A proven leader and communicator, Matthew began his career in sales but soon established himself in the field of financial services.
For a number of years, he ran his own successful consultancy business, raising capital for numerous early-stage tech companies in the environmental, social and governance field.
From working closely with these start-ups, Matthew witnessed first-hand the difficulties faced by entrepreneurs and innovators in commercialising their world-changing technologies.
Inspired by their determination and devotion to succeed, he wanted to create an environment where these pioneers of tomorrow could access all of the resources they required to change the world for the better. This sparked the birth of the Sustainable Network.
The services provided by Sustainable Network are designed to help accelerate the world's transition to a sustainable future by creating meaningful and significant solutions for change.
Matthew is an advocate of personal and spiritual development and strives to be better with each day that passes. He practices meditation daily, and is at his happiest in nature, either in the countryside or by the ocean. His true inspiration comes from his young daughter and his desire to leave behind a healthy planet for her and future generations.
From a young age, it was clear that Harvey had natural entrepreneurial flair. By the tender age of 15, he already had his own international trade business, selling electronic goods on e-commerce sites.
His next step on the career ladder was a move into the world of impact finance, where he gained experience in sourcing investment from various Venture Capital firms and Family Offices.
Motivated by a desire to facilitate positive change, Harvey then moved on to work exclusively with early-stage climate tech, nanotech and medtech companies that were coming out of university institutions and incubators.
Throughout his career, Harvey built a network of impact investors committed to the infrastructure development and technological advancement of projects aligned with the UN Sustainable Development Goals. This network of contacts laid the foundations for launching the Sustainable Network.
Becoming a father in 2022 further galvanised Harvey's determination to leave a legacy through building solid investment opportunities to promote a sustainable world.
In his spare time, Harvey is a keen gym-goer and an advocate of a daily meditation practise.
A proven leader, entrepreneur and mentor, Shaun has more than 20 years experience working across financial services, consulting and the start-up community
In 2009, he led the global equity franchise expansion after Barclays’ acquisition of Lehman Bros. His role was ensuring operational capability from client, regulatory and control perspectives.
As well, Shaun was the co-founder/director of start-up Cygnetise in 2016. A global B2B award-winning enterprise, Cygnetise digitises the process of authorised signatory management using the latest blockchain technology.
Two years later, in 2018, Shaun went on to co-found WeGive Ventures. WeGive is an easy-to-use app that makes donating to charity easier than ever. Using modern payment systems to reduce charges and create a frictionless donor experience, WeGive aims to address the substantial drop-off in charitable donations with the gradual demise of cash.
As a mentor/non-executive director to other start-ups, Shaun is excited to see smaller, innovative companies flourish.
With a clear understanding of the effort required to make a success pre-scale-up, Shaun's knowledge and experience enables Sustainable Network to lead with a founder-led approach.
A pioneer in sustainable finance measurement, Angelica's background is in investment banking.
A former Vice President of Citibank, RCI Banque and SEB, she was responsible for client relationships, financial instruments, digital systems and large portfolios.
In 2016, she founded the ALDC Partnership, which works in sustainable business strategy, digital financial services, social impact innovation, cutting edge technology and infrastructure transformation.
Two years later, under the ALDC umbrella, she launched Innorbis, a digital sustainability measurement tool for impact management and scale. Innorbis exists to provide the exceptional sustainability reporting tools companies will need to meet new and imminent legislation linked to policies such as the EU Green Deal and the European Commission’s Corporate Sustainability Reporting Directive (CSRD).
In 2021, Angelica won ‘Best CEO in the Sustainability / ESG Systems Industry’ and ‘Tech Entrepreneur of the Year – Sweden’ in the Business Worldwide magazine awards. That same year, she was also listed as one of '30 most inspiring leaders to watch' by The Silicon Review, an online and print magazine for business and technology professionals.
An experienced public speaker and advocate for the UN Sustainable Development Goals, Angelica co-authored a paper called ‘Accelerating the realization of the United Nations Sustainability Development Goals through metrological multi-stakeholder interoperability’, which she has presented to several audiences including at the 2018 UN High-Level Political Forum (HLPF).
