Meet the ICSI secretariat
Savina is the Executive Director of the International Coalition for Sustainable Infrastructure (ICSI) and a fervent advocate of the role of civil engineers in tackling our society’s biggest challenges.
She is an experienced Civil Engineer and infrastructure practitioner with almost two decades of experience advising government, infrastructure owners and operators, multi-lateral development banks and NGOs to develop and implement inclusive, sustainable and resilient infrastructure that is fit for the future.
Prior to taking her role at ICSI, she worked as an Associate Director and infrastructure advisor at Arup and she was the Head of Guidance and Standards at the Resilience Shift. She also serves a member of Institution of Civil Engineers’ Advisory Board on sustainable and resilient infrastructure.
Gemma is the Communications Manager for Resilience Rising and the International Coalition for Sustainable Infrastructure. Prior to this, she worked as Communications Manager for The Resilience Shift.
Gemma has communications experience in the commercial and development sectors, and spent many years working with marginalised groups in Cape Town’s townships, sharing their stories and working alongside them to create sustainable socio-economic change in their communities. She is skilled in external communications, advocacy, strategy, and project management. Prior to joining The Resilience Shift, Gemma took a career break to complete an MSc Sustainable Development, focussing her research on the effect of gender equity on apparel value chains. Gemma’s core interests lie at the intersection of social justice and climate change issues; she applies a systems approach to problem-solving and believes that solutions to these challenges need to be inclusive, community-led and holistic.
Billie is Programme Coordinator at the International Coalition for Sustainable Infrastructure (ICSI), and Climate Community Executive for the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE).
Billie has experience working in the charity, research and academic sectors and has a BSc in Biological Sciences. Prior to joining ICSI/ ICE she had administrative and project management roles at the Natural History Museum and Cancer Research UK. At ICE, Billie provides secretariat support to low carbon and sustainability focused Community Advisory Boards and works on projects such as ICE Carbon Champions. She dedicates the other 50% of her time to ICSI-led initiates. Billie’s core interests lie in developing advocates for a more sustainable future and working with industry experts to provide resilience-driven solutions to the carbon and climate change challenges impacting the Civil Engineering sector.
Katie is Programme Manager at the International Coalition for Sustainable Infrastructure, and Climate Community Manager at the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE).
Katie has worked in ICE’s Engineering Knowledge team for over two years, consulting with networks of experts in engineering and sustainability to advance thinking around best practices and barriers to progress.
Katie’s previous professional experience has been in the UK Charity Sector, and prior to joining ICSI and ICE, she completed an MSc at UCL on Environment, Politics and Society, and also has a Human Geography BA. Katie has a keen interest in the social value of infrastructure and community-based resilience solutions. She believes that collaboration between industry, government and civil society will be key to cracking some of the most pressing climate dilemmas of our time.