Our advisory board

Our outstanding Advisory Board of experts (academics, thought leaders, corporate sustainability and educational leaders) are committed to contribute to the design and delivery of The Climate School curriculum.  

Suzanne Biegel

Suzanne is founder of Catalyst at Large Ltd and is a globally-recognised expert on gender-smart investing. As Co-Producer of the GenderSmart Investing Summit, she steers programming, participation, and communications. She is an adviser to foundations, DFIs, and other institutional investors on gender-smart investing, and is a pioneer with her personal portfolio in this arena. Kite Insights is delighted to be the content partner for GenderSmart’s Gender & Climate Investment Working Group.

Mac Macartney

Mac Macartney is an international speaker, writer and change-maker. He contributes to diverse organisations and communities, including business corporations, universities, schools, social enterprises and various grassroots initiatives. He is the founder of Embercombe, a centre in Devon (UK) which seeks to explore and promote the profound regeneration of land, society, and people.
Mac led a leadership development business in the UK, and co-founded two similar consultancies in Poland and Russia. Over the last few years, his work with organisations has included the delivery of multiple presentations and workshops supporting Unilever’s Sustainable Living Plan, and speaking engagements with Vodafone, HSBC, and the Taranaki CEO Forum, amongst many others.
Mac was a member of Danone North America’s Advisory Committee (2017- 19) as they made their remarkable journey towards attaining B Corp accreditation. In the past he has also sat on the sustainability advisory panels for Lafarge, Lend Lease, and Procter & Gamble.
Over a period of twenty years Mac was mentored by a group of indigenous elders. During this training and ever since, he has attempted to bring two worlds together – an ancient world-view that emphasises relationship, interdependence, and reverence for life with the significant challenges and opportunities of the twenty-first century.
In 2013 Mac was presented with the Enlightened Society Award, and in 2015 he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Education for his work in service to the community by Plymouth University. He has delivered four compelling TEDx talks.
www.macmacartney.com
www.embercombe.org

Jo Confino

Jo Confino is an executive coach, facilitator, journalist, sustainability expert and Zen mindfulness practitioner.

Until recently, he was executive editor, Impact & Innovation and Editorial Director of What’s Working at the HuffPost in New York. During his five years there, he developed long-term editorial projects based on social, environmental and economic justice and was a member of the senior leadership team.

He is currently working with Leaders Quest, which helps leaders and companies align profit with purpose as well as Future Stewards, a coalition of partners working together to build a regenerative future.

Jo has chaired and facilitated events and conferences all over the world for the past 20 years. He also runs workshops and roundtables for attendees including CEOs, prime ministers and NGO heads.

Before joining HuffPost, he was an executive editor of the Guardian and chairman and editorial director of the Guardian Sustainable Business website. During his 23 years at the Guardian, he set up and managed a unique multi-stakeholder development project in the Ugandan village of Katine, and helped create the Guardian’s environment and global development websites.
Jo also created and managed the sustainability vision and strategy for the Guardian and its parent company Guardian Media Group.

As a journalist for the past 40 years, he has worked on regional and national newspapers and websites, with an emphasis on business and finance, including three years as Wall Street correspondent for the Daily Telegraph.

Jo has worked closely for the past 14 years with Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh and his monastic community in Plum Village, France and is an advisory board member of Parallax Press, which publishes books on mindfulness in daily life.

He is a fellow of the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce and is also a trustee of Theatre for a Change, whose purpose is the empowerment of women and girls, particularly in their sexual and reproductive health.

Jo completed an MSc in Responsibility and Business Practice at the University of Bath.

Orowa Sikder

Orowa is Co-founder and Chief Scientist at Cophi, a technology company focused on the applications of data and analytics to deep challenges in organisational culture: inclusion, innovation, and most importantly, effective collaboration. Before this, he spent a decade working in data-driven organisational transformation and leadership development. Outside of industry, he is a Computational Social Scientist at University College London, focusing on political polarisation and misinformation, including climate change disinformation.

