Meet the team
Gerhard Mulder – CEO
Gerhard Mulder’s career in climate finance has spanned both the public and private sector, having worked in consulting in Washington DC, environmental markets on Wall Street, and for the Dutch government (Netherlands Enterprise Agency) to implement the Kyoto Protocol. In 2005 he set up the climate finance desk at ABN AMRO Bank and positioned the bank as one of the first global banks in the carbon market. In 2010 he joined a subsidiary of Rabobank International to develop an electronic trading platform for environmental commodities such as carbon credits and renewable energy certificates. In 2014 he switched back to the public sector and joined a leading non-profit (IUCN) in the Netherlands. At IUCN he advised the Netherlands government on developing financial instruments to attract private sector climate finance. Gerhard completed his MBA at the University of Oxford in 2018 with distinction. He studied environmental economics and international affairs at Columbia University in New York, and Public Policy at the University of Amsterdam.
Stephanie Gnissios – COO
Stephanie Gnissios’ background is in mining and heavy industry, working on both the consulting and owner/operator side. Her experience spans international project planning & delivery, portfolio management, risk management, investment assessment, and impact measurement and management. Since 2018, she has been focused on helping companies incorporate social, environmental, and climate impact factors into strategic decision-making and risk management across global project and investment portfolios. She acts as a climate and impact advisor for startups with a focus on impact measurement and incorporation of green elements for funding and finance. Stephanie completed her Executive MBA at Oxford University in 2020 and the Oxford Impact Measurement Programme in 2019. She studied Mechanical Engineering at the University of British Columbia in Canada and is a licensed Professional Engineer and certified Professional Project Manager.
Willemien van der Wielen – Climate Risk Analyst
Willemien focuses on the application of climate data and climate modelling to assess physical and transition risks to various sectors. She combines her work with studying for a Masters degree in Environmental Sciences with a focus on environmental change and ecosystems at Utrecht University. Prior to joining CRS, she worked for a non-profit organization developing content for the Dutch knowledge portal for climate adaptation, climate data communication through (story)maps and creating a climate atlas.
Pekka Piirainen – Associate
Pekka is a climate risk and investment professional with over seven years of experience working across capital markets, climate data, client advisory, and international climate negotiations and policy. Pekka started out in selling and developing passive investment strategies that incorporated the full spectrum of Scope 1-3 emissions data to eventually being responsible for all client advisory and business development. He led the development of the first TCFD-aligned scenario analysis toolkit, devised a Scope 1-3 emissions attribution model for equity and fixed income portfolios, and advised on using avoided emissions for security selection purposes for a flagship equity strategy.
Pekka has advised asset managers and service communicating on capabilities on managing and capitalising on climate risks and opportunities. Pekka also participated in the COP21 negotiations round in Paris and preceding SB42 negotiations in Bonn as an international youth observer. Pekka holds a BA in History from UCL (distinction) and a Certificate in Sustainable Investment and Finance (CSIF).
Catherine Perry - Associate
Catherine’s prior experience is in the mining and oil and gas industries of UK and Canada as a Geoscientist. Her career has spanned several domains, such as exploration and production, HSE and risk management, regulatory compliance, and process improvements. She has an MBA from University of Oxford, an MSci Geology from University of Birmingham and she is a certified Project Management Professional.
Elena Maksimovich - Climate Data Expert
With over 15 years experience integrating weather and climate data into parametric modelling primarily for the insurance sector, Elena has extensive experience developing indices adapted to business needs, applied across business decision making, insurance product pricing and development, and in the context of TCFD reporting. She holds a Master in Meteorology and climatology, a PhD in Meteorology, Climatology and Remote Sensing, and has held post-doctoral roles in satellite data retrieval and signal inversion. Her particular product development expertise includes financial indicators and trading signals for maritime commodity transport and trading, algorithmic development to forecast price evolution, and risk assessment for parametric weather-based insurance products.