Meet Our Team

InfluenceMap maintains global teams in our offices in London, New York, Tokyo and Seoul. Our organization is governed by an independent, statutory Board of Directors and our programs are informed by our Advisory Groups.

InfluenceMap's Board of Directors

Ed has led InfluenceMap's research on lobbying and corporate influence since 2017, having joined the company in 2015. Working with a team of dedicated analysts, Ed manages InfluenceMap's system for tracking and assessing the climate change lobbying of world's largest 300 industrial companies and their key trade associations. He represents InfluenceMap in key processes such as the Climate Action 100+'s Technical Advisory Group. Before InfluenceMap, Ed completed a Masters at the London School of Economics.

Colin is a thought leader and agent for positive change, who has been at the forefront of global developments in corporate leadership, stewardship and sustainability and responsible asset management for over twenty years. He has international experience from the investor and corporate perspectives in developing and challenging strategy, promoting effective risk management and corporate governance and creating well-aligned incentives. He has a strong network of contacts at the most senior levels within the world's largest investment institutions and listed companies. He is an expert in building trust and adding value to boards in industries with stakeholder challenges having worked with many companies to improve their relationships and performance. Colin is on the board of InfluenceMap as non-executive Chairman, providing oversight of governance, remuneration and nominations.

File Foundation

Alice Garton is Director of Global Legal Strategy at the Foundation for International Law and the Environment (FILE). FILE seeks to bring transformative legal strategies to scale in order to combat the climate and ecological emergencies. Alice was previously Head of Climate at Europe’s leading environmental law charity, ClientEarth and has substantial experience using legal advocacy, advice and litigation to accelerate government policies and corporate investment strategies that are consistent with a zero-emissions future. Prior to joining the charitable sector, Alice honed her legal skills working for 15 years as a lawyer in large defence law firms acting for company directors in commercial litigation and insolvency disputes, and then as Senior Legal Counsel at Brookfield in London. Alice graduated with first-class honours in both her undergraduate and postgraduate studies. She has a double degree in Law and Politics from Charles Darwin University (in Australia) and a Masters of Environmental Law and Policy from University College London.

Dylan founded InfluenceMap in 2015 and has overall responsibility for its global operations. Prior to this, Dylan established a market-leading environmental consultancy in Tokyo which is now ERM Japan. Dylan grew and led a 50-person team engaging in a wide variety of corporate and technical advisory work in Japan and Asia covering environmental audits, land remediation, corporate sustainability, and climate strategies. Dylan grew up in Japan and is currently living in London. He holds an MSc in Environmental Technology from Imperial College and a Ph.D. in Theoretical Physics and Mathematics from Kings College London.

Lisa Jordan is a senior philanthropic executive with a twenty year career focused on impact and systemic change. Prior to her engagement in philanthropy Ms. Jordan was a founding director of the largest parliamentary body in the world focused on global environmental challenges the Global Legislators Organization for a Balanced Environment (GLOBE). She started her career as a legislative assistant to Congressman Jim Scheuer (8th NY) and has led many non-profit programs and organizations in Europe and the United States. She is co-editor of ‘NGO Accountability: Politics, Principles and Innovations’ (2006, Earthscan) and a well known speaker on democracy and globalization. In 2018 she was named in the Netherlands as one of the top ten influencers in civil society.

InfluenceMap's Global Team

Daan joined InfluenceMap in 2020 after completing the Global MSc in Management at LSE, where he wrote his thesis on carbon taxation’s effect on renewable energy usage in the UK. Before moving to London, Daan earned his MSc in Mechanical Engineering from KU Leuven in Belgium. He also has experience in the climate space through work and internships in the sustainable finance and renewable energy fields. As an Analyst on FinanceMap, Daan is responsible for managing all FinanceMap data systems and processes, as well as conducting analysis on the financial sector’s alignment with global climate targets.

Sofia joined InfluenceMap as an analyst in August 2021. Her focus is on tracking and evaluating the lobbying activities of corporates and industry associations in the global oil, gas, and minerals sector, and assessing its impact on climate policy. She holds a Master’s in International History from Columbia University and London School of Economics, and a Master’s in Development Studies from the Indian Institute of Technology Madras.