Similarly, a co-authored a paper called ‘Why metrology? Fair dealing and efficient markets for the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals', was published in the Journal of Physics.
Ultimately, Angelica works to help make business nature-friendly and to safeguard the Earth and humanity from further destruction by leveraging the power of technological advancements.
David has been a lead consultant and board director for various companies in the construction industry for over 35 years, with the last 12 years adding acquisitions and mergers to his experience base.
Recent ventures have included the use of products in construction projects that assist in achieving carbon zero in their development through the use of innovative design and technologies. Projects range from the considerate development of green field sites, the regeneration of brownfield sites and the careful redevelopment of heritage sites.
David works with investors on ‘projects and investments’ ensuring that they are fully appraised and de-risked through comprehensive due diligence procedures, thereby giving both investors and innovators the comfort and confidence that they are safeguarded.
Within Sustainable Network, David wishes to bring together all forms of innovation and technologies to provide a collaborate network, integrating ideas and procedures within ‘projects’ that will provide a positive impact on the environment, and society as a whole.
Executive Advisory Team
Headquartered in The Netherlands, TBLI Group Holdings B.V. has been focused on the mission of transforming the financial system to work for all stakeholders since 1998.
A driving force in the world of impact investing, Robert has been instrumental in building the foundations of the global Environmental, Social and Governance ecosystem before the terms ‘ESG’ and ‘impact investing’ even existed.
Having helped educate, advise and connect investors for 25 years through TBLI, Robert’s work has expanded into organising the TBLI Conference, the world's leading International Conference on Responsible Investment; advising the European Commission (DG Social and Employment), and running a consultancy firm.
TBLI has produced more than 40 international summits and has completed about 500 projects. In addition, they have influenced more than $50 trillion in assets and helped direct nearly $1.3 trillion in investments.
A lecturer for the Rotterdam School of Management (RSM), Robert set up the school's Sustainability programme and he still provides educational services through TBLI Academy.
As well, Robert is mentioned numerous times in the book, Partiality of Responsibility: Ethics in Sustainability Consulting (2011) by Robert Earhart.
A tenacious public speaker on both TBLI and ESG at global conferences, Robert has been a speaker at many high level events including the Global Reporting Initiative, the inaugural Impact Investing Israel Summit, and the World Pension Council in Singapore
Richard Barrett is a globally recognized thought influencer in Personal Growth and Development, Values-Based Leadership, and Cultural Transformation. He is the President of the Barrett Academy for the Advancement of Human Values, the Founder of the Barrett Values Centre, the Leader of the global Humanity Awareness Initiative, the Developer of the Barrett Culture Analytics for Organizations and Global Wellbeing Indicators for nations, a Fellow of the World Business Academy, and Former Values Coordinator at the World Bank.
The focus of Richard Barrett’s work over the past two and half decades has been on creating the consciousness that makes sustainability possible. He calls it the Inner Curriculum, or the Inner Development Goals. His work in this arena includes the globally recognized, Seven Levels of Consciousness and the Seven Stages of Psychological Development models (www.barrettacademy.com/about-2020/the-barrett-model).
An industry recognised clean energy lawyer (top 20 ranking in renewables sector for past 5 consecutive years) with over two decades experience working on clean energy deals and sustainable investments in the UK and MENA Region. A known innovator and change maker with a successful career in structuring and implementing low carbon projects at the edge of underdeveloped or emerging markets for finance and investment, which have then become the adopted norm. These include many demonstrators and first of kind projects, including (currently) connecting solar directly into the rail network, kinetic power plants, biochar production facilities, wave energy, green hydrogen production, and a radical new ‘hydro’ solution using a dense liquid and pumped energy storage. A Valued strategic thinker as evident in various board and committee appointments including to the Renewable Energy Association’s finance steering committee as well as Non-Executive Director to Shoreham Port and Trustee to UK charity Power for the People. Active angel investor in climate tech through Green Angel Syndicate. Award Finalist for best woman-led investment in innovation (UK BAA Awards 2022).
Serial entrepreneur, having recently established a new strategic consultancy firm (pH3 Capital) delivering strategic, commercialisation, fundraising and governance support to tech-led sustainability startups.
