ABOUT US

As well as having overall responbility for InfluenceMap's operations globally, Dylan manages the FinanceMap platform. Prior to co-founding 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. 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. Dylan has a Erdős–Bacon number of 8.

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 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.

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 project manages FinanceMap's assessments of financial institutions on climate and leads on the qualitative analysis of financial institutions' climate policies, governance and company stewardship.

Jude joined InfluenceMap in September 2019 after graduating from SOAS, University of London with a degree in Economics and Development. As a data analyst, Jude contributes to InfluenceMap’s research into climate lobbying. Beyond research into public statements and government consultations, Jude also carries out statistical analysis and finds code-based solutions to improve operations.

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 to lead outreach and 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.

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.

Emma joined InfluenceMap in January 2019 as the Development Manager and Analyst (Japan), leading the Japan Energy Transition Initiative. She has been working with partners in Japan to accelerate the energy transition through InfluenceMap’s research, as well as through bringing in global perspectives from international partners. Emma graduated with BSc Zoology and MSc Environmental Management where she studied the impacts of climate change and has since worked for a number of organizations leading the transition to a low carbon society.

Prior to joining InfluenceMap in July 2019, Danny completed his master’s in international political economy at the University of Warwick and worked with environmental non-profit CDP. At InfluenceMap, Danny works on our analysis of the automotive and airlines and logistics sectors, as well as heading up InfluenceMap's work on COVID-19. He also leads InfluenceMap's work with the media.

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.

Laurie joined InfluenceMap in October 2019. He holds a BA in History from the University of Durham and, prior to joining InfluenceMap, worked for KPMG. As an analyst in the FinanceMap team, Laurie has contributed to data on the platform, particularly that of companies' thermal coal holdings. Laurie is also a contributor to the Finance and Climate Change report, working with InfluenceMap partner organisation 2 Degrees Investing Initiative to assess financial institutions investment banking and corporate lending practises.

Sheila is a specialist in training and people development, who has been building and managing successful teams for over twenty years. She has held key leadership roles in both large corporations and small business environments and has a range of international experience, most notably from her ten years in Japan. Now based in London, Sheila works alongside InfluenceMap’s growing team to provide training, development and organisational-systems support.

On receiving a BA in Economic and Social History from the University of Hull in 1999, Chris has built a business that creates bespoke online systems to help organizations in business and the 3rd sector. Since joining in 2014, he has acted as System Architect and Lead Developer for projects across InfluenceMap. He maintains the integrity of InfluenceMap data and its presentation.

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.

Chairman 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.

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.

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.

Thomas co-founded InfluenceMap where he led the development of InfluenceMap's analysis of corporate lobbying and FinanceMap until June 2020. Thomas has worked internationally in Canada and Germany and has a degree in Politics and an MSc in International Security and Global Governance from Birkbeck, University of London. Thomas is on the 2018 'Forbes 30 under 30' list for Europe Law and Policy. He is currently developing a new venture, Universal Owner, to help institutional investors align with their fiduciary duties on climate.

As Research Director, Center for Science & 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.

FinanceMap

FinanceMap provides public-facing metrics and analysis of the asset management sector through a climate lens. It measures portfolios, the investor-company engagement process and shareholder resolutions based on best-available public data combined with rigorous analysis. Use the search bars and filters below to assess funds, asset managers or market trends.

See the FinanceMap portal here.