Team

Directors

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EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Sabine Frank

Sabine’s role is to ensure Carbon Market Watch adapts its purpose and activities to “the future as it emerges” and that Carbon Market Watch plays a uniquely useful role in the political battle for the climate and humanity. She is responsible for the overall leadership and management of the organisation. Before joining Carbon Market Watch, Sabine worked for several foundations, notably the Schöpflin Stiftung as Head of Programme “Economy and Democracy”, and 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.

sabine.frank[at]carbonmarketwatch.org

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POLICY DIRECTOR

Sam Van den plas

As Policy Director, Sam is in charge of Carbon Market Watch’s policy strategy, positioning and advocacy outreach. Sam has worked for environmental NGOs since the start of his career and his main areas of expertise include EU and international 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. He believes large polluters need to be held accountable to phase out their carbon pollution and the use of fossil fuels, including through carbon pricing. Sam lives in Gent in a sustainable cohousing project. He likes gardening and cross-country skiing. Unfortunately, both hobbies are made more difficult by the impacts of the climate crisis.

sam.vandenplas[at]carbonmarketwatch.org

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COMMUNICATIONS DIRECTOR

Khaled Diab

Khaled is Carbon Market Watch’s communications director. A fierce eco-worrier with a penchant for puns, Khaled strives to talk the walk and walk the talk towards a sustainable future. Prior to joining CMW, Khaled worked at the European Environmental Bureau.

Khaled is a veteran journalist and communicator. His byline has appeared in some of the world’s leading publications and outlets, as well as some you’ve probably never heard of. He has also written two books.

In his spare time, Khaled likes to write, read, travel and explore different cultures.

khaled.diab[at]carbonmarketwatch.org

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Lead on EU Carbon Market and Industrial Decarbonisation

Agnese Ruggiero

Agnese works on European climate policies, in particular related to industrial decarbonisation with a focus on the EU carbon market, the Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism and the Industrial Emissions Directive.  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.

agnese.ruggiero[at]carbonmarketwatch.org

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Lead on Global Carbon Markets

Gilles Dufrasne

Gilles leads our work on global carbon markets. He tracks developments at the United Nations climate talks, and in the so-called voluntary carbon market. Gilles holds an MSc. in environmental economics from the London School of Economics and Political Science. When he is not thinking about carbon markets, he spends his time hiking, being an excessively competitive board game player, and playing the guitar.

gilles.dufrasne[at]carbonmarketwatch.org

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Lead on Carbon Removals

Wijnand Stoefs

Wijnand leads on carbon dioxide removal policy, and follows EU’s Emissions Trading System (ETS) and other fields. His greatest ambition is to be able to accurately describe himself as an effective campaigner for inter-and intragenerational equity and justice. Before joining Carbon Market Watch, Wijnand worked on EU and international climate change policy, including the EU ETS, ESR and Article 6, at think tanks ERCST and CEPS. He holds an MSc in economics and another in political science from the University of Leuven. Outside of the (home-)office, Wijnand dotes on his young daughter, plays with his dog and, time permitting, enjoys life in beautiful Brussels with his significantly better half.

wijnand.stoefs[at]carbonmarketwatch.org

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Expert on Global Carbon Markets

Jonathan Crook

Jonathan works on carbon credits and the compliance/voluntary markets on which they are traded internationally, including Article 6 of the Paris Agreement. He also works on ‘EUCityCalc’, a project aiming to scale up urban climate action. 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.

jonathan.crook[at]carbonmarketwatch.org

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Expert on Decarbonisation of Aviation and Shipping

Daniele Rao

Daniele is a policy officer, supporting our work at EU and international levels. After graduating in International Studies at the University of Torino, he completed a Specialised Master in EU interdisciplinary studies at the Institute of European Studies at the Free University of Brussels. He loves food and cooking, reading and he is a big football and basketball fan.

daniele.rao[at]carbonmarketwatch.org

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Policy Intern

Jonas Fuchs

Jonas is currently doing a six-month policy internship at Carbon Market Watch. Drawing on his bachelor’s in environmental science from Leuphana University Luneburg, he is working on carbon removal policies, among other things. Jonas seeks solutions to the climate crisis that promote intersectional environmental justice and trigger systemic changes. On a personal note, he is really passionate about cooking, playing basketball, and listening to podcasts.

jonas.fuchs[at]carbonmarketwatch.org

Operations and development team

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FInance manager

Anas Henawy

Anas’s role focuses on finance and grant management. He oversees the financial health of CMW and helps ensure its continued viability. Anas has over 15 years of international experience in finance and HR consultancy for non-profits and for social enterprises, gathered in Asia, Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Anas thrives on helping others and enjoys that his work generates a social impact that genuinely improves people’s lives. When he is not at work, Anas likes to cook an exotic recipe, discover a different cuisine, learn a new language, or watch a sci-fi series.

finance[at]carbonmarketwatch.org

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Finance & Operations Intern

Leonela Garcés

Leonela works as part of the Finance team, mainly assisting with bookkeeping and payroll. She takes part in the follow-up and distribution of funding for our projects. She studied Finance and Accounting spending one year abroad at the University of Southampton. She also completed specialized training in Taxation and  Payroll. Her hobbies include running, dancing and sharing food with friends.

leonela.garces[at]carbonmarketwatch.org

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Project & Fundraising Manager

Elisa Martellucci

Elisa is CMW’s project manager. She coordinates the LIFE ETX project and focuses on carbon pricing for transport and buildings. 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.

elisa.martellucci[at]carbonmarketwatch.org

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Project & Membership Manager

Miriam Vicente Marcos

Miriam is responsible for CMW’s contribution to the EUCityCalc project and leads its communications strategy. She also handles processes related to  CMW’s membership. Previously, Miriam was the project manager of the LIFEPlanUp and also worked on developing and implementing CMW’s digital media and communication strategies. She still looks after the communications work that pertains to CMW’s operations. She holds a Master’s in Marketing, Branding, and Communications from Brighton University. She loves visual arts and traveling.

miriam.vicente[at]carbonmarketwatch.org

Communications team

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Communications Officer

Noemí Rodrigo Sabio

Noemí contributes to implementing and conceptualising CMW comms activities and campaigns. She is a firm believer in storytelling and creative processes combining text, visual and multimedia mediums. She is also the comms lead of the LifeETX project. Holder of a degree in Journalism, she graduated in European Policy and Communication at IHECS and gained a MA in Documentary Photography from the University of the Arts London. As part of the environmental movement in Brussels, Noemí collaborated with NGO’s such as Climate Action Network Europe. She also carries out photo projects unveiling environmental stories through exhibitions, books and actions. Noemí enjoys playing the cello and discovering the numerous secret corners of the city.

noemi.rodrigo[at]carbonmarketwatch.org

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Communications Officer

Gemma Bowcock

Gemma is part of the communications team, where she works to create engaging content, strengthen the CMW brand and promote the fantastic work of her colleagues. She is passionate about creative and impactful advocacy. She holds a BSc in Ecology, Evolution and Behaviour, and an MA in Children's Book Illustration. Since graduating in 2011, Gemma has worked in a variety of roles for environmental NGOs. She is a published children’s author and illustrator under the name Gemma Wells. She enjoys doing pottery and puzzles, and feeds her biophilia by spending time in nature, gardening and caring for two mischievous cats.

gemma.bowcock[at]carbonmarketwatch.org

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