Board Members

We all have a leadership role to play in life and there is no time to lose. The international community has come together around two global agreements designed to reduce risk and build resilience. These are the Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Climate Change Agreement.

CMIA is committed to the common goal of achieving climate neutrality in the second half of the century by limiting global average temperature rise to as close to 1.5 degrees Celsius as possible. CMIA’s partnership approach and delivery to our clients is instilled in our beliefs and governance. The combined strength of our numbers plus the reputation and gravitas of our Board members ensures we execute best practices.

The Board is comprised of climate specialists from various industries and they assess the overall direction and strategy of the association. Our Board members are actively involved in a broad spectrum of climate finance and investment products and services.

Adrian Rimmer

President

Adrian is the current President of the Climate Markets and Investment Association and CEO of European Environmental Markets, an advisory and brokerage firm for environmental commodities. He is also a Non-Executive Director of Evora, a sustainability consultancy and software provider.

Adrian joined European Environmental Markets after leading the climate and development certification body the Gold Standard Foundation as CEO for five years, where he expanded the organisation’s scope to include greater emphasis on high-impact development projects – particularly efficient cookstoves; sustainable forestry & agriculture; water; health; and green city infrastructure. Adrian also co-conceived and oversaw development of the Fairtrade Carbon Standard and Fairtrade International.

Prior to joining The Gold Standard Foundation, Adrian established and led the Eco-Markets business at ABN AMRO, then supported renewables and clean tech clients as a Director in the Energy & Resources corporate finance team at RBS.

Christina Elvers

Sustainability Consultant - PwC

Christina is a Sustainability Consultant and leads PwC UK’s work on sustainable land-use and REDD+. Christina has broad experience in sustainable land-use and international development from working with REDD+ project developers to supporting REDD+ country governments to managing funds for international donors including the UK and Norway. She was previously the head of the Advocacy Fund of the Climate and Development Knowledge Network (CDKN) overseeing a multi-million pound annual budget and more than 20 projects. Christina is currently managing a three-year Reporting for Results-Based REDD+ project for a European government, which looks to build capacity on reporting on forestry in tropical developing countries. Christina is the Chair of CMIA’s Land-Use & Forestry Working Group and was CMIA’s representative at the Forest Carbon Partnership Facility. She holds a MSc in Environmental Technology from Imperial College.

Andreas Gunst

Partner - DLA Piper

Andreas is an energy and carbon projects and finance practitioner qualified in England & Wales and a Partner at DLA Piper. He has both in-house and private practice experience and was named European Counsel of the Year 2013 by the Association of Corporate Counsel and International Law Office.

In the area of renewable energy projects, carbon finance and environmental securities trading, Andreas is recognised for his regulatory, trading, projects and finance advisory work on renewable energy support schemes, including green certificates (including ROCs, Elcerts, Certficate Verdi, LECs, GoOs, RECS and EECS), feed-in tariffs, market premia and contract for differences. Andreas has advised widely on international emission reduction projects and carbon finance under the mechanisms of the UNFCCC framework, as well as on permitting, allocation, acquisition and trading in relation to compliance as well as voluntary emissions allowances and credits (including EUAs, CERs, ERUs, AAUs, VERs). He has also advised on carbon capture and storage and biofuel tolling projects.

Andreas has served as chairman of several working groups, including CMIA’s EU Emissions Trading Scheme working group and the legal task force of RECS International.

Madeleine Rawlins

Principal Consultant at Mott MacDonald

Madeleine Rawlins is a principal consultant Mott MacDonald in London within the Group Strategic Initiative on Climate Resilience. Madeleine has 18 years’ experience in international climate change policy and finance. At Mott MacDonald she is leading work on climate finance, climate risk and implementation of NDCs and is seeking to support CMIA growth into these areas.

Madeleine is an active leader in the climate change sector and has a strong international network. She has been active in carbon markets since 1999 and previously she chaired the Carbon Markets Working Group at the European Chamber of Commerce in China as well as being one of the original founders of the CMIA. Prior to working at Mott MacDonald, Madeleine played a key role in the development of Camco’s carbon business and was responsible for the development of the global carbon portfolio.

