CDSB Board Members

  • Richard Samans

    Richard Samans (Chairman)

    Managing Director, Head of Policy and Institutional Impact
    World Economic Forum

    Richard Samans is a Member of the Managing Board of the World Economic Forum (WEF). He is responsible for the Forum’s action and policy oriented multistakeholder initiatives on major global challenges, relations with intergovernmental and civil society organizations and portfolio of public-private cooperation projects. From 2011 to 2013, he served as Director-General of the Global Green Growth Institute, where he led the organization’s transformation from a start-up non-governmental organization to a treaty-based intergovernmental institution active in over 20 countries. Before an earlier stint at the World Economic Forum from 2001 to 2011, Samans served in the US White House as Special Assistant for International Economic Policy to President Bill Clinton and Senior Director for International Economic Affairs at the National Security Council. Prior to that, he was Economic Policy Adviser to US Senate Democratic Leader Thomas A. Daschle and served in a range of roles in other public, private, and research institutions. Since 2007, he has also served as Chairman of the Climate Disclosure Standards Board, a consortium of business and environmental organizations that has established a common framework for reporting of carbon-related corporate performance and risks in mainstream reports to the investment community.

  • Pankaj Bhatia

    Pankaj Bhatia

    Deputy Director of Climate Program; Global Director of TRAC Initiative
    World Resources Institute

    Pankaj Bhatia is the Deputy Director of WRI’s Climate Program and Director of WRI’s Tools, Reporting and Analysis for Climate (TRAC) Signature Initiative. As Deputy Director, he helps manage one of WRI’s largest programs and oversees two additional Signature Initiatives – US Climate Action and International Climate Action as well as the GHG Protocol. In addition, Pankaj is one of the leading experts and authority on the GHG Protocol standards and tools, particularly in the areas of corporate, scope 3, mitigation action, and city accounting.

    He launched and led the three-year global process that involved more than 2,300 stakeholders to develop the new GHG Protocol Scope 3 and Product Standard released in October 2011. Currently, he is leading a WRI team working to develop new global standards in the financial, agriculture, mitigation action, and city sectors and to implement new GHG programs in key major economies including China, India, and Brazil.

  • Helen Clarkson

    The Climate Group

    Helen joined The Climate Group in March 2017 as Chief Executive Officer.

    Prior to joining The Climate Group, Helen worked at Forum for the Future where she founded the organization’s US office. At Forum, Helen led work with large US corporations such as Target, Walmart, Nike, Gap, and Levi Strauss & Co. to solve complex sustainability challenges at both the organizational and broader systemic level. Helen also served as Interim Chief Operating Officer for several months.

    Médecins Sans Frontières where she worked on humanitarian missions in countries including Democratic Republic of Congo, Sudan, Burundi, Pakistan and Nigeria.

    Helen has an undergraduate degree in Philosophy from Cambridge University, and a master’s degree in Business Strategy, Politics & the Environment, from Birkbeck College, University of London. She is also a Chartered Accountant.

  • Dirk Forrister

    President and CEO
    International Emissions Trading Association

    Dirk Forrister is CEO and president of the International Emissions Trading Association (IETA). He previously served as managing director at Natsource LLC, the manager of one of the world’s largest carbon funds, and served as chairman of the White House Climate Change Task Force in the Clinton Administration during the Kyoto Protocol negotiations. Earlier in his career, he was assistant U.S. secretary of energy for congressional, public and intergovernmental affairs and legislative counsel to Congressman Jim Cooper. Forrister also served as energy program manager for the Environmental Defense Fund.

  • Rodney Irwin

    Dr Rodney Irwin

    Managing Director, Redefining Value & Education
    World Business Council for Sustainable Development

    Rodney Irwin is responsible for a portfolio of projects designed to advance corporate reporting taking sustainable development into the mainstream reporting of an organization. He is the link between WBCSD members and standard / regulation setters and he is leading projects in risk management, taxation, mandatory reporting and is developing education programs designed for senior finance staff.

    Rodney is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland, a Certified Fraud examiner, a Certified Compliance and Ethics Professional and a Specialist member of the Institute of Risk Management. He is also a member of the Advisory Council of the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board and a member of the IIRC’s Working Group.

  • Mindy S. Lubber JD, MBA

    Mindy S. Lubber JD, MBA

    President & CEO

    Investor Network on Climate Risk

    Mindy S. Lubber is President of Ceres, a nonprofit organization that leads a national coalition of investors, environmental organizations and other public interest groups working with companies to address sustainability challenges such as global climate change and water scarcity.

