Presents

Voluntary Carbon Markets

A Gold Rush
13 -
14 September 2022
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Event Overview

Voluntary Carbon Markets (VCM) are the bridge to a world where technologies can decarbonise global supply chains. Capital is being abundantly deployed into every facet of the VCM ecosystem from project development to derivatives, all in anticipation of a marketplace that could be worth $300bn by 2030.

However, the economic opportunity is clouding the true intent of carbon offsets, with concerns over quality, transparency, and speculation becoming commonplace. How can we build a model where economics and environmental mission align? Climate Transformed’s exploration into every facet of voluntary carbon markets seeks to answer this most fundamental of questions.

Agenda

Tuesday, 13 September

17:00 SYD | 15:00 SGT | 08:00 BST 03:00 EDT | 00:00 PDT
Is Blockchain Essential for VCM Transparency? (Asia/EU Focused)
During this 55 minute conversation, we will discuss using Blockchain to democratise carbon offsets, the exponential growth in the number of vendors, and whether Blockchain plays a credible mission-oriented role in accelerating change towards decarbonising supply chains
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VCM-Christopher-Mbanefo-OXÏ-ZEN-Program
VCM-Guy-Dickinson-BetaCarbon
VCM-William Pazos
BreeAnne Yek
Charlie Pool - Toucan Protocol, Christopher Mbanefo - Oxi-Zen, Guy Dickinson - BetaCarbon, William Pazos - AirCarbon Exchange, BreeAnne Yek - Carb0n.fi, and Stian Reklev - Carbon Pulse (moderator)
18:00 SYD | 16:00 SGT | 09:00 BST 04:00 EDT | 01:00 PDT
Practical Mitigation of Carbon Risk for Asset Managers
Global allocators and regulators are demanding greater transparency from public market asset managers regarding the carbon output of their portfolio companies. We will discuss the techniques, hedging strategies, vendors, cost and implications of monitoring and offsetting carbon at the portfolio level.
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VCM-Jan-Ahrens
VCM-George-Cheveley
Joanne Khew - Director, ESG Specialist at Eastspring Investments
Michael Lebbon - Emmi, Jan Ahrens - SparkChange, George Cheveley - Ninety One, Joanne Khew - Eastspring Investments
19:00 SYD | 17:00 SGT | 10:00 BST | 05:00 EDT | 02:00 PDT
Exchanges and Trading: The Backbone of a Multi-billion Dollar Marketplace
This panel discussion will revolve around the opportunities and challenges facing new and established entrants who are spending 100s of millions of dollars to grab market share in what can best be described as an arms race. We will discuss pricing transparency, limits to high-quality supply, and if there is a need for consolidation
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VCM-Chris-Leeds
Tom-Enger
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Rene Velasquez - CBL Markets, Chris Leeds - Standard Chartered, Tom Enger - Climate Impact X and Alessandro Vitelli (moderator)
20:00 SYD | 18:00 SGT | 11:00 BST 06:00 EDT | 03:00 PDT
Transparency – The Essential Element for Sustainable Growth
The Transparency panel will be a deep dive into the essential element of how this industry thrives. Without project and pricing transparency, VCMs will struggle to meet their moral and commercial ambitions.
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VCM-Raul-Rosales
VCM-Nicolas-Girod-clearblue
Paula VanLaningham - S&P Global, Marcelo Labre - Viridios AI, Raúl Rosales - Imperial College Business School, Nicolas Girod - ClearBlue Markets
20:00 SYD | 18:00 SGT | 11:00 BST 06:00 EDT | 03:00 PDT
Compliance Markets – You Can’t Have One Without the Other?
While this conference focuses on voluntary carbon markets, it’s impossible to have a thorough analysis without a complete assessment of the opportunities, challenges, and future direction of compliance markets. The faultlines around Article 6 and Compliance markets will drive standards in VCM in the years ahead, and we will look at the impact of compliance markets in the EU, US and China.
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VCM-Yan_Qin_Refinitiv
VCM-Ben-Rattenbury
Michael Evans - S&P Global Commodity Insights, Yan Qin - Refinitiv, Ben Rattenbury - Sylvera
21:00 SYD | 19:00 SGT | 12:00 BST 07:00 EDT | 04:00 PDT
Resource Sovereignty – Are Nature-based Offsets Next?
This panel is significant to the overall framework for VCM as we believe investors are underestimating the risk to the entire ecosystem. Comparisons to resource nationalism, be that food or industrial commodities are relevant, particularly in the context of Article 6. We will explore whether countries such as Indonesia or Brazil could limit foreign corporates from accessing their vital sources of offset supply.
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VCM-tony
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Martin Berg - CIO Nature Solutions, Climate Asset Management, Natalia Arango - Fondo Acción, Tony Lent - Capital for Climate, Stephanie Russo - Carbon Growth Partners
22:00 SYD | 20:00 SGT | 13:00 BST 08:00 EDT | 05:00 PDT
Will Voluntary Credits be an Essential Component of an Investment Portfolio?
During the panel, we will address the key questions in the mind of investors. Are voluntary carbon offsets the uncorrelated investment that long-duration investment portfolios strive for? We will discuss liquidity, transparency and the idea of whether long-only, passive investors distract from the true climate mission of carbon offsets
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VCM-Guy-Turner
Tiffany-Cheung
Mark Lewis - Andurand Capital Management, Steffen Dietel - Altana Wealth, Luke Oliver - Kraneshares, Guy Turner - Trove Research, Tiffany Cheung - Net Zero Markets (moderator)
23:00 SYD | 21:00 SGT | 14:00 BST 09:00 EDT | 06:00 PDT
The Implications of Article 6
A broad conversation about the true intent of Article 6 and how this is often lost and underappreciated by investors who treat offset markets as nothing more than commodities. Is Article 6 compatible with the infrastructure currently being built out? Our goal is to bridge the gap between Article 6 and how VCMs are evolving.
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VCM-Marisa-Martin
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Andrea Bonzanni - IETA, Hugh Salway - Gold Standard, Duane Newman - Ernst & Young, Marisa Martin - Pollination and Alessandro Vitelli (moderator)
00:00 SYD | 22:00 SGT | 15:00 BST | 10:00 EDT | 07:00 PDT
Ratings – A Prerequisite for a Thriving Market
For voluntary carbon markets to be institutionalised and to fulfil both investment goals and environmental ambitions, they need to be a well-established risk framework. Just as credit markets could not function properly without a rating, the evolution of VCM will require a set of formulaic and rigorous risk assessment parameters. This is more than just price transparency. Investors need to know what they are paying for and whether it meets their objectives. A rigorous rating methodology is essential.
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VCM-Donna-Lee
VCM-Simon-Crooks
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Sebastien Cross - BeZero Carbon, Donna Lee - Calyx Global, Simon Crooks - Fortinbras, Sam Gill - Sylvera
01:00 SYD | 23:00 SGT | 16:00 BST | 11:00 EDT | 08:00 PDT
Project Development – The Challenge of Supply
The key area we would like to explore is whether or not the availability of high quality and transparent supply can keep up with the extraordinary demand for offsets and feed the growth in exchanges and trading platforms in recent years. Issues such as transparency, scientific verification and, of course, infrastructure cost will also be addressed
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VCM-Charles-Bedford
VCM-Ryan-Letourneau
Megan Reilly Cayten - Climate Asset Management , Charles Bedford - Carbon Growth, Ryan J Letourneau - GRAIN Ecosystem
02:00 SYD | 00:00 SGT | 17:00 BST | 12:00 EDT | 09:00 PDT
Keynote – Carbon Standards for a Sustainable Future
Thousands of companies have made aggressive and public commitments to make their carbon footprint Net Zero over the next few decades, which will require trillions of dollars of investments over that time period. With so many technologies becoming available, we will discuss why companies should look to invest in carbon solutions to reach their sustainability goals.
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Andrei Cherny - Aspiration
03:00 SYD | 01:00 SGT | 18:00 BST | 13:00 EDT | 10:00 PDT
Tactical Trading and Price Discovery
We will address the trade-off between greater liquidity and price distortion that speculation provides. Deep liquid markets are desirable, but doesn’t that distract from the goals of VCMs? Should VCMs be a trading vehicle for hedge funds, and how is that possibly mission-driven? We discuss the opportunity sets for tactical trading
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Juliette Vidal, Portfolio Manager, SCB Principal Carbon
Yuhau Lin
Kerry Constabile
Chris Kennedy - Fortinbras, Julien Hall - Climate Impact X, Juliette Vidal - SCB Group, Yuhau Lin - Morgan Stanley and Kerry Constabile - Standard Chartered (moderator)
04:00 SYD | 02:00 SGT | 19:00 BST | 14:00 EDT | 11:00 PDT
Are Corporate Investors Receiving the Value they Strive for?
