our people

our team

A dynamic force for change with unrivalled expertise.

Martijn Wilder AM

Founder & CEO

Martijn is Founder and CEO of Pollination. He is currently Chair of the Australian Government’s National Reconstruction Fund Corporation (NRFC), and Chair of the Governing Board of the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership (REEEP) based in Vienna. He is also an Adjunct Professor of International Climate Change Law at Australian National University, a Senior Advisor to Serendipity Capital, and a Member of the Wentworth Group of Concerned Scientists. Martijn was previously Head of Baker & McKenzie’s global climate law and finance practice for twenty years and played a key role with Australia’s clean energy finance institutions. He was previously President of WWF-Australia, Chair of the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA), a former Founding Director of the Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC), and he helped to establish and later Chair the Federal Government’s Low Carbon Australia finance body. He was also Chair of the Victorian Government’s independent expert panel on Victoria’s 2035 Climate Change target. Martijn was a Cambridge Commonwealth Trust Scholar and was awarded an Australian Honour (AM) for his contribution to climate change law and the environment.

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Tony O’Sullivan

Founder & Executive Chair

Tony is Founder & Chair of Pollination; a leading climate change advisory and investment firm, accelerating the transition to a net zero, nature positive future. Tony is based in London. At the invitation of His Majesty King Charles III, in his former role as His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales, Tony was appointed Chair of the Natural Capital Investment Alliance (NCIA) Taskforce in October 2022. The NCIA was formed in recognition of the need to mobilise investment in nature based economic opportunities. In 2005, Tony founded O’Sullivan Partners, which became a leading investment bank in Australia, with offices in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane. In 2012, O’Sullivan Partners was acquired by pre-eminent Wall Street firm, Lazard Frères & Co, chaired at the time in Australia by its former Prime Minister, the Honourable Paul Keating. Prior to establishing O’Sullivan Partners, Tony was a London-based merchant banker. Tony’s earlier career included being General Counsel, for several years, at a globally significant nickel and cobalt refinery. Tony has completed Private Equity & Venture Capital and Blockchain courses at Harvard Business School and Saϊd Business School (Oxford University) and he has also been admitted to practice as a Lawyer in various jurisdictions. Tony is a Founding Member of Oxford Blockchain Foundation. He was also a Member of the Council of The Serpentine Galleries in London, a former Member of the Board of the State Library of New South Wales Foundation and is a Founding Member of the Australian Architecture Association.

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Audrey Zibelman

Senior Advisor

Audrey Zibelman is an experienced energy industry executive who has driven decarbonisation efforts and innovation within organisations and across the sector. Audrey has been at the helm of multiple organisations, leading the transition of the power industry into a decarbonised world as a CEO, Board Member and government leader. Among other Board activities, Audrey currently serves on President Biden’s National Infrastructure Advisory Council, as a Board Trustee on the Rocky Mountain Institute and Senior Advisor to Meridiam. Audrey’s most recent executive appointment was at X, Alphabet’s moonshot factory where she led an effort on grid digitalisation and now serves as an independent advisor. Before joining X, Audrey was the Managing  Director and CEO of the Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO), the national power system and gas system operator for Australia. Before AEMO, Audrey was the Chairwoman of the New York Public Service Commission where she was a member of the Governor’s cabinet and led comprehensive regulatory reform of the electric industry to support a decarbonised grid. Audrey also previously was the Executive Vice President and COO of PJM, and Vice President at Xcel Energy, one of the US’s largest electricity utilities.

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Joanna Zhou

Executive Director

Joanna has over 12 years of experience acting for clients on a range of matters concerning climate change and energy law and policy. Prior to joining Pollination, Joanna was a trusted legal advisor in the energy and carbon sectors advising developers, offtakers, financiers and corporates on renewable energy and carbon projects. Joanna has also advised on matters concerning international law including the Paris Agreement. In the lead up to COP21, Joanna was an advisor to the Republic of the Marshall Islands. She was also the legal advisor to the We Mean Business Coalition at COP21, working to translate ambitious private sector asks for inclusion into the Paris Agreement. Joanna has a Masters of Law from Columbia University, specialising in climate change and energy law, and has been recognised as a James Kent Scholar. She was also a 2016 finalist for the Thomson Reuters Trustlaw Lawyer of the Year Award in recognition of her work on the Paris Agreement.

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Katrina Zhang

Finance Manager
Katrina joins the Finance team as a Finance Manager, based in Sydney. Katrina brings a breadth of experience to the role, gained during her 8 years in the financial services industry working in key positions with Corporate Finance Teams both in Australia and abroad. Prior to joining Pollination, she held the role of Finance Manager at Clearmatch, an insurance premium funding marketplace, where she was responsible for planning, preparation and finalisation of all aspects of general-purpose annual group financial statements, reporting and end-to-end payroll processing. She has specialist knowledge of the accounting function within the financial services business and applies this knowledge to create streamlined effective accounting solutions. Katrina prides herself on her developed analytical and problem-solving skills and thorough understanding of tax and accounting software, utilizing these skills in her roles.
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Lin Yuan

Associate Director

Lin has diverse experience advising global clients across industries on developing sustainability strategy, managing climate risks, and deploying innovative capital solutions for a more climate-resilient future. Prior to joining Pollination, Lin was a consultant at EY, where she developed the firm’s sustainable finance and climate risk capabilities and offerings. Before EY, she worked at Albright Stonebridge Group, a global strategy and geopolitical risk consultancy, and did sustainability fieldwork in Southeast Asia. 

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Amanda Young

Executive Director

Amanda Young is a multisectoral executive with over 25 years’ experience in law, government, commercial, financial services and non-profit sectors. Her expertise is focused on reducing structural inequalities across political, social, economic and sustainability domains. A former practising lawyer and former CEO of a national Indigenous economic foundation, she has studied at Harvard and Stanford Executive Business Schools, Cambridge University and is an Atlantic Fellow from the London School of Economics International Institute of Inequalities. At Pollination Amanda is bringing her experience to advisory capabilities for a just transition to net zero economies, with particular focus on the Indigenous stewards of natural capital and workforce capabilities. She is also a non-executive director of Crescent Institute, Pollination Foundation and Oxfam Australia.

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Estelle Yammine

Executive Assistant

Estelle is an Executive Assistant in Pollination’s Sydney office and supports Patrick Suckling and Nuvan Aranwela. Prior to joining Pollination, Estelle worked across the book publishing and travel and tourism sectors before joining administration as an Executive Assistant. Estelle has supported the operations of startups and global organisations alike across the financial services, marketing, HR, cybersecurity, and legal industries. Her experience encompasses a number of disciplines including project management and strategic planning, administrative support, HR, IT, and office management.

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Ashley Woods

Managing Director, General Counsel & Head of Corporate Development

Ashley has more than 20 years experience advising on and executing transactions across fintech, energy and oil & gas sectors.  He previously worked alongside the Founder and CEO of a large privately owned software company focussed on automation of business critical processes to implement the group’s strategic capital raisings, M&A and financing transactions along with other operational matters.  In addition, Ashley was responsible for the development and operations of a real estate project in the Caribbean working closely with several of the world’s top luxury hotel brands.  Ashley has also worked as a M&A lawyer at top tier international law firms in London, Tokyo and Melbourne.

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Guy Williams

Executive Director

Guy Williams joins Pollination as an Executive Director in our advisory team. Guy brings over 20 years’ experience at the leading edge of industry innovation and strategy in biodiversity and natural capital. Prior to joining Pollination, Guy held global roles at some of the largest consulting and advisory firms, as well as being an integral part in the development of many nature-related frameworks and standards such as the TNFD and SBTN. Guy possesses a deep interest in primate conservation, and the use of digital media and community-led storytelling to support effective conservation strategies.

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Zoe Whitton

Managing Director, Head of Strategy and Impact

Zoe is a leading advisor on climate finance, with significant experience developing strategy, governance and analytics for institutional investors wishing to manage climate change risk and SDG exposure. She previously led Citi’s APAC ESG Research team and advised investors on climate change at Credit Suisse and Bank of American Merrill Lynch. She serves on the board of the IGCC and was an observer to the Australian Sustainable Finance Initiative’s Coordinating Working Group. Zoe has won numerous research awards, was rated one of the top RI analysts globally in 2019 and was awarded the inaugural Rising Star award by WIBF. 

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Katrina West

Business Development & Client Operations Coordinator

Prior to Pollination, Katrina worked as an Executive Assistant at Bain & Company in their Sydney office for just over two years, supporting Partners within the private equity and finance sectors. After completing her bachelor’s degree in history & English Literature and then her master’s degree in international studies, Katrina spent a year abroad in Vancouver primarily working in the hospitality industry, before heading home to Sydney to work as an Events Coordinator at one of Australia’s largest law firms, Herbert Smith Freehills. Having gained some experience within the client services industry, Katrina then decided to travel to the United Kingdom and worked as an office coordinator for Apple Music’s Beats 1 studios in London. After also spending some time in Edinburgh, Katrina travelled back to Sydney in 2019 where she developed a passion for environmental conservation and decided to dedicate much of her time and energy to improving sustainability within the workplace.

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Clare Wesley

Advisory Operations Director

Clare joined Pollination in 2023 with more than a decade of experience managing teams and advising on public policy and stakeholder engagement at the highest levels of the government, private and third sectors. Formerly a Director at Portland, Clare effectively led on the strategy development and delivery of campaigns seeking to influence policy and regulatory outcomes. Her work advising FTSE100 and S&P 500 companies included a secondment to the world’s second-largest pharmaceutical company at the height of the pandemic and to create and mobilise coalitions to secure policy change across Europe. Before returning to the UK, Clare was Chief of Staff to the Attorney General of New South Wales where she was responsible for the strategy and delivery of the Government’s justice and domestic violence agenda. She also oversaw the annual justice portfolio budget process, totalling $8.8 billion (AUD) per annum, and managed the Attorney General’s Office. In recognition of her contribution, Clare received the annual Premier’s award. Previously, Clare worked in corporate affairs consultancies. She holds a First Class Degree from Cambridge University, a Masters from the London School of Economics and an executive qualification from INSEAD.

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Laura Waterford

Director

Laura’s work focusses on nature-positive corporate strategy and policy, and opportunities in the natural capital and nature-based solutions space. Laura advises clients on nature-related risks and opportunities in line with the Taskforce on Nature-related Financial Disclosures guidance. Laura is a leading expert on voluntary biodiversity credit markets and has deep expertise on carbon markets. Prior to joining Pollination, Laura was a climate and environmental lawyer at leading national and international law firms and she was a finalist in the Lawyers Weekly 30 Under 30 Awards in the Planning & Environment category in 2020-2022.

Laura holds a Bachelor of Science (Geography) and a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Newcastle, and a Master of Laws from the University of New South Wales, specialising in environmental law and sustainable development.

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Rachel Walker

Design Specialist

Rachel is a design professional with in-depth experience in branding and digital design. Her focus is in transforming the clients behaviour into a holistic and well thought-out design with strong visual aesthetics to improve the user experience. Prior to joining Pollination, Rachel has experience in designing for a variety of clients, ranging from health-tech and higher education, to financial services and recruitment. 

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Ratri Wakeling

Executive Director

Ratri is a corporate finance and investment professional with experience in the renewable energy, sustainable infrastructure and real estate sectors, having worked in Europe, Australia and Asia. She has worked for Greentech Capital Advisors (now Nomura Greentech), an investment bank solely focused on sustainable infrastructure sectors, providing M&A, capital raising and strategic advisory services. She previously served as a Director in Sahid Group, a publicly-listed Indonesian investment holding firm, responsible for capital structure optimisation and operations of its portfolio of companies across hospitality, education, commercial real estate and healthcare sectors. Ratri started her career as an engineer at Tenix Group (now Downer EDI) working across its aerospace and infrastructure divisions.

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Silvia Vargas

Executive Assistant

Silvia is an Executive Assistant in the Sydney office and supports Managing Director’s, Zoe Whitton and Wendy Mackay. Silvia has a background in ecotourism, hospitality, and sustainability in Costa Rica. Her primary experience is in sustainable luxury boutique hotels and resorts, where she initially worked developing and implementing projects in a variety of areas to improve hotel services and operations, later moving to Human Resources, and Hotel Manager. More recently, she has been working as an Executive Assistant, providing support to senior executives across diverse industries. 

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Camila Valencia

Associate

Camila joins Pollination with a diverse skill set in impact evaluation, econometrics, data analysis, and policy advisory. Camila was a research fellow at the Inter-American Development Bank where she specialized in trade-related research and analysis. During her time at the IDB, she worked on impactful projects that aimed to enhance trade policies, facilitate economic integration, and promote sustainable development within the region. Her experience in the field of international trade has equipped her with a comprehensive understanding of the complexities involved in fostering economic growth while balancing environmental concerns. In addition to her work at the IDB, Camila has also worked at the International Finance Corporation (IFC) and at the Development Bank of Latin-American (CAF). Camila graduated from Harvard University with a Master’s in Public Administration in International Development. With her thesis at HKS, she conducted an in-depth analysis of the drivers and impacts of deforestation in Colombia, proposing innovative strategies to combat this pressing environmental issue.

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Silvia Tsui

Marketing Manager

Silvia is a highly experienced event and marketing specialist with a career spanning over 15 years in the legal and professional services industries in Asia. During her time at Linklaters, Silvia acted as a trusted advisor in executing high-quality client-focused events. She identified the growing importance of ESG and initiated the Asia Sustainable Business webinar series for the firm’s Asia clients. Previously, Silvia managed the communications and external affairs (international) at the Law Society of Hong Kong, and prior to that in marketing and events at a US insurance credit rating company in Asia. Since moving to Sydney in 2022, Silvia has been a part of the national events and networks team at Allens. She holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Marketing) from Monash University.

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Alex Teicher

Associate

Alex has a range of experience working with governments, corporations and social enterprises on both strategy and transformation implementation. Prior to Pollination, he worked at a strategy and technology consultancy, and had the opportunity to implement strategies across a range of areas including government, agriculture and financial services. Prior to this, he worked as a project manager on one of Australia’s largest and most complex shipbuilding projects. Alex is a graduate of the University of Adelaide with First Class Honours in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering. Alex has also spent time working with social enterprises in Timor-Leste and Fiji on sustainable fuel stoves and renewable energy.

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Gavin Templeton

Managing Director

Gavin is an entrepreneurial leader in all areas of sustainability,  recognised globally as an expert in the green economy and the low carbon transition. He has a proven track record of identifying concepts and developing them into innovative commercial opportunities. Prior to joining Pollination, Gavin ran the Climate Finance Advisory function at Macquarie’s Green Investment Group which advised governments, public bodies, multilateral organisations and development finance institutions. He also represented Macquarie Group on the United Nations Global Commission on Adaption and Bloomberg’s Climate Finance Leadership Initiative.  Gavin was part of the team that set up, ran and eventually privatised the world’s first dedicated green finance institution, the UK Green Investment Bank, which was subsequently bought by Macquarie. He began his career at BP before moving to Morgan Stanley and Rabobank. A pioneer, he worked at the inception of the European Emissions Trading Scheme and United Nations Clean Development Mechanism. Gavin is a Senior Advisor to the UK Government’s Partnership for Accelerated Climate Transitions and a member of the Advisory Committee for the new Green Bank Design Platform currently under development at the UK’s Green Finance Institute.

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Aaron Sun

Director

Prior to Pollination, Aaron worked at Sentient Impact Group and Aware Super, focusing on originating, investing, and appraising renewable projects, core infrastructure, and agricultural assets.
Aaron also spent six years with KPMG Deal Advisory, providing strategic and financial advice that can enhance the client’s competitive advantage and shareholder values, in the context of strategic transactions – acquisitions, divestments, IPOs, privatisations, mergers and alliances, debt and equity deals. Before joining KPMG, Aaron worked at ANZ Institutional Banking. As an advisor and arranger of project financing, Aaron was committed to helping project sponsors of infrastructure and utility projects develop creditworthy limited-recourse structures to underpin project success. Aaron holds degrees in Actuarial Studies and Applied Finance. Aaron also holds the CFA and CAIA Charters.

