Varda Group


May 2021

April 2021

  • Round-table organizer and facilitator at the Barcelona ReACT conference.
  • Panelist at the high-level workshop Ocean & Climate, From Science to Policy, co-organized by the Tara Ocean Foundation, Chile’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and the French Embassy in Chile.
  • Four New Ideas for Protecting the Ocean“, a guest article in the SDG Knowledge Hub of the International Institute on Sustainable Development (IISD).

March 2021

February 2021

January 2021


December 2020

November 2020

October 2020

September 2020

August 2020

July 2020

  • Continued support to the Shark League for the Atlantic and Mediterranean

June 2020

May 2020

April 2020

March 2020

February 2020

January 2020

  • Advice and support to the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) on the socioeconomic aspects of the global energy transition, including attending the 10th annual IRENA Assembly 


December 2019

November 2019

October 2019

September 2019

  • The IPCC Ocean Takeaways Before the Blue COP, on behalf of the Because the Ocean initiative
  • Delegate at the 51st Session of the Intergovernmental Panel of Experts on Climate Change (IPCC) and launch of the Special Report on the Ocean and the Cryosphere in a Changing Climate (SCROCC)

August 2019

July 2019

June 2019

May 2019

April 2019

March 2019

February 2019

January 2019


December 2018

November 2018

October 2018

  • Support to UN Environment in the development of a long-term Ocean strategy.
  • Logistics and policy support to the Ministry of External Relations of Chile for the Regional Workshop of the Because the Ocean initiative on the integration of ocean elements in National Determined Contributions in the framework of the Paris Agreement.

September 2018

August 2018

July 2018

June 2018

May 2018

  • Strategic scoping for the Oak Foundation, exploring areas of further collaboration among a network of some of the most important endowed and regranting/intermediary foundations in Climate Change global mitigation.
  • Preparation and facilitation of Greenpeace’s annual Executive Directors’ Meeting.
  • Invited participant at an experts workshop on fisheries in areas beyond national jurisdiction, organized in Paris by IDDRI and BLOOM.

April 2018

  • Communications and editing support for the REN21 Global Status Report on the renewable energy transition.
  • Participant and presenter at a workshop on fisheries subsidies, upon invitation from the Pew Charitable Trusts, in Washington DC and on behalf of the Low Hanging Fish campaign.
  • Partners coordination for the conference “High Seas, What’s at Stake?” to be held in Paris in June.

March 2018

February 2018

January 2018


December 2017

  • Running The Low Hanging Fish campaign with BLOOM at the 11th Ministerial Conference of the World Trade Organization (WTO)
  • Facilitation of the strategic planning meeting for organisations working to designate marine protected areas in the Southern Ocean
  • Facilitation of the strategic planning meeting of the High Seas Alliance, in Washington DC
  • Keynote speech at opening plenary of the first Conference of Defence, Security & Environment Ministers from Ecuador, Panama and Costa Rica set to establish regional cooperation mechanisms for environmental & ocean security, in San José, Costa Rica.

November 2017

October 2017

September 2017

July and August 2017

June 2017

May 2017

  • Consultations for the Call for Action ahead of the UN Ocean Conference, in New York UNHQ
  • Attendance to the Bonn Climate Conference on behalf of CAN International
  • Strategic advice and support to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Chile and the Because the Ocean initiative at the Bonn Climate Conference

April 2017

March 2017

February 2017

January 2017


December 2016

November 2016

October 2016

  • Strategic analysis and advice to the Global Ocean Legacy Programme of the Pew Charitable Trusts
  • Continued communications advice and support for the Wildlife Justice Commission in preparation for a public hearing on the illegal wildlife trade in Vietnam

September 2016

July and August 2016

June 2016

May 2016

April 2016

March 2016

  • Scoping mission in Tokyo on behalf of The Nature Conservancy Marine Program, and report with recommendations
  • Assisting Greenpeace in the development of its strategy framework for the next ten years

February 2016

January 2016


November and December 2015

October 2015

September 2015

August 2015

July 2015

  • Panelist at the conference on “Climate and Change and Ocean Heath”, organized in Paris by Le Monde Diplomatique and the Bertarelli Foundation, in Paris

