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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

Benjamin 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.

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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

Kate 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.

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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

Kurt 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.

 

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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

Yvonne 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.

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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

Helen 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.

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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.

Paige Okun

Director – Communications

Paige believes in building brands through storytelling and integrating communications into all aspects of a company’s DNA. Her breadth of communications skills ranges from launching corporate technology companies to managing communications and fundraising for regional and global NGOs to writing for regional and global publications. Paige is responsible for vocalising and amplifying ARE’s Theory of Change.

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aige believes in building brands through storytelling and integrating communications into all aspects of a company's DNA. Her breadth of communications skills ranges from launching corporate technology companies to managing communications and fundraising for regional and global NGOs to writing for regional and global publications. Paige is responsible for vocalising and amplifying ARE’s Theory of Change.

Peter Kiernan

Research Manager – Energy Transition

Peter 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.

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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.

Ho Khinwai

Senior Analyst – Energy Transition

Khinwai 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.

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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.

Isabelle Tong

Analyst – Energy Transition

Isabelle supports the Energy Transition team at ARE through research and stakeholder engagement. She earned her Bachelor of Business Management from Singapore Management University. Isabelle sharpened her skills in strategy and sustainability working with companies across the region.

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sabelle supports the Energy Transition team at ARE through research and stakeholder engagement. She earned her Bachelor of Business Management from Singapore Management University. Isabelle sharpened her skills in strategy and sustainability working with companies across the region.

Dave Luo Jiaxuan

Research Manager – Protein Transition

Dave 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.

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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.

Stella Chang

Corporate Engagement Manager - Protein Transition (China)

Stella’s diverse professional journey spans critical roles in finance and investment, including ESG research, equity analysis, credit rating, and strategy. Formerly Assistant Vice President of ESG methodology at Moody’s, she adapted global ESG models for the Chinese market. She was also a consultant for the Credit Risk and Ratings Advisory Committee at UNPRI. Stella holds a Bachelor of Economics with first-class honours from the Central University of Finance and Economics and a Master’s in Finance & Investment from the University of Exeter. Her expertise reflects a dedication to advancing ESG practices and sustainable finance, grounded in a deep understanding of global financial markets.

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tella’s diverse professional journey spans critical roles in finance and investment, including ESG research, equity analysis, credit rating, and strategy. Formerly Assistant Vice President of ESG methodology at Moody’s, she adapted global ESG models for the Chinese market. She was also a consultant for the Credit Risk and Ratings Advisory Committee at UNPRI. Stella holds a Bachelor of Economics with first-class honours from the Central University of Finance and Economics and a Master's in Finance & Investment from the University of Exeter. Her expertise reflects a dedication to advancing ESG practices and sustainable finance, grounded in a deep understanding of global financial markets.

Tiffany Qin

Investor Engagement Manager

Tiffany facilitates investor engagement at ARE, bringing over 15 years of experience in client relationship management. Her background includes diverse roles in both the public sector (with the UK Department for International Trade and Business Finland) and the private sector (within the financial and professional service industry). With a passion for sustainable finance, Tiffany is dedicated to fostering meaningful connections and driving positive change in the investment landscape.

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iffany facilitates investor engagement at ARE, bringing over 15 years of experience in client relationship management. Her background includes diverse roles in both the public sector (with the UK Department for International Trade and Business Finland) and the private sector (within the financial and professional service industry). With a passion for sustainable finance, Tiffany is dedicated to fostering meaningful connections and driving positive change in the investment landscape.

Chenguang Zhao

Engagement Manager – China

Chenguang brings a wealth of experience to the team as a seasoned policy and sustainable finance professional. With a background in banking, financial markets, and stakeholder engagement, he actively collaborated with policy stakeholders, financial institutions, and corporations to advance sustainable development in China while aligning with the SDGs and the Paris Agreement. Chenguang’s enthusiasm lies in partnering with investors and companies to drive initiatives toward carbon neutrality, reflecting his commitment to addressing climate change through collaborative efforts.

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henguang brings a wealth of experience to the team as a seasoned policy and sustainable finance professional. With a background in banking, financial markets, and stakeholder engagement, he actively collaborated with policy stakeholders, financial institutions, and corporations to advance sustainable development in China while aligning with the SDGs and the Paris Agreement. Chenguang's enthusiasm lies in partnering with investors and companies to drive initiatives toward carbon neutrality, reflecting his commitment to addressing climate change through collaborative efforts.

Runjin Yang

Analyst – China

Runjin contributes to ARE’s Energy transition work in China by offering research and stakeholder engagement support. He holds a Master of Environmental Engineering from Cranfield University. Before joining ARE, Runjin gained valuable experience in ESG disclosure and rating at China’s largest credit rating agency.

