The Secretariat plays a central role in communication and coordination among Taskforce members, and it collaborates closely with the Stewardship Council, Knowledge Partners, and Consultation Groups. Additionally, the Secretariat provides regular updates to the Stewardship Council, ensures financial accountability to funding partners, and assists in expanding outreach efforts to potential additional funding partners. The TNFD Secretariat is hosted by GFI PMO Ltd.

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Tony Goldner

Executive Director, TNFD

Tony has significant experience working at the intersection of finance, sustainable development and diplomacy. Prior to joining the TNFD in September 2021, Tony was an adviser to government, financial sector and philanthropic leaders on a range of sustainable development challenges, including as a Senior Adviser with the World Bank Group.

As a Partner at the strategy consultancy Monitor Deloitte, Tony led the development of national reform strategies at both a country and city level and advised government leaders on the design of governance arrangements and performance management frameworks for mobilizing strategic investment capital and delivery of policy outcomes aligned to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). He was a senior member of Monitor Group’s global public sector advisory practice, has advised Fortune 500 US companies on their sustainability strategy and co-authored a seminal 2008 report on the investment behavior of Sovereign Wealth Funds.

Earlier in his career, Tony worked in infrastructure development and corporate finance in Australia and began his career in the Australian foreign service including a diplomatic posting in East Africa as a representative to UNEP and UN Habitat.

He graduated as a Littauer Fellow from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and has degrees from Monash University and Sydney University.

Based in Barcelona, Tony speaks English.

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Emily McKenzie

Technical Director, TNFD

Emily has significant experience on integrating nature in policy, finance, economics and decision-making. Prior to joining TNFD in November 2021, she led the analytical team that produced the global Dasgupta Review on the Economics of Biodiversity, based at the UK Economics and Finance Ministry.

Emily was previously seconded to the Capitals Coalition where she helped develop the Natural Capital Protocol in its Technical Group.

Emily worked for a decade in the WWF Global Science team, where she helped establish and lead the Natural Capital Project at Stanford University, helping decision-makers apply InVEST – leading ecosystem service modelling software. While at WWF, she supported The Coca Cola Company and Guggenheim Partners to consider dependencies and impacts on nature, and sustainability standards.

She helped design the Environmental Land Management scheme in England – a major national agricultural subsidy reform programme – based at the UK Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra). Other previous roles included establishing environmental economics programmes at the Joint Nature Conservation Committee and the Pacific Islands Applied Geoscience Commission as an Overseas Development Institute Fellow.

She holds Masters degrees in International Policy from Stanford University and Economics at the University of Cambridge.

Based in London, Emily speaks English, and basic Bislama, Fijian, German and French.

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Barbara Sanderson

Chief Operating Officer, TNFD

Barbara has significant experience in governance, change management and driving international expansion, gained within the commercial and not-for-profit sectors.

For over 20 years Barbara held a variety of leadership roles in international investment management, specialising in product development, strategic marketing and governance. She helped launch an award-winning green bond fund in partnership with Affirmative Investment Management before joining Climate Bonds Initiative to help mobilise global capital for climate action.

Prior to joining TNFD, at Pure Leapfrog, a UK charity, Barbara collaborated with several government departments and local authorities on financing climate action and nature restoration.

Having acted as Vice-Chair of the Paris Chapter of a global professional network “100 Women in Finance”, Barbara now serves on the Technical Board of a pioneering rewilding carbon standard, Wilder Carbon. She is also an enthusiastic contributor to the Financing a Just Transition Alliance at the Gresham Research Institute/LSE.

Barbara graduated in Marketing and Management from Kozminsky University and holds a Masters in Linguistics from the English Department of the University of Warsaw.

In addition to her native Polish, Barbara speaks English and French.

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Renu Sabherwal

Lead, Communications, TNFD

Renu leads the communications and content team at TNFD. She manages internal communications as well as external communications and events with our wide range of stakeholders.

Renu has over twenty years’ experience as a communications practitioner. She began her career in book publishing where she trained as an editor and worked across both the editorial and marketing functions, before joining The Economist to establish the organisation’s first communications department.

She led communications and marketing at SFM llp and was director of business development,  communications and marketing at the think tank, Bruegel. She then went on to  hold senior full-time communications advisory roles at Goldman Sachs Asset Management and the Private Infrastructure Development Group.

Renu has a BA Hons degree in English Language and Literature and PGCE in Education.

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Thomas Viegas

Head of Capacity Building and Regulatory Engagement, TNFD

Thomas has significant experience in integrating nature into economic and financial policy-and-decision-making.