Gail Whiteman

Gail Whiteman is Professor of Sustainability at the University of Exeter Business School (UK), and Founder of Arctic Basecamp, a not for profit science outreach platform. She is a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Frontier Risk, keynote speaker in person at Davos in 2020, “What’s at Stake: The Arctic,” alongside Sanna Marin (Prime Minister, Finland) and Al Gore. In 2021, she organised and participated in a High Level Panel with TIME Magazine as part of WEF's media programme for the online Davos Agenda, together with HRH Crown Prince Haakon of Norway, Robert Downey Jr., Baroness Bryony Worthington, Rainn Wilson, and Eric Rondolat. She is the Professor-in-Residence at the World Business Council for Sustainable Development, and a social science expert on global risk from climate change.

Massimo Portincaso

Massimo co-leads BCG’s activities around Deep Tech and the next wave of innovation driven by nature co-design. He has written on the dawn of the Deep Tech ecosystem but also about what poetry brings to business and is constantly on the look for partnerships with thought leaders such as Magnum, the MIT MediaLab, TED and Hello Tomorrow to push the boundaries of BCG’s perception. His work on the BCG brand has resulted in coverage by CNBC and Bloomberg, and features in publications including Consulting Magazine and Fast Company.

Massimo joined BCG in 1997, and has worked for the company in Düsseldorf, Munich, Vienna, and Berlin. In 2002, he left to run his own company, rejoining in 2006.

Sandrine Dixson-Declève

Sandrine is the Co-President of the Club of Rome and has 30+ years of European and international policy, strategy and business leadership experience with a particular focus on climate change, sustainable development, green growth, conventional and sustainable energy solutions and sustainable finance.
As Co-President of the Club of Rome, she divides her time between lecturing, facilitating change in business and policy models and advisory work. She holds several advisory positions for the European Commission: Chair, Expert Group on Economic and Societal Impact of Research & Innovation (ESIR); Assembly Member, Climate Mitigation & Adaptation Mission (DGR&I); TEG Sustainable Finance Taxonomy, Chair, Manufacturing & Outreach (DGFISMA); and for organisations/institutes such as Climate KIC, the European Aluminium and the IEEP. Sandrine is also a Senior Associate and faculty member of the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL) and a Senior Associate for E3G, Ambassador, for the Energy Transition Commission (ETC) and WEALL as well as a Senior Advisor to Interel. In 2017 Sandrine co-founded the Women Enablers Change Agent Network (WECAN).
Sandrine was recognised by GreenBiz as one of the 30 most influential women across the globe driving change in the low carbon economy and promoting green business. She has spent her career bringing together business leaders, policy makers, academia and NGO’s. Until recently, Sandrine was Chief Partnership Officer for UN Agency Sustainable Energy for All and prior to that the Director of the Prince of Wales’s Corporate Leaders Group and the EU office of the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (2009-2016). During that period she was also appointed Executive Director of the Green Growth Platform bringing together EU Ministers and CEO’s.
Previous advisory and professional positions include: advising for HRH The Prince of Wales, Members of the European Parliament, European Commission Presidents, Commissioners and officials, Governments in Asia, Africa and the Middle East, international organizations (OPEC, ADB, OECD, UNEP, USAID, UNFCCC, IEA) and business leaders of large international, European and African companies. Sandrine was Vice Chair, European Biofuels Technology Platform 2008-2016; Board member, We Mean Business 2014-2016, Member of The Guardian’s Sustainable Business Advisory Board and on the Sustainability Advisory Board of the Oil and Gas major Sasol from 2007-2010.. She spoke on TEDx: The Sustainable Future series and has published numerous articles, book chapters and given presentations on green growth and competitiveness, innovation, low carbon energy solutions, climate change, sustainable development, transport, conventional and alternative fuel quality legislation as well as on trade & environment.

