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Climate Asset Management brings together a highly experienced, dedicated and diverse team of experts.

As a global team, we have access to extensive industry networks and insights across multiple geographies to assess, execute and optimise investment opportunities.

Together, we have the experience and drive to deliver innovative investment solutions that accelerate the transition to a net zero, climate resilient future.

Disclaimer: Experience relates to transactions undertaken whilst under employment at previous firms. Past performance and past experience are not a reliable indicator of future performance or opportunities and should not be relied upon to make predictions of actual performance.

Team

Anya Nelson

Investment Manager

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Anya Nelson
Investment Manager

Anya has 8 years of experience in investment banking, equity capital markets, and impact investing. Anya joined the investment team in September 2020, having spent the previous 3 months at Pollination Group. Prior to joining Pollination and Climate Asset Management, Anya worked at Mustard Seed, a London based impact VC, where she was responsible for impact assessment and management. Previously, she was Vice President at Macquarie Capital in Sydney, and before that, at Goldman Sachs. Anya holds an Masters of Public Administration from the London School of Economics, with a focus on environmental and social impact.

Ben O'Donnell

Head of Agriculture Investments

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Ben O'Donnell
Head of Agriculture Investments

Ben has more than 20 years experience in funds management and investment banking, with deep agriculture experience across a range of industries. Previously, worked in agriculture funds management at Macquarie Infrastructure & Real Assets, with AUM of A$2.7 billion and led agriculture coverage within Macquarie Capital, advising on more than A$4 billion of transactions. In the 6 years prior to joining Climate Asset Management, Ben was a key contributor to more than doubling the AUM of the Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets Agriculture platform.

Caroline van Tilborg

Senior Carbon Investment Manager

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Caroline van Tilborg
Senior Carbon Investment Manager

Caroline has over 20 years of experience in designing, implementing and managing carbon credit, natural capital and (agro-) forestry projects worldwide. In 2002, Caroline joined the World Banks’ Prototype Carbon Fund to design a new asset class in carbon credits under the Kyoto Protocol and Marrakesh Accords. From there, she went on to head carbon procurement in Rabobank International and submitted the first carbon project to the CDM executive board for approval Caroline continued to work in the international climate and impact market both as funder and developer and has deep understanding of the associated complexities of structuring projects with multiple benefits. Caroline has a strong track record in execution.

Christof Kutscher

Chief Executive Officer

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Christof Kutscher
Chief Executive Officer

Christof brings 31 years of experience in the asset management industry. He currently serves as a board member of Carmignac Gestion and as Chairman of Bergos Private Bank. From 2014 to 2019, Christof was Global Chairman of AXA Investment Managers. Prior to this, he was Head of EMEA & Asia Pacific for UBS Global Asset Management, and member of the UBS Group Managing Board. Other roles include co-Head Asset Allocation UBS Brinson, CIO at LGT Capital Management, Head of Research & Equity Portfolio Management at BilAM, and Global Head Investment Consulting at Swiss Bank Corporation.

David Ryan

Head of Distribution and Business Development

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David Ryan
Head of Distribution and Business Development

David has over 25 years’ experience in investment banking. Prior to joining Climate Asset Management in November 2020, David was a Managing Director and Partner at Goldman Sachs. David worked primarily in the Securities Division, responsible for managing Asian Equities distribution and subsequently European Equities. David co-founded a corporate advisory boutique, raising capital for sponsor backed businesses. In 2019, David joined Deutsche Bank’s Global Equity Derivatives business to lead European distribution.

James Bullen

Senior Forestry Investment Manager

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James Bullen
Senior Forestry Investment Manager

James has more than 20 years forest operational management and investment experience in large scale, certified forestry projects in developed and emerging economies across the globe. Prior to joining Climate Asset Management, James was national director of forestry operations with New Forests Asset Management based in San Francisco where his responsibility included direct oversight of 200,000 hectares of carbon offset projects and 120,000 hectares of sustainably managed forests across the United States.
James also has deep international experience through forestry operations and management roles in South East Asia and the Pacific Islands, Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the United States.

James brings a depth of knowledge including establishment, silviculture, harvesting, forest engineering, sustainability, carbon project development, and marketing across the forest products and ecosystem services value chain with emphasis on identification and evaluation of potential investments, asset operational and technical best practice.

