CMIA announces new Board members and re-election of President Adrian Rimmer

23rd June 2017 by CMIA

London, June 23, 2017: Following a member vote, the Climate Markets & Investment Association confirmed yesterday a number of Board appointments at its Annual General Meeting.

Three new Board members have been appointed:

  • Madeleine Rawlins, Principal Consultant at Mott MacDonald;
  • Alexandra Boakes Tracy, President of Hoi Ping Ventures; and
  • Lisa Walker, CEO of Ecosphere+

Adrian Rimmer, CMIA’s President, was elected for a second term as a Board member and President. Alexis LeRoy, founder & CEO of ALLCOT Group, was also re-elected for a second term as a Board member.

Commenting on the appointments Mr Rimmer said: “I’m honoured that our members wanted me to serve a second term as President and I look forward to continuing the transformation of CMIA.“

He continued: “I’m equally pleased to welcome three new members into our very active and engaged Board. We now have a 50:50 gender balance, with the overall composition representing our diverse membership. It reflects our modern, progressive and expert organization and will provide solid support to our excellent Executive Director Margaret-Ann Splawn.”

The CMIA Board expressed its sincere thanks to Stephen Hibbert of ING and Cameron Prell of Crowell & Moring after completing their Board terms.

Margaret-Ann Splawn joined CMIA as Executive Director almost one year ago and has been instrumental in re-invigorating the organization. She commented: “The newly elected Board are modern, relevant and dynamic leaders in their respective fields and are excellent ambassadors for CMIA. I look forward to a productive and exciting year ahead as we continue to grow and bring our members expertise to vital new areas in the climate market. In particular, this year CMIA will have a strong focus on how to finance the Nationally Determined Contributions under the Paris Agreement and work with international organizations on the implementation of the FSB Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosure.”

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About CMIA

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CMIA’s objective is to advocate for robust standards for mitigation and adaptation towards low carbon high resilience investments and infrastructure. CMIA is an accredited NGO as observers to the UNFCCC and holds three active private sector observer seats at the Green Climate Fund, the Forest Carbon Partnership Facility and the Climate Investment Funds through participation in the Forest Investment Program. These last two funds are held in trust at the World Bank.

CMIA translates climate policy for business and investment while providing policy makers with private sector input in order to establish workable, bankable and scalable best practice solutions.

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About the new Board members

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. Mrs Rawlins 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.

Mrs Rawlins 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, Mrs Rawlins played a key role in the development of Camco’s carbon business and was responsible for the development of the global carbon portfolio.

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.  Mrs Tracy 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.  Mrs Tracy 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.  She 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. Mrs Walker 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 Mrs Walker 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 Mrs Walker left BP to join BG Group as Vice President Environment & Climate Change. Mrs Walker 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 Mrs Walker as a Young Global Leader.