June 2015

May 2015

April 2015

March 2015

February 2015

January 2015


December 2014

November 2014

October 2014

  • Keynote speech and participation at the Workshop on Ocean Governance organized by the Institute of Applied Sustainability Studies (IASS) in Potsdam, Germany
  • Keynote speech at the international assembly of Impact Hub, global network of social entrepreneurs
  • Strategy development advise to Greenpeace global forests campaign

September 2014

  • Participation in New York Climate Week and the UN Climate Summit
  • Strategic advice and support to the Global Call for Climate Action
  • Organizing workshops at the UN Conference of Small Island Developing States in Samoa, on behalf of the Global Ocean Commission and in partnership with the South Pacific Regional Environmental Programme (SPREP)
  • Preparation and facilitation of Greenpeace’s Congo Basin Forest and Food For Life meetings

August 2014

  • Preparation and facilitation of Greenpeace’s Congo Basin Forest campaign strategy meeting
  • Preparations for the UN Conference of Small Island Developing States in Samoa, on behalf of the Global Ocean Commissionand in collaboration with the South Pacific Regional Environmental Programme (SPREP)
  • Development and coordination of Mission Ocean petition campaign
  • Campaign training/workshop for Ceres, one of the world’s leading organizations mobilizing investors, companies and public interest groups to build a healthy, sustainable global economy
  • Facilitation of a two-day meeting of the Antarctic Ocean Alliance Steering Committee


October 2013

  • Presented at the International Conference on Climate Change Communication 2013 in Beijing
  • Preparation and facilitation of Greenpeace’s international Executive and Program Directors’ meeting

September 2013

  • Coordinated the production of ten Policy Options Papers for the 3rd Meeting of the Global Ocean Commission
  • Spoke on the panel of experts feeding into the Pacific Islands Forum meeting of Heads of State

August 2013

  • Participation in the Ad-Hoc Working Group on Biodiversity in Areas beyond National Jurisdiction at UN HQ, New York
  • Action Aid Supporter Strategy development and project coordination

July 2013

  • Adviser to the Executive Secretary of the Global Ocean Commission at its second plenary meeting in Glen Cove, NY
  • Presentation and facilitation at a workshop of the Pew Shark Conservation Project in Washington DC
  • Participation and scoping at the Deep Sea Mining Summit in London

June 2013

  • Workshop with the GCCA on campaign strategy development (London, 27 June)
  • Strategic advice and presentation at Tokyo international symposia and workshop on systemic pesticides, on behalf of Act Beyond Trust
  • Workshop facilitation on Extended Producer Responsibility and Product Stewardship principles for tobacco control, public health and environmental experts, San Diego, US.
  • Preparation and facilitation of Greenpeace India Organisational Development Plan retreat, Bangalore
  • Participation in the team planning meeting of Pew’s Global Ocean Legacy Program (London) and the Pew French contractors meeting (Paris)

May 2013

  • Strategic planning for the IUCN Task Force on Systemic Pesticides, on behalf of Act Beyond Trust, Japan
  • Political advice to the Pew European Marine Programme
  • Strategic advice to CHEM Trust
  • Facilitation of Greenpeace’s international toxics campaign strategy discussions
  • Advice on the development of a mobilisation strategy to Action Aid International
  • Strategic paper and support for the Global Ocean Commission

April 2013

  • Speaker at the conference The High Seas, Our Future in Paris
  • Organizing and presenting a stakeholders workshop in Brussels, on behalf of Act Beyond Trust, Japan
  • Speaker in the Connect4Climate panel discussion at the Milan Design Week
  • Participation in the Communications Working Group of the IUCN Task Force on Systemic Pesticides, at Louvain-La-Neuve University, Belgium
  • Preparation and facilitation of Amnesty International UK AGM workshop
  • Preparation and facilitation of Greenpeace International Executive Directors’ meeting

