CDSB Secretariat team

The Secretariat delivers CDSB's strategy and engages with stakeholders to provide decision-useful environmental information to markets.

Mardi McBrien – Managing Director

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Mardi McBrien joined the Climate Disclosure Standards Board (CDSB) as Managing Director in 2011 following an eclectic career which has included roles such as President of an International Students Association, public-private partnership management, leading flagship environmental campaigns and projects including for the Campaign to Protect Rural England (and the author Bill Bryson), WWF-UK’s Earth Hour and carbon market policy for UK’s Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC). Mardi is a member of the GRI Stakeholder Council, a trustee of the International Tree Foundation and a founding board member of WOCAN — Women Organising for Change in Agriculture and Natural Resource Management. Mardi holds a double degree in Forestry and Environmental Science from the University of Melbourne and a MSc in Agricultural Economics from SOAS, UCL. In 2013, Mardi was awarded environmental campaigner of the year by the Sheila McKechnie Foundation.

Twitter: @MardiMcB
Linkedin: Mardi McBrien

Lois Guthrie – Special Advisor (former Founding Director)

Lois has led the development CDSB’s Technical Work Program including the frameworks for reporting climate change-related and environmental information in mainstream annual reports. Lois also serves on the ACCA’s Global Forum on Sustainability and a member of Carbon Tracker’s Advisory Board. Previously, Lois was Technical Director of the Group Tax Department in Zurich Financial Services, Technical Director to the International Integrated Reporting Council (IIRC) and was part of the development of its integrated reporting framework and Technical Director where she was the author of the first CDP questionnaire.

Ravi Abeywardana - Technical Director

 Ravi Abeywardana is a Chartered Accountant with ICAEW, geographer and Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability Reporting expert. He has previously held management positions within Finance and Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability departments for a leading listed food and agri-business supplying food, ingredients, feed and fibre worldwide (>$20 billion turnover). Prior to that he trained as an accountant at Ecovis Wingrave Yeats, a leading firm of Chartered Accountants, Business Advisors, and Data Analysts based in Soho, the heart of London.

Ravi developed and implemented Olam’s Integrated Impact Statement, a pioneering financial statement and internationally recognised by organisations such as the Capitals Coalition.

Twitter: @raviabeywardana
LinkedIn: Ravi Abeywardana

Michael Zimonyi – Policy & External Affairs Director

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Michael leads CDSB's policy and external affairs work. He joined CDSB in 2012 and focuses on policy and corporate engagement and oversees external affairs. Prior to joining CDSB, Michael has worked at a global pharmaceutical corporation and at the sustainability think tank Forum for the Future. Michael has a degree in Chemistry with Environmental Science from the University of Birmingham, studied Sustainable Finance at the University of Oxford and is a member of the Royal Society of Chemistry. He is also a member of the UK Financial Reporting Council's Stakeholder Advisory Panel and former member of the EFRAG European Lab Project Task Force on Climate-Related Reporting.

Twitter: @MikeZimonyi
LinkedIn: Michael Zimonyi

Gemma Clements - Capacity Building and Engagement Manager

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Gemma joined the CDSB Secretariat in 2016 to support CDSB's technical and engagement work. After working as an teacher for 4 years in London she completed an MSc in Environment and Development from the London School of Economics and Political Sciences. In her time at CDSB she has held a number of positions and has worked on numerous projects, including the Reporting Exchange and on publications about non-financial reporting in Europe. Her current role is managing the TCFD Knowledge Hub and developing CDSB’s educational products and services. She also leads on the Beyond Disclosure programme supporting companies in their disclosure practice.

Twitter: @ClemGemma
LinkedIn: Gemma Clements

 Hindal – Team Coordinator and Assistant to the Managing Director

Cameron re-joined the CDSB team in 2020 following an internship as a Programme and Communications Assistant and as a Project Officer the previous year, in which he worked closely on the TCFD Good Practice Handbook. Cameron holds a BSc in Geography from Liverpool John Moores University and an MSc in Environmental Policy and Regulation from the London School of Economics and Political Science, where his most recent research explored the corporate carbon reduction landscape and the perception, adoption, and implementation of net-zero and 1.5°C-aligned targets. 

Email: cameron
LinkedIn: Cameron Hindal  

Patrick Hanrahan - Communications Manager

Patrick heads up global communications strategy at CDSB. Prior to joining CDSB in 2020, Patrick worked advising large listed businesses in their communications to Capital Markets, including in communicating ESG strategy, across a variety of sectors. He has a qualification in Sustainability Management from the University of Cambridge Institute of Sustainability Leadership. Please contact Patrick for media enquiries or content collaboration opportunities.

LinkedIn: Patrick Hanrahan

Julia Kislitsyna - Communications and Events Manager

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Julia joined CDSB's communications team in 2019 and is based in the Berlin office. In her role Julia runs CDSB's digital communications and assists with delivering the events strategy. Prior to joining CDSB, Julia worked in broadcast and online media and brings with her a wealth of media experience and knowledge.