In a quest for Net-Zero, companies across the globe are spending billions on carbon offset projects and the technologies that will decarbonise their supply chain. Are investors getting true value from carbon offset investments? Are supply bottlenecks inevitable as firms outbid each other for the highest quality projects? Does there come a time where cost and quality lead companies to find alternatives to the nature-based offsets they have been supporting? For this conversation, we go to the source with the firms using their capital for change.
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VCM-Patricia-Latini-Barros
VCM-Sarah-Leugers
Fernanda Castilho - Moss Earth, Patricia Latini - Schneider Electric, Sarah Leugers - Gold Standard
05:00 SYD | 03:00 SGT | 20:00 BST | 15:00 EDT | 12:00 PDT
Is Blockchain Essential for VCM Transparency? (Americas Focused)
During this 55 minute conversation, we will discuss using Blockchain to democratise carbon offsets, the exponential growth in the number of vendors, and whether Blockchain plays a credible mission-oriented role in accelerating change towards decarbonising supply chains
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Corinne Boone-aircarbon
VCM-Hayley-Moller
VCM-Robert-Schmitt
Adrian Wons - Senken, Phil Fogel - Flowcarbon, Corinne Boone - Air Carbon, Hayley Moller - Thallo, Alexsandra Guerra - Nori and Robert Schmitt - Toucan (moderator)

Wednesday, 14 September

17:00 SYD | 15:00 SGT | 08:00 BST | 03:00 EDT | 00:00 PDT
Myth-Busting the VCM
Rich Gilmore, CEO of prominent carbon market investors Carbon Growth Partners, tackles some of the myths and misconceptions about the VCM, and addresses how to optimise financial returns and climate impact in an evolving market.
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Rich Gilmore - Carbon Growth Partners
09:00am
18:00 SYD | 16:00 SGT | 09:00 BST | 04:00 EDT | 02:00 PDT
Polygon Technology Dedicated Session
10:00am
19:00 SYD | 17:00 SGT | 10:00 BST | 05:00 EDT | 02:00 PDT
Microsoft: A Case Study in Net Zero
We sit down with Eveline van Wezel, Global Sustainability Specialist at Microsoft, to discuss the company’s journey to a sustainability leader and model for companies beginning their path towards sustainability. The firm has lofty goals, and we’ll discuss how they are doing and the strict internal benchmarks they hold themselves to. Development projects, carbon neutral services and customer collaboration are part of their framework, and there are lessons to be learned for companies, large and small.
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Eveline van Wezel - Microsoft
20:00 SYD | 18:00 SGT | 11:00 BST | 06:00 EDT | 03:00 PDT
Standard Chartered: Paving the way for high integrity carbon markets
The carbon markets are an important bridging tool for sourcing billions of dollars to finance projects to reduce carbon emissions that would not happen otherwise but to ensure the markets work efficiently it’s essential that both supply and demand are of the highest quality. This means that not only do carbon credits have to meet the highest quality standards – in other words those embodied by the Core Carbon Principles of the Integrity Council – but buyers must ensure they are using them as part of their transition to net zero. High integrity carbon markets can be linked to create a global market that will put a price on carbon emissions and drive capital into projects around the world that will support a just transition
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Chris Leeds, Standard Chartered
02:00pm
21:00 SYD | 19:00 SGT | 12:00 BST | 07:00 EDT | 04:00 PDT
Toucan: The Backbone of Carbon Tokenization
The Toucan Protocol is the backbone for over 100 blockchain firms striving to bring efficiency to carbon markets. Julian Sommer, the CEO and founder of Toucan, sits down with Vandana Sebastian of S&P Platts to discuss how Web 3 can revolutionize offsets from both a demand and supply perspective. Toucan is on a mission to make Defi work for the Earth.
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Julian Sommer, Toucan and Vandana Sebastian, S&P Global
02:00pm
SCB Group: On Site in Africa
Rupert sits down with Kevin McGeeney, CEO of SCB Group, to discuss the amazing developmental work SCB is supporting in Africa. From Senegal to Malawi, SCB is proving the sceptics wrong regarding the developmental benefits of carbon offsets to vulnerable communities. Kevin and his team are proof that climate, development and economic drivers can intersect.
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Kevin McGeeney, SCB Group
23:00 SYD | 21:00 SGT | 14:00 BST | 09:00 EDT | 06:00 PDT
Scaling the Amazon
Did you know you can acquire one hectare of land in the Amazon for $100? Is it any wonder that this land is being snapped up by farming interests, burned and used to harvest beef, soybeans and other global crops producing 1.2bn tonnes of CO2 emissions each year. That same hectare can earn $100 of carbon credits per annum. Moss Earth is determined to convince Brazilian landowners, farmers and the government that protecting this essential resource can be economically viable. Luis Adaime leads Moss Earth, a project developer, using data, satellite imaging and blockchain to rethink the economic viability of the Amazon.
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Luis Adaime, Moss Earth
00:00 SYD | 22:00 SGT | 15:00 BST | 10:00 EDT | 07:00 PDT
Gold Standard: Twenty Years of Evolving Standards
Maggie Kim, the CEO of Gold Standard, joins Paul for a conversation about the vital role the company has played in the evolution of standards for carbon offsets. Verification standards continue to adapt to scientific rigour, digitization and public policy and the complexities of offsets are often underappreciated by a marketplace keen on standardization. No segment of the decarbonization process faces scrutiny like carbon offsets, and we will discuss these complexities through the lens of all stakeholders
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Margaret Kim, Gold Standard
01:00 SYD | 23:00 SGT | 16:00 BST | 11:00 EDT | 08:00 PDT
Carbon Direct: Overcoming the Limits to Growth
Hear from Jonathan Goldberg, CEO and Founder of Carbon Direct, on how the company is enabling organizations to reduce, remove, and utilize their emissions with carbon science. Carbon Direct leads with a science-first approach to ensure that climate actions have real impact. With their suite of end-to-end carbon management solutions, Carbon Direct meets organizations where they are in their climate journey and can help organizations scale their carbon management plans with effective reduction strategies and high-quality removals.
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Jonathan Goldberg, Carbon Direct
Climate Vault: Addressing VCM Concerns with an Innovative Compliance Market Approach
Climate Vault is an innovative non-profit from the University of Chicago using compliance offsets as a tool to fund cutting-edge sequestration projects. CEO Michael Greenstone joins us for a conversation about how Climate Vault is upending the funding of carbon capture projects via a donor model where carbon offsets enable his firm to sign multi-year offtake agreements rather than providing equity or grant capital.
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Michael Greenstone - Climate Vault, Oghosa Erhahon (moderator)
03:00 SYD | 01:00 SGT | 18:00 BST | 13:00 EDT | 10:00 PDT
Flowcarbon C-Suite Spotlight
How do blockchain and tokenization help voluntary carbon markets? This most fundamental question will be explored by Dana Gibber, the Founder and CEO of Flow Carbon, a Web 3 company where carbon, and sustainability, meet technology. The role of blockchain is vigorously debated, but it is tough to find another industry exploring the benefits of blockchain and tokenization, like voluntary offset markets. Like it or not, it will play a role.
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Dana Gibber - Flowcarbon
04:00 SYD | 02:00 SGT | 19:00 BST | 14:00 EDT | 11:00 PDT
ClearBlue Markets: In It From the Start, Now We Are Here
ClearBlue Markets aim to increase transparency and confidence in the sometimes-opaque world of carbon markets. Michael Berends, ClearBlue’s Managing Director of Origination, joins us to discuss the importance of having easily available and trusted prices to allow offsetters to purchase credits safe in the knowledge that the money is going to the projects themselves rather than ending up in the hands of third parties. ClearBlue sees harnessing the power of markets to create solutions is the most effective way of overcoming the huge obstacles the world faces to tackle the climate crisis.
VCM-Michael Berends
Michael Berends - ClearBlue Markets
05:00 SYD | 03:00 SGT | 20:00 BST | 15:00 EDT | 12:00 PDT
ICVCM C-Suite Spotlight
The Integrity Council for the Voluntary Carbon Market (ICVCM) is an independent governance body developing best practices and standards to ensure efficiency, transparency and rigour for voluntary carbon credits. Annette Lazareth, the ICVCM Chair, is joined by board members Kelley Kizzier, Chris Leeds and William McDonnell for a frank and wide-ranging conversation about the role and influence of ICVCM and the potential of voluntary carbon markets as a tool for meeting the Paris goals.