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unjin contributes to ARE's Energy transition work in China by offering research and stakeholder engagement support. He holds a Master of Environmental Engineering from Cranfield University. Before joining ARE, Runjin gained valuable experience in ESG disclosure and rating at China's largest credit rating agency.

Emily Liu

Analyst – China

Emily offers valuable support in research and engagement for Energy Transition initiatives in China. She holds a Master of Finance and Management from The University of Exeter. Prior to joining ARE, Emily served as a senior investment analyst in a private dollar fund, where she honed her skills in primary market investment analysis and communications.

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mily offers valuable support in research and engagement for Energy Transition initiatives in China. She holds a Master of Finance and Management from The University of Exeter. Prior to joining ARE, Emily served as a senior investment analyst in a private dollar fund, where she honed her skills in primary market investment analysis and communications.

Jo-Anne Wee

Operations Manager

Jo-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.

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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

Mano 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.

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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.

Benjamin McCarron

Managing Director

Benjamin 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.

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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

Kate 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.

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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

Kurt 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.

 

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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

Yvonne 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.

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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

Helen 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.

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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

Jane 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.

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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

Peter 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.

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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

Jo-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.

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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

Mano 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.

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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

Khinwai 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.

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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

Dave 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.

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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

Quinnie 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.

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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.

Advisory Board

Clifford Cheah

Clifford Cheah is the former Chief Strategy Officer for Deutsche Bank in Asia Pacific. In this role he was responsible for overall group strategy in the region, reporting to the bank’s regional CEO and the Global Head of Strategy. Prior to this role, Clifford spent 17 years working in Global Markets and was responsible for the bank’s currency business in the Asia Pacific. He had various senior roles including being a member of the Corporate & Investment Bank APAC executive committee and the Head of Diversity for Global Markets.

Clifford worked in DB’s London and Tokyo offices before joining the foreign exchange business in Singapore. He was instrumental in helping develop the nascent Asian currency option trading and structuring business in the region. Prior to joining Deutsche Bank, Clifford practiced as a consulting engineer in London.

Clifford holds both a Bachelor of Engineering degree and an MBA from Imperial College London.

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lifford Cheah is the former Chief Strategy Officer for Deutsche Bank in Asia Pacific. In this role he was responsible for overall group strategy in the region, reporting to regional bank CEOs and the Global Head of Strategy. Prior to this role, Clifford spent 17 years working in Global Markets and was responsible for the bank's currency business in the Asia Pacific. He had various senior roles including being a member of the Corporate & Investment Bank APAC executive committee and the Head of Diversity for Global Markets.  

Clifford worked in DB’s London and Tokyo offices before joining the foreign exchange business in Singapore. He was instrumental in helping develop the nascent Asian currency option trading and structuring business in the region. Prior to joining Deutsche Bank, Clifford practiced as a consulting engineer in London.  

Clifford holds both a Bachelor of Engineering degree and an MBA from Imperial College London.

Linus Koh

Linus Koh is Chairman of Nutmeg Capital, a family office with venture capital and private equity interests in finance, technology, and healthcare. He has advised and participated on the boards of several portfolio entities.

Linus’ experience covers executive leadership roles in international capital markets and investment banking. He served as COO for Deutsche Bank’s Asia Pacific businesses after leading trading and sales teams at UBS and Citigroup. He has been deeply involved in restructuring Singapore’s regulated securities and derivatives markets. At SGX, he led the development and management of listed exchange products and services, before being appointed CFO and Head of Strategy.

Linus holds an S.M. in Management from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a B.A. in Economics from the University of Sheffield. He has also completed the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School and the Oxford Fintech Program at the Saïd Business School, University of Oxford.

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inus Koh is Chairman of Nutmeg Capital, a family office with venture capital and private equity interests in finance, technology, and healthcare. He has advised and participated on the boards of several portfolio entities.  

Linus’ experience covers executive leadership roles in international capital markets and investment banking. He served as COO for Deutsche Bank’s Asia Pacific businesses after leading trading and sales teams at UBS and Citigroup. He has been deeply involved in restructuring Singapore's regulated securities and derivatives markets. At SGX, he led the development and management of listed exchange products and services, before being appointed CFO and Head of Strategy.  

Linus holds an S.M. in Management from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a B.A. in Economics from the University of Sheffield. He has also completed the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School and the Oxford Fintech Program at the Saïd Business School, University of Oxford.

