About us

About CSA Booster (CSAb)

We are a flagship initiative of Climate-KIC’s SLU programme

CSA Booster (CSAb) is Europe’s leading knowledge and innovation hub pioneering the transition to climate-smart agriculture, forestry and food across Europe, and around the world.  The ‘CSA’ in our title stands for climate-smart agriculture.

We work across European supply chains and partners with national, regional and international governments, research organisations, NGOs, entrepreneurs and big business to unlock climate-smart innovation in Europe’s farming, forestry and food sectors.

By reshaping the EU’s farming and food production systems for the future we aim to cut global emissions, boost productivity and biodiversity, grow the low carbon economy and drive global sustainable development.

Established in 2015, CSA Booster is a flagship initiative of Climate-KIC’s Sustainable Land Use programme, sponsored by EIT, a body of the European Union. It is committed to developing into a self-sustainable organisation by 2020 and diversifying its funding.

At the moment, CSAb has a portfolio of over 30 CSA solutions under development.


Our mission

Agriculture contributes 14 per cent of global GHG emissions and is a crucial sector to adopt sustainable, resilient, climate-smart practices.

As one of the world’s largest food producing blocs, Europe’s 12 million farmers, 380,000 forestry owners, its food producers and food retailers all have a vital role to play in delivering to global food security, energy security, climate and UN sustainable development goals (SDGs).

Accelerating climate-smart technology and innovation in European agriculture not only helps EU farmers mitigate and adapt to climate change but has positive impacts on global food production and sustainable land use elsewhere in the world. Agriculture and forestry are the main industry sectors capturing meaningful amounts of CO2 from the atmosphere.

CSA Booster is committed to creating a European agriculture sector that:

  • is adaptive and increasingly resilient to climate change, while maintaining high productivity;
  • contributes significantly to climate change mitigation by enabling the reduction or removal of greenhouse gas emissions;
  • can scale climate-smart agricultural best practice not only across Europe, but beyond it.

By 2020, the CSA Booster will work with its ecosystem partners to:

  • Boost agricultural productivity by facilitating investment to improve crop productivity and boost agricultural yields through better use of resources, innovation and cutting food waste
  • Boost climate mitigation efforts by reducing and sequestering global green-house gas (GHG) emissions from agriculture and food supply chains (especially CO2, methane and nitrous oxide)
  • Boost climate adaptation and food security by encouraging sustainable land use and agricultural practices; building farm and forest resilience to climate change and extreme weather events
  • Boost education and understanding of climate-smart agriculture, innovation and best practice

How CSA Booster works

CSA Booster (CSAb) unlocks investment, innovation and collaboration across all aspects of food production and consumption to incubate, accelerate, demonstrate and scale climate-smart solutions for the EU’s agricultural sector.

CSA Booster is led by a group of pioneering agricultural and climate research institutions, companies and experts in climate impact assessment, business model development and policy analysis. Our primary focus is to fill the gap between supply and demand for CSA innovation by incubating scalable approaches and technologies, then helping to bring them to market.

Our ecosystem of diverse CSA partners helps us to identify and assess innovative climate-smart solutions and promote better understanding of CSA.  We promote innovation and investment in climate-smart technologies, and accelerate the adoption of scaleable climate-smart solutions, such as micro-finance and insurance.  Our knowledge and investment helps take research solutions out of the lab and into the field, scale them and support them towards full commercialisation.

Here are a few of the ways we do this:

  • we provide access to a diverse network of CSA experts, solution providers and other CSA stakeholders
  • we focus on testing/co-design and scaling of CSA solutions
  • we cover innovation stages from ideation to demonstration and scaling
  • we cover focus-areas such as soil and ecosystem adaptation, wine and dairy value chains and urban agriculture
  • we provide co-funding and other de-risking mechanisms
  • we share knowledge and understanding of CSA techniques, technology and best practice

Get involved

Please follow us on twitter at @CSABooster and on LinkedIn to hear about our latest reports, news and events.  If you are an innovator, business or research institution rethinking our farming and food systems, we’d love to hear from you.

