ICROA'S EXECUTIVE MANAGEMENT TEAM:
Chair: Jonathan Shopley
Jonathan Shopley is Managing Director at Natural Capital Partners with a focus on the company’s engagement with national and international climate policy development. He joined the company, trading then as FutureForests, as CEO in 2001 to initiate its evolution to a leading international provider of services delivering positive impact for clients in the areas of climate, energy, water, and biodiversity.
He was one of the founders of the International Carbon Reduction and Offset Alliance and the UK’s first All Party Parliamentary Group on Climate Change; and is a board member of the International Emissions Trading Association. He chairs a community renewable energy cooperative in the South of England.
Jonathan began his career in South Africa conducting environmental and social impact assessments and designing pollution mitigation programmes for some of the world’s largest mining projects. After settling in the UK in 1983, he joined John Elkington Associates (now SustainAbility Ltd) and worked with leading research organisations and businesses taking early action on sustainable development issues. In the ten years before joining Natural Capital Partners, Jonathan was a Managing Director of the Global Environment and Risk Consulting business of the management and technology consulting company Arthur D. Little.
Jonathan has a BSc in Civil Engineering and MSc in Environmental Science from the University of Cape Town, and an MBA from the London Business School.
Chair: Sandeep Roy Choudhury
Sandeep is a co-founder at VNV Advisory Services, a social enterprise working with communities & climate change. He is also a director at "Carbon Initiative Forum", a non-profit working on climate change awareness. He heads VNV’s ownership on low carbon social development projects such as sustainable agriculture, social forestry, clean cooking, rural energy access and waste management. His work encompasses over 4 million rural households across the South Asia region and over 40 NGOs and implementation partners. He has worked in the carbon markets for over a decade and has extensive experience with Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) and Voluntary Carbon Reduction (VCR) projects worldwide. He has recently been working with multiple stakeholders for the development of domestic carbon markets across Asia.
He plays an advisory role to over 100 companies and non-profits for sustainability and climate related affairs. He also holds positions in the board of multiple NGOs across the South Asia region. Sandeep has over 15 years of industry experience in various fields, with 6 years dedicated to the consulting business. He has a degree in electronics and is a certified auditor for various sustainability standards such as the forest stewardship council and is a certified sustainability assessor by the Confederation of Indian Industries. He also has a fellowship from Salzburg Global.
ICROA'S EXECUTIVE Secretariat:
Managing Director: Andrea Abrahams
Andrea is a former Director for Energy Transition at BP and head of BP Target Neutral. As head of BP Target Neutral, Andrea led a world-class carbon management programme developing carbon reduction and offsetting programmes for BP and its customers. Andrea helped BP develop many industry firsts, including the offsetting programmes for the London 2012 Olympics & Paralympics and the FIFA Brazil World Cup in 2014.
Previously Andrea was instrumental in setting up BP’s Strategic Partnering business, establishing 20 global strategic collaborations with many of the world’s largest corporations. As Director for the Energy Transition she helped BP develop their net zero strategy mainly focussed on the Downstream business. Andrea left BP in 2020 to work independently to support companies’ journey to net zero.
Programme Director: Antoine Diemert
Antoine joined ICROA in April 2017. He has a background in corporate finance and worked as an analyst at Kepler Cheuvreux in Geneva before joining ICROA. In this role he originated and executed mandates in the following fields: mergers & acquisitions, debt capital markets, equity capital markets. He previously worked for the UniCredit Group in Vienna and Paris where he helped set up a partnership with French asset manager Amundi and assisted Senior Bankers in their mandates with European corporates. Antoine holds a Master of Finance from ESSCA, France. In 2016 he obtained a certificate in climate and renewable energy finance from the Frankfurt School - UNEP Collaborating Centre for Climate & Sustainable Energy Finance.
Communications Director: Lukasz Biernacki
Lukasz joined ICROA in September 2021 and is a Strategic Communications expert with over a decade of experience in helping businesses and organisations communicate their vision through storytelling and compelling engagement strategies. Previously, he worked with international brands, multilateral organisations including the UN and EU, environmental NGOs as well as climate-focused multi-stakeholder initiatives. Lukasz’s educational background is in Business & Psychology (LondonMet), and International Politics (University of London).