James has a Bachelor of Science in Forest Management from the University of Aberdeen in Scotland.

Jamie Housden-Thomas

Head of Product

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Jamie Housden-Thomas
Head of Product

Jamie has over 15 years’ experience in international product development covering various asset classes, distribution channels and fund structures. Prior to joining Climate Asset Management in December 2020, Jamie was Head of Product Development at HSBC Global Asset Management, Head of EMEA Product Development for Goldman Sachs Asset Management and spent 6 years at J.P. Morgan Asset Management in a variety of product-related roles. Jamie is responsible for the structuring, formation and delivery of Climate Asset Management’s product platforms and products and the on-going management and oversight of products through the full product lifecycle.

Jason Kitts

Chief Legal Officer

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Jason Kitts
Chief Legal Officer

Jason has over 20 years’ experience in international projects and commercial law. Prior to joining Climate Asset Management in February 2021, Jason was Managing Counsel, Legal & Compliance and Company Secretary for McDermott International group of companies, delivering legal and risk management throughout McDermott’s global project portfolio, including on several of the world’s largest energy joint ventures. Prior to that, Jason was Principal Counsel for the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, responsible for establishing, negotiating and managing its jointly sponsored carbon credit funds with EIB procuring more than 20mn emission reductions for their sustainable investments in 16 countries.

Jason Parrish

Head of Risk and Compliance

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Jason Parrish
Head of Risk and Compliance

Jason has over 20 years’ experience in finance including 18 years’ experience in risk management. Prior to joining Climate Asset Management in October 2020, Jason held CRO and COO roles within HSBC Global Asset Management. He was also the lead on ESG policy development and oversight for the Risk function. Jason joined HSBC from Deloitte Consulting, where he worked on risk management and business process engagements with a range of blue-chip financial services firms. Before Deloitte Jason traded and risk managed interest rate and money market derivative instruments at AIG and JPMorgan Chase.

Jo-Anne Achary

Executive Assistant

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Jo-Anne Achary
Executive Assistant

Jo is an executive assistant to the Nature Based Carbon Strategy investment team as well as providing support to the broader company through operations, recruitment, travel and events. Prior to joining Climate Asset Management, Jo supported the Head of a newly formed European Middle Market fund at US based Private Equity firm H.I.G. Capital. Jo also has experience working in Infrastructure Investment and Real Estate Investment, where she was assistant to the founding partners and the office manager.

Martin Berg

Head of Natural Capital Impact Strategy

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Martin Berg
Head of Natural Capital Impact Strategy

Martin has more than 20 years of experience in environmental finance and policy. He has deep experience in structuring and executing direct and indirect investments in carbon and natural capital related transactions. Former head of Environmental Fund & Climate Finance Policy at European Investment Bank leading pioneering investments in natural capital. Further experience as lead of the carbon origination team of Merrill Lynch, RNK Capital, OECD and UNFCCC. At the EIB, Martin built and managed a global portfolio of natural capital and carbon finance transactions.

Megan Reilly Cayten

Senior Investment Manager

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Megan Reilly Cayten
Senior Investment Manager

Megan has 20 years of experience in real asset development (AES Corporation), project finance (Citi) and investment management (Alinda Capital Partners) on five continents. She previously served as Senior Adviser to Javelin Capital on renewable energy projects in Latin America, and as blue carbon lead for Oceans 2050, a foundation created by Alexandra Cousteau. Megan’s environmental NGO experience includes the WWF-US National Council, Fondo Mexicano para la Conservación de la Naturaleza (nature based carbon projects) and the National Environmental Education Foundation (Board Chair). She also founded and ran an impact-focused retail business and advised investors on climate and impact.

Michael O'Sullivan

Head of Forestry Investments

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Michael O'Sullivan
Head of Forestry Investments

Michael has over 20 years of experience in real asset investment management (following a 10 year career in engineering) with a focus on forestry and renewable energy investments generating environmental benefits. Prior to joining Climate Asset Management in October 2020, Michael held various senior roles in real asset investment management including Head of Environmental Investments at JF Infrastructure managing one of the first institutional carbon forestry funds in the world. Michael was also part of the senior leadership team of Capital Dynamics with a US$1bn global clean energy infrastructure portfolio invested across the US, Europe and Australia.