For membership, sponsorship, collaborative research and business opportunities please contact Pan Pan – Flagship Manager, Climate-Smart Agriculture Booster, and Deputy Director, Sustainable Land Use theme, Climate-KIC at pan.pan@climate-kic.org.

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Meet our international team

The CSA Booster works across European agri-food value chains with a multi-stakeholder ecosystem of partners including national, regional and international governments, and over 50 leading EU research organisations, farmer organizations and businesses.

The CSA Booster is led by a group of leading experts from European agricultural and climate research institutions and the private sector.  Meet our international team of experts:

Management Team (Partner Leads)

Dr. Camilla Chieco
Dr. Camilla Chieco works as PhD Research Associate at the Italian National Research Council, Institute of Biometeorology, where she collaborates with the team on Micrometeorology, Ecophysiology and Productivity of natural and agricultural systems.

Camilla is currently involved in research activities related to implementation of innovative solutions for sustainable agriculture, with focus on the impact of agricultural policies (RDP) in the development of a coherent support system for Climate Smart Agriculture. She is also engaged in research focused on the innovative use of insects as a sustainable protein source for feed production. She is currently curator of "research news" for the Agriculture magazine, a bi-monthly edition of Emilia Romagna Region.

Camilla graduated with PhD in Agricultural Science from the Department of Agroenvironmental Science – Entomology of University of Bologna, (Italy), she is specialized in insect physiology and anatomy, with expertise in insect reading, biological assay and insecticide resistance; her areas of interest include plant physiology and eco-physiology related to the emission of Volatile Organic Compound.
David Lunsford
David Lunsford is a Co-Founder and Head of Development for CARBON DELTA, a pioneering research firm that has developed a forward-looking climate change risk assessment metric for financial institutions. As such, David designs risk assessment methodologies, manages a team of analysts, oversees and validates analytical results and manages client relationships.

He previously worked for several years on greenhouse gas trading issues in Europe and China, supporting large companies in managing climate risks associated with the transition to a low carbon economy.

David possesses several years of experience bringing diverse stakeholders together on varying levels, encouraging new climate change strategies that make sense for business, investors and policymakers alike.
Matthieu Arnoult
Matthieu Arnoult is currently the lead partner for the CSA Booster at Reading University, responsible for the Education task. This involves developing educational tools such as massive open online courses in order to engage wider audiences with the consequences of climate change on farming, what adaptation and mitigation tools are available, and how to make agriculture more sustainable in the future.

He is an academic with a dual background in life sciences and economics. Matthieu has a master’s degree in plant physiology as well as agronomy, and a PhD in agricultural economics.

Matthieu has spent over 10 years applying econometric modelling tools to issues ranging from EU set-aside regulations to herd disease management, alcohol pricing and environmental evaluation. He was awarded 2 postdoctoral research fellowships: on cognitive biases as determinants of consumer food demand and how to segment the population in order to better target dietary policy intervention; and how shifting consumer demand for healthy foods might affect land use and the rural environment.

Matthieu has also worked as an animal health economist for the Scottish Agricultural College, as well as a short-term consultant for the World Bank and a short period as a sessional lecturer in economics.
Tilmann Silber
Tilmann Silber is Director Sustainable Supply Chains at South Pole Group (SPG). He leads SPG’s work on insetting, climate-smart agriculture (CSA), deforestation-free supply chains and water. He has overseen SPG’s insetting portfolio since 2013. His track record includes the management of several insetting portfolios on behalf of clients, of Climate-KIC’s CSA Booster a multi-stakeholder programme promoting CSA in Europe, a large-scale water program in East Africa and one of the world’s largest REDD+ projects in Zimbabwe.

