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Our Team

Board Members

Board Member

Carmen is a Co-founder of Transition Asia. She 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.

Board Member

Ms. Connie Ma brings extensive experience in talent development, communications, and marketing within the financial technology sector, accumulated over her career spanning more than a decade. Her expertise and leadership have consistently contributed to driving innovation and advancing the field of blockchain technology. She began her journey as a Senior Consultant at SWIFT (Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunications) before venturing into roles at FinFarbrik, a Hong Kong-based fintech company focused on revolutionizing capital markets through blockchain technology. Connie also served as the Head of People at the Algorand Foundation, where she played a pivotal role in cultivating an open and transparent ecosystem for blockchain development.

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Walker has a rich and diverse professional journey in the nonprofit sector spanning over two decades, with a primary focus on financial management and strategic leadership. He has been a dedicated member of a global environmental campaigning network for more than a decade. His most recent positions as regional Finance Director and Senior Finance Strategist and Controller have been instrumental in shaping the financial management and strategy of the organisation. Prior to his tenure in the environmental campaigning sector, Walker served in various roles, including Deputy Executive Director and Course Development and Quality Assurance Manager for a foundation in Hong Kong, where he played a pivotal role in advancing educational initiatives for the community.

Team Members

Co-Executive Director

Mr. Calvin Quek is Co-Executive Director at Transition Asia. Prior to this, he was Senior Environmental Specialist at the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), where he implemented AIIB's environmental and social policies in financial intermediaries and capital market projects. Prior to AIIB, Calvin was head of Sustainable Finance at Greenpeace East Asia. Calvin has an MBA from Peking University and an M.Sc. in Wealth Management from Singapore Management University.

Co-Executive Director

Sean is the Co-founder of Transition Asia. 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.

Program Manager and Investor Lead

Lauren has spent over 10 years bridging gaps in finance, policy, and climate progress in East Asia and North America. 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.

Special Advisor for Program Development

Tom has many years experience in finance and business development including in new markets and new financial instruments. He has spent most of his professional life using this knowledge and organizational skills for NGO work across India, Nepal, Central America in social development and livelihood programmes and more recently for global campaigning organisations with a strong focus on strategy, energy finance and the energy transition in East and Southeast Asia.

Head of Research and Development

Alastair is a seasoned sustainability expert with experience in both corporate and civil society organisations spanning Europe and Asia. He has hands-on involvement in executing utility-scale corporate power purchase agreements and off-grid renewable energy solutions, as well broad experience within economic, energy and industrial policy. Alastair's most recent role has seen him as a Climate and Environment Director within an integrated telecoms company. He has an MSc in Sustainability and Business from the University of Leeds and a BA in Geography from the University of Liverpool.

Research Lead

Bonnie has seven 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 long-term cooperation 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.

Japan Analyst

Kenta has over 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.

Communications Specialist

Monica is an experienced corporate communications professional with over 13 years of expertise in Singapore and Hong Kong. She has successfully developed and executed strategic communication and reputation management strategies for companies across various sectors. Before joining Transition Asia, Monica served as the Managing Director of FGS Global, where she led their Singapore operations for four years, advising and implementing corporate communications strategies for asset managers, private equities, banks, and Hong Kong listed companies.

Strategic Operations

Emily has nearly 20 years of experience of project, financial and human resource planning in nonprofits settings. For over 10 years, she was also executive committee member and office-holder of two major labour organisations in Hong Kong. As such, she is well versed in governance principles. Her role in Transition Asia involves financial and human resource planning and management, development of operations workflow, and donors reporting.

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.