As part of the Secretariat, he leads the Taskforce’s market capacity building efforts to support voluntary adoption of the TNFD Recommendations. This includes building and maintaining delivery partnerships and alliances to support the delivery of TNFD content, training, and education. Thomas also leads the Taskforce’s engagements with regulators, including governments, central banks, financial supervisors, and other financial regulators.

Thomas is also currently a Member of the UK’s Office for Environmental Protection College of Experts, and a Member of the UK Statistics Authority’s National Statistician’s Committee for Advice on Standards for Economic Statistics (NSCASE).

Prior to joining TNFD in May 2023, Thomas was at the Bank of England where he spent nearly a decade working on and influencing a broad range of UK and global macro-financial policy issues. In particular, he led the Bank of England’s initial approach and strategy to nature-related financial risks. Thomas was seconded between 2020 and 2021 to be an Economic Adviser to The Economics of Biodiversity: The Dasgupta Review, based at the UK’s Finance Ministry (HM Treasury).

He holds a Masters degree in Economics at University College London, and an Undergraduate degree in Economics at the University of East Anglia.

Based in London, Thomas speaks English and basic German.

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Nathalie Borgeaud

Lead, Financial Markets Stakeholder Engagement, TNFD

Nathalie Borgeaud has significant experience in the financial industry, with a longstanding focus on sustainability. Prior to joining TNFD in February 2022, Nathalie worked for a start-up, now a Moody’s subsidiary, promoting data on physical climate risk and nature loss among European financial institutions. Before that, she worked as senior co-director for Corporate Social Responsibility at BNP Paribas CIB. She designed and implemented a sustainable development strategy, which included monitoring Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) risks and developing green financial product offerings. She built her finance career negotiating large complex financings for corporate clients with BNP Paribas and JPMorgan Chase for about twelve years. Initially based in New York with Citi, she originated project finance, bonds and equity issues for large industrial projects key to the development of emerging countries.

Nathalie is an ingénieur of the French Grande Ecole Mines-ParisTech. She also holds an MBA from HEC Paris and a landscape architect degree from Ecole du Paysage de Versailles.

Based in Paris, Nathalie speaks French, English, and Italian.

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James d’Ath

Technical Lead for Data & Analytics, TNFD

James d’Ath has a wide range of experience working across financial markets and sustainability. In 2015, he founded a sustainable finance advisory business. His current roles include Technical Lead for Data & Analytics at TNFD, Co-Chair of the Nature-related Data Catalyst, Finance Sector Engagement Specialist for Global Canopy, Senior Consultant for World Economic Forum and ESG Director for Edison Group.

James is based in the UK.

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Felipe Arango

Lead, Pilots, TNFD

Felipe’s main experience lies in sustainable development. Before joining TNFD in October 2021, Felipe worked with the IFC in support of the Government of Colombia with the development of its green finance taxonomy.

Before that, Felipe co-founded and acted as global CEO for a sustainable development consulting network, BSD Consulting, advising a range of financial and non-financial clients across Latin America and globally on sustainable development solutions design and implementation, particularly around sustainable supply chains and sustainability reporting.

He also brings experience working closely with indigenous and rural communities as well as development agencies and standard setters to advance social justice and a healthy environment for future generations.

Felipe holds degrees in Business Administration and Management and Political Science and Government from Boston University.

Based in Miami, Felipe speaks English, Spanish, and Portuguese.

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Eliza Ader

Knowledge Manager, TNFD

Eliza splits her time between TNFD and Global Canopy, where she is Project manager for Nature-related Finance. Prior to joining TNFD in April 2021, Eliza completed an MA in Cultural Geography from Royal Holloway, University of London. She is a graduate of the 2019/20 UpRising UK Environmental Leadership Programme where her team campaigned on increasing small business sustainability.

Based in Oxford, Eliza speaks English.

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Bayarlkham Byambaa

Manager, Operations, TNFD

Bayarlkham has experience across environmental research, green project lending, asset management, environmental project management, public finance and accounting. Prior to joining TNFD in February 2022, Bayarlkham worked as Finance Manager of the Permanent Mission of Mongolia to the United Nations. Previously, Bayarlkham worked as a National Project Coordinator for UNDP, leading a project on nationally appropriate mitigations actions in the construction sector. She was Founder & Coordinator for the Human Security and Environmental Sustainability Research Center in Mongolia.

She has also worked for Japan’s International Cooperation Agency (JICA), Schroders, the Asian Development Bank Institute and OPMAC.

She holds an MSc in environmental sustainability from the University of Tokyo and an MSc in banking and finance from the University of Luxembourg.

Based in Geneva, Bayarlkham speaks Mongolian, English, Japanese, and French.

