About

Accelerator Overview

Our vision is a safe and just future for people and planet.

The COP15 Kunming-Montreal Global Biodiversity Framework is a great start but it needs to follow through. Corporations and financial institutions must credibly and actively contribute to a nature-positive, net zero, and equitable world, but they need support and pressures.

The missing piece is accountability.

The Accountability Accelerator seeks to deploy our resources and capabilities to support  the efforts of accountability stakeholders  to strengthen the accountability ecosystem. The Accelerator is a re-granter and an intermediary with people at the center of everything we do. We identify and map accountability actors and ecosystem components, provide grant support and coordination across them, convene stakeholders, and provide thought leadership.

Our grantees work globally as well as locally; they use a variety of tools for accountability — from finance to legal, data, standards and campaigns. We know companies need both incentives and pressures to act at the speed and scale that is critically needed. Our network of grantees provides support for companies (targets, frameworks, capacity building, and incentives) and also puts pressure, pushes for transformation, and drives for regulation.

The Accelerator is a component of the Global Commons Alliance, a growing coalition of scientists, philanthropists, civil society groups and innovators, enabling collective action to safeguard the global commons.

 

Mission

Our mission is to drive corporate and financial institution action to reverse nature loss through an impactful accountability ecosystem. We accomplish this by supporting a tight web of stakeholders working globally and locally to enable, incentivize, and pressure corporations and financial institutions to actively contribute to a nature-positive and equitable world by 2030.

 

Goals & Functions

Our work is united by three overarching goals: :

  • An Impactful Accountability Ecosystem:  We will activate, support, and connect key elements of a strong accountability ecosystem to stay on track with GBF 2030 and within Safe and Just Earth System Boundaries.
  • Corporate & Financial Institution Transformation: Our network of accountability stakeholders will drive business and investors to take credible, substantiated, and verifiable action to halt and reverse nature loss for the benefit of people and planet.
  • Policy & Systems Shifts: We will support the transition of policy and regulation related to corporate accountability for nature from voluntary to mandatory and fill key gaps on the system level.

 

We will meet our goals through three functions:

  1. Grant support to organizations that spur corporate and financial institution action and strengthen the transformation ecosystem
  2. Orchestration & convening of accountability stakeholders to coordinate actions and resources between nature, climate & people around the world
  3. Independent validation of companies’ science-based targets for nature

 

Our Board

Jane Madgwick

Executive Director, GCA

Jane Madgwick

Executive Director, GCA

Jane Madgwick, BSc MSc, is an ecologist and author with 30 years of experience of working internationally on the science, policy and practice of wetlands and water management. She became the first Executive Director of the Global Commons Alliance in May 2023. Previously Jane worked for Wetlands International, as well as WWF International and WWF Australia. As CEO of Wetlands International for 19 years, she led network of 20 offices operating mostly in the global south. This work helped to bring the values of wetlands into the global agenda and to mobilise communities, companies, governments and cities to conserve and restore wetland landscapes for biodiversity, human well-being and reduced climate risks. Jane is committed to build partnerships and dialogues to enable urgent action for an environmentally safe and socially just future.

Caroline Bryant

Global Manager for the Purposeful Business Initiative, Porticus

Caroline Bryant

Global Manager for the Purposeful Business Initiative, Porticus

Caroline is the Global Manager for the Purposeful Business Challenge at Porticus. Previously, she worked for the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development focused on SME development and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation for their Donor Government Relations team in London. Her current work is focused on enabling businesses to be a greater force for good, while ensuring there is accountability for their actions and performance, particularly around biodiversity and nature topics.

Mark Gough

CEO, Capitals Coalition

Mark Gough

CEO, Capitals Coalition

Previously, Mark led the Natural Capital Coalition and was on the board of the Social and Human Capital Coalition. He championed and delivered the bringing together of these two communities, creating a unified, systemic, collaborative approach.

Mark has worked extensively in the private sector, leading programs and strategy for The Crown Estate and Reed Elsevier (now RELX), as well as advising many more.

Among other board and advisory positions, Mark is on Steering Committee for the Global Commons Alliance and the Board for The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity.

