Maryke van Staden

Maryke van Staden

Director, ICLEI’s carbonn Climate Center (Bonn Center for Local Climate Action and Reporting)

Maryke oversees the Local Governments for Sustainability's (ICLEI) global strategy on integrated climate action, resilient development, access to finance, as well as research and innovation. She leads a fantastic team of multi-disciplinary experts in Bonn and works closely with 24 ICLEI offices around the globe to serve ICLEI's global network of 2,500+ local and regional governments in 125 countries.

She is a senior expert addressing climate change resilience, adaptation and mitigation (integrated climate action); access to sustainable energy; enhancing resilience of communities, systems and infrastructure; access to finance for local action; also exploring how data, information and knowledge resulting from reporting and research can inform decision-making.  

An international political scientist by training, with two degrees from the University of Pretoria (1989, 1991), Maryke’s career spans nearly 30 years in the areas of energy & climate policy and security. She worked for national government, the private sector and NGOs, here notably for the International Solar Energy Society (ISES) on global renewable energy roll-out, then moving to the ICLEI European Secretariat – where for 7 years she guided climate and energy activities across the wider European and MENA region, and now celebrating 9 years at the ICLEI World Secretariat.

Key topics of interest are: a just and inclusive transition to a sustainable future; energy and geo-political security; enhancing resilience and exploring practical ways of achieving climate neutrality and net-zero emissions in cities, towns and regions around the globe at the latest by 2050, using resilient development as the entry point. Further key themes are informed decision-making; public reporting and transparency; effective multilevel governance; well-coordinated planning and action to achieve substantial positive impact.