Our Team

Clean Air Asia is composed of:

  • A 9-member Board of Trustees that has oversight over Clean Air Asia and also comprises Board committees. The Board and Center Members meet annually.
  • The Executive Director and the Deputy Executive Director manage Clean Air Asia and the relations with the Partnership, Country Networks, and other partners and advisors. Together with the Head of Programs, the Transport Manager, the Finance and Administrative Services Manager, the China Director and India Director oversee the management of the three offices and Country Networks.
  • Program Managers are involved in planning and management of programs and projects, including the BAQ conference. Specialists and researchers support the programs and related activities.


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Bjarne Pedersen, Executive Director

Bjarne has broad international experience, particularly in environmental issues and sustainable development, with a proven track record of achieving meaningful impact through strategic leadership, resource mobilization and team building at all levels. Prior to joining Clean Air Asia, he was the Global Director at Consumers International, a leading international consumer advocacy organization.

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Glynda Bathan, Deputy Executive Director

Glynda, alongside the Executive Director, leads the Clean Air Asia team, sets the organization’s strategic direction, and undertakes resource mobilization. A lawyer with 16 years’ experience in environment policy, she led teams to assist national and city governments develop and implement policies and roadmaps through Clean Air Asia’s four programs. She holds a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of the Philippines and a Master in Environmental Management degree from a joint program of the Ateneo de Manila University and the University of San Francisco.

 Air Quality Management Program


Dang Marviluz Espita, Senior Air Quality Program Coordinator

Dang provides support for the Air Quality Program of Clean Air Asia. She is primarily involved in the Integrated Programme for Better Air Quality (IBAQ Programme), where she coordinates the development of the Guidance Framework for Better Air Quality in Asian Cities. She also contributes to the implementation of upgrades for the Clean Air Scorecard Tool. Dang is a licensed Chemist, with training on pollution chemistry and natural products from the Marine Science Institute at the University of the Philippines. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Chemistry from the University of the Philippines and is presently completing her Master’s Degree in Chemistry from the same university.

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Everlyn Tamayo, Air Quality Specialist

Everlyn has a master’s degree in Environmental Science from the University of the Philippines (Diliman). Her work has focused on aerosol characterization and atmospheric pollution. She also has a Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry. She is a licensed chemist and has taught in top Philippine universities while undertaking research and writing engagements related to air quality and climate change.

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Yoshiko De Villa, Technical Researcher

Yoshiko is a licensed chemical engineer. She graduated from the University of the Philippines with Master of Technology Management degree. Before joining Clean Air Asia, she was a Technical Assistant for the UNDP’s Low Emission Capacity Building Philippine Project.

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Erika Macapagal, Technical Researcher

Erika has master’s degree in Meteorology, and is currently completing a PhD in Environmental Science at the Institute of Environmental Science and Meteorology, University of the Philippines, Diliman. Before joining Clean Air Asia, she worked as a Senior Science Research Specialist at the Institute of Environmental Science and Meteorology, and a lecturer in the Environmental Science department at Ateneo de Manila University, and De La Salle College of Saint Benilde.

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 Transport Program


Kathleen Dematera, Transport Program Coordinator

Kathleen Dematera is the coordinator of our Sustainable Transport Program. Her work focuses on clean fuels and vehicles, fuel economy, low-emission urban development, active transportation, and green freight and logistics. In her role, Kathleen establishes strategic partners across the region, ensures effective collaboration with governments and key stakeholders, and provides support on research and project planning and design. She joined Clean Air Asia as a researcher in 2012. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics and a Master in Environmental Management.

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Joemier Pontawe, Transport Specialist

Joemier worked as a Transport Planning Specialist with Department of Transportation, where he handled the route rationalization, LGU capacity building, and initial implementation components of the Public Utility Vehicle Modernization Program. He has a master’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning, specializing in Environmental Planning, from the University of the Philippines’ School of Urban and Regional Planning.

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Maria Preciosa Benjamin, Environment Researcher

Precious provides research and coordination support for Clean Air Asia projects.  She works with city-level stakeholders in developing clean air plans.  She used to work for a private consulting company on environmental site assessments. She holds an Environmental Science degree from the Ateneo de Manila University and is taking up post-graduate studies at the School of Urban and Regional Planning in the University of the Philippines.

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Robyn Garner, Communications and Marketing Manager

Rob has more than 20 years’ communications experience. She worked for 12 years as a print journalist and sub-editor in the Australian media, and for the past 15 years has been working in Asia (Mongolia, Japan, Thailand, Philippines) as a communications specialist in the international development sector with such organizations as UN agencies, the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, Pact, The Asia Foundation, and the Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development. She has a Bachelor of Arts (Journalism) degree from the University of Queensland and a Master of Social Science (International Development) degree from RMIT University in Melbourne.

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Finance and Administrative Services

Art Docena

Art Docena, Finance & Administrative Services Manager

Art leads the finance and administrative services team. He developed many of the Clean Air Asia’s operating procedures and is in charge of monitoring the organization’s financial budgets and financial reporting. He is a Certified Public Accountant and has extensive knowledge on financial management, accounting functions, financial modeling, financial forecasting and feasibility analysis. He holds a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration, major in Accounting from the Philippine School of Business Administration.

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Jovy Coroña, Executive Assistant

Jovy provides comprehensive support to the offices of the Executive Director and the Deputy Executive Director, including proactive coordination with the senior management team. She takes the lead role in organizing the BAQ conference, annual meetings and other events, and performs secretariat functions for the Clean Air Asia Partnership.  Jovy’s previous employment in Dubai includes high-level executive management support, organizing international events and human resource management.  She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Secondary Education from the University of Sto. Tomas.

