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The Team

Sean Kidney, CEO and Co-founder

Sean focuses on investor engagement, climate bond definitions (with $22 trillion of assets represented on its Board and some 50 organizations involved); and the role of the public sector - that includes working with the Chinese Government’s State Council on how to grow green bonds in China, and the European Commission on mobilizaing private capital for climate solutions.

Sean is a member of the German International Aid Ministry’s TRANSfer Expert Group on “Using Climate Financing to Leverage Sustainable Transport”; of the Commonwealth Expert Group on Climate Finance; the Finance Advisory Board of the European Wind Energy Association, Mercer’s, Sustainability Opportunities Fund Advisory Panel and the Advisory Council for the Corporate Knights Capital Advisory Council.

Sean is also a director of the Be Earth Foundation, the Green Energy Foundation, and the Network for Sustainable Financial Markets, an international, non-partisan network of finance sector professionals, academics and others who see the need for fundamental changes to improve financial market integrity, stability and efficiency.

An accomplished international speaker, Sean has over the past year spoken at conferences on five continents. His background is in stakeholder communications, social change strategy and issues marketing. He was previously a marketing advisor to a number of the largest Australian pension funds, and proprietor of social marketing, internet services and current affairs publishing firms.

Nick Silver, Executive Director.

Pension fund Advisor, and climate-related insurance, finance and risk expert.

Nick is also a director of Callund Consulting Limited, which advises governments on pensions and social security reform, member of council of the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries (IFoA), a Visiting Fellow at the LSE Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment and a member of the risk management thought leadership committee at the IFoA. He lectures at and is a senior honorary visiting fellow at Global Sustainability Institute at Anglia Ruskin University.

Nick has advised the UNFCCC, Asian Development Bank, UK’s Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) and Development Department (DFID) and the German Development Department (GIZ) on climate finance in developing countries, advised the EU negotiators at COP 15, spoken at the launch of the Climate Investment Funds and at a number of UNFCCC conferences. Nick is part of the UK Government’s Capital Markets Climate Initiative.

Nick has advised a number of countries in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean and Eastern Europe on social insurance. He has also written a number of papers and articles on economics and implications for the carbon market, and risk management approaches to climate change. Nick has been widely quoted in the national media, spoken at the Swedish Parliament, been on an expert panel at the House of Lords, and has made recent appearances on Sky News, BBC Radio 5 live and BBC News 24 and two separate papers have been cited in parliamentary debates.

Nick has a Masters Degree in Public Financial Policy from the London School of Economics. Previously Nick worked as an actuary at PriceWaterhouseCoopers and Punter Southal.

Justine Leigh-Bell, Manager of Standards and Certification Scheme

Justine has spent much of her career helping business leaders and governments find solutions to the global challenges of climate change and sustainable development. She currently heads the Standards program at the Climate Bonds Initiative. Justine works closely with industry experts and international agencies on helping to define "what is green" across the low carbon economy, with the aim of providing a screening tool for investors and governments to easily prioritise climate and green bonds with confidence.

Justine has provided consultancy services for a number of global environmental advisory firms and institutions including The Carbon Trust, the Overseas Development Institute (ODI), The Clean Tech Group and  GIST Advisory based in New Delhi. Her key areas of focus have been in sustainable development in emerging economies, climate change mitigation/adaptation strategies, economic valuation and market based instruments for managing natural capital assets.

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Beate Sonerud, Policy Analyst

Beate is responsible for undertaking public policy related research projects, as well as contributing to the CBI blog. She has previously worked in Climate Change Research at HSBC, and at the low-carbon consultancy Xyntéo.

Beate has completed an MSc in Environmental Technology at Imperial College London, and holds a first-class BSc in Economics and International Development from the University of Bath. She is a fellow of the Schmidt-MacArthur fellowship on the circular economy, and writes a blog about sustainable business and finance.
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                           Tess Olsen-Rong, Market Analyst

Tess is responsible for data management, market analytics and the annual Bonds & Climate Change. State of the Market report at the Climate Bonds Initiative. Previous to joining the group in August 2014 she spent over three years at BlackRock in the Corporate Governance and Responsible investment team.  As part of her role at BlackRock Tess conducted Environmental Social and Governance (ESG) analysis and worked on a project to integrate ESG into the investment process. Tess has a BA hons from The University of York in Economics and Economic History
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Kazutaka Kuroda, Market Analyst

Kazutaka is responsible for data management and market analytics at the Climate Bonds Initiative. Before joining the Climate Bonds Initiative, he spent over seven years as a Senior Research Analyst at one of the global ESG rating agency in London and worked as an equity strategist at Okasan Securities Co., Ltd in Japan for over four years.

