Board of trustees

The Climate Change Organisation.

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Joan MacNaughton CB Hon FEI (Chair)

Joan MacNaughton has played an influential part in global energy and climate policy for twenty years in government, business, the not for profit sector and academia. After working in government on strategic policy, regulation, parliamentary business, and managing large budgets (£bn’s), she had a second career in business in the power sector.

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Zoë Ashcroft

Zoë Ashcroft is an international corporate and finance lawyer, one of the founding partners of the London office of international law firm Winston & Strawn LLP, Head of the UK Corporate & Finance Team and a member of the Winston & Strawn global Executive Committee.

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Andrew Clark

Andrew Clark is a Chartered Accountant who spent 30 years working for Deloitte and was an audit partner for nearly 20 years. He has significant experience of working with construction and infrastructure businesses, including wind and solar farm developers and one of the UK’s largest investment funds for renewable energy projects.  He brings experience of governance of both large businesses and charities to our Board.

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Viki Cooke

Viki is a Founding Partner of BritainThinks, a research and communications strategy consultancy. She has more than 25 years’ experience providing insight based strategic advice to global and national clients from the private, public and third sectors. She works closely with Chief Executives, Secretaries of State and their management teams to ensure the voice of the people that matter to them is embedded in their thinking

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Richard Gledhill

Richard is a climate change and international development specialist.

Until 2013 he was head of climate change services at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, leading their work on climate and forest finance, climate policy and green growth. His clients included the UK Government's Department for International Development, the Norwegian International Climate & Forest Initiative, the Global Green Growth Institute and the World Bank. He also advised the World Economic Forum on climate policy and finance, and in 2010-11 led their working groups on financing sustainable land use and scaling renewables.

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Jeffrey B. Gracer

Jeff has a vibrant domestic and international environmental law practice. In addition to his domestic practice, which includes representing a large multi-national enterprise in the largest Superfund matter in the US, Jeff regularly represents non-US companies with respect to US environmental matters.

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Abyd Karmali

Abyd Karmali is a Managing Director, ESG & Sustainable Finance at Bank of America based in London. From 2007-2014, he served as Merrill Lynch’s (subsequently BofAML) Global Head of Carbon Markets. In 2014, he became part of the team supporting the bank’s broader capital deployment commitment to mobilise $300 billion for low-carbon investment opportunities by 2030. He has worked for almost 30 years on climate change and sustainable finance and was made an Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE) for these efforts in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours List for 2019.

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Victoria Keilthy

Victoria brings knowledge of the UK charity sector and governance to our board. In her previous role as a Director at the National Audit Office, Victoria reported to Parliament on government's engagement with the charity sector. Her report on the Charity Commission prompted the Government to bring forward the Charities Act 2016 to address gaps in the Commission’s powers.

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Meryam Omi

Meryam Omi has over 16 years of investment experience, starting her career as an investment writer and managing marketing and sales initiatives across a wide range of products and capabilities. In 2010, she created a sustainability role within Legal & General Investment Management and launched successful engagement campaigns on topics such as independent directors in Japan, corporate tax and removal of quarterly reports.
 

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Hon Mike Rann AC, CNZM

Mike Rann was Premier of South Australia from 2002 to 2011. He was also Climate Change Minister, the first in Australia and one of the first in the world. When he was elected in 2002, South Australia had zero renewables. It now has around 48% from wind and solar. Mike was Co-Chair of The Climate Group's States & Regions Alliance.

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Amber Rudd

After a career in business, Amber Rudd became the Member of Parliament for Hastings and Rye from 2010 to 2019.

Amber was appointed Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change in 2015 and led the UK team to the successful completion of the Paris Climate Change Agreement. This UN sponsored Conference of the Parties (COP 21) achieved the first ever legally binding global commitment to reduce national carbon emissions.

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The legal entities through which we operate in North America and India have their own boards. You can find their details below.

Board of directors (North America)

The Climate Group, Inc.

William Moomaw (President of the Board)

William Moomaw is Emeritus Professor of International Environmental Policy and Founding Director of the Center for International Environment and Resource Policy at The Fletcher School, Tufts University. He currently serves as Co-Director of the Global Development and Environment Institute at Tufts.

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David Crane

Bio to come.

Helen Clarkson

Helen joined the Climate Group in 2017 as its Chief Executive Officer. In addition to leading our growing organisation, she sits on the board of the We Mean Business Coalition , chairs the Finance & Audit Committee for the Sustainable Development Capital Energy Efficiency Income Trust, and is on the Mission Council for Pukka Herbs.  

