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F4B CORE TEAM BIOGRAPHIES

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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.

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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. 

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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. 

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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.

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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

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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.

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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

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Simon Zadek

F4B Chair

 

Dr Zadek is Chair of Finance for Biodiversity and Director of Migrant Nation. He was Head, Secretariat, UN Secretary General’s Task Force on Digital Financing of the Sustainable Development Goals and Senior Advisor on Finance in the Executive Office of the Secretary General and Co-Director of UNEP's Inquiry into the Design of a Sustainable Financial System. In these roles, he co-Chaired China’s Green Finance Task Force, and led the Green Finance Study Group secretariat under the Chinese, German and Argentinian G20 Presidencies. Prior to this, he was Senior Advisor to the World Economic Forum and the Global Green Growth Institute, founder and CEO of the international think tank, AccountAbility and Development Director of the New Economics Foundation.  He was Visiting Professor at the Singapore Management University and the Copenhagen Business School, and has been a senior fellow at Tsinghua School of Economics and Management, Harvard`s Kennedy School of Government,  and the University of Southern Africa, amongst others. He has worked with many corporations, governments and multi stakeholder initiatives on their sustainability and broader strategies, been a member of the International Advisory Board of Generation Investment Management, and has published extensively, including the award winning book, The Civil Corporation.

 

Contact: simon.zadek@f4b-initiative.net 

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Principals

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Simon Zadek

F4B Chair

 

Dr Zadek is Chair of Finance for Biodiversity and Director of Migrant Nation. He was Head, Secretariat, UN Secretary General’s Task Force on Digital Financing of the Sustainable Development Goals and Senior Advisor on Finance in the Executive Office of the Secretary General and Co-Director of UNEP's Inquiry into the Design of a Sustainable Financial System. In these roles, he co-Chaired China’s Green Finance Task Force, and led the Green Finance Study Group secretariat under the Chinese, German and Argentinian G20 Presidencies. Prior to this, he was Senior Advisor to the World Economic Forum and the Global Green Growth Institute, founder and CEO of the international think tank, AccountAbility and Development Director of the New Economics Foundation.  He was Visiting Professor at the Singapore Management University and the Copenhagen Business School, and has been a senior fellow at Tsinghua School of Economics and Management, Harvard`s Kennedy School of Government,  and the University of Southern Africa, amongst others. He has worked with many corporations, governments and multi stakeholder initiatives on their sustainability and broader strategies, been a member of the International Advisory Board of Generation Investment Management, and has published extensively, including the award winning book, The Civil Corporation.

 

Contact: simon.zadek@f4b-initiative.net 

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Nathalie Nathe

Principal
 

Nathalie Nathe is a Principal on the Finance for Biodiversity Initiative and the initiative's COO. She works across the full portfolio of projects and is a member of the Strategy Group, Grants Committee and Leadership Group. She oversees the secretariat and Communications Group.

 

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. She currently works as a Portfolio and Stakeholder Manager at Vivid Economics where 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. 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.

Contact: nathalie.nathe@f4b-initiative.net

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Robin Smale

F4B Leadership Group member

Robin Smale sits on the Leadership Group at F4B and is a director with responsibility for finance, leading 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.


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Holger Schmid

F4B Strategy and Leadership Group Member
Mava Foundation

 

Holger Schmid sits on the Leadership Group, Strategy Group and Grants Committee at F4B. He is also 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.


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Andreas Merkl

F4B Strategy and Leadership Group Member
 

 