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Geoff Summerhayes

Chair Senior Advisor Group

Geoff is renowned for his leadership in raising awareness of climate change financial risk in Australia and globally. He was formerly an Executive Board member of the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority (APRA), and one of his most influential roles was a chair of the Council of Financial Regulators Working Group on Climate Change, whose members include APRA, ASIC, RBA and Treasury. Internationally, Geoff was a member of the Executive Committee of the global standard setting body for insurance, the International Association of Insurance Supervisors (IAIS) and chaired its Audit and Risk Committee. He chaired the UN Environment Program’s Sustainable Insurance Forum (SIF), and represented IAIS and SIF at the Central Banks and Supervisors Network for Greening the Financial System (NGFS). Prior to his appointment at APRA, Geoff was CEO of Suncorp Life. He has held a number of senior executive roles at National Australia Bank, was CEO of Retail Investment at MLC and started his career in commercial property development at Lend Lease.

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Patrick Suckling

Managing Director, Head of Asia

Patrick plays a leading role on transition strategy, solutions and investments, including key markets in Asia such as India, Japan and Indonesia. He had a previous career in Australia’s Foreign Service, including as international adviser to two Prime Ministers, adviser to the Foreign Minister, High Commissioner to India, Ambassador for the Environment and Senior Official for APEC. Patrick’s work on climate change includes leading Paris Agreement negotiations, overseeing Australia’s $1.5 billion climate finance commitment, and strengthening climate cooperation with key countries such as the United States, China, India, Japan and Germany. He has worked extensively on the climate and nature transition with the G20, OECD, the Multilateral Development Banks and other global and regional institutions. He has also worked extensively with global corporates and financial institutions in these areas.

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Dale Straughen

Legal Counsel

Dale is an accomplished corporate lawyer with extensive experience advising clients on mergers and acquisitions and private equity transactions in the energy and infrastructure sector. Prior to joining Pollination, Dale worked as a M&A lawyer in top tier national and international law firms in Sydney, London and Melbourne, where he provided legal advice to investors, developers, financiers and corporates on cross-border and multinational transactions, with a focus on the energy transition. During COP23, Dale acted as an advisor to the Republic of Palau. Dale has a Bachelor of Commerce and Juris Doctor from the University of Melbourne.

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Sophie St John

Director

Sophie is a Certified Environmental Practitioner with over 12 years of industry experience. Prior to joining Pollination, Sophie was the Nature Service Leader for the Australasia region at Arup. In this role, she developed and delivered a comprehensive client-facing nature offering for the built environment. This included providing nature-related training, devising strategies, conducting net gain assessments, and designing nature-based solutions. Much of her career has been as a terrestrial ecologist, delivering environmental assessments approvals, and offsets primarily across infrastructure projects within Australia and PNG. After completing her MBA in 2018, Sophie have taken on various operation and business development related leadership roles. Her accolades include the Environment Institute of Australia & New Zealand’s Young Environmental Professional of the Year (2015) and the Inaugural UQ MBA Women’s Leadership Award (2018).

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Jacqui Stapleton

Head of Engagement and Development

Jacqui has diverse experience in human resources and organisational development in both the public and private sector. Prior to joining Pollination, she held a variety of positions at the NSW Government’s Agency for Clinical Innovation, including Strategic HR Lead and People & Culture Manager. Jacqui was responsible for leading the HR function and delivering key HR projects for the organisation. More recently she has focused on the employee value proposition, driving positive culture and change management.

 

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Louis Slade

Associate

Louis’ work focuses on developing and implementing organisations’ nature transition roadmaps. Louis has supported clients to identify and set site-level biodiversity targets, understand and improve approaches to biodiversity offsetting, and developed tools to evaluate the risks and opportunities associated with investments in environmental markets. Louis has additionally worked on TNFD-aligned nature risk assessments. Prior to Pollination, Louis was Strategy Advisor at Climate 200 and a Consultant at Social Ventures Australia where he supported government, corporates, and not-for-profits in strategic planning and outcomes measurement. Louis holds an MPhil. in International Development from the University of Oxford, and a B.A. in Politics, Human Rights, and Development from New York University.

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Victoria Skinner

Advisory Operations Manager

Victoria has broad experience across organisational management, including strategic operations and change management. Before joining Pollination, Victoria was the Practice Manager at a specialist commercial and litigation law firm where she managed the operational functions of the firm, including finance, human resources, IT management and strategic projects. 

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Kishen Singh

Associate

Prior to joining Pollination, Kishen was developing voluntary carbon market solutions for financial institutions and large corporations at start-up, SALT Climate Tech. He also worked with carbon project developers, aiding them in raising capital. Kishen’s research has examined socio-economic issues surrounding critical mineral extraction. He has also written articles for LSE Green Finance on climate-tech and venture capital. Previously, Kishen held leadership positions at the LSE, such as being the founding Head of LSE Future Impact’s Climate Division.

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Dan Silkstone

Director, Marketing and Communications (APAC)

Dan is a creative and experienced communications specialist with deep experience across journalism, consulting, and the energy sector. He brings extensive media contacts, a flair for storytelling and a detailed understanding of best-practice digital marketing and communications tools, techniques and trends. Dan worked as a journalist, editor and media executive at Fairfax Media, including as Senior Writer, Deputy News Director and Head of Weekend Content at the AGE/SMH. He was Head of Content at the Australian Renewable Energy Agency before joining international management and design consultancy ThinkPlace, as Global Director of Positioning and Digital Media, creating and leading a growing brand as it transitioned form start-up to scaling up. Dan then joined Advocacy and Policy organisation Energy Consumers Australia as Director of Communications and Stakeholder Engagement, driving an expanded public profile and stakeholder influence for the organisation during a critical time in the energy sector.

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Mitch Shannon

Director

Mitch has extensive experience providing legal and strategic advice to governments and businesses on energy markets and policy, regulatory compliance, commercial contracts, risk management and the delivery of large-scale infrastructure projects. He was formerly a Senior Adviser at the Australian Energy Market Commission, where he led the development and implementation of complex regulatory reforms to address economic, policy and technical issues arising in Australia’s energy market. Mitch has deep energy sector expertise and a strong understanding of the drivers of investment in renewable energy projects. He is also currently the Co-Chair of the Sydney Young Energy Professionals.

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Phoebe Scott

Associate Director

​Phoebe has five years of experience in nature based solutions investing, investment banking and equity capital markets. Prior to joining Pollination, she worked as an Investment Associate at Climate Asset Management in the Nature Based Carbon Strategy team, working to scale investment into nature based carbon projects in emerging markets. She holds an MSc in Climate Change, Management and Finance from Imperial College Business School, where she focused on climate finance, climate change governance and adaptation to climate change amongst other areas. Prior to her masters, Phoebe worked in Investment Banking at Deutsche Bank, concentrating on Equity Capital Markets transactions across EMEA in a variety of sectors. In her spare time, Phoebe is a founding member of the Women in Carbon initiative, which aims to empower and amplify the voices of women in the carbon industry.

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Adriano Scardino

Director

Adriano joins Pollination after several years of experience in the Construction Industry in Australia, during which he has successfully covered a number of roles during the bidding and delivery stages of some of the largest projects in the Public Transport and Energy sectors. He has developed strong and very diverse analytical and modelling skills thanks to his experience as an Engineer, a civil Estimator on the Tender for Snowy Hydro 2.0, and most recently in his Data Science role in the Pre-Contracts and Risk team at CIMIC Group’s CPB Contractors. His capabilities include Civil and Structural Design, Financial Modelling and Data Science algorithms such as Machine Learning models. Adriano holds a Bachelor and a Master’s Degree in Civil Engineering from Rome’s La Sapienza University and is currently completing his MBA at the University of New South Wales.

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Diego de Sartiges

Managing Director

Diego has deep experience in the financial services and management consulting industries, having worked with large corporates, investors and high growth start-ups at the intersection of business strategy, sustainability and technology innovation. Diego joins Pollination from the Hong Kong Stock Exchange, where he led the design and implementation of climate-related initiatives in areas such as data & analytics, carbon markets and sustainable investment. Prior to this he was a Partner at Boston Consulting Group in Singapore, where he spent nearly a decade advising financial institutions in South-East Asia on their strategic, operational and M&A issues, as well as building together with his clients several successful Fintech businesses. He holds an MBA from INSEAD in Singapore and a Master degree from ESSEC Business School and Paris Dauphine University in France.

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Marissa Santikarn

Director

Marissa has a decade of experience working on carbon pricing policies as part of broader decarbonisation strategies, including five years at the World Bank climate change group. Previously, she has also held consulting and international development roles on climate change issues in Germany, Australia and Thailand.

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Lucy Sanderson

Associate

Lucy is an experienced lawyer who has a particular interest in nature and biodiversity-related risks and opportunities and the way in which such issues intersect with and create synergies with climate. Prior to joining Pollination, Lucy worked in MinterEllison’s Climate and Sustainability Risk Governance team. Lucy has assisted key clients in identifying and managing climate- and sustainability-related commercial and legal risks (and opportunities) across their value chains, including in the built environment, financial services and mining sectors. Lucy is experienced in conducting misleading disclosure reviews and verification of corporate disclosures and publications – assisting clients to navigate the increasing risk posed by corporate ‘greenwashing’. 

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Beatriz Sampaio

Associate

Beatriz Sampaio joins the Advisory team as an Associate and will be based in the Chicago office. Prior to joining Pollination, Beatriz worked at LanzaJet, a leading sustainable aviation fuels company where she was responsible for assessing relevant criteria such as the policy and regulatory environment, feedstock influence on credit values, trade and voluntary markets for SAFs, and carbon intensity score to create a go-to-market strategy for the company. Also, as a Climate Programs Specialist at the City of Evanston’s Office of Sustainability, she was working on the implementation of the City’s Energy and Water Benchmarking Ordinance and a multi-year analysis of performance metrics such as natural gas use, Energy Use Intensity, and greenhouse gas emissions. Beatriz earned a Master’s in Energy and Sustainability from Northwestern University.

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Richard Saines ONM

Managing Director

Rick is globally recognized as a leading climate change lawyer, and for two decades has advised governments, multinational companies, financial institutions, funds and project sponsors on the economic transition to a low carbon economy, including being a thought leader on carbon and environmental market transactions. He is officially recognized by Chambers USA and Chambers Global as a leading climate change lawyer, an accolade he has held for 10 years. He is a former Partner and head of Baker McKenzie’s North American Climate Change Practice; and former Chair, International Emissions Trading Association. He serves on the Board of Advisors to the USC Schwarzenegger Institute and was Awarded Chevalier of the National Order of Merit by the President of the Republic of France for his significant contribution to the preparation of the Paris Climate Summit, and the implementation of the Paris Agreement.

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Stephanie Russo

Executive Director

Stephanie has spent her career working at the interface of financial markets, public policy and conservation.  She brings deep and broad expertise in natural capital, public policy, and regulatory environmental markets and a focus on developing financially robust policies and strategies that advance solutions for nature and climate. Passionate about leveraging the power of markets to accelerate climate action and to protect and restore nature, Stephanie has played leading roles in the development, design and reform of markets for water, energy, carbon and natural capital in Australia and the Asia-Pacific and advised government, business leaders and investors on the most intractable environmental challenges in Australia. Prior to joining Pollination, Steph was a co-founder and Chief Strategy Officer of Carbon Growth Partners, a world leading carbon markets investment manager, led government relations for the Nature Conservancy in the Asia-Pacific region, led the National Australia Bank’s natural capital strategy and established the Australian Government’s first dedicated natural capital financing unit.  Steph holds a Bachelor of Environmental Management and Law with first class honours, a Graduate Diploma in Economic Design and is a qualified project manager.

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Kyle Rudzinski

Executive Director

For more than 15 years Kyle has accelerated scalable change at the intersection of climate and capitalism – through the financial sector, at the corporate level, and with the U.S. government. Previously, he led strategy and operations at rePlant Capital, a B Corp focused on climate finance transforming supply chains to regenerative agriculture. He was a sustainability leader at Levi Strauss & Co. and has advised companies like Tesla on sustainable manufacturing. At the U.S. Department of Energy, he led investments in a multimillion dollar solar startup portfolio. Kyle has spoken on the circular economy and regeneration at SXSW, Green Biz, and Sustainable Brands along with giving lectures at Stanford, Harvard, and Berkeley. For his work in climate finance, he was named a Fellow with the Just Economy Institute. He earned an MBA from BerkeleyHaas along with an MEd and a BA from the University of Virginia.

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Phoebe Roberts

Executive Director

Phoebe Roberts is an Executive Director in the Climate & Sustainability Risk Governance team. Phoebe joins Pollination from APAC’s largest commercial law firm, MinterEllison. She brings over 10 years’ experience as a corporate lawyer to her practice in climate and nature risk governance, strategy and disclosure. Phoebe specialises in embedding net zero commitments and addressing climate change risks (and opportunities) across commercial contracts and transactions. She is the former Director of Implementation and Co-Lead of APAC with The Chancery Lane Project (‘TCLP’) – a first of its kind global initiative of corporate lawyers to re-wire contracts to deliver net zero. In 2022/23, Phoebe lead TCLP’s European Built Environment workstream. In 2023, Phoebe was awarded the Law Council of Australia’s Young Environmental Lawyer of the Year Award (Mahla Pearlman Award) in recognition of her leading expertise in this space.

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Hamish Reid

Managing Director

Hamish has 30 years experience in consumer brand building having worked for Fonterra in New Zealand, Danone in Paris and Saatchi & Saatchi in London. In 2005 Hamish’s focus moved to sustainability and climate change, in particular, where he ran consulting projects with the International Olympic Committee, Les Mills and New Zealand Rugby. In 2017 Hamish joined milk nutrition company Synlait’s Executive Leadership Team where over five years he led the company’s repurposing, sustainability strategy and commercialisationHamish joins Pollination to support the firm’s advisory clients in the food, fibre, agribusiness and consumer brands sectors. 

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Caroline Reed

Executive Assistant

Caroline is an Executive Assistant in Pollination’s London office and supports Co-Founder & Chair, Tony O’Sullivan. Caroline has worked in executive administration in leading firms for more than two decades. Her experience spans roles in London and Sydney, predominantly in the financial sector. Prior to joining Pollination, Caroline has held roles at firms including O’Sullivan Partners & JPMorgan. She holds a BA (Hons) in Sociology from Southampton University.

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Kate Rayson

Head of Marketing & Communications

Kate has applied her deep commercial and marketing expertise to tackle diverse sustainability challenges, in Australia and overseas. At Qantas, she led Qantas Future Planet – the world’s largest airline offset program – developing new carbon neutral products that unlocked new opportunity and revenue. As Engagement Manager at WWF, she led public engagement on the organisation’s largest advocacy campaign – Fight for the Reef – developing strategy that successfully drove policy change at a domestic and international level. She is a graduate of Social Leadership Australia’s Sydney Leadership program; and has been a speaker and programmer at industry events including the Carbon Market Institute Summit.

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Charles Ramsden

Associate Director

With a background in Clean Energy and Climate Research, Charles has worked on a variety of engagements across energy infrastructure transactions, climate investing and macroeconomic modelling. Prior to joining Pollination, Charles was a research member at the world-leading School of Photovoltaic and Renewable Energy Engineering at the University of New South Wales, where he provided consulting services to the Australian Conservation Foundation and represented the research team as a speaker at solar energy expositions. He continues to collaborate with the Centre for Energy and Environmental Markets and the Australian PV Institute on SunSPoT, an online tool for assessing rooftop solar investments.  He was also previously part of the investment team at the Clean Energy Finance Corporation, where he worked on project finance transactions within the waste and recycling industry.  This included scoping out origination opportunities within the emerging Circular Economy space. Before coming to Australia, Charles developed strong financial modelling and analytical skills as a supply chain and procurement consultant in Munich, Germany. Charles graduated from Durham University with a First-Class Honours in Master of Science in Physics. His thesis specialised in the research of novel materials in solar cells. His work has been published in leading peer-reviewed sustainability and energy journals. 