Alexandra Palt

Alexandra is the Chief Corporate Responsibility Officer of L'Oréal Group and Executive Vice-President of Fondation L'Oréal. After studying law, Alexandra specialised in human rights. She began her career at a law firm and then collaborated with Amnesty International in Germany. In 2003, she joined IMS-Entreprendre pour la Cité, a business-driven membership organization working on CSR. She focused on diversity management, community involvement and urban regeneration. In 2006, Alexandra Palt joined HALDE (French Equal Opportunities and Anti-Discrimination Commission) as Executive Vice President for Equal Opportunity. In 2008, she founded Fabric of Society, a strategic consultancy firm specializing in change management and sustainability, advising large companies on their CSR policies.
Alexandra Palt joined L’Oréal in February 2012 as Chief Sustainability Officer. In 2013, she launched Sharing Beauty With All, L’Oréal’s sustainability program, which sets commitments for 2020 addressing the company’s impact across its value chain.
In September 2017, Alexandra Palt was appointed Chief Corporate Responsibility Officer, becoming Executive Vice President of the Fondation L’Oréal in addition to her role as head of the Sustainability Department.
In September 2019, Alexandra Palt joined L’Oréal’s Executive Committee as Executive Vice President – Chief Corporate Responsibility Officer and Executive Vice President of the Fondation L’Oréal.

Antoine Denoix

Antoine is a CEO of AXA Climate. In 2008, after working at Google France, he co-founded fifty-five, a global data marketing agency. Five years ago, he joined AXA France ExCom, as Chief Marketing, Digital, Partnerships and Customer Officer. He published three books. AXA Climate’s purpose? To make the Planet Earth a key stakeholder for companies, alongside clients, employees, and shareholders. Its mission is to enable businesses to adapt to climate change, through innovative solutions that combine parametric insurance, real time alerting services, training and consulting.

Carey Bohjanen

Carey Bohjanen is the Managing Director of Sustainable Finance Advisory and has spent the last sixteen years at the intersection of business, development finance, gender and sustainability. She drives change through multi-stakeholder, ecosystem approaches by engaging private and public sector players across value chains to develop new policy approaches, build individual and institutional capacity, implement practical solutions and uncover potential investment opportunities. She is a sought after trainer, facilitator, storyteller and coach leading transformational change and a “business as unusual” approach.

Michael Stevenson

Michael Stevenson is Senior Advisor, Education and Skills at the Organization for Economic Development and Co-operation in Paris. His responsibilities include innovation, strategy and support for governments. He is leading the development of (1) the long-term roadmap for the Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) and (2) vision, strategy and policy for education in the age of AI (High Performing Systems for Tomorrow).
From 2007-2013 Michael was Vice President, Global Education at Cisco Systems. During this time he founded the Global Education Leaders Program, which he now co-chairs.
Michael began his career at the BBC, initially in television current affairs, later as BBC Secretary and Director of Education. He went on to lead strategy, communications and technology at the UK Department for Education in London.

Stephen Dunbar-Johnson

Stephen Dunbar-Johnson is the president, International, of The New York Times. Stephen is responsible for the oversight and strategic development of the Times Company’s international businesses. Dunbar-Johnson was appointed president, international for the New York Times Company in October 2013 to lead the global expansion of The Company.
Prior to The Times, Dunbar-Johnson was Publisher of the International Herald Tribune (IHT), a position he assumed in January 2008. Before joining the IHT in 1998, he held various business development roles in the UK, France and the US over twelve years at the Financial Times. He was educated at Worth School and Kent University in the U.K. and has completed an executive management program at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and the Sulzberger program at the Columbia School of Journalism.

Johan Rockström

Johan Rockström is Director of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research and Professor in Earth System Science at the University of Potsdam.
He is an internationally recognized scientist on global sustainability issues and led the development of the Planetary Boundaries framework for human development in the current era of rapid global change. Rockström is a leading scientist on global water resources, with more than 25 years experience in applied water research in tropical regions, and more than 150 research publications in fields ranging from applied land and water management to global sustainability.

