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Most Read Thought Leaders of March

By illuminem

Apr 05 2023 · 9 min read

Illuminem Voices
Battery · Carbon Removal · Degrowth

Most Read Thought Leaders of March

Enjoy our Thought Leaders Of The Year Rankings Overall, on Carbon, Climate Change, ESG, Hydrogen, Mining and Metals, Power and Utilities, and Renewables.

At illuminem.com we take pride in calling ourselves the “home of sustainability” and in providing a global platform for renowned Thought Leaders to address & constructively debate the most pressing challenges of our time.

From degrowth to energy transition and sustainable finance, we are proud to present you with the pieces that attracted the highest readership in March. Please help us congratulate our most-read Thought Leaders of the month!

1️⃣ Michael Barnard - Board Advisor, FLIMAX Ltd & Chief Strategist, TFIE
Country: Canada
Latest Thought Piece: Marine Shipping has to Decarbonize and Hype is Strong Around Sexy but Foolish Solutions 
Profile: Michael Barnard is Chief Strategist at The Future Is Electric Strategy (TFIE), Advisory Board member of electric aviation startup FLIMAX, and co-founder of distnc technologies. He spends his time projecting scenarios for decarbonization 40-80 years into the future, and assisting executives, Boards, and investors to pick wisely today. Whether it's refueling aviation, grid storage, vehicle-to-grid, or hydrogen demand, his work is based on fundamentals of physics, economics, and human nature, and informed by the decarbonization requirements and innovations of multiple domains. He previously served as Advisory Board Member at Electron aviation and as a Strategic Advisor at Agora Energy Technologies.

2️⃣ Dr. Venera N. Anderson - Strategy Advisor and Author, Harvard Business Review Advisory Council
Country: United States of America
Latest Thought Piece: Hydrogen deployment in the road transportation sector: US decarbonization strategy (Part 1) 
Profile: Dr. Venera N. Anderson is a global strategy advisor on sustainability and climate issues. She creates and implements innovative solutions that address the world’s most pressing issues, such as climate change, economic development, and humanitarian challenges. She is a member of the Harvard Business Review Advisory Council. Venera is a co-author of the "Touching Hydrogen Future" book (2nd edition). She is also an International Expert at Women in Green Hydrogen, a global network which strives to increase the visibility and amplify the voices of women working in the green hydrogen sector, and a Speaker at Tech Up for Women and the Wall Street Green Summit about her vision for coastal U.S. green hydrogen hubs.

3️⃣ Georg Kell - Founder, United Nations Global Compact & Chairman, Arabesque 
Country: Germany 
Latest Thought Piece: How Do Sustainability, Finance, and Technology Connect? 
Profile: Georg Kell is a prominent figure in the field of sustainable business and corporate social responsibility. He is the founding Director of the UN Global Compact, the world's largest corporate sustainability initiative. He currently serves as the Chairman of Arabesque, a technology company that uses AI and big data to assess sustainability performance. Georg is also the spokesperson for the Volkswagen Sustainability Council where he plays an instrumental role in promoting the company's sustainability initiatives.

3️⃣ Herman Bril - Managing Director & Head of Sustainability and Climate Innovation, PSP Investments
Country: Great Britain 
Latest Thought Piece: How Do Sustainability, Finance, and Technology Connect?
Profile: Herman Bril is a highly esteemed expert in the field of sustainable finance, with over 20 years of experience in senior management positions. He currently serves as the MD and Head of Sustainability & Climate Innovation at PSP Investments, where he oversees the development and implementation of sustainable investment strategies. Prior to this, Herman held the position of CIO & Head of the Office of Investment Management at the United Nations Joint Staff Pension Fund, where he played a key role in advancing sustainable investing practices within the organization. Herman is also an accomplished author and editor, having co-edited two books with Georg Kell and Andreas Rasch: “Sustainable Investing - A Path to a New Horizon” and “Sustainability, Technology, and Finance - Rethinking how markets integrate ESG”.