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Chris Leeds - Standard Chartered, Annette L. Nazareth - ICVCM, William McDonnell, ICVCM
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The Role of Offsets in the Quest for Net Zero
In a perfect world, Verra would not exist. A fully decarbonised global economy would remove the need for offsets as we would have achieved our sustainability objectives. Unfortunately, that is not the world we live in, and therefore companies like Verra, under the leadership of CEO David Antonioli, will remain essential. What is the true role of VCM as this transition unfolds? Offsets are not a solution unto themselves but must be a part of a decarbonization strategy led by governments, corporates and consumers. We will discuss the evolution of standards, corporate responsibility, the use of technology in the verification processes, clarity on claims and how VCMs can drive structural change.
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David Antonioli - Verra

Speakers & Moderators

VCM-Adrian-Wons-Founder-CEO-Senken
Adrian Wons
CEO & Founder
Senken
Adrian is the founder & CEO of senken, a platform making web3 carbon credits accessible for corporates. After studying wind energy engineering, he worked at Ernst&Young, where he founded the blockchain department for Germany, which he led for 3 years. Thereafter he founded the Institute for Sustainable Innovation at the University of Digital Science Berlin. He is publisher of two books for Springer publisher and lives in Cape Town, South Africa.
Alexsandra Guerra
Alexsandra Guerra
Co-Founder
Nori
Alexsandra Guerra is the co-founder of Nori, a carbon removal marketplace that uses blockchain and crypto to reverse climate change. For the past 15 years, she’s explored carbon removal, thermodynamics, sustainable energy, and smart grid technology. Alexsandra earned a BS in Environmental Engineering from Columbia University and an MS in Sustainable Energy from the University of California, before working at Southern California Edison's Advanced Technology Lab in Los Angeles. In 2019, she was named one of the 30 Under 30 Worldwide sustainable business leaders by GreenBiz Group.
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Andrea Bonzanni
International Policy Director
IETA
Andrea Bonzanni is International Policy Director at International Emissions Trading Association (IETA). Andrea joined IETA in October 2021, where he leads activities on international carbon markets and Article 6 of the Paris Agreement. He is also a Visiting Professor at Sciences Po in Paris and the College of Europe in Natolin. Prior to joining IETA, he has worked at EDF Trading in London, Statoil (now Equinor) in Brussels and the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) in Geneva. Andrea is a certified Energy Risk Professional (ERP) by the Global Association of Risk Professionals (GARP) and a member of the expert and authorship community of the World Energy Council (WEC).
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Annette L. Nazareth
Chair, former SEC commissioner
ICVCM
Annette L. Nazareth currently serves as the Chair of the Integrity Counsel for the Voluntary Carbon Market (Integrity Council), an independent governance body that evolved from the Taskforce on Scaling Voluntary Carbon Markets (TSVCM), where she served as Operating Lead. Annette has devoted significant attention to virtually all aspects of the body’s workstreams, and has represented the Integrity Council in venues across the globe. Annette has decades of experience in financial services regulation and corporate governance. She currently serves as Senior Counsel at the global law firm Davis Polk & Wardwell, having previously served as a Partner of the firm and the head of the Washington DC office. Annette also led the firm’s Trading and Markets practice within the Financial Institutions Group. She was a key player in U.S. financial services regulation for nearly a decade, most notably as a Commissioner of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and as the SEC’s Director of the Division of Trading and Markets.
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Ben Rattenbury
Vice President of Policy
Sylvera
Ben Rattenbury is Sylvera's Vice President for Policy. He joined Sylvera from the trade body UK Finance, where he headed up their climate policy. Prior to that Ben worked for the UK Government in a series of climate roles, including as Head of Global Carbon Markets team, and was a member of the UK delegation to COP21 in Paris. He has a Master's in Public Administration from Columbia University, where he was a Fulbright scholar.
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Charles Bedford
Chief Impact Officer
Carbon Growth Partners
Charles is the immediate past Managing Director for The Nature Conservancy’s Asia-Pacific and Colorado divisions. He served as Director of the Colorado State Land Board, the agency overseeing three million hectares of state lands. He was Legal Counsel to Colorado Governor Roy Romer and a practicing attorney. Charles is the author of journal articles, blogs and a book on land tenure and conservation. He graduated from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service, holds a Juris Doctor from the University of Colorado School of Law and is an Adjunct Professor at Hong Kong University of Science and Technology.
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Charlie Pool
Head of Business Development
Toucan Protocol
Charlie Pool started his career in Carbon 1.0 at JPMorgan where he helped set up the Environmental Markets desk to trade carbon credits in the EU Emissions Trading Scheme. There he got involved in financing projects all over the world, and then selling the credits the projects generated to governments, corporates and other banks. Charlie then joined the Strategic Investments team where they made a number of high profile investments in technology companies. This led to a passion for technology, and the desire to start his own business, Stowga, which was acquired last year.
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Chris Kennedy
CEO/Co-Founder
Fortinbras Asset Management
Chris founded Fortinbras Asset Management in 2004 in Frankfurt, Germany, originally as a systematic trading house in the fixed income space. In 2017 we sold off the rates business and have focussed exclusively on carbon trading, specifically in the voluntary carbon market (VCM) space. To this end Fortinbras has market making agreements for carbon offsets on the largest VCM exchanges globally. The absence of transparent, liquid VCM pricing is an egregious market failure. By filling this gap Fortinbras’ activities are risk-mitigating for offset developers and corporates with net-zero pledges. Chris received his MBA from the Wharton School in 1997.
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Chris Leeds
Head of Carbon Markets Development
Standard Chartered Bank
Chris is the Head of Carbon Markets Development at Standard Chartered, building the bank's environmental trading and financing business and growing its profile as a global leader in sustainable finance. This involves advising clients, originating carbon related transactions and building the trading infrastructure. He is a member of the Climate Impact X Advisory (CIX) Forum and supported SCB's Group CEO, Bill Winters, in his role as Chair of the Taskforce for Scaling the Voluntary Carbon Markets (TSVCM). He is a board member of the newly formed Integrity Council for the Voluntary Carbon Markets (IC-VCM) and serves as a member of the CPLC's Advisory Group. Chris’ experience in the commodity markets spans over 30 years in origination, sales and trading. At Standard Chartered, he built the Bank’s energy risk management platform, originating deals with state-owned and merchant refiners, oil producers, airlines, utilities and shipping companies. Previously Chris was with Barclays where he was Global Head of Environmental Markets Sales and before that at Merrill Lynch where he traded power, gas and set up their carbon emissions trading desk. He was a founder member of the Carbon Markets and Investors Association (CMIA) and was the Chairman of Power Trading Forum a division of the Futures and Options Association (FOA). He also worked as a base metals trader for a number of years before moving to energy. Chris has a strong understanding of commodity deal structuring, trade finance and managing price risk.
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Christopher Mbanefo
Founder
OXÏ-ZEN
Christopher has evolved from an experienced aerospace engineer and professional pilot, into a passionate thought leader of complex programs that identify and combine international teams with unique skill-sets to achieve new solutions that can shift the paradigm. He has consulted different organizations and government bodies in areas of aviation, applied science, sustainability, ethics and climate change. Currently he’s leading the development of blockchain-powered solutions for unique peer to peer CO2 transactions, based on globally applied metrics using the latest scientific tools, satellite data and artificial intelligence. The net result is the creation of new transparent, sustainable eco-systems and financial models that empower disenfranchised members of societies by leveraging carbon sequestration of both terrestrial and marine carbon sinks.
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Corinne Boone
Group Head
AirCarbon
Corinne is a global climate market pioneer and has worked in climate markets since the mid-1990s. Corinne played a vital role in developing much of the foundation upon which the global carbon markets of today operate. She has brokered some of the first and largest carbon transactions in the early voluntary carbon markets as well as the Kyoto compliance markets. She has over 30 years of experience in the business of sustainability and has worked extensively in mining and metals, energy, and financial services. She is a Non-Executive Director at Los Andes Copper (TSXV:LAC) and Chairs their ESG Committee, a Director of EfficiencyOne and the Halifax Climate, Investment, Innovation, and Impact Fund. Corinne has extensive international experience, having worked in, lived in, and/or travelled to, more than 50 countries.
