Board of trustees

The Climate Change Organisation.

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Hon Mike Rann AC, CNZM (Chair of the UK Board)

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 more than 60% from wind and solar. Mike was Co-Chair of the Climate Group's States & Regions Alliance.

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Rachel Andrews

Rachel Andrews is a non-profit professional with more than a decade’s experience in philanthropic grant making, most recently as regional grants manager for the Fidelity Asia Pacific Foundation. She has a particular interest in the synergies between climate action and poverty reduction, and recently graduated from SOAS (University of London) with an MSc in Climate Change and Development, for which she focused on the impact of climate change on global food supply chains.

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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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Lutamyo Brenn Mtawali

Lutamyo is a Sustainability and Finance Leader with 20 years experience in Financial Services, Technology and Management Consultancy. He is a qualified Chartered Certified Accountant (ACCA) with extensive experience working with Tier-1 global financial institutions, large corporates and public bodies on strategy, governance, finance, risk and digital transformation initiatives.

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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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Joanne Parker

Jo has more than 25 years’ experience in brand and marketing communications consultancy working both client and agency side including a start-up which she was instrumental in building until sold to Chime, when she became its’ CEO.

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James Hall-Smith

James Hall-Smith was a founding partner of InfraRed Capital Partners, an international fund management business with over 220 infrastructure projects in 17 countries. He has more than 25 years’ experience of investing and managing the development, construction and operation of major infrastructure projects. For the last 10 years James has focused on infrastructure that is central to accelerating the energy transition. 

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Jon Williams

Jon Williams is a Managing Director and Global Financial Services Sustainability Leader at Accenture plc, the professional services company specialising in information technology services and consulting. Previously he was a partner with PwC, where he chaired their UK Sustainability practice and was their Global Banking & Capital Markets Sustainability Leader. He was also a Mental Health and Social Mobility Partner Advocate, and is a trained Mental Health First Aider.

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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)

Climate Group, Inc.

Governor Bill Ritter Jr. (President and Chair of the Board)

Governor Bill Ritter Jr. was elected Colorado's 41st governor in 2006 and was the District Attorney of Denver from 1993-2005. During his four-year term as Governor, Ritter established Colorado as a national and international leader in clean energy by building a New Energy Economy.

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Zoë Aschroft

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

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Helen Clarkson, OBE, CEO, Climate Group

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

Prior to joining the Climate Group, Helen worked at Forum for the Future, Médecins Sans Frontières, and qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Deloitte.   

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Gary Doer

Gary Doer was the 23rd Canadian Ambassador to the United States and Former Premier of Manitoba. Mr. Doer won three consecutive elections as Premier of Manitoba. In 2005, he was named by Business Week as one of the 20 international leaders on climate change. 

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Joseph M. Kinard

Joseph M. Kinard is the immediate past Chair (June 30, 2020) of the Presbyterian Church (USA) Committee on Mission Responsibility Through Investment (MRTI) which was created in 1971 to advance the church’s mission through the financial resources (approximately $10 billion dollars) entrusted to it.

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Douglas Lawrence (Vice Chair of the Board)

Douglas Lawrence is Managing Principal and founder of 5 Stone Green Capital LLC with 27 years of distinguished industry experience. Prior to forming 5SGC, Douglas 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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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, OBE, CEO, Climate Group

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

Prior to joining the Climate Group, Helen worked at Forum for the Future, Médecins Sans Frontières, and qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Deloitte.   

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India advisory group (India)

TCCO India Private Limited.

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 $1.5 trillion for low-carbon and other sustainable finance opportunities by 2030.

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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. Shalini Sarin

Dr. Shalini serves as an Independent Director on different boards, advises and coaches CEOs and executive teams while volunteering time for a few not-for-profit organisations. With over three decades in the corporate world and an experience ranging from chief people officer to leading a global foundation to running a sustainable business for social impact, she believes in creating impact through her passion for organization culture and change.

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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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Gauri Singh

Gauri Singh is the Deputy Director General of the International Renewable Energy Agency. Gauri brings more than 30 years of experience in policy, advocacy and project implementation within the field of renewable energy and sustainable development from India and internationally. 

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