Michael Azlen is a senior investment professional with 25 years of industry experience, including the founding, growth, and sale of a regulated investment management business to a public company. Since the beginning of 2018, he has been researching climate change and environmental investment and has focused his research on carbon pricing and Emissions Trading Systems (ETS).
Michael has completed several executive education courses on climate change, including the highly acclaimed program at the LSE’s Grantham Research Institute. Mr Azlen holds a Sloan Masters Degree in Leadership and Strategy from London Business School and is both a Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA) and a Certified Financial Planner (CFP). Michael is a regular speaker at investment conferences and has been a guest lecturer on the graduate degree programs at London Business School for more than 15 years.
Colin Hodges has 30 years of experience in financial markets in asset management, investment banking, and peer-to-peer lending organisations. He has worked with founder Michael Azlen for more than a decade and manages the day-to-day operations of the company, including finance, compliance, and risk. Prior to Frontier, Colin spent seven years with Gartmore, initially as CEO of their Japanese business and then managing the investment fund range for the European business. He also held operational management positions with NatWest Markets in London and Hong Kong and with RateSetter. He is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.
Edward Bratton has over 15 years of commercial experience in European energy and carbon markets. Significant exposure to proprietary trading of physical and derivatives in emissions markets since Phase I of the EU ETS. Previous senior roles include Head of Carbon Trading at Gazprom Marketing & Trading and Emissions Trader at Merrill Lynch. Edward has a track record of developing successful trading strategies as well as portfolio risk management of carbon reduction project investments.
Alex Child has 7 years research experience focused on the design and impact of carbon pricing instruments globally. Deep expertise in carbon markets including the EU ETS, RGGI, WCI (California), Korea and New Zealand. Has worked with world-leading academics on novel ETS models estimating volatility and stability measures. Strong quantitative skills and experience modelling emissions trading and carbon markets. He has an MSc in Economic Development (distinction).
Quantitative finance professional with 4 years experience in derivatives pricing model risk at Deutsche Bank. Prior to that, she has 4 year experience in risk management advisory. Weiying holds a Msc in Finance with focus in quantitative methods, machine learning, and application in investment management from London Business School. She also holds a MSc in Risk Management from London School of Economics.
15 years’ experience in asset raising and investor relations across alternative investments including hedge funds, private equity, socially responsible investments and quantitative systematic trading strategies. Dedicated to building strong investor relationships.
10 years of broad operations experience gained within the custodial, retail investment and alternative investment
space. Exposure to a wide range of fund strategies and security types attained from his time at Kairos Investment Management, Ferox Capital and Altana Wealth. Ian holds a First Class Business and Economics degree as well as the Investment Operations Certificate (IOC) and the Investment Management Certificate (IMC). Currently studying towards the Certificate in ESG Investing.
Mike Berners-Lee combines the academic rigour of a university professor with the practical experience of running a business involved in climate change. In addition he is a critically acclaimed author of several books on climate change: The Burning Question (with Duncan Clark) and How Bad are Bananas? The Carbon Footprint of Everything, and ‘There is No Planet B A Handbook for the Make of Break Years. Berners-Lee and his company, Small World Consulting bring together the best in environmental and management learning to help businesses respond to climate change and the broader sustainability agenda. Mike and his team have pioneered comprehensive supply chain emissions reporting methods for clients such as BT Group, Taylor Wimpey and many others. Mike is a professor at Lancaster University where he is involved in various sustainability research initiatives.
Robert Jenkins is a former banker, fund manager and policy maker. He is currently a professor, board director and public policy advocate. Jenkins headed trading and sales for CitiGroup in Dubai, Bahrain, Switzerland and Japan. He then moved to the "buy side" where he led asset management firms in Tokyo, London and New York Jenkins chaired the UK's Investment Association, was founding chair of the AQR Asset Management Institute at LBS and Chaired the Board of Governors of CFA Institute. He was an early appointee to the Bank of England's Financial Policy Committee. He has been a member of the UK's Panel on Takeovers and Mergers as well as a number of government high level groups. He has served in an advisory capacity to CVC Capital and as Senior Fellow at Better Markets. Jenkins is a member of the supervisory board of NN Group, the Dutch-based financial services company. He teaches teaches investment management at London Business School. He is a paid contributor to the Financial Times. In recognition of his many contributions to the investment profession Jenkins was made a Fellow of the Society of Investment Professionals by the CFA Society, UK.
James Cameron is a recognised and award-winning leader in the global climate change movement. James founded and chaired Climate Change Capital and held positions as both a member of the Green Investment Bank Commission and as an advisor to the European Commission on the creation of the European ETS. He was a member of the UK Prime Ministers Business Advisory Group and is a London Sustainable Development Commissioner. He founded the climate change and clean energy practice at the law firm Baker Mckenzie; and he co-founded CIEL, and negotiated the UNFCCC and Kyoto Protocol on behalf of AOSIS a coalition of vulnerable small island states he helped to build. James is a Fellow at the International Emissions Trading Association (IETA).
Neil Eckert serves as Chairman of IncubEx and Aggregated Micro Power Holdings and was the co-founder and CEO of Climate Exchange PLC until the sale of the company to the Intercontinental Exchange in July 2010 for
approximately £400 million. Climate Exchange PLC owned the Chicago Climate Exchange and the European Climate Exchange which hosted over 90% of carbon traded in the EU. Neil was also previously the Chairman of
Trading Emissions PLC, an AIM listed company and one of the world’s leading funds investing in emission reduction permits. Neil founded Brit Insurance Limited in 1995 and remained its CEO until March 2005.