I was born and raised in the industrial north of England on a diet of coal, steel and loving community. Whilst I came to see infrastructure as an enabler of prosperity, I also saw the dark side of those industries in terms of both environmental and human cost and witnessed the devastation of their sharp decline. This led me in early search of a more sustainable way of doing business in harmony with the planet and empowering communities which has occupied my entire professional life.
"I am excited about the vision and passion Sustainable Network has to drive transformative change in the startup ecosystem, creating a blueprint for sustainable success that challenges traditional and outdated models of startup support and funding. Through innovation, compassionate connectivity and an aligned community of advisors and investors they (and we collectively) are changing the way we think about growth, success, courage and value creation"
Tamara Pitelen came to the world of sustainability consulting after a diverse and international 25-year career in the media, working mainly in print and online publishing, across six countries.
In 2020, many months of lockdown provided the opportunity to retrain as a sustainability professional. A long-time advocate for environmentalism and frustrated by the lack of purposeful climate action, Tamara was motivated by the desire to help drive the profound transformation so urgently needed to save humanity as well as all the other forms of life that depend on the Earth’s systems.
To this end, she studied sustainable business management with the Institute for Sustainability Leadership at the University of Cambridge, also the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment. As well, she took the training offered by former US vice-president Al Gore’s Climate Reality Project.
The outcome was the launch of Greener Matters, a UK-based business sustainability consultancy that exists to help guide SMEs through the transition to a sustainable business model. The challenge for businesses is that they may have the will to operate in a planet-friendly way but they do not have the knowledge. Greener Matters offers options for bridging this gap, for example, through undertaking the B Corp certification process.
Tamara believes that we cannot wait for governments to take the lead or set the pace on climate action. The private sector is the key to unleashing the resources, ingenuity and innovation that will provide the solutions to the climate crisis.
Tamara lives in Bath, Somerset, with her husband. She is also an advanced yoga teacher.
A cultural transformation guide with a wealth of experience in change management, Tor spent more than 15 years working as a culture manager for a range of international companies, including Volvo and SCA.
Operating from the premise that, when your people thrive, your organisation thrives, Tor believes that businesses work better when leaders are focused on building conscious, values‐driven cultures for the wellbeing of their people, for society, and all life on earth.
He has consulted worldwide for organisations undergoing a cultural transformation journey, including Europe, Americas, Africa, the Middle East and Asia.
As well, Tor spent 11 years as Network Director at the Barrett Values Centre, a company that supports leaders in building high-performance, values-driven organisations.
Through his work, Tor has seen that culture has a direct impact on the health and sustainability of an organisation (community/nation) and its ability to make a positive contribution to addressing the big challenges facing humanity and the planet.
In 2021, together with his business partner Phil Clothier, Tor co-created Amcara, which works to connect the UN Sustainable Development Goals directly to organisational values, culture and leadership consciousness.
Specialising in the transformation of consciousness, Tor believes that, to create a sustainable outer world, we must evolve and transform our own personal inner world of consciousness.
An expert in organisational and leadership transformation, for 20 years Phil has worked with corporations, governments and NGOs around the world. He has been an advisor on National Values Assessments in over 25 countries and, in some of these countries, the results have been instrumental in reorienting public policies.
Until 2017, Phil was the CEO of Barrett Values Centre, an international organisation working through a consulting network in 100 countries.
Now working as an independent consultant, Phil inspires and supports leaders to bring about ethical, sustainable, and values-driven transformation.
In 2021, together with his business partner Tor Eneroth, Phil co-created Amcara, which works to connect the UN Sustainable Development Goals directly to organisational values, culture and leadership consciousness.
Through his work, Phil has seen that culture has a direct impact on the health and sustainability of an organisation (community/nation) and its ability to make a positive contribution to addressing the big challenges facing humanity and the planet.
Previously working in social housing and IT, Phil lives in the UK, just north of Manchester, in the beautiful hills of Lancashire with his wife Catherine. Their children, Emily and Scott, have left home.
An active member of his local village community, Phil can often be seen with a litter picker. He is also a member of the local mountain biking club.