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Laura Clavey

Senior Technical Manager, TNFD

Laura has a multi-disciplined background, which spans environmental research, consultancy, sustainability disclosures and policy. Before joining TNFD, Laura was the biodiversity lead within the Climate Disclosure Standards Board’s technical team, developing material on natural capital including the Biodiversity Application Guidance. Prior to this, Laura has been involved in the production of the British Ecological Society’s policy-focused landmark report on Nature-Based Solutions to Climate Change, has provided innovative sustainability consulting services using a total capital accounting framework and has worked as a Senior Economic Analyst at Ernst & Young.

Laura holds an MSc in Conversation and Biodiversity and a BA in Economics, and is also a qualified chartered accountant.

Based in London, Laura speaks English.

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Andra Enuica

Communications and Engagement Officer, TNFD

Andra has a multi-disciplinary background which includes sustainability disclosure and research, Indigenous and environmental rights, and non-profit work. Prior to joining the TNFD team, she has worked in ESG research with Sustainalytics, as well as with People’s Planet Project, an Indigenous and environmental rights non-profit, in donor relations and MEL.

She holds an MSc in Sociology and Global Change from the University of Edinburgh and a BA in World Politics from Leiden University College The Hague.

Based in Romania, Andra speaks English, Romanian, Spanish, and some French.

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Amélie Gaude

Executive Assistant, TNFD

Amélie has international work experience in Spain and UK. She is multi-lingual in French, Spanish, English, and Italian. Prior to joining the TNFD in January 2022, Amélie worked at Bureau Veritas Spain and Portugal. She started her collaboration as International Inspection Coordinator, followed by working as Executive Assistant to the SVP, Executive Chairman.

She holds a Master’s Degree in Foreign Languages applied to Business and Trade from the University of Paul Valéry (Montpellier III), France.

She is currently based in Barcelona.

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Marianne Haahr

Lead, Support on Specific Guidance, TNFD

Marianne Haahr currently works with TNFD as lead support on specific guidance for the agriculture, fishing and aquaculture sectors. She is also the Nature-related Finance Lead at Global Canopy.

Prior to these roles, she served as Executive Director of the Green Digital Finance Alliance, a not-for-profit foundation working on scaling green finance with digital technologies, co-founded by UNEP. Marianne has served on the TNFD Informal Technical Expert Group and she has developed input papers for the G-20 Sustainable Finance Working Group on sustainable digital finance and for the UN SG’s Task Force for fintech and SDG’s. Marianne holds an MSc from Copenhagen University.

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Amy Haselden

Operations Manager, TNFD

Amy has joined TNFD following a broad range of experience in the legal and property development markets. Amy has worked both within the UK and Australia over the past 10 years, supporting national and global legal firms as both an Executive Assistant and Executive Manager. She has extensive experience working with boutique start-up legal firms and supporting recommendations for regulatory change.

Prior to joining TNFD in 2023, Amy spent 2 years supporting the Directors of a start-up development company, part of a group structure focussing on pan-European investments in the green energy and property markets. Before returning to the UK in 2019, Amy lived in Australia working with and supporting greener farming methods and conservation at remote Outback Stations.

Amy holds a degree in law from Coventry University and is based in Wales, UK with her husband who is setting up a rewilding and conservation farming project. She speaks English, conversational French and is learning Welsh.

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Tom Hegarty

Senior Technical Manager, TNFD

Tom’s experience centres on building environmental sustainability into corporate strategies and creating innovative public policy to deliver more sustainable national economies.

Prior to joining the TNFD team, he was working at Systemiq. There he helped food companies, agri-input providers and investors to identify the risks and opportunities they face from climate change and nature loss and to develop strategies to address these. He previously worked at the UK finance and economics ministry, HM Treasury, looking at the distributional impacts of decarbonisation in the UK, and natural environment and agriculture policy.

Tom holds a Masters in the Economics of Public Policy from the Barcelona School of Economics (Universitat Pompeu Fabra and Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona), and BA in Economics from the University of Cambridge.

Tom is based in Barcelona and speaks English, Spanish, French and German.

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Gabriela Hermosilla

Technical Officer, TNFD

Gabriela splits her time between TNFD and UNEP FI, where she supports the TNFD GEF project, assisting financial institutions in their journey to understand nature-related risks and opportunities.

Bringing experience from the public, private and international sectors, Gabriela has previously worked for the AXA Group as a foresight analyst, assessing long-term societal and environmental risks. Previously, she worked for a GEF project within the Ministry of Environment of Brazil, assisting with national implementation of policies framework for chemicals (SAICM) and the Minamata Convention on Mercury.

Gabriela graduated from Sciences Po Paris with a Master in Finance for Development, specialising in financial inclusion and gender, and studied International Relations and Business Economics at the University of Brasilia (UnB) and Aarhus University during her undergraduate years.

Based in Paris, Gabriela speaks Portuguese, Spanish, English and French.

