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.
Catherine holds a Masters in International Political Economy from King’s College, London. She has a range of communications experience including working in Brussels for a major European trade association and a development related NGO based in London. She has also worked in UK public policy for an organisation that runs All-Party Parliamentary Groups and research commissions.
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 is interested in the development of evidence-based climate change legislation and has been researching corporate influence over such policy for 5 years. He has worked internationally in Canada and Germany, including with his former employer CDP. Thomas has a degree in Politics and an MSc in International Security and Global Governance from Birkbeck, University of London.
Deborah has worked for the private sector, nongovernmental organizations and the Department of Cultural Affairs in New York City in research and communication roles. She was born in Italy and educated in the US, France, Italy and UK. She holds two BAs- one in International Relations and another in Philosophy, as well as an MA in International Studies and Diplomacy from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London.
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.
Tessa Tennant has been a green finance innovator throughout her career. She co-founded the Jupiter Ecology Fund, the UK’s first green equity investment fund in 1988 and was a Non-Executive Director for the UK Green Investment Bank. She has co-founded several climate initiatives, such as ASrIA in Hong Kong; CDP, UKSIF and The Ice Organisation in the United Kingdom, and the global Our Voices campaign. She is an Adviser to Carbon Tracker. In 2015 she commissioned research giving rise to the call to COP21 for action on climate finance. She is now working on the Climate Finance Accelerator for NDC implementation as well as the blog NDCi.global and @Money4NDCs. She has served on fund, not-for-profit and company boards.
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.
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.
Since July 2009, Ben Fagan-Watson has worked as a research fellow in the Environment Group, Policy Studies Institute, at the University of Westminster. In March 2015, Ben completed a study entitled Lobbying by Trade Associations on EU Climate Policy. He is currently co-ordinating a Rapid Evidence Assessment for Defra, assessing the impact and implementation of complex environmental policies on complex systems. He is interested in exploring how the investment community can drive reductions in corporate demand for energy and materials, and in the influence of large multi-national corporations on climate policy. Ben holds a first-class BA in Historical Studies from the University of Bristol.
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.
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.