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Meet The Team

Meet the team.

We are a diverse and growing team of passionate professionals that are working to catalyse corporate change through investor backed engagement. If you’re interested in joining us, please see our career page for current and future opportunities.

Meet The Team

We are a diverse and growing team of passionate professionals that are working to catalyse corporate change through investor backed engagement. If you’re interested in joining us, please see our career page for current and future opportunities.

Benjamin McCarron

Managing Director

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enjamin is a leading expert in sustainable investment and active ownership. A former fund manager, he had his first role in sustainable investment in 2005. He founded ARE in 2013 to address the gap in dialogue between investors and companies on sustainable development challenges and to provide high quality, independent research. He is also a Lead Representative for GRESB. He studied mathematics and philosophy at Oxford and took professional examinations in investment management and research in the UK.

Kate Blaszak

Director - Protein Transition

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ate leads ARE’s Protein Transition work and team across Asia. Kate has extensive expertise in food systems, farm animal health, animal welfare, and alternative proteins. Formerly, she was the Head of Research at a global NGO focused on humane farming and sustainable proteins. She is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors training programme and the Australian School of Applied Management. Kate has contributed to global strategies across sustainable animal husbandry and food systems, and led corporate and policy engagement, including for the One Health initiative.

Kurt Metzger

Director - Energy Transition

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urt leads ARE’s Energy Transition programme. His deep expertise in sustainable energy started in a US financial institution where he managed a portfolio of renewable energy projects involving hydro, RNG, biomass, geothermal and wind technologies. Based in Singapore for the past 27 years, Kurt was the regional senior risk manager for a US financial institution during the first Asian Financial Crisis. In 2005, he founded GEM advisory where his passion for sustainable energy continued, and his projects ranged from guiding a start-up sustainable fuel company for listing on AIM to the restructuring of one of the largest solar panel manufacturers.

Yvonne Huang

Director - Sustainable Real Estate

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vonne leads ARE’s Sustainable Real Estate work and team across Asia. A seasoned company director with over 25 years of MNC experience, Yvonne was formerly the Director of CapitaLand’s flagship education real estate project. Her mandate was to unlock value and enhance the project valuation of Rochester Commons, a S$550 million mixed-use real estate project, in Singapore. She is passionate about sustainability and holds a certificate of excellence from the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership. She is also on the Board of Advisors to a zero waste and plastic circularity company which is a partner of Singapore Pavilion in COP27.

Helen Jia

Country Director - China

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elen leads ARE’s Energy Transition work and team in China. She has extensive knowledge and expertise in GHG emission reduction and climate change matters in China. She brings with her more than 20 years of commercial experience working in the energy, industrial and financial sectors. Helen has successfully implemented key projects for a wide network of corporations and government entities.

Jane Li

Head of Operations & Business Planning

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ane is an experienced management and strategy professional with a record of success establishing platforms that connect ecosystem players including start-ups, entrepreneurs, investors, corporates, government, etc. Prior to joining ARE, she worked as Community Chief focusing on business community development with a major real estate player in Singapore.

Peter Kiernan

Research Manager

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eter has considerable experience in the analysis of energy transition issues, with a focus on developments in climate policy and energy market trends. After initially starting his energy-related career in journalism, Peter was Lead Energy Analyst at The Economist Intelligence Unit. Since 2017, he has focused more on energy transition trends and issues in the Asian region, including analysis of national-level climate and energy policies, climate financing to boost the development of cleaner energy systems, and the emergence of low carbon technologies.

Jo-Anne Wee

Operations Manager

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o-anne is an experienced operations management professional with more than 20 years of connecting the dots between various job functions. Prior to joining ARE, she organised and supported regional business start-ups and expansion. She is very passionate about solving daily operational challenges and creating a delightful employee experience.

Manorama Singh

Communications Manager

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ano is an experienced communications and partnerships professional who has successfully worked with a diverse range of stakeholders. She was formerly Senior Development Partner in a Singapore Government economic agency where she helped local enterprises to internationalise in the region. Mano brings experience in interacting with businesses across industries, delivering authentic and impactful communications, as well as managing partnerships, projects, and programmes.

Ho Khinwai

Senior Analyst

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hinwai provides support in research and stakeholder engagement for Energy Transition. Prior to joining ARE, he has had experience in equity research and ESG integration at a major Singapore headquartered asset manager. Khinwai has a Bachelor of Business Administration (Finance) from the National University of Singapore.

Dave Luo Jiaxuan

Analyst

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ave provides support in research and stakeholder engagement for Sustainable Protein. He graduated from Singapore Management University in 2020 with a Bachelor of Business Management. In his senior and final year, Dave pursued his interest in sustainable finance by working as a research assistant in SMU and later joining ARE as an intern prior to graduation.

