An expert jury

A jury composed of experts will evaluate and award the most innovative, viable, impactful and engaging project/concept.

The award jury will draw on extensive field experience in applying innovative solutions for climate finance. The jury will compose of no more than five (5) representatives from the climate finance space and with a combined knowledge of investments in the climate finance, knowledge of challenges faced by established partner institutions, innovation concepts, tools and resources, and project planning.

Judith Brandsma

Trained in economics (MA, Erasmus University Rotterdam) and business administration (MBA, INSEAD, Fontainebleau, France), Ms. Brandsma has over 25 years experience in global development finance working as staff of and/or advisor to various international development finance organizations such as World Bank, EBRD and KfW. Building on her vast hands-on experience in the field, she is currently active in a more hands-off way in various investment advisory committees for international impact investment funds as well as in supervisory board positions. She has been a member of the Investment Committee of GCPF since mid-2015 and is currently also chair of GCPF’s Technical Assistance Committee.

“Having been – with one year hiatus – on the GCPF Award jury since its inception, I am excited to be on the jury this year again because the award this time focuses on the future instead of past achievements as was the case in the previous years. The recent IPCC report urges use to take more and bolder steps to mitigate climate change if we want to achieve our goal for 2030 of 1.5 degree Celsius reduction. Innovation in decarbonization is key and this is also the case for climate finance by CGPF’s partners. Knowing the portfolio very well and having been privy to GCPF’s partners’ achievements in climate finance in the past, I can’t wait to see what they propose to us for the future in order to jump-start further climate change mitigation efforts”.

Áine Callington
Director Asset Management Change, M&G Plc

Áine is the Head of Asset Management Transformation and Change at M&G PLc; M&G Plc is a FTSE 100 listed leading savings and investments business with a heritage dating back more than 170 years and expertise in managing investments for both individual and large institutional investors such as pension funds around the world.

Áine is responsible for the design and delivery of all change across the asset management business; key areas of focus include Front Office (public and private), Sustainability, Product Delivery, Regulatory change, Operational transformation and the international growth agenda.

With an extensive background in strategy and transformation within Financial Services, Áine has played a key role in the development and delivery of numerous strategically important business initiatives including significant outsourcing, cost transformation, new business launches as well as leading the merger and subsequent de-merger to independently list M&G Plc.

Taylla Scapim
Business Innovation Manager @rA

Taylla is a Business Innovation Manager at responsibility. She holds a MSc in Environmental Sciences from Ecole Polytechnique France and currently completing a MAS in Strategic Design at the Zurich School of Arts. Taylla strategically combines her know-how in technologies and facilitation to envision and design impactful projects. Taylla is known as go-to person when it comes to solution-oriented workshops, facilitation methods and creative/people centred design.

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Daniel de Lange

Daniel has over 30 years’ experience in finance and investment in developed and emerging markets.  He was a Managing Director with JPMorgan Chase based in New York, Jakarta, and Hong Kong and led multidisciplinary teams originating, advising, and executing cross-border transactions.  

He was a member of the management team and board of directors of a London-listed company focused on development of and investment in renewable energy projects.  He has extensively acted as advisor to different companies and projects, principally in Asia-Pacific, focused on strategic advice, transaction implementation, and capital raising.

He is on the Investment Committees of responsAbility’s Climate Change as well as Agriculture / Food funds. Additionally, he is involved in risk related matters.  On behalf of Norfund, he is on the board of a publicly listed bank in Bangladesh.  Separately, he undertakes advisory services to companies and transactions.

Prior to his MBA, Daniel was involved in economic development with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) stationed in Laos and Bangladesh.  

Daniel holds an MBA from Columbia University in New York, and an LL.M in Civil Law from Leiden University in the Netherlands. He speaks several languages, including advanced intermediate Mandarin.

Rio Leipold

Rio Leipold is a Freelance - Business and Design Strategy Specialist supporting organizations to use design as part of their strategy to transform their business. He has been working for many years in the Berlin start-up scene as a system architect and innovation consultant. He holds a Master of Science in Aeronautical Engineering from University of Applied Sciences, Hamburg and a HPI from the School of Design Thinking. Rio has over 20 years’ experience in using engineering and strategy to support clients with workshop facilitation, co-creation and project development.

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