Kazutaka is the Social Media Director for Network for Sustainable Financial Markets (SFM) , an international, non-partisan network of finance sector professionals, academics and others who see the need for fundamental changes to improve financial market integrity, stability and efficiency. He also serves as a Co-Chair of SFM Japan Working Group, to advance investment practices that identify and value negative and positive externalities and efficiently allocate capital to create sustainable financial markets in Japan. Furthermore he is a member of CFA UK Social Impact Special Interest Group, CFA UK Membership Commmittee and Board of Director Training Institute of Japan.

Kazutaka has a Masters Degree in Environmental Policy and Regulation from the London School of Economics and Political Science.
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Rozalia Walencik, Communications Officer

Rozalia coordinate communications at Climate Bonds Initiative. She holds MA in Public Relations from University of Westminster and BA in Journalism and Mass Communications from Jagiellonian University in Cracow. She has also studied communication at the University of Tampere in Finland.
Rozalia has completed an internship in the British-Polish Chamber of Commerce and worked in the events industry before joining CBI in April 2014

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Katie House, Researcher and Project Support Officer

Katie undertakes research and provides support for several of Climate Bonds Initiative’s projects, particularly the annual Bonds & Climate Change – State of the Market report. 

Katie completed an MSc in Environmental Technology, specialising in Business and Environment, at Imperial College London before joining CBI in February 2015.  She also has a BSc in Geography from the University of Bristol, which particularly focussed on climate change and environmental geography.

Kris DiPaola, Consultant

Kris supports the CBI team with fundraising, administrative and technology projects.  She has worked in climate finance since 2007, when she helped to build and launch the P8 Group ("Pensions 8") with Environmental Capital Group and the Cambridge Programme for Industry (now the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership.) The P8 programme was distinguished as one of the Prince of Wales's charities under his Business and Environment Programme, and grew to include participation of executives from the world's leading 13 pensions and sovereign wealth funds, who collectively stewarded over $3 trillion.  P8 participants met for a number of summits between 2007 and 2011 to develop actions relating to global issues and particularly climate change.

Kris has worked in online applications development and management since 1995. Prior to working with Environmental Capital Group, she was the Head of Online at WWF International (International Secretariat for the World Wildlife Fund) based in Geneva, Switzerland.  Kris holds a B.A. from UC Berkeley.

Mark Fulton, Senior Fellow

At Climate Bonds Mark is focusing on green securitization issues. He has had 35 years experience in financial markets spanning three continent in London, New York and Sydney. As a recognized economist and market strategist at leading financial institutions including Citigroup , Salomon Bros and County Natwest, he has researched international economies, currencies, fixed income and equity markets. Mark has also held corporate strategy, finance and management roles.

Having a strong interest in the environment and sustainability, starting with a report on climate change and markets in 1991, Mark was head of research at DB Climate Change Advisors at Deutsche Bank from 2007 to 2012, where he produced thought leadership papers for investors on climate, cleaner energy and sustainability topics and advised investment teams in asset management.

Mark is currently a member of the Capital Markets Climate Initiative, UK Department of Energy and Climate Change. From 2010 to 2012 he was Co chair of the UNEP FI Climate Change Working Group and in 2011 and 2012 was part of the technical committee of the UN Secretary Generals Sustainable Energy for All.

Mark is also an advisor to the Carbon Tracker Initiative and Senior Fellow at Ceres. He has a BA in Philosophy & Economics from Oxford University.

Motoko Aizawa, Senior Fellow

Motoko advises on the development of the Climate Bond Standard. She is an internationally recognized expert on standard setting in the environmental, social and governance dimensions of sustainability. She is the former Head of the Policy and Standards Unit in the Environment and Social Development Department of the International Finance Corporation (IFC), World Bank Group.

Motoko also served as IFC's environmental and social development policy liaison with other World Bank Group institutions, governmental agencies, multilateral and bilateral financial institutions, export credit agencies, and private banks. In that role, she was instrumental in the development of the Equator Principles for international banks, and assisted the Chinese Ministry of Environmental Protection and the China Banking Regulatory Commission in the administration and implementation of the Green Credit Policy.

Today, Motoko is active as Managing Director USA in the Institute for Human Rights and Business, and focuses on the human rights dimensions of corporate activities, including the financial sector.  She is also a Commissioner of the Washington DC Commission on Human Rights.

Stuart Clenaghan, Senior Fellow

Stuart's work at Climate Bonds focuses on bonds and forest protection measures. He is also principal at Eco System Services Limited.