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Felix Qin

Associate Director

Felix is an investment professional with expertise across the energy, climate and nature transition sectors. Felix has strong end-to-end transaction management, commercial due-diligence and financial valuation skills, and has leveraged this in his work across Pollination’s venture capital and project investment strategies.

Before joining Pollination, Felix was at a leading Australian renewable energy investment bank, advising on over 1.5GW of utility-scale solar, wind, hydropower and battery storage. Felix has a Bachelor of Commerce (with Distinction) from the University of New South Wales.

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Valerie Pinkerton

Director

Valerie is an interdisciplinary environmental professional with broad experience in philanthropy, policy analysis, and stakeholder engagement to support climate change mitigation and coastal adaptation. She was previously an associate program officer at the Robertson Foundation, making strategic grants to address climate change, protect ocean health, implement invasive predator controls in New Zealand, and support tiger conservation. Prior to this role, Valerie provided research and analysis for policymakers on a range of environmental issues through roles with the Yale Center for Environmental Law and Policy, Natural Resources Defense Council, and the Environmental Law Institute. She received her MEM from Yale University and a BA from Columbia University.

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Lara Phillips

Director

Lara has over 15 years of experience in sustainability across the agriculture, FMCG, insurance, and advisory sectors. At Fonterra, she led sustainability solutions for customer and consumer brands across North America, Europe, Asia and Oceania. In this role, Lara led the development of sustainable products, as well as customer emission reduction solutions. She has deep technical knowledge in environmental markets, emissions mitigation and sustainability strategy in agricultural supply chains, alongside broad strategy and governance experience – developing climate strategy at Insurance Australia Group, advising clients on emissions trading and reporting at PwC, and as an external advisor to Bain & Company. At Pollination, Lara has led the development of climate and nature strategies and solutions across a range of sectors including food and fibre, industrial, and aviation. Lara has a Postgraduate Diploma in Environmental Management from the University of Auckland, and an MSc from the University of Canterbury​.

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Harrison Pharamond

Associate Director

Harrison has diverse experience across the impact investment and social entrepreneurship space with a focus on emerging markets. Prior to joining Pollination, Harrison spent five years at MCE Social Capital, an impact investment firm where he managed impact measurement and evaluation across a portfolio spanning over thirty-five developing countries and multiple sectors, including sustainable agriculture, clean water, renewable energy, and financial inclusion. Harrison has also consulted for leading impact companies including Sonen Capital, Agora Partnerships, pfc Social Impact Advisors, and Alterna. He has lived and worked in countries across Latin America, sub-Saharan Africa, Southeast Asia, and Europe.

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Thea Philip

Associate Director

Thea has broad experience providing strategic and legal advice to private sector, government, and non-profit clients on matters relating to climate and nature strategy, energy, environment, and transition finance. This includes advising on nature-based solutions projects, carbon markets and public-private partnerships for mobilising climate finance to emerging markets and developing economies.​ Prior to joining Pollination, Thea was a commercial lawyer at Ashurst, where she advised on regulatory compliance, carbon markets, carbon neutral certification processes, environmental upgrade finance, native title, and due diligence. She also worked on high profile environmental approvals processes and major infrastructure projects. Previously, Thea worked at the International Energy Agency, where she was engaged in energy policy research and analysis. ​Thea holds a Master of Philosophy in Environmental Policy from the University of Cambridge. While at Cambridge, she undertook additional training in sustainability business skills through the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership.​

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Jaime Pérez Sanjuán

Senior Financial Analyst

Jaime Perez Sanjuan is a Senior Financial Analyst based in the London office. Prior to joining Pollination, Jaime spent several years at BNP Paribas, first leading the FP&A reporting for BNP South European branches and then within the Finance & Strategy Global team of BNP’s Primary & Credit Markets in London. Before that, Jaime started his career at EY as a Financial Risk consultant. Jaime holds a degree in Business Administration from Carlos III University of Madrid and is CIMA Part-qualified.

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Sudish Perera

Associate

Sudish is passionate about helping clients rethink how we can produce and source our food and fibre more sustainably. Prior to joining Pollination, Sudish was a Manager in Deloitte’s Climate & Sustainability advisory practice where he supported clients with sustainability strategy development, decarbonisation and climate resilience.  Sudish has gained deep practical experience by undertaking a postgraduate degree in Regenerative Agriculture at Southern Cross University as well as a 3-month work exchange at an agroecological farm.

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Dipti Patel

Director

Dipti has experience helping clients understand the risks, opportunities and impacts resulting from sustainability issues and how to integrate sustainability into corporate-level strategic planning. Prior to joining Pollination, she was a Manager at EY’s Climate Change and Sustainability Services practice where she advised clients across a variety of sectors in designing and implementing sustainability strategies, goals and impact measurement frameworks. Dipti also worked in EY’s Financial Services Consulting practice supporting operational readiness planning and risk management processes. Dipti holds degrees in Environmental Science and Economics from North Carolina State University and a Masters of Accounting from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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Candice Pasion

Finance Manager

Candice joins Pollination with diverse experience in financial reporting, management accounting, taxation and business services. In her previous roles, she has led end-to-end finance operations in Not-for-Profit and multinational tech organisations. Candice is a Chartered Accountant and holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Technology, Sydney.

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Juan Sebastian Parra

Associate Director

Juan Sebastian has experience advising clients on carbon markets transactions, including conducting due diligence of carbon projects and advising clients on the purchase and sale of carbon credits under emissions reduction purchase agreements (ERPAs) and offtake agreements. Juan Sebastian also has experience in transactions mobilizing blended finance. Prior to joining Pollination, Juan Sebastian worked as an associate in the Bogota, Colombia, office of an international law firm on corporate matters and cross-border M&A transactions. He received his Master of Laws (with Honors) from Northwestern University’s Pritzker School of Law and is admitted to practice law in Colombia and the State of New York. Juan Sebastian speaks English and Spanish (native).

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Charlie Parer

Associate

Charlie brings experience in the finance and economics sector, now focusing his work on sustainability strategy design for climate transition. Combining a unique blend of consultancy and research expertise, he delivers robust and innovative solutions that cater to both governments, NGOs, and corporate entities.

Previously, he worked at a Big 4 consulting firm where he cultivated a skill set in supply chain consulting, honing his expertise in stakeholder engagement strategy and consultation. Transitioning to equities research at an Australian investment bank, he deepened his sector knowledge, specifically in technology, media, and telecommunications, showcasing his proficiencies in quantitative modelling, technical analysis, and research report writing.

Charlie holds a Bachelor of Advanced Finance and Economics with First Class Honours from the University of Queensland and completed an exchange at University College London where he focused his studies on sustainable energy.

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Annick Paradis

Executive Director

Annick has broad experience advising both public and private sector clients, including governments and philanthropies, on the challenges of climate change. She has worked with local and global organisations to improve their climate strategies, optimise their business models, integrate climate risk and sustainability at the heart of investment decision making, as well as support new climate policies. She also worked with start-ups in securing funding towards innovative climate solutions and develop go-to-market plans. Previously, Annick worked at SYSTEMIQ, a system change advisory firm in London, and at Stikeman Elliott LLP in Canada and the USA as a corporate lawyer focused on M&A and financing, where she advised global energy companies on large-scale renewable energy projects.

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Abhay Pande

Senior Advisor

Abhay Pande leads Pollination’s work on Transition Finance Advisory. He has approximately 30 years of experience in energy and power investment banking, private equity investing and corporate strategy consulting. During this time, he oversaw, originated, led, or executed several hundred transactions, including several dozen initial public offerings, over $50 billion in corporate loans, bond and equity issuances and $50+ billion in mergers & acquisition transactions. Previously, Abhay was Managing Director at American Capital, a publicly listed private equity firm, where he was a partner in the American Capital Energy and Infrastructure private equity fund. He previously spent 16 years at Citigroup’s investment banking department (formerly Salomon Smith Barney) where he was, at various times, Managing Director in the US energy investment banking group, co-head of Asian energy, power, and chemicals investment banking, and Head of Southeast Asia industrials. Abhay has an AB in economics from Dartmouth College, and an MBA with high honors in finance and strategy from the Booth School at the University of Chicago, where he is a Wallman Scholar. He has Series 79, 82, 63 registrations and is based in the New York City area.

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Kimberley Osborn

People Analytics and Operations Associate

Kimberley Osborn joins the Talent and Culture team as a Talent and Culture Coordinator, based in Sydney. Kimberley is a driven organisational professional with a focus on building strong relationships and enhancing experiences. She brings a strong knowledge of diverse cultures and organisations gained through extensive international experience, a passion and strong understanding of systems and software engineering. Prior to joining Pollination, Kimberley was a Candidate Experience Coordinator at Atlassian, Project Manager at Bendelta and Executive Assistant at Attestor Limited. Kimberley holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Stellenbosch and a Software Engineering Immersive certification from General Assembly.

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Hannah Ornatowski

Associate Director

Hannah’s experience centers around driving climate change related strategy in the financial sector, including supporting clients on decarbonization opportunities and assessment of key climate and ESG related risks for their businesses. Prior to joining Pollination, Hannah spent seven years at Goldman Sachs, a leading global financial institution, where she engaged with clients, investors, policymakers and NGOs on climate change, led the firm’s net zero financing commitment, and drove partnership on an innovative blended finance facility that aims to catalyze low carbon project development in South and Southeast Asia. She holds a BA in Political Science with minors in Economics and Chinese from Vassar College.

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Sara Oishi

Director

Sara has diverse experience across the technical, legal, and policy aspects of climate change. Prior to joining Pollination she was an Associate at Lathrop GPM, LLP working in the environmental and tort litigation practice group. Sara’s experience includes advising Fortune 500 corporations on complex environmental risk and regulatory issues. Sara also has experience in structuring financial mechanisms to support the energy transition, having spent several years with non-profit and start-up companies helping develop innovative means of financing large scale energy efficiency projects. Her experience also includes analysis of renewable fuel and energy storage technologies. Sara holds environmental engineering degrees from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Stanford University and a law degree from Vermont Law School.

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Jessica Nutt

Associate Director

Jessica brings diverse experience in supply chain and procurement, project management, process improvement and operating model design and implementation. Prior to joining Pollination, Jessica was a management consultant at EY, where she worked on a variety of strategy and operations projects for federal and state government, and private sector clients. She has a particular interest in the role of global supply chains in addressing sustainability and biodiversity challenges.

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Corey Norton

Executive Director

Corey brings over 20 years of experience in legal, business and environmental issues involving climate change and nature. Prior to joining Pollination, he was Vice President for Supply Chain Legality at the World Wildlife Fund, a senior leader at global law firms and in-house counsel at a leading food company based in Asia guiding responsible sourcing. He has worked with farms, ports, factories, corporate headquarters and governments, while guiding agriculture, extractive, solar, EV and retail industries. This work focused on complex transactions, regulatory scrutiny and compliance procedures to secure investors and commercial incentives. His expertise includes coordinating global supply chains around new ESG laws and emerging climate requirements and opportunities. Corey is a member of the New York and District of Columbia Bars and the Inter-Pacific Bar Association, where he has held several leadership positions.

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Ricardo (Rick) Nogueira

Senior Advisor

Rick is an expert on climate finance policy, blended finance and sustainable investing.  He advises major philanthropies, governments, and multilateral development banks on designing and implementing climate finance solutions. Rick is also a Board Member of Washington, DC’s Green Finance Authority, the first municipal Green Bank. Rick previously served in the Obama administration as a Senior Advisor to the Special Envoy for Climate Change where he led on climate finance matters in the lead up to the Paris Agreement and served as a Board Member on the Green Climate Fund. Prior to public service, Rick spent 10+ years in private equity fund management with a focus on emerging markets. He was the Co-founder and Managing Director of the Leaf Clean Energy Company, a $400 million publicly-listed fund targeting clean energy investments across the Americas. Earlier in his career, Rick practiced law with a focus on energy transactions and climate policy.

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Ngaio Neumegen

Director

Ngaio is an expert in agricultural sustainability and resilience, combined with significant experience in climate change policy. Much of Ngaio’s career has been spent with agricultural and food organisations, including Fonterra and Zespri International. In these roles, she supported strategy and advocacy on water, climate change and supply chain opportunities. Ngaio’s experience in climate change policy spans several disciplines, including domestic and international carbon markets. During her time in government, she was a member of New Zealand’s delegation to the UNFCCC, and worked in Parliament as the advisor to New Zealand’s Minister for Climate Change. Ngaio holds a Master’s Degree in Science from the University of Otago, New Zealand.

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Georgina Murray

Associate Director

Georgina has diverse experience across ESG issues and how finance can create social and environmental change. Prior to joining Pollination, she was the ESG Portfolio Analyst for almost 3 years at Ethical Partners Funds Management supporting the ESG company analysis and engagements as well as developing a carbon emissions portfolio analysis tool. She also has 7 years of experience in the NGO sector with UNICEF Australia as the Marketing Manager and currently is a Mentor at Altiorem. Georgina holds a Bachelor of International and Global Studies with First Class Honours from the University of Sydney.

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Kate Mukho

People & Culture Advisor

Kate brings diverse experience in human resources and talent management to the Talent & Culture team, with a special focus on the private tech sector. Her main expertise lies in designing and managing the full employee lifecycle, employer branding, organisational design, and change management. Having previously worked at an international hospitality consultancy and a tech outsourcing agency, more recently she held the role of Chief People Officer and board member at Belkins, where she built the People function from the ground up, supporting the firm’s growth from start-up phase to a scale-up group of four companies. Kate holds BA and MSc in International Economics from Kyiv National Economic University and takes part in volunteering activities in Ukraine.

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John Morton

Managing Director, Head of Americas

John E. Morton brings more than twenty-five years of experience in emerging markets, climate finance, and economic and environmental policy. Throughout his career, John has been at the forefront of designing and structuring some of the most innovative platforms and investment vehicles to mobilize private capital flows into climate-related sectors in fast-growing global markets. In the Biden Administration, he served as the U.S. Treasury Department’s and Secretary Yellen’s inaugural Climate Counselor, managing and coordinating an historically ambitious set of policies and priorities. During the Obama Administration, John served as the President’s White House Senior Director for Energy and Climate Change, and previously as the Chief of Staff and Chief Operating Officer at the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (now the US DFC). Outside Government, John was Managing Director of Economic Policy at The Pew Charitable Trusts and a private equity investor with the Global Environment Fund. He began his career as a strategy consultant with Mercer and with the World Bank managing environmental infrastructure projects in the former Soviet Union. John lives in Washington DC with his wife and two children.

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Travers Morony

Associate Director

Travers has extensive experience providing legal and strategic advice on the financing aspects of key infrastructure and renewable energy projects. Prior to joining Pollination, Travers gained experience at various law firms including Gilbert + Tobin in Sydney and Baker McKenzie in Singapore where he specialised in advising sponsors, arrangers, lenders and borrowers on a broad range of domestic and cross-border debt financing transactions, including a number of sustainability linked and green loan transactions in the nascent Australian sustainable finance market. Travers holds Bachelor of International Studies from the University of Sydney and a Bachelor of Laws from the University of New South Wales.

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Georgia Monaghan

Associate Director

Prior to joining Pollination, Georgia was a lawyer at Ashurst for two and a half years, working in tax, corporate transactions and strategic litigation. Georgia has worked on high profile arbitrations, NSW Supreme Court proceedings, public and private M&A and the Royal Commission into Banking. Georgia has experience in due diligence, compliance reporting and corporate governance and has policy and law reform experience from her time as a secondee to the Justice Reform Initiative. Interested in the start-up space, Georgia is a Startmate Fellow and has co-founded an ethical and sustainable fashion blog.

