection. Before joining UN-Habitat in April 2017, Mihai worked for the World Bank, UNICEF, and within various European Commission programmes, including NGO’s. His specialities are: human and children’s rights, social protection, local governance, gender, and research and evaluation in rural and urban social development.

Sara Vargues

CRPP Technical Team Intern

Sara joined the UN-Habitat CRPP in June 2018 to support the technical team with specific focus on the city of Maputo and the multi dimension aspect of informality encounter in cities. She is an architect with experience in large-scale urban upgrading projects mainly in informal settlements in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. She holds a master’s degree in International Cooperation in Sustainable Emergency Architecture from the International University of Catalonia – UIC, Barcelona.


Sergio Dominguez

CRPP Technical Team Intern

Sergio joined the CRPP team in June 2018, working in the development of the CRPT. Prior to that, he worked in local government, urban planning offices, and NGOs related to poverty alleviation and sustainable development. He is an architect with master's degrees in International Cooperation in Urban Development from TU Darmstadt and in Sustainable Emergency Architecture from the UIC, Barcelona.


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

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


Marcia Guambe

CRPP Focal Point in Maputo, Mozambique
Marcia Guambe has a background in Environment, Geomatics and Natural Resources Evaluation as well as experience in Disaster Risk Reduction, Capacity Building, Urban Planning, and Resilience Building. She has been working for UN-Habitat since 2013 based in Maputo, Mozambique.

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


Maria Buhigas

Actions for Resilience and Governance Advisor
Maria is an independent urban planner and architect (MsUP’99 CU), with over 18 years of experience on spatial strategy development and urban planning. Until 2013, she had a position in the Agency Barcelona Regional, devoted to infrastructure and urban development in Barcelona Metropolitan Region. She has supported many local and regional administrations and institutions, and also in the last years she has worked in several projects of UN-Habitat.