R20 Foundation Board of Directors
Mr. Armand Jost – Chairman of R20 Foundation (Switzerland)
Armand has spent 20 years in the finance industry in Switzerland, Asia and Germany as a Trader, Treasurer and in charge of the Bank ALM. With an MBA degree with honors, he joined the general management of the largest incineration plant in Switzerland that is based in Geneva (360,000 tons of household, industrial and hazardous waste incinerated annually). In 2005, he was called upon by Thailand to represent the country in the French speaking Switzerland as its Honorary Consul. In order to do so, he decided to leave his post at the Services Industriels de Geneva (state owned company) in order to take up this new diplomatic challenge so as to develop his humanist and environmental sensitivity in the service of Thailand. In 2006, he also founded SB3i SA, a company that is specialized in coaching people in career transition. In this exciting activity, he has supported a large number of people and has developed several companies in various fields such as real estate, aviation, finance, watches and so on. He is also a member of two boards of Trustees and a director of several companies in Switzerland and abroad.
Dr. Patrick Scheurle – CEO of BlueOrchard Finance Ltd. (Switzerland)
Patrick is the CEO of BlueOrchard Finance, a leading global impact investment manager. Prior, he acted as COO and CFO at BlueOrchard. His broad experience in finance includes senior positions at Bank Vontobel and Credit Suisse. He further served with a leading management consultancy focusing on governance and value creation. Patrick holds a PhD in finance from the University of St. Gallen, Switzerland, where he also held an assistant professorship. He is the author of several well-known finance books and regularly publishes on developments and research in impact investing.
Mr. Craig Cogut – Chairman and President of Pegasus Capital Advisors, L.P. (USA)
Mr. Cogut has spent a career building successful investment businesses. He founded Pegasus Capital Advisors in 1996 and serves as its Chairman and President. Through Mr. Cogut’s leadership, Pegasus has focused increasingly on areas influenced by global resource scarcity and the need for resource efficiency, as well as on the growth in demands for human wellness. In 1990 Mr. Cogut co‐founded and was one of the original partners at Apollo Advisors L.P., a position he held for five years preceding the creation of Pegasus. An active philanthropist, Mr. Cogut helped establish The Cogut Center for the Humanities at Brown University where he also served as a trustee for several terms. In 2011, Mr. Cogut co‐founded The Polyphony Foundation, an organization created to provide equal opportunity music education for Arab and Jewish Israeli youth, where he currently serves as its Chairman. In addition, he serves as a board member for several entities: The McCain Institute for International Leadership at Arizona State University; the R20 Association; Six Senses, a luxury hotel and resort chain focused on sustainability and wellness; Lighting Science Group, an LED company focused on using science to improve the health of humans and the planet; and as a board member emeritus for the Arizona State University’s Global Institute of Sustainability. Mr. Cogut is an alumnus of Brown University and Harvard Law School.
Mr. Terry Tamminen – CEO of the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation (USA)
From his youth in Australia to career experiences in Europe, Africa, China and across the United States, Terry has developed expertise in business, farming, education, non-profit, the environment, the arts, and government. Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger appointed him Secretary of the California Environmental Protection Agency and later Cabinet Secretary, the Chief Policy Advisor to the Governor, where Terry was the architect of many groundbreaking sustainability policies, including California’s landmark Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006, the Hydrogen Highway Network, and the Million Solar Roofs initiative. In 2010 Terry co-founded the R20 – Regions of Climate Action, a new public-private partnership, bringing together sub-national governments; businesses; financial markets; NGOs; and academia to implement measurable, large-scale, low-carbon and climate resilient economic development projects that can simultaneously solve the climate crisis and build a sustainable global economy. Since 2007 he has provided advice to Pegasus Capital Advisors and numerous global businesses on sustainability and “green” investing. In 2016, Terry joined the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation as CEO. Terry currently serves as President of 7th Generation Advisors. An accomplished author, Terry’s books include “Cracking the Carbon Code: The Keys to Sustainable Profits in the New Economy” (Palgrave Macmillan). In 2011, Terry was one of six finalists for the Zayed Future Energy Prize and The Guardian ranked Terry No. 1 in its “Top 50 People Who Can Save the Planet.”
Dr. Andreas Mattner – CEO of Lebendige Stadt Foundation (Germany)
Dr. Andreas Mattner is Managing Director of the Division of Office, Traffic, and Industries at ECE Projektmanagement G.m.b.H. & Co. KG. He joined ECE in 1993, serving first as Director of Public Relations and Acquisition, and subsequently as Managing Director of several subsidiaries. Apart from his professional work, Dr. Mattner has worked in the Hamburg regional parliament for many years, and held several executive positions in the German Economic Council. Dr. Mattner is Chairman of the Executive Committee of “Lebendige Stadt” Foundation, Curator of “Alexander Otto Sports Foundation”, and member of the presidential board of the Bundesverband der Deutschen Industrie (Federation of German Industries, BDI). He sits on the Supervisory Board of DSK Wiesbaden and BIG Kronshagen, as well as on the Advisory Board of EUREF AG, Berlin. Dr. Mattner was born in Gelsenkirchen in 1960. He studied law and politics at Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster and worked as Research Assistant and Managing Director at the university’s Institute for Economic Administrative Law. After completing two state examinations and his doctorate, he became Research Assistant of the Parliamentary State Secretary in the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety.
Dr. Frannie Léautier – Founder and Managing partner of Ezembat Group (Africa)
Dr. Frannie Léautier is a globally respected development expert with extensive Africa and global working knowledge from both public and private sectors. Following a PhD in Infrastructure Systems at MIT in 1990, Dr. Léautier joined the World Bank where she served as Transport Economist in the Infrastructure Division. She received an award of excellence for the design of infrastructure projects in Peru and was later promoted to Senior Economist and Senior Director of Infrastructure for the Asia Division, where she helped build a cohesive team to deliver on infrastructure projects for the world bank. From 2001 to 2007, Dr. Léautier served as the Head of the World Bank Institute. She helped restructure the Institute for greater innovativeness, efficiency and delivery, and received an Award for Extraordinary Work by the World Bank as well as a Presidential Award for Excellence for her contributions in Latin America. Dr. Frannie Léautier also served as Senior Vice President of the African Development Bank and founded the Fezembat Group, a consulting company to advise and support clients investing in complex emerging market situations, in which she remains managing partner.