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Megha Mehdiratta

Associate

Megha is a sustainability specialist and entrepreneur with extensive international background across government, non profits and startups. Her spirit for conscious living led her to launch New Delhi’s first e-commerce platform for “beyond sustainable” foods, which provided market access to local farmers and artisans. She further brought this drive to scale innovations by working with various startups, including Series A energy optimization climate-tech company, Therma Inc. Prior to her entrepreneurial sprint, Megha served as an Investment Manager at Invest India, under the Ministry of Commerce, facilitating FDI into the country, augmenting technology commercialisation and accelerating impact projects. Megha holds an MS in Sustainability Management from Columbia University and a BA in Political Economy from UC Berkeley.

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Arth Mishra

Associate Director

With a background in Data Analytics and Economic Research, Arth has worked on a range of projects across natural capital, climate investment risk and decarbonisation strategy. Prior to joining Pollination, Arth worked with the Tech Mahindra Foundation in providing data-driven solutions for Indian social sector clients to maximise the impact of CSR programs. Arth’s research has examined the impact of climate change on patterns of conflict and the growth of enterprises in emerging markets. Arth graduated from the LSE with a First-Class Honours in Bachelor of Science in Economics, specialising in International and Development Economics. Previously an International Debate Champion, Arth has worked the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade to improve access to debate education on pertinent issues including climate change and sustainability.

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William Marshall

Associate

Will has significant experience advising both the public and private sector on strategy and policy. Prior to joining Pollination, Will developed strategic water policy across NSW that focused on enhancing biodiversity and enabling regenerative agriculture. He also recently developed several strategies that establish a sustainable pathway for the different water resources and their dependent industries across NSW for the next 25 years. Will has expertise in ecological management, soil carbon initiatives and climate modelling, and has a MSc in Environmental Science. As a consultant at Deloitte, Will developed commercial strategy in the telecommunications, infrastructure and banking industries and helped develop the business case for the future Western Sydney Parkland City.

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Giverny McMillan

Executive Assistant & Office Manager

Giverny is an Executive Assistant & Office Manager in Pollination’s Sydney office, supporting Founder & CEO, Martijn Wilder AM, and Managing Director, Megan Flynn. She was formerly a Legal Secretary at Baker McKenzie and supported various senior lawyers in the Intellectual Property, Technology, Media & Telecommunications Group and The Head of Asia-Pacific Employment Group, before working with Martijn Wilder AM, who was The Global Head of Climate Change Group. She coordinated the operations and logistics of Baker McKenzie’s Asia-Pacific Annual Meetings. Giverny was awarded the Baker McKenzie Professional Development Award in 2018.

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James McKinney

Associate Director

James is an investment professional with broad experience across public and private capital markets and strong quantitative and financial modelling skills. Prior to joining Pollination, James worked as an investment consultant in the UK, where he helped large institutional investors solve a range of investment-related challenges such as setting investment strategy, structuring derivative-based hedging strategies, fund selection and implementation. He also supported a number of his clients in integrating climate and other ESG risks into their investment decision making process. James holds a Masters degree in Physics from the University of Warwick and is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) charterholder.

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Brydy McDonnell

Executive Officer, Pollination Foundation

Brydy is the Executive Officer of the Pollination Foundation based in the Melbourne office. Prior to joining Pollination, she acted in a range of advisory roles within the Queensland Department of Environment and Science. Delivering operational management of marine and terrestrial protected areas, she supported strategic programs including the Great Barrier Reef Field Management Program and the Minjerribah Protected Area Expansion Strategy.  Previously, Brydy worked as an Executive Assistant to various senior executives within the Queensland Government developing foundational skills in executive administration, recruitment, and office management.

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Andrew McConnell

Associate Director

Andrew is an expert in quantitative and qualitative climate and biodiversity risk modelling, with a strong background in climate finance, sustainable monetary policy, and macroeconomics. Before starting at Pollination he supported the WWF as a lead author in the development of their biodiversity risk methodology report and by making their biodiversity risk tool useable for portfolio risk analysis. Prior to this he consulted in Europe for financial institutions in building transitional and physical climate risk models. His quantitative background was acquired while working as researcher at Germany’s Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research. There he worked doing IAM modelling with the REMIND model team before moving to the research group on climate finance and public economics. While working in this group he made several seminal contributions to the conceptualisation of sustainable monetary and macroprudential policy for central banks and won Oxford’s Sensitive Intervention Point Prize for his development of climate adjusted collateral “haircuts”. The latter of which has become a key component of the ECB and other central bank’s climate strategies.

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Luke McClean

Director

Luke is a seasoned public policy advisor with over 13 years experience working across all levels of Government in Australia, Canada, and New Zealand. He has a strong track record of successful policy development and advocacy and is committed to deploying those skills in addressing climate change and advancing nature positivity. Prior to his role at Pollination, Luke played a key role in advising the Independent Member for Warringah, Zali Steggall OAM MP, on all policy areas including crafting a Climate Change Bill for the Australian Government. He consulted with a broad range of stakeholders, including corporate, industry and community, garnering over 6,000 supportive submissions and driving greater ambition from the Government. Luke has advised governments and corporations worldwide on large-scale transformation programs and devised strategies to enhance their ESG (Environmental, Social, and Governance) performance. Earlier in his career, he worked on diverse areas including social services, human rights and defence. He is committed to working with others to create a more sustainable and equitable future.

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Kim McCarthy

Project Officer

Kim has extensive experience leading the design, implementation and governance of carbon offset products, in domestic and international markets. Kim was previously a member of the sustainability team at the Qantas Group, providing strategic leadership on carbon-offset project due diligence, compliance reporting and governance. Kim has experience providing services relating to sustainability assurance, sustainability strategy, climate change advisory and environmental market procurement in multidisciplinary businesses and ASX50 contexts. Kim has a Masters of Conservation Biology and Bachelor of Business Administration from Macquarie University.

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Marisa Martin

Managing Director, Head of Pollination Law

Marisa has deep experience advising global clients on climate change law and policy, and has been internationally recognised for her work. As a former attorney with Baker McKenzie’sClimate Change Practice, Marisa specialised in advice on carbon transactions, domestic and international climate law and policy, with a focus on the implementation of the Paris Agreement and nature-based climate solutions (e.g., REDD+). Marisa has also provided expert legal analysis on corporate sustainability and renewable energy, water infrastructure and biofuel projects. She was appointed Co-Chair of the American Bar Association’s Climate Change, Climate Change, Sustainable Development and Ecosystem Committee. She has been recognised as an ‘Emerging Lawyer’ in Environmental Law by Leading Lawyers; and an ‘Associate to Watch’ in Climate Change by Chambers. She is licensed to practice law in California and Illinois.

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Wendy Mackay

Managing Director

Wendy is an experienced strategic advisor to corporate clients, with a particular focus throughout her career on providing solutions to financial institutions across a range of strategic, organisational and operational issues. She is passionate about accelerating the transition to a decarbonised and sustainable global economy. Prior to joining Pollination, Wendy was a Managing Director and Partner at Boston Consulting Group, where she led their Climate, Sustainability and Social Impact work in Australia and NZ, and was a member of the Asia-Pacific leadership team. She has a deep understanding of the client perspective, having held a number of senior strategy, M&A, and capital transaction roles during her long tenure at Stockland, one of Australia’s largest diversified property companies. She has also previously worked with leading international specialist consultancies, ERM and Ramboll, where she advised corporate and government clients on environmental and sustainability issues. Wendy holds a Master of Business Administration from the Australian Graduate School of Management, Master of Science from Lund University in Sweden, and Bachelor of Planning (University Medal) from the University of New South Wales in Australia.

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Mellisa Ma

Associate Director

Mellisa is a strategy specialist with experience in advising Australia’s largest companies in firm-wide strategic transformations and operating model redesigns. Prior to joining Pollination, Mellisa was a Senior Associate at Strategy&, where she with senior stakeholders across a diverse range of sectors to identify organisations’ capability gaps and strategic ways forward. Mellisa is also a social entrepreneur, co-founder of financial literacy organisation, MoneyGirl. Through MoneyGirl, Mellisa continues to bring together public sector agencies, not-for-profits and corporates to contribute to Australia’s solution to financial education for young women.

 

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Sam Lopez

Project Coordinator

Sam is an Executive Assistant & Project Coordinator in Pollination’s Chicago office. Before coordinating Pollination’s North American operations Sam managed operations and IT for Washington-DC based international development organizations, and supported senior IT executives at TransUnion in Chicago. After graduating from George Washington University with a degree in international economics Sam honed skills in event planning, advertising design, and IT management as the sole administrative employee of the most popular venue for live comedy in the American Mid-Atlantic region.

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Johannes Lohmann

Executive Director

Johannes brings a combination of global advisory and investment experience on climate, social impact, and innovation across the public, social, and private sectors. Prior to Pollination, Johannes worked as Head of Work and Financial Behaviour at the Behavioural Insights Team, advising public and private sector partners on topics such as green jobs and sustainable pensions. Previously, Johannes was the CFO of Instiglio, which creates innovative financing mechanisms for social impact. He also worked on energy and agribusiness investments for the World Bank’s investment arm, and on industrial corporate finance for Deutsche Bank in New York. Johannes has also advised climate-tech and nature start-ups such as Future Cleantech Architects and Earthacre. Johannes holds a Master in Public Administration in International Development from the Harvard Kennedy School, where he was a Fellow at the Center for Public Leadership.

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Christina Lincir

Executive Assistant

Christina joins the Washington DC office as an Executive Assistant. Prior to joining Pollination, Christina has worked as an Executive Assistant to the President & CEO of the Trust for the National Mall, as well as supporting other Executive leaders at the organization for nearly three years. Before commencing her career in an Executive Assistant field, Christina spent five years as an HR Coordinator and Recruiter for several companies in Los Angeles where she gained experience in contract negotiations, client and candidate relations, CRM software for people management, payroll and benefits, and employment laws and policies. While earning her degree in History, with a minor in Art History, from the University of California, Los Angeles, she interned at several museums in Los Angeles including the Getty, and she was selected for an internship at the National Archives in Washington DC.

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Alicia Liono

Associate

Alicia Liono is a sustainability professional with a MSc in Sustainability Management from Columbia University and a BSc in Biology from Imperial College London. She started her career working in the sustainable finance teams of NGOs before transitioning to sustainability consulting in early 2021. Her work exposure spans multiple geographies, including the UK, Asia, and the US, and she has been in the authoring teams of two publications.

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Sophie Leitch

Associate

Prior to joining Pollination, Sophie was a lawyer at Allens, working in the funds, superannuation and banking sectors. Sophie has experience working on a range of transactional matters, including advising on fund formation and M&A in the insurance and superannuation sectors. Sophie also has experience advising on complex regulatory and compliance matters, such as greenwashing reviews, for a range of financial services providers, including banks, superannuation funds, insurers and reinsurers and fund managers. Prior to working in funds, Sophie worked in competition law, assisting in preparing submissions on policy and legislative reforms in response to various regulatory inquiries, including the ACCC’s inquiry into digital advertising services and the draft News Media Bargaining Code. With a background in financial services and law and policy reform, Sophie has a keen interest in how we can reframe our current financial system and regulatory controls to proactively address the climate crisis and, in particular, to recognise and respond to nature risk.

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Nikkita Lee

Project Officer

Nikki is a proud member of the Yawuru and Karrajarri people of the West-Kimberley region in Western Australia. Nikki joins the Perth office as Project Coordinator working with Rob Grant, Managing Director – Head of Projects and Erica Lampropoulos, Director – Projects. Prior to joining Pollination, Nikki worked at Fortescue Future Industries and Fortescue Metals Group for over 9 years including working as the Executive Assistant to the Global CEO and as part of the Decarbonisation team. Nikki has had the opportunity to travel across multiple countries as part of Fortescue’s Green Energy Strategy.

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Tasha Lea

Associate

Tasha brings experience providing legal and strategic advice to governments and corporates on carbon markets, climate law and policy, and electricity industry regulation. She was formerly a lawyer at a top-tier New Zealand law firm advising clients across the transactional and advisory space on carbon sequestration projects, the New Zealand Emissions Trading Scheme, sustainable development and various regulatory projects in the electricity and renewable energy sectors. Tasha also holds a LLM in environmental law from the University of New South Wales, where she took particular interest in ecological economics and using policy mechanisms to direct additional investment toward natural capital assets. She is also a Board member of an NGO providing small scale microfinance to communities in Myanmar.

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Heng Dean Law

Managing Director

Heng Dean started his career with the Singapore Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA). He spent 9 years with MFA and was a First Secretary at the Singapore Embassy in Jakarta from 2005-2009. Heng Dean was with investment firm Temasek from 2011 till 2022 where he managed strategic relationships in South East Asia and supported Temasek’s investments in the region. Heng Dean also worked on sustainability and climate issues, including the setting up of GenZero, a S$5 billion investment platform wholly-owned by Temasek that focuses on carbon markets and decarbonization, where Heng Dean worked on strategy and organizational matters. From 2022 to 2023, Heng Dean was a Senior Advisor on Carbon Markets and Sustainability with an Indonesian listed palm oil company PT Triputra Agro Persada.  Heng Dean has a B.Sc. in Accounting and Finance from the London School of Economics and an MBA from INSEAD.

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Steven Lang

Managing Director

Steven is an experienced systems change leader with an extensive track record advising global corporates, particularly in the food and consumer goods sectors, and enabling multi-stakeholder coalitions.  Prior to joining Pollination, Steven was a Partner with Systemiq where he led some of the firm’s most significant work in the Food and Agriculture system, and in the area of regenerative business models, including the design and mobilisation of a significant multi-stakeholder action platform to scale regenerative food systems.  He has also served as an advisor to various international organisations and philanthropic foundations on financing regenerative food systems, and was a Partner with EY where he qualified as a Chartered Accountant, and developed extensive experience in the areas of strategy, corporate finance, supply chain transformation, and sustainability.  Steven led much of the firm’s work in the area of Natural and Social Capital measurement and valuation, being one of the leading contributors to the Natural Capital Protocol and serving as a member of ICAEW’s Global Sustainability Committee.

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Erica Lampropoulos

Executive Director

Erica has worked in leadership roles across renewable energy and decarbonisation projects and strategy. Erica joins Pollination from Fortescue Future Industries, where she led the development of green hydrogen projects in her role as Regional Manager Hydrogen. Her career also includes roles at Electricity Generation and Retail Corporation trading as Synergy, Herbert Smith Freehills and Knowledge Society. Erica is currently a board member of Palmerston Association and Primary Focus.

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Rebecca Lake

Associate Director

Rebecca has over a decade of experience advising governments and corporate clients on sustainability and communication strategy. Prior to joining Pollination, Rebecca consulted for the United Nations on a portfolio of agriculture, land-use, clean energy and industrial development projects throughout Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe and Latin America. Rebecca started her career in Indonesia, where she managed stakeholder engagement for the National Action Plan for Sustainable Palm Oil, the first industry wide commitment of its kind. Inspired by her upbringing in rural Australia, and experience working at the coalface of the global environmental crisis, Rebecca is passionate about enabling an inclusive and just climate transition. She holds a Master of Business Administration, with a specialisation in finance, from UNSW’s Australian Graduate School of Management where she is recognised as a Women in Leadership Scholar. 

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Holly Kramer

Senior Advisor

Holly is a prominent Australia and New Zealand board director, with a broad range of roles on listed, unlisted and not for profit organisations.  She also speaks publicly about her many passions including sustainability, gender equity and leading businesses through purpose and culture and is currently focused on driving sustainability in the Food and Agriculture sectors.  In her current portfolio, Holly sits on the board of Australia’s leading food retailer, Woolworths Group, and is chair of the board’s Sustainability Committee.  She is a director on the board of Fonterra Group, New Zealand’s largest business and a listed dairy cooperative with sector leading sustainability credentials.  Holly is also a director of NBryo, an unlisted agri-tech start up business, a Pro Chancellor of Western Sydney University and sits on the board of indigenous scholarship group, the GO (Goodes-O’Loughlin) Foundation. Holly is also a member of Bain & Company Advisory Council. In her executive career, Holly was the CEO of apparel retailer Best & Less.  Prior to that role, she had more than 20 years’ experience in general management and marketing at Pacific Brands, Telstra and Ford Motor Company (in Australia and the US.)  Holly is also the recipient of the Sir Charles McGrath Award for a distinguished career in Marketing.

