The Climate Markets and Investment Association is an independent, not for profit organization providing leadership to the private sector in the delivery of climate investment policy and market mechanisms.
We are an accredited NGO to the COP as observers to the UNFCCC. CMIA is in the business and industry NGOs (BINGO) constituency, one of the first constituencies formed so that the Secretariat of the UNFCCC could maintain effective interaction with interested stakeholders.
CMIA is a membership led organization, with an elected President and Board, beneath which Board-appointed Working Group chairs and regional heads of chapters drive the work of the CMIA at a grassroots level. CMIA’s strategy is set and executed by the Executive Director, who is also responsible for overseeing the running of the Secretariat. CMIA has an independent Secretariat that facilitates working group activities, engages in advocacy on behalf of the membership and works to ensure that the association’s work balances the needs and fairly represents all of its diverse membership.
CMIA’s partnership approach and delivery to our clients is instilled on our beliefs and governance. The combined strength of our numbers plus the reputation and gravitas of our members ensures we execute best practices. We hold valuable affiliations and close working relationships with organisations such as UN bodies (UNFCCC, UNEP-FI, UNEP DTU, UNCCD, FAO, UNREDD), international public financial institutions (World Bank, Asian Development Bank, African Development Bank, KfW, IDB) and ministries of finance and environment in various countries across all five continents.
Executive Director: Margaret-Ann Splawn
Margaret-Ann is the Executive Director of the Climate Markets and Investment Association (CMIA). In this role she is responsible for the strategy and business development of the organization. Before joining CMIA Margaret-Ann was the Head of Sales at a carbon advisory and risk management company providing services to compliance companies with carbon exposure in the EU ETS. She also provided advisory service and sales for voluntary credits for corporates. Margaret-Ann has over twenty years experience in financial markets trading at a number of leading brokerage firms in government bonds, interest rate swaps & options and credit default swaps. She earned her BA in Political Science and French at Austin College and her MSc in Environmental Policy and Regulation at the London School of Economics and Political Science. Margaret-Ann is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society.
To contact: Margaret.firstname.lastname@example.org
President: Adrian Rimmer
CEO, European Environmental Markets
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 us 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.
Vice President Policy: Anna Lehmann
Climate Policy Expert
Anna is acting Vice President Policy at the Climate Markets and Investment Association and runs a boutique consultancy offering investment advisory services to public and private clients. Anna has been active in the implementation of the Flexible Mechanisms of the Kyoto Protocol (CDM, JI, ETS) from the beginning and draws on more than 15 years working experience in international and European climate, energy and land use policy, of which eight years in high-level climate policy advisory. With a background in project origination and development, she focuses on identifying and removing domestic investment barriers to help increase the deal flow and stimulate energy sector transformation and sustainable land use globally. Anna holds an MSc in Agricultural Economics from Goettingen University, Germany, and has on-the-ground working experience across all five continents. Anna has been serving on the Board of CMIA since 2008.
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.
Global Head of Energy & Carbon Efficiency, ING Wholesale Banking
Stephen has been Global Head of Energy & Carbon Efficiency Finance at ING since 2006 when he was asked to establish a team to meet the growing demand from ING’s clients for specialist carbon market-based finance resulting from the UNFCCC’s Kyoto Protocol and the EU Emissions Trading Scheme. The team’s early success was recognised by Environmental Finance magazine when it heralded ING as: “the bank which introduced project finance debt to the carbon market”. In recent years the scope of the business has broadened to cover the provision of advice and debt finance for investments in energy efficiency measures and the wider range of climate finance opportunities under the UN SDG’s and the Paris Agreement.
In addition to his Board role at CMIA Stephen is ING’s representative on the Banking Committee of the United Nations Environment Programme FINANCE Initiative (UNEP FI). He is a Steering Group member of the Investor Confidence Project Europe (ICP Europe), an initiative of the Environmental Defense Fund to provide a markets-based solution to accelerate investment into energy efficiency measures. Stephen represents ING in the Energy Efficiency Financial Institutions Group (EEFIG), a working group jointly convened by the European Commission (DG Energy) and UNEP FI to address the barriers to large-scale investment in energy efficiency in Europe.