Stuart spent 23 years at Lehman Brothers and UBS as a fixed income specialist. He has extensive experience in all aspects of the fixed income markets including origination, trading, and sales. At Lehman he was head of European money markets and medium-term notes, and then head of Eurobond trading. At UBS he co-headed European sales and, from 1998 to 2004, was responsible for fixed income e-commerce. Since leaving UBS,

Stuart has been an early-stage investor in sustainable forestry and environmental enterprises. His investments include the largest planted forest company in Uganda, a forest conservation private equity company, and a sustainable forestry management company in Peru.

Stuart is also a board member of Botanic Gardens Conservation International. He read Natural Sciences at the University of Cambridge and Industrial Sociology and Economics at Imperial College, London.

Dr Michael Molitor

Michael is a visiting professor at SciencesPo teaching in the International Energy program. During the two years 2011- 2012 he served as the Principal Advisor, Round Table on Sustainable Development at the OECD based in Paris.  Prior to joining the OECD, Michael spent 12 years in the private sector working as an advisor to BP on the development of the company’s climate change strategy, as the Global Leader of Climate Change Services at PricewaterhouseCoopers, and as the Senior Advisor on Climate Change at McKinsey & Co.  His clients have included Rio Tinto, BP, Toyota, Ford, and GE. He earned his undergraduate degree at the University of Michigan, a Masters Degree at the London School of Economics/Imperial College and a Ph.D. from the University of Cambridge.

Kristian Brüning

M.Sc. (Econ.) CEFA. Kristian has 15 years of experience in financial consulting, carbon and clean energy finance and energy technologies. He was one of the original authors of the Voluntary Carbon Standard, the leading global non-compliance verification standard for emission reduction projects. He has worked for McKinsey & Co on the development of their climate change practice; and been Assistant Director at PricewaterhouseCoopers’ Energy Corporate Finance practice in London, where he was co-managing strategy and transaction services for PwC’s global climate change team in the Energy Corporate Finance group. Kristian has co-founded four ventures in the clean energy-carbon market nexus such as, e.g. UpEnergy, a company focused on the distribution of energy efficient household energy solutions and EOS Climate - a pioneering San Francisco-based refrigerant management company leveraging carbon markets to provide life-cycle management of refrigerants.

Dr Alex Rau

Alex has a decade of experience in carbon finance, emissions trading, and environmental commodities. He was previously part of the Climate Change Services team in PwC's Energy Corporate Finance practice in London, developing and structuring portfolios of carbon assets during the early stages of the Clean Development Mechanism market as well as designing Kyoto response strategies for multinational corporations. Alex has worked with numerous clients such as McKinsey & Company, Electricite de France and the California Public Employees Retirement System (CalPERS) on carbon-related issues. He also co-authored the original version of the Voluntary Carbon Standard, the most widely accepted trading standard for non-Kyoto carbon assets, and has published in journals ranging from Science to the Harvard Business Review. Alex has a Ph.D. in physics from Oxford University, a B.A. from Cornell University, and is a CFA charter holder.


Bridget Boulle, Manager - Market and data analytics (On leave) 

Bridget has worked at the Climate Bonds initiative since January 2012 where she has worked on the 2012-2014 State of the Market reports as well as on green bonds market analytics, green securitization and other projects.

She has been working in sustainable investment for 6 years including at Henderson Global Investors in the SRI team where she was  involved in the identification and analysis of sustainability issues with investment relevance for the SRI funds. Previously, Bridget worked  at PIRC in  London  and at  Kaiser Associates Economic Development Practice in South Africa where she gained experience advising institutional investors on environmental issues and in consulting on economic development projects.

Bridget holds a BSc Environmental Science and BCom Hons  Economics from the University of Cape Town.

Climate Bonds Standard Technical Working groups experts:

Tanja Havemann, Lead Expert, Agriculture & Forestry Technical (AFOLU) Working Group

Tanja is the lead expert of the Agriculture & Forestry Technical (AFOLU) Working Group developing eligibility criteria for ALOFU related  assets and projects that can be used to back Climate Bonds.

With over a decade of experience in the environmental finance sector, Tanja has worked with companies, Governmental, Non Governmental Organisations (NGOs) on investments, research, strategy development and advisory. Tanja established Clarmondial (previously BeyondCarbon) in Zurich in May 2010 to facilitate investments linked to improved natural resource use efficiency, including payments for environmental services (e.g. carbon finance), climate smart agriculture, renewable energy, and sustainable forestry. Tanja previously worked for Climate Change Capital (UK), and has carried out work for organisations including the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), GIZ and BAPPENAS, the Indonesian Ministry responsible for planning, the East African Community (EAC) and the World Economic Forum (WEF).Tanja has an LLM in Environmental Law and Policy from University of Kent, and an MSc in Applied Environmental Economics (Imperial College London) and a BSc (Hons) in Tropical Environmental Science from University of Aberdeen.

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