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The motivation and expertise of over 500 employees from more than 20 offices across 6 continents drives our success and impact.

Our colleagues have an interdisciplinary background and degrees from the best universities as well as experience in the public and private sector.

Management

Renat Heuberger

Renat Heuberger

CEO

Emma Oswick

Emma Oswick

Senior Director Finance

Dr. Christoph Grobbel

Dr. Christoph Grobbel

Chairman of the Board, Managing Director Central Functions

Rebecca Portman

Rebecca Portmann

Head of Global HR

Martin Christen

Martin Christen

Senior Director Central Functions

Franziska Sinner

Franziska Sinner

Senior Director, Corporate Sustainability Advisory

Stefan Rösch

Stefan Rösch

Executive Director, Head of Climate Solutions

Isabel Hagbrink

Isabel Hagbrink

Director of Communications

Marco Hirsbrunner

Marco Hirsbrunner

Senior Director, Head of Implementation

Naomi Rosenthal

Naomi Rosenthal

Director, Agricultural Value Chains

Martin Stadelmann

Martin Stadelmann

Senior Director Climate Investments

Sarah Boissinot

Sarah Boissinot

Director, Consultancy Team

Marco Magini

Marco Magini

Director Projects & Portfolio Management

Kat Khunikakorn

Kat Khunikakorn

Regional Director Southeast Asia

Christian Dannecker

Christian Dannecker

Director Global Sourcing

Sophie Deheselle

Sophie Deheselle

Associate Director, Head of Operations, Climate Solutions

Andrea Rumiz

Andrea Rumiz

Director Key Accounts

Board

Heinz Haller

Heinz Haller

Former Executive Vice President of the Dow Chemical Company & President of Dow EMEA

Dr. Matthias Bichsel

Dr. Matthias Bichsel

Vice-Chairman of Sulzer, Non-Exec Director, Canadian Utilities, member Advisory Board of Chrysalix

Mahua Acharya

Mahua Acharya

Senior Advisor and Director of Asian Operations of Climate Policy Initiative

Piers Cumberlege

Piers Cumberlege

Chair Straightview International, Advisory Council FinDev Canada

Michel Pola

Michel Pola

Member of the Board

Dr. Christoph Grobbel

Dr. Christoph Grobbel

Chairman of the Board, CFO

Dr. Cornelius Walter

Dr. Cornelius Walter

Impact investor and advisor at Lightrock

Antoine Geerinckx

Antoine Geerinckx

Founder - CO2Logic

Experts

Patrick Bürgi

Patrick Bürgi

Director, Innovation

Russell Cullinane

Russell Cullinane

Associate Director, Southeast Asia Sourcing

Hanh Dang Hong

Hanh Dang Hong

Director Vietnam

John Davis

John Davis

Director, Business Development APAC

Hans-Peter Egler

Hans-Peter Egler

Director Public Affairs

Indra Fachru

Indra Fachru

Senior Designer

Dominique Gangneux

Dominique Gangneux

Principal Consultant, Land & Water

Muireann Gibbons-Neff

Muireann Gibbons-Neff

Senior Manager, Regional Lead North America

Victor Giraldo

Victor Giraldo

Global Director, Project Implementation

Bastien Girod

Bastien Girod

Director, Business Development DACH

Marie Gustafsson

Marie Gustafsson

Senior Manager, Regional Lead Nordics

Gaetan Hinojosa

Gaetan Hinojosa

Practice Lead, Climate Finance Advisory

Patrick Horka

Patrick Horka

Practice Lead, Renewable Energies

Bamshad Houshyani

Bamshad Houshyani

Director Project Development

Denis Jorisch

Denis Jorisch

Associate Director, Practice Lead Corporate Climate Targets

Krishnan Kartick

Krishnan Kartick

Director Innovation Partnerships

Ab Kasmi

Ab Kasmi

Director, Carbon Renewables & Partnership

Jens Olejak

Jens Olejak

Director Sustainable Energy, Managing Director Sweden

Ingo Puhl

Ingo Puhl

Co-Founder and Managing Director Southeast Asia

Esther Rohena

Esther Rohena

Associate Director, Global Sourcing

Rebecca Self

Rebecca Self

Director of Sustainable Finance

Mike Shirley

Mike Shirley

Marketing Director Climate Solutions

Thomas Schröder

Dr. Thomas Schröder

Head of Climate Action

Leonardo Verkooijen

Leonardo Verkooijen

Senior Manager, Regional Lead Benelux

Bram Veenhof

Bram Veenhof

Director Climate Neutral Applications

Michael Weber

Michael Weber

Director Corporate Climate Neutrality

Yang Xuan

Yang Xuan

Regional Director of Emission Reductions China & ROW

Renat Heuberger is a pioneer in the field of sustainability and climate change. He is co-Founder and CEO of South Pole, a global climate finance leader that helps companies meet their net-zero carbon emission targets. Founded in 2006, South Pole has developed and provided finance to over 1,000 projects that reduce over a gigaton of CO2 combined.

Renat was named Social Entrepreneur by the World Economic Forum's Schwab Foundation, is an elected member of the Innovation Council for the Swiss government, and serves on various Boards. Renat holds a master degree in environmental science from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology and has completed executive education programs at INSEAD and the Harvard Kennedy School.

More information: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Renat_Heuberger

Renat Heuberger

Renat Heuberger

CEO

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Renat Heuberger is a pioneer in the field of sustainability and climate change. He is co-Founder and CEO of South Pole, a global climate finance leader that helps companies meet their net-zero carbon emission targets. Founded in 2006, South Pole has developed and provided finance to over 1,000 projects that reduce over a gigaton of CO2 combined.

Renat was named Social Entrepreneur by the World Economic Forum's Schwab Foundation, is an elected member of the Innovation Council for the Swiss government, and serves on various Boards. Renat holds a master degree in environmental science from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology and has completed executive education programs at INSEAD and the Harvard Kennedy School.

More information: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Renat_Heuberger

Emma Oswick

Emma Oswick

Senior Director Finance

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Christoph joined the south pole group in 2007 after 12.5 years with McKinsey & Company, Inc. where he worked as a Senior Expert for Emissions Trading and Electric Power & Natural Gas. At South Pole Group he is Chairman of the Board, CFO and one of the main shareholders.

At McKinsey Christoph was responsible for the Review of EU Emissions Trading Scheme for the EU Commission in 2005 and 2006 and advice to the UK Department of Industry and Trade concerning National Allocation Plan for 2008-2012 Kyoto period.

Christoph holds an MSc in Mechanical Engineering from Karlsruhe University, an MSc in Energy Management & Policy from the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, and IFP School, Paris, and a PhD in Economics in the field of Energy from Oldenburg University. His studies also included extensive internships in France and South Africa.

Dr. Christoph Grobbel

Dr. Christoph Grobbel

Chairman of the Board, Managing Director Central Functions

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Christoph joined the south pole group in 2007 after 12.5 years with McKinsey & Company, Inc. where he worked as a Senior Expert for Emissions Trading and Electric Power & Natural Gas. At South Pole Group he is Chairman of the Board, CFO and one of the main shareholders.

At McKinsey Christoph was responsible for the Review of EU Emissions Trading Scheme for the EU Commission in 2005 and 2006 and advice to the UK Department of Industry and Trade concerning National Allocation Plan for 2008-2012 Kyoto period.

Christoph holds an MSc in Mechanical Engineering from Karlsruhe University, an MSc in Energy Management & Policy from the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, and IFP School, Paris, and a PhD in Economics in the field of Energy from Oldenburg University. His studies also included extensive internships in France and South Africa.

As Head of Global HR, Rebecca is responsible for developing and implementing South Pole's HR strategy, and leading the global HR team. This includes ensuring the provision of best-in-class HR programs, processes and services that enable the Company to attract, develop and retain the most talented employees, in support of South Pole's ambitious goals.

Rebecca brings to South Pole 12 years of international HR experience gained in Switzerland, Spain, US and Latin America. Her main areas of expertise are in talent management, learning & development, recruitment, compensation & benefits, employee engagement, and organisational development. She graduated in Psychology from the University of Geneva, Switzerland, and holds an Executive Master's in Human Resources Management from EADA Business School in Barcelona, Spain.

Rebecca Portman

Rebecca Portmann

Head of Global HR

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As Head of Global HR, Rebecca is responsible for developing and implementing South Pole's HR strategy, and leading the global HR team. This includes ensuring the provision of best-in-class HR programs, processes and services that enable the Company to attract, develop and retain the most talented employees, in support of South Pole's ambitious goals.

Rebecca brings to South Pole 12 years of international HR experience gained in Switzerland, Spain, US and Latin America. Her main areas of expertise are in talent management, learning & development, recruitment, compensation & benefits, employee engagement, and organisational development. She graduated in Psychology from the University of Geneva, Switzerland, and holds an Executive Master's in Human Resources Management from EADA Business School in Barcelona, Spain.

Martin Christen joined South Pole's growing team in 2009 after working in administration and trust accounting at Xerox and Ernst & Young. Our Senior Director Central Functions is a Swiss certified expert for accounting and controlling, and a Swiss certified specialist for finance. Martin leads and oversees South Pole's global central functions (Accounting/Controlling, HR, IT and Administration) which provide all vital services to ensure we operate our core business smoothly and efficiently.

Martin Christen

Martin Christen

Senior Director Central Functions

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Martin Christen joined South Pole's growing team in 2009 after working in administration and trust accounting at Xerox and Ernst & Young. Our Senior Director Central Functions is a Swiss certified expert for accounting and controlling, and a Swiss certified specialist for finance. Martin leads and oversees South Pole's global central functions (Accounting/Controlling, HR, IT and Administration) which provide all vital services to ensure we operate our core business smoothly and efficiently.

As South Pole's Advisory - Corporates and Capital Markets Anne-Franziska is responsible for the strategic development and implementation of advisory services for the corporate sector. Her cross-functional expertise lies in the field of climate change, carbon and power markets, sustainable finance and GHG emission mitigation. Her career has focussed on the integration of sustainability along corporate business supply chains and into business operations. Prior to joining South Pole in 2015, Anne-Franziska has worked for KPMG in the US and various consulting firms in North America and Europe advising on corporate sustainability management, sustainability strategy design, sustainability program set up, policy and market analyses.

Franziska Sinner

Franziska Sinner

Senior Director, Corporate Sustainability Advisory

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As South Pole's Advisory - Corporates and Capital Markets Anne-Franziska is responsible for the strategic development and implementation of advisory services for the corporate sector. Her cross-functional expertise lies in the field of climate change, carbon and power markets, sustainable finance and GHG emission mitigation. Her career has focussed on the integration of sustainability along corporate business supply chains and into business operations. Prior to joining South Pole in 2015, Anne-Franziska has worked for KPMG in the US and various consulting firms in North America and Europe advising on corporate sustainability management, sustainability strategy design, sustainability program set up, policy and market analyses.

