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Oliver Forster

Director of Business Development

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Oliver Forster

Director of Business Development

With a focus on client support and business development, Ollie builds the partnerships with our clients that create great climate and development outcomes. His background in environmental geoscience and sustainability leadership has given him a deep appreciation of the range of sustainability challenges facing businesses today, and he is inspired by the challenge of finding innovative solutions to these challenges that make business sense and can work at scale.

Patrick Colas

Commercial & Operations Director

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Patrick Colas

Commercial & Operations Director

Patrick oversees the direction and delivery of the ClimateCare team in Nairobi, Kenya. His knowledge of the market means he is expertly placed to recommend solutions for strategic, asset-based impact investing, and to match our clients with portfolios that deliver on their criteria. Working across the entire spectrum of environmental products, he enjoys providing responsible organisations with opportunities to support and empower local communities.

Paulina Rakowska

Head of Portfolio Management

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Paulina Rakowska

Head of Portfolio Management

Paulina has extensive experience in carbon markets and renewable energy trading, gained over multiple positions on three continents. Her multi-disciplinary background, ranging from trading to public policy design at the European Commission, helps her to see beyond linear and fragmented approaches. Her background in engineering provides a solid foundation when dealing with technical and scientific issues. Paulina holds two MSc degrees (Ecological Economics and Gestion et Technologie) and has also created and managed a non-profit organisation in the international volunteering sector.

Rachael Nutter

Director of Nature-Based Solutions

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Rachael Nutter

Director of Nature-Based Solutions

Rachael leads our Nature-Based Solutions (NBS) business, working closely with our project and client teams. She is passionate about finding high-integrity projects and partners that create positive environmental and community impacts, and helping meet our clients’ climate and sustainability objectives. Rachael has spent much of her career commercialising solutions for the journey to net zero, from NBS to renewables and low carbon technologies. When not at her desk Rachael is out in nature or in the karate dojo.

Rhiannon Szmigielski

Marketing Director

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Rhiannon Szmigielski

Marketing Director

As Marketing Director, Rhiannon’s focus is on helping clients maximise business value from their ClimateCare programmes through communication strategies which engage staff, customers, and other stakeholders. She believes an engaging carbon offsetting programme can drive long-term, transformative behaviour change, and works collaboratively with influencers and partners to deliver this. Rhiannon’s approach combines her marketing expertise with a background in behavioural change and a love of the countryside.

Robert Stevens

Director of Partnerships

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Robert Stevens

Director of Partnerships

Rob oversees our partnership programmes, engaging with corporates, governments and entrepreneurs to help them meet their business, environmental and social development goals. He ensures programmes work for our partners and deliver measurable outcomes for their business as well as people and the environment. Rob has a background in business administration and sustainable development and is also current chair of the International Emissions Trading Association (IETA) Aviation Task Force.

Sally Gakii

Carbon Asset Developer

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Sally Gakii

Carbon Asset Developer

Sally plays a central role in ClimateCare’s project development work. An expert carbon asset developer with experience across sub-Saharan Africa, Sally takes new projects through the registration process, ensures their compliance with global standards, and helps to monitor and verify impacts on the ground. Every project Sally works on has its own unique features and challenges; solving these, while exceeding customers’ expectations, is what motivates her.

Sam Welsh

Sustainability Executive

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Sam Welsh

Sustainability Executive

As a key player in ClimateCare’s Client Services team, Sam works closely with sector-leading companies and organisations to support them in achieving long-term, high-impact carbon management strategies throughout the business. Sam’s academic background focused on glaciology, and prior to ClimateCare he interned at the UN Climate Change secretariat working on climate change education and youth action.

Sarah Lopez-Rubio

Finance Executive

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Sarah Lopez-Rubio

Finance Executive

Sarah helps produce the financial information central to business decisions. By ensuring timely and accurate information is at the forefront of management decisions, she adds financial rigour to the key control processes of the company. She’s not just in demand at ClimateCare though; at home Sarah is kept busy being mum to two small, energetic boys.

Stella Bell

Portfolio Manager

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Stella Bell

Portfolio Manager

Stella works closely with our project partners on the ground, so she can understand the broad range of positive impacts delivered by projects and find great ways to communicate them. Her experience working in our Client Services team means she’s well placed to ensure our project assets help clients effectively communicate all the positive impacts of their ClimateCare programme. Stella is also active in her local community centre, where she has established a monthly community café.

Tom Morton

Specialist Project Director

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Tom Morton

Specialist Project Director

Tom ran our Nairobi office from 2007 until 2020, supporting a specialist team delivering climate and development outcomes on the ground. He is also one of the world’s leading experts in clean cooking and helped create the first opportunities to support cookstove projects through climate finance. He now advises ClimateCare on project development, exploring how to channel finance to emissions reduction projects worldwide.

Tom Owino

Project and Technical Director

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Tom Owino

Project and Technical Director

Tom has a background in engineering, with experience across the energy, environment and management sectors. He uses his expertise in delivering sustainable development outcomes from carbon reduction projects to oversee technical input into our Expert Advice and Project Development work. An experienced and effective influencer, he is proud that his work helps improve lives in Sub-Saharan Africa, as well as combating climate change. In his spare time, Tom works with an NGO to help remote communities resolve their energy challenges.

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