March 2013

  • Research and strategic analysis for the IUCN Task Force on Systemic Pesticides, on behalf of Act Beyond Trust, Japan
  • Logistics for, and participation in the annual meeting of Spanish Pew contractors, in Barcelona
  • Oversaw an organizational strategic planning process for the GCCA
  • Strategic advice and presentation at the first meeting of the Global Ocean Commission, Cape town
  • Research and report for the office of the Pew European Marine Programme, Brussels
  • Facilitation of Greenpeace’s international Programme meeting and Actions Skillshare

February 2013

  • Strategic support and outreach for the launch of the Global Ocean Commission in London
  • As chair of the advisory panel for the United Nations Momentum for Change initiative, facilitated the first meeting of the panel since a major expansion of the project
  • Teaching a course, Leadership in Environmental Advocacy and Negotiation, at Madrid international business school Instituto de Empresa
  • Preparation and facilitation of Greenpeace’s global programme meeting in Istanbul
  • Facilitating preparation of six draft research papers on EPR issues related to cigarette butt waste for review at workshop in June 2013
  • Participated in strategy sessions to achieve a powerful international climate agreement in 2015
  • Joined the advisory committee for a major upcoming conference on women’s leadership in addressing climate change.

January 2013

  • Strategic and logistical support in Cape Town, South Africa, on behalf of the Global Ocean Commission in preparation for their first plenary meeting
  • Project development for Act Beyond Trust, Japan
  • Preparation and facilitation of organisational strategy development meetings for Greenpeace International


December 2012

  • Campaigning at the Doha climate negotiations. As chair of the advisory panel for the UNFCCC “Momentum for Change” initiative, Kelly presented the 2012 awards along with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and UN climate head Christiana Figueres

November 2012

  • Facilitating a strategic workshop of the IUCN Task Force on Systemic Pesticides, on behalf of Act Beyond Trust, Japan
  • Drafting of papers prior to the launch of the Global Ocean Commission
  • Preparing presentation and panel discussion for the Lonxanet Foundation, at the Spanish National Environmental Congress

October 2012

  • Moderator of the panel “Freeing Ourselves from a High Carbon Future” at SXSW Eco, in Austin Texas on 5 October
  • Planning workshop for Act-Beyond-Trust, Japan
  • Press briefings in Paris and Madrid on behalf of the Pew Environment Group Tuna Conservation Programme
  • Strategic planning for the Lonxanet Foundation for artisanal sustainable fishing.
  • Preparation and facilitation of the October 2012 Executive Directors’ meeting of Greenpeace
  • Providing strategic advice to the Cigarette Butt Pollution Project

September 2012

  • Speaker at the September 26 launch of the Climate Vulnerable Monitor, a comprehensive assessment of the risks and impacts posed by climate change to vulnerable people and communities
  • Participation on behalf of the Pew Environment Group in meetings of the Scientific Committee on Statistics of the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT)
  • Hosted a workshop for GCCA member organizations in New York, 27 September
  • Speaker at the September 28 launch of “the Vital Few” social media campaign during Climate Week NYC.
  • Strategic advice to, and representations on behalf of the Secretariat of the Global Ocean Commission
  • Speaker on climate change at the Washington, DC Green Festival on 30 September

August 2012

  • Support to the Pew Tuna Conservation Campaign in their preparations for this year’s meeting of the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT)
  • Kelly addressed the 11th annual Youth Assembly on August 1, in the General Assembly Hall of the UN. Webcast of the event with Kelly’s speech at 2:01:33
  • Kelly was also a featured speaker at the AREDAY conference on Leadership for America’s Energy Future. She spoke on two panels, covering Women’s Leadership and Climate Solutions, and Lessons Learned from the Rio Earth Summit

July 2012

  • Facilitation of the planning meeting of the Lonxanet Foundation for Artisanal Sustainable Fishing
  • Report for Transparency International’s African Programme on the continuation of their Advocacy campaigns in Francophone Sub-Saharian Africa

