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Karl has worked on environment and development issues since 1991, including for the Peace Corps in West Africa and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's climate protection division where he managed the agency's international and domestic coal and climate programs. Over the past decade he has focussed on climate, markets, and policy issues and founded energy and environment consultancies Climate Mitigation Works and Energy Edge. He also co-founded the clean energy venture Green Gas, and now focuses primarily on climate finance and adaptation economics. He is the creator of The Higher Ground Foundation's vulnerability reduction market concept. Karl is responsible for strategic oversight of Higher Ground, research and development, and is Higher Ground’s senior spokesperson.
Roland is a successful entrepreneur and has been working as an executive in the clean energy and oil and gas industries for more than 15 years. He is the founder and Managing Partner of Entrenergy Partners Limited, an advisory firm focused on Energy, Natural Resources and Entrepreneurship, working on selected early stage companies in the clean technology space. Prior to that, he initiated and co-founded Green Gas International where he was Managing Director and a member of the Executive Committee for more than 5 years, growing the company from the start-up phase to a profitable company with EUR 60 million turnover and 450 employees. Roland is responsible for the overall management, commercial aspects and growth of Higher Ground, providing leadership and structure.
Linus Adler, Co-Founder
Linus is a Climate and Energy Analyst responsible for management and analytical modeling and databases development. He has been involved in all phases of the consultative process, collaborating with sources and authorities within the climate and energy fields to develop insights and analysis on carbon credit baseline setting, down-scaled climate outputs for impacts assessments, and proposed frameworks for energy investment decisions. For Higher Ground, Linus is contributing technical analysis and modeling of the impacts of climate change on societal and economic well-being to establish baselines, monitoring and additionality criteria.
Brendan Tapley is an experienced consultant with a background in project management of economic development, climate adaptation and carbon mitigation projects. He previously worked as a senior consultant at URS/Scott Wilson and currently works as an energy and business development consultant at PowerPerfector. Brendan specialises in the economics and finance of climate change, and is volunteering to help develop a framework for identifying and managing Higher Ground research needs, with particular focus on the economics underpinning the creation of a new public good based on a tradeable credit mechanism for climate change adaptation funding. Brendan is actively engaged in thought leadership activities including frequent article writing in industry magazines, and an active member of the Environmental Industries Commission, Net Impact (London Professional) Leadership Team and the Engineers Without Borders (UK) sustainability team.
A former archaeologist and currently lead Development Manager for the sustainability programmes of the private sector think-tank Tomorrow's Company, Neil is volunteering to develop relationships with private sector clients, charitable foundations and governments for Higher Ground. Having worked with a wide range of companies, government departments and NGOs on business strategy and climate change adaptation, Neil is familiar with the issues companies face when attempting to tackle the various threats of climate change. Outside of Tomorrow's Company, Neil works in a voluntary capacity with the UNFCCC private sector initiative team on adaptation issues, and has supported the work of the Cafe Direct Foundation.
Fawn Glen has extensive experience working with various industrial and energy entities, both large multinational corporations and small-medium size start-up companies. Fawn's successful career focused on business development and strategy formulation especially on Chinese market entry and expansion and in particular in the renewable energy sector. She is also an expert on sustainability issues and sustainable development. Fawn is directing Higher Ground's project development activities.
Jonathan Young has thirty years experience in the insurance sector, of which twenty-five have been in the credit, political and financial risk insurance fields and the most recent five years specialising in carbon market risks, joining Munich Re in June 2008. Most of this time has been as an underwriter for or independent underwriting consultant to UK and international insurance companies and Lloyd's syndicates. He has also acted as an arbitrator and an expert witness. Jonathan provides a risk management perspective on Higher Ground products and services.
We wish to thank our volunteers and the many people that graciously have been helping us; dedicating their valuable time and efforts to develop Higher Ground.
Our special appreciation goes to:
Raymond Yu @www.dongrunmedia.com for designing our corporate identity, such as our company logo and corporate colour scheme.
Bärbel Fahrmeir @www.be-wired.com for designing, implementing and hosting our website.
We also wish to thank Richard Atkinson, Matthew Baca, Clark Talkington, Jonathan Young and anonymous reviewers of our concept paper, for sharing their knowledge and experience. We are no doubt omitting many others who have been helpful. Acknowledging all these people does not mean that they endorse Higher Ground, but it does mean we thank them for their contributions.
Thank you for your continued support.