MCR2030 Disaster Risk Financing Roundtable - Financing a transition towards climate resilience

19. October 9:15 - 10:30

The Disaster Risk Financing Roundtable will kick-off the first session at the Resilience Investment and Financing Forum segment on day two of the European Urban Resilience Forum 2023.

The Roundtable will offer a space for discussion and exchange of experiences from cities, municipalities, financial service providers, investors, and stakeholders on the mobilization of funding for disaster resilience plans and projects.

Bringing together local governments and partners from across Europe and its neighbourhood engaged in the Making Cities Resilient 2030 initiative, the Roundtable will provide a space to hear stories and experiences on the challenges, opportunities, and gaps in accessing funding for resilience projects at local levels, and perspectives on the different types of instruments and opportunities that exist to support them. 

The Roundtable will support a better understanding of the actions required for enhancing capacities, knowledge of, and access to investments and financing for resilience building at local levels. In this way, it will set the scene for subsequent sessions focused on practical solutions for project development and implementation during the Resilience Investment and Financing Forum.

This session is part of the The governance of the new crises: managing and funding resilience in Europe stream.


Natalia Aliekseeva

Deputy Mayor (Executive Officer), Lviv City Council

Natalia Aliekseeva, Deputy Mayor (Executive Officer), Lviv City Council

Natalia has been Deputy Mayor of Lviv since 2021. Her responsibilities include the protection of cultural heritage, civil protection, and preparation of the community and city utilities for risks of various kinds. In 2021, a delegation from the city of Lviv studied the UK's experience in developing a community risk register and the work of a resilience forum. As a result, Natalia and her team began work on developing a community risk register for Lviv and initiated the city's accession to the MCR 2030 initiative. The war has set its priorities in terms of risks as well, so community resilience has become a priority for all Ukrainian cities today. In 2016-2019, Natalia worked as an assistant to a member of parliament. She was involved in drafting laws in the field of of local self-government, decentralization, and the functioning of agglomerations. Natalia's education includes a master's degree in law and public administration.

Nicolae Dunas

Cahul Rayon, Moldova

Nicolae Dunas, Cahul Rayon, Moldova
Zdravko Maksimovic

Head of the Department for Civil Protection Affairs, City of Kraljevo

Zdravko Maksimovic, Head of the Department for Civil Protection Affairs, City of Kraljevo

Managing a city Department; Member of Emergency HQ of City of Kraljevo; Managing Regional Training Centre for Civil Protection;Managing joint action on DRR with other Municipalities of West Morava river Basin;Conducting commissions for PDNA reports;Managing development of Risk Assessment Act, Protection and Rescue plans and DRR Plans;Participation in numerous national and international conferences on disaster risk reduction, civil protection and post-disaster recovery (highlight: JICA training in Japan - February-March 2019; Deltares Institute in Delft, the Netherlands - July 2018; SEEURBAN project 2017 -2018, SOUTHEAST EUROPE PLATFORM - Kavala, Greece October 2019, conferences organized by the World Bank - Brussels, Belgium and Graz, Austria and Belgrade, Serbia);World Bank Consultant;Participation in EU project (IPA 2019-2020) – PIMO, implemented by UNDP (EU for Serbia Resilient to Disasters ( 

Zenada Čaušević

Central Bosnia Canton, Bosnia & Herzegovina

Zenada Čaušević, Central Bosnia Canton, Bosnia & Herzegovina
Kathy Oldham

Chief Resilience Officer, Greater Manchester

Kathy Oldham, Chief Resilience Officer, Greater Manchester

Kathryn has been Greater Manchester’s Chief Resilience Officer since 2017, providing strategic leadership for the city region’s approach to resilience. She is responsible for a specialist unit delivering disaster risk reduction and an emergency response service for Greater Manchester’s ten local authorities. Kathryn has led the development of Greater Manchester’s 10-year Resilience Strategy and provides a strategic advice function to the Greater Manchester Resilience Forum with a focus on multi-agency collaboration to deliver safer, stronger, and more resilient communities in Greater Manchester.

Kathryn heads up Greater Manchester’s participation in several international partnerships including the Resilient Cities Network, UNDRR’s Making Cities Resilient 2030 (MCR2030) partnership and the Counter Terrorism Preparedness Network (CTPN). She led Greater Manchester’s successful application to become a UNDRR-recognised Resilience Hub in 2021. Kathryn is a member of MCR2030’s Regional Coordinating Committee for Europe and Central Asia and sits on CTPN’s International Board. Kathryn holds a medical degree and has previously held a wide range of positions in local government.

