Tanja Havemann (co-founder, chairperson)
With over 15 years of experience in the environmental finance sector, Tanja has worked with companies, Governmental, Non Governmental Organisations (NGOs) on investments, research, strategy development and advisory. Tanja established Clarmondial (previously BeyondCarbon) in Zurich in May 2010 to facilitate investments linked to improved natural resource use efficiency, including payments for environmental services (e.g. carbon finance), climate smart agriculture, renewable energy, and sustainable forestry. Tanja previously worked for Climate Change Capital (UK), and has carried out work for organisations including the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), GIZ and BAPPENAS, the Indonesian Ministry responsible for planning, the East African Community (EAC) and the World Economic Forum (WEF).Tanja has an LLM in Environmental Law and Policy from University of Kent, and an MSc in Applied Environmental Economics (Imperial College London) and a BSc (Hons) in Tropical Environmental Science from University of Aberdeen. She was born and grew up in Tanzania and Kenya. She speaks English and Danish fluently, and limited German, Portuguese and Swahili.
Dr. Piera Waibel
Piera has more than 15 years of experience in sustainability management and research, with a broad track record of working in companies, NGOs, foundations and management consulting. From 2013 to 2020, she acted as Managing Director of the Lindt Cocoa Foundation and as Head Raw Materials and Sustainability of the Lindt & Sprüngli Group. Piera is also a board member of the Pakka Foundation and the Verein Agricultura Regeneratio. Her focus and passion lie on sustainable agricultural supply and food systems, rural and agricultural development, inclusive business solutions, poverty alleviation and the regeneration of ecosystems – especially when these areas are linked, and complex issues need to be solved. Piera has an Economics and Sustainability background with a PhD from the University of Zurich, for which she spent 1.5 years at the Tropical Agricultural Research and Higher Education Centre (CATIE) in Turrialba, Costa Rica.