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Jayden Kennedy

Associate

Jayden is a multifaceted professional with expertise in finance, engineering, and corporate strategy. Prior to joining Pollination, Jayden was a product strategy analyst at Ford Motor company, where he developed models that fed the electrification strategy of Ranger and Everest vehicles. Additionally, he has experience in equity research with a global small-mid cap fund manager and in mining equipment maintenance engineering with Rio Tinto. Jayden graduated from the University of Western Australia with a Master of Professional Engineering majoring in mechanical engineering, and a Bachelor of Science majoring in mechanical engineering and French language.

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Olivia Kelly

Director

With a background in law, Olivia brings deep analytical capability – helping identify and navigate climate risk and opportunity and build business and supply chain resilience. Prior to Pollination, Olivia was a lawyer at Herbert Smith Freehills, advising public and private companies on contentious aspects of major corporate and financial transactions, corporate governance, regulatory compliance and risk management. Olivia advised clients in high profile contested litigation matters, including financial services regulatory matters, shareholder class actions, competition and anti-bribery and corruption proceedings. She has consulted on business and human rights issues including private sector accountability for environmental and human rights impacts in the Asia-Pacific, and identification and remedy of supply chain risks. She brings experience in policy and law reform from her experience in community legal and pro bono matters and is a current member of the Australian Lawyers for Human Rights – Business & Human Rights Sub-Committee.

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Jonathan Kelly

Managing Director

Jonathan has more than 22 years’ fund management and direct investment experience, working with high growth businesses, founders and management teams to maximise long-term value creation. His experience spans growth private equity, venture capital and technology operations. In 2017, Jonathan co-founded Odyssey Private Equity, an Australian-based mid-market firm, raising A$275m from institutional investors. Prior to Odyssey, Jonathan was an executive with CHAMP Ventures, where he successfully invested across five funds totalling more an A$1 billion in committed capital. He has also served as a director of the Australian Investment Council, the peak body for private capital in Australia.​ Jonathan has worked in operational roles as an electrical engineer during his early career, including four years with Cochlear Limited where he led the development of clinical software and manufacturing test systems.

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Beth Keddie

Executive Director

Beth is an experienced strategist and innovation leader having developed and implemented transformational strategies across multiple sectors in response to disruptive change. She formerly led strategy, product and commercial venturing at Jemena and Energy Queensland’s subsidiary Yurika in response to sectoral transformation driven by renewables and digitalisation. This included the creation of new businesses, development of award-winning products and customer engagement initiatives that were progressed from pilot trials to core business. She also has entrepreneurial experience working directly in and with start ups and early-stage ventures and has successfully established partnerships to accelerate corporate innovation and product development.

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Ami Kadota

Executive Assistant (Foundation)

Ami is an Office Assistant in the Sydney office. With several years of experience in customer service and office management, she has honed her skills in providing exceptional support and ensuring client satisfaction. Prior to joining Pollination, Ami served as the Student Services and Experience Manager at Navitas English for both Perth and Sydney campuses. She has experience reviewing systems and procedures to ensure compliance with the National standards for ELICOS providers.

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Catalina Jugravescu

Director

Catalina has broad experience as an investment strategist supporting institutional clients achieve their financial and sustainability goals. Prior to joining Pollination, she was a Strategist within the Private Markets team at the Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS) where she established the climate risk framework for private equity, private credit, real estate and infrastructure, designed new fund structures for transition-focused investments and contributed to the overall USS Net Zero trajectory. Catalina also worked at BlackRock providing Outsourced Chief Investment Officer (CIO) services for pension funds and insurance clients across Europe. At Pollination, Catalina is focused on supporting financial institutions transition their investments to net-zero, nature positive outcomes and identify innovative financing mechanisms to mobilize capital towards transition across corporates, financial institutions and philanthropic capital. Catalina holds a degree in Economics from University College London (UCL) and an MSc in Economics and Policy of Energy and the Environment at UCL and is a CFA® charterholder.

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Tatum Joseph

Associate Director

Tatum is an experienced lawyer advising on climate and sustainability related risk using a corporate law lens. Prior to joining Pollination, Tatum worked in MinterEllison’s Climate and Sustainability Risk Governance team. While at MinterEllison, she was seconded to the Business and Human Rights team at the Human Rights Law Centre. Tatum has assisted clients to address critical climate, sustainability and human rights related risks (and opportunities) across their operations and value chains, including in financial services, the retail sector and the mining and energy sectors. Tatum is experienced in conducting misleading disclosure reviews and responding to the associated litigation risks – assisting clients to navigate corporate ‘greenwashing’ and ‘blue-washing’ risk.

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Rob Jesudason

Deputy Chair

Rob is the Chief Executive Officer and Founding Partner of Serendipity Capital, which he established in 2020. Serendipity is a permanent capital vehicle that invests in B2B technologies aligned with transformational trends in financial services, including quantum computing, artificial intelligence and sustainability.

The firm’s portfolio includes investments Quantinuum, QuantrolOx, Deep Labs, EFM, Encompass, Mirato and Pollination. Serendipity is majority-owned by its principals, all of whom have deep experience in the financial services and technology sectors. At the end of the first quarter of 2023, its assets were valued at c.US$420 million and it had recorded an IRR on capital invested of 32.3% since inception.

Before founding Serendipity, Rob spent over 27 years operating and investing in the financial services and technology industries. He was a senior investment banker covering financial institutions before joining Commonwealth Bank of Australia and becoming its Chief Financial Officer and a member of its Executive Committee. He has previously worked for Credit Suisse, JPM, Barclays and McKinsey & co.

Rob holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Aston University, from which he also received an honorary doctorate in 2022.

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Dr. Jane (Carter) Ingram

Managing Director

Carter has over 15 years of experience at the forefront of integrating nature into sustainable development across Africa, Asia, Latin America and the United States. Prior to joining Pollination, Carter was a Senior Manager in EY’s Climate Change and Sustainability Services practice where she advised food/agriculture, real estate, infrastructure and tourism businesses in designing and implementing ESG goals and strategies, programs and impact measurement, with a focus on natural capital. Carter’s previous experiences include launching and leading the Ecosystem Services program and the Science for Nature and People Partnership (SNAPP) for the Wildlife Conservation Society, where she worked with governments, multi-lateral institutions, NGOs and businesses to conduct scientific analyses, develop new collaborations and implement initiatives to advance conservation and sustainable development globally. Carter completed a Post-doctoral fellowship at the Earth Institute of Columbia University and has a M.Sc. and D.Phil. from the School of Geography and the Environment of Oxford University. She has co-edited two books and written over 60 articles, reports and publications on biodiversity and ecosystem services, climate change, poverty reduction and economic development. Carter is currently an Adjunct Associated Professor in the School for Foreign Service at Georgetown University and serves on the SNAPP Science Advisory Council, the Technical Advisory Council for the UNDP Equator Initiative, the International Working Group for the Taskforce on Nature-related Financial Disclosures and has been co-leading a USG working group on Natural Capital Accounting in the United States.

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Jane Hutchinson

Co-CEO, Pollination Foundation

Jane is a leader in nature conservation with over 20 years experience as an Executive and Non-Executive Director of multiple and varied conservation organisations including Accounting for Nature, The Nature Conservancy Australia Program, Australian Land Conservation Alliance, Midlands Conservation Fund and Tasmanian Land Conservancy. Jane is a fellow of the Barbara Thomas Fellowship, the Harvard Club of Australia and is a former Tasmanian Australian of the Year for her contribution to nature conservation.

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Kristen Hunt

Marketing and Communications Director

With a focus on impact-driven marketing, Kristen brings extensive expertise in brand positioning, digital engagement, and strategic planning. Prior to Pollination, she spearheaded national sustainability brand initiatives at The Coca-Cola Company aimed at reducing reliance on single-use plastics, streamlining the supply chain to improve the carbon footprint, and aligning brand programs with corporate-wide environmental objectives. She has also gained marketing experience in the financial services sector and has served as a Senior Marketing Manager at Amazon, developing global DE&I brand campaigns designed to increase the level of diverse representation within Amazon’s corporate workforce. Kristen holds a Bachelor’s degree in Marketing from the University of Maryland and an MBA from Yale University.

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Prof. Lesley Hughes

Chief Climate Officer

Professor Lesley Hughes is a Distinguished Professor of Biology and Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research Integrity & Development) at Macquarie University. Her research has mainly focused on the impacts of climate change on species and ecosystems. She is a former federal Climate Commissioner and former Lead Author in the IPCC’s 4th and 5th Assessment Report. She is a founding Councillor with the Climate Council of Australia, a Director for WWF Australia, and a member of the Wentworth Group of Concerned Scientists.

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Samim Hoshmand

Associate

With a background of nature conservation and climate change, Samim has over 12 years of experience in various capacities with the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP), United Nations Industrial Development Programme (UNIDO), International Federation of Red Cross Society (IFRC) and Heinrich Böll Stiftung (hbs). He was also the National Ozone Officer implementing Montreal Protocol and Vienna Convention for over 5 years. In May 2019 he has appointed a senior role as Director of Climate Change for Afghanistan, supervising over 40 staff and experts. In this role, he helped with securing over $22 million from the Green Climate Fund for Afghanistan. He also instructed climate change and environment laws at Kabul Education University. Samim was the founder and chairman of the Board for Environment Watch Afghanistan Society (EWA). He published several papers on nature conservation and climate change and authored a book in Farsi called “Towards Green Future” which he dedicated to Afghanistan’s natural beauty. Samim represented Afghanistan at various COPs and global meetings and actively negotiated and participated in media advocacy campaigns encouraging green development.

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Deia Housen

Associate Director

Deia has deep experience in advising global financial institutions, corporates and governments on natural capital investments, sustainable and blended finance structures, and transition corporate finance solutions. She is currently a member of the Pollination investment team, supporting the scaling of private capital investments into nature. She joined Pollination in February 2022 as a member of the London Advisory team, where she advised corporates and governments on sustainable and blended finance products and funding structures. She supported Tony O’Sullivan, Founder & Chair of Pollination, in his role as Chair of the Natural Capital Investment Alliance (NCIA), part of the Sustainable Markets Initiative (SMI), bringing together leading asset managers to demonstrate the opportunity for private capital investments into natural capital. Deia was seconded to Climate Asset Management, member of SMI NCIA, to support with the fundraising and marketing of the Natural Capital Strategy. ​Prior to joining Pollination, Deia worked at BlackRock for over two years in the strategy and solutions teams, where she led the strategic engagement with senior executives of the largest wealth and institutional clients in the Netherlands, Nordics and FraBeLux region. She managed the engagement with these clients to co-develop BlackRock’s sustainability offering across different business areas, including Alladin, financial market advisory, and active, passive and real asset funds.  She earned a dual Master of Science degree at Bocconi University (CEMS) in International Management. She speaks Dutch, English, Italian and French. ​Deia leads the volunteering activities with the London office, while undertaking various personal volunteering activities.

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Prof. Michael Hiscox

Senior Advisor

Professor Michael J. Hiscox is the Clarence Dillon Professor of International Affairs in the Department of Government, Harvard University. At Harvard he is the Founding Director of the Sustainability, Transparency, Accountability Research (STAR) Lab and a faculty member of the Behavioral Insights Group at Harvard’s Center for Public Leadership. He is also a faculty associate at the Institute for Quantitative Social Science, the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, and the Harvard University Center for the Environment.

While on leave from Harvard between 2015 and 2017, Professor Hiscox was the founding Director of the Behavioural Economics Team (BETA) in the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, Australian Government. He continues to serve as an adviser to BETA.

Professor Hiscox received his Bachelor of Economics (First Class) from the University of Sydney and his PhD from Harvard University. His research has examined international trade and immigration policy, economic development, global supply chains, corporate responsibility and sustainability initiatives, and policies addressing economic, social, and public health issues in several countries. He has written two books and numerous articles for leading scholarly journals. Working with governments, non-profit organizations, and corporations, he has designed and implemented randomized trials to evaluate a wide range of government policies, company initiatives, and programs administered by non-profit organizations in the United States, Australia, Singapore, Indonesia, Ghana, and Cote d’Ivoire.

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Kate Hilder

Associate Director

Kate is skilled in content development, knowledge management and corporate governance.  Her commitment to leveraging knowledge as a strategic asset empowers teams, builds capability and supports business success. With seven years as a Corporate Governance and Knowledge Management Consultant for MinterEllison, together with her previous experience in legal education, legal publishing and product development, Kate brings a wealth of expertise to her role at Pollination.

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Matthew Herington

Carbon Project Developer

Matt is a technical specialist in carbon and biodiversity markets, energy transitions and international development. His professional career of over 15 years has been shaped by formal training and experience at the nexus of science, policy and practice, enabling a focus on delivering high impact, high integrity climate solutions both in Australia and across emerging economies. Prior to joining Pollination, Matt was Principal Consultant for Ndevr Environmental and the technical lead for its nature-based solutions work stream – delivering corporate advisory solutions including land-based carbon offset project due diligence, origination, audit and assurance. His career also includes advisory roles with Queensland and Western Australian energy policy divisions, science-based roles with UQ’s Centre for Policy Futures and CSIRO, and has completed several international assignments across the Asia-Pacific region, including projects in Papua New Guinea, India and Nepal. Matt is an accredited expert and auditor under the Accounting for Nature Framework.

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Dave Haynes

Managing Director

Dave brings over 20 years of helping start-up and growth stage companies achieve their objectives. His extensive skillset lies in executive leadership, vision adaptation and operations in such areas as impact venture capital, climate finance, and the benefit corporation movement. Prior to joining Pollination, Dave established rePlant to create economically enticing models to enact systemic change as well as provide vision, fundraising, investor relations, and thought leadership in the burgeoning field of regenerative agriculture.

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Eddie Haubrich

Director

Prior to joining Pollination, Eddie worked at the Climate Investment Funds (CIF) as an Advisor to the CEO, working across the CIF to facilitate information flow, policies and procedures, and special projects. Before joining CIF, Eddie lived and worked in Mexico City for more than 3 years, first in a strategy role at HSBC, and later working for several social impact startups. Eddie began his career in the U.S. government, spending more than 5 years in the Obama Administration in various roles at the White House, the National Security Council and the U.S. Agency for International Development. He holds degrees from University College London and the University of Minnesota and is a Term Member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

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Anna Hancock

Executive Director

Anna is a climate transition, ESG and energy system professional with over 20 years of power and resources sector experience. Most recently, Anna established and led the Sustainability and Climate Change function at EnergyAustralia. She also serves on the Board of the Carbon Market Institute.​ Anna has broad-based energy experience, having previously headed corporate finance, procurement, and retail operations, and readily integrates climate insights and trends into strategy, policy, risk, and capital allocation agendas. Prior to joining EnergyAustralia, Anna held senior roles in mining, including establishing BHP’s first office in China to supply equipment to sites across the globe.​ Anna has an MBA from INSEAD, France, (Honours List), and bachelor’s degrees from the University of Melbourne/Universiteit van Amsterdam.

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Alex Hanafi

Executive Director

Alex is an international climate lawyer with more than 20 years of professional experience across the private sector, non-profits, academia, and government. Prior to joining Pollination, Alex was Senior Director and Lead Counsel in the Global Climate program at Environmental Defense Fund (EDF), where he guided work designed to improve carbon credit quality in the voluntary carbon market and accelerate international carbon market cooperation under the Paris Agreement.  Alex previously directed advisory and consulting services for an international negotiation consulting firm based in Boston, Massachusetts and counselled clients in negotiating environmental disputes when he was in private practice in law firms in San Francisco and Washington, D.C.  His international experience also includes work in southeast Asia assisting countries with sustainable development law reform and strategies for economic development. He is a Senior Fellow of the Environmental Leadership Program (ELP) and a member of the California Bar.

