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James Lewis

James Lewis

Marketing & Sales Director

Carola Jonas

Carola Jonas

Marketing Manager

Darren Willman

Darren Willman

Business Development Manager

Aude Perrine

Aude Perrine

Carbon Manager

Ron Hall

Ron Hall

Energy Solutions Manager

Justin Pilgrim

Justin Pilgrim

Business Development Manager

Ally Charlton

Ally Charlton

Operations Director

Josh Harris

Josh Harris

Manager Australian Projects

Rob Asselman

Rob Asselman

Systems and Technical Projects Manager

Jeffery Hong

Jeffery Hong

Finance Manager

Angel Zhan

Angel Zhan

Accountant

Alexander Quarles van Ufford

Alexander Quarles van Ufford

Renewable Energy Manager Europe

Luke Hurley

Luke Hurley

Energy Productivity Manager

Board

Joel Fleming

Joel Fleming

Founding Chairman

Freddy Sharpe

Freddy Sharpe

CEO Climate Friendly

Renat Heuberger

Renat Heuberger

CEO The South Pole Group

Dr Christoph Grobbel

Dr Christoph Grobbel

CFO The South Pole Group

Australian Carbon Farming Team

Josh Harris

Josh Harris

Manager Australian Projects

Nigel Miller

Nigel Miller

Carbon Farming Project Manager

Lina Maria Garcia Florez

Lina Maria Garcia Florez

Forestry Specialist

Jessie Laing

Jessie Laing

Carbon Farming Project Officer

Toby Ekman

Toby Ekman

Carbon Farming Extension Officer

Ana Martinez

Ana Martinez

Carbon Farming Office Manager

Claudia Milena Agudelo Palacio

Claudia Milena Agudelo Palacio

Forest Engineer - GIS Officer

Christian Dannecker

Christian Dannecker

Director of Forestry, South Pole Group

Florian Reimer

Florian Reimer

Climate Adviser

Christian Ehrat

Christian Ehrat

Climate Change Adviser

Ana Maria Zapata

Ana Maria Zapata

Forest Engineer - Environmental and Geoinformatics Specialist

Zoe Ryan

Zoe Ryan

Manager - Carbon Farming Compliance

Trent McIntyre

Trent McIntyre

Project Field Officer

James Lewis

James Lewis

Marketing & Sales Director

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Office in Sydney

+61 2 9356 3600

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James has worked at Climate Friendly for over 6 years and leads the Sales and Marketing team with great success.

His background combines account management and business development with research and consultancy experience across a range of sustainability-related issues. He gained a MSc in Environmental Technology from Imperial College, London after several years in sales-based roles in both London and Sydney.


Prior to Climate Friendly, James worked at The Institute for Sustainable Futures of The University of Technology, Sydney where he completed research and consultancy projects for private companies, Government departments and NGOs. These projects covered various sectors and themes, including research into the wind power industry, development of sustainability strategies, creation of training programs to improve energy efficiency and carbon footprinting services.

Carola Jonas

Carola Jonas

Marketing Manager

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Office in Sydney

+61 2 9356 3600

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Carola has combined her background in Marketing and Communications with her passion for the environment and worked in various roles in sustainability in the private sector, Government and Civil Society Organisations in Australia, Cambodia and Germany.

As a climate change advocate Carola raises awareness to reduce CO2 emissions caused by human activity and to protect the planet from the consequences of global warming. At Climate Friendly, she and the team develop innovative campaigns and services to help people and organisations in minimising their impact on the environment.


Carola speaks English and German

Darren Willman

Darren Willman

Business Development Manager

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Office in Sydney

+61 2 9356 3600

Darren's career vision is to make a positive impact on environmental and sustainability issues, and has focused this on business and climate change. Currently, he is a Business Development Manager for Climate Friendly, a leading organisation in carbon management and offsetting.