Chris Dodwell

Practice Director - Climate Change & Sustainability, Ricardo Energy & Environment

Chris has over 20 years public and private sector experience in climate change, sustainable energy and environmental policy and regulation. Prior to joining Ricardo, Chris worked at the heart of UK climate change policy for 10 years including leading the UK delegation to the international climate change negotiations and leading the UK implementation of the EU Emissions Trading Scheme. Since joining Ricardo in 2011, he has directed projects in South Africa, India, China, Kenya, South East Asia, Latin America and Europe and has worked for national governmental, donors and international institutions. In the run up to COP21 in Paris, Chris led the Ricardo team responsible for supporting more than 15 countries prepare their Intended Nationally Determined Contributions. Chris is now helping these and other countries identify practical steps needed to achieve their climate goals and implement the Paris Climate Agreement. Chris has an extensive global network of senior contacts within national governments, international funding bodies, non-governmental organisations and the private sector.

Chris has a Masters in Environmental Law & Policy from University College, London and a BA in Classics from Cambridge University.

Ben Bartle

Senior Consultant - E Co Ltd

Ben has with 10+ years’ experience in project formulation, CF readiness, capacity development, country programming/consultation and strategy development in the clean energy, environment and adaptation sectors. He is a team leader at E Co. – a boutique management consultancy specialized in the formulation of climate change projects and mobilization and programming of resources for funds such as the Green Climate Fund and Global Environment Facility. Ben has worked with and advised a broad range of multilateral/bilateral development agencies, international financial institutions, private sector organizations, CSOs, NGOs and governments across Africa, Asia, Europe, Caribbean and the Pacific. Prior to joining E Co., Ben worked all over the world for the United Nations Development Program and the Global Environment Facility contributing to their climate change project portfolios. Ben also played a key role in the early stages of the New Zealand Emissions Trading Scheme and carbon market.

Ben has a MSc in Environment and Economics from the University of Auckland.

Alexis Leroy

CEO and founder - ALLCOT

Alexis Leroy is CEO of the ALLCOT Group, which he founded in 2009.

A group of companies specializing in end-to-end sustainability solutions for individuals and businesses of all sizes, ALLCOT develops, manages and trades in all sectors related with climate change mitigation, from offices in Switzerland, Spain and Colombia. Allcot’s innovative approach enables it to develop long-term partnerships with clients coming from a range of sectors including fashion, food, sport and tourism.

With extensive trading experience in carbon and other commodities, and having been involved with GHG reductions and renewables since 2007, Alexis is experienced in identifying and commercialising multi-stakeholder opportunities.

He is currently a committee member of the World Energy Forum’s ‘Next Generation Energy Leaders’ group and is the France Chair for G8 Young Global Leaders.

Alexandra Boakes Tracy

President of Hoi Ping Ventures

Alexandra Boakes Tracy is President of Hoi Ping Ventures in Hong Kong, which she founded to provide research and consulting on investment in low carbon energy and infrastructure in Asian emerging markets.  Alexandra began her career as an investment banker in Hong Kong and Singapore, and then ran a number of start up businesses, including a software company and a publishing and information business.  Following the sale of the latter, she was for several years Vice President – Strategy at First Eastern Investment Group, an independent private investment group in Hong Kong.  Alexandra is a member of the Listing Committee of the Hong Kong Stock Exchange, CMIA’s Private Sector Observer to the United Nations Green Climate Fund and an Advisor to the Hong Kong University of Science & Technology’s Asian Family Business Research Centre.  She was non-executive Chairman of the Association for Sustainable & Responsible Investment in Asia for six years, stepping down in 2015, and was instrumental in establishing the Asia Investor Group on Climate Change during this period.

Alexandra has an MBA from the Harvard Business School and MA degrees from Yale University and Cambridge University.

Lisa Walker

CEO of Ecosphere+

Lisa Walker is CEO of the new venture Ecosphere+ (funded by the Althelia Climate Fund) with a mission to scale up private sector climate and SDG action & build demand for solutions such as tropical forest protection and sustainably produced commodities. Lisa has been involved in climate markets since 1999 when she began her career in BP and worked on development of the UK Emissions Trading Scheme.

During 17 years in the oil and gas sector Lisa held roles in Sustainability / HSSE, Strategy & Policy, Business Development, Emissions Markets, Corporate Venture Capital and Asset Management.  She has sat on multiple investment committees for major public and private funds and helped to establish an Emissions Asset Business in BP Alternative Energy as well as the Carbon Ventures business.  In 2012 Lisa left BP to join BG Group as Vice President Environment & Climate Change. Lisa has held Executive-Committee and Board seats in multiple associations including the Sustainable Gas Institute at Imperial College, IPIECA and the OGCI. In 2017 the World Economic Forum recognised Lisa as a Young Global Leader.

 

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