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Dana Gibber
Co-Founder/CEO
Flowcarbon
Dana Gibber is a climate tech entrepreneur and lawyer. She co-founded Flowcarbon in 2021 with the goal of scaling climate solutions by leveraging cutting edge technology to address systemic challenges in the voluntary carbon market. Dana previously co-founded and was COO of Headliner Labs, an enterprise software platform for chatbot technology, which was acquired by private equity fund The Stagwell Group in 2020. Dana has worked at the intersection of cutting-edge technology and public policy while at the US Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court of Review, and at the Council on Foreign Relations, where her research was focused on drone technology. She is a graduate of Harvard College and Yale Law School.
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David Ryan
Private Investor in Climate Change Solutions
David Ryan was most recently Head of Distribution and Business Development at Climate Asset Management. David spent 20 years at Goldman Sachs, primarily in the Securities Division. As a Partner Managing Director, he was responsible for managing Asian Equities distribution and then European Equities sales. In 2014, David co-founded a corporate advisory boutique. In 2019, David joined Deutsche Bank’s Global Equity Derivatives business to lead European distribution.
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Donna Lee
Co-founder
Calyx Global
Donna is a Co-founder of Calyx Global, whose mission is to increase the impact of voluntary carbon markets by providing information on the GHG integrity, SDG impact, and ESG risks of carbon credits. She currently serves on the Expert Panel of the ICVCM and the Expert Advisory Group of the VCMI. Donna was formerly at the State Department where, among other duties, she served as a climate change negotiator for the United States; thereafter, she served as an advisor to governments, philanthropies, and companies seeking to take climate action. Donna has a B.S. in Electrical Engineering and Masters in Education from UCLA and a M.A. in International Policy from Stanford University.
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Duane Newman
Chartered Accountant and Partner
EY Cova
Duane is a Chartered Accountant and Partner at EY Cova, a busines unit within the Tax advisory division of Ernst and Young. Duane has more than 20 years of experience in tax advisory, specifically in tax incentives and customs and excise tax. His knowledge and experience also extend to advising companies on climate related matters, including Carbon Credits, Carbon Tax, Green incentives and Sustainability. Duane has been awarded the status of Master Tax Practitioner by the South African Institute of Tax Practitioners.
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Eveline Van Wezel
Global Sustainability Specialist
Microsoft
As Global Sustainability Specialist, Eveline is part of a team of executive advisors who help Microsoft's most strategic customers transform their business into a sustainable business. She identifies opportunities by capturing new business model opportunities on the long term as well as helping them understand how and where to start their sustainability journey based on their current emissions and ambition. Eveline has worked in a wide range of industries and on a variety of sustainability focus areas but with is a recognized thoughtleader in the voluntary carbon markets (VCM) and carbon sequestration space. She has worked with various customers on meandering the intricacies of corporate participation within the VCM. Eveline has been working at Microsoft for 5+ years in various roles focusing on Sustainability and Disruptive technologies such as Blockchain. She holds a B.A. in International Business and graduated cum laude from her Master of Science in Marketing. After which she pursued a Post-Graduate degree from Emeritus on Innovation & Design Thinking.
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Fernanda Castilho
Chief Operating Officer
Moss Earth
In the positions of Legal Counsil and Relationship Manager, Fernanda has worked over the past 10 years in the financial market in companies such as Banco Fator, BTG Pactual and XP Investments, with emphasis on advising clients on investments and succession planning. At BTG Pactual, she created a new infrastructure insurance company as part of 9 members and acted as subject matter expert on law matters and policies and operation procedures. Prior to the financial market, she worked for 5 years at one of the most renowned Brazilian business law firms, Veirano Advogados, where she was responsible for tax litigation lawsuits, consultancy services regarding tax and social contributions related to direct and indirect taxation, social security payments and customs-related issues. Fernanda is a Lawyer graduated from FAAP, has a specialization in Business Administration from Insper and holds an MBA in Finance from University of North Carolina.
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George Cheveley
Portfolio Manager
Ninety One
George is a portfolio manager and metals and mining specialist in the Thematic Equity team within Multi-Asset. He joined the firm in 2007. George is a portfolio manager for the Global Gold Fund and co-portfolio manager for the diversified Natural Resources strategies. He covers all aspects of metals and mining supply and demand including, most recently, the impact of renewable energy and electric vehicles on metals demand. Prior to this, he was a market analyst for three years at BHP Billiton, working in The Hague and Singapore. He was recruited to BHP Billiton in 2004 from CRU (Commodities Research Unit), an independent metals/chemicals related research company based in London. At CRU, he spent three years in the Carbon Steel team and five years as a Research Manager – Copper, providing in-depth research and forecasts to the industry, banks and hedge funds. George began his career in 1990 in operations at British Steel Strip Products, working for three years in the Tinplate division. George graduated from the University of Oxford in 1989 with an honours degree in Classics and in 1995 was awarded an MBA from Warwick University.
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Guy Turner
Founder/CEO
Trove Research
Guy is the Founder and CEO of Trove Research, a specialist data and research company focused on corporate climate commitments and the voluntary carbon market. Guy has 30 years’ experience in consulting, research, start-ups and strategy. Prior to Trove, Guy led the London strategy team at EDF Renewables UK (a division of EDF with 200 staff and 1GW operating portfolio) where he oversaw work on investment appraisal, competitor analysis, M&A and PPA pricing in offshore and onshore wind, solar PV, battery storage and hydrogen. Prior to EDF Renewables Guy spent 4 years providing independent consulting in the oil & gas and clean energy sectors, working for BP Economics, the UK Green Investment Bank, Centrica, EDF Renewables and the Children’s Investment Fund. He has also been an investor and held a number of board positions in low carbon companies, including Rezatec and Enian, helping raise £m in funding. In 2006 Guy helped found and build the research business, New Energy Finance, which was sold to Bloomberg in 2010 to form Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF). From 2010 to 2014 he was Chief Economist and Head of Commodity Research at BNEF, responsible for global energy forecasting, investment modelling and renewable power, gas and carbon markets. Prior to New Energy Finance, Guy spent 15 years in economic and strategy consulting working for a wide range of private and public sector clients on assignments covering renewable energy and environmental policy for governments, to market analysis, competitor benchmarking, acquisition search and due diligence support for major corporate clients. Guy holds an MSc in Environment Technology and Policy from Manchester University, undergraduate degrees in Engineering and Economics from Birmingham University, and studied Corporate Finance at London Business School.
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Guy Dickinson
Founder/CEO
BetaCarbon
As the founder of BetaCarbon, Guy has leveraged his 25+ years of financial markets experience across four countries for HSBC, including treasury trading and custody. With a deep experience in trading illiquid markets and integrating API’s to facilitate algorithmic trading strategies, the opportunity for Guy to rethink carbon markets for consumers was too good not to pursue. Father of three, an avid sailor and climate activist, it is his daily mission to democratise carbon credits and drive carbon awareness by unlocking access to the growing Australian Carbon Credit Market for the first time via blockchain. BetaCarbon has received 3 awards in 2022 including Finder Green Innovation of the Year, Finder Green Rising Star of the Year 2022 and the People Choice Emerging Fintech of the Year 2022 at the Prestigious Finnies awards. BetaCarbon is a member of Blockchain Australia, Carbon Markets Institute and Fintech Australia. Betacarbon is a signatory to the Climate Pledge 2040.
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Hayley Moller
Head of Marketing
Thallo
Hayley is a communications expert and strategist with nearly a decade of delivering successful climate and sustainability efforts for multi-national corporations, global NGOs, and local governments around the world. Now a climate tech entrepreneur, she has helped craft sustainability strategy for organizations of all sizes, from lean start-ups to the United Nations to some of the world's most well-known brands. A proud member of the LGBTQ+ community and an advocate for women and underrepresented groups, Hayley is passionate about making inclusivity the norm. Hayley holds an MBA from INSEAD, where she led the school's Environment & Business Club and graduated with distinction. In 2011, she graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Science from UCLA, where she ran several campus sustainability programs. Always a Californian at heart, she currently lives in Paris.
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Hugh Salway
Head of Markets
Gold Standard
Hugh Salway is Head of Markets at Gold Standard, a non-profit certification standard that enables companies and activities to measure, manage and maximize impact towards climate and sustainable development goals. Hugh is responsible for Gold Standard’s market development and engagement and is in addition involved in several cross-carbon market initiatives, including as a member of the Expert Advisory Group of the Voluntary Carbon Market Integrity Initiative. Hugh previously worked for eight years in the UK Government, including roles focused on international, EU and domestic carbon market mechanisms.