Globally minded, Darren has co-published opinion-editorial articles and papers with IMD Business School (Switzerland) on global trends, business and climate change, and sustainable development. He applied this experience in founding and leading G-1 Billion, a multilingual news website that covered the United Nations climate negotiations in Copenhagen (Denmark), COP-15.


He is a graduate of the University of London with a Master's degree in Environmental Management, and completed a research dissertation on the most common and significant energy efficiency opportunities identified and implemented in Australian industry. He has also completed a Bachelor of Commerce at Monash University.

Aude Perrine

Aude Perrine

Carbon Manager

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Office in Sydney

+61 2 9356 3600

Originally from France, Aude holds a Master of Engineering from EPF and a Master of Environmental Management from UNSW.

She previously worked at Climate Friendly for a few years also on the carbon, but then spent some time in Cambodia working for Nexus-Carbon for Development, a cooperative of development organizations supporting vulnerable communities by scaling up climate-friendly projects. She has also worked as an Environmental Consultant, where she was carrying out waste audits for businesses and councils.


We are fortunate to have Aude back with us here on the Climate Friendly Carbon team. Now she is responsible more for the procurement of carbon credits and renewable energy certificates, as well as managing quality assurance relating to project due diligence and selection. She is also in charge of technical analysis and carbon footprinting for businesses and events. This includes ensuring that Climate Friendly's calculations and emission factors are up to date and in line with global best practice.

Aude speaks English and French

Ron Hall

Ron Hall

Energy Solutions Manager

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Office in Sydney

+61 2 9356 3600

Ron is an established expert in sustainable energy development and construction. He has over 10 years of experience in the development and construction of Cogeneration and back-up power plants and energy centres. He has developed many high profile energy projects such as the Melbourne Airport Trigeneration Plant, The Charlestown Square Shopping centre Cogeneration plant and Baxter HealthCare's Trigeneration plant.

Justin Pilgrim

Justin Pilgrim

Business Development Manager

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Office in Melbourne

+61 3 9018 5391

Justin recently completed a Bachelor of Environment (Social Science) at RMIT University and is a Business Development Manager at Climate Friendly. He has a strong background in sales and account management, with over ten years' experience in the telecommunications industry.


Justin is very passionate about sustainability and his particular interests lie in advocating sustainability for the corporate sector as well as animal conservation. He has spent time in Vietnam as part of an original climate change research project and as such understands on the ground realities associated with climate change projects around the world.


He believes that business and communities are best placed to tackle the problem of climate change quickly and without prolonged debate.

Ally Charlton

Ally Charlton

Operations Director

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Office in Sydney

+61 2 9356 3600

As Operations Director, Ally is responsible for Climate Friendly's carbon sourcing strategy, credit procurement, general operations and portfolio management. She also leads the technical analysis and product development associated with carbon management and footprinting. These activities underpin and ensure the high quality of Climate Friendly's carbon offsetting and advisory services.

Ally's background combines corporate strategy and finance consulting with hands-on environmental and social project management. She has extensive experience across diverse aspects of the climate change sector, having worked for several years with Carbon Positive/Sunshine Technology on the development of sustainable forestry ventures and carbon projects in Africa and Asia, and more recently as a strategy consultant for the Australian Carbon Trust. She is committed to the creation of business and market-driven solutions to social and environmental challenges.

Originally from the UK, she lived for 3 years in Nairobi, Kenya prior to moving to Sydney in 2007. She has an MBA from INSEAD, and a BA in European Languages & Literature from Cambridge University.

Ally speaks English, French, Spanish & Italian

Josh Harris

Josh Harris

Manager Australian Projects

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Office in Sydney

+61 2 9356 3600

Josh is a carbon finance specialist with over a decade's experience working on climate issues across private, government and non-government organisations.

Josh was the founding Director of both the Verified Carbon Standard and the International Carbon Reduction and Offset Alliance. He has advised large corporates on carbon management including Virgin Atlantic, BSkyB, BP, JP Morgan and Tesco and headed up the Climate Group's carbon market team in China. In his most recent role before joining Climate Friendly, Josh was an advisor to the Western Australian Environment Minister.