Stefan Rösch

Stefan Rösch

Executive Director, Head of Climate Solutions

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Isabel Hagbrink is the Director of Communications at South Pole, a leading climate strategy and solutions company, responsible for strategic communications, branding, stakeholder engagement and advocacy efforts. She is based in Amsterdam.

Isabel was previously responsible for carbon and climate finance communications at the World Bank in Washington DC, with a focus on projects and technologies around the world that reduce emissions and earn carbon credits. Previous to the World Bank, Isabel was the Vice President for voluntary carbon markets at MGM International, originating projects that reduce emissions in the US and responsible for the relationship with US clients and Morgan Stanley, its main shareholder.

Before working at MGM International, Isabel spent nine years at the Inter-American Development Bank, where she worked with project finance as well as outreach and corporate communications.

Isabel Hagbrink

Isabel Hagbrink

Director of Communications

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Isabel Hagbrink is the Director of Communications at South Pole, a leading climate strategy and solutions company, responsible for strategic communications, branding, stakeholder engagement and advocacy efforts. She is based in Amsterdam.

Isabel was previously responsible for carbon and climate finance communications at the World Bank in Washington DC, with a focus on projects and technologies around the world that reduce emissions and earn carbon credits. Previous to the World Bank, Isabel was the Vice President for voluntary carbon markets at MGM International, originating projects that reduce emissions in the US and responsible for the relationship with US clients and Morgan Stanley, its main shareholder.

Before working at MGM International, Isabel spent nine years at the Inter-American Development Bank, where she worked with project finance as well as outreach and corporate communications.

Marco Hirsbrunner is an expert in the implementation of emission reduction projects and web based management applications. At South Pole Marco is responsible for the management of the worldwide emission reduction projects pipeline and oversees several teams of local experts. Marco holds a degree in Media and Chinese studies from the University of Zurich and has solid experience in business development, project sourcing and implementation.

Marco Hirsbrunner

Marco Hirsbrunner

Senior Director, Head of Implementation

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Marco Hirsbrunner is an expert in the implementation of emission reduction projects and web based management applications. At South Pole Marco is responsible for the management of the worldwide emission reduction projects pipeline and oversees several teams of local experts. Marco holds a degree in Media and Chinese studies from the University of Zurich and has solid experience in business development, project sourcing and implementation.

Naomi leads South Pole's consulting practice Agricultural Value Chains. She has developed supply chain-focused climate strategies & programs for some of the world's largest businesses in the food, cosmetics, retail and textile industries. Through her work she takes a holistic environmental approach that includes water stewardship, carbon management, and forest protection. Previously, Naomi worked in the business development team where she managed consumer goods clients and built South Pole's sustainable supply chain business practice.

Prior to joining South Pole, Naomi worked at UNCTAD, and in sustainable and conservation finance in Zurich, Switzerland.

Naomi Rosenthal

Naomi Rosenthal

Director, Agricultural Value Chains

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Naomi leads South Pole's consulting practice Agricultural Value Chains. She has developed supply chain-focused climate strategies & programs for some of the world's largest businesses in the food, cosmetics, retail and textile industries. Through her work she takes a holistic environmental approach that includes water stewardship, carbon management, and forest protection. Previously, Naomi worked in the business development team where she managed consumer goods clients and built South Pole's sustainable supply chain business practice.

Prior to joining South Pole, Naomi worked at UNCTAD, and in sustainable and conservation finance in Zurich, Switzerland.

Martin is a political scientist (PhD) and economic geographer. He has more than 10 years of experience in developing and evaluating climate finance projects/programmes in developing countries (both private and international development cooperation projects), with a particular focus on renewable energy, energy efficiency, transport, waste and urban development. He is a leading climate finance expert, with key analytical roles in reports like 'Mobilizing climate finance - the role of GIZ' (Client: GIZ), 'Economics of Adaptation for Climate Change' (Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation), the 'Global Landscape of Climate Finance', 'The Role of Public Finance in Concentrated Solar Power & Geothermal' (Climate Investment Funds - CIF) and 'Estimating mobilized private finance for adaptation' (for DFID, UK).

He contributed to innovative mechanisms under the Global Innovation Lab for Climate Finance (Climate Development and Financing Facility, Debt Fund for Pre-Paid Energy, Energy Savings Insurance) and the finance chapters of the IPCC Fifth Assessment Report 2014 and the UNEP Adaptation Gap report 2014. Through this work, he has in-depth knowledge on integration of climate change mitigation/adaptation into development bank operations (all major bilateral, multilateral and national development banks), domestic enabling environments, domestic and international climate finance, and particularly the monitoring/reporting of climate finance flows (projects for GIZ, DFID, Government of Netherlands, Swiss Federal Office for the Environment).Until 2009, he managed renewable energy, energy efficiency and biogas/waste projects in developing countries at myclimate. During his PhD (2009-2013) and his time at Climate Policy Initiative (2013-2015), he advised governments and climate funds on the costs and effectiveness of international climate finance (evaluations at policy, programme and project level). He represented the Swiss government in the international climate negotiations and advised several other governments on technical questions with climate negotiations.

Martin Stadelmann

Martin Stadelmann

Senior Director Climate Investments

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Martin is a political scientist (PhD) and economic geographer. He has more than 10 years of experience in developing and evaluating climate finance projects/programmes in developing countries (both private and international development cooperation projects), with a particular focus on renewable energy, energy efficiency, transport, waste and urban development. He is a leading climate finance expert, with key analytical roles in reports like 'Mobilizing climate finance - the role of GIZ' (Client: GIZ), 'Economics of Adaptation for Climate Change' (Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation), the 'Global Landscape of Climate Finance', 'The Role of Public Finance in Concentrated Solar Power & Geothermal' (Climate Investment Funds - CIF) and 'Estimating mobilized private finance for adaptation' (for DFID, UK).

He contributed to innovative mechanisms under the Global Innovation Lab for Climate Finance (Climate Development and Financing Facility, Debt Fund for Pre-Paid Energy, Energy Savings Insurance) and the finance chapters of the IPCC Fifth Assessment Report 2014 and the UNEP Adaptation Gap report 2014. Through this work, he has in-depth knowledge on integration of climate change mitigation/adaptation into development bank operations (all major bilateral, multilateral and national development banks), domestic enabling environments, domestic and international climate finance, and particularly the monitoring/reporting of climate finance flows (projects for GIZ, DFID, Government of Netherlands, Swiss Federal Office for the Environment).Until 2009, he managed renewable energy, energy efficiency and biogas/waste projects in developing countries at myclimate. During his PhD (2009-2013) and his time at Climate Policy Initiative (2013-2015), he advised governments and climate funds on the costs and effectiveness of international climate finance (evaluations at policy, programme and project level). He represented the Swiss government in the international climate negotiations and advised several other governments on technical questions with climate negotiations.

Sarah has worked in the sustainability sector for over eight years. Sarah started her career at South Pole in 2014 as a Project Manager. Quickly, she became Head of Operations for Latin America and Director of the Mexican office. As Director of the Consultancy and Services Team, Sarah is in charge of the overall management and coordination of this team.

Prior to joining South Pole, Sarah has worked with OTEK Australia where she consulted for contaminated sites and soils. She also has teaching experience, and experience working with the public sector, non-for-profit and intergovernmental organisations.

Sarah holds a MSc in Environmental Engineering from the IMT, France; in addition, Sarah has studied in Colombia at the Los Andes University.

Sarah Boissinot

Sarah Boissinot

Director, Consultancy Team

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Sarah has worked in the sustainability sector for over eight years. Sarah started her career at South Pole in 2014 as a Project Manager. Quickly, she became Head of Operations for Latin America and Director of the Mexican office. As Director of the Consultancy and Services Team, Sarah is in charge of the overall management and coordination of this team.

Prior to joining South Pole, Sarah has worked with OTEK Australia where she consulted for contaminated sites and soils. She also has teaching experience, and experience working with the public sector, non-for-profit and intergovernmental organisations.

Sarah holds a MSc in Environmental Engineering from the IMT, France; in addition, Sarah has studied in Colombia at the Los Andes University.

Marco graduated in International and Economic Policy from the London School of Economics. Since, he has worked extensively in climate change and sustainable economy, with a particular focus on voluntary carbon markets.

His work has taken him to Canada, the United States, Belgium, Turkey, India, Switzerland and the UK, London where he lives today.

Marco Magini

Marco Magini

Director Projects & Portfolio Management

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Marco graduated in International and Economic Policy from the London School of Economics. Since, he has worked extensively in climate change and sustainable economy, with a particular focus on voluntary carbon markets.

His work has taken him to Canada, the United States, Belgium, Turkey, India, Switzerland and the UK, London where he lives today.

At South Pole, she focuses on project implementation of greenhouse gases (GHG) mitigation, environmental management including sustainable development. By implementing these projects, she is involved in carbon credit generation of more than 1 million tCO2 per year. She has a rich background in quality assurance and quality control at a research level, coupled with her most recent experience in climate change topics, Ladaporn displays a strong understanding and influence in maintaining quality as per the applied standards covering MRV systems. With her project track record in South East Asia, she has gained experience in many kind of renewable energy related projects such as biogas, biomass, solar, among others. This experience gives her an opportunity to understand other disciplines than her original background such as project finance, carbon markets, regulations, and climate change/energy policy aspects. In addition, she has a good set of skills in terms of project management, communication, negotiation and cooperation with various kinds of agencies including multilateral organisations, the private sector, national governments and NGOs.

Kat Khunikakorn

Kat Khunikakorn

Regional Director Southeast Asia

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At South Pole, she focuses on project implementation of greenhouse gases (GHG) mitigation, environmental management including sustainable development. By implementing these projects, she is involved in carbon credit generation of more than 1 million tCO2 per year. She has a rich background in quality assurance and quality control at a research level, coupled with her most recent experience in climate change topics, Ladaporn displays a strong understanding and influence in maintaining quality as per the applied standards covering MRV systems. With her project track record in South East Asia, she has gained experience in many kind of renewable energy related projects such as biogas, biomass, solar, among others. This experience gives her an opportunity to understand other disciplines than her original background such as project finance, carbon markets, regulations, and climate change/energy policy aspects. In addition, she has a good set of skills in terms of project management, communication, negotiation and cooperation with various kinds of agencies including multilateral organisations, the private sector, national governments and NGOs.