As an Analyst on FinanceMap, Paula evaluates financial institutions' climate policies, governance, and company stewardship, as well as the engagement of the finance and corporate sectors on sustainable finance policies. Prior to joining InfluenceMap, Paula completed her Master’s in Global Development at the University of Copenhagen, carrying out field research in Tanzania and Myanmar, and writing her Master’s thesis on coal policy in Germany.

Matthew works on projects across InfluenceMap, building tools to automate the gathering and processing of data. His main area of focus is monitoring how corporations and asset managers are responding to climate change. Prior to joining InfluenceMap he graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Mathematics from Birkbeck University.

Agi joined InfluenceMap in October 2020 as our Operations Manager. Agi is responsible for maintaining and developing the systems and processes that allow our team to run smoothly; recording KPIs as well as managing the infrastructure around our partner and stakeholder relationships. Prior to joining the team, Agi worked in administration and operations at various corporate organizations. She holds a Master’s of Communication and Media Studies from the University of Debrecen, Hungary.

Tom joined InfluenceMap in November 2020 after completing his MSc in Environment and Development at Lancaster University. He wrote his thesis on the suitability and feasibility of using carbon offsets for international aviation emissions, having previously gained a BSc in Geography from Manchester Metropolitan University. At InfluenceMap, Tom works as an analyst as part of the Australia project, assessing corporate lobbying activity on climate-related policy as well as conducting analysis on the aviation sector’s global climate targets.

Megan joined InfluenceMap in August 2021 as a Data Administrator. She works within our operations team, managing internal databases and assisting with marketing and engagement within the organization. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Politics and International Relations from New College of the Humanities.

Sejin joined InfluenceMap in October 2021. As an Analyst, she assesses the lobbying activities and engagements of South Korean corporates on climate policy and conducts research on South Korean climate and sustainability policy. Prior to joining InfluenceMap, she conducted research on sustainability transformations and geopolitics at Linköping University in Sweden. Sejin holds a double BA in Sociology and in Spanish Language and Literature from Korea University and a MSc in Human Ecology from Lund University.

Lucy holds a Bachelor's degree in Geography from the University of Bristol, and a Master's in Environment and Development from the University of Copenhagen, writing her thesis on the impacts of rural development policies in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Lucy joined InfluenceMap as an external consultant in October 2020 to advise on how agriculture and forestry can be incorporated into InfluenceMap’s methodology and is now a full-time member of the corporate lobbying team, leading the analysis of the land-use sector.

Cleo joined InfluenceMap in May 2021 after graduating from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, where she studied Political Science and International Political Economics; engaging in research on trade and immigration policy. At InfluenceMap, Cleo works as an Analyst evaluating financial services industry associations’ engagement on sustainable finance, looking into their efforts to influence policy in the United States at the federal and state levels.

Dylan founded InfluenceMap in 2015 and has overall responsibility for its global operations. Prior to this, Dylan established a market-leading environmental consultancy in Tokyo which is now ERM Japan. Dylan grew and led a 50-person team engaging in a wide variety of corporate and technical advisory work in Japan and Asia covering environmental audits, land remediation, corporate sustainability, and climate strategies. Dylan grew up in Japan and is currently living in London. He holds an MSc in Environmental Technology from Imperial College and a Ph.D. in Theoretical Physics and Mathematics from Kings College London.

Ben re-joined InfluenceMap in 2020 as a Senior Analyst on the lobbying and corporate influence team. Before returning to InfluenceMap, Ben graduated top of his class for an MA in Public Policy, specializing in global climate policy, and worked for Patricia Espinosa's office at the UNFCCC, including at COP25. Ben previously worked for InfluenceMap for nearly two years, leading the program on the shipping sector. Currently, his work focuses on assessing the lobbying influence of corporations on climate policy for aviation, shipping, and transport.

Will leads InfluenceMap’s engagement with strategic European partners in the non-profit, policymaking, finance, and corporate sectors. His key focus is the European Green Deal as the bloc implements policy to reach its new 2030 emissions reduction target. Prior to joining InfluenceMap, Will was a Senior Policy Advisor in the climate strategy team of the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), in the UK Government, working on the delivery of the UK net-zero commitment.

