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.
Nigel Felgate has over 20 years of cross commodity proprietary trading experience in European energy and carbon markets. Former MD, BNP, Morgan Stanley, Merrill Lynch and JP Morgan trading the energy/carbon complex. Significant options market maker in EU carbon having traded the market since its launch in 2005. Nigel has transacted billions in energy/carbon exposure and generated positive returns in 16 of 19 years including 2008. Has developed multiple proprietary alpha trading strategies and sophisticated risk management techniques.
Alex Child has 5 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).
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.
Michael is a successful entrepreneur and businessman who co-founded RAB Capital, an alternative asset management company which was the first publicly listed hedge fund in London. Prior to RAB Capital Michael held executive positions with ABN Amro, Merrill Lynch, and James Capel. Michael has a wide portfolio of business interests and sits on the board of multiple companies to whom he provides strategic advice. He has an extensive business network and has already provided some very valuable introductions to Carbon Cap.
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.