David Chen is the managing director of the AngelVest Fund, focused on investing in early-stage companies, and allocates capital alongside members of AngelVest Group which has grown to be one of the largest branded angel groups in Eastern Asia comprised of mostly American expats based in Shanghai, Hong Kong, and Singapore.
David is an avid supporter of disruptive innovation and entrepreneurs who have great vision and high levels of consciousness for making large-scale positive social impact. His areas of investment focus in recent years include robotics, AI, blockchain, and other Internet businesses. He has developed a particular interest in the area of consciousness and how it relates to human development and entrepreneurship.
Mr. Chen is also a Board member of the Harvard Business School Alumni Angels – with the mission to provide an educational and networking forum for individuals interested in angel investing. Previously, he worked in a variety of corporate finance and product development roles at companies including Salomon Brothers, Advanced Micro Devices, and Honda Motor.
Recently, Mr. Chen has been developing the concept for 980 Greenville – a holistic health and wellness center to be based in Upstate New York on over 80 acres of land. The vision is for participants to pursue self-discovery and transformation through nature, traditional healing modalities, and emerging technologies.
As the founding partner of RWT Growth (a Canadian based boutique investment banking advisory firm), Reece has extensive experience in corporate finance, M&A, investment banking and strategic planning, and has advised on over $1bn of transactions.
Reece considers it her calling to protect this planet and the beings living upon it and utilising her experience in corporate finance to fund projects that can change the world. More so, as a trans woman, her objective is to shed light on the issues being faced by LGBTQ+ and transgender community and normalise being trans in finance.
Reece is a Chartered Professional Accountant, has an MBA from Athabasca University and has completed executive education from MIT and Cambridge. She has experience leading teams in multiple continents, has founded / co- founded over 7 companies and spends her time between
Kelowna, BC and London, UK.
A seasoned mindset and behaviour expert, Juan is the creator of the Mind Canvas model for personal mastery and the author of the Amazon best-selling book, 'The Mind Canvas: A Revolutionary Approach to Personal Mastery.
Since 2010, he has coached, trained, and taught more than 12,000 people, either 1-on-1, in groups, or through his e-courses.
Juan specializes in the areas of mindset transformation; social and emotional intelligence; wellbeing and spirituality; personal mastery and leadership; conscious and purposeful living; communication, and influence.
In his spare time, Juan enjoys spending quality time with his family, studying philosophy, practising meditation, playing sports, and being in nature.
In line with Sustainable Network's vision, Juan envisions a thriving world, where people are happy, living to their full potential, and in perfect balance with nature and their peers. He strives to raise humanity into a higher awareness of themselves and their role in the creation of such a world.
Subject Matter Experts
Marina is a technology advisor, entrepreneur and innovator with over thirteen years of experience in management advisory, IT strategy, engineering and innovation. With her unique mix of experience, Marina bridges the gap from technology to business results. She has assisted numerous organisations, tech startups, scaleups and investment firms accelerate growth. She has worked across various industries, e.g. energy, logistics, telecom, retail, automotive.
Marina earned a PhD degree in Computer Science in 2015, from University of Twente, the Netherlands.
Approachable and pragmatic by nature, Marina values transparency, collaborative approach, and has vast cross-cultural experience. She is a strong believer in lean thinking and continuous growth and improvement.
Marina believes that we all have the responsibility to leave our children a better world, which is why she is very excited to support the mission of Sustainable Network.
Carlotta is an Italian/German corporate banker and Associate Director at Nord/LB, where she focuses on financing social and digital infrastructure projects across Europe. At Nord/LB, Carlotta acquires, structures and executes complex international project finance transactions that foster a just and green transition. She particularly enjoys how the social inclusion aspects of fibre optic networks in rural areas and the opportunities of green, energy efficient data centres play crucial parts in advancing today's gigabit society.
Passionate about harnessing the power of institutional finance to achieve measurable positive impact, she's a Climate Safe Lending Fellow and is co-shaping the sustainability agenda within her institution.
To make Sustainable Finance more inclusive for all, she set up My Meaningful Money, a financial literacy platform designed to encourage young people to take control over their finances and align their money with their values.