Joe holds a bachelor’s degree in Law and an MSc in Environmental Policy from the University of Bristol. Prior to joining InfluenceMap in 2020, Joe spent 18 months working on the climate change team at responsible investment NGO ShareAction. As a Policy Analyst in InfluenceMap’s corporate climate lobbying team, Joe assesses and analyses the lobbying activities of corporates and trade associations and their impact on climate policy.

Yuna is InfluenceMap's country lead for Korea and works with our global content teams to adapt our work for this market. She also leads in engagement and partner management in-country as well as media outreach. Prior to joining InfluenceMap, Yuna was a Partnerships Executive with climate data NGO CDP, focusing on East and Southeast Asia. She has also worked as a Research Manager and Acting Correspondent for the Economist magazine in Seoul. Yuna has a BA from Oxford and MSC in Environment and Sustainable Development from University College London.

Prior to joining InfluenceMap in 2020, Simon worked as a broadcast journalist for 16 years in Australia and the UK. During this time, he reported on topics varying from politics and climate change through to royal weddings and pop culture. As Communications Manager, Simon helps to share and explain the work being done by InfluenceMap’s analysts, as they seek to reveal the true extent of corporate influence over climate change action. Simon holds a Bachelor’s degree in Commerce and Journalism from the University of Queensland.

Kendra joined InfluenceMap in 2020 after earning her Master’s in Sustainable Development from University College London. She has a degree in International Relations and English and completed a U.S. Fulbright fellowship in South Africa. With a background in environment and corporate accountability issues, Kendra works across InfluenceMap's teams on engagement efforts with US-based partners in the non-profit, policy-making, finance, media, and corporate sectors. She helps develop ideas for US-focused content while contributing to InfluenceMap’s ongoing tracking and analysis of corporate lobbying on climate change.

Reina joined InfluenceMap in November 2021 as an Analyst, and she is based in Tokyo. She works on evaluating and scoring Japanese corporate engagement with climate change policy, as well as researching on Japanese climate and energy policy collaborating with Japanese partners including non-profit, policymaking, finance, and corporate sectors. She holds a BA in Human Geography from the University of British Columbia. Prior to joining, Reina worked for Sumitomo Forestry as an associate business planner and conducted research to design new business towards decarbonized society and regional revitalization.

Karin joined InfluenceMap in October 2021 as an Analyst. She conducts the assessment and scoring of Japanese and Asian corporate engagement with climate change policy, as well as research on Japanese climate and energy policy in collaboration with Japanese partners. She holds a BA in Political Science from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and has previously worked in government relations and sustainable development.

Connor joined InfluenceMap in May 2021, having completed a BSc in Physics and Philosophy at King's College London. As a front end developer, Connor is responsible for maintaining and updating InfluenceMap's public facing content, as well as its internal tools and systems, in order to ensure a positive user experience.

Sanober joined InfluenceMap in December 2020 as a climate policy analyst in the US team. Before joining, Sanober finished a Master’s in International Conservation and Development from the University of Montana, completing a thesis on transboundary conservation with a particular focus on southern Patagonia. Sanober will contribute to InfluenceMap’s efforts to cover more sectors and regions within the United States.

Vivek joined InfluenceMap as an Analyst in November 2020 after completing his Master’s in Economics and Policy of Energy and the Environment at University College London. His thesis focused on understanding the mini-grid policy environment in Ethiopia and identifying barriers to policy implementation. He also holds a Bachelor’s in Economics from the University of York. In the corporate climate lobbying team, Vivek tracks and analyses lobbying activities of corporations and trade associations on climate policy, with a particular focus on utilities in the EU.

Venetia holds a bachelor’s degree in French and Spanish from the University of Leeds and a MSc in Environment, Politics and Society from UCL, writing a dissertation on investment banks and fossil fuels. As an Analyst in the corporate climate lobbying team, Venetia assesses and analyses the lobbying activities of corporates and trade associations and their impact on climate policy with a focus currently on the EU.

Rebecca joined InfluenceMap in June 2019. Prior to this, she completed a master’s degree in Physics at the University of Oxford, specialising in the Physics of Atmospheres and Oceans. At InfluenceMap, Rebecca is an analyst in the lobbying and corporate influence team, assessing the engagement of the finance and corporate sectors on sustainable finance policies.

Tom joined InfluenceMap in June 2021, having completed an MSc in Theoretical Physics at King's College, London. As an Analyst on FinanceMap, Tom works on analyzing the financial sector’s alignment with global climate targets and assessing financial institution's climate policies, governance and company stewardship.

Jake leads InfluenceMap’s data analysis across multiple streams of work. This includes InfluenceMap’s ongoing research into how social media advertising influences the climate debate, as well as analysis of how the Federal Reserve conducted their corporate bond buying COVID-19 relief scheme. Jake has also developed tools to help automate aspects of InfluenceMap’s research process, such as the data gathering for our ongoing analysis of lobbying and corporate influence. Before joining InfluenceMap, Jake completed an integrated master’s course in Physics at the University of Sussex.

Eden joined InfluenceMap in 2019 after spending six months in Australia working in ethical finance and climate policy advocacy. She holds a BSc in Geography from the University of Bristol and specialized in climate change science and impacts. At InfluenceMap, Eden leads on the qualitative analysis of financial institutions' climate policies, governance and company stewardship.

Working as an Analyst within the corporate climate lobbying team, Kalina tracks and analyses lobbying activities of corporations and trade associations on climate policy, with a particular focus on the automotive sector. Prior to joining InfluenceMap, she spent a year in Spain working in sustainable energy, and also has experience in the international development field. Kalina holds a BA Geography degree from the London School of Economics, and an M.Sc. in Emerging Economies and International Development from King’s College London.

Prior to InfluenceMap, Faye completed her MA in Environment, Politics and Globalisation at King's College London, for which she was awarded '2018/19 Best Thesis Award' for her research on the relationship between the framing of climate change in documentaries and political engagement. Faye joined InfluenceMap as an intern in November 2018 and is a member of the LobbyMap team where she is the lead analyst on the oil and gas and mining sectors. Additionally, Faye is the project manager for our Australia analysis and a core member of the new team analysing the impacts of social media advertising on the climate debate.

Chris is a system architect and developer based in the Scottish Borders. He holds a BA in Economic and Social History from the University of Hull. Since 2000 his focus has been on web based systems for business, charities and campaigning organisations. He is the co-author of the Evoke web application system.

Nadia joined InfluenceMap in June 2021 as Finance Administrator. She manages our accounts and deals with payroll, expense monitoring, bank payments, all aspects of accounts payable and receivables, and regular financial reporting. Nadia holds a BA in International Relations from the University of National and World Economy Sofia, Bulgaria. After moving to London, she achieved ABE Advanced Diploma in Business Administration and CIMA Certificate in Business Accounting. Prior to joining InfluenceMap, Nadia worked in finance & accounts assistant roles in both private and public sectors.

Juliette joined InfluenceMap in 2020 after completing an MSc in Environment and Sustainable Development at UCL, where she wrote her dissertation on integrating Indigenous knowledge and frameworks to climate adaptation in the Canadian Arctic. Prior to her move to London, Juliette earned a BAH in Health and Global Development at Queen's University in Canada and worked on various public health initiatives and research. As an analyst on FinanceMap, Juliette examines the asset management sector through a climate lens, critically evaluating financial institutions’ climate policies, governance, and company stewardship.

Country Manager, Japan

As Country Manager, Monica leads the InfluenceMap content development and JETI engagement efforts from the Tokyo office with strategic partners in the non-profit, policymaking, finance, media and corporate sectors based in Japan and Asia-Pacific. Prior to joining InfluenceMap in 2020, she conducted research on energy policy at the Institute of Energy Economics, Japan (IEEJ). Monica holds a Master’s in Environmental Policy and Energy from Sciences Po, a Masters of Law in International Relations from Peking University, and a BA in Environment and Information Studies from Keio University.

Prior to joining InfluenceMap in May 2021, Emilia worked on energy and global philanthropy projects with Acadia Center and Wellspring Philanthropic Fund. As an Analyst, Emilia contributes to InfluenceMap’s efforts to track corporate lobbying on climate change, particularly within the US power sector. Emilia holds a joint Bachelor’s & Master’s degree in Public Policy from the Bloustein School at Rutgers University.

Fiza joined InfluenceMap in September 2021, having completed an M.Sc. in the Control of Infectious Diseases from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. For her dissertation, she worked with UNICEF to conduct original research on the biodegradability of disposable sanitary pads in a humanitarian context. In her role as an Analyst at InfluenceMap, Fiza works as part of the EU project on partner engagement and corporate lobbying analysis, with particular focus on Circular Economy policies.

Aria joined InfluenceMap in December 2020 after completing a MSc in International Politics at SOAS, writing her dissertation on Africa-China relations. At InfluenceMap, Aria works as an analyst assessing corporate lobbying activities on climate policy and analyzing financial institutions’ climate policies, governance, and company stewardship; with a special focus on China and Chinese speaking regions.

Advisory Group

CEO Climate Action Platform

Dan Abbasi is an entrepreneur focused on mitigating climate change, with executive experience in private equity, media, consumer software and industrial manufacturing. His current venture, the Climate Action Platform, aggregates individuals to engage corporations to take stringent action; it is incubating at Conservation International, where he is Senior Fellow. Dan served at U.S. EPA and on the National Climate Assessment, and as Associate Dean at Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies. He earned a BA and MBA from Harvard and an MA and PhD from Stanford.

Jakob Thomae is Managing Director of 2° Investing Initiative Deutschland. He co-founded the 2° Investing network in New York and Berlin and manages the think tank’s research on climate scenario analysis and stress-tests for financial institutions and companies, as well as its supervisory and governmental partnerships.

Jakob led the development of the first climate scenario analysis tool for financial portfolios, applied by over 1,000 organizations around the world running about 600 portfolio tests a month. The tools are used by 1/3 of the largest 75 banks, and the Japanese, European, and California financial supervisory authorities. He authored the first COVID-19 stress-test scenarios, informing the regulatory response of supervisors in Europe and the United States to the crisis.

Jakob also leads the organization’s partnerships with a number of financial supervisors and governments in Europe, including as Advisor to EIOPA, Special Research Fellow to the Japanese Financial Services Agency, and previously as Academic Advisor to the Bank of England. He holds a PhD in Finance from the Conservatoire National des Arts et Metiers. Jakob is also Senior Fellow at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, where he teaches a Green Finance course.

Senior Program Officer for Environment at Wallace Global Fund

Heather is a Senior Program Officer for Environment at Wallace Global Fund focused on supporting people-powered movements and campaigns with the necessary research and advocacy to turn the tide on catastrophic climate trends and catalyze an equitable, just transition for all. Prior to joining the Fund, she served as global climate and energy director at Oxfam America and previously worked on climate policy at the US regional level. She received an MEM in 2004 from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, where she was named a Switzer Environmental Fellow and was 2015 recipient of the ‘Prospect Street’ Leadership Award.

CDP

Paul is Executive Chairman of CDP which he founded in 2000 with an ambition of creating a global economic system that operates within sustainable environmental boundaries and prevents dangerous climate change. Paul previously founded Rufus Leonard Corporate Communications and EyeNetwork, the largest videoconference service in Europe. He served as a member of the Environmental Research Group of the UK Faculty and Institute of Actuaries. Paul has authored various publications, including Beautiful Corporations.

LobbyMap Advisors

Lobbying and Corporate Influence Advisor

As a lead analyst at the Center for Science and Democracy at the Union of Concerned Scientists, Gretchen Goldman researches how science is used and misused in public policy. She is an author of many UCS reports on this theme, with topics ranging from government transparency, access to scientific information, hydraulic fracturing, business response to climate change, sugar and health policy. Gretchen works with InfluenceMap on the development of our assessment methodology. She holds a PhD and MSc in Environmental Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology and a BSc in Atmospheric Science from Cornell University.

