Chief Executive Officer
Emma Herd has been Chief Executive Officer at the Investor Group on Climate Change since August 2015. Emma has worked in climate change, sustainability, public policy and finance for almost twenty years.
Prior to IGCC, Emma spent 15 years at Westpac Banking Corporation where she worked at the vanguard of climate change and finance. She held a range of roles across carbon finance and emissions trading, ESG Risk assessment, public policy and advocacy, sustainability strategy development and corporate affairs across Westpac Institutional Bank and Westpac Banking Corporation. She started her career working in Parliamentary Committees (Senate and House of Representatives) in Parliament House, Canberra.
Emma is a Non-Executive Director of the Carbon Market Institute and a member of the Queensland Climate Change Advisory Council. Emma is a member of the Steering Committee of the Australian Sustainable Finance Initiative and the New Zealand Sustainable Finance Forum. She holds a Bachelor of Asian Studies (Thai) Hons.
Crystal has been with IGCC since it was formally established as an office in 2009, and has seen the organisation expand its influence and membership since that time.
Crystal oversees IGCC’s ongoing operations, and has lead responsibility for the development of the climate change adaptation and resilience stream of work. Crystal has held various roles within the organisation, including research and analysis, member services and financial administration, communications and outreach. Crystal managed the early establishment of the Carbon Disclosure Project in Australia and New Zealand.
Crystal previously worked at the NSW Attorney General’s Department; the Centre for Research Management, National Health and Medical Research Council; and Creative Executive and Business Risk Consultants. Crystal has BA (Gender Studies, Arabic Language & Literature and Psychology), has qualifications in Carbon Management and Marketing and is part way through a Masters of Sustainability.
Erwin Jackson’s 30 years of experience in climate change policy has earned him a reputation as one of Australia’s leading climate policy analysts and advocates. Erwin is regular commentator in the national media and has advised government and business on effective climate policy in national, regional and international fora. He has sat on research advisory committees and undertaken strategy development in low-emissions technology for the University of Melbourne, ANU, CSIRO and the University of Queensland. He was Deputy CEO of The Climate Institute for nearly 10 years, where he was seconded to the Climate Change Authority as an expert in international climate change diplomacy. Other roles include being a senior policy advisor to the Australian Conservation Foundation and Environment Victoria.
Erwin currently sits on AGL’s CEO stakeholder advisory council and is a director of Climate Analytics Australia.
Manager, Climate Action 100+
Laura is a sustainability and corporate social responsibility specialist with over a decade of experience working with businesses and NGOs to improve social and sustainability performance. Most recently she spent three years at Bank Australia developing the bank’s responsible banking approach, and led projects including sustainability reporting, human rights, environmental conservation, and climate change. She has also worked for Zoos Victoria, the Suncorp Group, and has sat on a number of voluntary social impact boards and committees.
Laura is currently completing a Master of Environment and Development at Australian National University, and has qualifications in business, creative industries and psychology.
Director, Strategic Communications
Tom is a communications and advocacy specialist with over a decade of experience working in media and non-government organisations to stamp climate change on the national agenda. Most recently, Tom spent three years at the Australian Conservation Foundation developing the organisation’s investigative program, building its multimedia production capacity and leading its media relations. Previously he was a senior reporter and editor at The Age covering environmental issues and federal politics, and has also worked as a senior media manager with Save the Children Australia.
Tom recently completed a Master of International Law and International Relations at the University of NSW, and has qualifications in public policy, management and media production.
Team and Communications Coordinator
Madeleine has been with IGCC since April 2018.
Until recently, Madeleine was studying a Masters in Design by Research, where her research explored the history of the Natural Landscape and Environmentalism in Land Art. She previously worked at the University of Technology Sydney in the School of Design as a Sessional Academic, teaching critical writing, design and photography subjects. Madeleine has experience in project management and sustainability development from her various volunteer roles with OzHarvest Food Rescue and content contributor for Good On You ethical shopping website and app.
Madeleine holds a Bachelor of Design in Photography (Hons).
Rebecca has been working as a consultant with the Investor Group on Climate Change since 2012 as Project Director.
Rebecca supported the reestablishment of the Asia Investor Group on Climate Change in 2016, and has continued to manage the AIGCC secretariat and the group’s ongoing stream of work. She has led various projects for IGCC such as the IGCC 2015 Summit, Trustee Training on Climate Change, Low Carbon Investment Registry and sector reports on risks and opportunities of climate change.
Rebecca was previously the General Manager of ASrIA (Asia RI Association) after working at Nomura in Equity Research and BlackRock in Hong Kong. She was a senior credit analyst with Exxon Mobil in Prague and started her career in derivatives with JP Morgan. Rebecca has served several years on the voluntary board of The Orangutan Project, that works on direct orangutan and habitat conservation in Indonesia. Rebecca holds a BA (Asian Studies, Japanese) and is part way through an MBA.
Manager, Climate Action 100+ Asia
Valerie is the Manager for Climate Action 100+ and oversees AIGCC’s portfolio of companies in Asia under the initiative and facilitates the investor engagement and related activities. Prior to joining AIGCC, she was a Manager in EY, Climate Change and Sustainability Services in Hong Kong and has advised clients on sustainability and risk management strategies.
Valerie’s career in sustainability started in 2013 when she worked as an ESG advisor and conducted environmental and social due diligence for private equity clients. Prior to that she works as a public affairs and public relations consultant in Hong Kong. Valerie holds a MSSc in Business and Community from the University of Bath and is fluent in Cantonese, Mandarin and English.
Shin manages AIGCC’s projects in the Asia region, including engagement with investors, companies, regulators and policymakers with a focus on Japan. Previous to joining AIGCC, Shin led the Asia finance strategy for 350.org and setup the 350 Japan office leading engagement with Japanese financial institutions on their alignment with the Paris Agreement.
Previously Shin was an Assistant Director at the Australian Government Department of Environment where he managed multi-country climate change adaptation initiatives in small-island countries. Shin has also consulted for the United Nations Development Programme, GIZ and Remote Sensing Technology Centre of Japan as a climate change specialist.
Shin holds a Master of Climate Change from the Australian National University and Bachelor of Social Science/Arts from the University of Queensland, Australia.