We've found that the critical success factor in building good growth value chains is in finding the right partners at every node. We have a small core team, a wise and wonderful advisory board, and a growing number of key partners.
An engineer and development economist by training, I've worked on rural development and environment conservation projects, agribusiness, finance, and infrastructure in China, Indonesia, the Philippines, Uzbekistan and Mongolia.
Previously a senior manager at Asian Development Bank, I founded Mongolia’s first ever private equity fund and have been developing financing models for regenerative business systems.
I started out developing conventional growth strategies for big companies - within VW Group and then later for the brand business Wolff Olins advising numerous banks, professional services firms, media companies, and big public services .
That all convinced me that the fastest way to create truly regenerative systems is to build new ventures from scratch - so I've spent the last 8 years designing business and go-to-market strategies for new ambitious eco-friendly businesses.
CEO ERA. An international leader in private sector conservation, deep expertise in managing biodiversity and ecosystem restoration programs.
Rachel Carvell Spedding
CEO Origins. Founder of NavyGrey “one of the top ten sustainable brands to have on your radar”
Board of advisers
Formerly: Vice President of the Asian Development Bank; Deputy Director of the OECD; Vice President at the Millennium Change Corporation; CEO of the National Development Fund for Saudi Arabia
CEO and Co-Founder of The Good Economy. Formerly Deputy CEO of
Big Issue Invest, director at the New Economics Foundation and Senior
Economist at the World Bank where designed and led large scale poverty
alleviation projects in Africa, Asia and Eastern Europe.
Director and Co-founder of The Good Economy. Formerly co-founder of
Local Futures Group and policy advisor to OECD, UN Economic Council
and the European Commission. Multi-disciplinary economist focused on
role of business and finance in driving inclusive economic development.
Louise Kjellerup Roper
CEO at Volans. Previously marketing ‘bleeding-edge’ software companies such as Cisco and Check Point Software Technologies in the 1990s, before more recently launching Cradle to Cradle and circular economy FMCG brands into Europe. A guest lecturer at both Cranfield University and the University of Exeter and part of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s CE100 network.
Partnership secretary at John Lewis Partnership - making sure the partnership structure is in good health.
Formerly General Counsel at Smiths, from February 2020 Michael will take on the role of one of two independent directors at John Lewis, charged with challenging the business on how it is upholding the principles of its constitution.
Dr. Barry Rosenbaum
CEO and founder of Khunu
Captain in the UK army, then financial spin doctor. Designed Khunu with the express aim to deliver social good from the outset.
Spends much time in China, Tibet, Nepal and Mongolia working directly with the producers in the supply chain
Barry heads up the Altai Institute - an NGO working to conserve the snow leopard population in western Mongolia.
Barry is working with the herder communities of Deluun to create our first yak value chain.
Ray leads the WCS Business and Conservation Initiative, which engages with industry and governments to support policies and practices that seek to balance conservation objectives with development interests through design and implementation of best practices aimed at reducing and compensating for impacts on biodiversity and ecosystem services.
HD Wool is the innovation unit of H Dawson. They are creating natural fiber insulation materials and fabrics which will make outdoor wear much more environmentally friendly. Together we are working on a yak wool wadding product to insulate a jacket.