    Mindy also directs the Investor Network on Climate Risk (INCR), a group of over 100 institutional investors managing $10 trillion in assets focused on the business risks and opportunities of climate change.

  • Amy Holm

    Executive Director
    The Climate Registry

    Amy Holm is the Executive Director of The Climate Registry, a non-profit organization that provides guidance, online tools and training to help organizations measure, report, and verify their greenhouse gas emissions. In addition to providing strategic direction for The Climate Registry and overseeing its team, Amy acts as chief liaison with the Board of Directors, which is comprised of representatives from U.S. states and Canadian provinces and territories.

    Prior to becoming Executive Director in 2019, Amy served in a variety of roles over eight years with The Climate Registry. She supervised key outreach activities, such as the Climate Leadership Conference and Awards, Cool Planet Project, and TCR’s annual UN COP delegation. She also oversaw The Climate Registry’s greenhouse gas reporting programs – including the Carbon Footprint Registry and the recently launched Water-Energy Nexus Registry – and accompanying technical support and recognition programs.

    Before joining The Climate Registry, Amy held a number of roles in the areas of program management, special event planning, member relations, and public education. She worked for numerous organizations in both the non-profit and private sectors, including  the Santa Monica Bay Restoration Foundation, Code Blue Foundation, Orange County Department of Education, and Global Tomorrow Coalition. Amy was also a Board member of the Mono Lake Committee.

    Amy received an M.A. in Environmental Policy in International Relations from Claremont Graduate University and a B.A. in International Affairs from Lewis and Clark College.

  • Jeffrey Hales

    Chair Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB)

    Jeffrey Hales teaches at the University of Texas at Austin, where he is a professor of accounting at the McCombs School of Business . He is a graduate of the accounting program at Brigham Young University and received his Ph.D. from Cornell University.

    His research interests center on accounting standard setting and regulation, individual decision making, and behavioral finance, using techniques from applied game theory, experimental economics, and psychology. His research has appeared in The Accounting Review, Journal of Accounting Research, Journal of Accounting and Economics, Review of Accounting Studies, and the Journal of Financial Economics, among other journals. He currently serves as an editor for Accounting Horizons and Contemporary Accounting Research. He also currently serves on the editorial boards of The Accounting Review and Accounting Organizations and Society. At Georgia Tech, he teaches financial accounting and Ph.D. seminars on behavioral accounting and finance, policy-oriented research in accounting, and the psychology of judgment and decision making.

    During the 2009-10 academic year, Dr. Hales was a Research Fellow at the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) in Norwalk, CT. In addition, he currently serves as a member of the FASB’s Financial Accounting Standards Advisory Council (FASAC) and previously chaired the Standards Council for the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB).

  • Paul Simpson

    Chief Executive Officer
    CDP (formerly Carbon Disclosure Project)

    Paul has been at the forefront of CDP's expansion since its inception in 2000 and has led CDP from a climate specific focus into other environmental areas. He previously worked with Chesham Amalgamations & Investments Ltd, the International Society for Ecology & Culture and is a former director of the Social Venture Network. Paul sits on the advisory panel of Guardian Sustainable Business and the Global Stranded Assets Advisory Council for the Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment at Oxford University.

  • Gordon Wilson

    Senior Manager
    Chairman of the Technical Working Group
    Climate Disclosure Standards Board

    As Technical Working Group Chair, Gordon is an observer on the Board.

    Gordon Wilson is Senior Manager at PwC's, a multinational professional services network headquartered in London. Prior to joining the Performance Assurance team, which specialises in assurance over non financial information, he worked for KPMG in their Sustainability Services team and within the Retail, Consumer and Industrial Markets audit practices. Gordon is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW), and had a role as Project Consultant for HRH The Prince of Wales’s Accounting for Sustainability Project during 2008 and 2009. He advises and provides assurance to a broad range of large multinational corporates over their management and reporting of environmental and social metrics as well as running PwC's Building Public Trust Awards for Sustainability Reporting.

CDSB’s Board members represent international business and environmental organisations that are working to create the enabling conditions for the reporting and disclosure of climate change, environmental information and natural capital in mainstream financial reports. The Board sets CDSB’s priorities and strategic direction and upholds CDSB’s mission, values and vision. The Board is chaired by Richard Samans, managing director of the World Economic Forum.