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Angela Macdonald

Events Manager, TNFD

Angela is a Senior Global Event Specialist with over 15 years experience.

She spent the first 8 years of her career at experiential agencies delivering sponsorship projects at some of the world’s largest events including the Beijing and London Olympic Games and the South Africa and Brazil World Cups.

She then moved into the tech industry producing event programs for clients like Sony Playstation, Facebook, Slack and ThoughtWorks. She later transitioned in-house as a Global Event Marketing Lead and Senior Program Manager at Improbable, a start-up unicorn in the simulations and Metaverse space.

Angela volunteers as Team Lead at Work on Climate; the world’s largest online climate community, where she is establishing frameworks to scale their global event and community building efforts.

She holds a BA Hons degree in Chinese and International Politics from SOAS University of London and is a alumni.

Based in England, Angela speaks English, Indonesian and intermediate Mandarin.

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Rudo Marembo

Programme Manager, TNFD

Rudo has significant experience as a Programme and Project Manager, often in highly complex and regulated project environments. Prior to joining the TNFD in May 2022, Rudo was at Rosemont Pharmaceuticals where she oversaw multimillion dollar programmes with global partners and clients.

Having worked in the Pharmaceutical, Medical Devices and Telecommunications industries, over the years she has gained experience leading teams in setting up Project Management Offices, manufacturing site refurbishments, Divestment projects, Business Change programmes, process optimisation, mergers & acquisitions, NPD projects, etc.

Rudo holds an MEng in Electrical Engineering from McMaster University in Canada.

Based in the UK, Rudo speaks English and is currently learning Mandarin.

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Alessandra Melis

Senior Technical Manager, TNFD

Alessandra has significant experience across financial regulation, banking consultancy, climate risk and sustainable finance. She is seconded to TNFD from the Green Finance Institute (GFI), where she is an Associate focusing on Local Climate Finance within the Built Environment Programme.

Before joining the Institute, Alessandra was a consultant at the Risk Practice of McKinsey & Company in London, where she specialised on the impact of climate change on European banks’ risk management practices and GHG emissions portfolio pathways to reach Net Zero. During her time in McKinsey, she gained significant experience in TCFD disclosure recommendations for financial institutions and approaches for GHG emissions reductions in the Agriculture and Land Use sectors.

Prior to McKinsey, Alessandra was part of the Risk Analysis and Stress Testing Unit at the European Banking Authority (EBA), where she gained valuable experience in EU banking regulation and supervision, including stress testing practices and capital requirements.

Alessandra holds an MSc in Banking and Finance from Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore in Milan, Italy.

Based in London, Alessandra speaks English, Italian and Brazilian Portuguese.

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Sejal Patel

Executive Assistant, TNFD

Sejal supports the TNFD Technical team. Prior to joining TNFD, Sejal has worked in operations and project management in FTSE 100 companies, managing teams and integrating projects across nine countries within the EMEA region.

A qualified project manager, she has both professional and lived experiences of developing programmes and processes, as well as supporting diverse and agile teams to reach successful outcomes.

Whilst working at a start-up in the pharmaceutical sector, Sejal worked closely with the CEO and board members to create systematic processes for business management procedures and trainings.

Sejal holds a BSC in Psychology with Sociology, and certificates as an NLP practitioner and Life Coach. She is currently studying to be level 3 Mindfulness practitioner.

Based in London, Sejal speaks English, Gujarati and basic Hindi.

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Tokelo Shai

Analyst, TNFD

Tokelo’s experience lies in accelerating the transition to a healthy and sustainable planet for all. She has led and initiated several impact-driven projects in sustainable agriculture, climate adaptation, and finance.

Before joining TNFD, she was a senior sustainable agriculture analyst at GreenCape, where she led market research projects, fostered partnerships, and informed decision-making processes to unlock investments for a sustainable and nature positive agriculture sector.

Tokelo holds an MSc degree in Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security from the National University of Ireland Galway and a BSC degree in Applied Statistics and Chemistry from the University of Cape Town.

Based in Cape Town, Tokelo speaks English, Northern Sotho and Afrikaans.

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Rhys Thomas

Senior Communications & Content Manager, TNFD

Rhys’s experience is across communications, external affairs, creative, content production, and partnerships specialising in climate change and sustainability.

Rhys holds an MSc in Sustainable Business and Joint BA in Geography and Politics from the University of Leeds.

After his Master’s, Rhys moved to Australia where he co-founded an ethical leadership training and development organization before moving back to London in 2019 where he joined the international media house, Climate Action Media, holding senior leadership roles in content and communications. Before TNFD, he led strategic communications, content and events strategy at the international NGO Climate Group, leading the content development for Climate Week NYC among other major projects and programmes.

Rhys is currently based in London.