The International Cryosphere Climate Initiative staff at Jungfraujoch research station in Switzerland.
ICCI staff at Jungfraujoch research station in Switzerland.


Pam Pearson is a former U.S. diplomat with 20 years of experience working on global issues, including climate change, non-proliferation, and various initiatives on the environmental and social policies of the multilateral development banks. She served in postings to Ecuador, Sweden, Norway, and several of the newly independent states of the former Soviet Union, designing some of the very first environmental health programs there. She was part of the Kyoto Protocol negotiating team. From 1999-2003 Pam was a counselor and acting deputy ambassador to Norway and served as the United States focal point to the Global Fund on AIDS, Malaria, and Tuberculosis from 2003-2005. She resigned in 2006 in protest over changes to U.S. development policies, especially related to environmental and global issues programs. From 2007-2009, she worked from Sweden with a variety of organizations and Arctic governments to bring attention to the potential benefit of reductions in short-lived climate forcers to the Arctic climate, culminating in Arctic Council ministerial-level action in the Tromsø Declaration of 2009.

Pam founded ICCI immediately after COP-15 to bring greater attention and policy focus to the rapid and markedly similar changes occurring to cryosphere regions throughout the globe; their importance to the global climate system; and the need for intensified and specific mitigation efforts to slow these changes and allow greater adaptation by local peoples.

Director Pam Pearson

Stefan Ruchti-Crowley

Director, Climate Negotiations and Arctic

Stefan Ruchti-Crowley grew up in the Swiss lowlands, with the Alps and the Cryosphere present in both his family history and his activities. Stefan joined ICCI in January 2022, with a focus on multilateral climate negotiations, as well as the Arctic region. Stefan looks back on 30 years within the Swiss Government. An early focus on environmental impact assessments gave rise to multilateral work within the relevant conventions of the UNECE. As focal point for the Alpine Convention, and as coordinator of the environmental evaluation of Swiss candidacies to host the winter Olympic Games, the Cryosphere soon became an integral part of his professional realm. From 2005 onwards, Stefan covered the multilateral climate negotiations, first as climate finance focal point for the Office of the Environment; and since 2007, as Head of the unit covering environment and climate policy within the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs. With a focus on the science-policy interface, Stefan negotiated (among other aspects) the temperature goals that found their way into the 2015 Paris Agreement.

Stefan studied forestry at ETH Zurich (MSc ETH) and, as a Fulbright student, environmental sciences at the University of Washington in Seattle (M.S.). He pursued further graduate studies in the social environmental sciences at Yale University before beginning his career within the Swiss Government.

Svante Bodin

Chair, Advisory Board

Dr. Svante Bodin holds a Ph.D. in Meteorology and became an assistant professor at the University of Stockholm in 1980. He headed research at the Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological Institute (SMHI) from 1979-84, and from 1984-1989 directed the Swedish National Weather Service. In 1989, Dr. Bodin joined the Swedish Ministry of Environment as head of the division for Climate Change, Marine Issues, and Air Pollution, serving on or heading a wide variety of delegations to a broad variety of environmental forums, including the UNFCCC, Montreal Protocol, and Arctic Council. Dr. Bodin retired from government service after COP-15 and joined ICCI in 2010 as European Director. Svante became Chair of ICCI’s Advisory Board in 2019, replacing Ambassador Bo Kjellen.

Lydie Lescarmontier

Antarctica Director

Dr. Lydie Lescarmontier is a former glaciologist, specialized on the impact of climate change on the Antarctic ice sheet. She has worked in France and Australia as a researcher and has conducted more than ten field missions in Antarctica with the help of the French and Australian polar institutes. In 2014 she joined the French National Committee for Arctic and Antarctic Research (CNFRAA) as a young researcher representative and became vice-president of the young polar researchers association APECS-France. After more than 10 years of expeditions in the Arctic and Antarctic as a scientist and a guide she dedicated her work to education and raising awareness on climate issues. In 2018, she joined the creation of the Office for Climate Education, a UNESCO center that aims to create educational resources on climate change for teachers in developing countries. She is now using her outreach and scientific skills as Antarctica Director at ICCI.