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.
Principal Consultant – Ecofys
Noémie Klein is a Principal Consultant at Ecofys. She has been working for the past 10 years with governments, international finance institutions and businesses around the world to engage them in climate change mitigation efforts.
Noémie is responsible for Ecofys’ expertise on climate finance. She is an author of leading carbon pricing publications such as the World Bank’s State and Trends of Carbon Pricing reports and research papers for the Partnership for Market Readiness.
Noémie is involved in the design and implementation of innovative climate finance instruments, including the Pilot Auction Facility for Methane and Climate Change Mitigation and sectoral result-based finance mechanisms (e.g. cement in Tunisia and cogeneration in Mexico). She supports governments in mainstreaming climate action in their policies through the development and financing of NAMAs and INDCs. Prior to joining Ecofys Noémie worked in Hong Kong as a consultant, where she assessed climate risks faced by corporates. Previously, she was based in the UK and worked for EcoSecurities where she led the technical review team and developed CDM projects.
She holds an MSc in Environmental Technology from Imperial College and an MRes in Environmental Sciences from University Paris 7.
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
Senior Counsel, Crowell Moring
Cameron is Senior Counsel at Crowell Moring in Washington DC and specialises in energy, environmental, natural resource and financial regulations that relate to or impact the business of climate change. For the past 15 years he has helped domestic and international clients develop and finance energy, water and conservation projects, buy and sell energy and environmental commodities and derivatives, diligence energy and environmental finance investments, navigate domestic U.S. energy, environmental and financial regulations (e.g. EPA, FERC, DOE, CFTC, SEC, OPIC), participate in carbon and renewable energy markets, and address enterprise and asset-level risks associated with climate change-related performance standards and regulation.
He has represented private equity funds, utilities, clean energy and resource companies, developers, commodity traders, lenders, and municipalities, in their respective efforts to address, invest in, or adapt to a changing climate, market and regulatory landscape.
Group CEO and co-founder, Sindicatum
Assaad W. Razzouk is a Lebanese-British clean energy entrepreneur, investor and commentator. He is Group Chief Executive and Co-Founder of Sindicatum Sustainable Resources, a global clean energy company headquartered in Singapore and a commentator on climate change, natural capital
and clean energy. He is a graduate of Syracuse University (Summa Cum Laude) and holds an MBA from Columbia Business School.
Executive Secretary, Amazon Natural Capital Institute (ANCInstitute)
Bernhard currently works as Executive Secretary at Amazon Natural Capital Institute – ANCInstitute (Instituto Capital Natural da Amazônia – ICNA), a NGO that is based in Manaus (Brazil), providing independent consultancy for climate-related issues (forestry, REDD+, payment for ecosystem services, policy analysis and government affairs) to LP Natural Capital, managing resources to preserve the environment.
Besides working at ANCInstitute, Bernhard is active at several initiatives. He’s involved at the Brazilian Association of Institutional and Government Relations (Associação Brasileira de Relações Institucionais e Governamentais – ABRIG) as a senior professional associate and member of the market relations committee; at Allinkd, a company that provides consultancy and support on foreign trade and international trade promotion to exporting companies; and at the Center of Studies and Development Support, Employment and Citizenship (Centro de Estudos e Apoio ao Desenvolvimento, Emprego e Cidadania – CEADEC), where he works with collectors on the implementation of recycling and sustainability projects. Additionally, Bernhard also works as a collaborative writer (non-paid basis) at the Center of Strategies, Intelligence and International Relations (Centro de Estratégias, Inteligência e Relações Internacionais – CEIRI), publishing articles on issues related to climate change and environment preservation.
Bernhard holds a MBA in Foreign Trade from Getúlio Vargas Foundation (Brazil) and a Masters Degree in International Business from Munich Business School (Germany).