our people

The shift to net zero will be permanent. With courage and vision, we will revolutionise our economies.

Martijn Wilder AM Founding Partner

Martijn is a world leader in climate law and sustainable investing.

With a background in economics and law, Martijn is focused on developing innovative polices, ideas and investments that enable our economies to rapidly transition to net zero, while at the same time preserving our natural ecosystems. Martijn has retained over many years the accolade of the world’s leading climate change lawyer and the Star Individual by Chambers Global Law Guide.

Martijn was head of Baker & McKenzie’s global climate law and finance practice for 20 years and continues to play a key role with Australia’s clean energy finance institutions. He is Chair of the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) and a former founding Director of the Clean Energy Finance Corporation. He helped establish and later Chair the Federal Government’s Low Carbon Australia finance body. He is currently President of WWF-Australia and Chair of NSW Climate Change Council and the Law for Development Initiative. He is Adjunct Professor of International Climate Change Law at Australian National University, a Director of the Climate Council, and a Member of the Wentworth Group of Concerned Scientists.

Martijn was a Cambridge Commonwealth Trust Scholar and awarded an Australian Honour (AM) for his contribution to climate change law and the environment, and was winner of the 2018 Financial Times Asia Pacific Legal Innovator of the Year.

Combining law and policy with investment will enable profound change, much greater than investment alone.

Tony O’Sullivan Founding Partner

Tony has been at the forefront of financial services and investment banking for more than three decades.

Tony is globally renowned for his leadership in large, industry-defining transactions, and for his many years providing astute advice to corporates, private equity firms, business owners and entrepreneurs.

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 Limited then under the Chairmanship of former Prime Minister of Australia, the Honourable Paul Keating. At Lazard, Tony was appointed as Head of Investment Banking, Sydney.

Prior to establishing O’Sullivan Partners, Tony was a London-based Managing Director of Bank of America, responsible for European Telecommunications and Technology. Tony has been admitted to practice as a Barrister and Solicitor in various jurisdictions and has completed Private Equity, Venture Capital and Blockchain courses at Harvard Business School and Saϊd Business School at Oxford University.

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.

our team

A dynamic force for change with unrivalled expertise.

Rob Jesudason

Chairman

Rob is an Investor, Advisor and Non-executive Director to financial services and technology companies transforming our world. He is the founder and CEO of financial services principal investing firm Serendipity Capital. He is also currently a Non-executive Director of disruptor digital bank TYME, and a Senior Advisor to Block One, the world’s largest blockchain company. Rob was also former President of Block One, responsible for scaling its operations globally.Rob was Group Executive, Financial Services, and Chief Financial Officer of Commonwealth Bank of Australia; and Head of Financial institutions Global Emerging Markets at Credit Suisse working across APAC, CEEMEA and Latin America. He’s a former Managing Director at both JP Morgan and Barclays. Rob has been recognised in Asia Fintech Top 100 Leaders 2016; and awarded Asia Pacific FIG M&A Advisor of the Year 2008 by the Financial Times.

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Dominic Szanto

Executive Director

Dominic has spent over 20 years delivering renewable energy projects. He led the offshore wind advisory team at JLL for five years, leading investments of over $2 billion in green field developments. Prior to this, he led UK mergers and acquisitions activity for RWE Innogy, completing over 20 deals including the first offshore wind deals of the UK Green Investment Bank and the first UK wind YieldCo, Greencoat. In addition to wind power, Dominic has originated and managed investments in solar and hydro power, energy storage, energy transition and has structured innovative power purchasing solutions to enable corporates to directly affect carbon reduction. He has a PhD in Electrochemical Engineering and developed some of the world’s earliest redox flow battery technology.

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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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Richard Saines ONM

Partner

Rick is globally recognized as a leading climate change lawyer, and for two decades has advised multinational companies, financial institutions, funds and project sponsors on carbon and environmental market transactions and the economic transition to a low carbon economy. 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’s a former Partner and head of Baker McKenzie’s North American Climate Change Practice; and former Chair, International Emissions Trading Association. He 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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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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John E. Morton

Partner

John is a recognised leader in the field of climate finance, bringing more than twenty-five years of experience in emerging markets, investment finance, and economic and environmental policy. He was a Presidential Appointee in the Obama Administration and served as White House Senior Director for Energy and Climate Change at the National Security Council. In this role, he had overall responsibility for coordinating the Obama Administration’s policies and strategies on international energy and climate change issues. Earlier in the Administration, he served for six years as Vice President for Investment Policy, Chief of Staff, and Chief Operating Officer of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC). Before his Government service, John was Managing Director of Economic Policy at The Pew Charitable Trusts and a private equity investor with Global Environment Fund. John began his career as a strategy consultant with Mercer and managing World Bank projects in environmental infrastructure sectors in the former Soviet Union.