Katharine Wilkinson

Dr. Katharine Wilkinson is an author, strategist, teacher, and one of 15 “women who will save the world,” according to Time magazine. Her books on climate include the bestselling anthology All We Can Save, The Drawdown Review, the New York Times bestseller Drawdown, and Between God & Green. She leads The All We Can Save Project, which she co-founded with Dr. Ayana Elizabeth Johnson, in support of women leading on climate, and she co-hosts the podcast A Matter of Degrees, telling stories for the climate curious with Dr. Leah Stokes. Previously, Dr. Wilkinson was the principal writer and editor-in-chief at Project Drawdown. She speaks widely, including at National Geographic, Skoll World Forum, and the United Nations. Her TED Talk on climate and gender equality has more than 1.9 million views, and Apolitical named her one of the “100 most influential people in gender policy.” A homegrown Atlantan, Dr. Wilkinson holds a doctorate in geography and environment from Oxford, where she was a Rhodes Scholar, and a BA in religion from Sewanee, where she is now a visiting professor. She is happiest on a mountain or a horse. Find her @DrKWilkinson.

Eric Wilkinson

Eric Wilkinson is a highly experienced senior executive having had significant success as a PE and VC investor as well as having co-founded a unicorn company, Top Golf Inc, in the US and executed 4 successful turnarounds. He has sat on numerous boards as an NED and as Chairman. He particularly enjoys the human interaction these roles provide within the context of rigorous and challenging goals.
His current roles include Executive Chairman of 99oint9 Hygiene Limited, NED of Vaughan Lighting Limited, CEED Limited, Smart TMS Limited and LEO Limited as well Chairman of the Advisory Board of 8 Hours Ahead, a Sino-Global technology transfer company. He is a member of the advisory board of Committed Capital LLC. He is also on the advisory board of IntoUniversity, one of the UK’s leading mentoring organisations.
Previous roles include Partner of Bain & Co., Partner of Apax Partners and Partner of The Beacon Group LLP, a boutique investment bank that was sold to Chase Manhattan in 2000 for $500 million. Eric was a member of Beacon’s Operating Committee as well as its Investment Committee. Eric subsequently led JPMorgan Partners consumer and retail private equity group until 2002. He became a partner of Talisman Management Limited in 2005.
At Talisman Management, Eric was a co-founder of Top Golf Inc, one of the fastest-growing entertainment companies in the US, currently valued at over $2 billion. He was also Chairman of Coemar Spa, an entertainment lighting turnaround which was sold in 2010, Board member and Executive Committee member of Solel Inc, a solar energy business which was sold to Siemens in 2010 and co-CEO of Leclanche SA until June 2014.
In January 2016, Eric joined Hambro Perks Limited as Partner and CIO. He helped raise over £30 million of permanent capital for the firm and the audited value of the portfolio of the firm more than doubled during his tenure. He left the firm on good terms in February 2019 to focus on his personal goals.

Callum Grieve

With over 20 years experience in climate change and sustainability communications, Callum is member of the Campaign Collective: a campaign team that identifies and amplifies new voices to widen the conversation around the climate crisis. Previously, Callum was the Communications Director for Sustainble Energy for All: a global non-profit focused on securing clean, affordable, reliable energy for everyone — and getting it done it well before 2030. Before that, Callum was the Communications Director for We Mean Business: an international campaign driving corporate climate action and calling for ambitious climate policy. Prior to this, Callum was the Communications Director at The Climate Group: an international non-profit working to promote ambitious climate change action with business and government.