Carlotta is also the former UK & Ireland Engagement Lead for One Young World, the global forum for young leaders that identifies, promotes and connects the world’s most impactful young talent.
She is a native Italian, German and French speaker, fluent in English and Portuguese and conversational in Spanish.
Carlotta holds a double Master’s in Finance and Strategy from Sciences Po in Paris and the FGV EAESP Business School in São Paulo. Recently, she also completed the Cambridge University Sustainable Finance course.
In her free time, Carlotta is an enthusiastic Cross-fitter and enjoys travelling, bringing friends & family together and good quality food & wine.
Shane is on a mission to accelerate the delivery of a sustainable, low-carbon regenerative economy by helping businesses and organisations reduce carbon emissions of their websites & digital infrastructure — a sustainable approach to the design and development of technology solutions.
Shane’s vision is to transform the lives of people through sustainable innovation, resulting in a positive meaningful impact on both people and the environment — focusing on the intersection of sustainability and technology, and collaborate with stakeholders across the spectrum from business, industry, advocacy groups and academia.
For nearly 20 years, Shane has worked with many top tier organisations in the UK, USA and Asia, and have been involved in a number of tech startups. A Computer Science and Law graduate with postgraduate qualifications, a member of the British Computer Society, a Tech London Advocate, above all a passionate advocate for sustainable innovation.
Having witnessed large excesses and unsustainable practices in the IT sector, Shane founded London Inc, a sustainable innovation tech ecosystem, advocating sustainable software engineering practices to working towards a cleaner greener internet, and enabling sustainable and responsible entrepreneurship.
With internet’s growing and enormous carbon emissions and high energy consumption, as part of his mission Shane and the team have developed a tool for measuring a website’s carbon footprint. Shane shares his knowledge on carbon reduction in websites and sustainable software engineering practices. Eco Web Studios, another initiative within his mission, is about the development of low-carbon websites for impact driven, sustainable businesses whilst demonstrating that carbon neutrality in websites and digital platforms is achievable.
Shane founded The Eco-Friendly Web Alliance (EFWA), a multi-organisational international alliance, setting the world’s first eco standard for websites and digital infrastructure with a view improving carbon & energy efficiency in websites and digital infrastructure and the use of clean energy. Guided by a renowned scientific advisory committee, EFWA helps organisations lead the way to a more sustainable digital economy, restoring the balance between ecology and technology, in the transition to a new net zero economy.
Shane plays an active role in groups, supporting responsible entrepreneurship and speaking about sustainable innovation, sustainability in tech, and carbon neutral digital infrastructure.
Alex heads up RPD Accelerate, the start-up and SME arm of RPD International.
RPD Accelerate is an engineering and manufacturing consultancy that supports ambitious entrepreneurs on their roadmap to market. He has experience across product strategy, engineering development, certification & compliance, and manufacturing setup and scale-up (onshore & offshore).
His roots are in environmental science and he has always tried to push sustainable design thinking and life-cycle practices; both through his work at RPD and his other mentorship positions. He looks forward to contributing to the Sustainable Network global funding and innovation platform.
For over a decade Russell worked in sales and marketing for numerous small businesses before travelling the world for three years.
Russell and his family volunteered at more than 15 projects in Asia, Australia and South America. In India and Colombia he learnt about permaculture and successfully regenerated and reforested land supporting thriving sustainable communities.
Subsequently Russell qualified as a permaculture teacher and has taught hundreds of students at his farm and sustainable community in Colombia.
In 2020, the pandemic hit and Russell realised it was time to pivot and scale his teaching, utilising his years of experience in reforesting, growing food organically, and living life sustainably, in order to impact an even broader audience.
Based from his palm-roofed off-grid hut in the tropics, Russell created an online virtual summit named Generation Regeneration with the intention of bringing together worldwide sustainability leaders.
Russell believes that by harnessing permaculture design and human ingenuity we can regenerate our world. Russell is actively living a regenerative and sustainable lifestyle and is excited to use his experiences to help co-create a sustainable world, through the development of the Sustainable Network