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Jan Aherns
Head of Research
SparkChange
Jan Ahrens is a seasoned climate markets professional with extensive experience in global carbon markets. He worked at utilities, trading houses and analytics providers covering both mandatory and voluntary carbon markets. For most of his career Jan has worked to develop carbon analytics, supporting major emitters, traders, and governments to understand carbon markets and predict future price dynamics. In his current role, Jan engages with associations and universities to research how carbon markets interact with investment solutions, creates unique datasets, and advises on carbon related investment strategies. He is a Special Advisor to the Monash University, and a member of the Real Carbon Index board.
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Joanne Khew
Director, ESG Specialist
Eastspring Investments
Dr. Joanne Khew is currently a Director, ESG Specialist at Eastspring Investments. She started in the role since June 2022. Joanne reports to Bill Maldonado (Chief Investment Officer) and will help in deepening ESG integration in the portfolio construction process and throughout the investment cycle across equities, fixed income and private market securities. Prior to joining Eastspring, she was Director, Sustainable Finance and Strategic Partnerships at Standard Chartered Bank where she contributed to growing the sustainable financing portfolio in Asia and led strategic market-making initiatives such as the Climate Impact X carbon credit marketplace. Joanne also held the role of ESG Specialist at the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank where she implemented its Sustainable Capital Markets Initiative, ensuring ESG and Climate integration across the investment cycle for capital market, loans and private equity products. Joanne graduated with a Doctorate in Sustainability Science from the University of Tokyo’s Graduate Program in Sustainability Science.
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Jonathan Goldberg
Founder/CEO
Carbon Direct
Jon is the Founder and CEO of Carbon Direct, scaling carbon management into a global industry to combat climate change through science and software. Jon has over 15 years of experience in energy investing and project finance. Prior to launching Carbon Direct, he was the Founder and Chief Investment Officer of BBL Commodities, a commodity hedge fund. Jon started his career at J. Aron, the commodities division of Goldman Sachs where he managed a large proprietary trading book across global macro markets with an emphasis on commodities. Jon was then a partner at Glencore, managing the firm’s US derivative business prior to its IPO. Jon's focus on climate change and negative emissions extends to his work at Columbia University where he sits on the board of the Center on Global Energy Policy. He has been a lecturer on energy issues at the university and helps steer the Carbon Dioxide Management program. He is also an advisor to Lawrence Livermore National Lab on negative emissions.
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Julian Sommer
Co-Founder, Chairman and CFO
Toucan Protocol
Julian is Co-Founder, Chairman and CFO at Toucan Protocol where he applies web3 solutions to the socio-economic problem that underlies the climate and nature crisis. He was previously Senior Interim Manager of Strategy and Digitalisation at South Pole, developing integrated solutions to scale voluntary carbon markets aligned with net-zero principles. Julian has extensive experience in blockchain and results-based impact financing, having also served as Executive Director of ixo Foundation.
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Julien Hall
Pricing and Data Products Director
Climate Impact X
Julien Hall is Pricing and Data Products Director at Climate Impact X. Prior to this, he spent 14 years at S&P Global Commodity Insights (formerly known as Platts) managing commodity benchmarks and teams of market reporters. During this time, which was spent primarily in metals and agriculture markets, he played an important role in establishing several pricing benchmarks. Before working at Platts, he was editor of a specialized newsletter focusing on the French private equity industry.
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Juliette Vidal
Portfolio Manager
SCB Group
Juliette is an accomplished member of the SCB voluntary carbon team, sourcing directly from producers and selling tailored solutions to best suit end-users’ purpose. Juliette supports SCB partners in reducing their emissions and bringing market transparency. Prior to joining SCB Juliette was working in the banking industry, focusing on commodity trading and sustainable finance structures. She holds a Master’s degree in International Business from Paris Dauphine University.
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Kelley Kizzier
Vice President for Global Climate
Environmental Defense Fund
Kelley is Vice President for Global Climate at Environmental Defense Fund, where she leads EDF’s work on efforts to promote more ambitious and effective global climate policy and company action with a focus on multilateral climate agreements and global cooperation through carbon markets. Kelley is a former senior official at the European Commission’s Directorate for Climate Action. She served as the UNFCCC co-chair for the UN climate negotiations under Article 6 of the Paris Agreement and was the lead markets negotiator for the EU in the negotiations for 15 years.
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Luis Adaime
CEO
Moss Earth
A great admirer of names like Jacques Cousteau and Fabio Feldmann as a child, Luis Felipe Adaime created comic books about the environment and dreamed of going to the Rio92 conference (at age 12) and seeing personally big names in sustainability discussing the future of the planet. He ended up choosing a professional career in the financial market, but it was precisely this career that ended up guiding the executive back to environmental issues. A Management Science and Engineering major and Economics  minor at Stanford University (California, USA), Luis started his career at Credit Suisse, where he became vice president. He also worked at BRZ Investimentos and York Capital. In 2013, he founded the Armadillo Fund, one of the most significant independent equity funds in Latin America (ex Brazil), which eventually managed $500 million. As portfolio manager of Armadillo, Luis became one of the first investors in Latam to implement ESG metrics in investment analysis. In 2020, Luis decided to work with sustainability in a way that would have a higher impact. He launched MOSS with the mission of combating climate change and preserving the Amazon via the creation of a digital transaction platform for carbon credits. Luis  believes that Brazil has the world's main forest and needs to develop its carbon credit market, combining environmental preservation with economic growth.
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Luke Oliver
Managing Director, Head of Climate Investments and Head of Strategy
KraneShares
Luke Oliver leads the KraneShares Climate Solutions business building innovative products that provide access to unique markets within this growing investment universe. In addition to curating the firm's climate, carbon and impact strategies, Luke works closely with clients to educate on the asset class and client implementation strategies. He is a regular industry commentator on TV, press, and online media and is responsible for digestible research on climate topics. Prior to joining KraneShares, Luke built and ran the $21bn US XTrackers ETF business at DWS (formerly Deutsche Asset Management) where he pioneered currency hedging, onshore China, and more recently ESG strategies which were among the first to recognize the need for value-aligned portfolios. Prior to this, he was the portfolio manager of $16bn in commodity assets across the PowerShares DB Commodity ETF suite. Luke has a reputation for building strong, diverse teams, creating profitable businesses, and bringing innovative solutions to market. His 20-year financial career also included time on the capital markets sell-side. This diverse experience has allowed Luke to identify the most powerful emerging trends in the investment landscape. “Pricing carbon emissions and decarbonizing the global economy is the single greatest challenge, and opportunity, we will ever be presented with. I have no doubt this will be our mission for the next 20 years and it must not fail.”
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Marcelo Labre
CEO
Viridios AI
Marcelo has over 18 years of financial markets experience across multiple asset classes. As a pioneer in the carbon markets, he has worked on some of the most innovative structured carbon transactions in the markets to date. Marcelo is also a subject matter expert and thought leader on applications of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in finance. An engineer by training, he has a Masters in Finance from London Business School and PhD in Mathematical Finance from Imperial College London.
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Margaret Kim
CEO
Gold Standard
Margaret Kim is the CEO of Gold Standard, a leading standard that allows climate and development initiatives to quantify, certify and maximize their impact towards climate security and sustainable development. Ms. Kim has over 15 years of experience in international management roles including at the Global Green Growth Institute where she held various posts including the Head of Green Climate Fund liaison and Head of Strategy and Integration. Prior to this role, she occupied leadership roles in the private sector in business development and corporate strategy at a leading biotechnology company.
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Marisa Martin
Managing Director
Pollination Capital Partners
Marisa is a Managing Director at Pollination Capital Partners and Head of Pollination Law. Marisa has deep experience advising global clients on climate change law and policy. She has represented clients in many aspects of the carbon markets, including structuring carbon deals in the voluntary market, advising on nature-based climate solutions and developing cutting-edge global template Article 6 pilot transaction documentation. As a former attorney with Baker McKenzie’s Global Climate Law & Finance Practice, Marisa specialised in advice on carbon transactions, domestic and international climate law and policy. She was appointed Co-Chair of the American Bar Association’s Climate Change, Sustainable Development and Ecosystem Committee and her legal work has been recognized by Leading Lawyers and Chambers. She is licensed to practice law in California and Illinois. She holds a law degree from The University of Michigan Law School, a master’s degree in Conservation Biology from the University of Michigan School for Nature Resources and Environment and B.A. in Environmental Science from Northwestern University. Marisa was a Fulbright Scholar in Geneva, Switzerland with a focus on carbon markets. Marisa is licensed to practice law in Illinois and California.
