Past Event

Climate Week Webinar | Cities and Climate Solutions: Air

November 22, 2023
6:30 AM - 7:30 AM
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This event will be held in English.

Webinar | 6:30 a.m. New York / 11:30 a.m. Leeds / 12:30 p.m. Paris, Lagos, and Stockholm / 5:00 p.m. Mumbai

The Cities and Climate Solutions webinar series is co-organized with the City Diplomacy Lab at Columbia Global Centers | Paris.

This webinar is co-sponsored by Columbia Global Centers | Mumbai, the Columbia Climate School, and the Commonwealth Local Government Forum (CLGF).

This webinar brings together representatives from Lagos, Leeds, Mumbai, and Stockholm to discuss the topics of air pollution monitoring, local public health impacts, carbon neutrality, climate budgets, and equity and inclusion. The discussion will be moderated by City Diplomacy Lab Director Lorenzo Kihlgren Grandi.


In the face of the climate crisis, cities across the world are emerging as integral problem-solvers in the development of an effective, multi-layered response. This series, launched in Spring 2023 with events on food and water, aims to bring together the representatives of cities that have implemented some of the most impactful and sustainable actions.

This second season of the webinar series will kick off in November 2023 and will cover the topics of air, energy, and waste. Each webinar will see the participation of representatives of three cities and will be moderated by a representative from Columbia University. In order to encourage geographic representativeness, each webinar will host city representatives from different regions and countries.

This series celebrates the leadership of cities and provides inspiration for the thousands of cities and local governments around the world committed to shaping the global response to climate change.



Revati Shidhaye (Assistant Engineer, Environment Dept, BrihanMumbai Municipal Corporation) works in the Environment department of BrihanMumbai Municipal Corporation. They work in tandem with the Pollution Control Board for monitoring of and mitigation measures for air pollution. With concerned departments, they also coordinate funds received from the Central Government for drinking water improvement, sanitation facilities, re-usage of sewer water, solid waste management.


Dr. Magnuz Enghardt has a Ph.D. in meteorology. He has worked with air pollution and climate throughout his scientific career. His present position is with the Environment and Health Administration in Stockholm where he focuses on urban air pollution. Prior to that he spent 20+ years at SMHI (the Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological Institute) working with regional air pollution. Engardt’s experience is mainly in the field of modeling and covers the cycling of acidifying and eutrophying species, near-surface ozone and particulate matter.


Olabisi Shonibare is a seasoned environmentalist at the Lagos State Environmental Protection Agency (LASEPA), where she currently heads the Noise and Emissions Control Department. Her first degree is in Chemistry (BSc. Hons) 1990, University of Ibadan, Oyo State and her Masters in Environmental Management (MEM) 2004, University of Lagos, Akoka. Prior to joining the Lagos State Civil Service, she worked as a research chemist in a cosmetic and pharmaceutical company in Lagos for eight years. She initiated a number of projects that have projected the image of the Lagos State Government in terms of environmental management. Ms. Shonibare has worked with various organizations on emissions reduction and clean air practices. She has also worked on various air pollution control strategies within and outside thecCountry, including the PMEH World Bank Project, partnership with the Dept of State US Consulate Lagos, Clarity Air Solutions US, and institutions like the University of Lagos and Airqo Uganda. She attended various workshops, both local and international. She is a certified mediator on environmental issues, a member of the Nigeria Environmental Society, Science Association of Nigeria, and the Institute of Chartered Chemists of Nigeria.


Andrew Hickford works in Leeds City Council's Climate, Energy & Green Spaces service which has responsibility for their Climate Emergency programme that includes energy purchase and generation, decarbonisation, air quality, tree planting and energy efficient corporate buildings. He leads across a range of areas including fleet decarbonisation, supporting the delivery of one of the largest ZE fleets in the country, as well as working to encourage ZE uptake across the city and region. He also delivers EV infrastructure, working on charge point delivery for their fleet in addition to working on public charging facilities, delivering a 100+ unit rapid charge network across the region, Leeds schemes in residential areas, across their council estate and hub provision, including Park & Ride locations including solar generation and on site battery storage. He has responsibility for the Leeds Air Quality strategy and delivery of the action plan for improvement and also engagement and work with the Combined Authority on Transport decarbonisation, EV and air quality strategy development.


Dr. Lorenzo Kihlgren Grandi is the founding director of the City Diplomacy Lab. He is a lecturer in City Diplomacy at Columbia Undergraduate Global Engagement (UGE | Paris), Sciences Po – PSIA, and École Polytechnique.

He regularly advises international organizations, national governments, city networks, and municipalities on how to fully unfold the added value of city diplomacy.

Author of City Diplomacy (Palgrave Macmillan, 2020), he holds a dual PhD in Political Theory from École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (EHESS, Paris) and Libera Università Internazionale degli Studi Sociali (LUISS, Rome).

View the Spring 2023 conversation on Food at

About the City Diplomacy Lab at Columbia Global Centers | Paris

Launched in September 2021, the City Diplomacy Lab is a special project of Columbia Global Centers | Paris. The Lab fosters the understanding and practice of city diplomacy, intended as a collaborative tool to promote sustainable development and peace.

The Lab’s work, which includes applied research, capacity building, and event organization, has been officially recognized by the United Nations Regional Commission for Europe (UNECE) and awarded the designation of Center of Excellence on City Diplomacy and Sustainable Urban Development.

For further information on the Lab, please visit