Advisory Board

Agendi’s advisory board, built from renowned global industry experts, keeps our clients and us at the forefront of climate and sustainability.

Dawn Emling

Dawn Emling has 20+ years of experience in the overlapping sectors of Environmental, Social & Governance (ESG), Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and international development. Dawn is currently the Head of Sustainability Initiatives at Lincoln Financial Group. Previously she served as Head of Sustainability & CSR Strategy for Thomson Reuters where she designed and led two global platforms: the ESG Footprint Committee and the ESG Institute. From 2010 to 2016 Dawn led a consulting firm specialized in sustainability and served as COO of a social impact startup. Between 2006 and 2010, she held two leadership positions with Credit Suisse as the Head of Sustainability in EMEA and the Head of Community Investment & Sustainability in Asia. Early in her career, she was a Senior Advisor to the United States Agency for International Development with a focus on democracy, human rights and civic participation.

Frank Van Gansbeke

Frank acquired more than 30 years of global Senior Executive experience within the Corporate Finance and Capital Markets fields at BNP Paribas. As Professor of the Practice at Middelbury College, Franck teaches “Capital Markets”, “Investments” and “Introduction to Finance”. He mentors at their entrepreneurial program and acts as faculty advisor to their Student Investment Committee. In 2019, Frank was awarded the Student Advisor Award. Frank mentors and board advises companies and NGOs on the nexus of Sustainable Development and Fintech. In 2020, Frank co-established the Sustainable Finance Unconference series, a quarterly platform where prominent Sustainable Finance peers present their recent contributions in the space. Frank is a regular contributor to Forbes online.

Dr. Michael Gillenwater

Michael is a leading expert on climate change and renewable energy, with a specific focus on greenhouse gas (GHG) measurement, reporting, and verification (MRV) issues. He has dedicated his career to the development of the policies and infrastructure needed to produce highly credible environmental information that can serve as the basis of market and other compliance mechanisms. He is a lead author of four Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) reports over 20 years and has participated in the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) process as a negotiator and then expert for over two decades.

He is the founding co-Editor-in-Chief of the journal Carbon Management, published by Taylor & Francis. Michael earned his doctorate from the Princeton School of Public and International Affairs. He has a master’s from the University of Sussex, where he was a Fulbright Scholar. He has two additional master’s degrees from MIT in environmental engineering, as well as a bachelor’s in mechanical engineering from Texas A&M University.

Victoire Carous

For the last ten years, Victoire has worked around consumer businesses at the crossroads of better-for-you-better-for-the-planet food and e-commerce, in Europe and in Asia. First as an investor for Verlinvest, a family-owned private-equity fund, and then leading acquisitions and integrations for Ecotone, the leading organic food group of brands in Europe.

After graduating in Business Administration and in Political Sciences at the Free University of Brussels (ULB) in Belgium, Victoire worked for five years for McKinsey. She also holds an MBA from Kellogg. Victoire is optimistic about the future as she sees rapid changes in consumer preferences in favor of sustainability considerations, and companies waking up to the opportunity. Victoire is also an advisor to Quadia Regenero, an impact investment fund in Geneva investing into the regenerative economy.

Hui Wen Chan

Hui is the Director of Sustainability at Crusoe, a clean computing infrastructure reducing the environmental impact of the digital economy. Previously, she worked as Director of Sustainability at Spin, a mobility company leading cross-functional initiatives aimed at reducing emissions, enhancing sustainability, and encouraging mode shift away from cars for short trips. Hui was also the climate risk lead for Citi’s Environmental and Social Risk Management team and the ESG strategy & reporting lead in Citi’s Corporate Sustainability team, where she led the development of Citi’s first climate disclosure reports. She also served as the North America Representative on the UN Environment Program Finance Initiative (UNEP FI) Banking Committee (2016-2020). Before transitioning to focus on sustainability and environmental impact, she was the Impact Analytics and Planning Officer at the Citi Foundation. Hui splits time between New York City and San Francisco. She received an A.B. in Economics from Harvard College and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

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