Staff

Based in London, the Secretariat staff are responsible for leading the initiative's research, communications and engagement efforts, and for the general coordination of the Business Commission.

Jeremy Oppenheim
Programme Director Jeremy spent over 20 years at McKinsey, developing and leading its Sustainability and Resource Productivity Practice (SRP) from 2007-2015. He is Founding Partner of SystemiQ, a new firm dedicated to building sustainable, market-based economies, programme director of the Energy Transitions Commission, lead author of the Better Growth, Better Climate report of the New Climate Economy project, and advisor to multiple governments, companies and foundations on system transformation and resource productivity.  
Dinah McLeod
Deputy Programme Director Dinah began her career at the World Bank, followed by the Prime Minister’s Strategy Unit, before moving to the private sector, where she held senior roles at BT Global Services and Sandoz. Dinah has conducted research on a range of development issues and holds a Master’s degree in Public Administration from Princeton. She is on secondment from the Overseas Development Institute, where she is Director of Strategic Development.
Alex Evans
Research Director Alex is a Senior Fellow at NYU’s Center on International Cooperation (CIC) and author of numerous reports on the Sustainable Development Goals. He was seconded to the UN Secretary-General’s office as the writer for the UN High-level Panel on Global Sustainability and was a member of Ethiopia’s delegation to the COP21 climate summit. Prior to joining CIC in 2006, Alex spent three years at the UK aid agency as Special Adviser to the Secretary of State.
Carina Larsfalten
Stakeholder Engagement Director Until July 2016, Carina is the Managing Director at the World Business Council for Sustainable Development with responsibility for global policy and strategic partnerships. Carina previously worked as a Director at the World Economic Forum and as a Senior Adviser for the Global Green Growth Forum (3GF). Prior experience includes the European Commission, Skanska and the Swedish Ministries. She holds a Master of Business Economics from ESCP.
Clare Oh
Communications Director Clare has 20 years of experience leading communications to promote global development issues, including eight years at Columbia University where she led media strategies on sustainable development. She most recently was a communications consultant to Virgin Unite and the End Rabies Now campaign. A former digital journalist with The Washington Post, she holds an MA in International Affairs from The New School, and a MA in Oral History from Columbia University.
Celia Partridge
Programme Manager Celia began her career in international education, at the Royal College of Music and UK Council for International Student Affairs, where she led on the Prime Minister’s Initiative for International Education. She has also managed Barclays UK community investment programmes. As a consultant her work has included strategic reviews and sustainability strategy, as well as web and e-learning programmes and communications for both charities and private enterprises.
Austin Morton
Senior Communications Manager For the last three years, Austin has worked on the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate, building a global communications campaign advocating for low-carbon economic policies. Austin has worked on communications campaigns for international development initiatives at USAID, as well as climate change and environmental sustainability issues with global nonprofits. He received his undergraduate degrees in Political Science and International Relations from American University in Washington, DC.
Melinda George
Research Manager Melinda joined the Commission from the Secretary-General’s Cabinet of the OECD. She began her career as Junior Policy Analyst on Post-2015 in the OECD’s Development Co-operation Directorate. She also worked as Wikichild Manager in the Statistics and Employment, Labour and Social Affairs Directorates. Melinda holds a Master’s degree in European Affairs from Sciences Po, Paris, with a focus on European Development Policy, and a BA from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.
Zanna Karsan
Commissioner Outreach Assistant Zanna has a keen interest in the environment, and since earning an undergraduate degree in Biology, she has pursued a career in the sustainability sector. She gained hands-on practical conservation experience while volunteering in Mauritius for the Wildlife Foundation before joining an environmental behaviour change charity, Global Action Plan, as an intern for a year.
Alessandra Kortenhorst
Associate Alessandra comes to the Commission by way of SystemiQ, where she works with the private sector on sustainable systems change. Previously Alessandra worked at the United Nations Foundation and at Piramal Sarvajal, a local Indian social-enterprise working in drinking water in Ahmedabad, India. She has a BA from Barnard College, Columbia University.
Iain Patton
Media Communications Consultant Iain is a sustainability communications and media practitioner, who has worked with a number of climate and CSR-related organisations in an advisory capacity, including the Global Green Growth Forum, the Global Call for Climate Action, COM+ Alliance of Communicators for Sustainable Development. He is a Huffington Post blogger, and is recognised by the Chartered Institute of Marketing, Chartered Institute of Public Relations, and Institute of Environmental Management & Assessment. Iain holds a BA from the University of Wales.
Gabriella Hillgren
Project Assistant Before joining the Business Commission, Gabriella’s interest in the link between sustainability and business was energised from being a corporate governance researcher at PIRC, as well as supporting the stakeholder engagement prior to and during COP21 at the New Climate Economy. Gabriella has also worked at the Institute for Security and Development Policy, at Plan International and has an undergraduate degree in Development, Peace & Conflict.
Corinne Sawers
Director of Special Initiatives Corinne started her career at UNOCHA, driving research in climate related humanitarian risks. She spent five years at McKinsey & Co., focused on consumer goods and retail sectors, during which time she initiated and led the McKinsey Global Institute research on obesity, developing a deeper interest in complex systems challenges. She is currently a project leader at SystemiQ. She is also a co-founder of More United, a tech start-up and social movement disrupting UK politics.
Brimbelle Grandcolas
Senior Manager, Stakeholder Engagement Brimbelle has a passion in engaging the public and the private sector as an agent of social change. Most recently she worked on minorities issues at the UN OHCHR. Prior to that she was Senior Manager at the World Economic Forum. At the beginning of her career she coordinated education projects in Vietnam and reported on caste discrimination in India. She has extensive experience in managing government relations and international projects. Brimbelle holds a Master’s degree in Public Policy from Sciences-Po Lyon as well as a Master’s degree in International Affairs from the Paris XI University.