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Advisory Board

Advisory Board

Carbon13 is proud to be supported by our Advisory Board consisting of experienced founders, mentors, domain experts, and investors, all united by Carbon13’s mission of reducing global GHG emissions by millions of tonnes.

Alex Cameron

Alex believes in the power of connecting people to tackle the biggest net-zero challenges. With a career spanning 25+ years of research, business intelligence and building networks, she holds a wealth of experience spanning the commodities and industrial manufacturing sectors.

In 2020, Alex founded Decarb Connect – a platform with a clear mission to accelerate industrial decarbonisation by connecting decision makers to the right collaborators, investors and insights across the hard-to-abate sectors. She is already achieving this via the Decarbonisation Leaders Network membership, a global event series, industry reports and is also the charismatic host of the Decarb Connect podcast.

Alex is a strong advocate for pragmatic, data-driven and sustainable decarbonisation practices in industry. On founding Decarb Connect, she ensured it would be technology-neutral and believes that a wide portfolio of technology and innovative approaches are essential to solving the industrial CO2 challenges.

Alex holds a BA (Hons) in Sociology and Social Policy from Durham University.

Tim Jones

Tim Jones

Chairman of Treatt plc, an ingredients manufacturer exporting to 90+ countries and Premium-listed on the London Stock Exchange Main Market. A Member of the Chartered Institute of Securities and Investments and an Associate of the Chartered Insurance Institute, Tim began his career in financial services with Royal Insurance and subsequently held posts in the Middle East, the US and Europe before entering the beverage sector including the establishment of a joint venture in the Balkans. For 17 years he was Chief Executive of Allia, a charitable organisation where he oversaw a range of new solutions to drive impact entrepreneurship developing social finance initiatives for impact investment through Employment and Housing Bonds and London Stock Exchange-listed Bonds. He remains Senior Advisor to Allia’s Trustees, Chairman of Allia’s stockbroking subsidiary City and Continental Ltd and a Non-executive director of Retail Charity Bonds plc.
Lubomila Jordanova

Lubomila Jordanova

Lubomila is the Founder & CEO of Plan A, the award-winning and certified end-to-end platform for carbon accounting, carbon reduction and ESG reporting, underpinned by scientific methods and technology. Lubomila is also the Co-founder of the Greentech Alliance, a community of 1000+ Greentech companies which connects its members to top tier VCs, media and experts. Lubomila’s work has seen her awarded Forbes 30 Under 30 in 2020, Top 50 Women in Tech in Germany 2021, and most recently as Sustainability Hero 2021, Generali Group SME EnterPrize Award, 2021.

Adizah Tejani

Adizah Tejani

Adizah is a product-focused technology executive having worked on the rollout of digital products such as websites, billing systems, and payment products. Fast forward to 2020 and she has built a unique lens while working in the technology sector in London. She is the former Director of Marketing EMEA at Token a fintech company from San Francisco and was the first marketing hire in the European market in 2016. In 2013 she was part of the founding team of Level39 a technology accelerator focused on fintech products. She has been in the technology and startup ecosystem since 2009 and understands how to build relationships that add value to all partners. She was part of the 2011 team that grew edtech company Apps for Good – scaling the program from 2 schools to 100 schools. Over the years Adizah picked up a number of awards and was recently named by the FT as one of the top 100 2018 EMpower ethnic minority executives in the UK and North America.

James Wallman

James Wallman

James is an author, entrepreneur, futurist, keynote speaker, and government adviser. He has written 2 bestselling books. The first, Stuffocation was about what he believes is one of key trends of our era. Concerned about the environment and wellbeing, our fundamental values are shifting from materialism to ‘experientialism’: instead of wanting more stuff, we want experiences instead. The Financial Times named its sequel, Time And How To Spend It a Book Of The Year 2019.
James runs advisory firm The Future is Here. Clients include VISA, KPMG, KFC, HSBC, IDEO, Avis, Facebook, and Marriott International. He has given talks from TEDxManchester and TEDxLSE to the Collision Conference in Las Vegas, Google HQ in California, and 10 Downing Street. He advises the British government on the experience economy: he is a ‘Sector Specialist, Experience Economy’ at the UK’s Department for International Trade.

Lisa Smith

Lisa is currently setting up Btomorrow Ventures the Corporate Venturing arm of BAT in order to accelerate BAT’s digital transformation and Beyond Nicotine Strategy. She was previously a Director at Unilever Ventures leading sustainable investment for 8 years; and founder Entrepreneur in Residence at the Royal College of Art’s Dyson Incubator. Prior to investing Lisa was Chief Engineer building and operating factories for Unilever; she then joined McKinsey, practicing lean operations in NA and EU. Lisa is passionate about people and planet, she built a tech platform to support wellbeing and eliminate social isolation of the elderly as CEO of Kraydel, and designed and launched a Pan-African agricultural green bond to address food security alongside a novel multi-country Agri-MBA. Lisa has won numerous leadership, innovation & IT awards most recently as UK Women in IT Entrepreneur of the year & Mentor of the year.  Lisa has an MBA from Harvard Business School, an MSc in Bio-Mechanics and a PhD in Mechanical Engineering.

