our people

our team

A dynamic force for change with unrivalled expertise.

Joanna Zhou

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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Lin Yuan

Associate

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. Lin holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration on Finance, Marketing, and Government from Georgetown University. 

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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 as an equity practitioner, 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 Oxfam Australia and Cufa.

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Martijn Wilder AM

Founding Partner

Martijn is a Partner and Co-Founder of Pollination, a global climate change investment and advisory firm. He is recognised as a global leader in climate law and investment and has advised governments and companies on innovative climate finance investments including the World’s First REDD+ Green Bond. Martijn was 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 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 is currently Chair of the Governing Board of the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership (REEEP) based in Vienna, President of WWF-Australia, Chair of the Victorian Government’s independent expert panel on Victoria’s 2035 Climate Change target, Adjunct Professor of International Climate Change Law at Australian National University, and a Senior Adviser to Serendipity Capital. He is also a Member of the Wentworth Group of Concerned Scientists. Martijn was a Cambridge Commonwealth Trust Scholar and was awarded an Australian Honour (AM) for his contribution to climate change law and the environment. In 2018, Martijn was awarded the Financial Times Asia Pacific Legal Innovator of the Year.

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Zoe Whitton

Partner

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. She holds master’s degrees in environmental policy and economics from Oxford University and the University of Queensland.

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Laura Waterford

Director

Laura has experience in climate, energy and environmental law and policy.  Prior to joining Pollination, Laura was a lawyer at leading national and international law firms in Australia.  Laura has acted for government and multinational clients on long-term carbon and renewable energy offtake transactions and has deep experience advising project proponents on the development of large-scale renewable energy projects and participation in the Federal Government’s Climate Solutions Fund.  Laura was a finalist in the Lawyers Weekly 30 Under 30 Awards in the Planning & Environment category in 2020 and interned at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change Secretariat in Bonn, Germany in 2019.  Laura is currently completing a Master of Laws at 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. Rachel holds a BA in Integrated Strategic Marketing, Visual Studies and Digital Art Studio from the University of Kentucky, USA.

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Silvia Vargas

Executive Assistant

Silvia is an Executive Assistant in the Sydney office and supports Partners 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. She holds an MBA from EAE Business School and a Bachelor’s degree in Hotel and Restaurant Management. 

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Victoria Thompson

Executive Assistant

Victoria is an Executive Assistant in Pollination’s Sydney office. Victoria’s industry experience is primarily legal focused, where she spent her early career in practice management with a specialist commercial and litigation firm. Victoria has presented at Law Australasia conferences on improving business processes, productivity and profitability. She also has extensive experience in recruitment, HR, finance and IT.  She holds a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Psychology from the University of Western Sydney.

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Gavin Templeton

Partner

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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Geoff Summerhayes

Senior Advisor

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

Senior Partner

Patrick has worked on international climate, foreign, trade and investment and aid policy at the highest levels of government. He led international policy for two Australian Prime Ministers, including on climate change and a successful G20 response to the Global Financial Crisis. As former Ambassador for the Environment he led for Australia on Paris Agreement negotiations, strategy for Australia’s $1 billion climate finance commitment, and development of climate cooperation with key countries such as China, India and Japan. He Chaired the Umbrella Group of influential developed countries in the UNFCCC for nearly four years through the difficult but successful negotiation of the implementing rules for the Paris Agreement. He has been Australia’s High Commissioner to India, an advisor to the Australian Foreign Minister and Counsellor at the Australian embassy in Washington.

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Gail Sucharitakul

Associate

With a background in strategy consulting, Gail has worked across energy, sustainability and M&A. Prior to joining Pollination, Gail was a Strategy Consultant in Accenture’s Energy practice where she specialised in the energy transition for major players in the energy sector. While at Accenture, she was seconded to the UNFCCC COP26 Climate Champions team, working under Nigel Topping and Gonzalo Muñoz’s leadership as the sector lead for the Health and Tourism sectors respectively. In this role, she championed the UN Race to Zero and Race to Resilience campaigns, and successfully achieved a breakthrough in the Health sector by COP26. Gail holds a Bachelor’s degree in Natural Sciences from Cambridge University, and an MSc in Environmental Technology (Economics and Policy) from Imperial College London.

