Michael started his career in 2001 as an environmental markets and regulations analyst, and in 2003 with partners started WHEB Ventures, one of the UK’s first cleantech venture capital funds, which became WHEB Group managing circa $500M of sustainability investments in venture capital, debt finance and listed equities. In 2009, he left WHEB Group to focus full-time on two land based Romanian sustainability businesses; in real estate including eco-tourism, and in the dairy sector. Originally working with the IFC/GEF to establish a regional sustainable development initiative focused on agriculture, tourism and a protected area (the ADEPT project), which later became an independent NGO, the ADEPT Foundation. Michael has served as an advisor to policy makers, corporates and NGOs on sustainability policy, finance and strategy, and is also chair of the SEM Charitable Trust a UK grant maker supporting US and UK groups working on climate change.
Assistant Director, Stand for Trees
Peter previously worked as a Policy Analyst on international forest legality issues and co-managed a multi-stakeholder initiative driven to reduce illegal logging by increasing awareness and support for legally sourced timber and forest products. Peter earned a M.S. in Human Dimensions of Natural Resources from the Colorado State University, where he focused on conservation and authored an analysis of communication and conflict between fishers and management organizations regarding the implementation of a responsible fishing program in Chiapas, Mexico. Peter also served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in the Dominican Republic and as an AmeriCorps Team Leader in Alaska with the Southeast Alaska Guidance Association. Prior to national service, Peter earned a B.A in Media Studies from the Pennsylvania State University.
Program & Production Coordinator, Code REDD
Natalie, a San Francisco native, is a graduate from Columbia University in the City of New York with a Master of Science degree in Social Work and Non Profit Management. Prior to earning her Master’s degree, she has worked and interned with several organizations including Global Citizen, The Global Poverty Project, Make it Happy, The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in Paris, The U.S. House of Representatives and the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) in Nairobi. She has her Bachelor’s degree in International Affairs and Human Services from Northeastern University in Boston where she also earned a minor in Sociology. Natalie has studied and lived abroad in France, Thailand, India and Kenya focusing on areas of international development, sustainability and transnational activism.
Founder, Code REDD
Mike is the founder of Code REDD, which is a natural outgrowth of his previous work using innovative market-based mechanisms to save wilderness and protect biodiversity. Mike is the founder and CEO of Wildlife Works, a leading REDD project developer, whose “Kasigau Corridor REDD Project” in 2011 became the first REDD project in the World to achieve successful Verified Carbon Standard (VCS) and Climate Community and Biodiversity Standard (CCB) validation and verification. Prior to founding Wildlife Works, Mike co-founded and built one of the leading management consulting companies in the U.S., Axiom Management Consulting, which was successfully sold in 1995 to Cambridge Technology Partners [Novell], a Nasdaq company.