Quinnie Li

Real Estate Lead - China

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uinnie is an experienced ESG and sustainability leader in the real estate sector. Her former roles include being a partner of a US engineering consulting firm and General Manager of Greater China for a British building research institute. Her expertise ranges from sustainability reporting, Net-zero building, ESG strategy, to stakeholder engagements with government, industry, and academia to facilitate knowledge, collaborations, and partnerships.

Benjamin Mccaron

Managing Director

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enjamin is a leading expert in sustainable investment and active ownership. A former fund manager, he had his first role in sustainable investment in 2005. He founded ARE in 2013 to address the gap in dialogue between investors and companies on sustainable development challenges and to provide high quality, independent research. He is also a Lead Representative for GRESB. He studied mathematics and philosophy at Oxford and took professional examinations in investment management and research in the UK.

Kate Blaszak

Director - Protein Transition

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ate leads ARE’s Protein Transition work and team across Asia. Kate has extensive expertise in food systems, farm animal health, animal welfare, and alternative proteins. Formerly, she was the Head of Research at a global NGO focused on humane farming and sustainable proteins. She is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors training programme and the Australian School of Applied Management. Kate has contributed to global strategies across sustainable animal husbandry and food systems, and led corporate and policy engagement, including for the One Health initiative.

Kurt Metzger

Director - Energy Transition

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urt leads ARE’s Energy Transition programme. His deep expertise in sustainable energy started in a US financial institution where he managed a portfolio of renewable energy projects involving hydro, RNG, biomass, geothermal and wind technologies. Based in Singapore for the past 27 years, Kurt was the regional senior risk manager for a US financial institution during the first Asian Financial Crisis. In 2005, he founded GEM advisory where his passion for sustainable energy continued, and his projects ranged from guiding a start-up sustainable fuel company for listing on AIM to the restructuring of one of the largest solar panel manufacturers.

Yvonne Huang

Director - Sustainable Real Estate

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vonne leads ARE’s Sustainable Real Estate work and team across Asia. A seasoned company director with extensive board of trustees, board of director and board of advisor experience, Yvonne was formerly the Director of CapitaLand’s flagship education real estate project. Her mandate was to unlock value and enhance the project valuation of Rochester Commons, a S$550 million mixed-use real estate project, in Singapore. She is also the Lead Representative of GRESB (Global Real Estate Sustainability Benchmark) in Asia which specialises in real estate and infrastructure ESG scorecards and ESG ratings.

Helen Jia

Country Director - China

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elen leads ARE’s Energy Transition work and team in China. She has extensive knowledge and expertise in GHG emission reduction and climate change matters in China. She brings with her more than 20 years of commercial experience working in the energy, industrial and financial sectors. Helen has successfully implemented key projects for a wide network of corporations and government entities.

Peter Kiernan

Research Manager – Energy Transition

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eter has considerable experience in the analysis of energy transition issues, with a focus on developments in climate policy and energy market trends. After initially starting his energy-related career in journalism, Peter was Lead Energy Analyst at The Economist Intelligence Unit. Since 2017, he has focused more on energy transition trends and issues in the Asian region, including analysis of national-level climate and energy policies, climate financing to boost the development of cleaner energy systems, and the emergence of low carbon technologies.

Jo-Anne Wee

Operations Manager

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o-anne is an experienced operations management professional with more than 20 years of connecting the dots between various job functions. Prior to joining ARE, she organised and supported regional business start-ups and expansion. She is very passionate about solving daily operational challenges and creating a delightful employee experience.

Manorama Singh

Communications Manager

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ano is an experienced communications and partnerships professional who has successfully worked with a diverse range of stakeholders. She was formerly Senior Development Partner in a Singapore Government economic agency where she helped local enterprises to internationalise in the region. Mano brings experience in interacting with businesses across industries, delivering authentic and impactful communications, as well as managing partnerships, projects, and programmes.

Ho Khinwai

Senior Analyst - Energy Transition

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hinwai provides support in research and stakeholder engagement for Energy Transition. Prior to joining ARE, he has had experience in equity research and ESG integration at a major Singapore headquartered asset manager. Khinwai has a Bachelor of Business Administration (Finance) from the National University of Singapore.

Dave Luo Jiaxuan

Research Manager - Protein Transition

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ave provides support in research and stakeholder engagement for Sustainable Protein. He graduated from Singapore Management University in 2020 with a Bachelor of Business Management. In his senior and final year, Dave pursued his interest in sustainable finance by working as a research assistant in SMU and later joining ARE as an intern prior to graduation.

Quinnie Li

Real Estate Lead - China

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uinnie is an experienced ESG and sustainability leader in the real estate sector. Her former roles include being a partner of a US engineering consulting firm and General Manager of Greater China for a British building research institute. Her expertise ranges from sustainability reporting, Net-zero building, ESG strategy, to stakeholder engagements with government, industry, and academia to facilitate knowledge, collaborations, and partnerships.

Energy Transition Portal

Protein Transition Portal