A world-class Board and Executive Team of industry leaders

Our Leadership

The Emergent Board of Directors and Executive team are tasked with safeguarding environmental and social impact returns, while securing financial sustainability.

of Directors

Lorenzo Bernasconi

Managing Director Innovative Finance, The Rockefeller Foundation

Leads the Foundation’s innovative finance and impact investing portfolio. Prior executive roles at Dalberg Global Development Advisors, the Boston Consulting Group and UBS investment banking.

Mahua Acharya

Managing Director and CEO, Convergence Energy Services Limited.

Brings extensive international green finance, renewables, and carbon markets expertise as well as strong regional expertise. Prior executive roles at Global Green Growth Institute and C-Quest Capital LLC.

Peter Knight

Founding Partner and President (former) of Generation Investment Management

Led Generation Investment Management’s sustainable investing strategies in public and private markets. Former Board Director for the National Parks Foundation. Former Chief of Staff to VP Al Gore when he was in the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate.

Richard Kauffman

Chairman, New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA)

Served as New York State’s most senior energy official as “Energy Czar,” or Chairman of Energy and Finance, under Governor Andrew M. Cuomo. Former Senior Advisor to Secretary Steven Chu at the U.S. Department of Energy. Prior executive roles at Good Energies, Inc., and Goldman Sachs.

Nat Keohane (Board Observer)

Senior Vice President for Climate, Environmental Defense Fund (EDF)

Leads EDF’s Climate program and brings deep expertise in carbon markets and U.S. and global climate and energy policy. Former Special Assistant to President Obama for Energy and Environment in the National Economic Council and Domestic Policy Council.


Eron Bloomgarden |  
Executive Director

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

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, Transactions

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.

Moon Herrick |  
Vice President, Natural Climate Solutions

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

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.

Josh Margolis |  
Senior Commercial Advisor

Josh Margolis serves as Senior Commercial Advisor at Emergent. He provides advice to Emergent and its private sector clients on climate solutions that are commercially relevant, beneficial, and impactful. Josh has provided brokerage, advisory, and capacity building services to stakeholders involved in voluntary and compliance-focused emissions trading systems (ETS) in the Amazon, Australasia, Southeast Asia, Europe, Mexico, Chile, China, Korea, Japan, Canada, and the US. Before joining Emergent, Josh was with the Environmental Defense Fund where he supported efforts to launch Emergent, supported China’s efforts to roll out the carbon trading pilots and the national ETS, developed CarbonSim, and trained thousands of ETS stakeholders. Josh is also a co-inventor of a patent that provides for the neutralization and offsetting of equities. He graduated from Duke University and has lectured at and has run carbon market simulations for a dozen universities and secondary schools.

Allan Traicoff |  
Senior Commercial Advisor

Rocio Sanz Cortes |  
Managing Director, Supply

Rocio Sanz Cortes serves as a Senior Advisor to Emergent. Rocio is an agriculture and forestry specialist. Her work focuses on nature-based solutions and climate finance.  She has over 15 years of work experience advising organizations such as FAO, UN-REDD, UNDP, GCF, World Bank and Indufor. She holds a Masters of Environmental Management from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, and a Bachelor’s degree on Agricultural Engineering from the Polytechnic University of Valencia.

Paz Lozano |  
Vice President, Forests

Paz Lozano is the Vice President of Forestry at Emergent and is based in Oakland, California. Before joining Emergent, Paz spent eight years at EP Carbon managing the technical development of over 11 successfully validated and verified forest carbon projects under the Verified Carbon Standard and Climate, Community, and Biodiversity Standard. Paz led the successful verification of over 33 million tonnes of net emissions reductions across these projects, resulting in carbon credit revenue for the protection of over 600,000 hectares of tropical forest and the generation of positive social and biodiversity impacts across all 17 of the Sustainable Development Goals. Paz has worked in the REDD+ sector in countries across Central America, South America, Southeast Asia, and Central Africa. She holds a degree in environmental science from the University of California, Berkeley, with a focus on forestry and geographic information systems.

Nick Mandrus |  
Senior Manager, Finance & Operations

Nick is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) with over 12 years of accounting and finance experience in the not-for-profit sector.  Prior to joining Emergent, Nick served as the Director of Finance and Operations for the Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami, a contemporary art museum located in Miami, Florida.  As a vital member of the Senior Management team, Nick oversaw the financial management of the museum, as well as the facility and operations. Previously, Nick worked for Raffa, P.C. (now Marcum LLP) in Washington, D.C. as an Audit Manager overseeing audit engagements for a broad portfolio of mission-based organizations.  Nick has a Master of Accountancy degree from The George Washington University and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Maryland, College Park.

Jon Anda |  
Special Advisor

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 |  

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.

Fernanda Ferreira |  

Elizabeth Sherr |  
Marketing Associate

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

Trish is Emergent’s executive assistant based in Sitges, Spain. Prior to joining Emergent, Trish worked in human resources, and for the majority of her career in Ireland she was a 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.

Interim Team

Jon Shepard |  
Chief Operating Officer

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.