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Louis Redshaw

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James Blunt

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Anil Akalin

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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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Heidy Rehman

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Peter Albin

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Tiffany Cheung

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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.

James Blunt

James Blunt is Head of Offsetting for Plannet Zero and Head of New Markets at Redshaw Advisors. He has worked in the environmental markets since 1998. Prior to joining Redshaw Advisors, he helped launch and manage the Environment Exchange at OM Group, set up and ran the environmental broking desk (compliance and voluntary carbon plus renewables) at Marex Spectron for 10 years. He also spent 10 years in renewable energy origination, finance and operation.

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.

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.

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

Tiffany’s interest in the voluntary carbon market is oriented toward the offsetting methods and projects at the root of all carbon credits. Tiffany is therefore primarily responsible for producing material that bridges clients, project developers and verifying bodies.

A background in exploring alternative food systems, climate change mitigation and representation, atmospheric science, and psychogeography has given Tiffany a bird’s eye view of the issues tackled by environmental markets. This is used to reach out to a range of sectors lacking a carbon-specific perspective and bring the team’s expertise into events or speaking engagements.

Outside of work, Tiffany can often be found losing track of time on a walk or at a museum.

Peter Albin

Peter is Plannet Zero’s Research Analyst.

He is responsible for analysing and evaluating the sector’s key market drivers, pricing and outlook – across all sub-sectors and geographies.

Outside of work, Peter is often taking on a challenge. Recently, he completed a half ironman race at Hever Castle.

Heidy Rehman

Heidy Rehman is the Head of Environmental Markets Research, Marketing & PR for Plannet Zero and Redshaw Advisors. She is also a Non-Executive Director for the Small Business Commissioner – a part of the UK Government’s Department of Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy.

Prior to joining Redshaw Advisors, Heidy was the Chief Operating Officer at the Biometrics Institute. Previously, she was founder and CEO of sustainable womenswear brand, Rose & Willard.

For most of her career, Heidy was a senior equity analyst at Citi where she achieved unrivalled top rankings in the Institutional Investor and Extel surveys.

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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