Prior to founding InfluenceMap, Dylan established www.ekobai.com, an online marketplace for sustainable suppliers with over 75,000 members from around the world. Prior to this Dylan established a market-leading environmental consultancy in Tokyo which is now ERM Japan. While he grew up in Japan he is currently living in London. He holds a MSc in Environmental Technology from Imperial College and a PhD in Theoretical Physics from Kings College London.
Ed joined InfluenceMap in November 2015 and has worked on various projects, including the Climate Lobby Spending analysis and research into the influence of major trade associations in Europe and the US. Since 2017, Ed has taken over management of Lobbying and Corporate Influence Project and is responsible for maintaining and updating InfluenceMap's analysis of corporate influence on global climate change policy. Before InfluenceMap, Ed completed a Masters at the London School of Economics.
Ben has a background working in multiple thinktank roles, conducting public policy research and organising events in and around parliament. His research interests include US climate change policy and post-Brexit energy policy. Ben holds a first-class BA in Politics and International Relations from York University.
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 5 years. Thomas has a degree in Politics and an MSc in International Security and Global Governance from Birkbeck, University of London. Thomas is on Forbes' 2018 30 under 30 list.
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 OurVoices.net. He is the co-author of the Evoke-Grace web application system. He is also film maker, exponent of early photographic processes and microgeographer.
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.
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.
Jules is a founding Partner at Jericho Chambers, convener of the Real Economy Lab, a Trustee of the think-tank nef (the New Economics Foundation), an Associate of The Futures Company, a Practitioner of Happiness Works, a member of the B Team advisory board, a member of the Steering Group of Economy for Common Good and a Director of the Happy City movement. He has authored a number of things specifically on corporate lobbying including the UN standards on Responsible Engagement.
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.
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.
The Finance Project aims to clarify, via analysis and aggregation of publicly available information, the detailed links between the finance sector (banking, investment management, insurance) and private and public companies operating in our global economy. Finance has a pivotal impact on the development of societies globally and the sector is central to many key theories of change employed by the likes of sustainable finance and the divest-invest climate movement. It is important that these, as well as society as a whole, have objective and easily accessible data on which parts of finance are invested in or doing business with which companies.
The extent to which listed companies hold carbon-intensive assets as key components making up the company's valuation is an issue which the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosure recommends be clarified by all companies, including in the finance sector. The Finance Project will go some way to tracking climate-risk assets as held by listed asset managers and corporations.