Meet Our Team

 

Adaptation Ledger™ is a unique combination of expertise, tools and idea collaboration that aims to make adaptation work better. We tap world-leading professionals in the sustainability, adaptation, standards and climate fields and associate with the institutions that have the financial, intellectual, and human resources to move faster and scale globally.

 

Developing and implementing solutions for climate change challenges through technologies, markets, financial mechanisms and partnerships.

Karl Schultz is creator of the climate vulnerability reduction credit (VRC™) mechanism for evaluating and sustainably funding climate change adaptation, and serves as the Executive Chairman of The Higher Ground Foundation, the organization that develops and manages the VRC Standard, tools and programs. He has worked in developed and developing countries worldwide, for local, regional, and national governments and in the private sector. His current work focuses on climate adaptation economics and finance, climate change and cities, vulnerability reduction monitoring, evaluation, and crediting.

Sustainability in law & policy, adaptation & resilience, regulatory innovation & soft law.

Ira Feldman is a US-based sustainability leader positioned at the leading edge of the convergence of sustainability, climate adaptation and ecosystem services.  As a practitioner, policymaker, standards developer and academic, Ira has led a diverse range of environmental and climate initiatives.  In the legal arena, he previously served as special counsel at US EPA headquarters and as chair of the ABA’s climate and sustainability committee.  His work has explored the role of ES&G factors in the financial sector; the implications of "soft law" or "private law" – especially international voluntary standards -- for business and government; the use of Public-Private Partnerships (PPP) to advance sustainable development and resilience; and the emergence of blockchain governance.

Transformational change for transformational change.

Tom Baumann has over 20 years experience and has worked with hundreds of organizations in the climate, cleantech, sustainability and digital space. In 2019 Tom was recognized as as a Top 100 Fintech for SDG Influencer.  Tom’s focus is to innovate new technology-based solutions for more robust collaborative governance systems, knowledge management, capacity building and market operations to enable strategic solutions to sustainability issues.  Tom has co-founded several startups since 2007: ClimateCHECK, the GHG Management Institute, Collaborase (online collaboration software for Standards 2.0 and Nextgen governance), Xpansiv (Blockchain-enabled platform), and the Climate Chain Coalition. Tom is on the Faculty of the Blockchain Research Institute and a Fellow of the Global Solution Networks.

Coastal resilience policy & law, emerging technology product development for climate adaptation.

Dr. Lisa Granquist’s research focuses on the environmental, legal, regulatory, and economic impacts of coastal shoreline change and coastal resilience strategies, the legal and policy frameworks that could facilitate local and regional resilience adaptation implementation, and the interaction of stakeholders in the adaptation decision-making context. She has advanced climate adaptation partnerships in academia and practice. ​Dr. Granquist has worked extensively with international teams in disruptive adaptation technology and emerging markets business development and nonprofit management.

DAVID GREENALL - STRATEGIC ADVISOR

Low-carbon, climate adaptation and sustainability risks, opportunities and strategic transformation.

David Greenall is the Founder and Managing Director of VIRIDI - a strategy and innovation consultancy focused on catalyzing novel solutions for a sustainable future. David is the National Focal Point (Canada) on behalf of the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction for ARISE (Private Sector Alliance for Disaster Resilient Societies) initiative.  He is also a founding member of the Board of Directors of NovaSphere – a Canadian not-for-profit focused on advancing the application of disruptive innovations, technology and finance to address climate and sustainability challenges. He has extensive experience in advising public and private sector organizations, specializing in assisting clients to integrate climate into business strategy and execution, investments, operations, and culture.

Quantitative sustainability and ES&G risk.

Jason Libersky excels at using data, analytics, and creativity to identify opportunities that drive value.  He combines data/technologies/systems to leverage the opportunity; creates teams to maximize that opportunity; and engages stakeholders to socialize, commercialize, and create the new market(s). For the past decade Jason has been at the forefront of commodity differentiation, new ES&G products & risk metrics, indices, and other innovative solutions to fill market gaps.

GARY LAWRENCE - STRATEGIC ADVISOR

Sustainability strategy, enterprise resilience, plans, policies and solutions.

Gary Lawrence has worked on sustainability problems and delivered sustainable outcomes within and between non-governmental, governmental, private/corporate and multilateral institutions locally and globally. As Seattle’s Planning Director he led the development of the world’s first sustainably focused municipal comprehensive plan. At the University of Washington he created the first academic center for sustainable communities.  He was Principal and Urban Strategy Leader at The Arup Group where he helped better integrate sustainability into Arup’s internationally renowned design culture. At AECOM he served as their first Chief Sustainability Officer. Gary focuses on better integration of sustainability, resilience and adaptation strategies to reduce societal risk and is actively writing and speaking on the Sustainable Development Goals.