 

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Jacqui Stapleton

People Manager

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. Jacqui holds a Bachelor of Business from Southern Cross University, and a Masters of International Security Studies from Macquarie University, and is a certified CliftonStrengths coach.

 

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Cary Shepherd

Associate

Cary is an attorney and advisor with nearly a decade of experience in climate law and policy. He has designed and drafted major provisions of nation-leading climate legislation in the United States; served as a negotiator and subject-matter expert on energy and environmental law in the public and private sectors; counseled clients on carbon asset and natural climate solution transactions; and practiced law in forums ranging from agency rulemakings to the Supreme Court of the United States. His passions in climate law and policy include studying the economics of decarbonization and clean energy, bringing climate finance to underserved communities, and developing innovative approaches to scaling public-private investments in sustainability. Prior to joining Pollination, Cary served as a Fellow at Northwestern Pritzker School of Law’s Bluhm Legal Clinic, as the Policy Director at the Illinois Environmental Council, as staff on President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign and as a Fellow in the Chicago Mayor’s Office. He received his Juris Doctor from The University of Chicago Law School.

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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 has degrees in law and commerce and a Master of Sustainable Energy from the University of Queensland. He is also currently the Co-Chair of the Sydney Young Energy Professionals.

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Dan Shafqat

Director

Dan is an investment professional having completed over $25 billion of M&A and financing transactions in the energy sector across EMEA, APAC, North America and Latin America. Prior to joining Pollination, he worked at Cantor Fitzgerald in their Power, Energy & Infrastructure team where he focused on M&A and private capital raising primarily for clean energy technologies such as solar, wind, hydro and geothermal. Dan previously spent several years at Bank of America Merrill Lynch in the Energy & Power team where he advised public and private companies on cross-border M&A and capital markets transactions. Dan holds a Master’s in Management from London Business School and completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Oxford.

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Matthew Seymour

Financial Accountant

Matthew is an experienced financial accountant, previously working as a chartered accountant for a small practice delivering company financial accounts and tax returns to companies, trusts and SMSF. Matthew then moved into a commercial role in the hospitality industry as a financial accountant, focused on statutory reporting, and process improvements. Before becoming a finance manager in the distribution industry overseeing the finance team and delivering and reporting on key financial numbers.

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Anna Scott

Legal Counsel

Anna is an accomplished corporate lawyer with extensive experience advising clients on private mergers and acquisitions and private equity transactions. Prior to joining Pollination, Anna was an Associate in Baker McKenzie’s Corporate team where she provided legal advice to UK and international clients on cross-border and multinational transactions.

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Adriano Scardino

Associate

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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Richard Saines ONM

Partner

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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Caroline Reed

Executive Assistant

Caroline is an Executive Assistant in Pollination’s London office and supports Founding Partner, 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

Director Marketing & Business Development

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

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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Katey Ramage

Executive Assistant

Katey is an Executive Assistant in Pollination’s Sydney office and supports partners, Patrick Suckling and Megan Flynn. Katey comes to Pollination with over 30 years experience working, predominantly, for global financial organisations at senior level and more recently, within the ever-expanding Ag industry.  Working with start-up businesses, Katey’s focus has been on property investment, management and advisory services, with a wealth of experience across a number of foundational disciplines, including executive administration and support, HR, finance, IT, project and office management.

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Felix Qin

Associate

Felix has diverse investment banking experience across the renewable energy, infrastructure and natural resources sectors. Prior to joining Pollination, Felix was an associate at ICA Partners, where he primarily focused on M&A and debt raising in the renewable energy sector, advising on over 1.5GW of utility-scale solar, wind, battery and hydro projects in Australia. Through this experience, he has developed strong financial modelling, due diligence and transaction management skills. Felix has a Bachelor of Commerce (with Distinction) from the University of New South Wales.