Ruby Shang

Ruby Shang is the former Asia Director and Senior Advisor at the Clinton Foundation and Asia Director for the Clinton Climate Initiative (CCI) Asia. In her role at CCI Asia she implemented Sustainable Energy Efficiency Programs for Building Retrofits and Solid Waste with eleven city governments. She also deployed Forestry programmes with the national Forestry Ministries in Cambodia and Indonesia.

Ruby serves on several boards, including education technology nonprofit Rumie.org, the Asian Cultural Council, and The Asia Foundation. She is the former Board Chair of the Asia Pacific Leaders’ Malaria Alliance. She was a member of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s Finance Committee for her 2016 Presidential campaign and a member of Brown University President’s Leadership Council for 14 years.

Bringing a global perspective, she was born in Tokyo, attended the American School in Japan, and graduated from Brown University. She currently splits time between Singapore, the United States, and Switzerland.

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uby Shang is the former Asia Director and Senior Advisor at the Clinton Foundation and Asia Director for the Clinton Climate Initiative (CCI). In her role at CCI she implemented Sustainable Energy Efficiency Programs for Building Retrofits and Solid Waste with eleven city governments. She also deployed Forestry programmes with the national Forestry Ministries in Cambodia and Indonesia.  

Ruby serves on several boards, including the Impact Investment Exchange Foundation, education technology nonprofit Rumie.org, the Asian Cultural Council, and The Asia Foundation. She is the former Board Chair of the Asia Pacific Leaders’ Malaria Alliance. She was a member of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s Finance Committee for her 2016 Presidential campaign and a member of Brown University President’s Leadership Council for 14 years.  

Bringing a global perspective, she was born in Tokyo, attended the American School in Japan, and graduated from Brown University. She currently splits time between Singapore, the United States, and Switzerland.

Clifford Cheah

Clifford Cheah is the former Chief Strategy Officer for Deutsche Bank in Asia Pacific. In this role he was responsible for overall group strategy in the region, reporting to the bank’s regional CEO and the Global Head of Strategy. Prior to this role, Clifford spent 17 years working in Global Markets and was responsible for the bank’s currency business in the Asia Pacific. He had various senior roles including being a member of the Corporate & Investment Bank APAC executive committee and the Head of Diversity for Global Markets.

Clifford worked in DB’s London and Tokyo offices before joining the foreign exchange business in Singapore. He was instrumental in helping develop the nascent Asian currency option trading and structuring business in the region. Prior to joining Deutsche Bank, Clifford practiced as a consulting engineer in London.

Clifford holds both a Bachelor of Engineering degree and an MBA from Imperial College London.

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lifford Cheah is the former Chief Strategy Officer for Deutsche Bank in Asia Pacific. In this role he was responsible for overall group strategy in the region, reporting to regional bank CEOs and the Global Head of Strategy. Prior to this role, Clifford spent 17 years working in Global Markets and was responsible for the bank's currency business in the Asia Pacific. He had various senior roles including being a member of the Corporate & Investment Bank APAC executive committee and the Head of Diversity for Global Markets.  

Clifford worked in DB’s London and Tokyo offices before joining the foreign exchange business in Singapore. He was instrumental in helping develop the nascent Asian currency option trading and structuring business in the region. Prior to joining Deutsche Bank, Clifford practiced as a consulting engineer in London.  

Clifford holds both a Bachelor of Engineering degree and an MBA from Imperial College London.

Linus Koh

Linus Koh is Chairman of Nutmeg Capital, a family office with venture capital and private equity interests in finance, technology, and healthcare. He has advised and participated on the boards of several portfolio entities.

Linus’ experience covers executive leadership roles in international capital markets and investment banking. He served as COO for Deutsche Bank’s Asia Pacific businesses after leading trading and sales teams at UBS and Citigroup. He has been deeply involved in restructuring Singapore’s regulated securities and derivatives markets. At SGX, he led the development and management of listed exchange products and services, before being appointed CFO and Head of Strategy.

Linus holds an S.M. in Management from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a B.A. in Economics from the University of Sheffield. He has also completed the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School and the Oxford Fintech Program at the Saïd Business School, University of Oxford.

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inus Koh is Chairman of Nutmeg Capital, a family office with venture capital and private equity interests in finance, technology, and healthcare. He has advised and participated on the boards of several portfolio entities.  

Linus’ experience covers executive leadership roles in international capital markets and investment banking. He served as COO for Deutsche Bank’s Asia Pacific businesses after leading trading and sales teams at UBS and Citigroup. He has been deeply involved in restructuring Singapore's regulated securities and derivatives markets. At SGX, he led the development and management of listed exchange products and services, before being appointed CFO and Head of Strategy.  

Linus holds an S.M. in Management from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a B.A. in Economics from the University of Sheffield. He has also completed the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School and the Oxford Fintech Program at the Saïd Business School, University of Oxford.

