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F4B CORE TEAM BIOGRAPHIES

Tom Brooks

F4B Strategy and Leadership Group member
European Climate Foundation

Tom Brookes advises Mava’s finance for biodiversity funding programme. He started his career as a journalist, covering technology, regulation and broader European politics and moved into communications, public affairs and media relations in the late 90’s.


Following regulatory and standards work for Alcatel, and others, Tom joined an international public affairs consultancy. Tom worked on the Microsoft competition case in Europe from 2002, representing Microsoft as press spokesman on the case and acting as political advisor to Microsoft’s CEO and General Counsel. He later joined Apple as Director of Government Affairs, Europe, Middle East and Africa. In 2009 Tom became Managing Director of the Energy Strategy Centre at the European Climate Foundation (ECF). He works to progress the political response to climate change, with responsibility for external communications, public affairs and political communications strategy for the ECF, its affiliates and network. Tom joined the Executive Management Team of the ECF as Executive Director, Strategic Communications.


Tom is also a Senior Adviser on International Strategic Communications to ClimateWorks and sits on the F4B Leadership Group, Strategy Group and Grants Committee.

Charlie Dixon
F4B Portfolio Manager and Leadership Group member

Vivid Economics

Charlie manages content delivery and pipeline development for Finance for Biodiversity (F4B), an international initiative supported by the MAVA Foundation.


Charlie previously led Vivid’s work in agriculture, forestry and other land use (AFOLU), and its crossover with finance. He offers expertise in biodiversity, nature-based solutions, sustainable finance and carbon markets.


Charlie holds an MPhil in Economics from the University of Cambridge and a BSc in Economics from the London School of Economics.


On F4B, Charlie is the Portfolio Manager.

Contact: Charlie.Dixon@vivideconomics.com

Jason Eis

F4B Strategy and Leadership Group member

Vivid Economics

Jason is the Executive Director at Vivid Economics. He leads Vivid’s work on sustainability and private finance, supporting a variety of financial institutions. Jason brings deep expertise on climate and biodiversity related risks, and the interaction between policy, technology and consumer behaviour across major regions and sectors, including energy, mining, agriculture, real estate and manufacturing. He has worked with asset owners and managers in assessing risk exposure of asset portfolios and their correlation across diversified asset holdings; with banks in conducting asset and company due diligence that integrated climate-related risks; with private equity funds and banks in assessing the investment opportunities from a low-carbon transition; and with insurance companies assessing market risks and opportunities associated with climate damages. Jason has also led prominent initiatives supporting groups of leading investors through UNEP-FI and PRI. He has spent over a decade leading scenario-based analysis of the low-carbon transition using and developing a variety of systems models. His prior experience includes Associate Director at the Carbon Trust and Engagement Manager at McKinsey & Co. He holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of California, Berkeley, and a B.A. from Yale.


Jason sits on the F4B Leadership Group, Strategy Group and Grants Committee.

Jeremy Eppel

F4B Ambassador

Eppel Sustainability

Jeremy Eppel is the co-founder of Eppel Sustainability, a consultancy established in 2016 to help organisations tackle global sustainability challenges and secure funding. He is a member of the CBD’s Expert Panel on Resource Mobilisation for the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework. Jeremy has advised the World Bank’s Global Wildlife Program, the Prince of Wales’s International Sustainability Unit, UN Environment Programme, CITES and a range of non-Governmental and private sector organisations. Until 2016, Jeremy was Deputy Director International in the UK Government’s Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra). In this role, he led the UK delegation to CBD COP 11 and COP 12 and, as a member of the Bureau, co-chaired the contact group on resource mobilisation at COP 12. Jeremy also led pioneering efforts to tackle the illegal wildlife trade (IWT) through his oversight of the London and Kasane Conferences, and by funding frontline projects under the IWT Challenge Fund and the Darwin Initiative. Jeremy has almost four decades of experience advising Ministers and providing leadership in international and domestic policy making, including eight years spent as Environment Counsellor in the Organisation for Economic Development and Co-operation (OECD), Paris. Jeremy is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and a Trustee of IUCN UK and of TRAFFIC International.


Jeremy is an F4B Ambassador, and sits on the Leadership Group. 