Oliver Johnson

Head of ESG

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Oliver Johnson
Head of ESG

Oliver has over 12 years’ experience in ESG assessment and management. Prior to joining Pollination in March 2021, Oliver led the development and implementation of leading ESG management frameworks at ARCH Emerging Markets Partners, a private equity firm, and at eleQtra, an infrastructure developer. Oliver’s prior experience includes leading ESG assessments for DAR Group, an engineering firm and working at the European Investment Bank developing and implementing the Bank’s Climate Action Strategy.

Parisa Rahnama

Investment Manager

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Parisa Rahnama
Investment Manager

Parisa has 8 years of experience across corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions and debt capital markets. Prior to joining Climate Asset Management in March 2021, Parisa worked at Monaco Resources Group for over 3 years as an investment analyst sourcing, analysing and executing large-scale acquisitions in the infrastructure, industrial and commodities sectors. Parisa previously co-founded a UK food and agriculture fintech platform and before that worked at investment banking boutique Euromax Capital. In 2020 Parisa spent a year in South Africa where she researched climate change investment opportunities, biodiversity and nature conservation.

Phoebe Scott

Investment Manager

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Phoebe Scott
Investment Manager

Phoebe joined the investment team as an Investment Manager in September 2021, having spent 3 months as a Summer Associate with Climate Asset Management. She has recently completed an MSc in Climate Change, Management and Finance from Imperial College Business School, focusing upon climate finance, climate change governance, and adaptation to climate change, amongst other areas. Prior to her masters, Phoebe worked in Investment Banking at Deutsche Bank, concentrating on Equity Capital Markets transactions across EMEA in a variety of sectors.

Pierre Roux

Senior Investment Manager

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Pierre Roux
Senior Investment Manager

Pierre has over 15 years’ experience in the sustainable food sector, including 11 years in the agriculture sector. Prior to joining Climate Asset Management in March 2021, Pierre was a senior investment manager at a large family office in London. Pierre has deep agricultural operational and supply chain expertise, having led management and oversight on more than US$ 70 million of investments, including establishment of a 1,000 ha organic and regenerative walnut farm. Pierre brings in depth knowledge in relation to transaction execution, asset operations and the supply chains in which they operate.

Samantha Jarrett

Executive Assistant

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Samantha Jarrett
Executive Assistant

Samantha has over 10 years experience in support functions across private equity, real estate and fintech. Samantha is executive assistant to the CEO at Climate Asset Management and provides support to the Natural Capital Strategy investment team, and the broader company through project management, operations, recruitment, travel and events. Prior to joining Climate Asset Management, Samantha was EA to the CEO at a commercial real estate firm with a focus on sustainable developments, recycled and natural materials and environmental performance. Samantha spent eight years at French private equity house Ardian working with the legal, compliance and risk support teams as well as the buyout, fund of funds, infrastructure and private debt investment teams.

Thomas Friedrich

Investment Manager

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Thomas Friedrich
Investment Manager

Thomas is a financial modelling professional with extensive experience in financial and commercial analysis. Prior to Climate Asset Management, Thomas worked for PwC’s infrastructure advisory and financial modelling teams where he specialised in project finance, corporate transactions and major infrastructure projects. Thomas has worked in Germany and Australia advising clients from various sectors including infrastructure, energy, financial services, industrials and agriculture.

Thomas has a comprehensive understanding of the key opportunities and challenges of major capital projects across the investment life cycle and is well experienced in the interaction between the public and private sector. Thomas has a university degree in finance and accounting (Diplom-Kaufmann) from Leipzig University.

Viviana Lujan Gallegos

Investment Manager

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Viviana Lujan Gallegos
Investment Manager

Viviana has over 15 years’ environmental finance, legal and consulting experience. Extensive experience in public-private approaches for climate & conservation finance, and biodiversity management. Previously partner at Wolfs Company, where she developed the conservation finance practice and acted as legal consultant at the UN’s Green Climate Fund. Also held senior associate roles at two major international law firms, advising on climate change, carbon finance and trading under the flexible mechanisms of the Kyoto Protocol, the EU ETS, and voluntary standards.