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Cris Inclino

Cris Inclino, Project Administration Officer

Cris handles contracts management and prepare project financial reports.  She also assist the program managers and country directors in the preparation and submission of project proposals to funding agencies.  In coordination with the project team, she prepares contract and TOR for project consultants and sub-grants.  Cris has a vast experience working in international non-governmental organization in the field of finance and administration.

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Valerie Gabiana, FAS Assistant

Valerie is an accounting graduate who is completing a master’s degree in public administration. She previously worked as a finance assistant and provided administration support at BEAM-ARMM (Basic Education Assistance for Muslim Mindanao in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao), a project funded by the Australian government.

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Clean Air Asia China Office

Lu Fu

Lu Fu, China Director

Lu leads the implementation of China Program and related projects of Clean Air Asia in China. She holds BA in International Law, MA and PhD in Environmental Law from the Wuhan University, China and conducted her PhD research in the University of Leuven, Belgium. She is specialized in policy and regulation analysis of environmental issues, and has worked as project manager and coordinator with UNEP in Thailand and leading environmental consulting firms in China.

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Wei Wan

Wei Wan, Air Quality Program Manager

Wei is responsible for the management and implementation of the air quality management and transport projects in China, and supports the implementation of China components of related programs in our Manila and Delhi offices. She holds a PhD degree in Environmental Science from the Peking University and a member of the East Asian Association of Environmental and Resource Economics (EAAERE).

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Zhang Weihao, Senior Environment Researcher

Zhang Weihao supports the implementation of air quality management and transport-related programs and projects of Clean Air Asia in China. Before he joined Clean Air Asia, he worked for China Alliance for Clean Stoves, responsible for the implementation of international projects associated with biomass energy and climate change. He holds a Master’s Degree of Environmental Science and Engineering and Bachelor’s Degree of Environmental Engineering from Beijing University of Chemical Technology.

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Huihui Cheng, Senior Environment Researcher

Huihui supports the implementation of air quality management and transport-related programs and projects of Clean Air Asia in China. She graduates from Johns Hopkins University-Nanjing University Center for Chinese and American Studies with a Master’s degree in International Relations focusing on Energy, Resources, and Environment. She also holds a B.A. in International Politics from Tianjin Foreign Studies University.

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Qiuxia Wang, Communications and Campaign Manager

Qiuxia Wang has a Bachelor of Arts in International Journalism and Communication from Beijing Foreign Studies University She then became a member of a grassroots NGO in China, working on public engagement and information disclosure of different environmental topics. She was the one of the initiators and the coordinator of campaign, “I Monitor the Air for My Country”, which called for the government to monitor and disclose PM2.5 data. In 2013, she joined Greenpeace East Asia, campaigning to improve China’s air quality by reducing its coal use; she was the leader of the PM2.5 city rankings which attracted huge media coverage in China.

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Mingming Liu, Communications and Events Officer

Mingming is the Communications and Events Officer at Clean Air Asia’s China office. Her main responsibilities are to implement the communications strategy, support campaigns, and be responsible for events organization. She has a master’s degree in economics from China Agricultural University.

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Yanqiu Gao, Finance and Admin Officer

Yanqiu supports the China Office performing administrative and financial functions and organizing events. Prior to joining Clean Air Asia, she had extensive experience as an HR and Administration Specialist at various international NGOs, including ActionAid International and Handicap International. She has a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the China Women’s University.

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Clean Air Asia India Office


Prarthana Borah, India Director

Prarthana leads the implementation of the Clean Air Asia programme in India. A sustainability strategist with 18 years of experience, she has a track record of generating and managing resources to give momentum to and execute large projects. She has worked closely with various Ministries of the Government of India in Environmental Education (EE)/ Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) and built partnerships with corporate houses, UN and other donor agencies. Having worked in different locations of India including Delhi, Gujarat and Northeast India she has extensive experience in involving local partners and adapting programs to meet local needs.

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Riya Rahiman, India Program Manager

Riya is responsible for the management and implementation of projects in India. An urban environmental planner and civil engineer by training, she has eight years’ experience working on urbanization challenges in the context of environment and climate change. Her expertise focuses on research and policy analyses to inform regulations and institutional mechanisms, and supporting government through capacity building and technical assistance required to foster sustainable, low carbon, resilient and liveable cities.

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Ruchi Tomar, Environment Researcher

Ruchi has four years’ experience in the implementation of projects in cities. She has worked on a range of urban development projects, including Service Level Benchmarking of Municipal Services in Mumbai, City Sanitation Plan of Jaipur, and water and sanitation-related projects in Mumbai. She has a graduate degree in Business Management and a Masters in Public Policy from the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai.

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Prerna Sharma, Education and Outreach Coordinator

Prerna has eight years’ experience in the development sector having worked with NGOs like Save the Children and the Indian Environment Society. She has an M.Sc. (Environmental Sciences) and has worked in program design, development, implementation, and management, as well as program and financial monitoring.

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Saloni Sharma, Project Assistant (Air Quality)

Saloni has master’s degree in Environment and Development from Ambedkar University in Delhi. Prior to joining to Clean Air Asia, she worked as a researcher at the State Social Impact Assessment Unit at Ambedkar University, where worked on impact assessment studies.

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Geeta Choudhary, Finance And Administratrion Officer

Geeta is  the Finance and Administration Officer in Clean Air Asia’s India office. She has a Master’s in Commerce degree and more than seven years’ experience in finance, accounting and administration in the development sector in India. Prior to joining Clean Air Asia, Geeta worked with international NGOs such as Médecins Sans Frontières, Islamic Relief Worldwide and Evidence Action.

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