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Careers in Sustainability

Panel Discussion
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Thursday, November 17, 2022, 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

Join the Career Services Office for a panel discussion focused on a range of career paths and professional experiences in the field of sustainability. Hear from alumni with experience in private sector, government, non-profit, and international organizations, working in diverse areas such as ESG, circular economy, environmental advocacy, environmental policy, climate finance, and international development. 

During this event you will learn about: 

  • A wide range of career paths that contribute to the goal of sustainability 

  • Advice on how to prepare and position yourself towards a career in the field of sustainability  

  • The challenges and rewards of working in this field 

 There will be time for Q&A at the end of the discussion, so come prepared with questions! 


Jana Kovandzic Pataky (ENVS '11) is a Senior ESG Program Manager with A1 Telekom Austria Group. At A1 Jana is developing initiatives in circular economy and supply chain decarbonisation. She also leads the ESG rating process which involves significant cross-department collaboration. Jana previously worked as a Sustainability Consultant at Schneider Electric in Budapest for nearly 10 years, focusing on the development and implementation of complex projects for large companies. Projects included carbon footprint for products and organisations, GHG accounting and reporting, and corporate waste stream mapping. Jana is an alumna of CEU’s master’s in Environmental Sciences, Policy and Management. 

Germain Laigle (INTR '16) works as a Senior Policy Analyst in Canada's Environment and Climate Change body, within the Climate Finance and Partnerships Division. Germain began his career in politics, first working for a Member of Parliament of France, and later, as Campaign Director for an economic lobby. Germain further honed his international relations expertise serving as an International Project Manager at the Mouvement des Entreprises de France and Manager with the United Nations Association in Canada. His work has focused on fostering innovative and collaborative opportunities to advance the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Germain is an alumnus of CEU's International Relations master's program. 

Diksha Mahara (ECBS '18) is a Development Consultant with IOD PARC, an international development consultancy that focuses on organization development and performance assessment. With IOD, Diksha has been involved in the monitoring, evaluation, and research for INGOs, bilateral, and multilateral agencies such as FCDO (British Embassy Nepal), OECD, UNICEF, and ICIMOD to name a few. Her thematic interest centers around organisational strengthening for local economy development, resilience, migration, and value for money within project development.  She has supported projects working on the areas of Climate Smart Development, Strengthening Disaster Resilience, WASH and Post-Earthquake Reconstruction. She has developed deeper understanding of the challenges related to environmental resilience and poor local market linkages through her fieldwork in remote markets of Nepal. Diksha is an alumna of CEU’s Economic Policy in Global Markets master’s program. 

Stefania Romano (SPP '09) has acquired extensive experience in environmental international affairs spanning Central Eastern Europe, Turkey, the Middle East, Brazil and South Africa. She is currently working for ICLEI Africa as the Global Coordinator of the CitiesWithNature initiative, responsible for Advocacy and Partnerships. Previously, Stefania worked for the Italian Ministry of the Environment and was seconded to international organisations such as the Regional Environmental Center, developing cross-country programs and projects. She is active in grassroots organizations and was the coordinator for Italy of the Green New Deal for Europe Campaign. Stefania additionally developed an online platform combining Art with the Environment (Hearth Platform). She is an alumna of CEU, earning her master’s in public policy in 2009.  

This event will be held on campus in Vienna with panelists connecting online. Please register in advance. You will have an opportunity to indicate if you are not able to attend in person so that we can send you details for joining remotely.