Cate Lamb

Water Security, Independent

Cate Lamb

Water Security, Independent

Cate serves as a strategic advisor to the UNFCCC’s High-Level Climate Champions, Co-Chair of the Science Based Target Network Council, a knowledge partner of the TNFD, and a founder of the Fair Water Footprints Coalition. Previously, during her tenure as Global Director of Water Security at CDP, Cate spearheaded the formation of the world’s largest coalition of non-state actors committed to advancing a water-secure future. Cate played a pivotal role in developing CDP’s corporate water scoring methodology and has worked tirelessly to enhance water-related transparency and due diligence in private finance. Notably, she pioneered the creation of the first-ever portfolio water impacts reporting framework tailored for banks, asset managers, asset owners, and insurance companies. Beyond her contributions to CDP, Additionally, she was recognised as one of Thompson Reuters’ 2023 Trailblazing Women Working on Climate.

Dan Cao

Programme Officer, Oak Foundation

Dan Cao

Programme Officer, Oak Foundation

Dan Cao is a dedicated conservationist based in Geneva, Switzerland. With a passion for environmental stewardship, Dan has devoted over a decade to impactful work in the field. Currently serving as a Programme Officer at Oak Foundation since July 2017, she focuses on advancing conservation efforts globally. Prior to this role, Dan served as a Conservation Performance Manager at the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) for ten and a half years, from January 2007 to June 2017. Throughout her career, Dan has demonstrated a commitment to preserving the planet’s natural resources and biodiversity, making significant contributions to the field of conservation. Her work in both organizations underscores her expertise in developing and implementing strategies to address environmental challenges effectively. Dan’s dedication to conservation has undoubtedly left a lasting impact on the Geneva area and beyond.

Eva Zabey

Executive Director, Business for Nature

Eva Zabey

Executive Director, Business for Nature

Before joining Business for Nature in November 2019, Eva led work on measuring and valuing natural, social and human capital in business at WBCSD, including developing the Capitals Coalition’s Natural Capital Protocol.

Gerbrand Haverkamp

Executive Director, World Benchmarking Alliance

Gerbrand Haverkamp

Executive Director, World Benchmarking Alliance

Closing the corporate accountability gap is the core of WBA strategy, as a co-founder of WBA and in his role as Executive Director, Gerbrand is responsible for delivering this strategy.

Gerbrand originally founded and led Index Initiative, one of WBA’s founding partners, where he led the global consultation on the WBA. Prior to this, Gerbrand worked for the Dutch Government in the areas of inclusive business, sustainable agricultural supply chains and food security.

Heather Grady

Vice President and Practice Lead on Environment and Climate Change, Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors

Heather Grady

Vice President and Practice Lead on Environment and Climate Change, Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors

Heather is a vice president in Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisor’s San Francisco team and leads the practice area of Environment and Climate Change. This portfolio includes a range of sponsored projects and donor collaboratives as well as advisory engagements, research and publications. She also leads the Shifting Systems initiative that encourages funders to place longer-term, more adaptive resources with grantees who are tackling systemic challenges from the local to the global level. Heather has served as an adjunct professor at the China Global Philanthropy Institute and frequently publishes on philanthropy.

Greg Hilditch

Director of Philanthropic Partnerships, Global Greengrants Fund

Greg Hilditch

Director of Philanthropic Partnerships, Global Greengrants Fund

Greg leads the partnerships and external engagement work of Global Greengrants Fund UK, which funds grassroots environmental justice movements around the world through a global network of activists and experts. Prior to joining Global Greengrants Fund UK, Greg led the foundations partnerships team with International Rescue Committee UK, and headed the UK office of an Indian sustainable development NGO, Pragya. With a particular focus on sustainable agriculture, climate justice and the food sovereignty movement in his work, Greg also holds an undergraduate degree in History from Oxford University and an MA in Historical Research Methods from SOAS, University of London.

Shishusri Pradhan

Director – Evidence, Measurement & Evaluation (Climate), CIFF

Shishusri Pradhan

Director – Evidence, Measurement & Evaluation (Climate), CIFF

Shishusri Pradhan, is currently a Director, of Evidence, Measurement and Evaluation (Climate) at Children’s Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF), bringing experience from previous roles at Children’s Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF), Plan International UK and University of Edinburgh. Shishusri Pradhan holds a 2008 – 2013 Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in International Development/ Science and Technology Studies at the School of Social and Political Science, University of Edinburgh. With a robust skill set that includes International Development, Research, Climate Change, Qualitative Research, Policy Analysis and more, Shishusri Pradhan contributes valuable insights to the industry.