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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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Thea Philip

Associate

Thea has broad experience providing legal and strategic advice to private, government, and non-profit clients on matters relating to energy, environment, and land use.  Prior to joining Pollination, Thea was a 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 has completed a Master of Philosophy in Environmental Policy at 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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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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Tony O’Sullivan

Founding Partner

Tony is globally renowned for his leadership in large, industry-defining transactions, and for his many years providing astute advice to significant corporations, private equity firms and family offices. In 2005, he founded O’Sullivan Partners, which became a leading investment bank in Australia, with offices in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane. Just seven years later, 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 Managing Director of Bank of America, responsible for European Telecommunications and Technology, including Digital Infrastructure. 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 is 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 a Founding Member of the Australian Architecture Association.

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Jonathon Ong

Portfolio Manager, Transition Listed Infrastructure

Jonathon Ong is a proven infrastructure portfolio manager with over a decade of direct experience managing a range of retail and institutional listed infrastructure mandates at Macquarie, a global leader in infrastructure investment. He has over 20 years experience on the buy-side having also worked at Credit Suisse and Bankers Trust, as both an analyst and a portfolio manager.

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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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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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Matthew Neyman

Director

Matthew has more than 15 years of experience working in corporate sustainability, corporate finance, finance advisory, project management and sustainability software development. Prior to joining Pollination, Matthew advanced Scope 3 accounting and reporting within Mars Incorporated’s corporate sustainability team. While at Mars he developed geographic information systems which mapped and calculated Mars’ entire value chain, including water, land and greenhouse gas footprints. Matthew has functional experience with lifecycle assessment datasets and their modeling and application. He holds knowledge modeling and developing sustainability sourcing strategies with a focus on impact mitigation. Matthew possesses an MBA from Purdue University’s Krannert School of Management.

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Sam Mostyn

Senior Advisor

Sam is a recognised leader in corporate Australia, renowned for championing sustainability and diversity in boardrooms for more than a decade. She is the Chair of Citi Australia, and is a Non-executive Director at Mirvac, Transurban, Climate Council and the Centre for Policy Development. Sam was appointed to the Global Business Commission on Sustainable Development in 2016, and has been a faculty member of the Cambridge Business Sustainability Program since 2012. She is the Deputy Chair of the Diversity Council of Australia; past President, Australian Council for International Development; and Advisory Board member for Climate Council and ClimateWorks Australia. She was the first woman appointed to the AFL Commission. Prior to joining the private sector, Sam was a policy advisor to former Prime Minister Paul Keating.

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Georgia Monaghan

Associate

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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Arth Mishra

Associate

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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Giverny McMillan

Executive Secretary

Giverny is an Executive Assistant in Pollination’s Sydney office and supports Founding Partner, Martijn Wilder AM. 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

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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Kim McCloghry

Associate

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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Ben May

Portfolio Manager, Transition Listed Infrastructure

Ben has a proven track record as a global listed infrastructure portfolio manager having generated excess returns over multiple market cycles for institutional clients with bespoke high conviction infrastructure investment strategies. Prior to joining Pollination, Ben was a portfolio manager for a decade at Morrison & Co and RARE Infrastructure (now ClearBridge Investments) where he was responsible for tailored portfolios of global securities in core and core-plus infrastructure for sovereign wealth and pension fund clients. He has direct experience managing airport and toll road assets during his time working for Sydney Airport and Transurban. Ben has also worked as a sell-side analyst for Credit Suisse covering Australian listed infrastructure.

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Marisa Martin

Executive Director

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

Partner

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

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

Executive Assistant

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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Elizabeth Littlefield

Senior Advisor

Elizabeth is renowned for her leadership developing innovative finance solutions in emerging markets, with a focus on climate finance and nature-based solutions. Elizabeth formerly served under U.S. President Barack Obama as President and CEO of OPIC (now renamed DFC), the U.S. government’s development finance institution. In this role, she managed OPIC’s $24 billion portfolio of financing and insurance to support private investment in more than 100 developing countries, growing OPIC’s commitments to investments in renewable resources tenfold in three years to $1.5 billion annually. She currently chairs the board of M-KOPA Solar, the leading pay-as-you-go solar company in Africa, and was formerly a Senior Counsellor at Albright Stonebridge Group. She serves on the boards of the World Wildlife Fund for Nature (WWF); the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions at Duke University; Development Alternatives Inc; and General Atlantic’s Beyond Net Zero Fund; and previously served as the Chair of the World Economic Forum (WEF) Global Agenda Council on Social Innovation and as the founding Chair of the Global Innovation Lab for Climate Finance.