Ashley Gorst

F4B Sovereign Debt Lead

Vivid Economics

Ashley is a Senior Economist and works on issues around biodiversity and land use at Vivid Economics. In this area he has worked with clients including the UK’s Committee on Climate Change, World Bank and UK Space Agency. He has particular skills in the metrics and techniques used to assess the benefits and costs of land use change and has worked on integrating natural capital approaches into decision-making in a number of settings. Ashley holds a PhD from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) in Environmental Economics.

Contact: Ashley.Gorst@vivideconomics.com

Marianne Hahr

F4B Ambassador
Green Digital Finance Alliance


Executive Director Green Digital Finance Alliance, prior was Advisor to the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Denmark on digitisation in emerging markets finance, prior to that Director of Sustainia a think tank deploying digital technology for impact and Marianne started her career building climate adaptation projects in West and Southern Africa. Education is one M.Sc. Environmental Science and a second Masters in International Human Rights Law.  


Marianne is an F4B Ambassador and sits on the Leadership Group.

Contact: mh@sustainabledigitalfinance.org

Mark Halle

F4B Ambassador
Better Nature


Mark holds a degree from Tufts University in the US and a post-graduate degree in History from the University of Cambridge.  Following two years with the Diplomatic Secretariat of the Conference on Security and Cooperation in Europe (CSCE) he has devoted his career to environment and sustainable development, beginning with five years in the United Nations Environment Programme’s Policy Planning Division.  He spent four years in WWF-International’s Conservation Division, with responsibility for building its programmes in China and as conservation advisor to HRH The Prince Phillip, Duke of Edinburgh.  There followed fourteen years at IUCN, first in the Conservation for Development Centre (integrated into IUCN as the Field Operations Division), then as Director of Development and, finally, as Director of Policy and Partnerships.  He left IUCN to establish the International Institute for Sustainable Development (Europe) which he directed until retirement in 2016 and where he remains a Senior Fellow.  Mark was a Senior Advisor to the UNEP Inquiry into the Design of a Sustainable Financial System for the four years of its mandate, taking special responsibility for developing countries.  Mark writes and lectures on the subject of sustainable development.  He chairs the Board of Trustees of TRAFFIC International and the Swiss NGO Aquasis and sits on the board of the Sustainable Development Solutions Network-Switzerland, the Committee on Sustainability Assessment (COSA) in the United States, the International Bamboo and Rattan Organization (INBAR) in China, and Sustainable Finance Geneva.  He is founder of the Geneva 2030 Ecosystem, a platform for dialogue and cooperation about the challenge of implementing the Sustainable Development Goals.


Mark is an F4B Ambassador, and sits on the Leadership Group.

 

Contact: mark@betternature.earth

Rupesh Madlani

F4B Ambassador

GSCM

 

Rupesh is a co-founder of Global Sustainable Capital Management, a dedicated impact investment asset manager based in London. Prior to this, Rupesh spent nearly a decade at Lehman Brothers and Barclays in equity research in sustainability and clean technology sector, ranking first in the Institutional Investor survey in his last year. Prior to this, Rupesh worked at PwC in the corporate finance practice. Rupesh co-founded Bankers without Boundaries, to utilise former investment bankers for the benefit of the environment and social good.


Rupesh graduated in economics from the London School of Economics, is a chartered accountant and Freeman of the City of London. 


Rupesh has been an expert reviewer in various publications with the World Economic Forum, the OECD, Prince of Wales ISU and the UN relating to sustainable development. Rupesh has spoken at COP climate summits, sustainable investment panels and impact events around the world.


Rupesh is an F4B Ambassador and sits on the Leadership Group.

Contact Rupesh through his website: rupeshmadlani.com

Nathalie Nathe

F4B Initiative Manager
Vivid Economics


Nathalie is the Portfolio and Stakeholder Manger at Vivid Economics. She works across a diverse client portfolio, including investors, corporations and policymakers to help them build resilience across investment portfolios and accelerate climate policy action to shift to a low-carbon economy globally. Nathalie also manages a small portfolio of projects across Vivid workstreams.


Nathalie has a track record in the design and delivery of large-scale projects, programmes and international consortia, as well as stakeholder engagement and business development strategies. Prior to joining Vivid, Nathalie held related roles at the Overseas Development Institute (ODI), the New Climate Economy (the secretariat of the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate), the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI), and for Forum for the Future – where she contributed to and presented project content to key audiences.


