Our team

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

Communications Executive

Alex has been at GCP since 2015, working in the core strategic communications team. Before GCP, he worked for a range of conservation organisations across research, communications and environmental campaigning, including the Polish Academy of Sciences and the UK Wildlife Trusts. Alex holds an MSc in Biodiversity, Conservation and Management and a BA in Geography, both from the University of Oxford.

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 W. Mitchell is the Founder Director of the Global Canopy Programme in Oxford and Senior Adviser to Ecosphere Plus (E+), an impact investment and marketing company specialising in environmental assets. He is an international thought leader on tropical forests, climate change and natural capital. He has extensive field experience in Asia, Africa and Latin America, across a forty-year career spanning scientific research, conservation and finance for forests.

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.

Communications Executive

Arthur is responsible for writing and editing reports and web copy as well as communications work promoting the organisation's work. 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.

Supply Chains Intern

Ben has a first class BA in Geography from University College London. He has worked on environmental issues in both NGO and consultancy contexts, and his independent research has been recognised by the Royal Geographical Society. Ben currently works on the Forest 500 and Trase projects.

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 is an environmental anthropologist, with experience designing and implementing multi-disciplinary research projects and conservation initiatives with rural and indigenous communities and governments across South America, Central Africa and South East Asia. David’s previous work has focused on land tenure regimes, land use dynamics, natural resource management and monitoring, and climate policy - in particular REDD+.