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Webinar Programme Coordinators

Asst. Prof. John Gallagher
Trinity College Dublin,




Dr. Gallagher’s is an Assistant Professor in School of Engineering at Trinity College Dublin. His research has focused on delivering innovative passive solutions to the current challenge of air quality in the built environment.
He adopts the 3M approach (Measurement, Modelling and Mitigation) to develop design solutions for healthier urban spaces. John is currently a Co-I on iSCAPE, a Horizon2020 project which aims to advance the control of air quality in European cities through remediation strategies, policy interventions and behavioural change.

Dr. Richard Baldauf
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency,




Dr. Baldauf is a Senior Research Engineer that works for EPA's National Risk Management Research Laboratory in Research Triangle Park, NC.
He leads research efforts characterising the impacts of transportation sources on local air quality and developing methods to mitigate these impacts on human health and the environment. Richard advises international government agencies on air pollution mitigation strategies through the implementation of passive solutions and policy adoption.

Prof. K Max Zhang
Cornell University,




Dr. Zhang's is Professor in the School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Cornell University. His environmental research adopts the use of numerical models and experimental techniques to explore the effects of air pollution on climate change and ecosystems.
Max’s research modelling group, CTAG, focuses upon improving our understanding of source-to-receptor relationships. He is exploring near-road air pollution and mitigation strategies, turbulent mixing of particulate emissions and regional air quality simulations.


Webinar Session Speakers

Prof. Prashant Kumar
University of Surrey,
United Kingdom


Prof. Kumar is Director of (GCARE) and Chair in Air Quality and Health at the University of Surrey, UK. His research focuses on the interfaces of clean air engineering/science, human health and smart/sustainable living in cities, building on expertise of particle formation and emission sources. Prashant regularly acts as an advisor to local, national and international agencies to provide innovative technological and passive solutions (e.g. green infrastructure) for air pollution exposure control in the built environment.
Dr. Janssen is currently the Program Manager of VITO’s Geo and Atmosphere modelling team. His expertise is in statistical air quality forecast modelling and spatial mapping techniques. His team are using advanced air quality models to assess air quality from local to regional scale and to support the development of air pollution mitigation strategies. Stijn is the co-chair of FAIRMODE, the European Forum for Air Quality Modelling, collaborating with LiboVITO in China to bring air quality services to the Chinese market.

Dr. Stijn Janssen

Prof. Akula Venkatram
University of California Riverside, USA

Prof. Venkatram has over 40 years’ experience in developing and applying air pollution models. His research interests include urban boundary layer, micrometeorology, and urban air pollution. His research on modelling air quality impacts of transport related emissions has advanced mobile source emissions. He has also involved in several projects relating to passive mitigation of air pollution. Akula was involved in the development of AERMOD, and was a principal contributor to RLINE, the USEPA model for line sources.

Dr. McNabola is an Associate Professor in Energy and the Environment in the School of Engineering at Trinity College Dublin. His research interests lie in the field of Environmental Fluid Dynamics where he has applied this expertise in air pollution, energy efficiency and/or water services sectors. His expertise in solid barrier research for passive air pollution mitigation has led to his involvement in successfully funded European research projects, which demonstrate and provide guidance of the mitigation techniques.

Assoc. Prof. Aonghus McNabola
Trinity College Dublin, Ireland

Dr. Sara Janhäll
RISE Research Institutes of Sweden, Sweden

Dr Janhäll is a Senior Researcher in RISE, Research Institutes of Sweden, in Sweden. She has work in the area of sustainable cities with a research and practice focus on air quality. She aims to reduce the negative impact air pollution on urban inhabitants. Her research focuses upon improving our understanding of particulate emission from different sources and assessments of different interventions on pollution mitigation and human health.  

Dr. Nowak is a Senior Scientist and Team Leader with the USDA Forest Service. His research investigates urban forest structure, health, and change, and its effect on human health and environmental quality through long-term monitoring and experimental studies. He has led in the development of i-Tree, which quantifies the benefits of vegetation, and supports the integration of urban forest ecosystem services to mitigate against air pollution in the built environment to sustain environmental quality, human health and well-being.

Dr. David Nowak
USDA Forest Service, USA



Dr. Vlad Isakov
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, USA

Dr. Isakov is Research Physical Scientist in the Computation Exposure Division of the EPA’s National Exposure Research Laboratory. His current research focuses on the development and testing through applications innovative approaches to model spatially and temporally resolved air quality concentrations in support of exposure and health studies. Vlad has been involved in a number of air pollution mitigation investigations to explore opportunities for reducing personal exposure in the urban environment.

Dr. Rodrigues is a post-doctoral researcher at the Centre for Environmental and Marine Studies (CESAM), University of Aveiro. Her research expertise is in the area of atmospheric processes and modelling in the context of environment and planning. Vera has undertaken research on air pollution and environmental modelling, examining the interactions between pollution dispersion, urban micro-climate impacts and mitigation measures to reduce population exposure.

Dr. Vera Rodrigues
University of Aveiro,

Assoc. Prof. Jennifer Salmond
University of Auckland, New Zealand

Dr. Salmond is Associate Professor at the University of Auckland, in New Zealand. Her research is in the field of urban meteorology and air pollution. Specifically, her research deals with the study of the microscale variation in pollutant concentrations within urban areas and the quantification of personal exposure to air pollutants in these areas. Her work consists to improve our ability to understand and quantify (through measurement and modelling) the temporal and spatial heterogeneity of pollutant concentrations in the urban atmosphere.