Nathalie holds a BSc in ‘Geography’ from University College London (UCL), a Masters (MSc) in Strategic Planning, Leadership and Sustainability from the Blekinge Institute of Technology, Sweden, and is PRINCE2 and HEAT certified.


On F4B, Nathalie is the Initiative Manager. 

Contact: Nathalie.Nathe@vivideconomics.com

Mateo Salazar

F4B Green Stimulus Workstream Lead
Vivid Economics

Mateo brings to Vivid Economics research experience, data analytics expertise and project management skills. He has nine years of experience consulting for the private and public sectors in the Latin America, US, Europe and West Africa. At Vivid Economics, he is actively involved in the Natural Resources and Finance practice areas. He co-leads the forestry and land use pillar within the Natural Resources practice group. He has been involved in several project related to monitoring, valuing and conserving forests in tropical settings.  


Before joining Vivid Economics, he also worked on issues at the in the intersection of economic and environmental issues. He has published papers on the economic impacts of natural disasters, behavioral responses to weather fluctuations and nationally appropriate mitigation actions. 

Holger Schmid

F4B Strategy and Leadership Group Member
Mava Foundation

 

Holger is the director of the sustainable economy programme at the MAVA Foundation, a private family foundation based in Switzerland. He leads MAVA’s strategy development and portfolio management on natural capital, green finance and circular economy.  He facilitates and provides advice on collaborative civil society and cross sectoral initiatives with a diversity of partners in various European countries. He is co-initiator of the national Swiss Circular Economy movement and founding member of the European donor collaboration on circular economy. He also serves as a board member for the Plastic Solutions Fund.


Holger holds a Masters  degree in Biology. He started his career in conservation and restoration research in central America and central Asia and worked for WWF in Mongolia and in the Mediterranean on landscape and river basin conservation before moving on to address the underlying causes of biodiversity decline.


On F4B, Holger sits on Leadership Group, Strategy Group and Grants Committee.

Eva Sirp

F4B Administrator

Vivid Economics

Eva has worked as an administrator in various sectors including marketing, graphic design and health services.


She holds an MSc in Psychology and is currently training to become a BACP-accredited counsellor.


Eva is the administrator for the F4B project, responsible for coordination and logistics, including scheduling, travel arrangements, contact database maintenance and event administration.

Contact: Eva.Sirp@vivideconomics.com

Robin Smale

F4B Leadership Group member

Vivid Economics

Robin is a director with responsibility for finance, and leads project work in natural resources, earth observation, cities and infrastructure and energy. His clients include multi-national companies, international organisations, NGOs and governments.


His work takes him across the EU, Africa, North America and Oceania from a London base and often involves partnerships with clients lasting many years. Robin was advisor to the Economic Sub-Committee of the UK Cabinet as a founder member of the Natural Capital Committee, 2012-15.


Before co-founding Vivid Economics in 2006, Robin led the energy, environment and water practices of another leading consultancy. Robin has degrees from the University of Oxford and University College London.


On F4B, Robin sits on the Leadership Group.

Philippa Wisbey

F4B Project Manager

Vivid Economics

Philippa has a background working in the corporate partnerships teams of several well-known national charities in the UK, most recently for Help for Heroes. She has significant experience managing multiple stakeholders, as well as holding responsibility for a diverse portfolio of projects and income streams.


Philippa has recently gained her Masters of Science (MSc) in Strategic Leadership towards Sustainability from the Blekinge Institute of Technology, Sweden. She also holds a Bachelor’s of Science (BSc) in Psychology from the University of St Andrews.


Philippa is the Project Manager for F4B, leading on granting, progress reporting, meeting minutes, and content support. 

Contact: philippa.wisbey@vivideconomics.com

Simon Zadek

F4B Chair

Dr. Simon Zadek is Sherpa of the UN Secretary General’s Task Force on Digital Financing of the Sustainable Development Goals, based at the United Nations Development Program, and is Principal of UNDP’s systemic change initiative, Project Catalyst. He is also Chair of the Board of the Migrant Nation Foundation and of the F4B initiative.


He was Senior Advisor on Sustainable Finance in the Executive Office of the UN Secretary-General, and Co-Director of the UN Environment’s Inquiry into Design Options for a Sustainable Financial System. In this role, he co-chaired China’s Green Finance Task Force, and ran the Green Finance Study Group under the Chinese, German and Argentinian G20 Presidencies.

 

Contact: sizadek@gmail.com

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