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Advisory Board

Sir John Beddington (Chair)

In addition to a lengthy career in academia, John has also advised a number of governments and international organisations on issues specific to resource management, as well as the UK government on a broader range of scientific issues. From 2008-2013, John was Government Chief Scientific Adviser.

Frances Beinecke

Frances served as Natural Resource Defense Council's president from 2006 to 2015. Prior to her role as NRDC president, Frances was the organisation's executive director for eight years. In 2010, she was appointed by President Obama to the National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling. She was a member of the U.S. Secretary of Energy's advisory board from 2012 to 2016. She currently serves on the advisory board of the MIT Energy Initiative, as well as the boards of the NRDC Action Fund, ClientEarth, the Cary Institute for Ecosystem Studies, and the World Resources Institute.

Robin Bidwell

Robin Bidwell built and led the global environmental consultancy firm, Environmental Resources Management (ERM) and currently chairs UNEP - WCMC (a Cambridge-based global biodiversity centre) and LOC (a London based global marine engineering consultancy). He chairs the investment committee of Insitor (an Asia focused social impact fund) and is on the board of two Kenya based charities. His previous positions include chair of the Green Alliance, member of the Gas and Electricity Markets Authority (OFGEM) and chair of their smart grids R&D funds and adviser to ZSL Conservation Programmes. He received a CBE for services to the environment in 1999.

John Botts

John is a Senior Advisor to Allen & Company New York City. Previously, he was the Chief Executive of Citi's Investment Bank in Europe, Middle East and Africa, and he also served as Chairman of CVC's Investment Committee in Europe, Chairman of Euromoney, Chairman of UBN and Chairman of Glyndebourne. He is a Trustee of the Tate Foundation and Glyndebourne and Independent Board Member of The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

Sarah Butler-Sloss

Sarah Butler-Sloss has been internationally recognised for her work in the field of green energy over the past 20 years, best known for founding the Ashden Awards for Sustainable Energy in 2001, which was renamed 'Ashden - sustainable solutions, better lives' in 2012. She led Ashden as Founder Director from 2001 to 2019 and is now Chair of Trustees.

Sarah Butler-Sloss also established Ashden Trust in 1989, which is one of 17 Sainsbury Family Charitable Trusts. Ashden Trust supports programmes focusing on climate change, sustainable development, and improvement of the quality of life in poorer communities. Grantee project areas range from avoided deforestation, sustainable agriculture, and innovations in energy access, to connecting people to nature and sustainable finance. Some grantees include ClientEarth, Carbon Tracker, Horatio's Garden, Greenpeace and Sustainable Food Trust UK.

Sarah is a regular contributor to UK and global policy debates in the field of sustainable energy and in the DivestInvest campaign. Sarah is also a trustee of ClientEarth and on the Steering Committee of Schumacher College.

André Hoffmann

André Hoffmann is a businessman, environmentalist, and philanthropist, and a passionate advocate for business as a force for good.

André is Vice Chairman of Roche Holding AG, the family business. He also sits on the Board of SystemIQ, the Board of Trustees of the World Economic Forum, and the Center for the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

André also has a distinguished career in nature conservation and sustainability. He is the President of the MAVA Foundation, and also of Fondation Tour du Valat. He is also Chairman of the Advisory Board of the Hoffmann Global Institute in Business and Society at INSEAD.

Sir John Hood

Sir John is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Robertson Foundation. He also serves as a director on the boards of Blackstone, Aurora Energy Research, and WPP plc. In addition to these appointments, Sir John serves on the advisory board of the Mandela Rhodes Foundation, and is a trustee of the Saïd Business School Foundation. He was chairman of the Rhodes Trust from 2011 - 2019.

From 2004 to 2009, Sir John served as Vice-Chancellor of the University of Oxford. Prior to that he served as Vice-Chancellor of the University of Auckland from 1999 to 2004.

Uday Khemka

Mr. Uday Khemka is Vice-Chairman of the SUN Group of Companies, a diversified family- owned, investment and industrial group headquartered in India with activities in varied emerging markets in new and renewable energy, electric mobility, natural resources, real estate, electronics/aerospace and private equity. Prior to the SUN Group, Uday worked at Credit Suisse First Boston and Morgan Stanley in London and New York and then established and headed up Morgan Stanley's activities in India. Uday has been on the boards of all SUN Group companies and has been responsible for the establishment of the investment management activities of the group.

Today, Uday leads the New Energy activities of the Group which include renewable energy, energy storage and electric mobility energy infrastructure. His passion for New Energy led him to set up SUN New Energy Holdings, which today includes SUN Mobility (aiming to be a global leader in electric mobility energy infrastructure), in a partnership with Chetan Maini, as well as SUN Renewables.

Uday is also a managing trustee of The Nand & Jeet Khemka Foundation, the first, and still one of the only, foundations in India to focus centrally on climate change mitigation, which it has done for 30 years, since COP1 in Rio in 1992. He was also previously the Co-Chair of the Clean Energy Finance Forum (CEFF) jointly established by Prime Minister Modi and President Obama to catalyse investment towards India's 175 GW clean energy target for 2022. Among other climate philanthropic endeavours, Uday resourced the entry of the Climate Group into India and has been on its board ever since. Uday’s key policy interests focus on large scale institutional climate finance (with respect to which he has been advising associations of sovereign and pension institutions since 2004), renewable energy policy and government policy to promote the electrification of transportation. Uday is also a Senior Climate Advisor (2019 to date) to the Institutional Investors Roundtable, a group of 45 of the world’s largest sovereign wealth fund representing over $13 trillion.