June 2012

  • Organization of the Date with History competition, from the launch at the beginning of the year until Brittany Tilford, the contest winner, delivered her speech at the opening ceremony of the Rio+20 conference
  • Multi-disciplinary Varda Group team at the Rio+20 conference and summit, on behalf of the Global Campaign for Climate Action (, the Natural Respource Defence Council (NRDC), the Pew Environment Group, and the Lonxanet Foundation for sustainable artisanal fishing
  • Team member of the multimedia platform OceanInc@Rio
  • Representation on behalf of the Pew Tuna conservation Project
  • Participation in various round-tables and delivery of various keynote speeches in the run-up to theRio+20 conference

May 2012

  • Participation in the Rio+20 informal consultations in New York, on behalf of the Pew Environment Group, the Natural Resource Defence Council (NRDC) and the Global Campaign for Climate Action (
  • Speaker at the Spanish stakeholders consultations on Rio+20 organized by the Spanish Ministry of the Environment and Fundación Biodiversidad, Madrid 8 May
  • Participation in the Spanish delegation to the Rio+20 conference, on behalf of the Lonxanet Foundation for sustainable artisanal fishing

April 2012

  • “Role and Impact of International NGOs in Global Ocean Governance”, a chapter in Ocean Yearbook 26 (2012)
  • Participation, on behalf of the GCCA, the Pew Environment Group and NRDC, in the Rio+20 informal consultations at UN HQ, NY, including organization and facilitation of the side-event “From Harmful Subsidies to Safe Subsidies”
  • Participation in planning workshops for the establishment of the Global Ocean Commissionheadquartered at Somerville College, Oxford, UK
  • Strategic consultations on behalf of the Pew Bluefin Tuna Conservation Project
  • Strategic advice, workshop facilitation and logistical support to the Lonxanet Foundation for sustainable fishing
  • Participation in Earth Day rally in Washington DC

March 2012

  • Participation on behalf of NRDC and the Pew Environment Group in the Rio+20 Informal negotiations in New York
  • Strategic development for the Global Campaign for Climate Action (GCCA/Tcktcktck)
  • Facilitation of a strategic workshop for staff and Board members of the Lonxanet Foundation for Sustainable Artisanal Fishing, La Coruña (Spain)
  • Presentation at a meeting of the Cigarette Butt Pollution Project, Sacramento, US

February 2012

  • Review of Greenpeace’s Sustainable Agriculture Campaign
  • Guest speaker of the Hub-Talk, at Hub-Madrid
  • Advocacy teach-in hosted by UNESCO Etxea, the UNESCO House in the Basque country in Bilbao
  • Strategic advice to the Global Pew Tuna Conservation Campaign (on-going)
  • “Guide for not getting lost in Rio+20”, a six-parts series published by EFE-Verde (in Spanish)
  • “Waking up to Climate Change”, a contribution to the OECD Yearbook

January 2012

  • Strategic analysis and scoping for the Fishfight campaign
  • Participation in the Rio+20 “Informal informals” at UN HQ, New York, on behalf of NRDC’s Oceans Program,  of the Global Campaign for Climate Action (GCCA)  and of the Pew Environment Group
  • Coaching for Transparency International’s advocacy campaigns  in several African countries (on-going)
  • Organization and facilitation of a consultants workshop for the Pew European Marine Programme
  • Advice on monitoring, reporting and evaluation for Friends of the Earth UK


December 2011

  • Survey of Advocacy Tools and Approach, for Transparency International’s Secretariat
  • Organization and facilitation of a strategic workshop for the Directors of Fundación Lonxanet (Spain)
  • Speaker at the launch of “Transformative Step of the Day” at the Durban Climate Conference
  • Speaker at “Climate Communications Day”, in Durban, hosted by Internews, Earth Journalism Network, and IIED
  • Moderated “Positive Energy Club” Ministerial side event (in Durban)
  • Speaker at Oxfam’s International Forum on Climate Change Communications (in Durban)

November 2011

  • Organizing and facilitating in Mauritius an Advocacy training workshop for Transparency International’sAdvocacy and Legal Advice Centres from francophone African countries
  • Participation in the annual Climate Conference in Durban, on behalf of the Global Campaign for Climate Action
  • Lecture at Madrid’s Instituto de Empresa Business School: “Environmental Advocacy, How to Handle it?”
  • Strategic advice and representation on behalf of the Pew Environment Group’s Tuna Campaign
  • Coaching and advice to Local Campaigner Award Winners, on behalf of the Sheila McKechnie Foundation

