Our team and our board of directors are composed of former and current campaigners and directors of European non-profit organisations. All of them specialise in financial and climate issues. Together, we have been instrumental in pushing some of the world’s largest private and public financial institutions, including BNP Paribas, AXA, the Norwegian Pension Fund and the European Investment Bank to cut their financial services to coal and fossil fuels.
Lucie Pinson - Founder and Executive Director
Yann Louvel - Financial institutions' policy Analyst
Yann analyses fossil fuel policies adopted by private financial institutions. Before joining Reclaim Finance at its launch, Yann worked at BankTrack for 10 years as the lead campaigner on climate and energy. At BankTrack, Yann played played a major role in writing and publishing important international reports on fossil fuel financing. This includes the reports written with Urgewald on banks and coal and the annual Report Card with the Rainforest Action Network on banks and fossil fuels. Prior to that, he worked as a private finance campaigner for Friends of the Earth France, targeting French banks for their support of controversial projects. Yann lived in Montreal for four years. There, he worked as the regional coordinator of the Sustainable Campuses Project for the youth branch of the Sierra Club Canada. Yann holds a Master’s degree in Environmental Sciences from the Université du Québec in Montréal.
Elinor Rafaelli - Head of Administration and Operations
of Financial Institutions
Paul Schreiber - Campaigner, Regulation of Financial Institutions
Paul is running a campaign which aims to regulate the activities of private financial institutions in order to better integrate social, environmental and climate-related criteria. From 2018 to 2020, Paul worked as a parliamentary assistant with Eric Alauzet and Cendra Motin, both members of the French National Assembly. He worked on finance bills and social security finance bills. This experience enabled him to have an overview of many environmental, fiscal and health issues. Also, he learned to navigate political and administrative processes. Paul holds a degree in political science from the Institute of Political Studies (IEP) in Lyon, France.
Lara Cuvelier - Sustainable Investments Campaigner
Lara joined Reclaim Finance after spending three years working on sustainable finance. After graduating from ESSEC Business School, Lara first worked at Kois Invest, a company specialized in structuring innovative financial mechanisms, where she participated in the development of a Social Impact Bond and managed the relationship with the partner NGO. She then joined EY as a consultant within EY’s Sustainable Transformation and Performance team and worked on CSR and sustainable investment issues for financial actors. She was involved in labeling and certification missions regarding financial products (French SRI label, Greenfin label, Green Bond Principles verification) and processes (Operating Principles for Impact Management). Today, Lara is a campaign manager for Reclaim Finance, working towards asset owners and managers to support sustainable investment development.
Heffa Schücking - Member of the Board of Directors
Heffa is the founder and director of the German human rights and environmental organisation Urgewald. She has challenged financial institutions for more than 25 years and has designed many successful advocacy campaigns. In 1994, Heffa received the Goldman Environmental Award for her work. Her NGO Urgewald played a key role in the launch of the first coal divestment measures by some of the world’s largest investors. The coal industry database known as the Global Coal Exit List, created by Urgewald in 2017, has already established itself as a reference tool to guide the exit of financial institutions from the coal sector.
Sébastien Godinot - Member of the Board of Directors
Sébastien is the Head of the Sustainable Finance Department of the WWF European Policy Office. He has worked for more than 19 years on public and private finance, including export subsidies and budgetary issues. In this process, he developed a very strong expertise on energy and climate issues related to finance and economics. He is currently coordinating a project with 12 WWF European country offices on aligning the investment portfolios of the 100 largest European asset owners with the climate objectives of the Paris Agreement. He is also closely involved in the Climate Science-Based Target initiative, which aims to develop a target-setting tool for investors and banks in 2020.
Kathrin Gutmann - Member of the Board of Directors
Kathrin is the director of the Europe Beyond Coal campaign, a coalition of NGOs that aims to ensure Europe’s exit from coal by 2030. Together with Climate Action Network Europe, she has contributed to the development of the Europe Beyond Coal campaign by coordinating NGO efforts on this issue since 2013. Kathrin brings 20 years of expertise in advocacy and campaigning on climate and energy policies to Reclaim Finance, as well as experience coordinating international networks. She has worked as a policy and advocacy officer for WWF International’s climate programme and in various positions for the research think tank Climate Analytics, the European Climate Foundation, the German Environment Ministry, the Green Party in the German Bundestag and Greenpeace International. She holds a Master’s degree in Political Science from the Freie Universität Berlin.
Who’s funding us
Our main source of funding comes from private foundations for projects we have decided to run, and from individual donations. Reclaim Finance is independent of companies, political parties and religious organisations. Your individual donations allow us to maintain this independence and to build more campaigns.
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