Christian Dannecker is Director Sustainable Supply Chains and Land Use at South Pole Group, leading a team of ten experts in the development of a pipeline of reforestation, REDD+, agroforestry, agriculture, clean cook stove and biomass projects as well as providing distinct consultancy services on REDD+ readiness, NAMA, climate finance, deforestation free supply chains, standards and methodologies, policy, MRV, capacity building, and land based carbon project development. His references include for example policy advisory for FIP/ADB REDD+ investments, AFOLU NAMA development in Tunisia and Honduras, native species reforestation and species conservation projects using the VCS and the CCBS standards, and one of world's largest REDD+ projects, the Kariba REDD+ project. He also works as Director of Corporate Development for Climate Friendly, member of the South Pole Group and is board member of Natural Carbon Pty Ltd. (Brisbane). He holds a M.Sc. Environmental Sciences (ETH Zurich). He currently works in the CODE REDD member committee and in the CCBS standards committee. Christian is a recognized VCS JNR expert.

Christian Dannecker

Christian Dannecker

Director Global Sourcing

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Christian Dannecker is Director Sustainable Supply Chains and Land Use at South Pole Group, leading a team of ten experts in the development of a pipeline of reforestation, REDD+, agroforestry, agriculture, clean cook stove and biomass projects as well as providing distinct consultancy services on REDD+ readiness, NAMA, climate finance, deforestation free supply chains, standards and methodologies, policy, MRV, capacity building, and land based carbon project development. His references include for example policy advisory for FIP/ADB REDD+ investments, AFOLU NAMA development in Tunisia and Honduras, native species reforestation and species conservation projects using the VCS and the CCBS standards, and one of world's largest REDD+ projects, the Kariba REDD+ project. He also works as Director of Corporate Development for Climate Friendly, member of the South Pole Group and is board member of Natural Carbon Pty Ltd. (Brisbane). He holds a M.Sc. Environmental Sciences (ETH Zurich). He currently works in the CODE REDD member committee and in the CCBS standards committee. Christian is a recognized VCS JNR expert.

As Head of Operations for the Consultancy & Services Team in Europe and for the Key Account Management Team, Sophie is responsible for the overall operations of those two teams. Sophie joined South Pole in 2008. Since then, she has been evolving from project manager implementing emission reduction projects in Asia and in Africa, then senior consultant to Head of Operations.

Sophie holds a double Master degree in Environmental Engineering and Management from the French engineering Scool Centrale Nantes and from the Italian University Politecnico of Milan

Sophie Deheselle

Sophie Deheselle

Associate Director, Head of Operations, Climate Solutions

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As Head of Operations for the Consultancy & Services Team in Europe and for the Key Account Management Team, Sophie is responsible for the overall operations of those two teams. Sophie joined South Pole in 2008. Since then, she has been evolving from project manager implementing emission reduction projects in Asia and in Africa, then senior consultant to Head of Operations.

Sophie holds a double Master degree in Environmental Engineering and Management from the French engineering Scool Centrale Nantes and from the Italian University Politecnico of Milan

Andrea is a seasoned sales expert with over 12 years of global insights into a range of business including airlines, shipbrokers, energy and environmental consultancy. Andrea also has a solid experience in carbon emissions/CERs and VERs Market. Heading the sales team at South Pole, Andrea coordinates global sales activities globally and has been involved to date in more than 250 projects worldwide.

Andrea Rumiz

Andrea Rumiz

Director Key Accounts

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Andrea is a seasoned sales expert with over 12 years of global insights into a range of business including airlines, shipbrokers, energy and environmental consultancy. Andrea also has a solid experience in carbon emissions/CERs and VERs Market. Heading the sales team at South Pole, Andrea coordinates global sales activities globally and has been involved to date in more than 250 projects worldwide.

Heinz Haller was Executive Vice President of the Dow Chemical Company and President of Dow Europe, Middle East, Africa and India until 2019. In this role, Heinz was responsible for Dow's operations and geographic strategies in Europe, the Middle East, Africa and India. He was also accountable for government markets and Olympic operations. He is a member of Dow's broader executive leadership team.

Heinz Haller joined Dow in 1980 as a sales representative in Horgen, Switzerland. He developed his career in a variety of marketing and commercial roles across several Dow businesses including emulsion polymers, specialty chemicals and chlorinated solvents. In 1994, Heinz left Dow and joined the mining and chemical distribution company Plüss-Staufer AG (OMYA) as Managing Director, a position he held for five years before being appointed Chief Executive Officer of Red Bull Sauber AG and Sauber Petronas Engineering AG. In 2002, he moved to Allianz Capital Partners GmbH as one of the company's Managing Directors and remained there for four years until he rejoined Dow.

Heinz returned to Dow in 2006 and assumed an executive leadership role for a variety of areas, including performance products. He assumed his current role in August 2012. Haller is Chairman of the Dow Aksa Board and a member of the board of BioAmber Inc., AFG Arbonia-Forster-Holding AG, and the US India Business Council. He also represents Dow on the Board and Executive Committee of the European Chemical Industry Council.

Furthermore, Heinzaller holds a master's degree in business administration from IMD, Lausanne, Switzerland. Heinz and his wife, Marlis, live in Zurich, Switzerland. They have two adult daughters.

Heinz Haller

Heinz Haller

Former Executive Vice President of the Dow Chemical Company & President of Dow EMEA

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Heinz Haller was Executive Vice President of the Dow Chemical Company and President of Dow Europe, Middle East, Africa and India until 2019. In this role, Heinz was responsible for Dow's operations and geographic strategies in Europe, the Middle East, Africa and India. He was also accountable for government markets and Olympic operations. He is a member of Dow's broader executive leadership team.

Heinz Haller joined Dow in 1980 as a sales representative in Horgen, Switzerland. He developed his career in a variety of marketing and commercial roles across several Dow businesses including emulsion polymers, specialty chemicals and chlorinated solvents. In 1994, Heinz left Dow and joined the mining and chemical distribution company Plüss-Staufer AG (OMYA) as Managing Director, a position he held for five years before being appointed Chief Executive Officer of Red Bull Sauber AG and Sauber Petronas Engineering AG. In 2002, he moved to Allianz Capital Partners GmbH as one of the company's Managing Directors and remained there for four years until he rejoined Dow.

Heinz returned to Dow in 2006 and assumed an executive leadership role for a variety of areas, including performance products. He assumed his current role in August 2012. Haller is Chairman of the Dow Aksa Board and a member of the board of BioAmber Inc., AFG Arbonia-Forster-Holding AG, and the US India Business Council. He also represents Dow on the Board and Executive Committee of the European Chemical Industry Council.

Furthermore, Heinzaller holds a master's degree in business administration from IMD, Lausanne, Switzerland. Heinz and his wife, Marlis, live in Zurich, Switzerland. They have two adult daughters.

Matthis Bichsel is an oil and gas consultant. He is currently the Vice-Chairman at Sulzer (Switzerland), Senior Independent Director at Petrofac (UK), and a non-executive director at Canadian Utilities (Canada). He is also a member of the advisory board of Chrysalix Cleantech Venture Capital and a former member of the executive committee at Royal Dutch Shell.

Until the end of 2014, Matthias Bichsel was member of the management board of Royal Dutch Shell plc and ran Shell’s global Projects & Technology business, where he was, inter alia, responsible for yearly capital investments of USD 20 billion, R&D of USD 3 billion and a yearly procurement and supply chain spend of USD 65 billion. Matthias also presided over the global responsibility of CO2 emissions at Shell and Shell's sustainability agenda.

Currently holding a number of board of director mandates, Matthias has broad experience in building global enterprises as well as performance turn-arounds. His international career has included postings in the Middle East, Asia, USA, Canada and Europe. 

Matthias Bichsel is a skilled strategist with deep experience in global economic and environment scenarios, the energy industry, capital project management and technology development & commercialisation. Through his work as Chairman of Shell's Tech Fund Advisory Board and Chairman of Board of Directors Enventure and in his current role as Adviser to Chrysalix, Matthias has amassed a solid know-how of Technology Venture Fund management. An excellent relationship builder with government partners and CEO's of oil companies and suppliers & vendors alike, Matthias has extensive experience of managing engineering and technology contractors.

Matthias holds a Ph.D. in Earth Sciences from University of Basel (Switzerland) and a Master's in Geology. He is also an Honorary Professor at the Chinese University of Petroleum, Beijing.

Dr. Matthias Bichsel

Dr. Matthias Bichsel

Vice-Chairman of Sulzer, Non-Exec Director, Canadian Utilities, member Advisory Board of Chrysalix

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Matthis Bichsel is an oil and gas consultant. He is currently the Vice-Chairman at Sulzer (Switzerland), Senior Independent Director at Petrofac (UK), and a non-executive director at Canadian Utilities (Canada). He is also a member of the advisory board of Chrysalix Cleantech Venture Capital and a former member of the executive committee at Royal Dutch Shell.

Until the end of 2014, Matthias Bichsel was member of the management board of Royal Dutch Shell plc and ran Shell’s global Projects & Technology business, where he was, inter alia, responsible for yearly capital investments of USD 20 billion, R&D of USD 3 billion and a yearly procurement and supply chain spend of USD 65 billion. Matthias also presided over the global responsibility of CO2 emissions at Shell and Shell's sustainability agenda.

Currently holding a number of board of director mandates, Matthias has broad experience in building global enterprises as well as performance turn-arounds. His international career has included postings in the Middle East, Asia, USA, Canada and Europe. 

Matthias Bichsel is a skilled strategist with deep experience in global economic and environment scenarios, the energy industry, capital project management and technology development & commercialisation. Through his work as Chairman of Shell's Tech Fund Advisory Board and Chairman of Board of Directors Enventure and in his current role as Adviser to Chrysalix, Matthias has amassed a solid know-how of Technology Venture Fund management. An excellent relationship builder with government partners and CEO's of oil companies and suppliers & vendors alike, Matthias has extensive experience of managing engineering and technology contractors.

Matthias holds a Ph.D. in Earth Sciences from University of Basel (Switzerland) and a Master's in Geology. He is also an Honorary Professor at the Chinese University of Petroleum, Beijing.

Mahua Acharya has almost two decades of international experience in carbon markets, carbon finance, and environmental finance more broadly. She is a well-known professional in the industry and is also active in the graduate school community. She has lectured at the Indian School of Business, Hyderabad, and she is currently the co-founder of the country's first executive education programme in sustainable finance at the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad. She often presents at conferences and occasionally contributes to newspapers.

Mahua currently serves as Senior Advisor and Director of Asian operations of Climate Policy Initiative, where she leads high-level strategic planning and the overall management of the teams in Asia.

She was most recently the Assistant Director-General of the intergovernmental organisation the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI), where she put green finance on the organisation's corporate agenda and established a team that worked across 16 countries. In less than three years, this practice mobilised USD 500M of financing commitments for 10 sustainable investment projects and funds in Asia and Africa. Prior to joining GGGI, Mahua was Managing Director at C-Quest Capital LLC. She has also held positions at the World Bank and in the private sector at ArcelorMittal, London.

Mahua has a master’s degree from Yale University.