Pasquale Capizzi

Leader Resilience & Adaptation for Europe, Arup

Pasquale Capizzi, Leader Resilience & Adaptation for Europe, Arup

Urban professional with 21+ years of experience in resilience, disaster risks reduction, climate adaptation and humanitarian response in over 50 programmes across Africa, Asia, Latin-America and Europe. He is the Resilience and Adaptation Leader for Arup in Europe. and serves as advisor on climate resilience services in developing countries. His work extends from technical assistance on understanding risk to adaptive design for cities, masterplanning, infrastructure and building. He has supervised the development of multiple resilient infrastructure projects, with a focus on NbS. He has published methodologies on resilient spatial planning (e.g., ISOCARP 16th Review) and guidelines on Climate Resilient Infrastructure (e.g. for GCF). He is a system thinker with experience in policy support and development, including NDCs. Prior to joining Arup, he worked for several years in the UN, as Head of Programme and Chief Technical Advisor in various countries.

Elisa Muzzini

Senior Technical Advisor, Council of Europe Development Bank

Elisa Muzzini, Senior Technical Advisor, Council of Europe Development Bank

Elisa helps cities and communities become more resilient, inclusive and sustainable with project financing, capacity building, knowledge sharing and strategic partnerships. She is currently Senior Technical Advisor for Urban and Regional Development at the Council of Europe Development Bank (CEB). Prior to joining the CEB, she was a Senior Economist at the World Bank where she managed lending operations, analytical work and capacity building on sustainable and inclusive urban development, with a focus on countries in the South Asia and Latin America and the Caribbean regions. Elisa is also a Gestalt Professional Certified Coach (GPCC) and an International Coaching Federation (ICF) Associate Certified Coach. She received a graduate degree in Economics with a concentration in public financial policy from the London School of Economics and a BA in Economics from Bocconi University in Italy.

Peter Adams

Associate Director, Howden

Peter Adams, Associate Director, Howden

Peter Adams is an Associate Director in the Climate Risk and Resilience team at Howden Group. He has worked for over a decade to address climate risk through policy, design, and investment. For six years he was a Senior Policy Advisor on climate projects in the New York City's Mayor's Office of Climate and Environmental Justice. He also led on resilient infrastructure design at the Port Authority of NY and NJ, and has consulted on climate risk with companies, cities, and countries globally. He earned his Masters in Geography from McGill University in Montreal, Quebec.

Helena Monteiro

Global Focal Point - Gap Fund Partnership, Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy

Helena Monteiro, Global Focal Point - Gap Fund Partnership, Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy

Helena Monteiro is the Global Focal Point for the Gap Fund-GCOM Partnership, overseeing external relations and partnerships to help cities access Gap Fund technical support. She is an urban resilience expert with a track record of managing projects with local governments and international organizations in Europe and Latin America. Previously, she led the Making Cities Resilient 2030 initiative in Europe and Central Asia for the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction and played a key role as the Associate Director of 100 Resilient Cities, assisting Latin American cities in developing resilience strategies. Before that, she headed the Foreign Affairs Office for the Government of the State of São Paulo, Brazil. Helena holds a Master's in City Design and Social Science from the London School of Economics and Political Science and a bachelor's degree in International Relations from the University of Sao Paulo.


Stanislav Kim

Team Leader on Climate and Disaster Resilience, UNDP

Stanislav Kim, Team Leader on Climate and Disaster Resilience, UNDP


Stanislav is currently the Team Leader for the Climate Change and Disaster Resilience Team at the UNDP Istanbul Regional Hub. In this role, Stanislav provides support to 18 countries in Europe and Central Asia, assisting them in building their resilience to natural disasters, promoting risk-informed development, and supporting their disaster response and recovery efforts. With over 25 years of experience in development, DRR, energy, and environmental programs across Europe and Central Asia region, Stanislav brings a wealth of expertise to their current position. Before undertaking their current assignment, Stanislav worked as a DRR program specialist at the Istanbul Regional Hub, the Head of the Energy and Environment Unit at UNDP Kazakhstan. Between 2003 and 2010, they served as the National Coordinator of the GEF Small Grants Programme. Stanislav’s educational background includes a Bachelor of Science degree in Geography and a Master of Science degree in Environmental Management.