Andreas Merkl sits on the Leadership Group, Strategy Group and Grants Committee at F4B. Andreas participates across the F4B portfolio with a  focus on delivering the Catalysing Nature Markets programme and the food-finance nexus . He is a researcher who mostly works on complex human/ecology systems problems. He has worked with a major global investor on reshaping global recycling markets in favour of greater plastic collection and rates. He also collaborates with Oxford University on quantitative assessments of the dynamics between complex ecological systems (ocean, agriculture), their users (fishers, farmers) and the polices that govern them.  For the previous 30+ years, Andreas worked in private, public and non-profit realms. He learned local politics as a neighborhood planner in San Francisco (1983-1987) under then-mayor Diane Feinstein. He spent the better part of a decade (1989 -95, 1997–2000) with McKinsey & Co, where he co-started the environmental consulting practice. He grew CEA, a San Francisco-based consulting and investment platform, into an incubator of environmental foundations (e.g. ClimateWorks), an international treaty-based organization (e.g. Global Green Growth Institute), venture capital funds (e.g. SeaChange Fund), industry associations (e.g. Chemical Recycling Partnership), a fiscal sponsorship organization (e.g. The Canopy Institute, now Multiplier), and non-profits (e.g. Community Conservation Investment Forum). He had senior management or governance roles in all of these institutions. From 2013 through 2018, Andreas was CEO and President of Ocean Conservancy, a major ocean advocacy organization based in Washington, DC. Andreas spent 2019 been immersed with the High Level Panel on Sustainable Ocean Economies, a group of 12 Heads of State pursuing an integrated conservation and production approach to developing the “blue economy.” The final report was intended to be a foundational document for the United Nations Ocean Conference in Lisbon in June 2020, which was postponed to the Fall of 2021. Andreas holds a Harvard MBA with distinction, a UC Berkeley Master’s in Regional Planning and Natural Resource Analysis, and a BA from UC Santa Cruz in natural history and environmental studies.
 

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Tom Brooks

F4B Strategy and Leadership Group member
 

Tom Brookes sits on F4B Leadership Group and Strategy Group and is also a Senior Adviser on International Strategic Communications to ClimateWorks. Tom 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.

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Jason Eis

F4B Leadership Group member

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.

Ambassadors and advisors

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Jeremy Eppel

F4B Ambassador

Eppel Sustainability

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


 

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Marianne Hahr

F4B Ambassador
Green Digital Finance Alliance

Marianne Hahr is an F4B Ambassador and sits on the Leadership Group. She is the Executive Director of Green Digital Finance Alliance, prior to this she was Advisor to the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Denmark on digitalisation in emerging markets finance. She was also Director of Sustainia a think tank deploying digital technology for impact. Marianne started her career building climate adaptation projects in West and Southern Africa. She holds an M.Sc. Environmental Science and a second Masters in International Human Rights Law.  

Contact: mh@sustainabledigitalfinance.org

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Mark Halle

F4B Ambassador
Better Nature

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

 

Contact: mark@betternature.earth

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Rupesh Madlani

F4B Ambassador

GSCM

 

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

Contact Rupesh through his website: rupeshmadlani.com

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Louis de Montpelier

F4B Senior Advisor

Louis is a Senior Advisor to F4B and sits on the Leadership Group. With extensive experience in international finance including senior roles in both public finance and the investment banking world, Louis de Montpellier is an expert in the management of government and public sector debt and sovereign wealth, ESG finance, impact investing, inclusive capitalism and sustainable economics. He presently serves as an independent board member of de Pury Pictet Turrettini; Cie in Geneva; as an advisor of the Official Monetary and Financial Institutions Forum in
London; as a Global Advisory Board member of Millenium Associates in Zurich; and as a member of the International Advisory Board of Global Value Exchange (GVE) in Tokyo.


Louis’ previous roles include Senior Managing Director and global head of the official institutions group of State Street Global Advisors in London till 2019; Deputy Head of the Banking Department and member of the Executive and Finance Committees of the Bank for International Settlements in Basel; Executive Director of the Belgian Government Debt Agency in Brussels; Director of Funding at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development in London; and Assistant on the Boards of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank in Washington, D.C.

 

He has also worked for the investment banks Credit Suisse First Boston and Morgan Stanley in London where he was responsible for capital market operations with public sector entities in Europe.
Louis is a dual citizen of Belgium, his native country, and Switzerland, where he lives with his family. He holds a Master of Law from the University of Leuven (Belgium), a Master of Arts in Economics from the University of Louvain (Belgium) and a Master of Business Administration from the Johnson Graduate School of Management, Cornell University (United States).

Contact: louisdmdv@gmail.com

Workstream and Project Managers

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Charlie Dixon
F4B Portfolio Manager and Leadership Group member

Charlie manages content delivery and pipeline development for Finance for Biodiversity.


