IETA awards honorary fellowships to individuals in recognition of their contributions to developing market-based solutions to climate change and in strengthening the role of the IETA in building the profession. IETA Fellows are named each year.
Bruce retired from American Electric Power (AEP) in February 2016, after 18 years. During his tenure at AEP, Bruce was chairman of IETA and was an active member of the organisation’s US Working Group, and his fellowship recognises his contribution to IETA. He is currently a part-time lecturer at the Ohio State University on energy and environmental economics and public policy in the undergraduate and MBA programmes and also runs an independent consulting practice.
James, founder of Climate Change Capital, is one of the pioneering climate finance insitutions in the early days of the global carbon market. James has been involved in climate change and carbon market issues for many years, as an advisor to the Alliance of Small Island States and to two COP Presidencies, and an advisor to the EU on the creation of the EU Emissions Trading System. He also established Baker & McKenzie’s Global Climate Change and Clean Energy Practice.
Pedro Moura Costa
Pedro is recognised for his contribution to developing the carbon market as the co-founder of EcoSecurities, one of the early pioneers of project-based emissions reduction initiatives.
Christiana is former Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change – and an early supporter of IETA’s work. Christiana was instrumental in the negotiations leading to the signing of the Paris Agreement in 2015. Before being appointed Executive Secretary, Christiana held a number of key roles in the governance of the UNFCCC, including the Clean Development Mechanism Executive Board.
Formerly of Natsource, Dirk led IETA's CDM working group in its early days – and later led its Market Oversight Working Group. Previously, he worked in the US government as Chair of the White House Climate Change Taskforce under President Clinton. After being named a Fellow, Dirk returned to IETA in 2012 as President and CEO.
While working as the Global Head of Climate Change Services at PWC, Richard served on the IETA Board and Chaired its Finance and Audit Committee. He helped guide IETA's strategic direction during the market challenges associated with the global financial crisis. He now works as an independent climate change and international development advisor.
Frank is being recognised for his role in establishing IETA in 1999.
Formerly Director for the Sustainable Development Mechanisms (SDM) Programme of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), John oversaw negotiations on carbon markets, both for the Kyoto Protocol and the Paris Agreement. The SDM Programme was also responsible for supporting the regulatory bodies for the Kyoto project-based mechanisms. John retired from the UNFCCC in 2016.
Formerly of E.ON and Powergen, Bill participated in numerous IETA working groups. His contributions to the UK emissions trading scheme in the late 1990's as a leader of the UK "Emissions Trading Group" helped pave the way for the EU ETS. He was awarded an OBE by the Queen in 2003 for ‘services to the environment in the power sector’.
Formerly of Alstom, Joan served on the IETA Board. As a former UK energy official, she drew upon deep experience in the interactions of policy, technology, finance and markets. Joan continues to provide thought leadership as Chair of the World Energy Trilemma at the World. Energy Council.
As the former head of the World Bank’s Carbon Finance Unit, Ken developed the business concepts around public-private partnerships for generating and trading greenhouse gas emissions reductions. He designed and managed the first global carbon fund, the Prototype Carbon Fund, and grew the Bank’s carbon finance business to over a billion dollars under management before leaving in early 2006 to join the private sector. Ken was also a member of the small team that designed the multi-billion-dollar Global Environment Facility. He is now CEO and a co-founder of C-Quest Capital, which aims to bring clean energy efficient technologies and sustainable fuels to communities in developing countries.
Sir Charles Nicholson
While at BP headquarters, Sir Charles helped launch IETA and shepherd it during its early years. He served on the IETA Board and helped expand the membership ranks in its early years.
From 1997 to 2007, Bob was Vice President for Sustainable Development at Transalta in Calgary, Alberta. He served as Chair of the IETA Board for a number of years. Now at the Enbridge Center for Corporate Sustainability at the University of Calgary, Bob continues to contribute to environmental standards and reporting at the International Standards Organization.
A former executive at BP in Houston, Mark served on the IETA Board for many years, and he chaired numerous working groups. His command of business strategy, climate policy and carbon markets helped advance the organization's reach into the US.
DR. RICHARD SANDOR
Richard is one of the original contributors to the UN Conference on Trade and Development’s Carbon Forum series that led to the creation of IETA. In addition to being a pioneer in financial markets, Richard founded the Chicago Climate Exchange and the European Climate Exchange.
As Senior Vice President of DNV, Gudmundur developed its carbon verification business to support the UN's Clean Development Mechanism and Joint Implementation programs. He served on the IETA Board, and later as Chairman of the Board of the Verified Carbon Standard.
As a co-founder of EcoSecurities, Marc helped lead one of the largest project developers in the early carbon market. Marc served on the IETA Board and chaired the Board of the Verified Carbon Standard. He is now Founding Partner and CEO of Allotrope Partners, a California firm specialising in the transition to a sustainable energy future.
Dr Anne-Marie Warris has over 25 years experience in sustainable matters and is a leading expert in climate change and environmental issues. A former IETA board member, she is recognised for her tireless efforts to bring standards and transparency to the wider carbon market, including efforts on shipping and in establishing the first version of the Verified Carbon Standard in 2006.
Errick "Skip" Willis
A longtime champion of carbon market solutions while at ICF in Toronto, Skip was a fixture in Canadian climate policymaking. He passed away in 2011, just weeks after being named to the first class of IETA Fellows. In his memory, a group of IETA members and friends established the Skip Willis Undergraduate Scholarship at the University of Toronto's School of the Environment, where his legacy of mentorship in sustainability continues.
Rutger de Witt Wijnen
Rutger was nominated in recognition of his contributions to the legal infrastructures around the carbon market, from the early days of the Dutch government’s carbon finance programmes to the Green Climate Fund, and legal support for IETA.