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Olivia Kelly

Associate

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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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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Rob Jesudason

Chair

Rob is a Founder, Investor, Advisor and Non-executive Director to financial services and technology companies transforming our world. He is Chair of Pollination and brings more than 27 years of experience operating and investing in the financial services and technology industries.

Rob founded Serendipity Capital in 2020 and serves as its Chief Executive Officer and Founding Partner. He is a Non-executive Director of CQC and Audit Chair of Deep Labs.

Prior to founding Serendipity Capital, Rob was President of Block One, a leading global blockchain company and the developer of the EOS.IO blockchain protocol. He was named in the top 100 Global Blockchain Leaders in 2019 and Asian FinTech Top 100 in 2016.

Prior to Block One, Rob was Group Executive, Financial Services and Chief Financial Officer of Commonwealth Bank of Australia (CBA). Prior to CBA, Rob was Head of Global Emerging Markets within the Financial Institutions Group (FIG) investment banking practice at Credit Suisse, working across APAC, CEEMEA and Latin America. The team was the #1 rated team in Bank M&A and ECM in Asia in 2010 and Rob was named as Asian FIG M&A advisor of the year in 2008.

Earlier in his career, Rob was a Managing Director in the Asian Special Situations Group at JP Morgan as well as Managing Director and Global Head of Corporate Development at Barclays PLC. He also worked for McKinsey & Co and GE Capital. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Aston University.

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Dr. Jane (Carter) Ingram

Executive 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 currently Chair of the Executive Council of the Protected Areas Learning and Research Collaboration (PAC) and is a member of the Australia Committee of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (ACIUCN).  Jane received a Barbara Thomas Fellowship in 2014, Harvard Club of Australia Fellowship in 2017 and was awarded Tasmanian Australian of the Year 2016 for her contribution to nature conservation.

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The Rt Hon Nick Hurd

Senior Advisor

Nick was a UK Member of Parliament for fourteen years before standing down in 2019. During that time he served three different Prime Ministers as a Government Minister over more than 8 years. He is a lifelong member of the Privy Council. Nick has a long involvement in climate change policymaking. He was the UK Minister for Climate Change & Industry with responsibility for UK carbon budgets; representing the UK in international climate change negotiations, and overseeing the UK’s international climate change budget. As International Development Minister at DFID, he led the Africa strategy and thematic responsibilities included climate change and access to clean energy. As a backbencher he served on the Environment Audit Committee and was Chair of the All Party Environment Group. As Minister for Civil Society Nick led the Government work that established the UK as a world leader in developing the Impact Investment market. He is Chair of the Access Social Investment Foundation and a Global Ambassador for the Global Steering Group for Impact Investment (GSG). Before politics, Nick had almost ten years investment banking experience in the UK and Brazil.

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Deia Housen

Associate

Prior to joining Pollination, Deia Housen worked at BlackRock in the strategy and solutions teams, covering their largest wealth and institutional clients in the Netherlands, Nordics and FraBeLux region, working closely with senior executives. She completed a summer internship at Bloomberg in sales and analytics and also worked on an Open Banking project with Kearney (Netherlands). She earned a dual Master of Science degree at Bocconi University (CEMS) in International Management and completed her Bachelor of Science at Bocconi University in Economics and Management. She speaks Dutch, English, Italian and French. She volunteers in London for a food kitchen, cooking and serving surplus food to the local communities once per month, and supports refugees, from direct aid to integration into society.

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Laura Honey

Sponsorship & Events Specialist

Laura is a Sponsorship and Events Specialist based in the Sydney office. With experience in event management and professional services, Laura works with clients and internal stakeholders to provide proactive and strategic events and marketing support. She holds a Bachelor of Business (Public Relations), and joins Pollination from global law firm, Baker McKenzie, where she coordinated 245 successful events and supported the Director of Business Development, Marketing & Communications in a range of strategic business development and marketing initiatives. 