LinkedIn: Julia Kislitsyna

David Astley - Senior Technical Officer

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David joined CDSB in 2017 to support its research and technical work. He is currently focused on the Corporate Reporting Dialogue’s Better Alignment Project, working with the other key reporting organisations to create a more coherent and complementary reporting landscape. Previously he was the research and delivery lead on the collaborative Reporting Exchange project for CDSB. David holds a Masters in Earth Sciences from the University of Oxford.


Fiona Quinlan - Technical Manager

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Fiona joined CDSB's technical team in 2019 having previously spent 6 years working in corporate sustainability reporting and strategy. During this time she worked at the consultancy Carbon Credentials, advising corporate clients on climate strategy and risk, as well as for the energy company Centrica. At Centrica, she managed sustainability data collection, including responding to ESG benchmarks such as CDP. Fiona has a BSc in Geography from Durham University and is a Practitioner member of the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment (PIEMA). She is currently studying for an MSc in Carbon Management at the University of Edinburgh via distance learning. At CDSB she is focused on producing and disseminating technical content that can help to drive greater uptake of climate risk reporting

LinkedIn: Fiona Quinlan

Sundip Jadeja - Technical Manager

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Sundip joined CDSB’s technical team in 2019 after spending four years representing the UK private equity and venture capital industry. At the British Private Equity and Venture Capital Association (BVCA), he led on several policy areas including responsible and impact investing; accounting, reporting and legal developments; and a governance initiative to improve transparency within the industry. Previously, Sundip trained as a chartered accountant at Deloitte in the Banking and Capital Markets group and is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW). He has an MA in Land Economy from Cambridge. Sundip supports the CDSB’s technical work programme to drive uptake of the TCFD recommendations and enhance reporting of climate, natural capital and environmental information globally.

Linkedin: Sundip Jadeja

Nontokozo Khumalo – Corporate Engagement Manager

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Nontokozo joined the Climate Disclosure Standards Board in 2019. She supports companies with their mainstreaming of reporting on climate-related and environmental issues. She has over 10 years of experience in the asset management, banking and insurance sectors having worked within corporate governance, institutional client relationship management and sustainability functions. Past roles include that of manager in Standard Bank Group's sustainability unit and senior consultant at ESG firm, EBS Advisory where she was responsible for engagement on sustainability topics with private equity companies. Nontokozo holds a Master of Commerce degree in Development Finance from the University of Cape Town and a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of the Witwatersrand. She has completed the academic qualification required for the certification of financial advisors under the Financial Planning Institute of Southern Africa.

LinkedIn: Nontokozo Khumalo

Axelle Blanchard - Policy Manager

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Axelle joined CDSB’s Policy Team in 2020 to continue her advocacy work in Brussels around the European institutions. Previously, she worked at the French national banking federation on issues from capital markets union to sustainable finance, where she liaised on policy issues with EU and national regulators as well as financial supervisors. She started in Brussels as a Public Affairs consultant, working for global and European large companies in the fields of new technologies and health. Axelle holds a MSc from Science Po Strasbourg, where she studied European affairs and public policies. Her work at CDSB focuses on the EU Non-Financial Reporting Directive within the EU sustainable finance agenda.

LinkedIn: Axelle Blanchard

Lucy Dance-Matthews - Project Manager

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Lucy joined CDSB as a Project Manager in 2019 where she manages project outcomes towards enhanced nature-related financial disclosures in the EU. She holds a Bachelor of Finance and Accounting degree from the University of the West of England completed with first class honours. She has several years of project management experience gained in various industries across Europe including large retailers. Prior to joining the CDSB team, Lucy worked in the finance team at BASF managing asset and project-related transactions and in the compliance team at Nike providing training in SOX processes at the European Headquarters.

Twitter: @dance_matthews
LinkedIn: Lucy Dance-Matthews

Francesca Recanati - Environmental Specialist

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Francesca joined CDSB’s technical team in 2020 as environmental specialist. She develops technical content to facilitate and foster reporting on natural capital, bringing her experience as sustainability consultant and academic researcher. Before joining CDSB, Francesca worked as a sustainability consultant at GreenDelta, with a focus on Life Cycle Assessment. She holds a PhD in Information Technology and a MSc in Environmental Engineering both at Politecnico di Milano, with a research focus on quantitative assessment of the environmental sustainability of agri-food systems. She is a researcher on sustainable agriculture with the Barilla Center for Food and Nutrition and author of several scientific publications in peer-reviewed international journals, technical reports on food sustainability, and reviewer for international scientific journals and congresses.

LinkedIn: Francesca Recanati
Twitter: @FranciRecanati

Dr Kim Schumacher - Adjunct Japan Representative

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Dr Kim Schumacher is a Lecturer in Sustainable Finance and ESG at the School of Environment and Society, Tokyo Institute of Technology. His research focuses on ESG data and impact metrics, sustainable finance frameworks, green bonds, natural capital valuation, ecosystem services, renewable energy project development, and TCFD disclosure. In addition, he is an Honorary Research Associate of the Environmental Interactions as well as Economy and Society Research clusters at the School of Geography and the Environment, University of Oxford.

He is also a consultant for the Luxembourg Ministry of the Environment, Climate and Sustainable Development in the areas of sustainable finance and ESG, notably green bonds and non-financial disclosure.

LinkedIn: Kim SCHUMACHER, Ph.D LL.M CEnv