Welcome to our new Trustees
7th February 2024
We are thrilled to announce the addition of several new faces to our Board of Trustees. Our new trustees bring a wealth of experience and diverse perspectives, they’ll play a crucial role in guiding Earthwatch’s development in the coming years.
“As Chair of the Trustees, I am thrilled to extend a warm welcome to our newest Board members. The new Trustees bring fresh expertise, perspectives, and a great deal of passion to Earthwatch’s work. The existing Trustees and I are looking forward to working with them. I am sure that, together with Earthwatch’s dedicated staff team, we will continue to build towards our vision of helping to create a world where we can live in balance with nature.”Lucian J. Hudson, Chair of Trustees
As part of Earthwatch’s overall strategy to embrace equality, diversity and inclusion in all of our work, for this round of trustee recruitment we have worked hard, supported by our advisers Diversifying Group, to further enhance the diversity of the skills, knowledge and experience within our Board, particularly in relation to engaging younger people and people from less advantaged or underrepresented communities. We are all really excited to see how our new Board will be able to support Earthwatch’s engagement with communities that are too often under represented on environmental issues.
Meet the new Trustees
Kian is the Founder of The People, a Gen-Z consultancy powered by a global community of young changemakers. Kian is also Advisor to UNFCCC, Agenda Contributor to the World Economic Forum and One Young World Ambassador.
With a background in education, Manu has extensive experience engaging young people and communities on environmental issues and believes that he can bring his vast network and his unique perspective on the intersection between inclusive practices and environmental spaces.
Ozlem has diverse international experience from senior roles at Citi, UBS, HSBC and Lloyds Banking Group across corporate, private and retail banking spanning over 25 years. She started her international career in corporate and investment banking at Citigroup then decided to move to wealth management. This began at UBS, followed by HSBC and most recently she joined Lloyds Banking Group and heads the International Private Banking.
Sonia is an ESG Consultant. She worked for a large broker as Head of UK ESG – Advisory Leader and was previously the key lead on ESG and Climate Risk at Grant Thornton UK LLP. She is a qualified accountant with international experience in advisory and assurance.
Wen-Yu is currently a senior-level consultant at PA Consulting, where she helps grow the dynamic Energy Transition and Climate Response team. She brings an array of knowledge and experience to her role as a trustee, characterised by her extensive background in low carbon energy and infrastructure consultancy, and climate advocacy and strategy work.
Meet and find out more about the rest of our trustees here.
Main image photo credit: Martin West, winner of the Wild Cities Photography Competition