Mr. Calvin Quek is the Senior Environmental Specialist at AIIB. He is responsible for implementing AIIB's environmental and social policies with a particular focus on financial intermediaries, capital market projects. Prior to AIIB, Calvin was head of Sustainable Finance at Greenpeace East Asia, where he managed the organization's engagement of the financial community. Prior to joining Greenpeace, he was with Citigroup for close to a decade. Calvin has an MBA from Peking University and an M.Sc. in Wealth Management from Singapore Management University.
Howard Liu has more than 20 years of experience in developing, managing, and evaluating programs of poverty alleviation and environmental protection in international organizations and government agencies. Howard has worked as Chief Representative of Oxfam China and China Program Director to manage the whole china Oxfam team since 2005, before then he is Executive Director of Greenpeace China from 2003 to 2005. He graduated from University of Hong Kong as PhD, Geography.
Carmen has over a decade of NGO senior management experience including Deputy International Program Director at Greenpeace International. With over 20 years experience in climate and energy issues, she’s played a pivotal role in driving numerous major corporations to more ambitious climate action. Throughout this time her work has spanned Europe, The Pacific, India and in the last 6 years has specifically focused in East Asia and Southeast Asia, including strategic leadership, portfolio management, and growing impactful teams to drive momentum in the energy transition across the region.
Co-Director (China Programme)
Throughout Sean's career, he has led highly impactful and adaptable corporate and public engagement programs in China. He was Deputy Director of Greenpeace East Asia for nearly a decade and prior to that, led business development for foreign companies across the Greater China region. Sean is highly integrated into Chinese non-profit, business, and investor networks. He graduated from Peking University with a bachelor's degree in political science.
Lauren has spent nearly 10 years bridging gaps in finance, policy, and climate progress in North America and East Asia. Most recently, she worked on sustainable finance issues in East Asia covering ESG, green finance policy in the public and private sectors, overseas energy investment, and investor engagement. Prior to this, she held roles at Bank of America Merrill Lynch, the American Chamber of Commerce in China, and the Brookings Institution’s Brookings-Tsinghua Center. She has an MPA from Tsinghua University and a BS from the International Business and Chinese Enterprise (IBCE) program at the University of South Carolina and the Chinese University of Hong Kong.
Head of Research and Development
Tom has over 10 years of experience at the London Stock Exchange, including responsibility for strategy and business development at EDX, the exchange’s majority owned derivatives subsidiary. He was also head of new products at Broker Services Group, designing and developing ETFs and securitised derivatives markets for retail investors in conjunction with investment managers, pension funds and investment banks. Tom has used his financial and organizational skills for NGO work across India, Nepal, Central America and most recently in a global role with a strong focus on energy finance and the energy transition in East and Southeast Asia.
Bonnie has 7 years of experience in sustainability and climate change mitigation. Before joining Transition Asia, Bonnie worked at CDP and Miotech, promoting Chinese corporations' ESG disclosure and connecting investors and companies in the sustainability value chain. Bonnie also has cooperated long-term with one of the world’s leading ESG index providers, where she conducted ESG and green revenue analysis with a focus on Chinese and Japanese listed companies. Bonnie holds a Master of Science in International Development: Environment, Climate Change and Development from the University of Manchester.
Kenta has nearly 10 years of experience as a journalist and a research analyst. Prior to Transition Asia, he led multiple projects at a London-based news agency, the Japanese embassy, the American embassy, and London Stock Exchange group. With a primary focus on sustainable investment, corporate ESG assessment, and consulting services for Japanese players, his responsibilities extended from primary research to engagement with a variety of stakeholders including private corporations and governments.
Finance & Operations
Sammy has almost 20 years accounting experience across a range of global and local businesses and organizations in HK, including a senior accountant role in a global NGO based in Hong Kong.. She is well versed in ensuring integrity and accuracy in financial management. Highly experienced in interacting with external auditors, bank executives, tax advisors and officials from relevant governmental bodies, Sammy not only ensures our month to month financial accuracy, but also plays a key role in ensuring we’re fully compliant with external requirements.
Crystal is a climate communications specialist with experience in environmental policy research and advisory as well as strategic communications for non-profits. Most recently, she worked at the global environmental organization CDP, where she led, developed and implemented communications strategies and media outreach plans in raising its profile across Hong Kong, Southeast Asia, Australia and New Zealand and driving the region's corporate environmental disclosures and action on climate and forests. Crystal is also an award-winning bilingual journalist, primarily writing about climate change, human rights, and culture at home and abroad. She holds an MSc in Global Energy and Climate Policy, with an elective in International Environmental Law, from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London.