Tilmann’s extensive experience includes a wide range of crops (dairy, palm oil, coffee, cotton, sugar, cocoa, flowers and others) and countries (Bolivia, Colombia, Germany, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Malawi, Nicaragua, Paraguay, Switzerland, Tanzania, Turkey, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe). Tilmann’s focus is on enabling collective action along supply chains, including the design, financing, monitoring and implementation of such initiatives. He holds a M.Sc. from ETH Zurich, a CAS from St. Gallen University, and has received several academic awards for his research.
Suzanne Reynders
Suzanne Reynders has a background in science and management and is currently Senior Advisor for Public Private Partnership at the Scientific Directorate for Environment at INRA, the French National Institute for Agricultural Research.

Suzanne started her career as a research scientist and has a PhD in plant breeding, specialising in fruit trees and roses. In 1999, she enrolled the Master of Management at SKEMA Business School to focus her career on helping scientists establish public private partnerships at a pan-European scale which framed her career within two of France’s leading national research institutes, INRIA and INRA.

At INRIA Sophia Antipolis Méditerranée (the French National Research Institute for computer science and applied mathematics), Suzanne managed partnerships with more than 500 researchers and engineers. She also coordinated Challenge Jeunes Pousses, a business-plan competition for teams of engineers and management students and established INRIA’s first International Research Staff Exchange Scheme (IRSES) Marie Curie programme. 

At INRA, Suzanne moved from the Valorisation Directorate (now Partnership and Innovation Directorate) in 2012, to join the Scientific Directorate for Environment developing Public Private Partnerships and coordinates INRA’s participation in Climate-KIC.

Suzanne has a strong track-record managing multiple projects involving diverse stakeholder groups and has facilitated several strategic corporate partnerships for Climate-KIC's community, most recently with Danone. She has been closely involved in the creation of Climate-KIC’s flagship CSA Booster programme and is leading development of its ground-breaking “Agrisource” Open Innovation Platform (OIP).
Dr. Martin Lukac
Dr Martin Lukac is Associate Professor (Agriculture) at Reading University, teaching students about the countryside and the environment, forestry and woodlands, environmental management, and carbon management. He has a wealth of experience in climate change, carbon accounting and sustainability issues. 

Martin’s research focuses on effects of changing environment on plants and soils, including the responses of managed and natural ecosystems to stress factors. Martin has considerable knowledge of the terrestrial ecosystems’ role in climate change mitigation and of ecosystem carbon storage and cycling. Key areas of research expertise include forest ecology, system diversity and agroforestry.
Dr. Emiel Wubben
Dr Emiel F.M. Wubben is Associate Professor in Strategic Management at Wageningen University, and Research Fellow at the research school (WASS) where he specializes in strategic management of biobased companies, with a focus on horticulture and biorefineries.

Emiel’s primary research interest is in facilitating profitable transitions towards a sustainable biobased economy. Emiel is partner in ARBOR (EU-Interreg Strategic Initiative 2010-2015) and an external expert for strategic proposals to the Research Council of Norway (RCN).

He was a prime or co-organisor of the Wageningen International Conference on Chain and Network Management (WICaNeM) ii 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010.

Emiel’s award-winning educational research work is regularly pulished in a broad variety of food and agriculture reports, books, journals, magazines and industry circulars.

Emiel was Assistant Professor at the Rotterdam School of Management (1993-2000), and taught at Tilburg University, Leiden University, and Texas A&M.

He has a Doctorate in Economics (Tinbergen Institute), and a MSc in Theoretical Economics (Erasmus University).
Morten Gylling
Morten Gylling is a senior consultant at the Department of Food and Resource Economics (IFRO), University of Copenhagen.

Morten is an expert in sustainable development and bioeconomics and leads IFRO's Bioeconomy Group. The group conducts applied research and public sector advisory work across a broad range of bioeconomy issues. Its R&D activities are mainly based on sustainable value chain approaches with key focus on food and feed, as well as fibre and biomaterials.

Morten is interested in new technologies which enhance productivity and sustainability in primary production and processing like bio-refineries and regularly leads interdisciplinary cooperation with other faculties, research institutions, and industry.

Steering Committee

Dr. Federica Rossi
Dr. Federica Rossi is Senior Researcher at the Italian National Research Council, Institute of Biometeorology, where she is leading the team on Micrometeorology, Ecophysiology and Productivity of natural and agricultural systems. She was elected 2010 Vice President Commission Agricultural Meteorology Word Meteorological Organization, reconfirmed up to 2018.

