Our Team
Cara

Dr. Cara Tobin, PEng - Founder and CEO

16 years’ experience as a climate-related project development and financing sourcing specialist in the public sector (UNDP, ADB, AfDB, EIB, CDB, UNEP)
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Dr. Cara Tobin is an environmental engineer, with a specialization in hydrology and hydropower. She has developed and secured over USD 280 million of public financing for projects addressing climate change in Africa, Central Asia and the Caribbean. She has worked for UNDP, the Asian Development Bank, the African Development Bank, the European Investment Bank, the Caribbean Development Bank and UNEP. Previously, Cara worked with civil and environmental engineering firms in the USA, New Zealand and Australia.

Cara holds a PhD from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL), a Master’s from Stanford University and a Bachelor’s from the Georgia Institute of Technology. She was a Fulbright scholar and Swiss and U.S. National Science Foundation scholarship recipient.

WILLIAM

William Greene - Financial Advisor

17 years’ experience in RE space, partner at Stafford Capital, worked for ADB, Swiss Re, Macquarie Bank and with solar project developers (Etrion)
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William is a sustainable finance expert who manages sustainable infrastrastructure and cleantech funds for Stafford Capital. Prior to Stafford, William was responsible for sustainable finance investments at Macquarie Bank and for solar power project investments with Etrion (a listed power IPP).  William was responsible for the infrastructure component of Swiss Re’s USD 1 billon sustainability and infrastructure investment portfolio. He also worked for the Asian Development Bank in Manila where he sourced private investments in infrastructure and within the renewables space throughout South Asia. William began his career as a civil engineer working in both New Zealand and the US for leading consulting firms.

William has a Master’s in Business Administration from the Wharton School, a Master’s of Science in environmental engineering from Stanford University and a Master’s and Bachelor’s of Science in Civil Engineering from The National Superior School of Hydraulics of Grenoble, France.

Angelo

Angelo Prete - Investor and Technical Advisor

20 years’ experience, developed over 650 MW solar, Bain Company, LDK Solar, Welink Energy

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Angelo has accumulated a wide experience in the sector of the energy, mainly in the renewable energy area, with an extensively international activity in the past 15 years. In the past Angelo has held several positions with the development and management of energy projects, from the start up phase up to the long term management.

The geographic focus of Angelo’s activities has been EMEA, with also extensive partnership with Chinese players and project assessments in Canada, South America and South East Asia.

The projects developed and/or built under Angelo’s responsibility exceed 650MW.

Angelo worked as a manager in several multinational companies in Europe, with strong connections to Chinese players, and has been involved in several investments in the energy sector.

Angelo is a civil engineer with a MBA, Bocconi, Milan, Italy.

Song

Song Ping - Business Development, Asia

6 years’ experience as a consultant in China renewable & environmental sectors (State Grid of China, Ecofys, Synocus)
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Song Ping, an environmental economist and consultant by profession, born and raised in Beijing. Song has dedicated his entire career to the renewable energy & climate change sector. He previously worked in international energy/environmental consulting firms in China and Europe, performing market research in the fields of renewable investment, carbon markets, corporate carbon strategy etc. He has advised Chinese and International Fortune 500 companies on their cleantech investments overseas and acquisition deals. He has also previously supported sustainability-related technical assistance projects for the Chinese government and International Development Finance Institutes such as the Asian Development Bank and the World Bank.

Song has a MS from Aalto University, Helsinki and a BS from the North China Electricity Power University

Simona

Simona Martin - Business Development, Europe

HEC Business School Graduate, worked for Banque Pictet&Cie, Investment Platform
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Simona holds a Bachelor in Management, and a Master in Finance from HEC Business School of Lausanne, Switzerland. Previously, she worked in the Equity Research Department of Banque Pictet&Cie, and she assisted in teaching the Advanced Corporate Finance Course at HEC. Simona is passionate about Business Models and Finance.

 

Development Finance Institutions (DFIs) focused on private sector investing for climate-related projects, such as the ADB, EIB, AfDB, KfW are major players in the sector of international development with USD 100 billion invested every year (Forbes, Oct 2014). DFIs act as a catalyst, typically financing a maximum of 25% of a given investment in order to spur private contributions (ADB Equity Stake). However, DFIs are consistently seeking to cofinance the missing 75%.

This is where ClimatePlace steps in! Our platform seeks to highlight pre-due-diligenced, bankable climate-related projects in order to raise a blend of public and private capital required to make such green development projects a reality. External, private investment at the international level for climate-related projects is projected to increase at approximately 20% in the coming decade (Climate Policy Initiative, Global Landscape of Climate Finance, 2015). ClimatePlace is therefore the critical link to guide and direct the growing amounts of private financing to ensure that climate change adaptation and mitigation activities can receive critical support.

To accomplish this task, the ClimatePlace team has multi-faceted experience in supporting the public and private sector in developing and financing climate change-related projects . Now, with a proprietary database of top investors in the space of sustainable finance, the ClimatePlace team will match pre-vetted projects with the most relevant investment opportunities, enabling a greater impact on-the-ground towards a low-carbon and climate resilient future.