Monica Alessi is a Programme Manager at CEPS since September 2006, in the Energy, Resources and Climate Change team. Before that, she was a consultant for the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) where she worked on the use and spread of genetically modified organisms globally, as well as auditing development projects. In CEPS, she has researched and co-authored reports on energy, resources and climate policies, including smart cities, circular economy and EU water policy. She has been involved in the coordination of CEPS Network activities such as the Smartcities Stakeholder Platform, the European Climate Platform and the flagship event CEPS Ideas Lab. She has also been for over ten years the focal point of the RINGO Constituency, a network of research and independent non-governmental organisations accredited to the UNFCCC. In addition, she works within the management team to set up new initiatives. She graduated with a M.Phil. in Environmental Policy from the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom.