Prior to co-founding climate change think tank InfluenceMap, 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. Prior to founding ERM Japan, Dylan established a information-based consulting firm advising global corporations on emerging environmental issues in Asia-Pasific. Dylan grew up in Japan and is currently living in London. He holds a MSc in Environmental Technology from Imperial College and a PhD in Theoretical Physics and Mathematics from Kings College London.
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.
Rebecca joined InfluenceMap in June 2019. Prior to this she completed a Masters degree in Physics at the University of Oxford, specialising in the Physics of Atmospheres and Oceans.
Jake joined InfluenceMap in 2019 after completing an integrated Masters course in Physics at the University of Sussex. His Masters dissertation focused on using mathematical simulations of Neutrino experiments to study the ability of current and future experiments to accurately measure CP violation, a phenomena which could help explain the dominance of matter over anti matter in the universe.
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 specialised in climate change science and impacts. Her dissertation modeled changing flood risk to the River Thames following the construction of a large Environmental Agency project.
Az has over 30 years' design and creative direction experience working across various sectors. Clients including Channel 4, the BBC, the Department of Education and Skills, Pearson Education as well as the charity Shelter. Most recently, he has been working as a design consultant at the V&A Museum, designing and producing various innovative digital products and an award-winning online mapping solution . Other awards Az has won include two interactive BAFTAs, multiple British Interactive Multimedia awards and he has also been shortlisted for the RTS awards.
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.
Thomas is Research Director and Co-Founder of InfluenceMap. He has worked internationally in Canada and Germany and has been researching corporate influence over climate and energy policy for over 5 years. Thomas has a degree in Politics and an MSc in International Security and Global Governance from Birkbeck, University of London. Thomas was on Forbes' 2018 30 under 30 list.
Adrienne joined InfluenceMap in 2018 and is the lead analyst for the FinanceMap stream. She studied neuroscience at McGill University in Montreal before completing her MSc in Global Governance and Ethics at University College London, with a focus on the politics and ethics of climate change. Her graduate research explored the interaction between local civil society groups and the state in the production of climate and environmental governance in China.
Emma joined InfluenceMap in January 2019 as the Development Manager and Research Analyst leading the development of InfluenceMap Japan. Emma holds a BSc in Zoology and an MSc in Environmental Management during which she studied the impacts of climate change, and has since been involved in initiatives supporting the transition to a low carbon society. She has been working with partners in Japan to support InfluenceMap's work in communicating climate risks.
Danny joined InfluenceMap in July 2019. He holds a BA in Politics in Philosophy from the University of Sheffield and an MA in International Political Economy from the University of Warwick, where his graduate dissertation focused on the political economy of emissions trading.
Faye joined InfluenceMap in 2019. She holds an BA from University in Edinburgh, where she studied history before completing her MA in Environment, Politics and Globalisation at King's College London. Her graduate research focused on how the framing of climate change in popular discourse affects political engagement.
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, most recently the multifaith climate movement. He is the co-author of the Evoke web application system. He is also film maker, exponent of early photographic processes and microgeographer.
Founder and Managing Partner of Arkadiko Partners
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.
Executive Director, Coutts
Lenka Setkova has 20+ years driving organisational impact and development, primarily in the fields of philanthropy and international development. Lenka is currently Executive Director at a private bank where she advises clients and their families on philanthropy and wealth succession. She has been a trustee of a number of pioneering charitable organisations, including ShareAction. Lenka holds an MBA and an MSc in Development Management.
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.
Head of Climate Programme, ClientEarth
Alice Garton is Head of Climate at Europe’s leading environmental law charity, ClientEarth. The programme uses legal advocacy, advice and litigation to accelerate government policies and corporate investment strategies that are consistent with a net zero emissions future. In addition to her role at ClientEarth, Alice is also co-investigator for the Commonwealth Climate and Law Initiative at the University of Oxford. Prior to joining ClientEarth, Alice worked 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Lobbying and Corporate Influence
The Lobbying and Corporate Influence Project accurately assesses, ranks and communicates the extent to which corporations are lobbying climate and energy policy worldwide. Corporate influence plays a major role, both positive and negative, in the creation, implementation, and effectiveness of policy - we have therefore created an interactive and open-source scoring table to capture this influence.
To provide balanced rankings, we map and analyze large amounts of data on corporate and trade association lobbying, communications and spending, collected from a wide range of sources, and then we assign those organizations with a grade — ranging from an A+ to an F. In addition to our on-going, dynamic rankings, we also issue periodic reports on a range of industries, associations and public policy topics. Today, InfluenceMap data is being used by investors, policy makers, campaigners, the media and the corporate sector itself.
Climate Policy Engagement Map
The Climate Policy Engagement Map comprehensive tool to enable positive and practical engagement with climate policy in line with a 2C world. We bring together a global network of experts and expertise and map out regulatory timelines, critical intervention opportunities, existing lobbying activity, stakeholder positions and key contacts.
The Map is used by companies, trade associations, investors and any other stakeholders looking to add their supportive voice to policy makers and regulators globally. It will enable, for example, a California-based global tech firm implementing its RE100 program, to get involved in Indian renewable regulations, where it has a major stake and legitimate role as a local investor, in seeing supportive policy.
InfluenceMap works with Content Partners around the globe with expertise in certain policy areas, sectors and geographies to populate and update our Map. We welcome comments, contributions and queries.
FinanceMap is a platform generating metrics and analysis on commonly held investment portfolios (e.g. listed funds) through the lens of climate change, facilitating the inclusion of this key risk area in investment decision making. What makes this unique is that our metrics will be made publicly available. This will allow use by all parts of the investment chain, including small asset owners. It will also prompt better disclosure by the financial sector and drive competitive improvement among asset managers in the products they create and sell.
While our FinanceMap project will consider all industrial sectors sensitive to climate risk, the Who Owns the Fossil Fuels media release is an output based on the initial phase of this project. It demonstrates our mapping of the finance sector and considers a key component of portfolio climate risk - the fossil fuel production companies. We have mapped out fossil fuel ownership trends globally and the resultant back-end database has been in use by the climate and asset owners communities since May 2018, with a public version to be launched early in 2019.
This work is a collaboration between InfluenceMap and partners such as 2 Degrees Investing Initiative and WWF Europe and funded by Climate KIC and the KR Foundation.