Yiota Michou

Investment Manager

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Yiota Michou
Investment Manager

Yiota has over 10 years experience in investment management, private equity, M&A advisory, finance and business development, with recent engagement in climate change management and impact. Prior to Climate Asset Management, Yiota was an Investment Manager at the Wellcome Trust, UK's largest charitable foundation with AUM of £29 billion, where she spent around 6 years building strong experience in direct private investments. Previously, Yiota worked at Rothschild & Co, covering M&A and Strategic Advisory processes across EMEA and held placements at GE and Citi among others. Yiota is a CFA Charter holder and, most recently, studied Climate Change Management with a focus on agriculture and land use, and set up a social impact enterprise in Greece.

Governance

Christof Kutscher

Executive Chairman

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Christof Kutscher
Executive Chairman

Christof brings 31 years of experience in the asset management industry. He currently serves as a board member of Carmignac Gestion and as Chairman of Bergos Private Bank. From 2014 to 2019, Christof was Global Chairman of AXA Investment Managers. Prior to this, he was Head of EMEA & Asia Pacific for UBS Global Asset Management, and member of the UBS Group Managing Board. Other roles include co-Head Asset Allocation UBS Brinson, CIO at LGT Capital Management, Head of Research & Equity Portfolio Management at BilAM, and Global Head Investment Consulting at Swiss Bank Corporation.

Erin Leonard

Board Member

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Erin Leonard
Board Member

Erin was recently appointed Head of Sustainability for HSBC Asset Management and is responsible for the delivery of our sustainability business and product strategy, and the transition to sustainable investing across all parts of our business. She joined HSBC in 2010 and has worked in a number of roles, including Interim Head of Institutional Client Business, Global Head of Fixed Income Product and EMEA Head of Product Development.

She has also led strategic business initiatives including the development of a UK Master Trust business and Asset Management’s firm-wide Responsible Investment Initiative. Erin currently serves as Chair of the HSBC Global Liquidity Funds Board and as Director of Climate Asset Management and RadiantESG Asset Management. She has over 25 years of asset management industry experience, with Fixed Income portfolio management and business management roles for Wells Fargo Asset Management, Aegon Asset Management, Lehman Brothers and Neuberger Berman.

Erin is a CFA Charterholder, past-President of the CFA Society NC and holds a BA in Economics from Davidson College in North Carolina.

Martijn Wilder

Board Member

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Martijn Wilder
Board Member

Martijn is a founding partner of Pollination and a leading expert in climate law, policy and finance. Martijn was head of Baker & McKenzie’s global climate law and finance practice for 20 years and has played a key role with Australia’s clean energy finance institutions including as Chair of the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) and former Board Member of CEFC. He helped establish and later Chair the Federal Government’s Low Carbon Australia finance body.

With a background in economics and law, Martijn is focused on developing innovative polices, ideas and investments that enable our economies to rapidly transition to net zero. Over the years he has worked extensively on working with clients climate strategies, TCFD and climate investments.

Martijn is currently President of WWF-Australia and Chair of NSW Climate Change Council and the Pollination Foundation. He is Adjunct Professor of International Climate Change Law at Australian National University, a Director of the Climate Council, and a Member of the Wentworth Group of Concerned Scientists.

Remi Bourrette

Board Member

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Remi Bourrette
Board Member

Remi has over 25 years of experience in financial services in the UK, France and the US. He leads HSBC Asset Management Venture Investments. Prior to that he worked in the Capital Markets division of HSBC where he headed Analytics and oversaw Innovation and Strategic Investments.

In 2014, Remi created HSBC’s corporate Venture Capital arm which he subsequently led. Before that, he was Head of Business Development for HSBC Global Banking and Markets, in that role he started investing in financial services technology in 2009. He was previously Head of Investment Solutions for HSBC Asset Management.

Remi graduated from Ecole Polytechnique, Ecole Nationale de L’administration Economique (ENSAE) and University Paris 7, in Applied Mathematics and Finance.