Komala Ramachandra

Head of Human Rights and Women’s Empowerment, Global Sustainability Director, Social, Labor & Human Rights, ESG

Komala Ramachandra

Head of Human Rights and Women’s Empowerment, Global Sustainability Director, Social, Labor & Human Rights, ESG

Komala Ramachandra has been a human rights advocate and lawyer for nearly two decades, promoting transparency, corporate accountability, and access to remedy for individuals and communities around the world. She is currently the Head of Human Rights and Women’s Empowerment at Gap Inc., focusing on improving respect for workers’ rights and well-being in facilities that manufacture Gap Inc. apparel globally. She also leads the design and implementation of Gap Inc.’s strategies on stakeholder engagement, fair wages, and human rights due diligence.

Prior to joining Gap Inc., Komala worked in civil society, including Human Rights Watch and Accountability Counsel, and international organisations on human rights and business, economic inequality, rights-based development, social and environmental compliance, and access to remedy. She has a BA in economics and political science from Northwestern University and a JD from Harvard Law School.

Bowen Zhang

Deputy General Secretary, SEE Foundation (China)

Bowen Zhang

Deputy General Secretary, SEE Foundation (China)

Bowen is currently in charge of international collaboration at SEE, the largest environmental NGO initiated by entrepreneurs in China. She is also the Head of International Affairs at SEE Foundation.
With 14 years of experience in civil society and environmental philanthropy, Bowen leads SEE’s institutional strategic development, program & portfolio management and research on a variety of issues, including biodiversity, ocean conservation, climate change, desertification prevention, industry pollution control, civil society development, and corporate social responsibility etc. Prior to joining SEE, Bowen served as the Assistant to the Chief Representative of the US-based Institute for Sustainable Communities in China, coordinating affairs in its Beijing Office and monitoring and evaluating its EHS program.

Sue Armstrong Brown

Global Director of Environmental Impact and Thought Leadership, CDP

Sue Armstrong Brown

Global Director of Environmental Impact and Thought Leadership, CDP

Sue Armstrong-Brown, is currently a Global Director of Environmental Impact and Thought Leadership at CDP, bringing experience from previous roles at Adoption UK, Independent, Green Alliance and RSPB. Sue Armstrong-Brown holds a Certificate of General Management in General Management from Cranfield School of Management. With a robust skill set that includes Corporate Social Responsibility, Field Work, Wildlife, Report Writing, Community Engagement and more, Sue Armstrong-Brown contributes valuable insights to the industry.

Our Team

Natasha M. Matic, Ph.D.

Executive Director, Accountability Accelerator

Natasha M. Matic, Ph.D.

Executive Director, Accountability Accelerator

Natasha joined the GCA Accountability Accelerator in early 2022 as the Executive Director to work on strengthening accountability architecture around corporate action on nature. This requires mobilizing funders and ensuring participatory grant support to organizations working on corporate accountability. Natasha spent most of her career working in the Global South and the emerging markets and has twenty-five years of experience in philanthropy, sustainability, and systems change. Previously, Natasha served as the Deputy CEO and Chief Strategy Officer at the King Khalid Foundation (KKF), a leading philanthropic institution in the MENA region, working on building the local civil society ecosystem and strengthening corporate ESG practices. Natasha started her career working on establishing microfinance banks in several Global South countries. Natasha holds a Ph.D. in Economic and Political Studies from Boston University, a Business Excellence degree from Columbia Business School, and a Law Degree from the University of Belgrade’s Law School. She is a Member of MIT Legatum Center for Social Entrepreneurship’s Advisory Group, AccountAbility’s Sustainability Standards Board, and Foundation20’s Steering Committee. Natasha resides in Washington, DC.

Randall Krantz

Head of Strategy & Partnerships, Accountability Accelerator

Randall Krantz

Head of Strategy & Partnerships, Accountability Accelerator

Randall joined the Global Commons Alliance in its infancy and helped design its initial governance. Early conversations with funders and partners made it clear that the GCA would need the tools and allies to ensure that companies act on their commitments to Nature. From this, the seeds of the Accountability Accelerator were planted in 2019. Since starting his career in the energy sector, Randall has been building business partnerships for a variety of sustainability interests over the past 15 years. While at the World Economic Forum, Randall helped start their work with the private sector on climate change in 2005 and, subsequently, their initiatives on sustainable consumption and circular economy. Subsequently, Randall has helped convene mayors at COP21, build a multi-stakeholder decarbonization initiative for the Global Maritime Forum, and shape a new narrative for Nature with the UN Development Program. Randall studied Mechanical Engineering and has an MBA from IESE Business School, and resides with his family in Geneva, Switzerland.

