Sabine Frank, Executive Director
Sabine’s role is to ensure Carbon Market Watch adapts its purpose and activities to “the future as it emerges”. She succeeded the founding director, Eva Filzmoser, in January 2019. While concerned that the climate “changes faster than we are”, she is committed to ensuring that Carbon Market Watch plays a uniquely useful role in the political battle for the climate and humanity. Before joining Carbon Market Watch, Sabine worked for several foundations, notably the Schöpflin Stiftung as Head of Programme “Economy and Democracy”, and looked at climate protection from the perspective of trade policy (environmental costs not being factored into the benefits of trade; investor protection in Free Trade Agreements causing “regulatory chill” where climate policies are concerned …). Sabine also has many years of leadership experience of NGOs at European level. She has become a committed “Bruxelloise” and cares about life in the city of Brussels becoming sustainable. She can be convinced to enjoy long-distance bike rides and is partial to dance opportunities.
Office: +32 2 335 3661
Sam Van den plas, Policy Director
As Policy Director, Sam is in charge of Carbon Market Watch’s policy strategy, positioning and advocacy outreach. Sam worked previously with WWF, and his main areas of expertise include EU climate policy, carbon markets, the EU Emissions Trading System and industrial decarbonisation. Sam is determined to make a difference in the struggle against climate breakdown – his way to describe dangerous global warming. He believes carbon pollution pricing can have an important role to play to limit the impacts, as long as the real external cost of carbon is reflected and policymakers don’t consider carbon taxation or markets to be their only silver bullet. Sam lives in Gent, where he plans to move to a sustainable cohousing project (under construction). He likes gardening and cross-country skiing whenever it snows in Belgium.
Office: +32 2 335 36 66
Agnese Ruggiero, Policy Officer
Agnese works on the national energy and climate plans and industrial decarbonisation. Before joining Carbon Market Watch, she worked as a campaign manager at the International Society of Nephrology where she gained extensive experience in advocacy and awareness-raising. Agnese is very passionate about policies that affect individuals and believes that everyone can make a positive contribution, no matter how small. She also enjoys travelling, running and playing tennis.
Office: +32 2 335 36 66
Gilles Dufrasne, Policy Officer
Gilles works on EU and international climate policies, with a special focus on the carbon market negotiations at the United Nations climate talks and international aviation. He studied social science at the University of Mons and economics at the University of Warwick, before completing his MSc. in environmental economics at the London School of Economics and Political Science. Gilles is a big tennis fan, a keen traveller, and is learning to play the guitar.
Office: +32 2 335 3668
Wijnand Stoefs, Policy Officer
Currently on parental leave
Wijnand deals with, among others, international shipping and “negative emissions”. Before joining Carbon Market Watch Wijnand worked on EU and international climate change policy at think-tanks ERCST and CEPS. He holds an MSc. in Economics and in International Political Sciences from the University of Leuven. Outside of the office, Wijnand is preoccupied with renovating his house, training his puppy and, time permitting, enjoying life in Brussels with his better half.
Office: +32 2 335 3668
Jonathan Crook, Policy Officer
Jonathan works on international and EU climate policy, with a focus on compliance and voluntary carbon markets. He has a master’s degree in Environmental Policy from Sciences Po Paris, and prior to joining Carbon Market Watch, he worked at the OECD on policy issues concerning cities and sustainable development – local climate action, energy efficiency and sustainable housing. While Jonathan will be forever a New Yorker at heart, he loves exploring new cities and hiking in the mountains.
Daniele Rao, Intern
Daniele is a policy and communication intern at Carbon Market Watch, focusing on EU and international climate policies. He is currently enrolled in a specialized master in EU interdisciplinary studies at the Institute of European Studies at the ULB, after graduating in International Studies at the University of Torino. He loves food and cooking, reading and he is a big football and basketball fan.
Communications and Network
Kaisa Amaral, Communications Director
Kaisa is in charge of Carbon Market Watch’s overall communication strategy and its implementation. She is also our contact person for journalists’ enquiries. A graduate from the University of Turku, Kaisa used to work at the European Commission’s citizens’ information service and in the press service of the Permanent Representation of Finland to the European Union. Kaisa loves cycling, running, yoga and reading a good book.
Office: +32 2 335 36 64, mobile: +32 485 07 68 90
Miriam Vicente Marcos, Communication Officer/Project Manager
Miriam is the coordinator of the PlanUp project. She also works on the development and implementation of Carbon Market Watch’s digital media and communication strategies. Miriam graduated with a communications degree at the University of Murcia and holds a master in Marketing, Branding and Communications from Brighton University with a special focus on social and environmental marketing. She loves visual arts, travelling and hiking.
Office +32 2 335 36 64
Essi Nordbäck, Communications Officer
Essi works across Carbon Market Watch communication operations for campaigns, publications, and online content. She also contributes to the development of the organisation’s communication strategies. Essi holds an MSc degree in Corporate Communication from the University of Jyväskylä and before joining Carbon Market Watch, she worked in international relations and communications at the European Commission Directorate-General for Mobility and Transport and in communications at the EU and Nordic Swan ecolabels. A big fan of nature, Essi loves hikes in the woods and taking a dip in the sea – even in the winter.
Noemí Rodrigo Sabio, Communications Officer
Noemí works on the development and the implementation of the communication activities of Carbon Market Watch. Holder of a degree in Journalism, she graduated in European Policy and Communication at IHECS Brussels and gained a MA in Documentary Photography from the University of the Arts London. Before joining Carbon Market Watch, Noemí worked in European non-profit organisations, NGO’s and media, such as the Brussels School of Governance and Climate Action Network Europe. She is passionate about music and nature, and carries out photo projects unveiling local environmental stories throughout Europe.
Andrew Marshall, Intern
Andy is an intern in Carbon Market Watch’s communications and policy, currently focussing on digital media and research. A Geography and Planning graduate from Newcastle University, Andy is currently enrolled in a masters in Global Energy Transition and Governance in Berlin. Andy is a keen traveller and a big sports fan – loving to run in his spare time.
Finance and Outreach
Léa Teheux, Finance Officer
Léa is in charge of Carbon Market Watch’s financial and accounting operations. Furthermore, she oversees the human resources elements of the organisation and the grant contract management. She graduated in Sociology and European Studies at the Free University of Brussels. She enjoys travelling, cooking, eating, and discovering new restaurants in town.
Office: +32 2 335 3661
Elisa Martellucci, External Relations and Project Manager
Elisa is the External Relations Manager of Carbon Market Watch, managing and developing relations with public and private donors. Before joining the team she worked at the European Business Summit and at the Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS) where she has been extensively involved in several EU funded research projects on employment and education. She holds a master degree in Political Science from the Free University for Social Studies (LUISS) in Rome. Elisa loves cruising with her new e-bike.
Office: +32 2 335 36 63