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Richard Hepworth

Compliance Manager

Richard has experience as the Chief Operating and Compliance Officer of Cohen & Company Financial Limited, an asset manager specialising in credit products. He previously worked as Head of Operations for an agency brokerage trading in distressed debt, financials and structured credit, where he helped to establish the business. Richard has over 20 years’ experience in the finance industry, and has a background in bank loans, having worked at a number of buy and sell side institutions. 

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Deniz Harut

Executive Director

Deniz Harut is a global leader in sustainable finance, unlocking public and private funds and raising capital for the most pressing issues challenging our world today, particularly in the areas of the climate crisis and gender equality. Deniz has over sixteen years’ experience in emerging markets, international development finance and impact investing, advising governments, companies, investors and sovereigns for significant societal benefit. She provides thought leadership on a broad set of ESG topics, strategic advice and transaction support to bring product expertise to advance sustainability solutions for clients. Since 2017, has helped mobilize over $5 billion of blended finance investment into emerging markets. During the Ebola crisis in West Africa, Deniz successfully raised funds for Sierra Leone supporting financial inclusion & economic growth. Deniz has extensive experience at board level in the environmental, social and arts and culture sectors, Founder-Director of Veggie Option sustainable living platform, and a Cordon Bleu Certified Chef.

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Mina Guli

Senior Advisor

Mina was named one of Fortune’s 50 Greatest Leaders, and is a world-renowned entrepreneur, adventurer and water advocate. Following a 15-year career in law, finance and climate change, Mina established Thirst – a non-profit changing the way we think about water. A global spokesperson for water, Mina has spoken at the UN and the World Economic Forum, and is a Board member for the Global Water Partnership and the Antarctic Science Foundation. She’s former Deputy Chairman of the Australian Chamber of Commerce in Beijing; former strategic advisor to the Joint US-China Collaboration on Clean Energy, and was a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Sustainable Consumption. Mina has achieved multiple world firsts, running ultra-long distances across some of the most extreme places in our world: from the Amazon to Antarctica, all for her true passion – water.

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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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Angela Greer

Senior Finance Manager

Angela is an experienced finance professional, focused on financial control and reporting along with tax and regulatory compliance.  Angela spent many years with AllianceBernstein Australia in a number of finance roles, including working as part of the Australian leadership team and overseeing a number of projects.  Angela then moved to Crestone Wealth Management to build and develop core finance and reporting functions before joining PayPal in the Controllership team for PayPal Australia, looking after the full range of statutory reporting and tax, including support for regulatory initiatives.  Angela holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Sydney and is a Chartered Accountant.

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Joanne Gray

Executive Director

Joanne Gray is a leading business journalist and editor. Most recently Joanne was managing editor of The Australian Financial Review with responsibility for finance, growth and talent. Prior to this she was a reporter and editor for the Financial Review in Australia and the US, focusing on business, economics and politics. She was formerly managing editor of Asiamoney in Hong Kong and Bloomberg News Bureau Chief in Switzerland. Joanne holds a Bachelor of Economics and a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Sydney and an MBA from Melbourne Business School and is a non-executive director of Great Walks of Australia.

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Rob Grant

Head of Project Investments

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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Simon Gottlieb

Associate

Simon has extensive experience providing financial and strategic advice to clients from both the public and private sectors. Prior to joining Pollination, Simon was a Senior Consultant at EY Sydney in the Valuation, Modelling and Economics practice where he developed financial models to support clients in the context of a transaction process, investment opportunity or reform. He studied a Bachelor of Politics, Philosophy and Economic (with First Class Honours) at the Australian National University.