Mahua Acharya

Mahua Acharya

Senior Advisor and Director of Asian Operations of Climate Policy Initiative

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Mahua Acharya has almost two decades of international experience in carbon markets, carbon finance, and environmental finance more broadly. She is a well-known professional in the industry and is also active in the graduate school community. She has lectured at the Indian School of Business, Hyderabad, and she is currently the co-founder of the country's first executive education programme in sustainable finance at the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad. She often presents at conferences and occasionally contributes to newspapers.

Mahua currently serves as Senior Advisor and Director of Asian operations of Climate Policy Initiative, where she leads high-level strategic planning and the overall management of the teams in Asia.

She was most recently the Assistant Director-General of the intergovernmental organisation the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI), where she put green finance on the organisation's corporate agenda and established a team that worked across 16 countries. In less than three years, this practice mobilised USD 500M of financing commitments for 10 sustainable investment projects and funds in Asia and Africa. Prior to joining GGGI, Mahua was Managing Director at C-Quest Capital LLC. She has also held positions at the World Bank and in the private sector at ArcelorMittal, London.

Mahua has a master’s degree from Yale University.

Drawing on a successful global career investing in and managing businesses in complex market and regulatory environments, Piers Cumberlege works with multinational corporations on political risk and business intelligence and advises high-growth companies in the media, technology, and sustainability sectors. He is currently advising the UN SDG Lab in Geneva on building Impact investment frameworks for emerging markets; and is a member of the Teaching Faculty at HEC Paris.

Since 1999 Piers has been an active Board director of public corporations listed on the Frankfurt, Moscow, and Toronto exchanges. He has served on several high-profile joint-venture and investee company boards and has experience of Finance Audit and Risk, Governance and HR, Compensation, Strategy Committees.

In addition to serving on Boards, Piers particularly enjoys designing, building and steering complex international partnerships with multiple – and multi-cultural - stakeholders from business, government, and civil society.

He has more than 35 years of executive experience in General Management, Investment, and International Business Development of major transportation, telecommunications, power, infrastructure and industrial businesses at Bombardier Inc., GEC Plessey Telecommunications (GPT), and Hawker Siddeley Group, living in and managing multi-cultural teams in Russia and the CIS, Asia, Africa, Europe, and North America. Since 2005, Piers has operated his own advisory vehicle, Straightview, in parallel to other executive roles. He was Head of Partnership at the World Economic Forum between 2010-2015.

He has significant experience in growth capital and early-stage direct investment, and a special interest in sustainability and the impact investment space, with a focus on emerging markets. Piers has established and managed commercial private equity funds investing in Russia and Africa, and non-profit sustainable economic development initiatives (he sits on the Advisory Council of FinDev Canada, the Investment Committee of Engineers Without Borders and was a Director and Chair of the Investment Committee of CARE Canada from 2006-2016).

He has a Master’s degree from Oxford University, a graduate business degree from Coventry University in association with the General Electric Company, and holds the Corporate Board Director certification from McGill University and the Canadian Institute of Corporate Directors. In 2013 Piers received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for services to development.

Piers Cumberlege

Piers Cumberlege

Chair Straightview International, Advisory Council FinDev Canada

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Drawing on a successful global career investing in and managing businesses in complex market and regulatory environments, Piers Cumberlege works with multinational corporations on political risk and business intelligence and advises high-growth companies in the media, technology, and sustainability sectors. He is currently advising the UN SDG Lab in Geneva on building Impact investment frameworks for emerging markets; and is a member of the Teaching Faculty at HEC Paris.

Since 1999 Piers has been an active Board director of public corporations listed on the Frankfurt, Moscow, and Toronto exchanges. He has served on several high-profile joint-venture and investee company boards and has experience of Finance Audit and Risk, Governance and HR, Compensation, Strategy Committees.

In addition to serving on Boards, Piers particularly enjoys designing, building and steering complex international partnerships with multiple – and multi-cultural - stakeholders from business, government, and civil society.

He has more than 35 years of executive experience in General Management, Investment, and International Business Development of major transportation, telecommunications, power, infrastructure and industrial businesses at Bombardier Inc., GEC Plessey Telecommunications (GPT), and Hawker Siddeley Group, living in and managing multi-cultural teams in Russia and the CIS, Asia, Africa, Europe, and North America. Since 2005, Piers has operated his own advisory vehicle, Straightview, in parallel to other executive roles. He was Head of Partnership at the World Economic Forum between 2010-2015.

He has significant experience in growth capital and early-stage direct investment, and a special interest in sustainability and the impact investment space, with a focus on emerging markets. Piers has established and managed commercial private equity funds investing in Russia and Africa, and non-profit sustainable economic development initiatives (he sits on the Advisory Council of FinDev Canada, the Investment Committee of Engineers Without Borders and was a Director and Chair of the Investment Committee of CARE Canada from 2006-2016).

He has a Master’s degree from Oxford University, a graduate business degree from Coventry University in association with the General Electric Company, and holds the Corporate Board Director certification from McGill University and the Canadian Institute of Corporate Directors. In 2013 Piers received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for services to development.

Michel Pola, attorney at law, lic. iur. LL.M, studied in Zurich and Sydney. He has broad experience in corporate and transaction law, contract law and litigation. Michel Pola is a partner of the law firm Pola Theurillat & Schmid AG in Zurich. He is a board member of several Swiss companies and a lecturer at the Zurich University of Applied Sciences (ZHAW).

Michel Pola

Michel Pola

Member of the Board

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Michel Pola, attorney at law, lic. iur. LL.M, studied in Zurich and Sydney. He has broad experience in corporate and transaction law, contract law and litigation. Michel Pola is a partner of the law firm Pola Theurillat & Schmid AG in Zurich. He is a board member of several Swiss companies and a lecturer at the Zurich University of Applied Sciences (ZHAW).

Christoph is co-founder, Chairman, and CFO of South Pole. As an entrepreneur with 25 years working experience, Christoph has dedicated his career to sustainability, fighting climate change, and building renewable energy. He is a board member of myNewEnergy, a company launching the first-ever platform to compare power products in Switzerland and served on the boards of ClimateFriendly Pty Ltd, Climate Neutral Investments Ltd., Respect Climate AG, and various other companies.

Prior to the foundation of South Pole, Christoph worked for over 12 years at McKinsey & Company on climate & energy related topics. Among others he was responsible for two years for the review of the EU Emissions Trading Scheme for the EU Commission and advised the UK Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) concerning the National Allocation Plan.

Christoph holds an MSc in Mechanical Engineering with a focus on renewable energies from Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, an MSc in Energy Management & Policy from the University of Pennsylvania (UPENN), Philadelphia, and IFP School, Paris, and a PhD in Economics from the University of Oldenburg, Germany.

Dr. Christoph Grobbel

Dr. Christoph Grobbel

Chairman of the Board, CFO

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Christoph is co-founder, Chairman, and CFO of South Pole. As an entrepreneur with 25 years working experience, Christoph has dedicated his career to sustainability, fighting climate change, and building renewable energy. He is a board member of myNewEnergy, a company launching the first-ever platform to compare power products in Switzerland and served on the boards of ClimateFriendly Pty Ltd, Climate Neutral Investments Ltd., Respect Climate AG, and various other companies.

Prior to the foundation of South Pole, Christoph worked for over 12 years at McKinsey & Company on climate & energy related topics. Among others he was responsible for two years for the review of the EU Emissions Trading Scheme for the EU Commission and advised the UK Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) concerning the National Allocation Plan.

Christoph holds an MSc in Mechanical Engineering with a focus on renewable energies from Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, an MSc in Energy Management & Policy from the University of Pennsylvania (UPENN), Philadelphia, and IFP School, Paris, and a PhD in Economics from the University of Oldenburg, Germany.

Dr. Cornelius Walter is an impact investor focusing on climate change, green infrastructure as well as industry innovators

Cornelius invests in and serves on the boards of early and later-stage companies with environmental, social, and governance (ESG) goals and sustainable business models. He is also an advisor at Lightrock, a leading global impact investing platform backed by the Liechtenstein family. At Lightrock, Cornelius spends s significant portion of his time predominantly focusing on energy transition and how to further scale the platform overall.

Prior to embarking on his journey as an impact investor, board member and advisor, Cornelius was a Senior Partner at McKinsey & Company, where he advised financial institutions, energy companies, public-sector organizations, and clients in a broad range of other industries on growth strategies and large-scale transformations.

First based in Germany, he moved from Frankfurt to Budapest in the late 1990s to help build McKinsey's presence in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE). He served as Managing Partner of McKinsey in Central Europe and, before that, Managing Partner of McKinsey's Budapest office. In these positions, he aspired to drive growth and profitability for CEE clients while role-modelling servant leadership among the local partner groups. Cornelius also helped lead the people initiatives across the EEMA (Eastern Europe, the Middle East, and Africa) region. In addition, he was a co-leader of McKinsey's Global Banking Practice, advising major banking and insurance groups in the West and in the East on a broad range of topics, including corporate and business-unit strategy, business building, organization and operations.

Dr. Cornelius Walter

Dr. Cornelius Walter

Impact investor and advisor at Lightrock

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Dr. Cornelius Walter is an impact investor focusing on climate change, green infrastructure as well as industry innovators

Cornelius invests in and serves on the boards of early and later-stage companies with environmental, social, and governance (ESG) goals and sustainable business models. He is also an advisor at Lightrock, a leading global impact investing platform backed by the Liechtenstein family. At Lightrock, Cornelius spends s significant portion of his time predominantly focusing on energy transition and how to further scale the platform overall.

Prior to embarking on his journey as an impact investor, board member and advisor, Cornelius was a Senior Partner at McKinsey & Company, where he advised financial institutions, energy companies, public-sector organizations, and clients in a broad range of other industries on growth strategies and large-scale transformations.

First based in Germany, he moved from Frankfurt to Budapest in the late 1990s to help build McKinsey's presence in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE). He served as Managing Partner of McKinsey in Central Europe and, before that, Managing Partner of McKinsey's Budapest office. In these positions, he aspired to drive growth and profitability for CEE clients while role-modelling servant leadership among the local partner groups. Cornelius also helped lead the people initiatives across the EEMA (Eastern Europe, the Middle East, and Africa) region. In addition, he was a co-leader of McKinsey's Global Banking Practice, advising major banking and insurance groups in the West and in the East on a broad range of topics, including corporate and business-unit strategy, business building, organization and operations.

Antoine Geerinckx is a Belgian social entrepreneur. He co-founded Belgium's climate action pioneer “CO2logic" in 2006, part of South Pole since 2021.

Along the way he co-founded other sustainable development & positive impact start-ups such as Greentripper.org , Airscan.org , Naturalogic.org , Earth-Funders.org & GoForest.org.

Over his 15 year career in climate action & sustainable development the CO2logic team won different awards such as the “Be Fair Award" (Belgian Cooperation), “Best Innovator Award" (Solvay Business School/AT Kearney) and “Rising Star Award" (European Commission).

