Leaders in innovative environmental financing

Ekos is an international non-profit enterprise that develops, pilots and scales up innovative approaches to financing a sustainable future.

We believe that the answer to many of the worlds biggest challenges is to evolve from binary thinking to systems doing. We love middle path solutions that deliver multiple wins.

We work to create self-sustaining forest carbon projects and programmes. Many of the projects start with developing a financial model that drives regenerative capability and self-sustainability. They are all locally owned, developed collaboratively and as much as possible, locally delivered.

We receive support from public, private and philanthropic organisations to develop these new approaches, with the understanding that once sufficiently developed and piloted they will be replicated and scaled up through impact investment.

Ekos staff and board

Ekos staff and board

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Executive Director & Founder   Sean is an expert in environmental financing and indigenous forest carbon markets. He is pioneering market-based models for sustainable land management in NZ and the Pacific Islands. He has consulted to the World Bank, African Development Bank, the Pacific Community, Pacific Island governments, central and local government in NZ, businesses, universities and community organisations. A former Senior Lecturer in Environmental Science and Geography at Victoria University of Wellington and the University of the South Pacific. He has a PhD in Forestry.

Executive Director & Founder

Sean is an expert in environmental financing and indigenous forest carbon markets. He is pioneering market-based models for sustainable land management in NZ and the Pacific Islands. He has consulted to the World Bank, African Development Bank, the Pacific Community, Pacific Island governments, central and local government in NZ, businesses, universities and community organisations. A former Senior Lecturer in Environmental Science and Geography at Victoria University of Wellington and the University of the South Pacific. He has a PhD in Forestry.

Chief Operations Officer   Cherie Tirikatene (Ngāi Tahu) is CEO of SEED NZ and the founder of Te Kukupa. Cherie brings experience across multiple sectors in senior positions to ekos.  A strong wahine who sits at many tables, she also brings guidance and leadership in Iwi and Māori based programmes of work. As a champion for indigenous peoples in general, she ensures economic and environmental sustainability focuses are upheld and underpin all activity.

Chief Operations Officer

Cherie Tirikatene (Ngāi Tahu) is CEO of SEED NZ and the founder of Te Kukupa. Cherie brings experience across multiple sectors in senior positions to ekos.

A strong wahine who sits at many tables, she also brings guidance and leadership in Iwi and Māori based programmes of work. As a champion for indigenous peoples in general, she ensures economic and environmental sustainability focuses are upheld and underpin all activity.

Community Partnerships Coordinator   Claire has a background in carbon footprint reduction, energy management solutions, waste audits and waste minimisation. She also has experience in environmental advocacy and coordinating community organisations. She has a post graduate Diploma in Environmental Management.

Community Partnerships Coordinator

Claire has a background in carbon footprint reduction, energy management solutions, waste audits and waste minimisation. She also has experience in environmental advocacy and coordinating community organisations. She has a post graduate Diploma in Environmental Management.

 
Carbon Analyst   Willow is a passionate climate change campaigner, working with community organisations and advocacy groups. He is a skilled environmental analyst and brings great enthusiasm to his role in working with our SME (small and medium enterprise) customers. He has a BSc in Environmental Studies.

Carbon Analyst

Willow is a passionate climate change campaigner, working with community organisations and advocacy groups. He is a skilled environmental analyst and brings great enthusiasm to his role in working with our SME (small and medium enterprise) customers. He has a BSc in Environmental Studies.

Carbon Analyst   Kent is a passionate environmentalist with current voluntary roles in ecological restoration. He previously worked in the Environmental Regulation and Environmental Policy Team within the Greater Wellington Regional Council. He graduated from Victoria University of Wellington with a Bachelor of laws and Science in Environmental Studies. He is an early career carbon analyst and brings a sharp mind and passionate energy to his work with individuals, micro, small and medium size businesses.

Carbon Analyst

Kent is a passionate environmentalist with current voluntary roles in ecological restoration. He previously worked in the Environmental Regulation and Environmental Policy Team within the Greater Wellington Regional Council. He graduated from Victoria University of Wellington with a Bachelor of laws and Science in Environmental Studies. He is an early career carbon analyst and brings a sharp mind and passionate energy to his work with individuals, micro, small and medium size businesses.

Associate   Roger is a forestry consultant and Director of Tomorrow's Forests Ltd. He specialises in indigenous forest management and reforestation using carbon markets. He is a member of the NZ Institute of Forestry and has been a member of NZ Farm Forestry for over 30 years.

Associate

Roger is a forestry consultant and Director of Tomorrow's Forests Ltd. He specialises in indigenous forest management and reforestation using carbon markets. He is a member of the NZ Institute of Forestry and has been a member of NZ Farm Forestry for over 30 years.

 
Director   Andrew is a consultant in corporate procurement, sales coaching, and supply chain management. He has a background in corporate sales and innovation. He founded the Forklift Association, Andrew also has a long-term background in sustainability and environmental advocacy.

Director

Andrew is a consultant in corporate procurement, sales coaching, and supply chain management. He has a background in corporate sales and innovation. He founded the Forklift Association, Andrew also has a long-term background in sustainability and environmental advocacy.

Director   Kathy is Sales Director at Squiz, has wide experience in sales and marketing, and social innovation. She has worked previously in retail, and as National sales advertising manager for a trade association. Expertise in digital inclusion, using ICT for reducing inequality, sustainability (economic and environmental). Kathy was previously a board member at Touch Compass.

Director

Kathy is Sales Director at Squiz, has wide experience in sales and marketing, and social innovation. She has worked previously in retail, and as National sales advertising manager for a trade association. Expertise in digital inclusion, using ICT for reducing inequality, sustainability (economic and environmental). Kathy was previously a board member at Touch Compass.

Director Nakau Programme   The Nakau Programme is a Pacific Island Rainforest carbon programme co-developed by and 50% co-owned by Ekos. Anjali has over 10 years experience in environmental policy and governance and community development in the Pacific Islands. Formerly Team Leader/Country Director of Live & Learn Vanuatu. REDD+ Advisor to the Government of Vanuatu. Managed contracts through World Bank, US DoS, ADB and ACIAR for Ecosystems-based Adaptation, REDD+ stakeholder engagement and PES.

Director Nakau Programme

The Nakau Programme is a Pacific Island Rainforest carbon programme co-developed by and 50% co-owned by Ekos. Anjali has over 10 years experience in environmental policy and governance and community development in the Pacific Islands. Formerly Team Leader/Country Director of Live & Learn Vanuatu. REDD+ Advisor to the Government of Vanuatu. Managed contracts through World Bank, US DoS, ADB and ACIAR for Ecosystems-based Adaptation, REDD+ stakeholder engagement and PES.

Chief Operating Oficer, Nakau Programme   Robbie has over 20 years experience in sustainable community development. Managed projects through Australian Government, NZAID, EU, GIZ, ADB, CEPF and UNDP for REDD+, ecosystems based adaptation, community managed protected areas, environmental governance, monitoring & evaluation systems, and rural livelihoods programs.

Chief Operating Oficer, Nakau Programme

Robbie has over 20 years experience in sustainable community development. Managed projects through Australian Government, NZAID, EU, GIZ, ADB, CEPF and UNDP for REDD+, ecosystems based adaptation, community managed protected areas, environmental governance, monitoring & evaluation systems, and rural livelihoods programs.