David Foster

David Foster​

David is an experienced ‘people, development & change consultant’ and a facilitative learning practitioner. He has a passion for addressing ‘messy’ challenges, at an organisational, team or individual level, and for working in a discreet and people-focused manner. He ran ‘direct experience’ marketing agencies for more than a decade before becoming an independent consultant in 2007. He has additionally been teaching within University of Brighton, Business School between 2013 and 2020, latterly as a Senior Lecturer and as Interim Course Leader for the MBAs. He holds an Executive MBA from London Business School, is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and is a Certified Management & Business Educator.

Tim Barnes

Tim Barnes

Tim now runs The Rain Gods Ltd, helping start ups through the provision of work space, training and occasional investment. He works regularly with universities and large organisations to help them develop their start up support structures and ecosystems in areas as from tech to government and sport. His past roles cover activities in the public and private sectors, including as a management consultant, an early-stage investment manager and as the Director of Enterprise and head of the entrepreneurship centre at UCL. Significant engagements over the years have included projects with the BBC, NESTA and the Universities of Cambridge and Loughborough.
He is a non-executive director of both advisory services company Exemplas Holdings Ltd and support provider Capital Enterprise Ltd as well as Chair of Trustees for NACUE, a charity that promotes student entrepreneurship. He is an advisory board member at the London Co-Investment Fund and Emotech Ltd.

James Vaccaro

James is a strategist and systems thinker with a background in sustainable finance. He runs the strategy consultancy, RePattern – part of NOW Partners. He is a Special Advisor to Triodos Bank (previously Director of Strategy and MD of the UK Investment Business), and Interim Director for the Climate Safe Lending Network. James has served as a member of several advisory groups on sustainable finance at UK, European and international level including the Global Steering Committee for the UNEP Finance Initiative, where he was one of the founding developers of the UN Principles for Responsible Banking. James is a Senior Associate of the Cambridge Institute for Sustainable, Senior Fellow (and previous Chair) of the Finance Innovation Lab, a director of Regen and an advisor for a small number of NGOs in Europe including the Club of Rome. 

Nishul Saperia

I am an experienced founder and investor across a 20 year career. I was part of the founding team at Markit – now IHS Markit and currently listed on NASDAQ at $50bn. Since then I have launched ventures in online travel and food whilst also investing in and advising a variety of startups.
Most recently I have been focusing on the climate, sustainability and biodiversity space with a current focus on investing in startups that can make an impact.
My expertise is broad and involves most aspects in putting together a startup.

Philippe Manet

Philippe Manet has over 35 years experience in banking and financial markets, ranging from debt structuring to asset management. He is now an angel investor but remains on the board of both commercial companies and investment funds. Philippe is a CFA® charterholder.

Dr Rebecca Myers

Dr Rebecca Myers

Rebecca is an organic chemist and spent 20 years at the Department of Chemistry at the University of Cambridge. She did her PhD with Chris Abell FRS then moved the labs of Steven Ley CBE FRS for postdoctoral research. Rebecca was Associate Director for the Cambridge-CRUK PhD Training Programme in Medicinal Chemistry.

Now as Head of Education at the Cambridge Judge Business School Entrepreneurship Centre, Rebecca has designed and established entrepreneurship programmes for the research community at the University of Cambridge and beyond, including two new-to-the-scene educational programmes, EntrepriseTech and EntrepriseTECH STAR, now flourishing between the laboratory and start-up interface.

Rebecca is passionate about cultivating meaningful research impact, creating opportunities for researchers to thrive beyond academia and become founders of next-generation companies that put the earth and human health first.

André Schwaninger

André cofounded Carbon13 in May 2019 and is a former Accenture MD with 20yrs of international consulting experience in Energy, Utilities, Oil&Gas, Pharmaceutical, High Tech, and Automotive-Industries. Andre is a founder of a digital consulting business and proficient in Digital Transformation, Business & Practice Development. He holds a Master in Physics from ETH Zurich and a Diploma in Entrepreneurship from Cambridge Judge Business School.

Cyrille Najjar

Cyrille has founded, managed, and scaled companies in the UK and US including raising capital from corporates and venture capital. He has established partnerships with leading brands in Pharmaceuticals, Automotive, HVAC, and home appliances and has managed teams for both serverless and server-based architecture for Machine Learning and Data Analytics platforms. Cyrille has expertise in Engineering, Industrial Design, User experience, and User Interface with over 20 years of experience in manufacturing, supply chain and logistics. He has developed over 300 products ranging from early-stage startups to Fortune 500 companies in aeronautics, hospitality and major cosmetic brands and has specialized in product innovation, design management and manufacturing, with expertise in both digital and physical prototyping and production. He has designed and supervised over 100 architectural projects from conception to execution, with a focus on offices, commercial retail and F&B projects built in the UK, Canada, Lebanon, France, UAE.
In addition he is an advisor to the French government in digital and data strategy and is helping the French Senate and Parliament representatives tackle the intricacies of data and protecting citizens’ personal data and is a promoter of data transparency and ethics in banking and contracts using blockchain and distributed ledgers .