She was Italian National Delegate in the Management Committee of Cost Action 734 “Impacts of Climate Change and Variability on European Agriculture” and Cost Action 718 “Meteorological Applications in Agriculture”. She was also Team Leader of WMO CAgM’s Expert Team on Techniques for Agroclimatic Characterization and Sustainable Land Management, and Team Leader of the ICT OPAG 2- Support System for Agrometeorological Services.

She is currently involved as a Member of CGs Integrated Global Observing Systems WIGOS and Global Framework Climate Services GFCS, and member of RAVI WG Climate and Hydrology. Dr Rossi represents Italy at ISHS, is Member of the Editorial Board of the Italian Journal of Agrometeorology, Web Editor and founding Member of the International Society of Agrometeorology. She is member of the SC Technology Innovation in Agro-food System Lab, HTN Emilia Romagna, part of cross cutting group Environment/Sustainability-3S Smart Specialization Strategies.
Dr. Mary Ritter OBE
Mary is Professor Emeritus at Imperial College London and International Ambassador for EIT Climate-KIC (Europe), and is Interim Chair of the Board of Climate-KIC Australia Ltd. She currently chairs the Steering Committee of the Climate Smart Agriculture Booster Flagship.

From 2010-2014, Mary was founding CEO of EIT Climate-KIC – Europe’s leading public-private partnership addressing climate change – guiding it from inception to its current community of >200 partners from academia, business and regional/city government. In her current International Ambassador role, she is working to extend the global impact of the KIC model. In particular, in 2015-2016 she established and led a cross-sectorial team in Australia to develop the independent enterprise ‘Climate-KIC Australia’ - founded in December 2016.

Following a Doctorate in Immunology from Oxford University, Mary held academic posts in the USA and UK focussing on research into development of the immune system and published widely on this. She was Pro Rector (Pro Vice Chancellor) Postgraduate Affairs and then Pro Rector International Affairs at Imperial College London (2004-2011). Her two major projects in this latter role were the development of EIT Climate-KIC and the establishment of a joint medical school between Imperial College London and the Nanyang Technological University in Singapore (LKCMedicine).

She sits and has sat on many international and national committees including the National Research Foundation Fellowship Evaluation Panel in Singapore, European Universities Association (EUA) Institutional Evaluation Programme Panel of Experts, EUA Council for Doctoral Education, the German Excellence Initiative (Institutional Strategies) Evaluation Group, and the Programme Review Committee for the Cambridge-MIT Institute (CMI).

Mary is an elected Fellow of The Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (FRSA), Royal College of Pathologists (FRCPath), Royal Society of Biology (FRSB) and City and Guilds Institute (FCGI). She was awarded an OBE in the 2014 New Year Honours for her service to scientific research and innovation.
Naren Bhojaram
Naren Bhojaram is the Chief Operating Officer of Climate-KIC Netherlands. He has considerable management experience ranging from that of Divisional Director of technical teams to Regional Manager, to Director of Operations and to CEO of one of the largest consulting engineering companies in South Africa, a position he held for 6 good years.

His most recent position up to end of 2015 was that of Director of one of Royal Haskoning DHV’s eight business lines. Rivers, Deltas & Coasts focusing on Water Edge Development and Land Reclamation, Flood Risk Management, Water Security and, Hydropower and Dams, based in the Netherlands.

Naren also has a special affinity to business process improvement, meeting stakeholder expectations and uplifting disadvantaged communities during project execution.
Dr. Saskia Visser
Dr Saskia Visser is program leader of the Sustainable Land Use program at Wageningen Environmental sciences (WEnR) where she works on topics including Soil Health, Sustainable Food Production, Climate Smart Land Management, Land Use optimization and Data Management for Sustainable Land Use.