He is also engaged in the protection of our oceans, using his network for good-NGO's. He is part of River Clean Up's advisory board and he is a volunteer for Surfrider Foundation.

His favourite quotes are "let everyone sweep in front of his/her door and the whole world will be clean" (von Goethe) because this is exactly what we need to do to solve the climate crises ! And "stay close to nature & you'll never lose yourself" (Cicero) because we've grown estranged from nature with all related modern society consequences...

Antoine studied in the UK (University of Hertfordshire), Spain (Ramon Llul University / Esade) and also obtained an Executive Master at the Solvay Business School in Brussels, Belgium.

Antoine Geerinckx

Antoine Geerinckx

Founder - CO2Logic

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Antoine Geerinckx is a Belgian social entrepreneur. He co-founded Belgium's climate action pioneer “CO2logic" in 2006, part of South Pole since 2021.

Along the way he co-founded other sustainable development & positive impact start-ups such as Greentripper.org , Airscan.org , Naturalogic.org , Earth-Funders.org & GoForest.org.

Over his 15 year career in climate action & sustainable development the CO2logic team won different awards such as the “Be Fair Award" (Belgian Cooperation), “Best Innovator Award" (Solvay Business School/AT Kearney) and “Rising Star Award" (European Commission).

He is also engaged in the protection of our oceans, using his network for good-NGO's. He is part of River Clean Up's advisory board and he is a volunteer for Surfrider Foundation.

His favourite quotes are "let everyone sweep in front of his/her door and the whole world will be clean" (von Goethe) because this is exactly what we need to do to solve the climate crises ! And "stay close to nature & you'll never lose yourself" (Cicero) because we've grown estranged from nature with all related modern society consequences...

Antoine studied in the UK (University of Hertfordshire), Spain (Ramon Llul University / Esade) and also obtained an Executive Master at the Solvay Business School in Brussels, Belgium.

Patrick Buergi is an entrepreneur and expert in climate change mitigation. He has over thirteen years of experience in carbon markets and climate policy. Patrick is a co-founder of both the myclimate Foundation in 2002 and South Pole Carbon in 2006 (now South Pole Group), two leading organisations in global carbon markets.

Today, Patrick is heading South Pole Group's offering for the public sector – with a focus on advisory services (e.g. climate accounting, strategy, policy and finance), carbon credit transactions and product development/ innovation.

Patrick Bürgi

Patrick Bürgi

Director, Innovation

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Patrick Buergi is an entrepreneur and expert in climate change mitigation. He has over thirteen years of experience in carbon markets and climate policy. Patrick is a co-founder of both the myclimate Foundation in 2002 and South Pole Carbon in 2006 (now South Pole Group), two leading organisations in global carbon markets.

Today, Patrick is heading South Pole Group's offering for the public sector – with a focus on advisory services (e.g. climate accounting, strategy, policy and finance), carbon credit transactions and product development/ innovation.

Russ has over 20 years of experience working on sustainability issues globally. He has strong experience in programme and project management particularly with designing and implementing effective international sustainable development projects in Indonesia and the Asia Pacific region. The thematic focus of his work includes climate change, sustainable agriculture, secure livelihoods development and community based natural resource management. Capacity building, both at the institutional and individual levels, has been a core aspect of his work in these areas. In all his programming work Russ has been responsible for the incorporation and design of environmental considerations and advancing social inclusion, particularly around gender and disabilities issues. He has worked for a number of international NGOs and has also worked as an independent consultant managing international development projects all involving a broad range of stakeholders. He has spent time in, and been directly involved in, initiatives in the following countries: Indonesia, Canada, Timor Leste, Laos, Thailand, Papua New Guinea, Nepal, Philippines, Cambodia, Vanuatu, Solomon Islands, Myanmar, Bangladesh, and Zambia.

Russell Cullinane

Russell Cullinane

Associate Director, Southeast Asia Sourcing

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Russ has over 20 years of experience working on sustainability issues globally. He has strong experience in programme and project management particularly with designing and implementing effective international sustainable development projects in Indonesia and the Asia Pacific region. The thematic focus of his work includes climate change, sustainable agriculture, secure livelihoods development and community based natural resource management. Capacity building, both at the institutional and individual levels, has been a core aspect of his work in these areas. In all his programming work Russ has been responsible for the incorporation and design of environmental considerations and advancing social inclusion, particularly around gender and disabilities issues. He has worked for a number of international NGOs and has also worked as an independent consultant managing international development projects all involving a broad range of stakeholders. He has spent time in, and been directly involved in, initiatives in the following countries: Indonesia, Canada, Timor Leste, Laos, Thailand, Papua New Guinea, Nepal, Philippines, Cambodia, Vanuatu, Solomon Islands, Myanmar, Bangladesh, and Zambia.

Hanh Dang Hong

Hanh Dang Hong

Director Vietnam

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John is an expert within the financial sustainability market, with global experience ranging from Europe to New Zealand. Prior to joining the South Pole Group. John accumulated a decade of profound experience in the environmental and energy markets at Spectron and CF Partners. John has traded with and advised participants in all global carbon markets including the EU-ETS, New Zealand, Australia and South Korea. Within the South Pole Group, John will continue to develop the Group's offering of premium offsetting products and renewable energy certificates for the financial industry, as well as its prestigious suite of solutions for investment climate impact assessments.

John Davis

John Davis

Director, Business Development APAC

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John is an expert within the financial sustainability market, with global experience ranging from Europe to New Zealand. Prior to joining the South Pole Group. John accumulated a decade of profound experience in the environmental and energy markets at Spectron and CF Partners. John has traded with and advised participants in all global carbon markets including the EU-ETS, New Zealand, Australia and South Korea. Within the South Pole Group, John will continue to develop the Group's offering of premium offsetting products and renewable energy certificates for the financial industry, as well as its prestigious suite of solutions for investment climate impact assessments.

Hans-Peter Egler is Director Public Affairs with South Pole and leads the cities practice. Prior to that Hans-Peter was CEO of Global Infrastructure Basel (GIB) Foundation. He has been instrumental in the development of SuRe® – Standard, and has long-standing expertise in international cooperation, sustainability management, capacity building, knowledge sharing and project innovation. Before joining GIB he lead the Trade Promotion Division of the Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO). Prior to that, he was responsible for investment promotion activities and infrastructure financing for Latin America and Africa. Hans-Peter was also Deputy Country Director of Swiss Development Cooperation (SDC) in Bolivia and Deputy Head of Division for Latin America in charge of bilateral trade and investment issues at SECO in Bern Switzerland. Hans-Peter is currently co-heading with ICLEI the CapaCITIES project in India which focusses on climate action support in Udaipur, Siliguri, Coimbatore and Rajkot, and the EIT Climate-Kick Project on the City Finance Lab etc.

Hans-Peter Egler

Hans-Peter Egler

Director Public Affairs

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Hans-Peter Egler is Director Public Affairs with South Pole and leads the cities practice. Prior to that Hans-Peter was CEO of Global Infrastructure Basel (GIB) Foundation. He has been instrumental in the development of SuRe® – Standard, and has long-standing expertise in international cooperation, sustainability management, capacity building, knowledge sharing and project innovation. Before joining GIB he lead the Trade Promotion Division of the Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO). Prior to that, he was responsible for investment promotion activities and infrastructure financing for Latin America and Africa. Hans-Peter was also Deputy Country Director of Swiss Development Cooperation (SDC) in Bolivia and Deputy Head of Division for Latin America in charge of bilateral trade and investment issues at SECO in Bern Switzerland. Hans-Peter is currently co-heading with ICLEI the CapaCITIES project in India which focusses on climate action support in Udaipur, Siliguri, Coimbatore and Rajkot, and the EIT Climate-Kick Project on the City Finance Lab etc.

For over 14 years, Indra has created high-end designs (e.g flyer design, magazine, photo books and company profile layouts, etc.) for several companies. He is an expert in brand identity and can work from existing designs or from scratch.

Indra's experience allows him to work quickly and can finish some jobs in just a few hours. He works very closely with his clients to ensure that the final product meets their specifications.

Indra Fachru

Indra Fachru

Senior Designer

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For over 14 years, Indra has created high-end designs (e.g flyer design, magazine, photo books and company profile layouts, etc.) for several companies. He is an expert in brand identity and can work from existing designs or from scratch.

Indra's experience allows him to work quickly and can finish some jobs in just a few hours. He works very closely with his clients to ensure that the final product meets their specifications.

Dominique is a Principal Consultant at South Pole. He assists companies develop and implement Sustainable Supply Chain strategies and performance improvement programs. Dominique has worked for 20 years in the field of Sustainability consulting and assurance in the UK and globally – lately at Rainforest Alliance leading its Market Transformation team, and previously as a sustainability consultant at ERM, Deloitte, and Bureau Veritas. He has worked across a number of sectors including retail, consumer goods, and agriculture/ agrifood and he delivered leading work to companies such as Danone, Doehler, Interface, Kraft Heinz, L'Oréal, Lidl, Mondi, Nespresso, Olam, Rolls-Royce, Sainsbury's, SSE, Teekanne, Tesco, Unilever, and Vodafone. Dominique has led many projects and programs related to commodity traceability, smallholder sustainable farming training and auditing, and product sustainability labeling – including in the cocoa, coffee, palm oil, tea, rubber, and clothing sectors.

Dominique Gangneux

Dominique Gangneux

Principal Consultant, Land & Water

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Dominique is a Principal Consultant at South Pole. He assists companies develop and implement Sustainable Supply Chain strategies and performance improvement programs. Dominique has worked for 20 years in the field of Sustainability consulting and assurance in the UK and globally – lately at Rainforest Alliance leading its Market Transformation team, and previously as a sustainability consultant at ERM, Deloitte, and Bureau Veritas. He has worked across a number of sectors including retail, consumer goods, and agriculture/ agrifood and he delivered leading work to companies such as Danone, Doehler, Interface, Kraft Heinz, L'Oréal, Lidl, Mondi, Nespresso, Olam, Rolls-Royce, Sainsbury's, SSE, Teekanne, Tesco, Unilever, and Vodafone. Dominique has led many projects and programs related to commodity traceability, smallholder sustainable farming training and auditing, and product sustainability labeling – including in the cocoa, coffee, palm oil, tea, rubber, and clothing sectors.

Muireann is South Pole's regional lead consultant for North America. She has nearly a decade of experience in management consulting and corporate environmental initiatives, with a focus on climate change and energy.

At South Pole, Muireann works primarily with private sector companies to develop their climate change strategies and deliver on sustainability goals. Leveraging her background in corporate strategy, growth, and innovation, she has led engagements with companies ranging from construction to consumer goods to develop multi-year programmes that cover risk and materiality, environmental footprinting, emissions reductions and target-setting, renewable energy, climate disclosure, and progress towards “net zero." She has particular expertise in working with heavy emitters across industrial sectors and manufacturers, including oil & gas and chemicals, as well as financial services.

