Carbon Market Watch board oversees the organisation’s strategic direction. Meeting twice a year, it comprises of members representing civil society and academia who are committed to furthering fair and effective climate action. The board members are elected by the general assembly which convenes once a year and is open to all network members.
Natasha Hurley, Chair
Natasha Hurley is an EU and international policy specialist and chair of the board of Carbon Market Watch, a role she combines with a full-time position as campaign manager at Changing Markets in London. As EU policy advisor for Carbon Market Watch from 2010-2011 (when called CDM Watch), she played an instrumental part in the campaign to ban industrial gas carbon offsets from the EU Emissions Trading System. Previous roles include working at a political consultancy and for the European Commission in Brussels. Natasha holds a first class degree in European Politics from the University of Leeds and a Master’s in EU Policy and Administration from the College of Europe in Bruges. She has lived in the UK, Saudi Arabia, France and Belgium.
Rob Elsworth, Vice-chair
Rob Elsworth is a climate change and international development specialist and vice-chair of the board of Carbon Market Watch. He has some ten years experience in policy analysis and project management, specifically around strategic planning, carbon markets, climate finance, mitigation and adaptation. Rob is based in Khartoum, Sudan, as is a Technical Advisor at UN Environment. He holds a degree in Politics from the University of Newcastle, UK, and a Master’s in Environmental Governance from the University of Freiburg, Germany.
Stephen Boucher, Member
Stephen is the CEO of consoGlobe.com, France’s largest online media on sustainability matters. Prior to his current position, Stephen served as director of the EU climate policies programme at the European Climate Foundation. A Harvard Kennedy School of Government and Sciences Po Paris graduate, he was co-director of the think-tank Notre Europe / Jacques Delors Institute before joining the ECF. In this role, he designed and organised the first pan-European Deliberative Poll. His other previous roles include public affairs consultant in London, Brussels and Paris, and European and international affairs advisor to the Deputy Prime Minister and Federal Minister for Mobility of Belgium in Guy Verhofstadt’s government. A professor at the Université Libre de Bruxelles, Stephen has previously taught at Sciences Po. He has published several books and studies in French and English on various topics, including on think tanks, energy matters, and, most recently, creativity in politics.
Emilie Johann, Member
Emilie Johann is the head of international advocacy at Caritas France where she works with her team on various issues linked to fighting injustice and addressing the root causes of poverty, notably climate change, financial regulation, the right to food, and migration. She has been working on environmental and development issues for ten years, starting with Greenpeace and WWF in France and later for an international network of development agencies in Brussels.
Jürgen Maier, Member
Jürgen Maier has been director of the German NGO Forum Environment & Development since 1996, a network of German NGOs established after the Rio Conference on Environment & Development in 1992 to monitor the follow-up process. The Forum nurtured Carbon Market Watch (formerly CDM Watch) as legal host from 2009 to 2012. He is also member of the coordination committees of the Trade Justice Network Germany and the campaign “My Agriculture”. Before joining the Forum, he was director of the German Asia Foundation (1993-96) and executive committee member of the German Green Party (1987-91).
Diego Martinez-Schuett, Member
Diego is policy analyst on Sustainable Development Goals at the Catholic aid agency for England and Wales (CAFOD) and one of the co-founders of Carbon Market Watch, where he worked as policy officer before joining the CAFOD. At Carbon Market Watch, Diego conducted environmental scientific research and policy work as well as climate activism, working with local forest communities in Bolivia. He is driven by the goal to ensure real consideration of equity and justice of the Global South in decision-making in the Global North. Diego graduated from Brandenburg Technical University in Germany and Saitama University in Japan. He holds a first class MSc. in Environmental Management from the University of Auckland, New Zealand.
Peter Newell, Member
Peter is Professor of international relations at the University of Sussex. He has previously held posts at the University of East Anglia; Oxford University Environmental Change Institute; University of Warwick; Institute of Development Studies, FLACSO Argentina and Climate Network Europe in Brussels. He has also worked for NGOs such as Friends of the Earth, is a member of the board of directors of Greenpeace UK, and serves on the advisory board of the Green think-tank Greenhouse. He has worked on issues of environment and development, especially climate change, for 25 years and conducted research and policy work for governments as well as international organizations such as the United Nations Development Programme, the Global Environment Facility and the Inter-American Development Bank. He is co-author of the books Climate Capitalism, Governing Climate Change, Transnational Climate Change Governance and Globalization and the Environment. His current research interests lie in the political economy of climate change, especially in relation to carbon markets, and the political economy of transitions to a lower carbon economy.
Tomas Wyns, Member
Tomas Wyns is a senior Researcher at the Institute for European Studies at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel. He is working on European and international climate policy, in particular the design of industrial and innovation policy in the EU and its Member States, enhancing global climate action under the Paris climate agreement and the implementation of the EU Emissions Trading System. Before joining the IES, Tomas worked as a climate policy officer in the environmental administration of the Flemish government in Belgium. He later joined the NGO ‘Climate Action Network Europe’ and the think-thank ‘Centre for Clean Air Policy’. He has developed an extensive knowledge about energy intensive industries, in particular on low-carbon breakthrough technologies, business model transitions to a low-carbon economy and financing this transition. He recently published a comprehensive report on the options to decarbonise energy intensive industries in Europe and how to finance this transition under the forthcoming EU ETS innovation fund. Tomas has a Master’s degree in Physics and is specialised in international relations and conflict management.
Mariel Vilella, Member
Mariel is Managing Director of Zero Waste Europe and represents the vision and strategy of the organisation, as well as manages the ZWE team in collaboration with ZWE members worldwide that are promoting zero waste policies and practices. Previous to this role she was the lead climate policy advisor with GAIA and today she continues to guide GAIA’s work on zero waste project guidelines for major sources of climate finance, and international energy policy with impacts on the waste sector. She has extensive experience in research, publications development and project management and in 2011, she was the lead author of the report ‘The European Union’s Double Standards on Waste and Climate Policy”. Mariel has a Bachelors Degree in Sociology by the University of Barcelona, a Masters Degree on Discourse Analysis and Argumentation by the University of Amsterdam, and an Master of Arts in Social Communication Studies by University Pompeu Fabra.