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Michael Molitor

Senior Advisor

Michael is leading corporate climate change advisor, climate technology entrepreneur, and esteemed earth systems academic. He is a co-founder of Emmi.io – a blockchain enabled climate performance platform; and Chairman, Uniti Sweden AB – a company designing and building self-driving electric vehicles for urban use. He was formerly a Senior Advisor – Climate Change at McKinsey; and Principal Advisor – Sustainable Development at OECD. He was Global Leader, Climate Change Services, PwC; and a former advisor to the Climate Change team at BP. Before his career in the private sector, he held academic appointments at Stanford University, University of California, Berkeley, and Columbia University. Michael has a PhD from Cambridge University and was a Ford Foundation post-doctoral fellow at Harvard University.

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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 as awarded the Baker McKenzie Professional Development Award in 2018.

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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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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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David Martin

Finance Director

David has been a senior finance and commercial director in leading UK and Australian organisations for more than three decades. He is experienced in providing strategic leadership to global organisations, operating in complex environments across multiple jurisdictions. He was finance director for McGraw-Hill publishing house, and Vice-President Commercial at Simon & Schuster. His He has also held roles in New Zealand, including as an Income Tax investigator.

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Christof Kutscher

Senior Advisor

Christof is a globally renowned leader in asset management, technology and corporate governance. Christof was formerly Global Chairman of AXA IM, and is serving Chairman and Non-Executive Director AXA IM Germany, Non-Executive Director AXA IM UK, and AXA Chorus Hong Kong. He’s Chairman of the Samsung Advisory Committee; Chief Advisor to Samsung Life, Seoul; and Global Chairman and Non-executive Board Director of Bergos Berenberg Bank, Zurich. Christof co-founded and is a Non-executive Director of biotech company Gnothis AB, based in Sweden, and a Member of the Management Board, EnergyWall, technology leader in energy efficient cooling technology, Lancaster PA. He’s a Member of the National Association of Corporate Directors. Previously he’s been Head of Asia Pacific for UBS Global Asset Management, CEO for UBS Asset Management Switzerland and CIO of LGT Capital Management.

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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 for four years, 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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Tim Jordan

Executive Director

Tim is recognised as an industry leader in climate change innovation and investment. He was formerly Head of investment research at the Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC), where he focused on economic analysis and strategy for clean energy investment. Tim has also been a research analyst at Deutsche Bank and senior adviser to Australia’s first Commonwealth minister for climate change. He has degrees in political science and law from the University of Queensland, a Master of Economics from the University of Sydney, and an MPhil from University College London, where he was a Commonwealth scholar.

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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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Ariadne Gorring

Executive Director, 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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Megan Flynn

Executive Director

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 Chair of Earthwatch Institute, and a Non-executive Director of Carbon Markets Institute, Sustainability Victoria 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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Lauren Drake

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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Christie Clarke

Director

For nearly a decade Christie Clarke has advised major global organisations on climate change and sustainability. In her former role at CPD – 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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James Cameron

Senior Advisor

James is a recognised leader of the global climate change movement. He has extensive expertise and connections in mobilising change in civil society, government and business. He was the Co-founder of the Climate Change Capital, the world’s first green investment bank, and Co-founder of the Climate Change Practice at Baker McKenzie. James has worked extensively across a multitude of sectors. He is a Senior Advisor at Systemiq and Tulchan; on the Advisory Board for Heathrow 2.0, AVAIO; and Chairman of the Overseas Development Institute (ODI). He is also an Executive Fellow at Yale; former member of the UK Prime Minister’s Business Advisory Group; former negotiator, UNFCCC and Kyoto Protocol; and former Senior Advisor to the Morocco and Fiji COP Presidencies.

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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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