Previous employers include Deloitte Consulting, Innosight, and the World Economic Forum, where she was a part of the Climate Change & Environment team. Muireann has lived and worked in the United States, Switzerland, the UK, and France. She holds an MSc in Environmental Economics & Climate Change (with Distinction) from the London School of Economics, and a BA in International Studies from Johns Hopkins University, where she graduated Phi Beta Kappa.

Muireann Gibbons-Neff

Muireann Gibbons-Neff

Senior Manager, Regional Lead North America

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Muireann is South Pole's regional lead consultant for North America. She has nearly a decade of experience in management consulting and corporate environmental initiatives, with a focus on climate change and energy.

At South Pole, Muireann works primarily with private sector companies to develop their climate change strategies and deliver on sustainability goals. Leveraging her background in corporate strategy, growth, and innovation, she has led engagements with companies ranging from construction to consumer goods to develop multi-year programmes that cover risk and materiality, environmental footprinting, emissions reductions and target-setting, renewable energy, climate disclosure, and progress towards “net zero." She has particular expertise in working with heavy emitters across industrial sectors and manufacturers, including oil & gas and chemicals, as well as financial services.

Previous employers include Deloitte Consulting, Innosight, and the World Economic Forum, where she was a part of the Climate Change & Environment team. Muireann has lived and worked in the United States, Switzerland, the UK, and France. She holds an MSc in Environmental Economics & Climate Change (with Distinction) from the London School of Economics, and a BA in International Studies from Johns Hopkins University, where she graduated Phi Beta Kappa.

Global Director, Project Implementation in South Pole. He graduated from the National University of Colombia as a Forest Engineer and holds a Master in Forest and Environmental Conservation, and a Master in Applied Economics with an emphasis in Ecosystem Services Pricing. With over twelve years of experience, he has lead interdisciplinary teams around the world to develop Forestry, Land Use, Payment for Environmental Services, and Avoided Deforestation projects. He has certified and implemented international projects under voluntary and compliance carbon markets related to REDD+, ecosystems restoration and reforestation. In the last years, he has worked in developing strategies and policies related to biodiversity offsets, REDD+ mechanisms, ecosystems adaptation and restoration, Payment for Ecosystem Services and the integration between the public and private sectors to implement Nature Based Solutions.

Victor Giraldo

Victor Giraldo

Global Director, Project Implementation

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Global Director, Project Implementation in South Pole. He graduated from the National University of Colombia as a Forest Engineer and holds a Master in Forest and Environmental Conservation, and a Master in Applied Economics with an emphasis in Ecosystem Services Pricing. With over twelve years of experience, he has lead interdisciplinary teams around the world to develop Forestry, Land Use, Payment for Environmental Services, and Avoided Deforestation projects. He has certified and implemented international projects under voluntary and compliance carbon markets related to REDD+, ecosystems restoration and reforestation. In the last years, he has worked in developing strategies and policies related to biodiversity offsets, REDD+ mechanisms, ecosystems adaptation and restoration, Payment for Ecosystem Services and the integration between the public and private sectors to implement Nature Based Solutions.

Bastien is a Senior Business Developer and Corporate Sustainability Advisor at South Pole. He holds a Executive MBA from University of Zurich and a PhD in Environmental Science from ETH Zurich, where he also accomplished his habilitation and is still engaged as lectuerer on clean technologies and corporate sustainability. Moreover since 2007 he is member of the Swiss parliament (Green Party) and the comitee developing the Swiss environmental and energy policy (Enviornment, Spacial Planing and Energy Comitee ESPEC). He decided to join South Pole in order to support selected companies on their sustainability journey and gain more applied knowledge on the environmental and climate challenges.

Bastien Girod

Bastien Girod

Director, Business Development DACH

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Bastien is a Senior Business Developer and Corporate Sustainability Advisor at South Pole. He holds a Executive MBA from University of Zurich and a PhD in Environmental Science from ETH Zurich, where he also accomplished his habilitation and is still engaged as lectuerer on clean technologies and corporate sustainability. Moreover since 2007 he is member of the Swiss parliament (Green Party) and the comitee developing the Swiss environmental and energy policy (Enviornment, Spacial Planing and Energy Comitee ESPEC). He decided to join South Pole in order to support selected companies on their sustainability journey and gain more applied knowledge on the environmental and climate challenges.

Marie is a South Pole consultant based in Sweden. She has 7 years experience in the green finance and reinsurance industry. She is an expert in GHG accounting and has also worked with energy efficiency and renewable energy projects. At South Pole she conducts carbon footprint calculation of corporate operations and events as well as climate finance projects. Prior to this role, Marie worked as an Energy specialist for responsAbility Investments, where she led the implementation of the carbon footprinting process and emission compensation and was central in setting up the Impact Reporting Function for the Global Climate Partnership Fund (GCPF), developing the fund carbon accounting framework and routines. Marie has a MSc. in Engineering Physics with a specialization in statistics and environment from Lund University.

Marie Gustafsson

Marie Gustafsson

Senior Manager, Regional Lead Nordics

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Marie is a South Pole consultant based in Sweden. She has 7 years experience in the green finance and reinsurance industry. She is an expert in GHG accounting and has also worked with energy efficiency and renewable energy projects. At South Pole she conducts carbon footprint calculation of corporate operations and events as well as climate finance projects. Prior to this role, Marie worked as an Energy specialist for responsAbility Investments, where she led the implementation of the carbon footprinting process and emission compensation and was central in setting up the Impact Reporting Function for the Global Climate Partnership Fund (GCPF), developing the fund carbon accounting framework and routines. Marie has a MSc. in Engineering Physics with a specialization in statistics and environment from Lund University.

Gaetan is an environmental economist heading up the Climate Finance Advisory practice, which is dedicated to providing climate finance advisory services and solutions that accelerate the transition to a low-carbon world.

At South Pole, Gaetan specialises in climate advisory services for national and sub-national governments, International Finance Institutions, Multilateral Development Banks and development agencies. Prior to South Pole, Gaetan held positions at Atkins, in top-tier investment banks in London and in the United Nations in Vienna, Austria.

In 2014, Gaetan contributed to the New Climate Economy's flagship report "Better Growth, Better Climate" while completing his postgraduate studies in environmental and development economics at the London School of Economics and Political Science. Gaetan also holds an M.Sc. in Physics.

Gaetan Hinojosa

Gaetan Hinojosa

Practice Lead, Climate Finance Advisory

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Gaetan is an environmental economist heading up the Climate Finance Advisory practice, which is dedicated to providing climate finance advisory services and solutions that accelerate the transition to a low-carbon world.

At South Pole, Gaetan specialises in climate advisory services for national and sub-national governments, International Finance Institutions, Multilateral Development Banks and development agencies. Prior to South Pole, Gaetan held positions at Atkins, in top-tier investment banks in London and in the United Nations in Vienna, Austria.

In 2014, Gaetan contributed to the New Climate Economy's flagship report "Better Growth, Better Climate" while completing his postgraduate studies in environmental and development economics at the London School of Economics and Political Science. Gaetan also holds an M.Sc. in Physics.

Patrick is heading the South Pole's Renewable Energy Services. Prior to this role, he worked as a cleantech investment specialist for the Technology Fund and the Asia Energy Transition Fund with a focus in assessing and structuring cleantech and renewable energy deals.

Patrick complements a strong track record of entrepreneurial activities in green finance. Patrick holds a M.Sc. in Environmental Engineering at the renowned Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) and an M.B.A. from the University of St. Gallen. He lived and worked in Germany, Switzerland, USA, Thailand and Indonesia.

Patrick Horka

Patrick Horka

Practice Lead, Renewable Energies

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Patrick is heading the South Pole's Renewable Energy Services. Prior to this role, he worked as a cleantech investment specialist for the Technology Fund and the Asia Energy Transition Fund with a focus in assessing and structuring cleantech and renewable energy deals.

Patrick complements a strong track record of entrepreneurial activities in green finance. Patrick holds a M.Sc. in Environmental Engineering at the renowned Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) and an M.B.A. from the University of St. Gallen. He lived and worked in Germany, Switzerland, USA, Thailand and Indonesia.

As the director of project development, Bamshad is responsible for overseeing the generation of carbon credits and renewable energy certificates globally, both for the voluntary and compliance markets. The work covers a wide range of markets and coordinates the supply side of South Pole's (SP) global portfolio.

Bamshad has ample experience in the fields of climate change mitigation, renewable energy, water resource management and sustainability. During his climate change career life (since 2006) he has led and concluded handful of assignments including climate mitigation business/project development, GHG emissions accounting methodology/tool design, monitoring, reporting and verification (MRV) planning, designing and implementation, as well as validation, verification and issuance management.

He has a thorough technical and business knowledge on various scopes and technology types including projects from micro to large scale in Asia, Africa, Latin/North America and the Middle East; including industrial waste heat recovery, single to combined cycle power plants, hydropower, wind energy, solar photovoltaic plants, biomass power plants, energy efficiency in buildings, wastewater and landfill gas recovery, farm and household bio-digesters, solar water heaters, efficient cookstoves and water purification systems. He is very familiar with environmental and carbon impact monitoring and accounting standards, methodologies, guidelines and tools under different schemes such as IPCC, UNFCCC, Verra (aka VCS), GS, Social Carbon, CCBS, GHG/sustainability protocols (WRI), IFC Performance Standard and Equator Principles, as well as hydropower compliance framework i.e. World Commission on Dams (WCD).

He is currently affiliated as, a member of the UNFCCC Roster of Experts; a member of the Technical Working Group of the Initiative for Climate Action Transparency (ICAT) co-implemented by VCS, WRI and UNEP DTU; a member of the Roster of Experts for the Gold Standard Foundation; and a member of the methodology review team for the state of California GHG Program Registry, of the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), operated by Climate Action Reserve. He is a former member of the small-scale methodology working group (SSC WG) of the UNFCCC's Executive Board (May 2013 - Sep. 2017). He has a B.Sc. in irrigation and drainage engineering from Guilan University (Iran), a M.Sc. in hydro-structures and river engineering from TM Tehran University (Iran) and a M.Sc. in energy science and sustainable development from Utrecht University (Netherlands).

Bamshad Houshyani

Bamshad Houshyani

Director Project Development

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As the director of project development, Bamshad is responsible for overseeing the generation of carbon credits and renewable energy certificates globally, both for the voluntary and compliance markets. The work covers a wide range of markets and coordinates the supply side of South Pole's (SP) global portfolio.

Bamshad has ample experience in the fields of climate change mitigation, renewable energy, water resource management and sustainability. During his climate change career life (since 2006) he has led and concluded handful of assignments including climate mitigation business/project development, GHG emissions accounting methodology/tool design, monitoring, reporting and verification (MRV) planning, designing and implementation, as well as validation, verification and issuance management.