Tony O'Sullivan

Board Member

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Tony O'Sullivan
Board Member

Tony is globally renowned for his leadership in large, industry-defining transactions, and for his many years providing astute advice to significant corporations, private equity firms and family offices. In 2005, he founded O’Sullivan Partners, which became a leading investment bank in Australia, with offices in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane. Just seven years later, O’Sullivan Partners was acquired by pre-eminent Wall Street firm, Lazard Frères & Co, Chaired at the time in Australia by its former Prime Minister, the Honourable Paul Keating.

Prior to establishing O’Sullivan Partners, Tony was a London-based Managing Director of Bank of America, responsible for European Telecommunications and Technology, including Digital Infrastructure. Tony’s earlier career included being General Counsel, for several years, at a globally-significant nickel and cobalt refinery. Tony has completed Private Equity & Venture Capital and Blockchain courses at Harvard Business School and Saϊd Business School (Oxford University) and he has also been admitted to practice as a Lawyer in various jurisdictions. Tony is a Founding Member of Oxford Blockchain Foundation.

He is also a Member of the Council of The Serpentine Galleries in London, a former member of the Board of the State Library of New South Wales Foundation, and a Founding Member of the Australian Architecture Association.

HSBC & Pollination

A partnership delivering scale and impact.

As a joint venture of HSBC Asset Management and Pollination, Climate Asset Management benefits from a unique combination of market access, insights and credibility provided by its shareholders and their group of companies. It is anticipated that this will provide benefits in accessing and analysing deal flow, understanding and anticipating regulatory change in natural capital markets and unlocking built-up demand for natural capital investment on a global scale.

HSBC Asset Management

With the ambition to be a leader in responsible investment, HSBC Asset Management is driving the transition to a more sustainable economy for the long-term benefit of investors and society.

HSBC Asset Management, the investment management business of the HSBC Group, is a core solutions and specialist Emerging Markets, Asia and alternatives focused asset manager with a focus on client centricity, investment excellence and sustainable investing.

Through an international network of offices in 25 countries and territories, HSBC Asset Management connects retail and private clients, intermediaries, corporates and institutions with investment opportunities around the world, delivering global capabilities with local market insight.

HSBC Asset Management is committed to ensuring the stability and sustainable growth of capital markets for its clients through active stewardship, incorporating ESG factors in its investment processes, and the continuous development of innovative and impactful solutions that create long-term value.

The company’s strong track record in ESG dates back to the launch of its first Socially Responsible Fund in 2001. With its long-standing heritage in Asia, extensive international network, and on-the-ground expertise, HSBC Asset Management is actively accelerating the global transition to a more sustainable world, aiming to drive positive change together with its clients.

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Pollination

Pollination is a global climate change advisory and investment firm dedicated to accelerating the transition to a net-zero, climate resilient future.

Launched in 2019, the organization has a presence in 13 countries across The Americas, EMEA, and Asia-Pacific.

The Pollination team includes global leaders in finance, technology, business, law and policy. Harnessing the team’s diverse expertise, Pollination helps government, business, and public and private capital to navigate the climate transition, designing and investing in breakthrough ideas that deliver financial returns.

It brings together the unique combination of ideas, skills, technology, relationships, and the right, purpose-built business model needed to transition the economy, deliver investment opportunities and drive capital flows. Unbound by legacy, it is nimble and able to move quickly to unlock opportunity.

Pollination is a Founding Member of the Imperial College and Royal Institute Centre for Climate Change Innovation.

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Our values

Courageous inclusiveness

We believe the most robust and successful communities are built on courageously embracing diversity and difference. It makes us inherently strong, uniquely able to achieve unparalleled impact.

Catalytic collaboration

We believe in connecting diverse thinkers to create breakthrough ideas. Real systemic change can only be achieved through joining forces and forging new paths together.

Transformational thought leadership

We believe the world needs new perspectives on the stewardship and intrinsic value of its ecosystems. Joined by recognised leaders, we boldly step forward to demonstrate this value through impact investing.

Relentless tenacity

We believe in the dedicated and determined pursuit of a net zero future. Our team has the perseverance, resilience and grit to get us there.

Careers

We are always looking for exceptional people to join our team. We are an equal opportunity employer committed to providing a working environment that embraces and values diversity and inclusion and we encourage people of all backgrounds to apply. Please get in touch if you think you could be part of our dynamic team.

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