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Tara Grewal

Compliance Manager

Tara has extensive experience in regulatory compliance for the alternative asset management industry. Prior to joining Pollination, Tara worked as a Senior Manager at Deloitte, with a focus on regulatory assurance for investment managers and private equity firms. In her early career, Tara spent time as a paralegal before joining the regulatory hosting firm Mirabella in the compliance team where she worked with a wide variety of hedge funds, private equity firms and investment advisers, before joining Blackstone in the firm’s EMEA legal and compliance team. Tara has an undergraduate degree in Politics, Philosophy and Economics from Durham University and completed the Graduate Diploma in Law and the Legal Practice Course at the University of Law. More recently, Tara has obtained a postgraduate diploma in Financial Services Law, Regulation and Compliance. 

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Rob Grant

Managing Director, Head of Projects

For 25 years, Rob has been personally and professionally passionate about advocating for and delivering climate change abatement and clean energy policy, regulation, projects investments, businesses and industries. His professional career includes roles as Director Energy at Fortescue Metals Group responsible for the company’s energy and green hydrogen businesses, Chair of the Clean Energy Investor Group, Senior Vice President Clean Power and Vice President Capital for SNC-Lavalin in Asia Pacific and for 18 years until July 2014 helped position Pacific Hydro as Australia’s most successful and dynamic international clean energy utility. Rob holds a Bachelor of Civil Engineering and has completed an MBA and Master of Applied Finance at Melbourne and Macquarie Universities.

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Ariadne Gorring

Co-CEO, POLLINATION FOUNDATION

Ariadne is passionate about Indigenous-led cultural conservation, working with the Kimberley Land Council (KLC) for over 20 years on native title and cultural and natural resource management. Ariadne worked with 14 Native Title groups to register the West Kimberley on the National Heritage List. She led the registration of the North Kimberley Savanna Carbon Projects – the first in Australia to be registered on native title lands. She has engaged with national and international networks to promote best practice models of Indigenous led conservation. She was a Committee Member, World Indigenous Network Conference in Darwin; and Presenter at World Parks Congress, Sydney, and United Nations Climate Change Conference, Paris. She’s an Atlantic Fellow for Social Equity Melbourne University; and recipient of The Nature Conservancy’s Barbara Thomas Fellowship in Conservation Financing.

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Susie Gleeson-Byrne

Managing Director, Chief People Officer

Susie is a People and Culture leader who is passionate about delivering great people practices and developing innovative, team-oriented cultures that foster individual success and career growth. She has a strong track record of partnering with business leaders and bringing clear strategic vision to help drive success.

Susie has a global outlook and her broad experience spans three continents and several different industries, from technology and music to investment banking. She is passionate about equality of access to opportunities and contributing to a just and sustainable society.

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Erin Gianferrara

Director

Erin is an Environmental Economist with over ten years’ experience. Her work focuses on natural capital valuation, nature risk analysis, and biodiversity impact assessments to inform investment decisions. Erin’s recent projects include supporting the Kenyan Government to develop an environmental markets-based funding mechanism to support biodiversity, forest conservation and sustainable livelihoods, and supporting a leading global asset manager to integrate nature impacts and dependencies into investment screening criteria with an aim to increase the biodiversity value of their forest portfolio. Erin’s current projects include developing corporate biodiversity strategies as well as supporting private equity firms to develop climate and nature investment strategies including tech-based and nature-based carbon credit generation and procurement.

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Nihal George

Executive Director

Nihal brings 18 years of global experience at the intersection of financial services, technology and sustainability. He has led strategy, commercial, product and operations teams in venture backed startups and as an advisor to corporates and investors in Australia, South East Asia and India. Previously, Nihal ran corporate development and business operations at Brighte, a renewable energy fintech where he led board strategy, launched new market propositions and setup a partnerships team. Prior to that, Nihal helped setup and grow the digital acceleration and ventures platform at Oliver Wyman, where he served financial institutions, corporates, investors and development agencies across APAC. Beyond climate transition, Nihal is passionate about championing diversity. Having lived across three continents, including a decade in Singapore, he brings a multi cultural and entrepreneurial approach to teams. Nihal is an advisor to early stage startups solving financial inclusion and climate challenges and was previously an impact fellow with Acumen fund’s Singapore volunteer chapter. Nihal holds an MBA from INSEAD in addition to a Masters in Physics and Bachelors in Mechanical Engineering.

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Natalia Gaviria

Assistant Accountant

Natalia is an Assistant Accountant based in the Sydney office. Prior to joining Pollination, Natalia was the Finance Manager of a group of 15 businesses around Sydney across industries including retail, recruitment and farming. Natalia is experienced in accounts management, accounts payable and receivable, budgeting and forecasting as well as payroll and taxation. Earlier in her career, Natalia has also performed roles in marketing, tax accountancy and business consultancy.

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Elaine Garrod

Creative Services

Elaine has worked for over 20 years as a graphic designer of pitches, proposals and PowerPoint presentations for major corporations in London. She has worked for Williams Lea at two investment banks before moving to direct employment on the ‘Create’ team at KPMG. She has also been self-employed as a designer and document specialist and worked for Intelligent Office at an international law firm. Elaine is a passionate environmental campaigner and, since 2013 has been an active member of Friends of the Earth in her hometown of Croydon.

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Jennifer Gan

Designer

Jenny is a multidisciplinary designer with a background in business development and marketing. Her main goal is to communicate powerful ideas with visual impact and clarity. Prior to joining Pollination, Jenny worked at HZ, an award-winning creative agency, where she managed the business development graphic design process and implementation. She was also across designing eye-catching strategic presentations and proposals, helping bring in clients of all industries – including real estate, technology, hospitality, healthcare, automotive, and more. Jenny holds Bachelor’s degrees in both Graphic Design and Marketing from the University of Maryland.

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Kirsty Galloway-McLean

Executive Director, Pollination Foundation

Kirsty is a leader in global environmental governance and knowledge management, including 15 years with the UN working on sustainable development and information sharing. She is passionate about making policies practical, information accessible, and the power of people-led nature conservation. Kirsty previously led the climate change and communications department of the Traditional Knowledge Initiative at Japan’s United Nations University, and she set up the first globally distributed information exchange system under international law for the Convention on Biological Diversity in Montreal. She ran the cross-disciplinary research Centre for the Mind at the Australian National University, was an advisor on risk assessment and intellectual property for the Australian government, and established BioChimera, a Melbourne-based consulting firm that specialises in assisting international environmental agencies and philanthropic foundations working with Indigenous peoples. Kirsty has authored four books on climate change and Indigenous peoples, edited several scientific and technical journals, and written numerous articles on climate change adaptation, mitigation, REDD+, safeguards, access and benefit-sharing, Indigenous livelihoods, and traditional knowledge.

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Philip Furlong

Design Team Manager

Phil is an experienced design and brand specialist and joins the team as a Design Manager, based in Sydney. He has spent the last ten years leading design, brand & content teams within a leading financial services B Corp & WME certified brand house across education, health & emergency services. As the Design Manager, he was instrumental in building the organisation’s design capabilities across brand, social, lifecycle, acquisition & operational areas supporting business asset growth from $1 billion to $9 billion. He played key roles in the development of 5 new brand propositions & launches, including a new digital bank, as well as creation of the corporate master brand. As part of the Marketing leadership team, he worked closely with Digital Services, Corporate Affairs, CSR, Sponsorship & Sales to deliver to the organisation’s strategic plan. He also has significant experience in financial services risk & compliance requirements. Across his career, he has held senior design & creative management positions with multiple advertising agencies, including DDB & STW group as design & studio lead for Audi, Foxtel, Vodafone, NRMA and Fidelity International.

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Steven Frost

USG Grant Coordinator

Steven is a program management professional who will be supporting Pollination’s U.S. Government grant implementation portfolio. Prior to joining Pollination, Steven worked at IREX implementing U.S. State Department and USAID grant programs in Ukraine and Moldova. Steven’s work helped boost the resilience of Ukraine’s people, government, and civil society during Russia’s invasion and supported local governments in Moldova to become more transparent, effective, and responsive to their citizens. Steven has a B.S. in International Politics from Georgetown University, and also has prior experience with marketing, communications, and government relations.

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Patricia Frederighi

Executive Director

Patricia has deep legal experience in climate change law and policy, advising governments and companies on forestry and renewable energy projects, as well as on the development of frameworks related to environmental services and REDD+. She was an Associate in Baker McKenzie’s Global Climate Change Group – conducting assessments to identify environmental risks and opportunities in business transactions, assisting clients with the international and Brazilian local aspects of climate change policy, as well as providing strategic advice on Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) and REDD+ projects. Patricia is a former member of the Safeguard Chamber created by the Brazilian Environmental Ministry to develop a REDD+ National System. She has an extensive academic background on forestry carbon, including a Msc. in Environmental Management and Economics at the University of Gothenburg, participation in a Visiting Scholar & Research Fellow Program at Columbia University Law School, and a Graduate Certificate Course at Michigan State University. In 2018, Patricia conducted a volunteer work at Kasigau REDD+ Project, in Kenya, with Earthwatch Institute and Wildlife Works.

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Isabelle Franklin

Associate

Prior to joining Pollination, Isabelle worked as a policy adviser at the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet for four years, advising the Prime Minister across a variety of policy areas including climate policy, innovation and science policy and infrastructure policy. Isabelle is the Vice-Chair and Board Director of the Australian Youth Affairs Coalition, the Chair of the Young Women’s Council of Australia, a Global Shaper with the World Economic Forum and on the Institute of Public Administration Australia’s Future Leaders Committee. Isabelle is also a coordinator with Foundations for Tomorrow, and works with CARE Australia to analyse the impacts of climate change on gender and with Jasiri Australia to encourage young women to engage with the policy development process. Isabelle holds a Bachelor of Science (Neuroscience) and a Bachelor of Laws (Hons) from the Australian National University and has been admitted to practice as a lawyer to the New South Wales Supreme Court. Isabelle is currently completing a Master of Public Policy, specialising in climate policy, at the Crawford School.

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Megan Flynn

Managing Director, Global Head of Advisory

Megan has been at the forefront of corporate sustainability strategy, climate law, carbon markets, and sustainability consumer trends for over 15 years. She formerly led sustainability at the Qantas Group, growing its commercial carbon offset program to be the largest of any airline in the world and negotiating on behalf of the aviation industry under its United Nations governing body. Prior to this she was an Associate in the Global Environmental Markets team at Baker McKenzie. She is a Non-executive Director of Carbon Markets Institute and Melbourne University’s Sustainable Society Institute. She is a Research Partner of Harvard University’s Sustainability Transparency Accountability Research (STAR) Lab and a graduate of the Harvard Social Leadership Program.

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Luke Fletcher

Director

With a background in both the energy industry and climate-change research, Luke has extensive experience advising companies and large institutional investors on ESG integration and climate-related risks and opportunities. Having worked as a senior ESG analyst in the investor research team at CDP, Luke developed methodology frameworks under TCFD and was lead author on a number of CDP’s award winning sector research reports. Prior to this, Luke worked in the oil & gas industry as a Petroleum Engineer at BP across assets in Angola and an offshore rotation in the North Sea. Luke holds an MSci from Cambridge in Natural Sciences, specialising in Materials Science & Metallurgy. He was named among the top 10 SRI analysts in Extel IRRI 2019.

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Shane Flatman

Managing Director, Chief Financial Officer

Shane has over 20 years of experience working in global financial institutions across roles including finance, risk, strategy, and technology.  Prior to joining Pollination, Shane was COO at OneVentures, where he oversaw all finance, administration, and compliance processes. Whilst there he developed and implemented their Responsible Investment Policy (ESG) across the investment portfolio, developed secondary transactions for fund assets and restructured the OneVentures corporate group.  Shane was previously the COO for BlackRock in Australia, overseeing the operational, product, risk and finance aspects of the Australian business.  He has also held roles at Westpac, Citadel Investment Group, and Lehman Brothers across Tokyo, New York, Chicago and Sydney.  Shane is a Chartered Accountant and holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of South Australia.  He has also completed executive education in disruptive strategy and sustainable business strategy with Harvard University.

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Veda FitzSimons

Associate Director

Veda has strong environmental markets expertise and advises a range of corporates and governments across climate and nature matters.  With a particular focus on nature risk and natural capital, Veda has advised a range of APAC government entities on early policy positioning regarding voluntary biodiversity credit markets. Veda contributed to the development of Pollination’s proprietary nature risk assessment methodology and has conducted pilot TNFD-aligned nature risk assessments for ASX-listed entities and nature strategy work. With strong carbon markets expertise, Veda provides legal and policy advice regarding the operationalisation of Article 6 of the Paris Agreement and has a particular focus on opportunities across blue carbon methodologies and mechanisms to support their economic viability. Prior to joining Pollination Veda was a lawyer at Ashurst, with experience in the Environment & Planning team.

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Ella Edwards

Associate

Ella’s expertise spans the agriculture and textile industries with experience in environmental policy, land management, conservation and restoration, global supply chains and corporate ESG. Ella has a Master’s of Environmental Science and Law and has worked across research, development and marketing within the agricultural sector in Australia and the global textile supply chain in China, India and Europe. Within the textile industry, Ella has provided policy and compliance advice under the European Green Deal Agenda and Circular Economy Action Plan and designed and implemented company-wide sustainability strategies. Prior to joining Pollination, Ella led the development of the feasibility study for a large soil carbon sequestration project in Zimbabwe.

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Andrew Dyson

Senior Advisor

Andrew was Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of PGIM Quant Solutions, a $120bn asset manager, from 2017 until 2022. Prior to joining PGIM Quant Solutions, Andrew was Executive Vice President at Affiliated Managers Group, Inc., responsible for managing their central global distribution platform, and a Named Executive Officer of this S&P 500 company. Before that, he was Head of BlackRock’s Global Institutional Client Business following the merger of BlackRock and Barclays Global Investors. Prior to moving to asset management roles, Andrew was Head of US Multinational Investment Consulting and Head of UK Pension Fund Investment Consulting for William M. Mercer, and a Worldwide Partner there.

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Lauren Drake

Executive Director

Lauren has global experience in environmental markets and has deep experience in climate law, policy and finance, with a particular focus on carbon markets and nature-based solutions. As an Executive Director at Pollination and previously, a climate change lawyer at Baker McKenzie’s Global Climate Change practice, Lauren provides expert advice to clients in strategy, risk and governance, as well as law and policy, thereby unlocking new value and helping companies and governments to build organisational resilience to the climate change challenge.

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Anna Draganova

Director

Anna has 12 years experience providing strategic advice to financial services institutions in the risk and compliance space. Prior to joining Pollination, Anna was a Director at EY’s Financial Services Risk Management practice where she led the delivery of large-scale climate and credit risk transformation projects for banking clients in the UK and EMEIA. Anna was also part of EY’s Sustainable Finance leadership team tasked with the design and roll-out of strategic advisory services to financial institutions in the ESG space. Prior to joining EY’s London based Credit Risk team, she worked in the M&A teams in Belgium and Bulgaria where she focused on corporate finance, business valuations and financial due diligence for financial institutions and corporate clients.

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Jasper Dix

Associate

Prior to joining Pollination, Jasper was developing financial models and debt-equity instruments that capitalise on blockchain technology to raise capital for a major shipping company. A scientist by training, with a particular interest in thermodynamics, fluid dynamics and cosmology, he also spent one year teaching Physics at The Perse School, a leading independent school in Cambridge. With a Bachelor’s degree in Physics from Oriel College, Oxford University, Jasper also completed the summer internship program at Pollination in 2021.

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Sarah Denman

Director

Sarah has extensive experience advising companies and governments on sustainability, climate and nature.

Sarah guides clients on nature-positive corporate strategy, including nature and biodiversity risks and opportunities, nature-positive supply chain engagement, alignment with the Taskforce on Nature-related Financial Disclosures and target-setting. Sarah also works with governments and non-government stakeholders to understand and develop climate change laws and policies, including engagement with voluntary carbon markets.

