Managing Director Innovative Finance, The Rockefeller Foundation
Asia Director and Senior Advisor, Climate Policy Initiative (CPI)
Founding Partner and President (former) of Generation Investment Management
Chairman, New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA)
Nat Keohane (Board Observer)
Senior Vice President for Climate, Environmental Defense Fund (EDF)
Eron Bloomgarden |
Executive Director, Emergent
International expert in environmental markets, climate finance, and impact investing. Inaugural faculty of the MSc in Sustainability Management, now adjunct professor at the Earth Institute at Columbia University. Founder of Climate and Forest Capital LLC, Former Partner at Encourage Capital and Portfolio Manager of the EKO Green Carbon Fund, President of Environmental Markets at Equator LLC, and U.S. Country Director at EcoSecurities.
Ruben Lubowski, Ph.D. |
Senior Operating Advisor, Emergent
Natural resource economics and climate policy expert, widely recognized for analyzing and modeling land-use changes and policy approaches for reducing emissions through forestry, agriculture, and bioenergy activities. Chief Natural Resource Economist at EDF, with prior research and policy leadership at UDSA’s Economic Research Service, the UN Development Program and the World Bank.
Utkarsh (Uti) Agarwal |
Vice President of Transactions, Emergent
Utkarsh (Uti) Agarwal is the Vice President of Transactions at Emergent and is based in New York. Before joining Emergent, Uti spent six years in the carbon and climate finance group at Encourage Capital, making investments in forestry projects and emerging climate tech opportunities. Uti worked on transactions that generated over 10 million tons of carbon credits for sale in the California cap-and-trade market. The investments protected over 250,000 acres of at-risk forest land owned by Native American tribes, private landowners, and institutional timber investors. After leaving Encourage, Uti worked on the project finance team at Con Edison Clean Energy Businesses, one of the nation’s largest owners and operators of renewable energy with over $4 bn worth of solar and wind assets. Uti graduated from Dartmouth College with an engineering degree. He grew up in Kashmir, India and has lived in Canada, Hong Kong and Malaysia. He is a politics junkie and volunteers with political campaigns in his free time. He also serves as a fundraiser and an alumni representative for his boarding school in Canada which he attended on a full scholarship.
Moon Herrick |
Vice President, Natural Climate Solutions, Emergent
Moon Herrick is a climate finance professional with expertise in reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD+). Ms. Herrick’s recent experience includes carbon accounting and knowledge management for the World Bank’s Forest Carbon Partnership Facility and serving as the technical expert on forests for the International Finance Corporation’s division of Climate Business Development. Prior to her work for the World Bank Group, Ms. Herrick spent two years at the Green Climate Fund, where responsibilities included forest policy and proposal management as well as external affairs. Ms. Herrick holds an MSc in Human Geography from Lund University, and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Wesleyan University.
Bryan McCann |
Vice President, Markets, Emergent
Bryan is the Vice President, Markets at Emergent. He works closely with corporate partners to help meet their climate objectives. Prior to joining Emergent, Bryan was a Senior Associate at the Global Development Incubator, supporting Emergent on an interim basis. Bryan is a management consultant by trade, working with Fortune 100 companies in Canada and the US with Oliver Wyman, a top-five global consultancy. He also has significant global development experience from his work with One Acre Fund, a large agricultural development social enterprise, and the World Food Programme in Rome. Bryan holds a Master’s in International and Development Economics from Yale University, where he studied the impact of changing climate on food prices and conflict in sub-Saharan Africa. His research has been published in ODI Disasters and cited in the UN OCHA Global Humanitarian Overview.
Jon Anda |
Vice President, Markets, Emergent
Jon Anda serves as a Special Advisor to Emergent. Jon is a former Vice Chairman and head of Global Capital Markets at Morgan Stanley, where he served for over twenty years in New York, Hong Kong, and Chicago. Jon left Morgan Stanley in 2007 with a personal commitment to climate finance and climate change. He served at the Environmental Defense Fund as President of the Environmental Markets Network and was a Visiting Fellow at Duke University’s Nicholas Institute. He testified before the U.S. House of Representatives on the Waxman-Markey cap and trade bill and published “US Carbon Market Design” and “Strategic Reserve Coupons” for Nicholas as well as “Economics of climate policy under uncertainty” for the Journal of Energy Policy. He also served as EVP Strategy for an energy analytics startup.
Katie Deeg, Ph.D. |
An Associate at Emergent, Katie has experience in climate change mitigation technologies, clean energy research, scientific modeling, and data analysis. Prior to Emergent, Katie completed her Ph.D. in Chemistry at the University of California, Berkeley, where she researched materials for clean energy applications including carbon capture and hydrogen storage. She carried out part of her doctoral work at École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne in Switzerland. Before her Ph.D., Katie did computational chemistry research at University Pablo de Olavide in Spain under a Fulbright grant.
Eric Plançon |
Research and Development Analyst, Emergent
A Master’s graduate in Aerospace Engineering, Eric has considerable experience in laboratory research, turbulence modelling and super-computer simulation. Eric has previous experience in the renewables sector, leading lead wind turbine QA/QC in the Palmas Altas (US) wind farm. He also served as a project manager for SME solar systems in Australia. Eric holds a Bachelors in Aerospace Engineering from the Polytechnical University of Catalonia in Spain and earned his MSc in the Laboratory for Turbulent Research and Aerospace Combustion at Monash University under an Australian Research Council grant. He has also completed a Medical Neuroscience certificate from Duke University and an Applied Artificial Intelligence Professional Certificate from IBM.
Elizabeth Sherr |
Marketing Associate, Emergent
Elizabeth holds a BSc. in Natural Resource Conservation from the University of Florida with a minor in Extension Education and a MSc. from the Erasmus Mundus joint master’s program in Marine Environment Resources. Elizabeth was an Erasmus scholarship holder in which she studied in Spain, France, and Belgium. Traveling and immersing in different cultures and learning about international environmental issues grew Elizabeth’s fondness for protecting nature, through which she promotes on her social media platforms. Previously, Elizabeth was part of the Doris Duke Conservation Scholarship Program for increasing engagement and opportunities for minorities in the field of conservation, and subsequently the Environmental Leadership Program for enhancing influence and guidance in conservation.
Trish Harrison |
Executive Assistant, Emergent
Trish is Emergent’s executive assistant based in Sitges, Spain. Prior to joining Emergent, Trish worked in human resources, but for the majority of her career she was trainer, coach and consultant in fields including corporate management and research. Highly skilled in professional development, Trish also has experience as a lecturer in organisational behaviour, management and leadership at the Esei International Business School.
Elizabeth is the CFO at the Global Development Incubator and operates as the interim CFO for Emergent. Elizabeth has experience managing finance, accounting, compliance, human resources, and planning at a range of non-profit organizations in positions focused on capacity development. Prior to GDI she served as Senior Director of Finance and Accounting at NASTAD and as Vice President of Finance and Administration at Education for Employment. Elizabeth received her MBA from Georgetown University and studied both International Development and Accounting as an undergraduate. Elizabeth aspires to grow a flourishing garden.
Jon is a Director at the Global Development Incubator and operates as the interim Chief Operations and Strategy Officer for Emergent. Previously, Jon was a Director at EY, where he conceived and set up a global non-profit unit that worked with leading impact entrepreneurs in low and middle-income countries. Earlier in his career, Jon worked for Accenture, The Prince’s Trust – a leading youth development NGO in the UK – and was an infantry officer in the British Army.