November 30th - December 12th in Dubai, United Arab Emirates
John Davis, who until recently served as South Pole's Commercial Director for Asia Pacific, has been with the company for eight years. During his initial four years in London, he played a pivotal role in leading and expanding the Sustainable Finance Team. His achievements include successfully scaling and selling South Pole's CNI business to ISS and establishing and developing the company's commercial teams in both New York and Singapore. Currently based in South Pole's Sydney office, John is responsible for running the APAC business and is an active member of the company's Executive Committee. His extensive experience in the environmental markets, accumulated prior to joining South Pole, spans over a decade, including roles at Spectron, an energy brokerage firm, and CF Partners, an energy and environmental trading company, where he contributed to building and managing the environmental trading desk.
Ab has over 15 years experience in the environmental commodities markets. Starting in the various European compliance markets, main interactions were with various compliance players, such as banks and utilities. With the growth of the voluntary carbon market, he developed the renewables origination desk further at a large utility, focusing on voluntary corporate buyers. Currently, Ab manages the South Pole portfolio of environmental commodities, heading the Procurement and Trading team in South Pole, focusing on expansion to more environmental products to support a transition to a global low carbon economy.
Andrea Maggiani is the founder of Carbonsink, an Italy-based climate consulting firm bringing together strategic and customized consulting services and climate risk management for businesses with the development of climate action projects, certified according to the main international standards.
With Carbonsink joining South Pole in 2022, Andrea also holds the position of Global Tech Strategy Director at South Pole, the world's largest group for climate action solutions and projects. Andrea has over 10 years of experience in climate change mitigation strategies across different sectors, as well as in carbon finance mechanisms, extensive expertise in planning, managing and delivering climate projects in international contexts in Europe, Africa and Latin America. He also has deep experience in the development of innovative products on carbon management, climate risk and climate change disclosure.
Martin Stadelmann, Executive Director, Climate Investments at South Pole, is a climate finance expert with more than 15 years of experience in developing, implementing and evaluating climate action projects, programmes and funds in developing countries, with a focus on clean energy and adaptation to climate change.
His experience spans contributions to innovative mechanisms under the Global Innovation Lab for Climate Finance, the Global Landscape of Climate Finance reports and the finance chapters of the IPCC Fifth Assessment Report and the UNEP Adaptation Gap report 2014. Until 2009, he managed climate action projects in developing countries at myclimate. From 2009 to 2018, he advised governments, development banks and climate funds on international climate finance and represented the Swiss government in international climate negotiations, in addition to advising other governments on the same matter. Martin initiated several innovative climate action funds and platforms, including the Landscape Resilience Fund and the City Finance Lab. He holds a PhD in political science, and a MSc in geography.
Philip Moss is the Chairman of the NextGen CDR Facility, the world's largest diversified portfolio of certified carbon removals powered by Mitsubishi Corporation and South Pole, which plans to purchase 1MM tonnes of CDRs by 2025 on behalf of a growing list of buyers including Boston Consulting Group, LGT Group, Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Swiss Re and UBS.
Philip is a leading authority on establishing new sustainability-linked markets, with particular focus on the use of innovative financing to deliver the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). While at the World Economic Forum (WEF), Philip pioneered the concept of "blended finance", establishing a +$150 billion market and the Convergence network, while leading the SDIP alliance of 42 leading governments, development finance institutions and investors to mobilize sustainable private investment in developing and emerging markets.
Prior to joining WEF, Philip gained extensive experience in both the carbon and cleantech markets as Managing Partner for Mana Ventures, an Abu Dhabi-based cleantech investment advisory firm and as the Carbon Portfolio Manager for Masdar, where he managed the largest carbon portfolio in the MENA region. Philip founded the Blended Finance Group and has also held senior positions with 17 Asset Management, the Zayed Future Energy Prize, and the UNEP Finance Initiative.
Karolien is South Pole's Regional Director for Climate Policy, Finance and Carbon Markets in Asia. She oversees South Pole's advisory work for public and private sector clients relating to carbon policy, climate finance, Article 6 and quickly evolving compliance carbon markets in the region. She has 18 years of experience in climate and development finance, including with the Belgian Foreign Ministry, the United Nations and the Global Green Growth Institute. Karolien has lived and worked across Africa and Asia advising governments on policy and investment opportunities relating to clean energy, waste, transport, sustainable supply chains, NDCs and more. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Leuven with a Masters in Philosophy and holds a Masters in International Relations from Sciences Po Paris. Karolien speaks English, French, Dutch and German.
Vladimir Litvak is the Global Director, of Methane Technologies Strategy at South Pole. He has 30 years of experience in financing and managing renewable and clean conventional energy, sustainable infrastructure, environmental and climate change mitigation projects, and investments, as well as in developing and implementing ESG, climate, energy, and environmental policies in the US, Russia, Central Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, South and East Asia. He is one of the early practitioners of carbon markets and carbon finance and participated in setting up and managing several carbon and green energy funds and finance facilities. Prior to his current role, Vladimir was an executive director and head of carbon markets and climate & sustainability finance at VTB Capital and Bank VTB. He also served as the head of new power and alternative energy project finance at Siberian Coal Energy Company (SUEК), regional energy and environment team leader for Europe and CIS at UNDP, senior manager at International Resources Group (IRG), and energy and environment specialist at the World Bank.
Vladimir Litvak holds an M.S. degree in Paleogeography from the Lomonosov Moscow State University. He also studied Finance and Economics at the World Bank Institute.
Renat is a pioneer and social entrepreneur in the field of sustainability, climate change and renewable energies, where he is engaged since 1999. As a founding partner and CEO of South Pole, he coordinated the set-up of the company's global sustainability solutions business, and steered South Pole into becoming one of the leading players in global carbon markets. Before founding South Pole, Renat was co-founder and CEO of the myclimate foundation, one of the world's first players on the voluntary carbon markets.
Renat has been elected "Social Entrepreneur of Switzerland" by the World Economic Forum's Schwab foundation, and he serves as a member of the Global Agenda Council on Climate Change of the WEF. He is a board member of Climate-KIC, Europe's largest public-private innovation partnership focused on climate change and of Perenia Pty Ltd. He is a member of the advisory board of HUB Zurich, a platform for social entrepreneurship and MyNewEnergy, a company launching the first-ever platform to compare power products in Switzerland.
Renat holds a master degree in environmental sciences from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology and has completed executive education programs at INSEAD and the Harvard Kennedy School (HKS).
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