Inclusive systems innovation for SDGs & climate.

A former Canadian Diplomat, Katherine has been spearheading systems innovation at the nexus of technology, policy climate change and sustainable development for over 25 years. In her leadership roles with the EU Climate-KIC, Katherine developed initiatives and programs which helped accelerate 1000 startups and 300 cross-sectoral partnerships. She served as Chief Strategy Officer of the award-winning Start-Up BLOC, an MIT Solve Fellow, as an advisor or coach for UNDP Accelerate2030, MIT IIC, Ashoka, NESTA UK and EU programs, a university lecturer, and as consultant to World Bank’s Blockchain Carbon Markets Framework.  In her most recent role as Chief Intelligence Officer of the Green Digital Finance Alliance (UNEP – Ant Financial NGO) Katherine focused on harnessing emerging technologies for sustainable finance.  

Public-private partnerships.

David Baxter is one of the preeminent authorities on public-private partnerships (PPPs).  Recently, David has been an advising contributor to the World Bank's PPP Certification program and a contributor to its PPP Guidance Manual.  He has also served as a water and renewable energy sector technical advisor for UNECE's People First PP Standards initiative. Other engagements have included activities supporting USAID, the Millennium Challenge Corporation, Inter American Development Bank, The Islamic Development Bank, and the Dutch Government. In other leadership roles, David has been responsible for sustainable business development initiatives, market capture, and branding. Beyond program and project planing and management, David’s expertise extends to PPP Implementation best practices and procurements; strategic sustainable and resilience planning; and infrastructure PPP feasibility studies.

Organizational sustainability and environmental policy.

Peter A. Soyka is an environmental and sustainability leader with extensive experience as a management and strategy consultant and executive. He is the founder and president of Soyka & Company, LLC, a small consultancy focused on illuminating and resolving the issues limiting sustainable business success. With more than two decades of intensive involvement in the environmental policy and management arena, he brings in-depth knowledge of environmental and sustainability issues and how they affect organizations. Peter has also served in executive and director positions at several prominent, national-scale, professional services companies.  Peter has developed significant and influential sustainability concepts, frameworks, tools, and research findings and has published two critically-acclaimed books on organizational sustainability.

ROLAND MADER - STRATEGIC ADVISOR

Enterprise valuations, Risk analysis, Valuation of climate change adaptation, Natural resources and Strategic business development 

Roland's career stretches back over three decades and involves a wide span of business roles in companies of different stands. In 2005, Roland co-founded Green Gas International, a climate mitigation company in London and subsequently built the company to a 60 million Euro business. Roland started to work as an independent consultant in 2011, providing valuation services to selected clients. He also co-founded The Higher Ground Foundation, the creator of the Vulnerability Reduction Credit (VRC). The combination of valuation and climate change/adaptation is Roland’s passion. Roland holds an ME and an MBA.

Hazard mitigation, disaster recovery, FEMA programs

George Haddow has worked extensively on community hazard mitigation and disaster recovery programs for State and local governments, non-profits, and businesses. He is a founding partner of Bullock and Haddow LLC, a disaster management consulting firm and he has served as a FEMA Deputy Chief of Staff. At Bullock & Haddow. George has directed the development of community hazard mitigations plans, pre-disaster recovery frameworks, business resilience training, and a Stormwater Mitigation Manual designed to prioritize current and future community mitigation needs. At FEMA, he was one of the principal architects of FEMA’s national disaster mitigation initiative entitled Project Impact: Building Disaster Resistant Communities and served as Interim Director of FEMA’s Office of Public Affairs during the response to Hurricane Floyd and Y2K. He is the co-author of the university textbook, Living with Climate Change: Thriving and Surviving in a Changing Climate.

NICK TURNER - STRATEGIC ADVISOR

Scenario strategy and futures thinking

Nick Turner is an accomplished strategy consultant who has worked with senior executives at multi-national organisations, enabling them to make better decisions today for an uncertain tomorrow. He is the founder and Managing Partner of advisory boutique Stratforma.  Previously, Nick was Co-President of scenario planning pioneers Global Business Network (GBN) and a Senior Partner of Michael Porter’s Monitor Group. He also served as a Managing Director at Morgan Stanley in New York and London after several years spent in the high-technology industry in California. Nick is an associate lecturer in strategy, scenario planning and innovation at leading business schools, including London (LBS), Imperial College and INSEAD.  With Adaptation Ledger, Nick will focus on the TCFD climate disclosure recommendations, including the use of scenarios.

Multi-stakeholder facilitation, strategy and public policy.