Here at Climate Friendly, Josh is responsible for originating carbon farming projects in Australia.

Rob Asselman

Rob Asselman

Systems and Technical Projects Manager

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Office in Melbourne

+61 3 9018 5391

Rob combines his passion and experience with qualifications in technology, sustainability and project management to help deliver powerful and user friendly solutions to Climate Friendly's customers, staff and stakeholders.

Career experience working with a broad range of stakeholders in Australia, Asia and the United Kingdom has provided Rob with the tool-kit for cutting through complexity and getting to the "nuts-and-bolts" of an issue so projects can be delivered which satisfy requirements in this fast changing and varied landscape.

Rob has a keen interest in Sustainability & Social Justice and is the Deputy Secretary of the United Nations Young Professionals in Victoria.

Jeffery Hong

Jeffery Hong

Finance Manager

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Office in Sydney

+61 2 9356 3600

Jeffery has been with Climate Friendly since 2009, he started as an accounts consultant and now works as the finance manager. His role in Climate Friendly is to utilise his management accounting and financial accounting skills to ensure the efficient and effective use of financial resources, improve the internal accounting processes to assure the quality and quantity of carbon offsetting, and report the financial performance to the internal management and external stakeholders.

Prior to Climate Friendly, Jeffery worked at a consultancy company and has extensive accounting and finance experience in different industries. After achieving the Masters degree (honours) in Accounting and Finance, he is currently studying to complete his CPA.


Jeffery speaks English and Chinese
Angel Zhan

Angel Zhan

Accountant

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Office in Sydney

+61 2 9356 3600

Angel Zhan is responsible for Climate Friendly's financial and management accounting and providing direct assistance to Finance Manager. Angel has a background combining auditing and accounting across diverse sectors in mainland China, HongKong and Australia. She has several years' experience as senior auditor and assistant manager in KPMG.

Angel is very passionate about employing her skills in her role within Climate Friendly.


Angel speaks English and Chinese
Alexander Quarles van Ufford

Alexander Quarles van Ufford

Renewable Energy Manager Europe

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Office in Europe

+31 70 887 1383

Alexander is responsible for the development of the international market for GoldPower, Climate Friendly's global renewable electricity certificate, with a focus on Europe. Alexander holds a MSc in Business Economics from Erasmus University Rotterdam and has over 20 years experience with catalyzing the global energy transition.

Prior to joining Climate Friendly Alexander worked for WWF's global Climate Business Engagement team, where he established and managed partnerships with high-profile, sector leading multinational companies. In this role Alexander assisted companies to formulate the business case for low carbon strategies and to set best in class carbon reduction targets, including renewable energy targets. In his WWF capacity Alexander contributed to WWF's global guidelines for renewable energy procurement and he was closely involved in the collaboration with Climate Friendly on the development of GoldPower, the only global renewable electricity certificate endorsed by WWF. Alexander speaks Dutch and English

Luke Hurley

Luke Hurley

Energy Productivity Manager

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Office in Sydney

+61 3 9018 5391

Luke has over 9 years energy industry experience working for AGL Energy Limited.

After completing an international business degree at Queensland University of Technology,

Luke won a cultural exchange scholarship to teach English in a country High School and study Japanese.

He then established a consultancy in Osaka, setting up Japanese distribution networks for Melbourne technology companies.

Upon returning to Australia, Luke began working at an AGL subsidiary, Powerdirect, where he worked in SME Business Development, Multi-sites & Associations and Third Party Sales Channels.He then moved into Commercial & Industrial customer acquisition at the AGL Head Office and set up AGL's large market electricity & gas new connection business. This experience provided Luke with invaluable exposure to the inner workings of the National Energy Market, Electricity & Gas Distributions Networks and Smart Metering Companies.

He is very passionate about the energy industry and in particular the energy productivity of his customers.