James Kirkham

Ambition on Melting Ice (AMI) Chief Science Advisor and Coordinator

Dr. James Kirkham is a glaciologist and climate scientist. He received his PhD and MPhil degrees in Antarctic climate science from the University of Cambridge and the British Antarctic survey, and a BSc in geography from Durham University. He has undertaken two field campaigns to Antarctica as a geophysicist with the British Antarctic Survey, including to Thwaites Glacier — one of the most rapidly changing and unstable glaciers in the world. He also worked as a snow scientist at the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) in Nepal, installing and analysing high-altitude weather stations to improve understanding of high-mountain water security. James now serves as the Chief Science Advisor and Coordinator of the Ambition on Melting Ice (AMI) High-level Group on Sea-level Rise and Mountain Water Resources.

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Amy Imdieke

Global Outreach Director

Amy Imdieke holds an undergraduate degree in Chemistry and English from St. Olaf College in Minnesota. She has research experience in biophysical chemistry and served as an editor for several undergraduate journals and newspapers. She writes the weekly Cryosphere Capsules summarizing the latest findings in snow and ice research, and helps communicate the urgency of emission reductions to prevent additional loss and collapse of mountain and polar cryosphere. Her work centers around developing contacts with media, the scientific community, governments, NGOs, and international organizations, especially the UNFCCC, Arctic Council, Antarctic Treaty system and Mountain Partnership as well as the AMI High-level Group. She also coordinates travel plans, finances and logistics for ICCI’s work at various conferences, including the Cryosphere Pavilion at COP26, COP27, and COP28.

Mengzhu Zhang

China Program Coordinator

Mengzhu Zhang is a PhD student at the University of Tasmania. Her research focuses on the development of China’s Antarctic science program and its engagement in the Antarctic Treaty System (ATS). At ICCI, she conducts outreach efforts to Chinese cryosphere scientists, with a focus on the five main dynamics: ice sheets / sea-level rise, mountain glaciers and snow, sea ice, permafrost and polar ocean acidification. She helps Chinese research publications on relevant cryosphere topics gain policy and media attention, and develops informational materials such as print, video and audio material designed to communicate cryosphere developments to Chinese policy makers and the general public.

Maya Sundsten

Nordic Coordinator

Maya Sundsten has a degree in Meteorology, Oceanography and Climate Physics from Stockholm University, as well as a degree in Fine Arts at Glasgow School of Art in Scotland. Her work as an artist focuses on language used to understand climate change and its effects on the planet. With a long-standing interest in the Arctic, she now uses her skills in communication, design and science to make the latest cryosphere research understandable to a broad Swedish and Nordic general public. Her work at ICCI revolves around contacts with Swedish and Nordic media, scientists and civil society. Maya participated at COP28 and the Cryosphere Pavilion in Dubai, 2023.

Irene Quaile

Senior Media Advisor

Irene Quaile is an award-winning Scots journalist with a long track record of environmental and climate-change reporting and analysis. She has been specialising on the cryosphere since 2007, when she made her first visit to Svalbard as part of an international media project for the International Polar Year, supported by the US National Science Foundation. She found herself “hooked” on the icy north and has travelled widely through icy regions of the globe. She worked as Feature and Magazines Editor and later as Environment and Climate Change correspondent for Germany’s international broadcaster Deutsche Welle until November 2019. Irene has also worked with ABC Australia, the BBC, Radio Netherlands and the German public radio and TV network. She writes The Ice Blog, first created during a trip to the Alaskan Arctic in 2008, focusing on climate change in the polar regions and its global impacts. Irene holds a first-class honours degree and a Ph.D in languages and literature from St. Andrews University in the UK.