3️⃣ Andreas Rasche - Professor and Associate Dean, Copenhagen Business School
Country: Denmark
Latest Thought Piece: How Do Sustainability, Finance, and Technology Connect?
Profile: Andreas Rasche is a renowned expert in sustainable business and responsible management. He currently holds the position of Professor of Business in Society at the Centre for Sustainability and Associate Dean at Copenhagen Business School. Andreas has conducted extensive research on topics such as sustainable business models, corporate social responsibility, and responsible investment. He is a frequent contributor to various international journals and recently released the second edition of his successful book 'Corporate Social Responsibility: Strategy, Communication, Governance (Cambridge University Press), which serves as a valuable resource for both students and practitioners

4️⃣ Erin Remblance - Co-founder, (re)Biz
Country: Australia
Latest Thought Piece: How Does Degrowth Apply to Our Minds?
Profile: Erin Remblance is one of the world’s most recognized Thought Leaders on de-growth and carbon reduction topics. Erin is the co-founder of (re)Biz, a program designed for leaders seeking to implement regeneration and post-growth solutions into their organizations. She was previously an Environmental Programs Associate at NOCO2, an Australian-based firm, where she enabled businesses of all sizes to reduce their carbon footprint.

5️⃣ Armida Salsiah Alisjahbana - Under-Secretary-General, United Nations
Country: Indonesia 
Latest Thought Piece: Championing Sustainability Despite Adversities in Asia and the Pacific
Profile: Armida Salsiah Alisjahbana is the Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Secretary of the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP). She also serves on the Governing Board of the Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia (ERIA). Armida has held several leadership positions in global institutions such as the Minister of National Development Planning and the Head of the National Development Planning Agency (BAPPENAS), Indonesia and as Co-chair of the Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation. Armida has also been the Alternate Governor of the World Bank and Alternate Governor of the Asian Development Bank. She has been awarded the Mahaputra Adipradana Order from the Republic of Indonesia.

6️⃣ Sheri R. Hinish - Global Sustainability Innovation & Ecosystem Leader, EY
Country: US 
Latest Thought Piece: Humanizing the Climate Emergency and Equity for All with Sustainable Supply Chains 
Profile: Sheri is a leader, promoting the ideas of sustainable supply chains, diversity, equity, and inclusion. She is a member of the Global Executive Leadership Team at EY for sustainability innovation. She has won numerous top industry awards and helped guide the strategy of Fortune 500 companies. Sherry has held several consulting positions and worked with SAP, Salesforce, UPS, Celonis, SAP Ariba, OMP and IBM. 

7️⃣ Galit Palzur - Board Member, Israeli Energy Forum & Board member, Forum Dvorah
Country: Israel
Latest Thought Piece: To achieve our climate targets it's time to revive the use of bans
Profile: Galit Palzur is an economist, specializing in risk management of natural disasters, sustainability and climate change. She has held several Board of Director positions including the Chairman of the Bureau of the OECD Working Party on Climate, Investment and Development. She works closely with startups, public and private entities, mentoring them in incorporating sustainability, long-term thinking and risks into their strategies. 

8️⃣ Enrique Dans - Professor of Innovation, IE University 
Country: Spain
Latest Thought Piece: Here’s what’s important about Tesla Investor Day
Profile: Enrique Dans is Professor of Innovation at IE Business School in Madrid, and Senior Advisor for Innovation and Digital Transformation at IE University. Through his writing and speaking, Enrique has established himself as a global leading voice at the intersection of technological innovation and sustainability, providing insights and commentary on the latest trends and developments in the fields. He writes daily in Spanish on enriquedans.com, and in English on Medium. He has written two acclaimed books: “ Todo va a cambiar” (2010) and “Living in the Future” (2019). 

9️⃣ Mahesh Ramanujam - Ceo & President, Global Network for Zero 
Country: US
Latest Thought Piece: The Built Environment: Transformation Needed for Net Zero Tools in Carbon Markets 
Profile: Mahesh is the President & CEO at The Global Network for Zero, as well as the CEO of Rubix. He has broad experience in the ESG sphere, having worked both with the nonprofit and private sectors. His previous positions included President & Chief Executive Officer at the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) as well as President & Chief Executive Officer at Green Business Certification. 

🔟 John Scanlon - Fmr. Secretary General, Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) & CEO, Elephant Protection Initiative Foundation
Country: Switzerland
Latest Thought Piece: Origins and Evolution of the World’s largest Annual Celebration of Wildlife
Profile: John Scanlon is an accomplished global conservationist and leader in sustainable development. He is the former Secretary-General of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), where he served for eight years. He is currently serving as CEO of the Elephant Protection Initiative Foundation, the secretariat for 21 African countries with common policies on elephant conservation, Chair of the UK Government Challenge Fund, and Trustee with the Royal Botanical Gardens Kew. He is widely recognized for his contributions to conservation and has received numerous awards for his work, including the Order of Australia.

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