Dr Iliana Cardenes leads the UK’s Department for Energy Security and Net Zero (DESNZ) team to the UNFCCC on international climate science, and is heading up work on climate resilience research in the Department. Iliana’s research interests focus on the resilience of energy infrastructure. She holds a DPhil from the University of Oxford’s Environmental Change Institute, where she is now an Honorary Research Fellow, a Masters in Climate Science and Policy from Columbia University’s Earth Institute in New York City, and an undergraduate degree in Environmental Science from the School of Civil Engineering and the Environment at the University of Southampton. Before joining DESNZ, Iliana worked as a climate change specialist at Oxford Policy Management. Previous roles include working on climate change policy for the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Mexico City, on Environmental Statistics at the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN DESA) in New York City, and at the European Commission in Brussels on Environmental Policy.