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Louis Redshaw

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Bill Goldie

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Anil Akalin

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Nicola Steen

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Sam Hope

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Arthur Wace

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Thiago Gentile

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Michael Jacobs

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Roxanne Girven

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Heidy Rehman

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Peter Albin

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Tiffany Cheung

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Karol Piorkowski

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Sena Gunes

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Louis Redshaw

Louis Redshaw is founder and CEO of Plannet Zero’s parent company Redshaw Advisors. He established and led the Environmental Markets team at Barclays Bank plc for ten years, centred on client needs and involving short and long-term transactions internationally.

In 2006 Louis created, and perhaps more importantly, shared with the global trading community, standardised trading documentation that allowed the secondary Certified Emissions Reduction (CER) market to trade transparently. Louis later repeated the initiative in the US by standardising terms that led to the first trades in California Carbon Allowances. He continues to promote transparency as he leads Redshaw Advisors.

Louis has fought hard to protect the integrity of carbon markets, most notably with his prominent stance on VAT fraud, carbon credit theft and the mis-selling of Verified Emission Reductions (VERs) as investments to vulnerable individuals. Louis assumed a leadership role in educating peer financial companies and various authorities including the European Commission, UK Treasury, the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) and HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) on the problems and potential solutions. In relation to VAT fraud and mis-selling of VERs, Louis has appeared in court as an expert witness for the prosecution side of both civil and criminal cases.

Bill Goldie

Bill Goldie, Head of Offsetting for Plannet Zero, has been a keen environmentalist since 2003 when he set up electronic component refurbishing operations in Asia, Mexico and Brazil. Bill started working in the carbon markets in 2010 establishing Carbon350’s Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) origination and brokerage division. He worked with various project developers in Asia registering over 30 CDM projects.

Since joining Redshaw Advisors Ltd in 2019, Bill has grown the voluntary carbon markets division and manages the carbon neutrality and offsetting requirements for small, medium and large enterprises and corporates. Bill’s team won several categories in Environmental Finance’s annual carbon and renewable energy awards during 2020. Bill has spoken on behalf of the company at several carbon conferences.

Anil Akalin

Anil Akalin is Head of Renewables for Plannet Zero. Anil started working in the renewable energy markets in 2001 at ABB, moving to Alstom-GE and then was Energy Country Segment Director at Securitas. She also worked with project developers, as an energy consultant, Board Member, investor and owner. She has been involved in various stages of project development, helping bring online over 6000MW of renewable energy in Georgia, Lebanon, USA (Texas) and in several European countries.

Since joining Redshaw Advisors Ltd in 2019, Anil has grown the renewable energy division, helping small, medium, and large corporates to build and realise green business models, guiding them through their renewable energy transitions. Anil’s team won Best Advisory in Renewable Energy Certificates Europe in Environmental Finance’s annual awards 2020.

Nicola Steen

Nicola Steen is Head of Partnerships for Plannet Zero. Nicola taught in Sudan for two years, cooking daily on charcoal, returned and was working with Michael Grubb at Chatham House when, in 1989, he was the first person globally to write about capping and trading greenhouse gas emissions as a way to address climate change. Energy and development needs in Sudan and solutions to reduce emissions were smartly brought together. Since then, she has helped design, build and develop carbon markets.

Working at the UK’s Association of Electricity Producers, Nicola was instrumental in bringing online the first pan-economy emissions trading scheme and the Renewables Obligation, which was a bedrock to the growth of UK renewable energy. Later at CO2e.com, the green arm of broker Cantor Fitzgerald, she headed up business development, helping many of the environmental markets to grow and mature and developing the business model for the company’s business in India and Africa.

She co-founded Green BEERS, networking for the British Energy Environment Renewables and Sustainability sector and has a wide network of professionals working on sustainable solutions and clean energy around the world. She appreciates varying business needs, understands environmental markets and has a strong appreciation of robust and sustainable emission reducing projects.

Sam Hope

Sam Hope brings an important understanding of SMEs to the Plannet Zero team. A serial entrepreneur with interests in agriculture, hospitality and live events, including a carbon neutral catering company, he understands the operational difficulties and supply chain complexities that small businesses face in the race to net zero. To tackle these issues, Sam joined a tech company dedicated to developing smart carbon footprinting software accessible to every business.

Driven with an ambition to help scale the voluntary carbon market and provide transparent access for everyone Sam joined Redshaw Advisors in May 2020. His previous experiences have helped Redshaw Advisors develop new products and launch the Plannet Zero initiative in early 2021, an initiative that will help organisations clearly understand the assignment of net zero.

Arthur Wace

Arthur Wace is a Sustainability Consultant for Redshaw Advisors Ltd. Arthur worked in the financial markets for five years, working with a mixture of large corporates and institutions, with a sole focus on risk management in capital markets.

Since then he has completed the CFA investment management certificate, which gave him some colour on modelling and the environmental markets, an essential market for the future. He brings his commitment, financial markets experience and enthusiasm for sustainable change to the Plannet Zero team.

Roxanne Girven

Roxanne is an Administrative Assistant for Plannet Zero. With the brightest and most ready smile on the PZ team, she has excellent interpersonal skills and specialises in all aspects of office administration. She is enjoying the new challenge of working with Plannet Zero to support SME’s on their low carbon journey. No two days are the same, which means that Roxanne can bring the team together to provide the best customer service possible.

Thiago Gentile

Thiago managed corporate accounts in the hospitality industry for some years. While running catering businesses, he learned the importance of establishing transparent relationships with suppliers. This is key to his work now as he shows companies how to implement shared environmental values across their supply chain.

After discovering that an average of 50,000 trees are cut every year for the only purpose of producing wrapping papers, Thiago co-founded WrapKind, which creates gift wraps from dead stock. In less than a year, his company has prevented 300kg of fabric going to landfill, helping companies reduce their scope 3 emissions.

He joined Plannet Zero to continue helping other companies achieve carbon neutrality and all-round sustainability.

Michael Jacobs

Michael Jacobs is a Business Development Manager with over ten years’ experience working with companies of various sizes and individuals at various levels, including C-level executives. Michael specialises in contacting potential clients to establish rapport and arrange meetings, planning and overseeing new marketing initiatives, researching organisations and individuals to find new opportunities, increasing the value of current customers while attracting new ones, finding, and developing new markets and improving sales.

Michael is an encouraging force in the workplace and uses his positive attitude and tireless energy to motivate others to work hard and succeed. Michael is inspired daily by his two daughters. In his free time, Michael likes to play and watch sport, reading, gardening and visiting places of interest.

Tiffany Cheung

Peter Albin

Heidy Rehman

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Karol Piorkowski

Silvio Occhino

Silvio joined Plannet Zero in January 2022 after 4 years’ experience in the energy space. He developed and nurtured relationship with a number of small, medium and large corporates over the years helping them to achieve both cost saving solutions for their business energy needs and renewable options to lead the way towards true sustainability. He has the drive to be a passionate and honest individual for what he does every day, this is what he likes the most about himself. He is a keen Ping Pong and sports lover.

Sena Gunes

Sena is a Business Development Manager for Renewable Energy at Redshaw Advisors, working to help our clients in their net zero journey by providing solutions including GOs, REGOs, RECs and advisory for their gas and electricity consumption.

Sena has more than 7 years of renewable energy and environmental market experience in the Turkish energy market undertaking various roles including the establishment of Turkish carbon markets, renewable energy project development, registration and trading of the environmental certificates for the voluntary market (I-REC, GS, VCS and eco-labeling), B2B and B2C renewable energy solutions, EV charging stations.

She is a big believer in sustainable value and a renewable energy enthusiast.

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