Prior to joining Pollination, Sarah advised governments and companies on environmental and climate change law and policy at environmental law NGO ClientEarth. She has sat on the Law Society of England and Wales Climate Change Working Group, which advises the legal profession on climate change. She was invited to provide evidence on sustainability to both to the Welsh Climate Change Committee and the EU Commission, and has spoken on the nexus of climate change and gender at COP26. She previously spent several years at Allen & Overy in London as a regulatory lawyer in the international capital markets department (including secondments to Hong Kong and Goldman Sachs).

Sarah holds a Law with French Law LLB from University College London and a Diploma in French law from the Université Panthéon-Assas (Paris II).

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Charlotte Davison

Executive Assistant

Charlotte is an Executive Assistant in Pollination’s London office, supporting two Managing Directors, Gavin Templeton, and Steven Lang. Previously working in the finance industry and FMCG, Charlotte has extensive experience supporting high-net-worth individuals, private equity, and start-up firms. Her strengths lay within operations and administrative support.

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Tara Davids

Director

Tara brings end-to-end strategy to execution experience, with a focus on scaling food and technology-led ventures. Prior to Pollination, she worked in operations and finance at rePlant Capital, a climate finance B Corp transforming the supply chains of food companies to regenerative agriculture and manager of a climate debt fund investing in projects to improve on-farm soil health, carbon storage, and biodiversity. Tara previously worked at technology platform start-ups in Silicon Valley, bringing together product innovation with operational detail and P&L management. A former strategy consultant with Monitor Deloitte / The Monitor Group, she has advised Fortune 500 companies on corporate strategy, sales and marketing strategy, and M&A. Tara holds a BA from Stanford University and MBA from Dartmouth College.

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James Daniel

Associate Director

James is an experienced advisor to private, public and non-profit clients on high-stakes investments, acquisitions and other transactions. He previously worked as a lawyer at Allens with a personal focus on the role of technology in addressing climate change. This included advising early stage climate tech companies on capital raisings, use of data and commercial contracting. During this time James also worked extensively in the health sector including on the negotiation of AstraZeneca’s supply of its COVID-19 vaccine to the Australian and New Zealand Governments. James was the Pro Bono Coordinator for the Allens Sydney office for two years and responsible for building and maintaining strategic partnerships with pro bono clients. James holds degrees in Laws and Arts (majoring in Psychology and Philosophy) from the University of Sydney. 

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Max Dalton

Associate Director

Max is a qualified lawyer with nine years’ professional experience across commercial law, banking and finance, policy and business and stakeholder management. Recently, Max headed up legal and business management at Sentient Impact Group working across operations, fund structuring and with CEO Oliver Yates on project finance and energy transition deals. Previously, Max was Commercial & Legal Director at Australia and NZ’s leading cashflow financier for screen productions where he led a team across transactions, business management, policy and investor and client relations. Max started out as a lawyer at Holding Redlich and has interned and volunteered locally and overseas at various community and civil society organisations such as the International Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia, the Australian Law Reform Commission, and the Marrickville Legal Centre. Max has an MBA from AGSM UNSW (Excellence) and a combined Bachelor of Laws (Honours) and International Studies (Distinction) from UNSW.

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Gemma Cranston

Executive Director

Gemma has deep experience working on nature with business, government, financiers, and researchers. She has a strong track record of leading the development and deployment of company engagements to identify strategic and commercially relevant approaches to protect and restore nature. She is accustomed to working in an international environment and collaborating cross-functionally with key senior stakeholders in a wide-range of business sectors including fashion, food and beverage, retail, and water sectors. Gemma joins Pollination from the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL) where she was Director, Business and Nature, spearheading their thought-leadership on what business leadership looks like in the face of the nature crisis.

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Matthew Cranford

Executive Director

Matthew is an Executive Director in our Washington D.C. office. Prior to joining Pollination, Matthew held various roles at the U.S. Department of the Treasury over the past 9 years, including, most recently, Senior Policy Advisor for Climate and Sustainable Finance, where he lead strategy for Treasury’s international engagement on sustainable finance and climate-related financial risks, including at the FSB, G20, G7, OECD, and Coalition of Finance Ministers for Climate Action. He holds a PhD in Environmental Policy & Development from LSE, a MSc in Environmental Technology, Environmental Economics & Policy Specialization from Imperial College London and a BSc in Biology with a minor in Chemistry from the University of Virginia​.

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Dr. Helen Crowley

Senior Advisor

Dr. Crowley has a 30+ year career underpinning her global expertise in biodiversity across public and private sectors designing and implementing nature based and natural climate solutions, nature/biodiversity business strategy, investment and financing opportunities for impact. Her professional work spanned over a decade on conservation strategy and field programs with Wildlife Conservation Society in Africa and Madagascar, a decade building corporate sustainability leadership with the luxury group, Kering, and most recently leading the nature focus across all sectors as Managing Director at the advisory and investment firm, Pollination. She now focuses as a global advisor to companies and investors guiding the development and implementation of their strategies and initiatives to align with the transition to Nature Positive and Net Zero and to contribute to building an economy thriving within the safe operating space for humanity. Dr. Crowley also dedicates time to teaching, writing and presenting to build awareness on ways of integrating nature into design and business. To this end she contributes to global fora, podcasts and online courses, has co-produced a short documentary film and was noted as one of the top 52 ‘newsmakers’ in Australia in 2022. She contributes to the Advisory Boards of the non-profits Wildlife Friendly Enterprise Network, Textile Exchange, Capitals Coalition and Savory Foundation, mentors start-ups and innovators through Superorganism and Sustainabelle Advisory and is a Non-executive Director on company Boards. She has a PhD on Ecology from the Australian National University, has led research expeditions with the Australian Antarctic Expeditions to the Sub-Antarctic and the National Geographic Society in Madagascar. She was awarded Chevalier de l’Ordre National from the President of Madagascar for services to the country.

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Jordan Cook

Associate Director

Jordan has significant experience in infrastructure and agricultural funds management spanning transactions, capital management, investor relations, and governance. Prior to joining Pollination, Jordan was an analyst in Macquarie Asset Management’s Infrastructure and Real Assets division, working primarily within an agricultural fund that raised and deployed equity at scale on behalf of institutional investors. With a background in natural asset investments, Jordan has a particular interest in the role that nature can play in responding to the climate crisis.

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Maggie Comstock

Executive Director

Maggie is an Executive Director in our Washington D.C. office. Prior to joining Pollination, Maggie served as the Senior Director of Climate Policy and Carbon Markets at Conservation International, where she led the institution’s work to support nature-based solutions for climate mitigation and adaptation within national and global policy frameworks. During her time at Conservation International, she also worked on Climate and Biodiversity Finance Policy.  Prior to joining Conservation International, Maggie worked as a Policy Analyst at the U.S. Green Building Council focusing on international green building policy, sustainable cities and global market development. Maggie holds a master’s degree in Environment, Society and Development from the University of Cambridge, where she researched international carbon markets and their implications for developing countries.

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Phil Cohn

Managing Director, Head of Carbon

Phil has 19 years’ experience in carbon markets, renewable energy, electricity markets and innovation. He combines technical knowledge with strong commercial, transactions and strategy skills to deliver complex projects in environmental and energy markets. Phil leads Pollination’s Carbon and Nature project development and investment group, overseeing a global team building a pipeline of large-scale nature based solutions projects. Prior to joining Pollination, Phil was COO at a clean energy start-up where he led corporate development and partnerships with ASX200 clients, energy buyers and retailers. Phil was formerly an Investment Director at the Australian Renewable Energy Agency where he led the Agency’s distributed energy, demand response and grid integration investment priorities. Prior to this Phil founded RAMP Carbon which provided project development, trading and advisory services to blue chip clients in the Australian and European carbon markets.

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Christie Clarke

Executive Director

For nearly a decade Christie Clarke has advised major global organisations on climate change and sustainability. In her former role at CDP – the global leader in environmental disclosure for investors, companies, cities, states and regions – Christie worked as an ESG analyst in the investor team. In this role she advised large institutional investors including State Street and NBIM on ESG integration, specifically focusing on climate risks and opportunities. She has also worked at Forum for the Future, where she supported leading corporates such as Unilever and 3M in the development of cutting-edge sustainability strategies. Prior, she was a sustainability consultant at KPMG, advising a range of large global companies from Mirvac to Macquarie Bank on sustainability reporting, strategy and leadership.

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Penelope Choussat

Associate

Penelope has diverse experience accelerating the transition in strategy consulting and communication. Prior to joining Pollination, Penelope was a sustainability and energy consultant working on behaviour change projects. Before that she was the communication officer at The Shift Project, a post-carbon think tank, where she participated in translating technical reports into tangible low carbon pathways and solutions. Her role was then to share those and engage with the relevant political and economic decision makers to help them in the decarbonisation of their sector. Penelope also worked for Loop, a global reuse platform and helped them to scale their circular economy solution.

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Marisa Chiarella

Head of Business Development

Marisa is an experienced business development and marketing professional. Prior to joining Pollination, Marisa spent 16 years managing Baker McKenzie’s global climate law and finance practice. During this time she assisted 60+ lawyers across globe to secure market-leading work across international climate law and carbon markets; manage a diverse group of key clients across multiple industries and jurisdictions; as well as to build and maintain a profile as the world’s leading climate law practice. Marisa’s previous roles include digital marketing for the then Shop Direct Group in the United Kingdom and prior to that in marketing and communications at Deloitte Australia. Marisa has a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Technology, Sydney.

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Jinxi Chen

Associate Director

Jinxi has diverse experience across environmental sustainability, research techniques, quantitative analysis and financial metrics. Prior to joining Pollination, Jinxi worked at CDP as an investor research analyst, where she conducted in-depth analysis of companies’ climate risks and opportunities and co-authored sector research reports on capital goods, steel, and shipping. Jinxi completed a Master in Environmental Science and Policy at the University of Chicago, where she worked at the Argonne National Laboratory as a part-time research aide in the Energy System Division. She also interned with the Climate Institute in Washington D.C., UNEP World Conservation Monitoring Centre and Cargill Investments. Jinxi holds a BA in Geography from the University of Cambridge.

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Mila Cerecina

Executive Director

Mila brings over 15 years’ global experience delivering executive strategic advice on climate, human rights and social impact, international development, and impact measurement. Prior to Pollination, Mila had an impact-driven career in the United States and globally, culminating at the Open Society Foundations, where she served as chief staffer to the global management committee, and co-led the development of the philanthropy’s new climate justice strategy. Prior to this she worked at the Harvard Kennedy School, where she partnered long-term with emerging country governments in Africa and Asia to support them to achieve positive justice reform efforts, iterating solutions to achieve institutional buy-in and practical measurement within existing management settings. Mila holds a Master in Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School and a Bachelor of Laws/Bachelor of Arts from the University of Sydney.

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Oscar Castellas-Cartwright

Associate

Oscar Castellas-Cartwright is an Associate in the Melbourne office. Prior to joining Pollination, Oscar was a Senior Analyst in Deloitte Melbourne’s Sustainability and Change advisory practice, supporting their clients with decarbonisation solutions, climate risk advice, and ESG strategic development. He also has experience in carbon market research and analysis through the completion of an internship with the Carbon Market Institute. Oscar holds a Bachelor of Business, specialising in Economics and Finance at Monash University.

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Carl Carcione

Executive Director

Carl is an experienced operations and technical Leader with over 20 years across the mining, engineering, manufacturing and green energy industries. Carl has significant experience delivering large scale infrastructure projects in the mining industry, working with Fortescue from the execution phase of its flagship Cloudbreak Mine through to becoming the 4th largest and lowest cost iron ore producer in the world. During this time Carl worked across all phases of project lifecycle from concept to delivery, commissioning and operations. More recently Carl has been working in the renewable energy & climate technology space developing project concepts for renewable energy and renewable fuels, developing industry decarbonisation strategies and identifying, evaluating and developing technologies to enable growth of the green hydrogen and green minerals supply chain. Carl holds a Bachelor of Chemical Engineering from Curtin University of Technology.

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James Cameron

Senior Advisor

James is a recognised leader of the global climate change movement. He has extensive expertise and connections in mobilising change in civil society, government and business. He was the Co-founder of the Climate Change Capital, the world’s first green investment bank, and Co-founder of the Climate Change Practice at Baker McKenzie. James has worked extensively across a multitude of sectors. He is a Senior Advisor at Systemiq and Tulchan; on the Advisory Board for Neste (Finland), Green Finance Institute, AVAIO; and was a former Chairman of the Overseas Development Institute (ODI). ​He is also an Executive Fellow at Yale and a newly appointed Senior Research Fellow, Grantham Institute.  James is a former member of the UK Prime Minister’s Business Advisory Group; former negotiator, UNFCCC and Kyoto Protocol; and former Senior Advisor to the Morocco and Fiji COP Presidencies. ​James was officially appointed as a ‘friend of COP26’ providing strategic advice to the UK Government on the COP ambition, with a particular focus on the nature strategy.

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Honora Campbell

Director

Honora’s expertise focuses on leveraging public and private finance for a more sustainable future. She has held multiple public sector roles within the NSW Government (Australia), including as Senior Advisor to the NSW Environment Minister. She has led major public policy reforms and investment in climate change and nature-loss mitigation such as the NSW Climate Change Fund; the Waste and Sustainable Materials (circular economy) Strategy, Blue Carbon Strategy and Natural Capital framework. In addition, she holds deep expertise in biodiversity offset markets and sustainable agriculture. She also brings ESG risk-management expertise from within the banking sector, and across transportation, healthcare and energy generation. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics and Social Science and a post-graduate qualification in Climate Risk Management.

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Diana Callebaut

Managing Director, Global Head of Investments

Diana has over 20 years global  investment and asset management, corporate finance, business leadership and management experience, including building and reshaping investment platforms. She was most recently Head of Real Assets and Private Markets at the $110bn NSW Government Sovereign Investment Manager (TCorp) responsible for business and investment strategy development and implementation, and as a member of the Investment Leadership Team responsible for oversight and implementation of the investment model.  Other roles include the Head of Infrastructure at the $65bn Cbus industry superannuation fund, Director at KPMG advisory and Credit Suisse investment bank. Diana has lived or worked in Africa, the United Kingdom, the United Arab Emirates, Russia, Japan, Australia and Europe.  She has lead transactions and asset management activities across multiple asset classes and sectors and held non-executive director appointments on Boards. Qualifications include Masters of Business Administration (Cambridge University), Chartered Financial Analyst, Honours Financial Analysis and Portfolio Management (First Class, University of Cape Town), Bachelor of Business (University of Technology, Sydney) and graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. In 2019 Diana also won the Money Management and Super Review Investment Professional of the Year award.

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Charlotte Bunker

Financial Controller

Charlotte is a Chartered Accountant with over 15 years’ experience across financial control, commercial accounting, and external audit. After qualifying as a Chartered Accountant in the UK, Charlotte relocated to Sydney where she spent 7 years working for BDO in their Audit & Assurance division. More recently, Charlotte’s work has been focused on the SaaS and fintech scale-up space, leading finance teams through phases of rapid growth, supporting system and process improvements and lifting the quality of financial reporting and controls.

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Joanna Butcher

Business Development & Client Manager

Joanna is an experienced business development and marketing professional, having spent nine years working in legal services in Sydney and Dublin. Prior to joining Pollination, Joanna was a Client Relationship Manager at King & Wood Mallesons. In this role, Joanna was a member of the business development team for the projects, infrastructure, energy and resources practice group and led the business development for the firm’s energy sector. Joanna’s previous roles include leading the business development for KPMG Law Australia; Clients & Markets Manager for the major projects and construction practice at Clayton Utz, and prior to that in marketing at the Maples Group in Dublin.

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Sage Bucher-Melcer

Associate Director

Sage’s professional expertise lies in defining materiality for nature and biodiversity across global socio-economic systems. With experience developing public and private sector solutions, she has worked to create scalable products that support the conventional engagement of financial markets in natural assets. Previously, she worked with organisations like Swiss Re and WTW to develop nature-based parametric insurance covers that build climate resiliency while accounting for natural asset value through risk mitigation. She also worked with the Insurance Bureau of Canada to understand how the Canadian government could internalise physical climate risk and invest in green infrastructure. Before that, Sage also conducted advisory work for clients such as ERM and Vanguard.

