Our team

The Global Canopy Programme comprises experts in forests, finance, water, climate and business who work globally to deliver impact.

Project Lead, Forest Finance Programme

Alexandra Pinzon is the Project Lead for the Unlocking Forest Finance project. She works with a small team researching innovative financial mechanisms to fund the transition to sustainable development in the Amazon region. Prior to joining GCP, Alexandra worked conducting quantitative and economic analysis of financial markets and regulation at the Colombian Financial Supervisory Authority (Superintendencia Financiera). Prior to this, she carried out financial risk and investment analyses at Ecopetrol, the largest oil and gas company in Colombia.

Founder Director

Andrew is a Zoologist with extensive field experience in Asia, Africa and Latin America, combined with a 30 year career spanning research, journalism, broadcasting, policy and environmental project management. He pioneered scientific exploration of forest canopies and co-founded NGOs such as Earthwatch Europe. He acts as an adviser to governments and international institutions, and is special advisor to the Prince of Wales' Rainforest Project.

Development Coordinator

Angela has an MSc in Environmental Technology from Imperial College, and a first class BA Hons in International Relations and English Language. Her areas of expertise are non-traditional security issues and Global Environmental Change and Policy.  She joined the Global Canopy Programme as a Project Assistant for the REDD Desk in 2009. She project managed the REDD Desk and coordinated research for the REDD Countries Database until 2012. After returning from maternity leave Angela took up the position of Support System Development and is currently coordinating GCP’s development efforts.

Copywriter, Unlocking Forest Finance

Arthur is responsible for writing and editing reports and web copy for the Unlocking Forest Finance project. Before coming to GCP, he spent four years working as a Press Officer at the European Environment Agency in Copenhagen. He has also worked in journalism and environmental campaigning in the UK, Spain and Argentina.

Arthur’s educational background is in social sciences, with a degree in Journalism Studies and a master’s degree in Environment, Politics and Globalisation.

Analyst, Drivers Programme

Christina has worked in conservation since 2004 when she joined Taiwanese NGO Wild at Heart Legal Defense Association. More recently, she co-ran a wildlife centre for the Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society (WDCS) in Scotland, and coordinated the media work of the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) in south east England. Her work has included writing, translating, lobbying and film-making, with a particular emphasis on birds and Taiwan’s Indo-Pacific humpback dolphins.

Communications Lead

Claire joined GCP in 2017 as the Interim Communications Lead. 

She has worked with GCP delivering communications consultancy and strategic counsel for the past five years.  She brings over fifteen years' experience of leading integrated global marcomms strategies straddling both the corporate and NGO sector.

Project Manager, Natural Capital Declaration

Danielle manages work programmes to build capacity for financial institutions to strengthen management of environmental risks and opportunities. As part of the NCD Secretariat, she oversees projects to support implementation of commitments to understand, embed, account for and report on natural capital.

Project Coordinator, Amazon Security Agenda

David Sabogal has worked with a variety organizations in South America and Central Africa, including the German Development Cooperation (GIZ) and African Model Forest Network (AMFN), on research projects and conservation initiatives among rural and indigenous communities and sub-national governments. His work has focused on environmental policy, customary land tenure, community-based natural resource management, livelihood diversification and small-scale  mining. More recently he has gained experience on climate mitigation initiatives, namely REDD+.

Operations Manager

Ellen joined GCP to focus on institutional policy and operations. Prior to that she worked for an Islamic art charity, The Barakat Trust. She has nearly 20 years’ experience in marketing, PR and operations in enterprises ranging from tech start-ups to a large US ISP before choosing to move to the non-profit sector with Mencap and Oxford University’s near-Eastern archaeology fund. Ellen has benefited from many voluntary experiences in France, the US and Russia, the latter involving living in and renovating the Peter and Paul Fortress in St Petersburg during the White Nights.

Policy Analyst, Drivers Programme

Prior to joining GCP, Francesca completed an MSc in Nature, Society and Environmental Policy at the University of Oxford. She also holds a first-class BA in German and History from the University of Warwick. Francesca has assisted with conservation projects in Honduras and is currently the Policy Analyst on the Forest 500 Project.