Our team

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

Communications Officer

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.

Trase Research Assistant

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.

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+.

Ellen joined GCP in January 2014 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.

Senior Project Officer, Forest Finance Programme

Gleice has a MA in Environmental Impact Assessment and Management from the University of Manchester and a BA in Tourism and Management. She volunteered as a Waterways Surveyor to track river pollution and as a Project Officer promoting energy efficiency at the Groundwork Environmental charity in Manchester before joining GCP to help in the coordination of the Unlocking Forest Finance and Interim Forest Finance projects.

Programmes Director

Helen joined GCP in 2011 and her work over the past three years has focused on ecosystem services and community forest monitoring.  Helen  works on GCP's community forest monitoring project, Forest COMPASS, and also  project manages the Amazonia Security Agenda project, which demonstrates the role of Amazonia's forests in underpinning water, energy, food and health security in the region.