Ruby Shang

Ruby Shang is the former Asia Director and Senior Advisor at the Clinton Foundation and Asia Director for the Clinton Climate Initiative (CCI) Asia. In her role at CCI Asia she implemented Sustainable Energy Efficiency Programs for Building Retrofits and Solid Waste with eleven city governments. She also deployed Forestry programmes with the national Forestry Ministries in Cambodia and Indonesia.

Ruby serves on several boards, including education technology nonprofit Rumie.org, the Asian Cultural Council, and The Asia Foundation. She is the former Board Chair of the Asia Pacific Leaders’ Malaria Alliance. She was a member of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s Finance Committee for her 2016 Presidential campaign and a member of Brown University President’s Leadership Council for 14 years.

Bringing a global perspective, she was born in Tokyo, attended the American School in Japan, and graduated from Brown University. She currently splits time between Singapore, the United States, and Switzerland.

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uby Shang is the former Asia Director and Senior Advisor at the Clinton Foundation and Asia Director for the Clinton Climate Initiative (CCI). In her role at CCI she implemented Sustainable Energy Efficiency Programs for Building Retrofits and Solid Waste with eleven city governments. She also deployed Forestry programmes with the national Forestry Ministries in Cambodia and Indonesia.  

Ruby serves on several boards, including the Impact Investment Exchange Foundation, education technology nonprofit Rumie.org, the Asian Cultural Council, and The Asia Foundation. She is the former Board Chair of the Asia Pacific Leaders’ Malaria Alliance. She was a member of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s Finance Committee for her 2016 Presidential campaign and a member of Brown University President’s Leadership Council for 14 years.  

Bringing a global perspective, she was born in Tokyo, attended the American School in Japan, and graduated from Brown University. She currently splits time between Singapore, the United States, and Switzerland.

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.

Paige Okun

Director – Communications

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aige believes in building brands through storytelling and integrating communications into all aspects of a company's DNA. Her breadth of communications skills ranges from launching corporate technology companies to managing communications and fundraising for regional and global NGOs to writing for regional and global publications. Paige is responsible for vocalising and amplifying ARE’s Theory of Change.

Stella Chang

Corporate Engagement Manager - Protein Transition (China)

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tella’s diverse professional journey spans critical roles in finance and investment, including ESG research, equity analysis, credit rating, and strategy. Formerly Assistant Vice President of ESG methodology at Moody’s, she adapted global ESG models for the Chinese market. She was also a consultant for the Credit Risk and Ratings Advisory Committee at UNPRI. Stella holds a Bachelor of Economics with first-class honours from the Central University of Finance and Economics and a Master's in Finance & Investment from the University of Exeter. Her expertise reflects a dedication to advancing ESG practices and sustainable finance, grounded in a deep understanding of global financial markets.

Tiffany Qin

Investor Engagement Manager

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iffany facilitates investor engagement at ARE, bringing over 15 years of experience in client relationship management. Her background includes diverse roles in both the public sector (with the UK Department for International Trade and Business Finland) and the private sector (within the financial and professional service industry). With a passion for sustainable finance, Tiffany is dedicated to fostering meaningful connections and driving positive change in the investment landscape.

Chenguang Zhao

Engagement Manager – China

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henguang brings a wealth of experience to the team as a seasoned policy and sustainable finance professional. With a background in banking, financial markets, and stakeholder engagement, he actively collaborated with policy stakeholders, financial institutions, and corporations to advance sustainable development in China while aligning with the SDGs and the Paris Agreement. Chenguang's enthusiasm lies in partnering with investors and companies to drive initiatives toward carbon neutrality, reflecting his commitment to addressing climate change through collaborative efforts.

Runjin Yang

Analyst – China

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unjin contributes to ARE's Energy transition work in China by offering research and stakeholder engagement support. He holds a Master of Environmental Engineering from Cranfield University. Before joining ARE, Runjin gained valuable experience in ESG disclosure and rating at China's largest credit rating agency.

Emily Liu

Analyst – China

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mily offers valuable support in research and engagement for Energy Transition initiatives in China. She holds a Master of Finance and Management from The University of Exeter. Prior to joining ARE, Emily served as a senior investment analyst in a private dollar fund, where she honed her skills in primary market investment analysis and communications.

Isabelle Teoh

Analyst – Energy Transition

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sabelle supports the Energy Transition team at ARE through research and stakeholder engagement. She earned her Bachelor of Business Management from Singapore Management University. Isabelle sharpened her skills in strategy and sustainability working with companies across the region.

Helen Jia

Country Director – China

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