Mariana Cascardo Michael

Coordinator, Accountability Accelerator

Mariana Cascardo Michael

Coordinator, Accountability Accelerator

Mariana has been the coordinator for the Global Commons Alliance Accountability Accelerator (GCAAA) since early 2023, where she contributes her expertise and passion for driving positive change on a global scale. She is a Brazilian with a bachelor’s in Architecture and Urban Planning from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ) who has always focused on efficiency and sustainable development. It was during her master’s in Resource Efficiency in Architecture and Planning from the HafenCity University (HCU) in Hamburg that she embraced her dedication to nature conservation, climate change mitigation, and the pursuit of social equality. She currently resides in Hamburg, Germany.

Natasha Tariq

Director of Campaigns Strategy, Accountability Accelerator

Natasha Tariq

Director of Campaigns Strategy, Accountability Accelerator

Natasha joined the Global Commons Alliance in October 2023. She has over 20 years experience working in Asia and the Global South.Natasha’s in-depth knowledge of Asia and its development over the last few decades has resulted in her successfully building partnerships across different sectors and regions. Previously Natasha led Synergos’s work in the region where she formed their Climate Collaborative, a global group with the purpose of bringing together philanthropic leaders to elevate successful action at a local level and explore how they might be shared and adapted in different parts of the world. She has consulted for the IFC World Bank and an Asian-based consulting firm, in these roles,she worked closely with the private, public, and NGO sectors on Asia-focused projects.Prior to which she was in the private sector at a boutique investment bank, UBS AG, and Sloane Robinson, a hedge Fund in London covering Asia and the emerging markets. She holds a MA in International Relations and a BA in History from the University of London SOAS and is currently based in Hong Kong.

Miriam Van Gool

Finance Sector Engagement Lead, Accountability Accelerator

Miriam Van Gool

Finance Sector Engagement Lead, Accountability Accelerator

Miriam has joined the Glocal Commons Alliance since early 2023, combining work for both the Accountability Accelerator and the Science-Based Targets Network (SBTN) and focusing on engagement of the financial sector. With a degree in Biology and over 25 years of experience in conservation and sustainability (starting with about 10 years working for WWF), her network encompasses both scientists and NGOs, and those working on sustainability in the public and private sectors. From 2010 until 2013, Miriam was based in Dakar, Senegal, working for the development bank IFC (part of the World Bank Group) in Sub-Sahara Africa on Sustainable Business Advisory. After returning to her home base in Utrecht, the Netherlands, she increasingly works on the interface of the financial sector and sustainability. At the Accountability Accelerator, she is keen to both support the financial sector to take nature into account, and hold financial institutions accountable.

Dean Cambridge

Director of Data and Standards Strategy, Accountability Accelerator

Dean Cambridge

Director of Data and Standards Strategy, Accountability Accelerator

Dean has spent 16 years supporting companies, governments, and NGOs to accelerate the transition to a just and sustainable world. His previous role was part of the executive team at Chapter Zero, the Directors’ Climate Forum, where he helped boards integrate climate and nature action into business strategy. Prior to that, Dean was the Director of Corporate Net Zero at the We Mean Business Coalition, leading the global non-profits to work with the world’s leading businesses and climate NGOs to mainstream collaborative efforts that set the standards for net zero emissions reductions and credible nature-based approaches. Previously, Dean held several roles at WWF, developing corporate advocacy and partnerships on nature and climate issues, and has led a range of communications and engagement campaigns with a variety of companies and non-profits across the world.

Seema Joshi

Director of Legal Strategy, Accountability Accelerator

Seema Joshi

Director of Legal Strategy, Accountability Accelerator

Seema Joshi is currently the Legal Strategy Director at the GCA Accountability Accelerator. Seema has 25 years of experience working on corporate accountability from the legal, human rights, environment, and climate perspectives. Previously, Seema held director-level positions at leading not-for-profit organisations, including overseeing Stand.earth’s Fashion and IT campaign, Amnesty International’s global Business and Human Rights work, and six climate campaigns while at Global Witness. In these capacities, she led teams and created cutting-edge strategies relating to a just energy transition, supply chains, environmental justice and corporate crimes. Seema also worked for the United Nations based in Bangkok, where she implemented a regional environmental governance programme, and practiced as a lawyer in Canada. She holds a Master’s in International Law, Bachelor of Laws (JD equivalent), and Bachelor of Arts, as well as various board and advisory level positions.

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