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Jock Buchanan

Executive Director

Jock has spent his career leading deals across energy and carbon investment opportunities. He is experienced in leading complex deals and is passionate about investments in nature at scale as a pathway for tackling the challenges of climate change and natural capital. Prior to joining Pollination, Jock led Business Development for Shell Nature Based Solutions in Australia and the Asia Pacific region. In this role he was responsible for the origination, negotiation and execution of carbon investments. He brings to Pollination the strategic, commercial and operational know-how to deliver a broad range of opportunities across the carbon value chain. Jock holds a Bachelor of Engineering (UNSW) and an MBA from London Business School.

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Daniel Buchanan

Group Operations Manager

Daniel has supported the governance and growth of leading public, private and government organisations for more than two decades. Daniel’s experience includes senior administration roles including Executive Manager at Covata Limited and Executive Assistant to the CEO and CFO at Hills Limited. He also has extensive experience in HR, board management, shareholder liaison and event management.

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Sam Bruce

Executive Director

Sam brings considerable experience in clean energy, working across technology strategy and investment, as well as project finance for utility scale assets.  Prior to joining Pollination, Sam worked at Fortescue Future Industries, focusing on identifying and investing in solutions for a range of renewable energy technologies and their underlying supply chains. Sam also spent 5 years with CSIRO Futures, the strategic advisory arm of Australia’s national science agency, where he led a number of national strategies including Australia’s National Hydrogen Roadmap and Critical Energy Minerals Roadmap.  Before joining CSIRO, Sam worked at Ernst & Young where he provided commercial and financial advice relating to the deployment of large-scale infrastructure assets. 

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Melanie Brock AM

Senior Advisor

Melanie is one of Japan’s most respected APAC specialists having lived and worked in Japan for the last 25 years. She uniquely combines practical commercial business leadership and language skills to consistently deliver on business, regulatory and partnership outcomes for Japanese and foreign corporations both on global and domestic levels. With a depth of experience working with government, Melanie boasts excellent networks in Japan’s corporate, political and government sectors. She has previously led nationwide marketing campaigns, successful bilateral free trade agreement and regional Japan corporate social responsibility activities.

 

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Caspar Bossom

Associate Director

Caspar has expertise in advising investors on climate and nature finance opportunities in emerging markets, with consideration for the geopolitics of net zero. He led Pollination’s advisory support to a multi-stakeholder coalition, collaborating with multilateral financial institutions and government, to mobilize private capital for sustainable infrastructure in India. He has comprehensive knowledge of climate policy and regulations pertaining to renewable energy, electric mobility, water, and green hydrogen production. Before joining Pollination, Caspar worked in carbon project development at Treeconomy and assisted ERM in quantifying climate risk in the extractives sector. Additionally, he served as an Officer in the British Army, leading bomb-disposal teams in the UK, West Africa, and the Middle East. Caspar holds a BA in Environment & Business from the University of Leeds, an MSc with Merit in Climate Change, Management and Finance from Imperial College Business School, and the CFA Institute Certificate in ESG Investing.

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Suzanne Blake

Director, Marketing and Communications, USA and EMEA

Suzanne has 18 years’ marketing, PR and corporate communications experience from working with cross-sector brands; with public figures and business leaders; and within global sustainability, communications and branding agencies. She has led Corporate Communications, PR and Marketing for publishers including Macmillan Publishing Group and Phaidon; directed marketing and business development at SalterBaxter, a leading sustainability consultancy; and was responsible for global marketing at FutureBrand, overseeing 20+ regions. She most recently led sales, marketing and communications at Zedify, a UK based zero emissions start-up in the fast-moving last mile logistics sector. She has a proven track record of building strong brands to drive growth and producing impactful integrated campaigns. She’s a graduate of The University of Edinburgh and holds a MA in History.

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Daniel Belacic

Financial Planning & Analysis Director

Daniel has over 20 years of experience in finance, consulting and technology. Daniel was Head of FP&A at Pendal Group and was integral to the transformation of the business as it de-merged from Westpac, and again as it subsequently merged with Perpetual.  Daniel also worked in FP&A, Financial Control and Management reporting at ANZ Bank, across Global Markets, Wealth, Group, Institutional and Private Bank, as well as with eCenta/SAP, GfK Group and JCSMR.  Daniel is a Chartered Accountant, has written a thesis on cleansing data with machine learning, studied artificial intelligence and robotics at the National University of Singapore and holds degrees in IT (Hons.) and Commerce from the Australian National University.

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Rachel Barrales

Associate

Rachel is passionate about accelerating equitable climate action. Prior to joining Pollination, Rachel reviewed carbon market projects as a Program Officer at Verra. She also served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Mexico supporting community level environmental initiatives and as a Climate Change Fellow at the Santa Clara Valley Water District in California designing a Climate Change Action Plan. Rachel earned a Master’s in Environmental Management from Duke University where she specialized in climate change and international development policy.

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David Barley

Executive Director

David is an investment professional with a passion for sustainable growth investment. For the past fifteen years he been involved in capital raising, deal origination, transaction structuring and portfolio management across growth stage opportunities globally. David’s focus is natural capital investment. Since 2014 he has worked for Althelia (acquired by Mirova) initially on their Climate Fund and more recently on setting up and managing the Sustainable Ocean Fund. Most recently David spent a year with Gravis Capital supporting the launch of their Net Zero investment fund. Before moving into Investing David was a Senior Advisor to HRH the Prince of Wales’ International Sustainability Unit and a strategy consultant at Accenture.

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Sarah Barker

Managing Director

Sarah Barker is a Managing Director at Pollination Law, and leads the climate and sustainability risk governance team.  She was previously a Partner at the Asia-Pacific’s largest commercial law firm, MinterEllison. Sarah has more than twenty-five years’ experience as a corporate lawyer, and is regarded as one of the world’s foremost experts on climate change governance, finance and liability risks. Sarah is Co-Chair of the World Economic Forum’s Climate Governance Community of Experts. She brings the practical perspective as an experienced non-executive director, having recently completed two terms on the board of one of Australia’s largest pension funds.  She teaches the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership’s non-executive directors’ programme, and is an academic visitor at Oxford University’s Smith School. Sarah is ranked in Band 1 by Chambers (Asia Pacific), and is recognised in the Best Lawyers Guide in both the Corporate Law and Climate Change Law areas of practice.

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Brendan Baker

Director

Brendan has a diverse background, spanning research and development and strategy within the mining industry, to ESG and climate consulting in the financial industry. Prior to Pollination Brendan held both Senior Associate and Vice President roles in ESG research and climate consulting for MSCI’s ESG business, supporting Asia Pacific institutional investors with their climate and ESG ambitions and challenges. Before MSCI Brendan spent several years at CDP in London, managing a suite of technical and strategic projects within the Investment team. As a research scientist, Brendan worked with Alcoa World Alumina’s global R&D team for several years, across a range of process efficiency projects implemented throughout Alcoa’s global refinery network. Brendan holds a Bachelor of Science, majoring in Nanotechnology from Curtin University in Western Australia, and a Master’s in Environment and Resource Management from Vrije University in Amsterdam, majoring in climate policy.

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Olivia Back

Associate Director

Olivia has worked with a range of Australian and Global clients, focusing on nature risk and opportunity profiling, and nature strategy development. This entails applying the Taskforce on Nature-related Financial Disclosures framework to identify their key impacts and dependencies on nature and associated commercial implications for the business, as well as opportunities for risk mitigation and value creation. Olivia has environmental markets expertise, particularly working with clients to understand existing and emerging biodiversity credit schemes and products. In addition, working closely with clients to develop authentic First Nations partnership commitments and roadmaps, as part of their broader sustainability strategies. Olivia is also involved in work on directors’ duties and nature risk and monitors climate and nature litigation developments. Prior to joining Pollination, Olivia was an environment and planning lawyer at a leading national law firm, advising public and private sector clients on environmental and planning litigation, major infrastructure projects, and regulatory compliance and incident management. In 2019, Olivia was the tipstaff to the Honourable Justice Julie Ward, President of the NSW Court of Appeal (and formerly the Chief Judge of the Equity Division of the NSW Supreme Court).

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Juan Pablo Avila

Associate Director

Juan Pablo has legal experience in energy, project finance, asset finance and general corporate matters. Prior to joining Pollination, Juan Pablo worked as an associate in major international law firms in Mexico City and Washington DC where he also advised clients in connection with banking and finance, restructuring, and mergers and acquisitions. He has worked on some of the most innovative projects in the Latin American market, including the US$135 million refinancing of two photovoltaic solar generation portfolio of projects in Chile with an aggregate capacity of 177MW. He is also admitted to practice law in Mexico and received his Master of Law with Honours from Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law.

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Cassandra Austen

Director

Cassandra Austen specialises in sustainable finance and nature based solutions. Prior to joining Pollination, she held the role of Senior Economist at Vivid Economics in London, managing international projects including net zero strategy for financials, blended finance policy, regenerative agriculture and natural capital investments. She also has experience in carbon markets and climate risk disclosures. Prior to her work in the sustainability sector, Cassandra gained six years of experience in financial markets in London and Sydney. Cassandra holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Sydney.

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Matt Aubusson

Executive Director

Matt Aubusson is an Executive Director in the Sydney-based Advisory team. Prior to joining Pollination, Matt was Head of Data Commercialisation & Value Optimisation for QANTAS Loyalty, where he enabled, built and led innovative ecosystem businesses with B2B and B2C propositions. While working at the Qantas Group, he also collaborated closely with Future Planet & Qantas’ sustainability division to help them understand consumer needs and attitudes towards sustainability and carbon offsetting. In a career spanning 20 years, Matt has worked across a variety of industries including loyalty, data, marketing, ecommerce, technology and professional services. Within these, he has developed deep expertise in strategy, commercial, data & analytics, and technology, and enjoys working on problems that lie at the intersection of these domains. In doing so, he has built and led large, multi-disciplinary teams to unlock emerging opportunities, develop market-leading capabilities and solve complex problems.

Matt chairs the advisory board of IKG Industries, a vertically integrated industrial hemp start-up, and holds an MBA from the Australian Graduate School of Management (AGSM, UNSW).

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Tristan Ashford

Associate Director

Tristan has broad energy experience working across all renewable generation technologies with a particular focus on green hydrogen and electrolysers. Tristan has a deep understanding of renewable supply chains and the manufacturing processes that underpin them. Prior to joining Pollination, Tristan worked at Fortescue Future Industries as a Principal Analyst, focusing on identifying and investing in solutions for a range of renewable energy technologies. Tristan also spent five years with Santos Ltd., in numerous on-site operational and leadership roles across QLD and SA. Tristan has a passion for continued learning and is currently undertaking a Masters of Energy Systems from the University of Melbourne and holds degrees in Chemical Engineering (Hons) and Economics from the University of Western Australia.

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Nuvan Aranwela

Managing Director, Head of Innovation

For over 15 years, Nuvan’s career has spanned technology-led start-ups and ventures across a variety of industries, including data, loyalty and marketing, sourcing, financial services and insurance, e-commerce and sustainability. Consequently, he has developed ideas, secured investment, built capability and run early stage to mature operations. Having worked across strategy, commercial, marketing, operations and technology, he enjoys bringing together ideas with operational detail in a commercial context. He was co-CEO of fintech Six Park, which aims to build a path to financial well-being for all Australians. He is also Strategy Adviser to Landmarks ID, a start-up in the geolocation data and insights space; and a Board Member of Earthwatch Australia. Prior to that, he was Head of Innovation for Qantas Loyalty, a role he was appointed to following the acquisition by Qantas Group of Wishlist Holdings, a loyalty services business for which he was Chief Strategy and Technology Officer. Nuvan holds a PhD in Plant Biomechanics.

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Nick Anstett

Managing Director

Nick has deep experience advising financial institutions, corporates, and non-profits on upstream investment policy, global co-investment partnerships, and downstream de-risking measures to mobilize private climate finance. He has advised on climate finance initiatives across clean energy, distributed renewables, sustainable transportation, water, waste, adaptation, resilience, and nature-based solutions. Prior to Pollination, Nick managed the sustainability practice at Albright Stonebridge Group, a global strategy and geopolitical risk consultancy, where he advised on major sustainability initiatives, critical ESG issues, and catalytic public-private partnerships in emerging and frontier markets.

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Harriet Ampt

Marketing and Communications Manager

Harriet is a strategic communicator specialising in environmental sciences. She joined Pollination after five years in the public sector, working for the Biodiversity Conservation Trust – a private land conservation statutory body within the NSW Government. As the Media and Communications Manager, Harriet was instrumental in building the organisations strategic media, digital, social and engagement profile. During her years in NSW Government, Harriet worked closely with the media teams of three state environment ministers. Harriet has also worked as a freelance communicator, utilising her skills in science writing and digital production, a university tutor and research assistant. With a background in ecology and science communication, Harriet’s core professional focus is to give the planet a louder voice to fight climate change and the growing extinction crisis.

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John Ambler

Director

John brings expertise in carbon markets, nature-based solutions, and net zero transitions. Prior to Pollination he worked for Clean Air Action Corporation, a carbon project developer. In this role he was responsible for the full lifecycle of carbon removal projects from operations and strategy to leading multiple validations and verifications. John started his career working at a community-based nonprofit, managing conservation efforts along the Andros Barrier Reef.

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Anne Alonzo

Senior Advisor

Anne is a recognized global food and agriculture leader and has forged a highly successful and diverse career in the public, not-for-profit and corporate sectors. She was formerly Senior Vice President, External Affairs and Chief Sustainability Officer for Corteva Agriscience where she had responsibility for setting strategy and leading the External Affairs function. Anne previously served as President and CEO of the American Egg Board (AEB), the marketing arm of the U.S. egg industry. Prior to joining the AEB, Anne was appointed by the White House to serve as Administrator of the Agricultural Marketing Service, the federal marketing agency for the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Anne has also served as Vice President, Global Public Policy, Corporate Affairs at Kraft Foods, Senior Vice President at the National Foreign Trade Council, a diplomat at the U.S. Embassy, Mexico as well as senior regional counsel at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Chicago, IL. Anne has been recognized for her leadership supporting and mentoring Latinos across the U.S. and was honoured with the Chicago United’s People of Color Award, Latino Leader’s “Maestro” Award and LATINO Brava (courage award). Anne holds an MBA from the University of Chicago and a Juris Doctorate from the Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago Kent College of Law.

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Mitchell Alderson

Associate Director

Mitchell is strategy specialist with a focus on quantitative and financial modelling. Prior to joining Pollination, Mitchell was a Senior Associate at Strategy& where he specialised in large strategic transformations across both the public and private domain. Through this experience, he has developed a deep understanding of commercial drivers advising across a range of industries including transport, energy, resources, finance and government. Mitchell has bachelor degrees in Commerce and Engineering with first class honours from the University of Sydney.

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Brer Adams

Managing Director

Brer has deep experience in investments and advisory in infrastructure, renewable energy, carbon and clean technology sectors. Prior to joining Pollination, he co-founded a developer of renewable energy and energy storage projects, worked for G20 Global Infrastructure Hub and spent 8 years with Macquarie Group in advisory and principal investments in environmental services and clean technology sectors.

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William Acworth

Executive Director

William combines deep technical knowledge of climate economics with strong stakeholder engagement to advance climate solutions across the globe. Prior to joining Pollination, William led adelphi consult’s Carbon Markets and Pricing team where he oversaw projects in climate policy design, implementation and evaluation for clients including the World Bank, European Commission, national governments, development banks and multi-national companies. As Head of the Secretariat of the International Carbon Action Partnership (ICAP), William led ICAP’s technical work program, global capacity building efforts and moderated exchange of experience on carbon markets between senior policymakers from across 40 governments.  While with the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research and the German Institute for Economic Research he advised government and industry on market-based instruments for climate mitigation particularly for the power and emission intensive industrial sectors.

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