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Mark Lewis
Head of Climate Research
Andurand Capital Management
Mark Lewis is the Head of Climate Research at Andurand Capital LLP since June 2021. Prior to his current role, Mark was Chief Sustainability Strategist at BNP Paribas Asset Management (2019-21), and before that a sell-side analyst for 20 years covering the energy space as both an equity and a commodities analyst: as Managing Director and Head of European Utilities Research at Barclays (2015-18), Chief Energy Economist at Kepler Cheuvreux (2014-15), and at Deutsche Bank as MD and Global Head of Carbon and Energy Research (2005-13) and Director, European Utilities equity research, 1999-2004. He has also worked for the leading energy think tank Carbon Tracker (MD and Head of Re-search, 2018) and for the German utility E.ON (Deputy Head of Investor Relations, 2004-05). Prior to his career as a sell-side analyst Mark worked as a sovereign credit analyst at Standard & Poor’s (1997-99), and as an academic at the University f London (1994-97). Mark has been a member of the Financial Stability Board’s Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) since May 2016, and a Senior Associate at the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL) since 2020. His research on carbon and ener-gy markets has won numerous awards and he often writes opinion pieces for the Financial Times on energy and climate topics. Mark is a UK and French Citizen and holds a BA (First-Class Hons) in Modern Languages and Economics from Sheffield University, an MPhil from Cambridge University, and an MA from London University.
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Martin Berg
CIO Nature Based Carbon Strategy
Climate Asset Management
Martin has more than two decades experience in conceptualising and leading carbon credit, carbon finance and other environmental investments in the private and public sector. Martin is the Chief Investment Officer of the Nature Based Carbon Strategy at Climate Asset Management (CAM), an asset management firm dedicated to natural capital. CAM was established in August 2020 and is a joint venture between HSBC Global Asset Management and Pollination, a specialist climate change advisory and investment firm. Prior to this role, Martin was a Partner at Pollination and part of the team finalising the partnership with HSBC. Martin's previous experiences include leadership roles on climate and environmental investment products at the European Investment Bank and Bank of America Merrill Lynch. Martin also worked for the OECD and the UNFCCC. Mark has been a member of the Financial Stability Board’s Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) since May 2016, and a Senior Associate at the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL) since 2020. His research on carbon and ener-gy markets has won numerous awards and he often writes opinion pieces for the Financial Times on energy and climate topics. Mark is a UK and French Citizen and holds a BA (First-Class Hons) in Modern Languages and Economics from Sheffield University, an MPhil from Cambridge University, and an MA from London University.
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Megan Reilly Cayten
Senior Investment Manager
Climate Asset Management
Megan Reilly Cayten is Senior Investment Manager at Climate Asset Management. She has 20 years’ experience in real asset development, project finance and investment management on five continents. She previously developed power projects for AES Corporation in Central America and the Caribbean, financed infrastructure and energy projects for Citi in South and Southeast Asia, and co-developed a large wind farm in the Caribbean with Javelin Capital. She also served as blue carbon lead for Oceans 2050, a foundation created by Alexandra Cousteau, where she launched and ran a science-led project to create a new voluntary carbon methodology for seaweed farming. Ms. Cayten is a board member of the Fondo Nacional para la Conservacion de la Naturaleza (Mexico) and is on the National Council of World Wildlife Fund.
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Michael Berends
Managing Director, Origination
ClearBlue Markets
Michael has over 20 years of experience in carbon markets, particularly in carbon pricing, strategy development and implementation, and offset development and trading. Michael has executed thousands of carbon market product deals, structuring transactions for offsets, allowances, and allowance-related products in the primary and secondary carbon markets in over fifty countries. He has structured offset transactions close to $1 billion in value. Past roles include working at EcoSecurities, Barclays Capital and Nuon/Vattenfall.
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Michael Evans
Analyst, Global Carbon Compliance Markets
S&P Global Commodity Insights
Michael is an Analyst in S&P Global Commodity Insights’ Low Carbon Markets team. His responsibilities include preparing market reports and forecasts focusing on compliance carbon markets in Europe, including the EU Emissions Trading System and the recently established UK Emissions Trading Scheme. Prior to joining S&P Global Commodity Insights, Michael spent four years working in emissions trading policy roles for the UK Government’s Civil Service. Michael has also previously worked and qualified as an operational meteorologist for the UK Meteorological Office. Michael graduated from the University of Exeter with a Batchelor degree in Geography.
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Michael Greenstone
Co-founder
Climate Vault
Michael Greenstone is the Milton Friedman Distinguished Service Professor in Economics as well as the Director of the Becker Friedman Institute and the interdisciplinary Energy Policy Institute at the University of Chicago. He previously served as the Chief Economist for President Obama’s Council of Economic Advisers, where he co-led the development of the United States Government’s social cost of carbon. He is an elected member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a fellow of the Econometric Society, a Carnegie Fellow (aka the “Brainy Award”), and a former editor of the Journal of Political Economy. Formerly, Greenstone was the 3M Professor of Environmental Economics at MIT and directed The Hamilton Project. Greenstone’s research, which has influenced policy globally, is focused on uncovering the benefits and costs of environmental quality and society’s energy choices. His current work involves testing innovative ways to increase energy access and improve the efficiency of environmental regulations globally. As a co-director of the Climate Impact Lab, he is producing empirically grounded estimates of the local and global impacts of climate change. He is also the co-director of the King Climate Action Initiative at the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab, which generates evidence and catalyzes the scale-up of high-impact policy solutions at the nexus of climate change and poverty alleviation. He created the Air Quality Life Index™ that converts air pollution concentrations into their impact on life expectancy and co-founded Climate Vault, a 501(c)(3) that uses markets to allow institutions and people to reduce their carbon footprint. Greenstone received a Ph.D. in Economics from Princeton University and a B.A. in Economics with High Honors from Swarthmore College.
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Michael Lebbon
Co-founder/CEO
EMMI
Michael Lebbon is the CEO and co-founder of Emmi—a fast growing carbon fintech accelerating markets toward net zero. With 15+ years in carbon markets and a CFA under his belt, Michael knows what works and doesn't on the (mis)pricing of carbon. And when it comes to his vision, Michael is steadfast on one thing: climate change is a market failure that the private market can and should solve. Emmi brings this vision to life.
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Natalia Arango Vélez
Executive Director
Fondo Acción
Natalia Arango is a Colombian conservation biologist with 30 years of experience working in biodiversity conservation, strategic planning, development of new business areas for conservation organizations, consolidating partnerships with national and regional authorities, multilateral organizations, international donors, corporations and NGOs and fundraising for conservation initiatives. Natalia has worked in Fondo Acción since 2010; between 2014 and 2018 she was its Technical Director and she has been the Executive Director since October 2018, leading a team of approximately 120 staff members and working with approximately 24 donors. Natalia´s leadership has resulted in the organization’s transition to an ESG aligned investment portfolio, the growth and consolidation of Fondo´s carbon related investments and its mission aligned impact investment fund. Natalia was recently part of the 2022 mentee cohort of the Fortune - U.S. Department of State Global Women’s Mentoring Partnership.
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Nicolas Girod
Co-Founder/Managing Director
ClearBlue Markets
Nicolas has over 16 years of experience in carbon markets. Nicolas developed ClearBlue’s in-house analytical models for different compliance and voluntary carbon pricing systems. Nicolas’ carbon market insight and price forecasting has been featured in prominent financial publications such as Bloomberg and Reuters. Nicolas’ experience includes working in the Commodities Risk Department of Barclays Capital, building fundamental models while at Vattenfall in addition to trading millions of tons of offsets, and brokering energy commodities at Evolution Markets among other similar past roles.
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Oghosa Erhahon
Energy Transition and Sustainability Advisor
Oghosa is an energy transition and sustainability professional with experience across energy and electricity markets. She is a committee member of the Women in Green Hydrogen network and co-author of the book titled: 'Touching Hydrogen Future' Since 2019, she has hosted podcasts and interviews on the sector and featured as an emerging energy leader, with a TEDx talk on carbon neutrality. Oghosa is a lawyer, and is currently interested in sustainability for impact and frameworks for decarbonization pathways.