Saskia is one of the founders of Climate-KIC’s flagship programme CSA Booster, and develops the Soil-Food-City Nexus program for the Flevocampus. In her research, Saskia integrates physical process-based research with social learning and participatory policy development.
Seán Cleary
Seán Cleary is Chairman, Strategic Concepts (Pty) Ltd; Founder, FutureWorld Foundation, and a Director of Companies.

He on the Faculty of the Parmenides Foundation; chairs the Advisory Board of the Global Economic Symposium, is a Board member of the Salzburg Global Seminar, and a Strategic Adviser to the World Economic Forum.

He studied social sciences and law and has an MBA from Henley. He served on the staff of the Commander Maritime Defence, before diplomatic service in Iran, the USA and Namibia, where he initiated negotiations between all political parties, the release of political prisoners and the adoption of a Bill of Rights before independence.

He served on the Facilitating and Preparatory Committees of the South African Peace Accord, chairing the Working Group on the Code of Conduct for Political Parties and Organizations; on the Executive of the NEPAD Business Steering Group; and as Senior Adviser to the Arab Business Council. Between 2003 and 2016, he served on the Boards of LEAD International, the International Foundation for Electoral Systems, Carbon War Room, Rocky Mountain Institute; and Operation Hope.

He has received public service awards, been published in academic journals, and co-authored Resilience to Risk (2006), and Global Risks (2007).
Dr. Bernd Uwe Schneider
Dr. Bernd Uwe Schneider is Head of Staff of the Scientific Executive Board at the Helmholtz Centre Potsdam – GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences, the National Lab for Geosciences in Germany. Uwe Schneider completed his degree in Forest Engineering at the Faculty of Forest Sciences in Göttingen in 1984 and was awarded a Ph.D. in Soil Sciences and Plant Nutrition at the University of Bayreuth.

He spent 5 years in Guatemala and Honduras as a Forest Expert for the German Technical Mission (GTZ). From 1995 to 2006 he worked at the Brandenburg University of Technology (BTU) in Cottbus where he headed the working groups on renewable energy production and alternative land-use systems, carbon storage, forest ecology and soil biology with special emphasis on root systems. At that time he initiated the establishment of Germany’s largest landscape laboratory on energy forests and agroforestry systems still forming the basis for ongoing research activities in close cooperation with local farmers.

Uwe Schneider has coordinated several EU and German joint research projects in addition to a number of basic research projects funded by the German Research Foundation and the Federal Ministry of Research and Education. He is member of the German Soil Science Society (DBG) and has lectured at both German and international study courses.
Daniel Zimmer
Daniel Zimmer has a global experience on climate and water related issues spanning from engineering to geopolitics and with a particular interest for innovation. He worked for several years (1988-2001) as a researcher and head of a research department in a French Public Research Centre (IRSTEA).

Between 2001 and 2009, Daniel was CEO of the World Water Council, an international umbrella organisation of the water sector based in Marseilles, France. He contributed to the development of this institution and to its triennial flagship event, the World Water Forum. During his time there, he developed political processes for Governments and Local Authorities, and managed projects on financial issues, climate, disasters related to water.

After a short period as a consultant to the UN and other international institutions, he joined the Climate Knowledge and Innovation Community (Climate-KIC) in 2010 as Director for Innovation. He developed and supervised the implementation of a portfolio of innovation activities aiming to accelerate the transition to a low carbon and climate-resilient economy and society. Since 2016, he has been Director of the Sustainable Land Use theme of Climate-KIC.

Advisory Board

Dr. Molly Jahn
Dr. Molly Jahn is a professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison where she holds appointments in the Department of Agronomy, the Center for Sustainability and the Global Environment, and the Global Health Institute. She is also appointed Joint Faculty at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) where she chairs the Scientific Advisory Committee of the Energy and Environmental Sciences Directorate. In 2014, she was named the first Lillian Martin fellow at the University of Oxford Martin School.