He has a thorough technical and business knowledge on various scopes and technology types including projects from micro to large scale in Asia, Africa, Latin/North America and the Middle East; including industrial waste heat recovery, single to combined cycle power plants, hydropower, wind energy, solar photovoltaic plants, biomass power plants, energy efficiency in buildings, wastewater and landfill gas recovery, farm and household bio-digesters, solar water heaters, efficient cookstoves and water purification systems. He is very familiar with environmental and carbon impact monitoring and accounting standards, methodologies, guidelines and tools under different schemes such as IPCC, UNFCCC, Verra (aka VCS), GS, Social Carbon, CCBS, GHG/sustainability protocols (WRI), IFC Performance Standard and Equator Principles, as well as hydropower compliance framework i.e. World Commission on Dams (WCD).

He is currently affiliated as, a member of the UNFCCC Roster of Experts; a member of the Technical Working Group of the Initiative for Climate Action Transparency (ICAT) co-implemented by VCS, WRI and UNEP DTU; a member of the Roster of Experts for the Gold Standard Foundation; and a member of the methodology review team for the state of California GHG Program Registry, of the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), operated by Climate Action Reserve. He is a former member of the small-scale methodology working group (SSC WG) of the UNFCCC's Executive Board (May 2013 - Sep. 2017). He has a B.Sc. in irrigation and drainage engineering from Guilan University (Iran), a M.Sc. in hydro-structures and river engineering from TM Tehran University (Iran) and a M.Sc. in energy science and sustainable development from Utrecht University (Netherlands).

Denis is a Senior Consultant with South Pole working on topics at the intersection of finance, cities and climate change. He is managing the EU funded Low Carbon City Lab where he is actively engaged in the program management of the flagship assisting in the strategy development of the program until 2020. Within a project of the LoCaL flagship, he is the project lead for an innovative MRV solution based on mobile phone signals for the transport sector on city level developed in consortium with Telefonica Germany and Teralytics. He is the co-author of a study on climate-friendly investments and performance for the Swiss financial center and lead author of a study on the relation of water risks and the financial market commissioned by the Swiss Federal Office for the Environment (FOEN) and is the project lead for a study commissioned by the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB) on the integration of sustainable urban development into their international funding programmes. Furthermore, he was stationed in Bangkok, Thailand for eight months. There, he was actively engaged in preparing a feasibility study on a GCF backed energy efficiency portfolio loan guarantee for ESCOs and SMEs in Thailand and mapping the renewable energy policy landscape in South East Asia as preparation for the setup of a renewable energy impact investment facility.

Prior to joining South Pole, Denis was engaged by the Swiss Climate Foundation where he was responsible for the controlling, reporting and due diligence of energy efficiency and innovation projects in Switzerland. He holds an MSc in Atmospheric and Climate Sciences from ETH Zurich, where he specialised in atmospheric dynamics.

Denis Jorisch

Denis Jorisch

Associate Director, Practice Lead Corporate Climate Targets

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Denis is a Senior Consultant with South Pole working on topics at the intersection of finance, cities and climate change. He is managing the EU funded Low Carbon City Lab where he is actively engaged in the program management of the flagship assisting in the strategy development of the program until 2020. Within a project of the LoCaL flagship, he is the project lead for an innovative MRV solution based on mobile phone signals for the transport sector on city level developed in consortium with Telefonica Germany and Teralytics. He is the co-author of a study on climate-friendly investments and performance for the Swiss financial center and lead author of a study on the relation of water risks and the financial market commissioned by the Swiss Federal Office for the Environment (FOEN) and is the project lead for a study commissioned by the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB) on the integration of sustainable urban development into their international funding programmes. Furthermore, he was stationed in Bangkok, Thailand for eight months. There, he was actively engaged in preparing a feasibility study on a GCF backed energy efficiency portfolio loan guarantee for ESCOs and SMEs in Thailand and mapping the renewable energy policy landscape in South East Asia as preparation for the setup of a renewable energy impact investment facility.

Prior to joining South Pole, Denis was engaged by the Swiss Climate Foundation where he was responsible for the controlling, reporting and due diligence of energy efficiency and innovation projects in Switzerland. He holds an MSc in Atmospheric and Climate Sciences from ETH Zurich, where he specialised in atmospheric dynamics.

Kartick possesses both technical and managerial expertise as well as over 12 years of experience in climate change, sustainable development and environmental markets. He is a qualified Engineer-MBA with multiple certifications from some of the most renowned universities and business schools across the world as well as recognised industry organisations.

At South Pole, his present responsibilities entail commercial analysis and contractual aspects, as well as pursuing sourcing opportunities to be financed by Environmental Markets through tradable instruments and certificates like carbon credits, Renewable Energy Certificates, Internationally Transferred Mitigation Outcomes (ITMOs), etc. and other types of payments for environmental services. He also contributes to select consulting/advisory assignments, capacity building mandates and knowledge dissemination exercises for some of the company's esteemed clientele. In a different capacity, he also serves as a Member of the Technical Advisory Committee (TAC), an independent technical body of the Gold Standard for providing expert advice on crucial aspects related to the world's premier sustainability-focused Environmental Certificates standard. Before that, he worked with two of the Big-4 professional services firms globally – Ernst & Young and Deloitte.

Kartick specialises in Energy Efficiency, Renewable Energy, Climate Change, Energy Sector (both demand and supply sides) and Carbon/GHG Management, including GHG abatement project development (under various global mechanisms and standards) as well as GHG accounting/carbon footprint estimation and GHG inventory analysis. His experience covers various industrial sectors, such as power (and renewable energy), oil & gas, iron & steel, cement, glass, automobiles, chemicals, FMCG, buildings, waste, etc., as well as household energy. He has assisted The World Bank Group as well as the Tata Group to assess their GHG inventory and move towards a low carbon strategy. He has also been involved in national GHG inventory and climate change policy related assignments, as well as developmental support programme design and implementation.

Krishnan Kartick

Krishnan Kartick

Director Innovation Partnerships

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Kartick possesses both technical and managerial expertise as well as over 12 years of experience in climate change, sustainable development and environmental markets. He is a qualified Engineer-MBA with multiple certifications from some of the most renowned universities and business schools across the world as well as recognised industry organisations.

At South Pole, his present responsibilities entail commercial analysis and contractual aspects, as well as pursuing sourcing opportunities to be financed by Environmental Markets through tradable instruments and certificates like carbon credits, Renewable Energy Certificates, Internationally Transferred Mitigation Outcomes (ITMOs), etc. and other types of payments for environmental services. He also contributes to select consulting/advisory assignments, capacity building mandates and knowledge dissemination exercises for some of the company's esteemed clientele. In a different capacity, he also serves as a Member of the Technical Advisory Committee (TAC), an independent technical body of the Gold Standard for providing expert advice on crucial aspects related to the world's premier sustainability-focused Environmental Certificates standard. Before that, he worked with two of the Big-4 professional services firms globally – Ernst & Young and Deloitte.

Kartick specialises in Energy Efficiency, Renewable Energy, Climate Change, Energy Sector (both demand and supply sides) and Carbon/GHG Management, including GHG abatement project development (under various global mechanisms and standards) as well as GHG accounting/carbon footprint estimation and GHG inventory analysis. His experience covers various industrial sectors, such as power (and renewable energy), oil & gas, iron & steel, cement, glass, automobiles, chemicals, FMCG, buildings, waste, etc., as well as household energy. He has assisted The World Bank Group as well as the Tata Group to assess their GHG inventory and move towards a low carbon strategy. He has also been involved in national GHG inventory and climate change policy related assignments, as well as developmental support programme design and implementation.

Ab Kasmi

Ab Kasmi

Director, Carbon Renewables & Partnership

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Jens has gathered in-depth knowledge of a wide array of sustainability solutions including carbon footprint calculations, offsetting and carbon neutrality. With a special focus on renewable energy, Jens has worked with various stakeholders on the business development of both long term power contracts and emissions allowances.

Jens Olejak

Jens Olejak

Director Sustainable Energy, Managing Director Sweden

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Jens has gathered in-depth knowledge of a wide array of sustainability solutions including carbon footprint calculations, offsetting and carbon neutrality. With a special focus on renewable energy, Jens has worked with various stakeholders on the business development of both long term power contracts and emissions allowances.

Ingo has over 20 years of track record in climate policy and finance on the international level. Ingo is a carbon market pioneer and one of the world's leading experts in the design of financial support mechanisms for climate change related projects and programmes.

He is a sought-after instructor on all aspects of climate policy and finance and has advised numerous international organisations, such as the World Bank, International Energy Agency, GIZ, UNDP, ADB, and developing country governments on regulations that create tangible incentives for investment in mitigation and adaptation actions. He co-founded South Pole in 2006, which quickly became a leader in developing high impact mitigation actions (on the project and program level) in developing countries.

Ingo initially developed South Pole's international presence in South East Asia, leading to the development of 60 plus projects in the region, the establishment of a regional network of key stakeholders across sectors. He also leads South Pole's pipeline development of renewable energy and energy efficiency investment opportunities and designs equity investment funds in cooperation with local partners in Asia. In 2011, he launched a joint venture between South Pole and a Thai SEC-registered equity investment and advisory company that would become the operator of South Pole's first ever multi-technology renewable energy CDM programme. In this context, he successfully negotiated agreements with project developers and managed relations with government counterparts and potential international supporters.

Ingo Puhl

Ingo Puhl

Co-Founder and Managing Director Southeast Asia

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Ingo has over 20 years of track record in climate policy and finance on the international level. Ingo is a carbon market pioneer and one of the world's leading experts in the design of financial support mechanisms for climate change related projects and programmes.

He is a sought-after instructor on all aspects of climate policy and finance and has advised numerous international organisations, such as the World Bank, International Energy Agency, GIZ, UNDP, ADB, and developing country governments on regulations that create tangible incentives for investment in mitigation and adaptation actions. He co-founded South Pole in 2006, which quickly became a leader in developing high impact mitigation actions (on the project and program level) in developing countries.

Ingo initially developed South Pole's international presence in South East Asia, leading to the development of 60 plus projects in the region, the establishment of a regional network of key stakeholders across sectors. He also leads South Pole's pipeline development of renewable energy and energy efficiency investment opportunities and designs equity investment funds in cooperation with local partners in Asia. In 2011, he launched a joint venture between South Pole and a Thai SEC-registered equity investment and advisory company that would become the operator of South Pole's first ever multi-technology renewable energy CDM programme. In this context, he successfully negotiated agreements with project developers and managed relations with government counterparts and potential international supporters.

As Head of Carbon Procurement Esther is in charge of South Pole's global origination of emission reduction projects and manages South Pole's project portfolio. She leads the sourcing activities for voluntary and compliance carbon markets including the negotiation and procurement of emission reduction certificates and the acquisition of new projects.

Prior to joining South Pole Esther gained hands-on experience in carbon and climate finance, climate policy and the monitoring and evaluation of climate adaptation projects.

