GREENPRENEURS FOUNDING MEMBERS
Meet the members who developed and supported Greenpreneurs from the beginning.
Dr. Frank Risjberman
Director-General, the Global Green Growth Institute
Dr. Frank Rijsberman has been Director General of Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI) since October 1, 2016 and leads the Seoul-based international organization. Dr. Rijsberman served as Director of Water, Sanitation & Hygiene initiative - Global Development Program at Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation since October 11, 2010, where he developed a strategy to help achieve universal access to sustainable sanitation services using radical new technologies and innovative market-based mechanisms. He served as Chief Executive Officer of the Consultative Group for International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) Consortium. At CGIAR, he led the Consortium's transformation from 15 independent research centers towards a single integrated organization.
Dr. Rijsberman served as Philanthropic Program Director at Google.org where he led grant making in the public health initiative and was responsible for programs and partnerships in health, disaster response, geo-informatics and climate-change adaptation. Before Google, he was Director-General of the International Water Management Institute, an international research institute with HQ in Colombo, Sri Lanka.
Dr. Rijsberman served as director general of IWMI where he transformed it from a single, localized institute into an international research network with 12 offices across Africa and Asia. He was also a member of the Task Force on Water and Sanitation for the UN Millennium Development Goals Project and one of the key organizers of the second World Water Forum. He served as part-time professor at the UNESCO-IHE Institute of Water Education, the world's largest facility dedicated to research and capacity-building in the fields of water, environment and infrastructure. He received his bachelor's and master's degrees in civil engineering from Delft University of Technology and earned a multi-disciplinary Ph.D. in water resources planning and management and civil engineering from Colorado State University.
Senior Manager, the Global Green Growth Institute
Juhern Kim is a certified climate policy expert and seasoned manager with around 15 years of experience, based on enthusiasm in green growth. He has a special passion on nurturing young and innovative entrepreneurs implementing green growth. His fundamental professional focus is to get things done, achieve success, and share it (thus grow) with colleagues.
He is currently a Manager of the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI). He has been serving both Colombia and Viet Nam as an Acting Country Representative of GGGI, where he advises the governments of developing countries to structure bankable projects across forestry, agriculture, water, waste, and energy sectors that generate 3-dimensional impact (and get them financed), while providing content-based policy inputs. Previously, he worked for UN Environment, TEEB, and the Ministry of SMEs and Start-ups of Republic of Korea. He also has a journalistic background.
Green Growth Policy/ Ecosystem Management
Climate Finance/ Project Structuring
Communication/ Partnership Building/ Fundraising
co-founder and executive director, the youth climate lab
As one of Canada’s Top 30 under 30 Sustainability Leaders, Dominique is passionate about engaging young people in climate action, policy and social innovation. She has been active in the UNFCCC climate negotiations since 2013, and now serves as the coordinator of the negotiations support team for the Seychelles delegation. Dominique advocates the importance of youth as partners for climate action in a variety of international forums, most recently at the World Government Summit, ECOSOC Youth Forum, COP22 and at the National Climate Youth Summit in Canada.
Dominique has advised and worked for a number of local and international institutions, such as UNEP, UNESCO, IDRC, as well as state governments. As a graduate student at the Balsillie School of International Affairs and Junior Research Fellow at the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI), her research explores innovative finance for climate-related loss and damage and refugee responsibility sharing.
manager of partnerships, student energy
Helen Watts is Student Energy’s Manager of Partnerships. She spearheads strategy for Student Energy’s partnerships and manages stakeholder relations. Student Energy is a global non-profit empowering youth in 130 countries, delivering cutting-edge leadership development, energy education, and innovation spaces for youth to make an impact in sustainable energy. Helen drives collaborations with the potential to make knowledge-sharing, skill-building and leadership development accessible to 50,000+ youth globally.
Before Student Energy, she was based at the global youth leadership development organization AIESEC, working in cross-cultural skill development, youth empowerment and international teamwork. She led public relations for the national Youth to Business Forum in 2017, organizing press coverage, increasing reach for the Canada Youth Voice Survey, and publishing articles. She was awarded AIESEC's national Global Talent award in 2016.
Prior to her experience in youth empowerment, she worked with the International Organization for Migration at the United Nations, attending Security Council, committee, and ECOSOC meetings to report on migration trends and forecasts to IOM's global offices. Helen has published works for the 2016 World Social Forum, and was named Starfish Canada's Top 25 Environmentalists Under 25 in 2018.
Project Lead, Youth Climate Lab
Lucas has tackled climate change from a range of different angles. He's worked as a researcher on the international climate negotiations, helped Oxfam develop their position on climate justice, developed many of the forestry aspects of New Zealand Emissions Trading Scheme, founded a company that helps people build more sustainable homes which won people's choice and judges choice awards from Climate Colab, and currently leads the development of a big corporate's climate change strategy. Last year, he launched the Auckland Climathon, an event where >150 participants worked on launching climate related businesses during a 24 hour period.
He holds an MBA from INSEAD and has a general interest in business and finance. He has experience developing impact models and measuring the wider benefit of a project.