François Gemenne

François Gemenne is a specialist in environmental geopolitics and migration governance at the University of Liège, where he is Director of the Hugo Observatory. He also acts as co-Director of the Observatory on Defence and Climate of the French Ministry of Defence, a lead author for the IPCC and a lecturer on climate change and migration policies at Sciences Po and Sorbonne University.
His research deals mostly with environmental and migration governance and he has worked in particular on populations displaced by environmental changes and the policies of adaptation to climate change, as well as on asylum and migration policies.
François currently coordinates two important European research projects: MAGYC, on migration governance and asylum crises, as well as HABITABLE, on migration induced by climate change. He also coordinated the DEVAST project, one of the first international projects to examine the social and political consequences of the Fukushima disaster.
He has consulted for several organisations, including the International Organisation of Migration (IOM), the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the World Bank, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the British government (Foresight). In 2010, he was awarded the ISDT-Wernaers Prize for achievement in the communication of science to the general public.
He is also the director of the Sustainable Development series at Presses de Sciences Po, a leading French academic publisher, and the President of the Board of the NGO Climate Voices, which seeks to connect youth from the global North and the global South around climate issues.

Lord Karan Bilimoria

Karan Bilimoria is the founder of Cobra Beer, Chairman of the Cobra Beer Partnership Limited, a Joint Venture with Molson Coors, and Chairman of Molson Coors Cobra India. In the Monde Selection, one of the most prestigious quality awards in the world for beer, the Cobra range have collectively been awarded a total of 128 Gold and Grand Gold medals since 2001, making it one of the most awarded beers in the world.

Lord Bilimoria is the Founding Chairman of the UK India Business Council, a Deputy Lieutenant of Greater London, a former Chancellor of Thames Valley University (now the University of West London); he was the youngest University Chancellor in the UK when appointed. Karan was a former Senior Non-Executive Director of the Booker Group now TESCO PLC (2007-2016); he is one of the first two visiting entrepreneurs at the University of Cambridge; he is a founding member of the Prime Minister of India’s Global Advisory Council. In 2006, Karan Bilimoria was appointed the Lord Bilimoria of Chelsea, making him the first ever Zoroastrian Parsi to sit in the House of Lords. In 2008 he was awarded the Pravasi Bharti Samman by the President of India. He is an Honorary Fellow of Sidney Sussex College Cambridge and was Chair of the Advisory Board of the Judge Business School, Cambridge University from 2015-2020 and subsequently appointed as an Honorary Ambassador. He qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Ernst & Young and graduated in law from the University of Cambridge. He is also an alumnus through executive education of the Cranfield School of Management, the London Business School and the Harvard Business School. In July 2014, he was installed as the seventh Chancellor of the University of Birmingham, making him the first Indian-born Chancellor of a Russell Group University in Great Britain, and he is the President of the UK Council for International Students Affairs (UKCISA). Since 2017 Lord Bilimoria has been a Bynum Tudor Fellow at Kellogg College, University of Oxford. Lord Bilimoria is an Honorary Group Captain in 601 Squadron Royal Air Force. In June 2020, he was appointed President of the Confederation of British Industry (CBI). In September 2020, he was appointed as a Visiting Fellow at the University of Oxford based at the Centre for Corporate Reputation. Karan has been awarded Honorary Doctorates from University of East Anglia, University of Birmingham, Brunel University, Cranfield University, University of Exeter, Heriot-Watt University, London Metropolitan University, Staffordshire University, York St John University, University of West London (previously Thames Valley University), and University of Westminster. Karan is also President of The UK Council on International Student Affairs (UKCISA) and Co-chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for International Students. In January 2022, Lord Bilimoria joined the Board of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) UK.

Sue Bonney

Sue spent over 35 years at KPMG UK where she was most recently Vice Chairman and Head of ESG. As a Board member, Sue chaired the People Committee (incorporating nomination/remuneration, people policies and culture) and was a member of the Risk Committee. Previously, Sue had held a range of senior executive positions including Head of Tax KPMG EMA.

Notable achievements during her career at KPMG included the design and oversight of KPMG’s C-Suite Leadership Programme for senior client executives and introducing ESG as a key responsibility for KPMG and as a core client service offering.

Sue is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Accountants England & Wales and holds a BSc (Hons) Mathematics from Bristol University.

