Tessa Tennant has been active in green and climate finance all her career. As one of the first Human Environmental Studies graduates at Kings College London, she then worked for the Green Alliance developing the conversation around ‘green growth’. She went on to co-found the UK’s first green investment fund, the Merlin (now Jupiter) Ecology Fund, in 1988 and has worked to build the green investment industry ever since. In the 90s, she co-founded the UK Social Investment Forum and the UNEP Insurance Initiative, which later merged with UNEP’s banking group to form the UNEP Finance Initiative. She led the creation and was first Chair of the Association for Sustainable and Responsible Investment in Asia based in Hong Kong (ASrIA, now part of PRI), and The Carbon Disclosure Project(CDP), which works with over 6,000 of the largest corporations in the world to reduce their carbon emissions.
She has served on numerous fund, company and not-for-profit boards, including the US Calvert Funds, Syntao(current) and Global Cool Foundation and is an Adviser to Carbon Tracker, Influence Map and other initiatives. She was a co-founder and first Chair of The Ice Organisation, creator of myice.com, which rewards green consumerism, and was a Non-Executive Director of the UK’s Green Investment Bank, now sold to Macquarie Group. She is now focused on financing the Paris climate agreement NDCs and is co-creator with Ian Callaghan of the Climate Finance Accelerator and NDCi.global
She is married, lives in Scotland and has two grandchildren which means her stake in the future has extended at least 90years.