Dr. Osmond is an Associate Professor at the University of New South Wales, in Australia. His research falls into three key areas: urban form, urban metabolism, and architectural and urban ambience. His work consists to understand how a city works in order to make improvements. The key aim of his work is to plan, design and manage sustainable and equitable cities for the 21st century and to solve the grand global challenges of urbanisation and climate change.

Assoc. Prof. Paul Osmond
University of New South Wales, Australia

Sandra Cavalieri
Climate and Clean Air Coalition

Sandra coordinates the Health Initiative and is responsible for donor reporting and overseeing the CCAC Trust Fund. Sandra joined the CCAC Secretariat in 2012 following six years at the Ecologic Institute in Berlin, Germany, where she led a number of multi-year stakeholder dialogues focused on Arctic environmental governance. Sandra received Master’s degrees in both Public Administration and Natural Resources Policy from North Carolina State University, and an undergraduate degree from Barnard College, Columbia University.

Catriona Brady is Head of WorldGBC’s Better Places for People campaign. The global project supports Green Building Councils and their members to increase the demand and supply of green buildings which are supportive of the health, wellbeing and productivity of the people within them. Catriona comes from a background in environmental consultancy, with relevant experience in sustainability and health-based certification standards. She completed a degree in Geography at the University of St Andrews in 2013.

Catriona Brady
World Green Building Council

Dr. Pierpaolo Mudu
European Centre for Environment and Health, World Health Organisation

Dr. Mudu is a statistician and geographer that works for the World Health Organisation. His most recent work includes the coordination of AirQ+, the software that calculates the impacts of air pollution and health and several impact assessment of environmental policy interventions in various countries and cities. He is part of the steering committee of for the Air Quality Guidelines. He is also coordinating the development of a QGIS plug-in (GreenS+) for the assessment of the impacts of green spaces on health.

Dang is a Senior Air Quality and Climate Change Program Coordinator and supports 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. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree and is presently completing her Masters Degree in Chemistry from the University of the Philippines, with training on pollution chemistry and natural products from its Marine Science Institute.

Dang Espita-Casanova
Clean Air Asia


Martin Schneekloth
Clean Air Unit, European Commission

Martin Schneekloth is a Policy Officer in the C3 Clean Air Unit for the European Commission under the Director General for Environment. He has a Master’s degree in biology from the University of Copenhagen and a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Aarhus.He has worked as a private consultant and as an environment councillor for the Danish Ministry of Environment and Food as well as for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark at the Permanent Representation of Denmark to the European Union in Brussels.

Dr. Christof Gromke is Senior Researcher at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology KIT and teaches university courses in Fluid Mechanics, Wind Engineering and Flow Measurement Techniques. His general research interests comprise Building and Environmental Aerodynamics and Urban Climatology and Meteorology. In the past years, his research activities were specifically devoted to flow and turbulence in and above plant canopies and vegetation, pollutant dispersion in the urban environment and the interaction between urban vegetation and urban air quality.


Dr. Christof Gromke
Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany



Dr. David Heist
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, USA

Dr. David Heist is a Research Physical Scientist that works for EPA’s National Exposure Research Laboratory in Research Triangle Park, NC. He leads research on the development and evaluation of applied dispersion models and algorithms. To do this, his main work is wind tunnel modelling of atmospheric boundary layers for the study of air pollution dispersion. His research focuses on the impact of road barriers on pollutant dispersion.

Dr. Riccardo Buccolieri is an Assistant Professor of Atmospheric Physics at the University of Salento, in Italy. His research, both experimental and modelling, is in the field of micrometeorology and atmospheric circulation at local scale. Specifically, the research deals with the study of flow and pollutant dispersion in the urban environment. He developed a new methodology for the study of the aerodynamic effects of trees and ventilation (city breathability) through integrated modelling tools including Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) and meteorological models.

Dr. Riccardo Buccolieri
University of Salento, Italy

Dr. Rima J. Isaifan
Hamad Bin Khalifa University, Qatar

Dr. Rima J. Isaifan is a researcher and a joint faculty at Hamad Bin Khalifa University. She has earned her Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Ottawa in Canada. She is experienced in heterogeneous catalysis with nanomaterials for air pollution control. Her current research focuses on urban greening to improve air quality, characterization of air pollutants (including traffic emissions), particulate matter source apportionment, and the estimation of health impact and burden of disease for long- and short-term exposure to air pollution.


Dr. Cardenas is Air Quality Manager at WRI Mexico. She is an expert in air pollution, with experience in both science and policy, from the study of biological processes to treat air pollutants, to the design and implementation of integrated policies to achieve clean air. She joined WRI to lead air quality work at WRI Mexico and works on developing strategies and programs to accelerate the path to a cleaner air.  Prior to join WRI, she led the air pollution experimental research area at the National Institute of Ecology and Climate Change.

Beatriz Cardenas
World Resources Institute, Mexico


Siobhan McQuaid
Trinity College Dublin, Ireland

Siobhan McQuaid is an Innovation Catalyst, Head of Innovation and Principal Investigator on Resilience and Sustainability at the Centre for Social Innovation in Trinity College Dublin. She is leading research on financing and business models for nature-based solutions (NBS) in the H202 Connecting Nature project. Siobhan is a founding partner of the EC Task Force on Financing, Business Models and Governance of NBS, a council member of the SURE Standard for Sustainable and Resilient Infrastructure, and the founder and director of Horizon Nua, a not-for-profit foundation, translating research into practice for cities planning NBS.