Csaba is a geographer with a strong research background and good management skills. During the last 17 years, Csaba has worked with policy makers, private companies, communities and with scientific and NGO sectors. During his years as a researcher, he gained deep knowledge of environmental science, while during his 13 years at WWF, he built management skills and gained experience in climate change, energy (power and heat) and water nexus and their environmental and social implications. He gained experience managing multi-disciplinary teams and designing, implementing and managing projects. He has demonstrated experience in developing and implementing coal phase-out campaigns.
I also have expertise in:
World Wildlife Fund, Programme manager (2011 - 2017)
Led an expert team in Central-Eastern Europe (CEE) on sustainability, climate change, energy and freshwater issues. Designed and implemented campaigns to avoid coal expansion and new open-cast lignite mines as well as avoid high-upfront cost grey infrastructure flood protection systems.
Policy advocacy and research on strategic sustainability, climate change, energy, land use and water-related documents and processes, such as Climate Change Strategy; Water Strategy; Energy Strategy; Renewable Energy Action Plan; Sectorial Low-Carbon Roadmaps; Rural Development Programme etc.).
Advocacy on EU level climate and energy policies and legislation. Coordinate background research, collect and analyse data, conduct specific research and analytical work on climate change, renewable energy and energy access.
Coal phase-out: developed and implemented campaigns against two coal power plants and four open-cast lignite mines.
Built relationships and alliances with external players (researchers; health experts; renewable energy associations; NGOs, local municipalities) and implement coordinated legal and media actions to avoid expansion and accelerate phase-out.
International project coordination:
- Interreg: “Introduction of Regional Energy Concepts - Central Europe Programme”. To develop regional energy concepts and roadmaps.
- Horizon 2020: PANEL2050 on low-carbon regional and community transition in Eastern-Europe. Consultancy on regional energy demand and supply planning; developing community energy projects; designing mid-term investments and project finance and advocacy on coal phase-out strategies.
- LIFE-MICACC: Test and mainstream natural water retention measures into climate change adaptation strategies of local municipalities. Engage agriculture, food and beverage supply chains into collective actions at catchment level to optimize water allocation and improve water quality.
- ENRTP Programme of the European Commission: “Climate proofing the Danube Delta through integrated land and water management”. Trans-boundary project on water resource management and energy access.
Develop, implement and manage long-term corporate partnerships to enhance carbon emission, adaptation and water footprint reduction efforts in the supply chains.
Design, manage and implement community and corporate energy projects, that delivered multiple socio-economic and environmental results. Provide technical expertise for local communities and power plants on fuel change strategies. Implement bioenergy generation through utilization of invasive plant species and native energy useful tree plantations as bioenergy sources, replacing coal and natural gas. Measure social, economic and environmental impacts.
Proposal writing, budgeting and managing public funds:
Central Europe Programme, HORIZON2020, LIFE+; ENRTP, foundations (e.g. The Toyota Foundation, European Climate Foundation and ERSTE Foundation) and other donors (IIB).
Analysis of climate change and energy aspects in south east Europe.
WWF - Malaysia, Senior Advisor (2013-2014)
Valuation of ecosystem services in mangrove ecosystems; engage governmental agencies; local communities and corporate supply chains into designing Payment for Ecosystem Services (PES) initiative, based on voluntary carbon market.
Marine conservation: coral reef assessment and shark evaluation through scientific diving.
Explore the potential of lowering environmental and social impacts in the supply chain of palm oil industry.
WWF - Hungary, Project Manager, Renewable energy (2006-2011)
Responsible for partnerships and stakeholder management with local communities, multinational private sector companies, local land owners and farmers, biofuel suppliers, environmental-, energy-, forestry- and water management authorities.
WWF - Hungary, Project Manager, Freshwater Programme (2005-2006)
Trans-boundary wetland restoration in Romania and Hungary
Responsible for project identification, design, implementation and management with authorities, local communities, businesses and vulnerable groups.
Hungarian Academy of Science, Researcher (2001-2005)
GIS based environmental impact assessments and groundwater flow analyses focusing on high conservation value wetlands
Assessment of factors of the geographical environment with a special reference to natural resources
GIS based assessments on potential flood risk mitigation options
Climate change Adaptation; Renewable energy; Bioenergy from invasive alien plant species; Energy plantations; Invasive species; Water resource management; Water Stewardship; Nature Resource Management
I Am Seeking
collaboration on joint project development on water-energy-food nexus with special regard to coal power impacts on water resources.
I Can Offer
Consultancy. Proposal development. Project management. Water-Energy-Food conflict analysis.
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