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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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Erin Gianferrara

Director

Erin is an experienced Environmental Economist. Her work focuses on natural capital accounting, cost-benefit analysis, and impact assessments to inform environmental and biodiversity policy, planning, and funding decisions. Her experience includes developing the UK’s natural capital accounts and approaches for the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (Defra) and the UK Office for National Statistics (ONS).Erin’s recent projects include leading the development of natural capital accounts for a variety of organisations including Southern Water, Eastbourne Council, London Boroughs of Barnet, Barking and Dagenham, Greater Manchester and a large multi-national private landowner (confidential). She also led the work to integrate natural capital accounting into the master planning of one of the largest sustainable developments in the world in Saudi Arabia. Erin’s current projects include supporting the Kenyan Government to develop an environmental markets-based funding mechanism to support biodiversity, forest conservation and sustainable livelihoods in Kenya, and supporting Gresham House to integrate natural capital impacts into their internal decision-making processes for investments and increase the biodiversity value of their forest portfolio. She is also the technical lead for a globally recognised Natural Capital Laboratory in the Scottish Highlands – a testbed to undertake experimental new techniques to quantify, measure, and communicate changes in biodiversity and ecosystem services on the site alongside an ambitious pro-bono research project working to restore natural ecosystems.

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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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Patricia Frederighi

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

Partner

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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Veda FitzSimons

Associate

Prior to joining Pollination Veda was a lawyer at Ashurst, working in infrastructure, employment, environment and planning and dispute resolution. Veda has worked for a range of commercial, government and not-for-profit clients on both advisory and litigious matters. She also has experience providing pro bono legal advice and previously volunteered at the Native Title Office on Thursday Island. With a background in Anthropology, Veda has a particular interest in First Nations empowerment and the role of First-Nations communities in responding to the climate crisis.

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Dr. Yasmina Elshafei

Executive Director

Yasmina has extensive experience working alongside corporations, financial investors, government organisations, NGOs and developers in leading and executing a range of transactions designed to achieve national and corporate growth and resilience strategies. Prior to joining Pollination, Yasmina was a Senior Vice President at leading international infrastructure and green energy player, Macquarie Capital, where she spent 10 years in multiple offices globally. She has deep expertise advising on transactions in the infrastructure and energy space, designed to facilitate private sector investment into the nation building goals of emerging market and developed economies, in relation to improving the coverage and quality of their infrastructure. Over the past 4 years her focus has been on driving investment into renewable energy projects and frontier technologies at the forefront of the energy transition, as well as leading the origination of investment opportunities in emerging asset classes such as natural capital. Her areas of expertise encompass capital raising, project financing, restructuring, mergers and acquisitions, principal investment and divestment. Yasmina has a natural capital focused PhD in Environmental Science which received international recognition for its innovativeness and contribution to the sustainable water management field, and the application of nature based solutions in agricultural catchments.

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Emma-Jane Elliott

Associate

Emma-Jane is an investment professional with a broad range of experience. Prior to joining Pollination, she held roles in superannuation and investment management where she engaged with listed companies on key ESG issues and was responsible for equities and derivatives trading. Previously, she was at Bank of America Merrill Lynch in Equity Research Sales where she advised institutional investors on investment opportunities and execution services in Australian and Asian Equities.

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Lauren Drake

Executive Director

Lauren has global experience in environmental markets, and has deep legal and advisory experience in climate law and finance, renewable energy and commercial contracts. She was an Associate in Baker McKenzie’s Global Environmental Markets Practice, advising governments, companies and multi-lateral financial institutions on climate change law and policy. Her focus included implementation of the Paris Agreement and legal readiness for climate finance and investment, along with advice on carbon market design and transactions (including REDD+) and emissions trading. Lauren also advised multinational renewable energy developers on large-scale renewable energy projects and has experience working for a renewable energy developer and the International Energy Agency in Paris, where she focused on best practice policy frameworks for supporting renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies.

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Sarah Denman

Associate

Sarah has deep experience advising companies, governments and civil society on regulatory and environmental issues. Prior to joining Pollination, Sarah was an environment lawyer at environmental law NGO ClientEarth, leading advocacy with Members of Parliament, Government, industry and civil society to secure environmental protections in UK legislation and the EU/UK trade agreement. She previously spent several years at Allen & Overy in London as a regulatory lawyer in the international capital markets department and was seconded 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). She also sits on the Law Society of England and Wales Climate Change Working Group, which advises the legal profession on climate change.