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Gary Doer

Bio to come

Robin Kaiser Gish

Robin Kaiser has extensive experience in fundraising. She volunteered as a fundraiser at Marymount International School and Friends of Rowing at Dartmouth College, and currently volunteers as a fundraiser for Psi Upsilon Fraternity at Dartmouth as well as the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.

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Jeffrey B. Gracer

Jeff has a vibrant domestic and international environmental law practice. In addition to his domestic practice, which includes representing a large multi-national enterprise in the largest Superfund matter in the US, Jeff regularly represents non-US companies with respect to US environmental matters.

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Joseph M. Kinard

Joseph Kinard brings diverse investment industry experience. He is skilled in analyzing alternative asset firms (hedge fund, private equity and venture capital) to determine valuations of private companies. Mr. Kinard has helped companies in obtaining venture capital, mezzanine and angel financing representing both capital funds and their portfolio companies.

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Doug P. Lawrence

Doug is Managing Principal and founder of 5 Stone Green Capital LLC with 27 years of distinguished industry experience. Prior to forming 5SGC, Doug was the co-Portfolio Manager of the 100% green real estate Urban Renaissance Property Fund for JPMorgan Asset Management’s Real Estate platform.

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Hon Mike Rann AC, CNZM

Mike Rann was Premier of South Australia from 2002 to 2011. He was also Climate Change Minister, the first in Australia and one of the first in the world. When he was elected in 2002, South Australia had zero renewables. It now has around 48% from wind and solar. Mike was Co-Chair of The Climate Group's States & Regions Alliance.

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Ariane de Vienne

Ariane de Vienne is the Global Head of Asset Owner Strategy at Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS). She is leading a global mandate to deepen ISS’ relationships with asset owners and consultants across ISS. 

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Board of directors (India)

TCCO India Private Limited.

Divya Sharma (Chair / Wholetime Director)

Divya Sharma is an International climate and urban development expert, specialising in climate resilience and urban development planning with almost 20 years’ experience operating throughout India and internationally. Divya comes with a Doctorate in urban climate resilience and a Master’s in urban development planning. In her career, she has worked in various capacities, 'wearing different hats', including being a thought leader and knowledge communicator, a policy planning consultant, a keen researcher and an academician, as well as a leader-mentor to fellow colleagues.

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Helen Clarkson

Helen joined the Climate Group in 2017 as its Chief Executive Officer. In addition to leading the growing the Climate Group team, Helen sits on the board of the We Mean Business Coalition , chairs the Finance & Audit Committee for the Sustainable Development Capital Energy Efficiency Income Trust, and is on the Mission Council for Pukka Herbs.  

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India advisory group (India)

TCCO India Private Limited.

Sumant Sinha (Chair)

A leading first-generation entrepreneur, Sumant Sinha is the Founder, Chairman and Managing Director of ReNew Power – one of India’s largest clean energy companies. Sumant founded ReNew Power in January 2011, with a vision to transform the way energy is produced and consumed in India. Since then, under his leadership, the company has grown exponentially and is today one of India’s premier renewable energy companies with an aggregate portfolio of more than 10 GW spread over more than 100 sites. 

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Abyd Karmali

Abyd Karmali is Managing Director, Climate Finance at Bank of America Merrill Lynch based in London and is point person for the bank’s $10 billion Catalytic Finance Initiative. Mr Karmali is also part of the team that oversees the bank’s broader financial commitment to mobilise $125 billion for low-carbon investment opportunities by 2025.

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Uday Khemka

Uday Khemka is the Vice Chairman of the SUN Group of companies and an ardent advocate of new and renewable energy. He has almost 30 years of entrepreneurial and investment experience in varied emerging markets, including India. 

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Dr. Kirit Parikh

Dr. Kirit Shantilal Parikh is the Chairman, Integrated Research and Action for Development (IRADe), New Delhi and former Member, Planning Commission, Government of India. He is Former (Founder) Director (Vice Chancellor), Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research (IGIDR), Mumbai – An Advanced Research Institute. 

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Ameya Prabhu

Ameya Prabhu is an entrepreneur and the Managing Director of Duesberg Bosson Financial Services. Duesberg is an asset management & investment banking firm focussed on the Indian market. Duesberg's asset management business comprises of two public markets funds and a private equity growth fund. Ameya also runs a strategic advisory firm with a focus on renewable energy and clean technology.

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Joan MacNaughton CB Hon FEI

Joan MacNaughton has played an influential part in global energy and climate policy for twenty years in government, business, the not for profit sector and academia. After working in government on strategic policy, regulation, parliamentary business, and managing large budgets (£bn’s), she had a second career in business in the power sector.

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