Mike Barry

Mike is a change agent, committed to helping business big and small, new and established to prepare for and succeed in the great sustainability disruption that will wash through the economy in the 2020s. He’s worked with organizations such as Unilever, SAP, Grosvenor, GSK, Nestle, Reiss, Nomad Foods, the Climate Pledge, the Environment Agency, Which, Royal Society of Chemistry, British Retail Consortium, Food and Drink Federation, Rentokil, Skipton Building Society, CoGo, Clim8Invest, Bord Bia and Climate Action.

Mike was until 2019 Director of Sustainable Business at Marks & Spencer, spearheading its ground-breaking Plan A (because there is no Plan B for the one planet we have) sustainability programme. He co-chaired the Consumer Goods Forum’s sustainability work bringing the world’s largest retailers and fast moving consumer goods brands together to work on issues such as deforestation, plastics and forced labour. He is a Senior Associate at the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership and a Trustee at Blueprint for Better Business.

Clover Hogan

Clover Hogan is a 21-year-old climate activist, researcher on eco-anxiety, and the founder of Force of Nature - a youth-led organisation empowering Gen Z to step up, rather than shut down, in the face of the climate crisis.

At 16, Clover was lobbying decision-makers at the Paris climate meeting when she realised that the threat greater even than climate change was the universal feeling of powerlessness in the face of it. She made it her mission to mobilise mindsets. After graduating from the Green School in Indonesia, Clover worked with Impossible Foods CEO Pat O. Brown on national youth strategy, consulted multinationals alongside John Elkington, global authority on business as a force for good, before launching Force of Nature. Her team helps young people turn anxiety into agency. Through virtual classrooms and campaigns, their 2020 ambition is to activate a global network of young activists ready to inspire change from their living rooms.

In June, Clover launched the Force of Nature podcast, a 9-part series with ordinary people doing extraordinary things to save the planet: from the woman who started a global movement out of her backyard; to the lawyer responsible for the world’s most historic climate agreement; and a three-time Nobel Peace Prize nominee.

Clover is also campaign strategist for #MyEcoResolution, serves as a trustee to Global Action Plan, and is on the advisory board of the National Community Lottery's Climate Action Fund.

Charlie Donovan

Charlie Donovan is Visiting Professor of Sustainable Finance at the Foster School of Business at the University of Washington. Based in Seattle, he was previously a Professor of Practice, Imperial College London, and Executive Director of the business school’s Centre for Climate Finance and Investment, which he founded in 2016. In his corporate career, Charlie has been a clean tech company co-founder and CFO. He was previously Head of Structuring and Valuation for Global Power at BP plc and part of the strategy team that launched BP Alternative Energy in 2005 with an $8 billion funding commitment. Professor Donovan began his career as a Policy Analyst at the US Environmental Protection Agency during the Clinton Administration. He is an Advisor to riskthinking.ai, a leading climate risk analytics firm, and is Academic Co-Chair of the Coalition for Climate Resilient Investing, an investor body representing $20 trillion of assets under management.
Sophia Kianni

Sophia Kianni

Sophia Kianni is an Iranian-American environmentalist studying climate science and public policy at Stanford University. She is the founder and executive director of Climate Cardinals, an international nonprofit with 8,000 volunteers in 40+ countries working to translate climate information into over 100 languages. She represents the U.S as the youngest member on the inaugural United Nations Youth Advisory Group on Climate Change. She sits on boards and advisory councils for The New York Times, World Economic Forum, Inkey List, Iris Project, Ashoka, and American Lung Association.

Laurent-David Charbit

Laurent-David Charbit has been working at Unilever for a decade in several supply chain, procurement, and sustainability roles. He is currently Vice President Global Climate and Sustainability at Unilever based in London helping to make sustainable living a common place.
Laurent-David career has spanned across supply-chain, procurement and consulting combining operational roles at Unilever, Alcan, Michelin and consulting ones at McKinsey. He has worked in several countries in Europe, North America and Asia leading multi-cultural teams across the world and has a passion for driving change at scale for big challenges !
Laurent-David has also an advisory position at Ecovadis.