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Darren Dell

Creative Services Manager

Darren has extensive creative and design operations experience gained at financial and professional services firms. He offers a creative lens to complex matters and concepts, crafting messaging to its simplest visual form to elevate brand strength and visually communicate information and ideas that resonate, inform, entice action and are commercially effective. Prior to joining Pollination, Darren worked at Macquarie Group and notably held a key role in developing and deploying Macquarie’s brand refresh. He led the redevelopment of the Group’s Microsoft Office template framework and delivered design training programs business-wide. In preceding years, Darren worked at KPMG, holding a pivotal role in scaling a global creative function to serve a growing demand for creative capability across the business; supporting strategic proposals, marketing and business development activities. 

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James Daniel

Associate

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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Dr. Arjuna Dibley

Director

Arjuna (‘Arj‘) is an expert on various aspects of climate policy, law and finance. Over the past decade, he has advised governments, international financial institutions and global corporations on the development and implementation of climate policy and legal frameworks, climate risk management, climate finance instruments and energy decarbonization strategies. Arj began his career as a lawyer at Baker McKenzie’s Global Environmental Markets Practice, during which time he was recognised as Australia’s best lawyer under 30. He was also previously a Senior Policy Adviser at the Centre for Policy Development and a Fellow at the Steyer Taylor Center for Energy Policy and Finance at Stanford University. On the side of his role at Pollination, Arj is an Honorary Research Associate at the University of Oxford’s Smith School for Enterprise and Environment and a Board Director at Environmental Justice Australia. Arj has a doctorate in climate law and economics from Stanford University which he received as a John Monash Scholar, and degrees in Law and Asian Studies from the Australian National University. His work has been published in leading peer-reviewed climate change journals and in the international press.

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Dr. Helen Crowley

Partner

Helen is a recognised nature and biodiversity expert, delivering pioneering and impact led climate and nature focused solutions for our clients. Formerly the Head of Sustainable Sourcing Innovation at the French company Kering, Helen advised luxury brands on best practices in sustainability. Prior to this, Helen worked with Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) for over a decade on conservation strategy. Early in her career, she worked as a senior consultant to companies on building out environmental health and safety programs to encompass broader sustainability issues. In October 2019, Helen took a year-long sabbatical as a Fellow and Senior Advisor for Resilient Supply Chains at Conservation International, developing new approaches for business to address climate and biodiversity challenges. Helen has a PhD in Zoology from the Australian National University and is on the Boards of non-profit organizations including Textile Exchange, Wildlife Friendly Enterprise Network and the International Union for the Conservation of Nature US. She is also on the advisory boards of the GEF Planet Gold Program and Alante Capital. Helen contributes to the business and biodiversity work of the World Economic Forum as an advisor and member of the Global Futures Council.

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The Hon Greg Combet AM

Senior Advisor

Greg served as Minister for Industry and Innovation, Minister for Climate Change and Energy Efficiency and Minister for Defence Personnel, Science and Materiel amongst other roles between 2007 and 2013.Following two terms in Parliament, Greg has focussed his career on the superannuation industry and advisory roles. He is Chair of IFM Investors; Chair of Industry Super Australia; Chair of Industry Super Holdings; a member of the Invest Victoria Advisory Board; and consults to governments, unions and corporations. He has previously been a Director of ME Bank and AustralianSuperGreg has been a member of the National Covid-19 Coordination Commission, been Chair of the Independent Expert Panel on Interim Emissions Reduction Targets for the Victorian Government; and is a senior advisor to McKinsey and Company. He was awarded a Member of the Order of Australia in 2006.