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Patricia Latini
Associate Director, Global Environmental Commodities Operations team
Schneider Electric
As Associate Director of the Global Environmental Commodities Operations team, Patricia leads SE Sustainability Business’s Operations staff, and all EC service lines. Under Patricia’s leadership, EC Operations broadens and deepens capabilities, further enhancing client value across the global market and solution landscape. Patricia and her team deliver and build services particularly with regards to carbon markets and project consulting to achieve client Scope 1 GHG emission abatement goals. EC Ops also maintains focus and success with established EC retail and strategic sourcing services. Patricia has over 14 years of experience and a Bachelor’s Degree in International Relations with focus on business and foreign trade and a Technical Degree in Industrial Mechanics. She is also the Co-Founder of a new venture sponsored by Schneider Electric, GRAIN – The Carbon Offset Ecosystem. Background in international business and trade facilitation. Versed in international consultancy, business intelligence and development, researching, marketing, operations, commodity trading and development, management, sales and finance. Work experience in international organizations (government trade agencies) and in the private sector, in different areas of the industry, such as Metal & Raw Materials, Oil & Gas, Sports, Infrastructure, Cosmetics, Industrial (Mining and Chemical), Environment and Energy, Voluntary Carbon Offsets. Patricia is a dual Italian and Brazilian national and speaks 5 languages (English, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish and German).
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Paula VanLaningham
Global Head of Carbon
S&P Global Commodity Insights
Paula VanLaningham is the Global Head of Carbon at Platts. Previously she acted as the global Price Group lead for Energy Transition, where she helped to develop the Platts methodology on Voluntary Carbon Markets. She has also been Managing Editor of the EMEA crude team, overseeing Platts’ North Sea, Russian, Mediterranean and West African crude coverage. Paula has a BA in International Politics from the George Washington University and a MSc in International Political Economy from the London School of Economics.
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Phil Fogel
Chief Blockchain Strategist
Flowcarbon
Phil Fogel is a blockchain and fintech entrepreneur, investor and operator. He is currently the Chief Blockchain Strategist at Flowcarbon, a New York-based startup using native web3 technology to make the voluntary carbon markets more transparent, efficient, and accessible. Phil has been working at the intersection of blockchain and impact for years. He jumped into the proof of stake space early as a founding member of the Bitcoin Green team (now Bitgreen), an impact-focused blockchain; founded Battlestar Capital to build out the staking ecosystem; and founded Corner3 Ventures to write seed and pre-seed checks into a number of pioneering off-and on-chain companies (including Parade, Oooh!, Purple Creator, Resonate, Toucan, Mutate, and Anima NFT). He received an MBA from Cornell University, a BBA from George Washington University, and attended Stuyvesant High School in NYC.
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Rene Velasquez
Head of Global Carbon Markets
CBL Markets
An environmental markets and voluntary carbon markets expert, with over 15 years of experience in the verified carbon market. Rene began his career in advisory and intermediary roles, advising clients on the development and implementation of net zero strategies at Climate Friendly and First Climate, before joining CBL in 2015 where he has overseen the exchange’s growth and helped establish CBL as the premier venue in the market. Throughout his career, Rene has worked with a wide range of carbon market participants including project developers, brokers, intermediaries, traders, hedge funds, banks and corporates. Since 2015, he has played an active role in helping to build capacity within the aviation sector, as the industry prepared to launch the first sectoral-based emissions trading system for international aviation—the Carbon Offset Reduction Scheme for International Aviation (CORSIA). He has advised multiple airlines within the context of the industry’s transition toward a more sustainable future, specifically managing voluntary-emissions programs, and more recently, how to prepare for a compliance future under CORSIA. Rene also leads the CBL team that delivers the operational solutions to IATA’s Aviation Carbon Exchange (ACE). Rene holds a Master of Commercial Law from University of Melbourne, from which he also graduated with an undergraduate double degree in Science (Honours) and Arts.
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Renée González Montagut
Directora General
Fondo Mexicano para la Conservación de la Naturaleza, A.C.
Renée González Montagut obtained her B.S. degree in 1990 from Occidental College with a major in Biology (Cum laude) and a full scholarship. After conducting research in Panama, Costa Rica and Venezuela, she focused on rainforest regeneration in cattle pastures in Mexico for her doctoral dissertation. She was awarded the National Science Foundation Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant and obtained her Ph.D. in 1996 from Harvard University, where she taught five courses. In 1997 she started working for the Mexican Fund for the Conservation of Nature (FMCN) as the Director of the Fund for Protected Areas (FANP). In 1998 the FANP started channeling the yearly income generated by an endowment from the Global Environmental Facility (GEF) through the World Bank to ten protected areas. By 2022 the endowment has grown with donations from 23 additional donors. A total of 55 federal protected areas receive support from FMCN. In 2004 Renée became the Conservation Director of the FMCN. Under her leadership, in 2013 the FMCN signed the GEF grant for the conservation of coastal watersheds project, which is the largest GEF investment in Mexico, and was recognized as best practice in 2019 by GEF and in 2020 by the World Bank. In 2019 Renée led the accreditation of FMCN by the Green Climate Fund (GCF) as the first direct access entity in Mexico. In 2020 she became the General Director of FMCN. In 2021 the GCF approved the first project for Mexico presented by FMCN, while the GEF approved FMCN´s request for a fourth grant and the German Development Bank authorized the third endowment contribution to FMCN. Renée is a founding member of the Mexico Chapter of the Ecological Society of America, the Harvard University Mexican Association, and the Women in Nature Network. She was part of the Governing Board of the Institute of Ecology and Pronatura. She led the creation of four regional private environmental funds and helped in the design of state funds. Renée is fluent in four languages.
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Rich Gilmore
CEO
Carbon Growth Partners
Rich’s diverse background spans careers in the financial markets, climate change, conservation, science and social enterprise development. He has conceived, designed and implemented more than $400 million in innovative climate and natural capital investments in the past five years. Prior to Carbon Growth Partners, Rich was the Australia Managing Director for The Nature Conservancy. He is a Non-Executive Director of Tiverton Agriculture Impact Fund and a member of the SE Asia Committee of the World Economic Forum’s Tropical Forest Alliance. In 2022, Rich was named one of Australia’s Green Power 100, those leading the transition to a low carbon future.
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Robert Schmitt
Chief Operating Officer
Toucan Protocol
Robert Schmitt is the COO at Toucan Protocol which is building a regenerative finance ecosystem that leverages web3 technology to help scale climate action. Robert is also Strategic Adviser at Return Protocol which is building out the usability layer of onchain carbon markets. Previously, he was the founder & CEO of Vultus which builds open infrastructure to lower the barriers to adopt sustainable farming practices and is now a public company. Robert believes that tokenized carbon will be integrated across the web3 ecosystem, to create the most regenerative financial system to date.
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Ryan Letourneau
CEO
GRAIN Ecosystem
Ryan Letourneau is the CEO of GRAIN Ecosystem, a sustainability startup focused on accelerating decarbonization. GRAIN Ecosystem empowers project developers to remove carbon from the atmosphere faster, easier, and more profitably. After a seven-year tenure with Schneider Electric, a sustainability multinational, Ryan is now fully committed to making the path to decarbonization as easy as possible. He is a strong believer that businesses can do well by doing good. Ryan has an MBA from Brown University and IE University, with his undergraduate degree in International Business from Bryant University. He has lived in Chile, Serbia, Belgium, the United Kingdom and currently lives in the United States.
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Sam Gill
Co-founder/COO
Sylvera
Sam Gill co-founded carbon intelligence platform Sylvera alongside CEO Dr. Allister Furey in 2020. Sam started his career working for global law firms, where he advised high-profile asset managers on multi-billion dollar hedge funds and the complex regulation surrounding highly-liquid trading. Wanting to make a more direct, positive impact on people and the planet, Sam moved to Baker McKenzie, where he focused on Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) products. It was at this time that Sam first advised on a major carbon offset issuance. This sparked his interest in carbon markets, and he was concerned that the market lacked the necessary infrastructure to allow it to scale quickly and with integrity. He left law to found Sylvera to tackle these issues. Sam is a regular speaker at industry events and a trusted advisor to multilateral institutions, government bodies and sustainability professionals. He was named on the Forbes 30 Under 30 Europe list in May 2022.
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Sarah Leugers
Chief Strategy Officer
Gold Standard
Sarah Leugers is Chief Strategy Officer at Gold Standard, a senior executive with 20+ years’ experience in strategy development with a focus on how carbon markets and broader climate finance can catalyse sustainable development. She has published various thought leadership pieces on the evolution of carbon offsetting and private sector sustainability strategies. Sarah is also an advisor to non-profit Climate Neutral and climate start up Clearset. With a passion for persuasion, Sarah works to advocate for Gold Standard’s best practice approaches to maximising impact, helping to make high ambition become mainstream to achieve Gold Standard’s vision of “climate security and sustainable development for all.”
