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 policies, 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 was Chair of the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA), a former founding Director of the Clean Energy Finance Corporation and a former Director of the Climate Council. 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. He is Adjunct Professor of International Climate Change Law at Australian National University, 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 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.

our team

A dynamic force for change with unrivalled expertise.

Rob Jesudason

Chair

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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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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Jinchen Zou

Associate

Jinchen has broad experience serving public, private, and social sector clients on financing and deploying climate change solutions. She has worked with stakeholders to scale voluntary carbon markets, design funding vehicles to commercialize critical climate technologies, and develop upstream operating models for development finance. She has also advised cities and federal agencies on climate resilience. Prior to Pollination, Jinchen was a Senior Business Analyst at McKinsey, where she built the firm’s capabilities in sustainability, corporate purpose, and ESG while gaining broad exposure to business strategy, operations, and organizational health. She has also worked at the US Treasury, USAID, and conducted fieldwork in the South Pacific and Ethiopia on climate migration. Jinchen holds a BA on Economics and Global Affairs from Yale University.

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Zoe Whitton

Executive Director

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

Associate

Laura has over 5 years’ experience in climate, energy and environmental law and policy.  Prior to joining the Pollination Group, 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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Markus Wandt

Partner

Markus has more than 25 years of investment and financing experience. He is a former Investment Director Private Equity for Mayfair Vermögensverwaltung SE, one of the largest family offices in Germany. Markus served on the Board of Directors at DNV GL A/S, Norway; Prior to joining Mayfair, Markus was Head of M&A and Corporate Development at RWE Innogy overseeing 40+ transactions in renewable energy; earlier in his career, Markus was a Principal M&A at Bank of America and Associate Director at HSBC in London and an Associate at Global One Telecommunications in Brussels.  ​

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Victoria Thompson

Executive Assistant

Victoria is an Executive Assistant in Pollination’s Sydney office and supports partners, Patrick Suckling and Megan Flynn. 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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Rebecca Tarbert

Financial Accountant

Rebecca is an accounting professional with deep experience in audit, assurance and financial services. Prior to joining Pollination, Rebecca spent over 5 years in the Audit and Assurance Division of Nexia Sydney during which time she  spent 6 months working abroad at Ebner Stolz in Germany. Rebecca has experience working with a variety of clients, ranging from ASX listed companies to large proprietary companies and small not-for-profit entities. Rebecca holds a Bachelor of Business from the University of Technology Sydney and is a member of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand.

 

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Christiane Tan

Associate

Christiane is ainvestment professional with over two years of experience in public and private equityPrior to joining Pollination, Christiane was an Investment Associate at Temasek Internationala Singapore-based company which invests globally. As part of the Industrials, Business Services and Energy & Resources (IBE) team, Christiane evaluated investment opportunities and conducted sectoral deep dives within the Industrials space. She also actively monitored the performance of major portfolio companies and worked on strategic M&A with them. Christiane holds a First-Class Honours in BA (Hons) Land Economy from the University of Cambridge, where she covered a range of courses across economics, law, policy, finance and the environment. 

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Dr. 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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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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Sarah Shepherd

Executive Officer

For more than a decade Sarah has supported high profile business owners and board members, with a focus on project management and corporate governance. Prior to joining Pollination, Sarah worked at PwC in Australia as a Client Project Manager. In this role she led client relationship and project management with a global reach across multinational technology clients. Prior to this, Sarah worked in the United Kingdom at Tysers, a London Insurance Broker where she supported the Board with the due diligence for the sale of the company. She has a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Tasmania and dedicates time volunteering in a mentoring program for high school students as a Raise Mentor.