Adam Saslow is a Senior Director at Kearns & West.  A senior facilitator, public policy expert, strategist, and builder of collaborative solutions, Adam has a long history of working at the nexus of economy, environment or natural resources and politics. He has conducted successful multi-stakeholder dialogues and has convened innovative roundtable events for communities, regulatory agencies, NGOs and university programs.  Adam’s conflict management skills include his ability to coach and counsel as well to catalyze meaningful dialogue. Adam’s participatory programs have spanned the ground between conflict and convening assessments, partnership programs, small- and large-scale workshops and conferences, short and long term dialogues. He has designed and guided public meetings, listening sessions and wildly contentious public hearings.

Climate adaptation and vulnerability reduction metrics, clean energy.

Linus Adler is strategic climate change/adaptation and clean energy consultant with over a decade of experience in helping clients develop a strategic understanding of the implications of energy and climate policy, with a particular concentration on work national energy and climate policy. As a co-founder of the Higher Ground Foundation, he contributed to the initial drafting of the VRC Standard Framework and has provided technical analysis and modeling of the impacts of climate change develop methods for quantifying project baselines, climate impacts, and project outcomes. For Adaptation Ledger, he is currently supporting the translation of Higher Ground adaptation project software into code for a coastal defense app. 

Indigenous communities and climate adaptation.

Blake Gentry is an international program and policy expert with 20 years of experience in indigenous community health, development, and climate change adaptation.  He has served as adjunct faculty and research associate at the University of Arizona, including in the public health, geography and international development, and Mexican-American Studies programs.  A member of the Cherokee Nation, Blake has a portfolio of projects reflecting his interaction with more than fifty indigenous nations, principally in Guatemala, Mexico, Peru, Colombia, United States and Canada. With his expertise in policy and governance issues as they relate to local communities around the world, Blake is assisting A-L in the commercialization of digital applications for climate adaptation opportunities for agricultural supply chains and smallholder farmers. 

DEBORAH GLASER - ASSOCIATE

Urban and rural adaptation/mitigation strategies, 2030 Agenda & Sustainable Development Goals, water resource management

Deborah Glaser is a multidisciplinary professional with over 15 years of experience working in sustainable development at the intersection of climate, water, and socioeconomic justice.  The scope of her work at the science-society interface has encompassed technical consulting, policy analysis, high level negotiations, strategy planning, and program evaluation.  She excels at developing collaborative partnerships and has successfully worked with various stakeholders from the public, private and non-profit sectors.  Her extensive program and project management experience includes designing policy/strategy and advising civil society, multilateral organizations, and all levels of government on climate resilience, sustainability, human rights, economic development, and public affairs.  Deborah's demonstrated expertise complements Adaptation Ledger's focus on innovation and transformative change.

LEILA d'HEURLE - ASSOCIATE

Urban sustainability, business development, management, design, international teams

Leïla d'Heurle recently graduated from The City College of New York with a Master degree in Sustainability in the Urban Environment and also holds a Master degree in Business Management from the Institute of Economics and Management Science (IESEG) in Lille, France. She has been an Architect and Design Manager for Toto for five years, where she is responsible for developing and delivering sustainability training classes certified by AEC's professional associations. She was previously involved in International Trade Consulting in Architecture and Design as a Project Manager. The experience of living in diverse countries has undeniably generated a passion and concern for sustainable development. Life in Morocco, Brazil, France and the USA has made her acutely aware of the shared challenges of our societies and the imperative need to address climate change through adaptation strategies.

EDWARD PERSSON - ASSOCIATE

Disaster, climate, community and organisational resilience

Ed graduated in 2019 with a MSc in Disaster Risk Management and Climate Change Adaptation from Lund University, Sweden. Since graduation Ed has worked in business and organisational resilience, providing research for best practice in cyber, climate, organisational, disaster, and pandemic resilience. His project experience includes enterprise resilience, built environment and community resilience. Future focused, with a tactical mindset and belief that capacity should always be built, reviewed and improved, Ed appreciates the need to move towards a more sustainable future, balancing environmental protection and economic growth.  

Sustainable business, social innovation, communications​

Elizabeth Purnell is a 2019 graduate of Fordham University with a Bachelor’s of Science in Business Administration with a focus on Sustainable Business and Social Innovation. While studying abroad in London, Elizabeth worked with Karl Schultz at the Higher Ground Foundation and began her career in climate change adaptation. She has worked in many aspects of sustainability, including recycling systems, stormwater management, and food waste mitigation. As a dedicated environmental advocate, Lizzie is excited to further her knowledge of climate change adaptation by supporting the A-L team with her research, writing and communications skills.

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