Bill Weihl is an independent consultant helping companies and non-profits drive climate action. From 2012 to 2018, Bill was Director of Sustainability at Facebook. He built a team that directs work on sustainability and energy efficiency across the company; they also drive cross-industry collaborations, including playing critical roles in RE100 and the Renewable Energy Buyers Alliance. Prior to Facebook, Bill was Green Energy Czar at Google, where his team pioneered Google’s work to buy clean energy for its data centers. He is on the boards of several companies and nonprofits.

Director of Business Task Force, Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES)

Yusuke Matsuo leads IGES’s work supporting corporate and policy actions. He is also the director of the secretariat of Japan Climate Leaders' Partnership, an independent business coalition, where he leads the team supporting the business group of more than 60 companies from across various sectors in Japan who are jointly driving corporate ambition for the transition to a net zero economy. Previously, he was a senior analyst at the Good Bankers Co., Ltd, an investment advisory firm, and at Sanwa Bank (current MUFG Bank). He received the Kaya Award from the Japan Society of Energy and Resources in 2008 and awards from the Ministry of Environment in Japan in 2007 and 2010 for his climate and energy policy proposals. He has MSc in Environmental Management and Policy from the International Institute for Industrial Environmental Economics (IIIEE), Lund University.

As Head of Policy at IIGCC, Rachel supports IIGCC's membership by building consensus and identifying key topics on which to engage and influence policy makers in Brussels and globally. Rachel joined IIGCC in 2017 having previously worked for the UK Civil Service for over ten years on EU and international climate change, energy and transport policy, including four years in Brussels with the European Commission and the UK Diplomatic Service. Rachel holds a BSc in International Management with French from the University of Bath, and an MA with distinction in European Interdisciplinary Studies from the College of Europe in Natolin, Poland.

FinanceMap Advisors

Paul leads the PRI’s work on stewardship, working with signatories to improve practice and collaboration. As part of his role, Paul oversees a team coordinating PRI’s collaborative engagements and is also the PRI lead and steering committee member for the Transition Pathway Initiative (TPI). Paul has been at the PRI since 2014, having previously worked in Australia as an ESG Analyst for Regnan and in business development for Colonial First State Investments. Paul holds a Master of Environment from the University of Melbourne and a Bachelor of Business, majoring in finance, from the University of Technology, Sydney (UTS).

Yasmine is an analyst in LGIM’s Investment Stewardship team, where she is focused on ESG integration and managing climate-related stewardship engagements. She is involved in both engagement execution and leads on development of methodology and assessment criteria, across sectors. Yasmine joined LGIM from a communications consulting firm specialised in sustainable finance, where she worked with both investors and corporates on ESG impact measurement and reporting. Yasmine graduated from UCL and holds an MSc in global governance & ethics.

Andreas is Full Professor of Operational Risk, Banking & Finance at the Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School and the Lochlann Quinn School of Business of University College Dublin (UCD) and serves on the schools’ management team as Vice Principal for Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI). Prof. Hoepner is serving on the European Union’s Technical Expert Group (TEG) on Sustainable Finance as one of three independent members (i.e. appointed in personal capacity instead of representing a legal entity). In his TEG role, he co-invented ‘EU Climate Transition Investing’ by aligning investment strategies across asset classes with the IPCC’s 1.5°C trajectory (with no or limited overshoot). In August 2019, he was furthermore commissioned by the EU’s Joint Research Centre to draft a report scoping out further options for the development of the EU Ecolabel.

Simon is a passionate sustainability and climate finance specialist with 15 years of professional and academic experience. He has held a number of senior roles in the field, and currently serves as CEO of 1Planet Advisory, a sustainability reporting and sustainable finance consultancy that he founded. He is also a Senior Advisor to the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB). Previously, Simon was the Director in Paris for 2 Degrees Investing Initiative (the leading global think tank on climate-related metrics in financial markets), Managing Director of the Climate Disclosure Standards Board, Head of Consulting at the UK's Energy Saving Trust, and a Sustainability Manager at Deloitte & PwC.