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Mitch Shannon

Associate

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

Associate

Dan is an investment professional with over six years’ experience 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 four 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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Adriano Scardino

Associate

Adriano joins Pollination after five 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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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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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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Valerie Pinkerton

Project Manager

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

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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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Sara Oishi

Associate

Sara has diverse experience across the technical, legal, and policy aspects of climate change. Prior to joining Pollination she spent three years as 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 three 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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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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Fiona Messent

Director

Fiona has more than 12 years developing policies and designing strategies to advance solutions for climate change and sustainability challenges across the public and private sector. Prior to joining Pollination, Fiona drove the efforts behind Qantas’ 2050 net-zero emissions commitment, the world’s first waste-free flight, and established an industry alliance on sustainable aviation fuels in Australia. Fiona has also worked as a Climate Change and Sustainability Specialist for multiple international organisations, including the World Bank, Sustainable Energy for All (SEforALL) and United Nations Foundation. In these roles, she worked to increase sustainable energy access across sub-Saharan Africa through the development of innovative financing mechanisms and partnerships, developed frameworks to tackle the drivers of food loss and waste and launched a global partnership to accelerate women’s empowerment, social inclusion and gender equity in the energy sector. Fiona began her career at the Australian Department of Treasury and was the climate change and energy adviser to the Deputy Prime Minister and Treasurer under the Gillard Government. Fiona holds a Master of Public Administration from Columbia University in New York.

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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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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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Sam Lopez

Executive Assistant

Sam is an Executive Assistant & Project Coordinator in Pollination’s Chicago office, supporting John Morton & Richard Saines. 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 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 is 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 the International Conservation Caucus Foundation; 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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Debra Jason

Brand & Marketing Associate

Debra is a dynamic and experienced brand designer with an outstanding track record of launching brand transformation programs for companies including Telstra, TAL and Heathrow Express. With over 20 years’ experience with some of the most influential design agencies and clients in London and Sydney, she is an expert in brand management, implementation and governance. Her intelligent and strategic approach to branding has been recognised by various awards, including the Award for Identity – AGDA (Australian Graphic Design Association) for the Telstra rebrand (Sydney), Grand Prix Winner – Design Effectiveness Awards for the launch of Heathrow Express (London) and Best Annual Report – Design Week Awards for The Natural History Museum (London).

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Sally Keller

Chief Financial & Operations Officer

Sally is an experienced finance leader with instinctive commercial acumen and a focus on driving shareholder value.  Sally spent 10 years at Deutsche Bank in the Investment Banking division in London and Sydney closing high-profile mergers and acquisition transactions, providing strategic advice and structuring financing solutions.  More recently Sally was the CFO for the Healthcare division of Johnson & Johnson in Singapore and prior to joining Pollination, Sally was the Head of M&A for Medical Centres at Healius, a leading healthcare company in Australia.  During Sally’s career she has been acknowledged for her contributions including Collaborator of the Year at Johnson & Johnson Singapore.  Sally holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) and was awarded the UNSW University Medal for academic excellence.

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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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Louise Horrocks

Executive Director

Louise is an experienced adviser to public and private sector clients internationally and has a deep understanding of the growing climate challenges affecting their businesses and industries. Previously a corporate and tax partner at Queensland law firm McCullough Robertson, Louise led the resources and renewables industry practice group specialising in renewable energy, mining and resources and infrastructure transactions. She is recognised for her involvement in the identification and uptake of renewable energy and clean technology solutions across sectors in Queensland and is closely connected throughout stakeholders for the local Australian mining and energy industries.

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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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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 8 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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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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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 for nine years – 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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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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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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Dr. Arjuna Dibley

Director

Arjuna (‘Arj‘) is an expert on climate finance, carbon markets and carbon pricing. Over the past decade, he has advised FTSE500 companies, governments and international financial services institutions on transactions in the Australian and international carbon markets. 

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. On the side of his role at Pollination, Arj is an Honorary Research Associate at Oxford University’s Smith School for Enterprise and Environment, at which he carries out research on issues related to carbon offsets.

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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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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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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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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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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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Victoria Adams

Executive Director

Victoria Adams is an investment professional with extensive corporate finance experience in mergers and acquisitions for advisory and principal transactions across a broad range of industries. Victoria joins Pollination from the Clean Energy Finance Corporation, where she was Head of Social Infrastructure. Victoria has experience in utility-scale solar projects, investment funds, public-private partnerships, project finance, corporate finance and climate bonds for the CEFC. She has completed the Company Directors Course from the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Prior to the CEFC, Victoria worked at Goldman Sachs JBWere and Macquarie Capital Advisers. Before investment banking, Victoria worked as a civil engineer specialising in tunnel design and construction.

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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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