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@f4b-initiative.net

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Nicky Chambers
F4B Portfolio Manager

Completing her MSc in Environmental Technology from Imperial College over 30 years ago, Nicky has since worked in many areas of the sustainability sector from policy roles at the CBI and the World Travel and Tourism Council, through technical and management consultancy to start-ups.  In the early 1990s she founded Best Foot Forward, one of Europe’s first and award winning sustainability consultancy and software providers, which pioneered the development of carbon and ecological footprints and broader sustainability metrics and tools. With a client list which included companies such as Coca-Cola, Tesco, GSK, E-Bay, London 2012, IHG and Government BFF the business went on to be a key provider to business and government on implementing sustainability strategies. BFF was acquired by Anthesis Consulting in 2013 and after helping to grow Anthesis to be operating on a global basis, she turned her attention ‘clean and green’ innovation and entrepreneurship including as CEO of Origen Power – a negative emissions technology business, successfully raising grant and private sector capital. Most recently she was Director of Programmes and Impact at Global Canopy. She served as Co-Chair of the Technical Expert Group supporting the development of the Task Force on Nature Related Disclosures. She is an Entrepreneurship Expert with the Entrepreneurship Centre, Saïd Business School, a mentor with the Imperial Venture Mentor Service and Founder of Techtonic a network of women in tech with particular interest in clean and green.

Contact: nicky.chambers@f4b-initiative.net

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Ashley Gorst

F4B Sovereign Debt Project Manager

Ashley is an Engagement Manager 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@f4b-initiative.net

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Jeffrey Beyer

F4B Greenness of Stimulus Index Project Manager

Jeffrey is a sustainability expert with 17 years' experience that cuts across sustainability strategy, climate policy, clean tech innovation and green finance. He manages the Greenness of Stimulus Index and has worked with Vivid Economics since 2015. He is a serial entrepreneur, having founded Zest Associates, a Dubai-based sustainability consultancy, Beyond C, a UK climate consultancy, and Terra Power, an R&D clean technology start-up that couples biogas with land remediation. He was instrumental in establishing a £40-million venture capital fund for clean tech innovators, a UK public-private partnership. Jeffrey prepared the £125-million business strategy for the Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult (national Centre of Excellence) and designed and launched the Offshore Wind Innovation Hub. He has shaped the innovation strategy of utilities in the UK and Brazil, and worked extensively through global embassy and trade networks to develop effective climate and energy policy. Jeffrey is a dual citizen of Canada and the UK, holds an MSc Environmental Change & Management from Oxford University and a BA Combined Honours in Economics and Psychology from Carleton University, Canada.

Contact: jeffrey.beyer@vivideconomics.com 

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Philippa Wisbey

F4B Food Systems Project Manager

Philippa is project manager of F4B's Food-Finance Nexus Workstream. She 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: pippa.wisbey@f4b-initiative.net

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Felipe Posada  

F4B Food-Finance Nexus and Catalysing Nature Markets Project Manager 

Felipe has joined F4B as a project manager for the Food-Finance Nexus and CNM workstreams.
 

He has a background in environmental policy and sustainability, having worked for the Secretariat of the Convention on Biodiversity, a responsible investment firm, the Canadian Ministry of Oceans, and as an ESG consultant. Felipe holds a Bachelor in International Development from the University of Ottawa, a Master of Science in Sustainability from the University of Montreal, and a Master in Management from the University of St Andrews. 

Contact: felipe.posada@f4b-initiative.net

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Bryan Vadheim 

F4B Climate and Biodiversity Project Manager 

Bryan leads project work across natural resource sectors, including agriculture, forestry, land use, and water, with a focus on utilising geospatial and big data analytics to generate new insights for our clients.

Bryan holds an MSc degrees in Economics from the London School of Economics and in Climate Science and Policy from the University of Bristol. He has a dual BS degree in Chemical Engineering and Economics from Montana State University.

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Betty Aligaz 

F4B Project Officer 

Betty Aligaz is the Project Officer at F4B, and is responsible for granting processes and providing project and meeting support across the full F4B portfolio. Betty is the founder of an ambitious NGO, 

Hope4TheHorn, which is a non-profit organization aiming to change the narrative of East African countries from that of poverty-stricken, war-torn nations, to a more prosperous and resilient one through investments and education. 

 

She has a BA in International Development and Psychology from York University and is also looking to complete her Masters in Global Health Policy in 2022. Betty has conducted research in areas of freshwater scarcity in Haiti, mental health initiatives in Ethiopia and breaking the barriers to education in East Africa. She is originally from Toronto, Canada and has worked in many industries including nonprofit sectors, publishing, health and tech startups.

Contact: betty.aligaz@f4b-initiative.net

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Eva Sirp

F4B Administrator

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


She holds an MSc in Psychology and is a BACP-registered 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@f4b-initiative.net