Uday’s philanthropic interests outside the field of climate change mitigation include his work as Co- founder of Just Giving (which became Europe’s leading online charity fundraising portal), his leadership of Youth Reach (focusing on street and slum children in India) and the Nabha Foundation (rural development in India).

Uday is on the Board of Governors of the Indian School of Business and the Public Health Foundation of India, the Board of Directors of the Synergos Institute in New York and the Board of Advisors of the Climate Group in India and has been elected a Young Global Leader at the World Economic Forum in Davos. He is also a member of HRH Prince’s Sustainable Markets Initiative and Senior Climate Advisor to the Institutional Investors Roundtable.

Educated at Eton College and Cambridge University, Uday received an MBA with distinction from Harvard Business School (Baker Scholar).

Sam Laidlaw

Sam is a founder of Neptune Energy and became its first Executive Chairman in 2015. Previously, Sam served as CEO of Centrica plc. He has also been a member of the UK Government's Energy Advisory Panel, President of the UK Offshore Operators Association, a member of the Prime Minister's Business Advisory Group, and a Non-executive Director of both HSBC Holdings plc and Hanson plc. Sam is a Non-executive Director of Rio Tinto plc and Chairman of the National Centre for Universities and Business.

Sonia Medina

Sonia leads CIFF’s climate portfolio, spanning energy decarbonisation, air quality, food systems and more. Prior to CIFF, Sonia was COO of a biomass start-up. She spent 7 years at EcoSecurities, as US Country Director and Global Head of Origination. Sonia has worked for UNEP and holds an MSc in Environmental Change and Management from Oxford University and an MBA from the London Business School. 

Sonia has been named a World Business Council for Sustainable Development Future Leader; a WEF Young Global Leader; and a Rising Talent by the Women’s Forum for the Economy & Society. Sonia sits on ClientEarth’s Board.

Richard Nourse

Richard Nourse is founder of Greencoat Capital LLP, the leading UK renewables investor. He has recently retired as a director of Urenco, the worlds’ largest uranium enrichment company. Prior to founding Greencoat, he had a short spell as a civil servant after many years in the City, latterly as Head of EMEA Energy and Power for Merrill Lynch.

Cressida Pollock

Cressida Pollock is the Co-Director of Quadrature Climate Foundation, a new UK-based foundation which aims to grant $100M-150M per year to combat the climate emergency.

A deep generalist who focuses on transforming organisations and systems, she has advised national and multinational companies, governments, and NGOs on strategic challenges and transformational change. She is the former Chief Executive of English National Opera where she led the rescue and turnaround of the company from 2015-2018 and was a founding member of Somerset Capital Management, an emerging markets focused investment fund.

Cressida currently advises on the deployment of philanthropic and commercial capital to shift the current trajectory on climate change and build towards long-term sustainable economic systems. She holds an undergraduate degree from Cambridge and an MBA from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

David Shukman

David Shukman was the BBC’s first Science Editor and led its climate coverage for nearly twenty years, pioneering live broadcasting from the Arctic and the Amazon.

After graduating from the University of Durham, David worked in newspapers before joining the BBC in 1983. Assignments included The Troubles in Northern Ireland and the fall of the Berlin Wall. David went on to report on the science and politics of climate change - COP26 was his tenth UN climate conference.

A consultant, speaker and broadcaster, David is a Visiting Professor in Practice at the Grantham Research Institute at the LSE.

Jeremy Smith

Jeremy is Head of Impact at Rede Partners, bringing Rede over 20 years' experience of investment and capital raising focused on sustainability and impact. He is a co-founder of Berkeley Energy a leading private equity firm focused upon renewable energy in emerging markets. He started his career at Credit Suisse in M&A. Jeremy is a co-founder of CDP, the world's leading disclosure system focused on environmental reporting, supported by investors representing $98 trillion of AUM.

Sir Martin Smith

Sir Martin has been involved in the financial services sector for more than 40 years. After Oxford (physics) and Stanford (MBA) Universities, he spent time at Mckinsey, Citibank and Bankers Trust company. He then founded and served as senior partner of Phoenix Securities, becoming chairman of European investment banking for Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette (DLJ) following the acquisition of Phoenix by DLJ in 1997. He was subsequently a founder of New Star Asset Management, and continues to have a number of other directorships and business interests, including chairmanships of Worldwide Healthcare Trust and GP Bullhound, a technology investment bank. His pro-bono interests include serving as a founder, Chairman and latterly Life President of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, and terms as Chairman of English National Opera, board member of the Royal Academy of Music, the Glyndebourne Arts Trust and the Ashmolean Museum, and Deputy Chairman of the Science Museum. He is a Governor of Ditchley Park and Director of Client Earth. In 2008, he and his family founded the Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment at Oxford University.

Evi Steyer

Evi Steyer is an investor focused on building a regenerative and just agricultural system. She is currently with Astanor Ventures and was previously with Generation Investment Management. She is a climate activist.