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Sanna O'Connor-Morberg

Sanna O'Connor-Morberg

Senior Science and Strategy Manager

Environmental Science & Policy + Carbon Management Strategy + Stakeholder Consultation + Land Use & Resource Management + Urban Climate Risk & Resilience

Sanna O'Connor-Morberg is a Senior Science and Strategy Manager on the Science Team.

Sanna works with clients to advise them on high-quality carbon reduction and removal solutions, bridging science and impact-focused outcomes.

Background & Bio

Sanna works closely with clients to advise them on high-quality carbon reduction and removal strategies and solutions, bridging science and impact-focused outcomes.

Sanna has worked in environmental science advisory since 2014. She draws on her professional experience in environmental engineering and strategic advisory with expertise in climate earth systems, land use change and urban climate adaptation.

Prior to Carbon Direct, Sanna was the Carbon Dioxide Removal Lead for the Energy Transitions Commission, publishing Mind the Gap: How Carbon Dioxide Removals Must Complement Deep Decarbonisation to Keep 1.5°C Alive in 2022. While at SYSTEMIQ, a sustainability-focused systems change company, Sanna was research manager for the Food and Land Use Coalition during the publication of Growing Better: 10 Critical Transitions to Transform Food and Land Use (laying out one of the first roadmaps for the global food systems transition). She also provided advisory services to the UNEP International Resource Panel on their 2021 strategic direction.

Sanna has worked in New Zealand, the United States, and the United Kingdom.

Education

MEM
Yale School of the Environment

Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)
University of Auckland

Bachelor of Arts
University of Auckland

Awards

Science and Innovation Graduate Award; Fulbright 

International Peace Scholarship for Women; P.E.O

Scholarship; New Zealand Resource and Management Law Association 

Scholarship, Carpenter Sperry Fund; Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies 

Best Practice Award, YMCA Wastewater Management Strategy Plan with Beca Group Ltd; New Zealand Planning Institute