From 2006-2011, Dr. Jahn served as dean of the University of Wisconsin’s College of Agricultural and Life Sciences and Director of the Wisconsin Agricultural Experiment Station. In 2009-10, she was appointed Deputy and Acting Under Secretary of Research, Education and Economics at the U.S. Department of Agriculture where she oversaw the National Institutes of Food and Agriculture, the Agricultural Research Service, the Economic Research Service and the National Agricultural Statistical Service. She currently co-directs a major USDA grant on dairy sustainability, and leads a global research alliance aimed at catalyzing decision-relevant science and engineering to better characterize and manage systemic risk at the land/water/energy/human security nexus.

Dr. Jahn has lead research programs at the University of Wisconsin and Cornell University which produced crop varieties now grown commercially and for subsistence on six continents. She has >100 peer-reviewed publications and >60 active commercial licenses. She serves on numerous boards and scientific advisory panels around the world including the US National Academies of Science Board on Agriculture and Natural Resources. She consults globally for business, governments, philanthropic organizations, and international multi-lateral institutions focused on agriculture, food, life sciences and environment.

Dr. Jahn received the BA with Distinction in Biology from Swarthmore College, holds graduate degrees from MIT and Cornell University, was assistant, associate and full professor of Plant Breeding and Plant Biology at Cornell University from 1991-2008, and has received Honorary Doctor of Science degrees from Swarthmore College and Anglia Ruskin University.
Melchior de Muralt
Melchior de Muralt was born in 1960. He holds a PhD in political sciences from the University of Lausanne.

In 1988, he joined the Lombard Odier private bank, where he promoted the work of the Ethos Foundation for Sustainable Development. In 2001, he became a partner in the asset management firm Pury Pictet Turrettini & Co Ltd. in Geneva. At the same time, he helped found Blue Orchard Finance, a company specializing in the management of investment funds dedicated to the micro-finance industry, where he is currently Vice-Chairman.

Melchior is also President of Cadmos Fund Management, pioneers in shareholder engagement funds based on the principles of the United Nations Global Compact for corporate sustainability. He was elected to the ICRC Assembly in 2012 and a member of the ICRC Audit Commission. He is also chairman of the Joint Commission of the Empress Shôken Fund.
Professor Mark Howden
Mark Howden is the Director of the Climate Change Institute at the Australian National University. He is also an Honorary Professor at Melbourne University, School of Land and Food.

Mark’s work has focused on how climate impacts on, and innovative adaptation options for, systems we value: agriculture and food security, the natural resource base, ecosystems and biodiversity, energy, water and urban systems. He has also developed the national (NGGI) and international (IPCC/OECD) greenhouse gas inventories for the agricultural sector and assessed sustainable methods of reducing net greenhouse gas emissions from agriculture.

Mark has worked on climate variability, climate change, innovation and adoption issues for over 27 years in partnership with farmers, farmer groups, catchment groups, industry bodies, agribusiness, urban utilities and various policy agencies via both research and science-policy roles. Mark has over 390 publications of different types. He has been a major contributor to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Second, Third, Fourth and Fifth Assessment reports and various IPCC Special Reports, sharing the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize with other IPCC participants and Al Gore. Recently Mark sat on the US Federal Advisory Committee for the 3rd National Climate Assessment and he participates in several other international science and policy advisory bodies.

CSAb Flagship Management

Pan Pan
Pan Pan is the Flagship Manager of the CSA Booster Flagship, and Deputy Director for the Sustainable Land Use theme. She is an entrepreneurial investment professional with broad industry, climate finance and start-up experience.

Previously, Pan was Portfolio Manager and Head of China, Environmental Markets at Bunge Ltd, the global agribusiness and commodities trader, where she was responsible for origination, structuring and management of the China portfolio for the Bunge Emissions Fund and fundraising.

Pan has a BA in Economics from Northwestern University (USA), a MBA from INSEAD (France) and is a Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA). She was a Global Leadership Fellow and Associate Director at the World Economic Forum, an Impact Fellow at LGT Impact Ventures and a former professional pianist.

A Chinese-born American, she has been based in Geneva, Switzerland since 2005. She speaks Chinese, English and French. In her free time, she enjoys reading, hiking and traveling.
François Gigante
François is Program Management Officer in Climate-KIC's Climate Smart Agriculture Booster, a flagship programme of the Sustainable Land Use theme. Before joining Climate-KIC in 2015, François worked as a consultant to a start-up in the FinTech sector, focused on emerging economies.