Gail Stevenson

Coordinator for Black Carbon Mitigation — Domestic Heating/Woodstoves

Dr. Gail Stevenson holds a Ph.D. in Economics and has worked in global higher education for more than 30 years.  She comes with a broad and deep regional background in both Scandinavia and Russia.  She worked in Norway at the University of Oslo and the Norwegian National Committee for Norwegian Youth Organizations (NIU/LNU), was a guest researcher at PRIO (Peace Research Institute Oslo), and has a cand. mag. degree from the University of Oslo.  She studied in St. Petersburg, was a Fulbright guest lecturer in Minsk, worked as the Director of the American Collegiate Consortium in Moscow for several years, and has a B.A. in Russian. She joined the ICCI in 2011 as the U.S.-based Russia Program Director.

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Juliana Albertengo

Coordinator for Black Carbon Mitigation — Agricultural Open Burning

Juliana Albertengo is an Agronomic Engineer and holds an MSc in Agronomy from Iowa State University. She lives in San Jorge, Santa Fe, Argentina, and belongs to a farming family. She is an expert on conservation agriculture and is passionate about sustainability and certification schemes. She speaks Italian, French, English and Spanish. Juliana has worked for the Argentinean No-Till farmers Association (AAPRESID) leading agricultura certificada, the annual congress and international relationships. She has also served as a private consultant for companies such as Solidaridad, Coca-Cola, IFC and FAO. Juliana has worked for ICCI since 2016 as the Andes Project Coordinator. She has lead ICCI’s projects in Peru and Ecuador, and produced a project proposal for Bolivia.

Senior Consultants

Lars Nikolaisen is a Mechanical Engineer working for more than 35 years in the Danish sustainable energy sector. As a project engineer in a Danish boiler company, he was responsible for the construction and commissioning of wood-fired district heating plants. He has served for many years as a consultant at the Danish Technological Institute, dealing with the design of cleaner combustion equipment for biomass, testing biomass-fired stoves and domestic boilers including emissions from biomass combustion; and reporting about renewable biomass resources: wood, straw, energy crops, biomass waste, and macroalgae. He has also been involved in R&D Quality Characterisation on biomass, biomass logistics, and conditioning, storing and handling, and technology transfer for energy projects in Europe and Asia.  Lars joined ICCI as a consultant in spring 2015, working on projects related to technology development and testing of extremely- low-emission stoves, including low emissions of black carbon.

Dr. Stephanie Smith Kinney is an adjunct professor of Sustainability and Public Policy for the Maxwell School of Syracuse University. A retired diplomat with more than 25 years of experience, primarily in Mexico, South America, and Europe, she was one of the original U.S. negotiators for the Framework Convention on Climate Change from 1989 -1992. Subsequently, she was involved in shaping the first meetings of the UN Commission on Sustainable Development and the negotiation of the Copenhagen amendment to the Montreal Protocol. Returning to the field, she pioneered the model for the first Regional Environment Hub, based in Copenhagen and covering the Nordic and Baltic states. (Today there are a dozen Regional Environmental Hubs, including one in Lima, Peru.) During this time, she accompanied a Presidential Commission to study Greenland and was engaged in consolidating the role and functions of the Arctic Council. Called back from retirement, Ms. Kinney also helped set up the Asia-Pacific Partnership for Climate and Cleaner Technology. Asked to join ICCI as its Andean Director in late 2014, she is delighted to see the impressive changes in the Andean Region and its wonderful local talent and capacity, on which she hopes to draw in developing ICCI’s new Andean initiatives.

Dr. Lars-Otto Reiersen is the former Executive Director, Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Programme (AMAP), Arctic Council.

ICCI Boards

ICCI is a registered non-profit in both Sweden and the United States, with two legal boards:

ICCI (Global – US)

Dr. Lars-Otto Reiersen

Dr. Luisa Molina

Dr. Svante Bodin

Pam Pearson

ICCI (Europe – Sweden)

Dr. Gustaf Hugelius

Lars Nikolaisen

Dr Svante Bodin

Pam Pearson

Lars Nikolaisen

Stephanie Kinney