October 2011

  • Preparation and facilitation of Greenpeace’s international Climate and Energy meeting
  • Lecture on Cigarette Butt Waste Extended Producer Responsibility, at the 6th Annual Trash Summit for the Potomac Watershed
  • Preparation of an advocacy training programme on behalf of Transparency International
  • Organization of an international workshop and round-table on behalf of the Lonxanet Foundation for sustainable artisanal fishing, in Lisbon, Portugal
  • Participation on behalf of the Pew Environment Group in the annual meeting of the Standing Committee on Research and Statistics of the international Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT), and outreach support during the release of a new report

September 2011

  • Review of Greenpeace’s Congo Basin campaign
  • Advocacy Teach-In for Spanish NGOs, sponsored by the Spanish Environment Ministry’s Fundación Biodiversidad and Fundación Ecología y Desarrollo of Zaragoza, Spain

August 2011

  • Preparation and facilitation of Greenpeace’s virtual Campaign Directors’ Meeting
  • Research for the European Climate Forum
  • Review of the Pew European Marine Program
  • Moderator and panelist on climate communications at the AREDAY Summit

July 2011

  • Two-day advocacy teach-in in Tokyo for a group of Japanese organic farmers, beekeepers and environmentalists, developing a strategic plan seeking the elimination of neonicotinoid, the pesticide that causes honeybees colony disorder, on behalf of Act-Beyond-Trust, Japan

June 2011

  • Organization of a joint strategic workshop for the European Renewable energy Council (EREC), the global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) and the Global Campaign for Climate Action (GCCA)
  • Strategic advice to the Pew Tuna Conservation Project
  • Lecture at the Spring University, Dijon, France on “Rio Twenty Years Later”, organized by Edgar Morin’sIIRPC
  • Programme development advice to Friends of the Earth UK
  • Co-facilitation of Greenpeace Corporate Strategy Summit

May 2011

  • Strategic advice to the European Renewable Energy Council (EREC) and participation in their policy conference
  • Participation in the Working Group on the Future of the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT), on behalf of the Pew Environment Group
  • Strategic advice to the Lonxanet Foundation for sustainable artesanal fisheries
  • Strategic advice to UNITAR on national legislative frameworks for Pollutant Release and Transfer Registers
  • Facilitation of a staff retreat for the US Alliance for Biking and Walking focused on priority workplan topics and team building

April 2011

  • Report for the Pew Shark Conservation campaign
  • Participation in and advice at a planning workshop of the Lonxanet Foundation for sustainable artesanal fisheries, La Coruña, Spain
  • Attendance, on behalf of the Tktcktck secretariat, at the International Trade Union Confederation’s andSustainlabour’s Madrid Dialogues on Rio+20
  • Preparation of a campaigning training workshop for Act Beyond Trust, Japan

March 2011

  • Presenter and moderator at a conference on Public Participation and the Right to Peaceful Protest,Copenhagen
  • Collaboration with The Hub-Madrid’s promotional campaign
  • Participation in the 2nd session of the Preparatory Committee of the Rio+20 2012 conference, including organization of a side event on behalf of NRDC and the Global Campaign for Climate Action
  • Participation in the annual staff and consultants meeting of the Pew European Marine Programme

February 2011

  • Organization and facilitation of the annual planning retreat of the Global Campaign for Climate Action
  • Support and advice for the Natural Resource Defense Council (NRDC) Rio+20 planning process
  • Scoping for the Pew Shark Conservation campaign

January 2011

  • Speaker and adviser at the strategic planning session of the Oak Foundation Child Abuse Programme, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
  • Participation in the first intersessional meeting for the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20, 2012), at UN HQ, New York, on behalf of Tcktcktck and the Pew Environment Group.
  • Fundraising and strategic planning for the Global Campaign for Climate Action