Previously, François worked for Bunge, the global agribusiness and commodities trader, in various roles. Starting out on the carbon commodity desk in Switzerland Francois helped grow the department from an internal business to a hedge fund structure managing third party capital.

In 2012, when Bunge acquired Climate Change Capital, François moved to London to help integrate teams and consolidate joint carbon asset portfolios. He ended up managing the full proprietary portfolio of investment (mostly debt-financing) in renewable energy projects and forward transactions for both companies.

François has a Master of Science degree in Physics with a specialization in Energy, Environmental Science and Statistical Physics, and completed a year and half of research for École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) and European Commission in Environmental sciences (JRC).
Tenke Zoltani
Tenke Zoltani joined the CSA Booster in September 2017. She is an expert in the field of impact investing, focusing on strategy, asset allocation, and direct investments, specifically in the environment sector. She was most recently Director, Impact Investing, at UBS, and has a decade of experience in the field of sustainable finance.

Before joining UBS Tenke founded Better Finance, a boutique advisory company. She worked with families, international corporations, NGOs, and individuals to identify, design, implement and manage sustainable financial solutions to impactful investing and philanthropic giving. Prior to this, Tenke was an Investment Manager at Islan Asset Management in Switzerland, advising global agribusiness, Bunge, on direct investments, and implementing projects in least developed countries' food-water-energy sectors. She built her expertise in London, consulting to governments and utilities on carbon finance and working alongside Lord Stern in climate research.

Tenke was selected as a 2013 Global Economic Symposium Fellow. She is a Committee Member for 100 Women in Hedge Funds, an Executive Committee member of Sustainable Finance Geneva, and on the advisory boards of the AlphaMundi Foundation and Impact Finance. Tenke holds a B.A. in Economics and Political Science from Columbia University and a M.Sc. in International Political Economy from the London School of Economics.
Tom Howard-Vyse
Tom is communications consultant for Climate-KIC’s flagship climate-smart agriculture programme CSA Booster and for its Sustainable Land Use theme.

Tom has supported ground-breaking low-carbon innovation within the power, finance, retail, aviation, carbon capture, agriculture and infrastructure sectors for over a decade, often managing complex media and stakeholder communications across different geographies and corporate, government and third-sector groups. 

Between 2007 and 2011, Tom was global head of media at The Climate Group where he worked on a broad range of international reports and environmental initiatives with high profile business and political leaders from the NGO’s global network of corporations, cities, states and regions. 

Prior to this, Tom was Director of Communications at HarperCollins Publishers (UK), Head of PR at the British Airways London Eye, and a senior consultant at several leading global PR companies.

Sustainable Land Use (SLU), Climate-KIC

Daniel Zimmer
Daniel Zimmer has a global experience on climate and water related issues spanning from engineering to geopolitics and with a particular interest for innovation. He worked for several years (1988-2001) as a researcher and head of a research department in a French Public Research Centre (IRSTEA).

Between 2001 and 2009, Daniel was CEO of the World Water Council, an international umbrella organisation of the water sector based in Marseilles, France. He contributed to the development of this institution and to its triennial flagship event, the World Water Forum. During his time there, he developed political processes for Governments and Local Authorities, and managed projects on financial issues, climate, disasters related to water.

After a short period as a consultant to the UN and other international institutions, he joined the Climate Knowledge and Innovation Community (Climate-KIC) in 2010 as Director for Innovation. He developed and supervised the implementation of a portfolio of innovation activities aiming to accelerate the transition to a low carbon and climate-resilient economy and society. Since 2016, he has been Director of the Sustainable Land Use theme of Climate-KIC.
Pan Pan
Pan Pan is the Flagship Manager of the CSA Booster Flagship, and Deputy Director for the Sustainable Land Use theme. She is an entrepreneurial investment professional with broad industry, climate finance and start-up experience.