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Sebastien Cross
Co-founder
BeZero Carbon
Seb is a Co-founder of BeZero Carbon, a global ratings agency for the voluntary carbon market. Founded in 2020, its global team combines expertise within climate and earth science, financial research, data science, and public policy. Prior to founding BeZero Carbon, he worked as a Rates Strategist for Bank of America, focusing on fixed income markets. He began his career as an Economist at the Bank of England. He has an MSc in Finance & Economics from Warwick Business School and an MA in Economics from the University of Sheffield. Seb regularly shares his views on the voluntary carbon market, carbon policy and its role in accelerating our transition to Net Zero, recently speaking at London Tech Week and the Energy Tech Summit.
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Simon Crooks
Partner
Fortinbras Asset Management
Simon is a founding partner of Quantitative Strategic Investments (QSI) and has partnered with Fortinbras on several pipeline projects since 2016. Previously he worked at Graham Capital, initially as a Senior Research Manager, mandated to build and manage the stand-alone London research group then as a discretionary portfolio manager. Prior to this he was the portfolio manager of AHL’s flagship $30bn (at its peak) diversified program where he held senior responsibility for portfolio construction and trading system decision making, and was a member of the investment committee. Simon was a post-doctoral researcher in the Physics Department at the University of Oxford where he worked on probabilistic-based modelling of climate change and was a member of the Nobel Prize winning Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. He holds a BSc in Mathematics from the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology, an MSc in Applied and Computational Mathematics and DPhil in Physics, both from the University of Oxford.
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Steffen Dietel
Portfolio Manager
Atlana Wealth
Steffen is the PM for the Altana Carbon Investments Fund, which focuses on carbon offsets, and the Altana Distressed Opportunities Fund, which is pursuing unique opportunities in offshore Oil and Gas services. He has extensive experience in developing and financing renewable energy projects having served as sole MD for companies owning offshore wind farms Deutsche Bucht and Veja Mate in the German North Sea from 2012-15. Steffen has over 22 years experience in finance. Prior to Altana, he was an Investment Director at Laidlaw Capital Management where he was responsible for a $1bn cross asset portfolio. He was previously a Portfolio Manager at Schadeberg Family Office and Dresdner Bank AG. Steffen has been a CFA charter holder since 2003.
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Stephanie Russo
Chief Strategy Officer
Carbon Growth Partners
Stephanie brings more than 15 years’ experience across finance, government, conservation and natural capital markets. She has deep and broad expertise in natural capital, public policy, and regulatory environmental markets with a focus on developing financially robust policies and strategies that advance solutions for nature and climate. At the Australian Government, Stephanie played leading roles in the reform of Australia’s water, energy, carbon and biodiversity markets. At National Australia Bank she led the bank’s natural value strategy and was the Director of Government Relations for The Nature Conservancy Australia. Steph holds qualifications in environmental science, law and economics.
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Stian Reklev
Co-founder & Asia-Pacific Director
Carbon Pulse
Stian is a director and co-founder of Carbon Pulse. Stian has reported on carbon markets and climate policies for Point Carbon and Reuters from 2001 to 2015, and also launched and edited specialist publications on emissions markets in Europe and Australia/New Zealand. Based in Beijing since 2009, he has written extensively on climate policy and market developments in China and the Asia-Pacific. Previous to that he worked at the Fridtjof Nansen Institute as assistant editor for the Yearbook of International Co-operation on Environment and Development, before leaving to become a freelance journalist. He studied political science and Russia and Eastern Europe regional studies at the University of Oslo.
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Thomas Kikis
Global Co-Head, Corporate Sales
Standard Chartered Bank
Thomas Kikis is the Global Co-Head, Corporate Sales, Financial Markets responsible for dealing with and advising corporations on their financial market exposure and liquidity management Thomas has over twenty years of banking experience in diverse markets and has held various senior roles in Standard Chartered’s Financial Market business. He is a member of the Financial Markets Management Team and is based in New York In his career at Standard Chartered, Thomas has worked in Hong Kong, New York, and Singapore. He started his career covering US multinational clients in New York for nine years. Thomas subsequently spent three years in Hong Kong and four years in Singapore dealing in financial markets products with the Bank’s Asian based Blue Chips, Public Sector entities, and Multinational Corporations; with particular focus on private side transactions. Thomas returned to New York in 2014 to run US Corporate Sales. Thomas joined Standard Chartered in 1998 as an International Graduate. He holds an MBA from NYU Stern, a master’s degree in Politics and Policy from the London School of Economics, and a bachelor’s degree in Economics and Political Science from New York University.
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Tiffany Cheung
Operating Officer
Net Zero Markets
Tiffany joined environmental markets innovators Net Zero Markets as Operating Officer in February 2022, overseeing the launch of the Global Emission Reduction carbon offset and removal contract on AirCarbon Exchange that Spring. Tiffany simultaneously maintains the role of voluntary carbon markets Research Analyst at Redshaw Advisors. Underpinning this is a unique background exploring human adaptation to climate change, alternative food production, and the environmental challenges of urban spaces.
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Tom Enger
Head of Product
Climate Impact X
Tom Enger is Head of Product for Climate Impact X, a global exchange based in Singapore for high quality voluntary carbon credits. Tom previously developed derivatives strategy for Singapore Exchange (SGX) and data strategy for the Baltic Exchange. Prior to this, he designed price benchmarks, platforms and analytics for commodity index specialist S&P Global Platts. Tom holds a Masters degree from Oxford University and an MBA from the National University of Singapore (NUS).
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Tony Lent
Co-founder
Capital for Climate
Tony Lent has 28 years of experience as a pioneer and innovator in financing sustainability with a primary focus on climate. Mobilized more than $2bn to the low carbon transition. Areas of expertise: climate finance, renewables scale up, nature-based solutions, agriculture transition, zero-carbon fuels, green chemistry, emerging markets. Co-founder, Capital For Climate, 2019-present - an intelligence platform and investor communities to guide capital to the highest leverage opportunities on the science-based pathways to 1.5C. Co-founder and CEO of Swift Current Energy, 2016-2019, Senior Advisor 2019-2021, a leading North American renewables developer and investor. Co-founder Javelin Capital, 2014-2018, a boutique investment bank focused on M&A in renewables, distributed energy, and low carbon fuels. Senior Managing Director, Wolfensohn Fund Management, 2010-2014, private equity investing in renewables and financial inclusion in Brazil, Eastern Europe and India. Co-founder, US Renewables Group, Managing Director, IC member, 2003-2010, a pioneer private equity fund focused on renewables scale up. Investments in technology scale ups, renewable energy projects and developers, first and second generation biofuels. Co-founder EA Capital, 1993-2002, one of the earliest strategic advisory firms focused on structuring pioneering vehicles for sustainable investment. Developed first of a kind funds and funding mechanisms in biodiversity, renewables, sustainable forestry and carbon
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Vandana Sebastian
Asia Editor and Pricing Analyst
S&P Global Commodity Insights
Vandana works within S&P Global Commodity Insights’ Energy Transition pricing team and tracks the global voluntary carbon market. Prior to joining S&P, she was a television news anchor and worked with various national channels in India covering politics, foreign affairs, business and crime.
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Yan Qin
Lead Carbon Analyst
Refinitiv
Yan Qin is a lead analyst at Refinitiv and based in Norway. She has fifteen years of experiences with power and carbon market analysis and quantitative modelling, covering both Europe and China. Her work mainly includes short-term trading outlook, supply-demand forecast, long-term carbon price forecast and energy policy insights, for a wide range of clients in the energy sector globally. Yan is also Research Associate at the Oxford Institute for Energy Studies. She graduated from the Department of Economics at University of Oslo and Fudan university in China.
Yuhau Lin
Yuhau Lin
Vice President, Environmental Commodities
Morgan Stanley
Yuhau has been trading, originating and structuring US environmental commodities transactions since 2009. He got his start in the market at Noble Group, originating voluntary carbon offsets with the potential to be accepted into the California Cap and Trade compliance market as well as the ultimately doomed US Federal Cap and Trade program (i.e., “Waxman Markey”). From there he went to NRG, where he traded and structured transactions in compliance and voluntary markets in Carbon (CCA and RGGI), Renewable Energy Credits (Ercot, PJM, NEPOOL), Nox and SO2 (EPA CSAPR program), as well as various regional ERC products around the US. In late 2020 Yuhau joined the Morgan Stanley power and gas trading desk in New York, where he has led the effort to build out and expand the firm’s capabilities and product offerings in all things environmental commodities
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