Joel Fleming

Joel Fleming

Founding Chairman

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Office in Sydney

+61 2 9356 3600

Joel Fleming is an environmental scientist and Founding Chairman of Climate Friendly and previously a scientist with CSIRO. His background is in environmental science, scientific software and innovation. Joel has a lifelong passion for environmental issues and built one of Australia's first grid-connected solar powered homes; also one of the most energy efficient. This inspired Joel to create Climate Friendly.

His special interest is to enable business and individuals to take immediate and effective action on global warming by supporting projects that reduce emissions, including renewable energy and preventing deforestation. His focus is on innovations that address the challenges of global warming, such as new kinds of clean energy products and web based systems that deliver Climate Friendly's products and services to a global customer base.

Freddy Sharpe

Freddy Sharpe

CEO Climate Friendly

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Office in Sydney

+61 2 9356 3600

Freddy Sharpe is CEO of Climate Friendly, Australia's leading carbon management business. Freddy has worked in sustainability and climate change solutions for many years and has grown Climate Friendly into a global business leading the way on climate change, delivering easy and innovative carbon solutions to businesses and individuals. Before running Climate Friendly, Freddy was Chief Operating Officer of Australia's largest residential energy efficiency company.

Freddy has hands-on expertise in carbon markets, carbon and energy policies, energy efficiency and clean and conventional energy, developed in Australia and internationally for over 20 years. Freddy speaks regularly on climate change and related topics and was included in the inaugural ABC Carbon 50, a list of the 50 most influential people in Australia who are committed to the environment, the planet and the future of life on earth.

Renat Heuberger

Renat Heuberger

CEO The South Pole Group

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Renat Heuberger is the CEO of The South Pole Group, a company co-founded by Heuberger in 2006. He is a social entrepreneur in the field of sustainability, climate change and renewable energies, which he has been engaged in since 199


Renat is a board member of the Australian company Climate Friendly Pty Ltd as well as Vietnamese climate and energy company VNEEC and he acts in the advisory board of the Hub Zurich.Renat is considered an authority on climate change, carbon markets and sustainable development and is regularly interviewed in the media.

Dr Christoph Grobbel

Dr Christoph Grobbel

CFO The South Pole Group

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Christoph joined the south pole group in 2007 after 12.5 years with McKinsey & Company, Inc. where he worked as a Senior Expert for Emissions Trading and Electric Power & Natural Gas. At south pole he is the CFO, one of main shareholders and board member.

Christoph holds an MSc in Mechanical Engineering from Karlsruhe University, an MSc in Energy Management & Policy from the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, and ENSPM, Paris, and a doctoral degree in Economics from Oldenburg University.

Josh Harris

Josh Harris

Manager Australian Projects

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Nigel Miller

Nigel Miller

Carbon Farming Project Manager

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Lina Maria Garcia Florez

Lina Maria Garcia Florez

Forestry Specialist

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Jessie Laing

Jessie Laing

Carbon Farming Project Officer

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Toby Ekman

Toby Ekman

Carbon Farming Extension Officer

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Ana Martinez

Ana Martinez

Carbon Farming Office Manager

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Claudia Milena Agudelo Palacio

Claudia Milena Agudelo Palacio

Forest Engineer - GIS Officer

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Christian Dannecker

Christian Dannecker

Director of Forestry, South Pole Group

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Florian Reimer

Florian Reimer

Climate Adviser

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Christian Ehrat

Christian Ehrat

Climate Change Adviser

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Ana Maria Zapata

Ana Maria Zapata

Forest Engineer - Environmental and Geoinformatics Specialist

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Zoe Ryan

Zoe Ryan

Manager - Carbon Farming Compliance

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Office in Melbourne

+61 3 9018 5391 · zoe.ryan@climatefriendly.com
Trent McIntyre

Trent McIntyre

Project Field Officer

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Office in Sydney

+61 2 9356 3600

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