Nigel is a natural resources, energy and marine specialist with 22 years experience in both the public and private sectors around the world. Strategy development and execution has become a particular focus in the past 15 years and includes leadership roles in multiple acquisitions, mergers, divestments, restructuring, capital raising, execution of a public- private partnership, and creation of new businesses in the energy, primary, environmental, tourism, and financial services sectors.
David brings 30 years of career experience as an operating CEO in private companies and as a private equity portfolio manager. He now specialises in private equity and alternative investments, working with a wide range of clients including long-term trusts, family offices, Superannuation Fund managers, and private equity funds. David has a special interest in the practical application of "ESG" and responsible investment governance and on the opportunities in New Zealand for environmental and agritech investment.
Cerasela works with private sector and government organisations on sustainability solutions and integration of natural capital and ecosystem services in policy and business decisions, including performance measurement and disclosure. She is focused on investment for impact as a viable concept for landscape level solutions in New Zealand and working with interested parties on supporting actions at the nexus between water, food and carbon.
Alicia is an environmental advocate and partnerships specialist with a background in environmental law and biological sciences. She has domestic and international experience developing strategy and managing environmental projects and campaigns in the private, public and NGO sectors. Alicia has a passion for ocean sustainability and systems change, having worked on European fisheries policy reform, UN high seas governance and mobilisation campaigns in New Zealand and around the world.
Cameron brings 23 years of commercial consulting experience including working for Accenture, Deloitte Consulting and as an owner and director of Maven Consulting. Cameron is a specialist in business strategy/planning and he has experience in supporting and running start-up businesses. His work at Envirostrat has included leading business case development in the aquaculture and environmental education sectors, and developing strategic plans involving the circular waste economy.
Fraser is a blue economy, environment, and marine specialist working as a project manager and researcher. He combines robust tertiary qualifications with practical experience across a variety of fisheries, aquaculture, conservation, blue economy strategy, climate resilience, infrastructure, Maori asset development, government (local and central), and marine science projects. Fraser provides a science-based skillset which allows him to understand projects at a technical level, whilst also providing project management capability.
Tongyu (Melody) Meng is a Ph.D. candidate focusing on impact investing in the renewable energy sector in the Department of Management and International Business at the University of Auckland, New Zealand. Tongyu received her MSc in International Development from the University of Edinburgh; MBA training from European School of Management and Technology, Berlin. She has diversified experience at non-profit and for-profit organisations in a range of sectors including renewable energy market, consulting, cross-border e-commerce, aviation, real estate, media, education, sports, tourism, logistics, retail, and hospitality. She was a senior project manager at JD.COM in Beijing, managing cross-border e-commerce projects across the US, Russia, and many countries in South East Asia. She was an ambassador between China and the UAE as a member of the Dubai Business Associates Programme sponsored by the Prime Minister of the UAE. She speaks fluent Mandarin, English, and Korean.
Tasman has a focus on how to maintain and enhance the relationship between people and the environment, including through the protection and restoration of environmental ecology. He brings a diverse background that has seen him involved in fisheries management, collaborative engagement, RMA processes, governance advisory, project risk management, scientific diving, and on the board of a non-profit consultancy. His tertiary qualifications are in marine science and zoology which he has used in the development and implementation of ecological-cultural monitoring frameworks, working at the interface between mātauranga Māori and science. He pairs his technical skillset with soft skills honed in real-world experiences. While working for iwi, he played key roles where he helped navigate partnerships between public, iwi, and private sector actors. He has acted on both sides of the engagement process, giving him insights and knowledge on how to effectively work with stakeholders.
Vinny is a Financial Analyst who specialises in building complex financial models to help assess the commercial aspects of different projects across a wide range of industries. His previous experience in investment banking has seen him play key roles in mergers, acquisitions, investments and capital raising. Vinny's work with Envirostrat has included the development of business cases for impact investment funding for agriculture and marine projects.