Previously, Pan was Portfolio Manager and Head of China, Environmental Markets at Bunge Ltd, the global agribusiness and commodities trader, where she was responsible for origination, structuring and management of the China portfolio for the Bunge Emissions Fund and fundraising.

Pan has a BA in Economics from Northwestern University (USA), a MBA from INSEAD (France) and is a Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA). She was a Global Leadership Fellow and Associate Director at the World Economic Forum, an Impact Fellow at LGT Impact Ventures and a former professional pianist.

A Chinese-born American, she has been based in Geneva, Switzerland since 2005. She speaks Chinese, English and French. In her free time, she enjoys reading, hiking and traveling.
Joanna Montesinos
Joanna is a business analyst in charge of knowledge management and market analysis for the Sustainable Land Use Theme within Climate-KIC. She contributes in defining the strategy and priorities of our Forest and Integrated Landscape Programme.

Joanna is involved in different NGOs to raise interest and tackle the issue of climate change. She has a strong background in European project management and policy. In her spare time, she is a passionate world traveller.
Valerio Bruschi
Valerio joined Climate-KIC's Sustainable Land Use theme in 2017 from Deloitte where he was a junior consultant in their sustainability practice. He has a masters degree from the Universite de Provence in the economy of energy and natural resources.
Catherine Laurent-Polz
Catherine is Portfolio Manager for the Sustainable Land Use Theme. She has a background and hold two Master degrees in environmental sciences and biogeography.

She has strong experience in the field of research and international cooperation and started her career as scientific attaché at the French embassy to the Netherlands. From here, she pursued her work as an international cooperation officer at IRSTEA, a French research institute on environment and agriculture. She decided to specialise in European affairs while working at TNO, the Dutch organisation for applied research and has been working at Climate-KIC since July 2014.
Fabrizio Rossi
Fabrizio Rossi joined Climate-KIC in 2016 as business development lead with a specific focus on sustainable land use. He works in Brussels on a daily basis and travels across Europe to connect Climate-KIC and its portfolio of projects on forestry, food and sustainable agriculture with the international funding and donors community. This work allows him to combine his interest for international cooperation with his passion for trees and forestry.

Previously, Fabrizio has co-created a Belgian start-up implementing reforestation projects in Africa and South America. He has worked in Valencia with the European Commission and developed a platform for improving synergies among EU funding programmes in the Mediterranean area. In its first assignment in Brussels, he was responsible for the management of an international organization for territorial cooperation integrated by 25 provinces from 6 EU countries.
Marjon Eijpe
Marjon is communication manager for Climate-KIC's Sustainable Land Use theme and Climate-KIC Netherlands.
Paola Valandro
Paola is Education Lead at Climate-KIC based in Bologna, Italy. She plans, designs and coordinates Climate-KIC education courses for professionals, public administrators, researchers and students. She engages Italian stakeholders and partners and collaborates with international networks to develop awareness of climate issues.

Between 2013 and 2016, she was Climate KIC Education Manager in Emilia-Romagna, designing and developing training initiatives in the region for professionals, public administrators, researchers. Before this Paola was senior project manager for ASTER S. Cons. p. A.. She has a philosophy masters from the University of Bologna.
Tom Howard-Vyse
Tom is communications consultant for Climate-KIC’s flagship climate-smart agriculture programme CSA Booster and for its Sustainable Land Use theme.

Tom has supported ground-breaking low-carbon innovation within the power, finance, retail, aviation, carbon capture, agriculture and infrastructure sectors for over a decade, often managing complex media and stakeholder communications across different geographies and corporate, government and third-sector groups. 

Between 2007 and 2011, Tom was global head of media at The Climate Group where he worked on a broad range of international reports and environmental initiatives with high profile business and political leaders from the NGO’s global network of corporations, cities, states and regions. 

Prior to this, Tom was Director of Communications at HarperCollins Publishers (UK), Head of PR at the British Airways London Eye, and a senior consultant at several leading global PR companies.
Elisabetta Cremaschi
Elisabetta is executive assistant in the Sustainable Land Use team.
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