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Phil Cohn

Executive Director

Phil has over 15 years’ experience in renewable energy, electricity markets, carbon markets and innovation. He combines technical knowledge with strong commercial and strategy skills to deliver complex projects in environmental and energy markets. He has diverse experience building start-ups and early-stage ventures, as well as advising at board and senior management level across a variety of public and private sector organisations. Prior to joining Pollination, Phil was Chief Operating Officer at a clean energy start-up where he led corporate development and led extensive engagements 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. In this role Phil developed expert knowledge in clean technology trends, barriers and opportunities and he developed an extensive network among project sponsors and developers. 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

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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Marisa Chiarella

Business Development & Client Director

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

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 change management, climate justice, human rights, policy reform, international development, law and impact measurement. Prior to Pollination, Mila had an impact-driven career in the United States, culminating at the Open Society Foundations, where she was the president’s advisor on climate justice, a new initiatives entrepreneur, and chief staffer to the management committee. Mila co-led the development of the philanthropy’s new climate justice strategy focused on supporting energy transitions, nature-based economies, adaptation and resilience, impact investment, as well as advocating for climate finance flows to the global south. Prior to this she worked at the Harvard Kennedy School, where she partnered long-term with emerging country governments in Africa, Asia and Latin America to support them to achieve ambitious 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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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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Melanie Brock

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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Emily Briggs

Executive Director

Emily has deep international experience of green finance, climate and decarbonisation policy, having worked across the public, private and third sector for over 15 years. Emily joins Pollination from the UK Government, where she led UK nature finance policy and oversaw development of a natural environment fund to kick-start a green recovery from Covid-19.  Prior to this, Emily led the UK Government’s work on emissions trading, including the development of carbon pricing options for post EU Exit. Before joining the UK Government, Emily worked on sustainable consumption and production across Asia-Pacific at the United Nations Environment Programme and held engineering and commercial roles at BP Australia.

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Caspar Bossom

Associate

Caspar has diverse experience across several aspects of climate change, having worked in Defence, as a climate risk advisor to the extractives sector, and in a start-up accelerating finance into nature-based solutions. Prior to Pollination, Caspar worked for ERM, supporting clients in the extractives sector to quantify physical and transition climate risk, in line with TCFD reporting standards. He has experience in climate finance, having been Growth Manager at Treeconomy, a climate impact start-up, accelerating finance in nature-based solutions. Prior, Caspar worked in defence for six years, leading multiple projects in the UK, Middle East, and Africa. It was here he identified climate change as significant emerging risk to global socio-economic security, driving him to undertake a Masters in Climate Change, Management and Finance at Imperial College, London. Caspar also holds a BA in Environment & Business from the University of Leeds.

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Nikola Bonney

People Director

Nikola has extensive experience in senior HR leadership roles, with expertise in HR strategyorganisational development, project and change management, in fast-paced and complex organisations across diverse industries, including aviation, health, banking and financial services.  Prior to joining Pollination, Nikola was the Head of HR Advisory and Services at Rabobank, for the region Australia and New Zealand, one of the world’s largest rural banks. Nikola is a certified professional member of Australian HR Institute (AHRI) and a PROSCI Change Management Practitioner.

 

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Suzanne Blake

Marketing Director

Suzanne has extensive 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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Nick Blackmore

Brand Associate

Nick has been working in branding and design for over 20 years. Prior to joining Pollination, Nick worked for several major agencies including Pauffley, Landor and Hill & Knowlton.  During his career he has worked on several notable accounts such as BP, Diageo and Tate & Lyle and was involved with the development of EY’s lighthouse brand. Most recently he worked with the most admired corporate travel brand, BCD Travel and played supporting role within sales to help win some significant contracts with brands such as Amazon, Netflix and Deloitte. He has also been involved with creating corporate learning initiatives and pro bono work raising awareness of human trafficking with the charity ECPAT.

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Jake Billhorn

Associate

Jake has diverse experience advising organisations on natural capital investment strategy, financial modeling & due diligence, and the adoption of sustainable land use practices. He is passionate about helping clients develop ideas, projects, and business that are financially and environmentally sustainable. Before joining Pollination, Jake worked with World Resources Institute helping to develop natural capital projects in the US and Latin America. He also worked with the timber investment firm Resource Management Service on payment-for-ecosystem-services projects in Brazil. Previously, he worked with the valuation firm Stout on their Commercial Litigation and Forensic Services team. Jake received his MBA and Master of Environmental Management from Yale University as well as bachelor’s degrees in Zoology and Finance from Michigan State University.

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Nick Anstett

Executive 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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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

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

Executive 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

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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