She has a M.Sc. in Sustainable Development, a B.Sc. in Economics and has gained work experience in Germany, the Netherlands, the UK, Brazil, Colombia, Israel and Lao PDR.

Esther Rohena

Esther Rohena

Associate Director, Global Sourcing

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As Head of Carbon Procurement Esther is in charge of South Pole's global origination of emission reduction projects and manages South Pole's project portfolio. She leads the sourcing activities for voluntary and compliance carbon markets including the negotiation and procurement of emission reduction certificates and the acquisition of new projects.

Prior to joining South Pole Esther gained hands-on experience in carbon and climate finance, climate policy and the monitoring and evaluation of climate adaptation projects.

She has a M.Sc. in Sustainable Development, a B.Sc. in Economics and has gained work experience in Germany, the Netherlands, the UK, Brazil, Colombia, Israel and Lao PDR.

Rebecca Self, formerly Chief Financial Officer of Sustainable Finance at HSBC Holdings plc, joins the company as Director of Sustainable Finance after approximately two decades of holding senior leadership roles in the financial industry.

In her previous role, Rebecca oversaw group-wide financial services relating to sustainable finance products, such as sustainability/green bonds, ESG (environmental, social, governance) asset management/private bank funds and commercial lending related to sustainability. In addition, Rebecca was responsible for HSBC's external ESG reporting and investor relations – including the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures and corporate reporting on the UN's Sustainable Development Goals (SDG).

Rebecca has chaired the European Banking Federation industry SDG working group and has been a member of other advisory groups to progress non-financial reporting. For example, the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board and CDP. She holds a BSc in Economics and Politics, a Certificate in Business Sustainability Management from the University of Cambridge, and is a Chartered Global Management Accountant.

Rebecca Self

Rebecca Self

Director of Sustainable Finance

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Rebecca Self, formerly Chief Financial Officer of Sustainable Finance at HSBC Holdings plc, joins the company as Director of Sustainable Finance after approximately two decades of holding senior leadership roles in the financial industry.

In her previous role, Rebecca oversaw group-wide financial services relating to sustainable finance products, such as sustainability/green bonds, ESG (environmental, social, governance) asset management/private bank funds and commercial lending related to sustainability. In addition, Rebecca was responsible for HSBC's external ESG reporting and investor relations – including the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures and corporate reporting on the UN's Sustainable Development Goals (SDG).

Rebecca has chaired the European Banking Federation industry SDG working group and has been a member of other advisory groups to progress non-financial reporting. For example, the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board and CDP. She holds a BSc in Economics and Politics, a Certificate in Business Sustainability Management from the University of Cambridge, and is a Chartered Global Management Accountant.

Mike joins South Pole after two decades of working with numerous brands, particularly in the fast-moving telecoms and energy sectors, to strategically position themselves for growth, successfully launch new products, and develop their sales funnels for the global shift to digital.

In his previous role as Deputy Vice President of Marketing at the UK-based SmartestEnergy, Mike introduced customer-centric marketing that resulted in significantly increased levels of customer satisfaction and engagement, and launched the UK's first certified renewable energy product for companies together with the Carbon Trust.

As Marketing Director of Climate Solutions, Mike will lead South Pole's marketing strategy and implement new digitised processes to best present South Pole's suite of climate solutions to clients. He will also be responsible for driving new product innovation.

Mike Shirley

Mike Shirley

Marketing Director Climate Solutions

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Mike joins South Pole after two decades of working with numerous brands, particularly in the fast-moving telecoms and energy sectors, to strategically position themselves for growth, successfully launch new products, and develop their sales funnels for the global shift to digital.

In his previous role as Deputy Vice President of Marketing at the UK-based SmartestEnergy, Mike introduced customer-centric marketing that resulted in significantly increased levels of customer satisfaction and engagement, and launched the UK's first certified renewable energy product for companies together with the Carbon Trust.

As Marketing Director of Climate Solutions, Mike will lead South Pole's marketing strategy and implement new digitised processes to best present South Pole's suite of climate solutions to clients. He will also be responsible for driving new product innovation.

Thomas has 20 years of international experience in sustainability, retail and corporate real estate. He is fluent in English, French, Portuguese, Spanish and German. Thomas built up South Pole's global Marketing team as Director for 5 years, focusing on corporate branding and positioning, lead generation, communications and events, as well as project storytelling to highlight the environmental and community impacts of sustainable development. Together with his team, he provided comprehensive marketing support, empowering many of the world's leading brands on their sustainability journeys. Recently, he reinforced South Pole's business development team to add his deep expertise of Marketing to enrich South Pole's capabilities in this client-facing role. Prior to working with South Pole, he worked for leading Swiss retailer Migros, where he founded m-way electric mobility stores and the peer-to-peer car sharing platform sharoo. He holds a PhD in Economics from the University of St. Gallen, Switzerland.

Thomas Schröder

Dr. Thomas Schröder

Head of Climate Action

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Thomas has 20 years of international experience in sustainability, retail and corporate real estate. He is fluent in English, French, Portuguese, Spanish and German. Thomas built up South Pole's global Marketing team as Director for 5 years, focusing on corporate branding and positioning, lead generation, communications and events, as well as project storytelling to highlight the environmental and community impacts of sustainable development. Together with his team, he provided comprehensive marketing support, empowering many of the world's leading brands on their sustainability journeys. Recently, he reinforced South Pole's business development team to add his deep expertise of Marketing to enrich South Pole's capabilities in this client-facing role. Prior to working with South Pole, he worked for leading Swiss retailer Migros, where he founded m-way electric mobility stores and the peer-to-peer car sharing platform sharoo. He holds a PhD in Economics from the University of St. Gallen, Switzerland.

Leonardo has been a sustainability professional for over 8 years now, having worked at a number of organizations ranging from financial institutions (FMO Entrepreneurial Development Bank and Enfoca Private Equity Fund) to voluntary standards systems (UTZ Certified and Principles for Responsible Investment) to social enterprises (True Price and Climate Neutral Group) and sustainability consulting (Metabolic). Leonardo is a Dutch-Peruvian who was born in The Netherlands and grew up in Peru and Bolivia. He holds a MSc in Environmental Sciences from Utrecht University and a BA in Liberal Arts from University College Utrecht.
Leonardo Verkooijen

Leonardo Verkooijen

Senior Manager, Regional Lead Benelux

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Leonardo has been a sustainability professional for over 8 years now, having worked at a number of organizations ranging from financial institutions (FMO Entrepreneurial Development Bank and Enfoca Private Equity Fund) to voluntary standards systems (UTZ Certified and Principles for Responsible Investment) to social enterprises (True Price and Climate Neutral Group) and sustainability consulting (Metabolic). Leonardo is a Dutch-Peruvian who was born in The Netherlands and grew up in Peru and Bolivia. He holds a MSc in Environmental Sciences from Utrecht University and a BA in Liberal Arts from University College Utrecht.

Bram Veenhof joined South Pole in 2019 after a career in sales, marketing and product development functions at Microsoft and T-Mobile. He leads the Green Products practice for South Pole. In the Green Products practice we help our customers to communicate their climate commitment through their products. For example by certifying for a Climate Neutral Product label.

Bram Veenhof

Bram Veenhof

Director Climate Neutral Applications

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Bram Veenhof joined South Pole in 2019 after a career in sales, marketing and product development functions at Microsoft and T-Mobile. He leads the Green Products practice for South Pole. In the Green Products practice we help our customers to communicate their climate commitment through their products. For example by certifying for a Climate Neutral Product label.

Michael is an expert in renewable energy and carbon markets with a strong focus on and profound knowledge of the renewable energy certificates (RECs) market. Michael has gained experience as a senior consultant for a financial risk consulting company, and supported many companies in the financial and energy sector in terms of quantitative portfolio analysis.

In the post of Head of Services at GreenStream, and later Enegia, Michael was responsible for the company-wide trading and brokerage activities which included international RECs certificates as well as carbon credits. The business unit he led at Engia was consecutively voted "Best Broker - Renewable Energy Certificates - Europe" by the Environmental Finance magazine during his time with the company between 2010-2015.

Michael studied at the University of Cologne and Mathematical Finance at the Oxford University and gained his PhD degree at the Max-Planck-Institute in Hamburg. At the Max-Planck-Institute, Michael was part of an international research group with members from his institute and the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK).

Michael Weber

Michael Weber

Director Corporate Climate Neutrality

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Michael is an expert in renewable energy and carbon markets with a strong focus on and profound knowledge of the renewable energy certificates (RECs) market. Michael has gained experience as a senior consultant for a financial risk consulting company, and supported many companies in the financial and energy sector in terms of quantitative portfolio analysis.

In the post of Head of Services at GreenStream, and later Enegia, Michael was responsible for the company-wide trading and brokerage activities which included international RECs certificates as well as carbon credits. The business unit he led at Engia was consecutively voted "Best Broker - Renewable Energy Certificates - Europe" by the Environmental Finance magazine during his time with the company between 2010-2015.

Michael studied at the University of Cologne and Mathematical Finance at the Oxford University and gained his PhD degree at the Max-Planck-Institute in Hamburg. At the Max-Planck-Institute, Michael was part of an international research group with members from his institute and the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK).

Yang Xuan is Regional Director for South Pole's emission reduction projects in China and many other countries. He joined South Pole in 2009 and started working with Verified Carbon Standard (VCS), Gold Standard (GS) and Social Carbon Standards, which pay special attention on environmental impacts of RE/EE project development. He organized local consultation meetings, made presentations to stakeholders of various backgrounds including government officers, NGOs and local residents, and produced local stakeholder consultation documents. Now he is managing a team of 7 technical consultants tasked with identifying, assessing, and realizing project opportunities in fields such as renewable energy, industrial efficiency, wastewater treatment, and biogas all over the world. The projects are located in Asia, Europe, South America and Africa. He also advises clients on China carbon emission trading schemes and corporate greenhouse gas (GHG) accounting and has been invited to a series of events as a speaker.

Yang Xuan

Yang Xuan

Regional Director of Emission Reductions China & ROW

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Yang Xuan is Regional Director for South Pole's emission reduction projects in China and many other countries. He joined South Pole in 2009 and started working with Verified Carbon Standard (VCS), Gold Standard (GS) and Social Carbon Standards, which pay special attention on environmental impacts of RE/EE project development. He organized local consultation meetings, made presentations to stakeholders of various backgrounds including government officers, NGOs and local residents, and produced local stakeholder consultation documents. Now he is managing a team of 7 technical consultants tasked with identifying, assessing, and realizing project opportunities in fields such as renewable energy, industrial efficiency, wastewater treatment, and biogas all over the world. The projects are located in Asia, Europe, South America and Africa. He also advises clients on China carbon emission trading schemes and corporate greenhouse gas (GHG) accounting and has been invited to a series of events as a speaker.

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