Leadership Team

Dr. Parag Khanna

Founder & CEO

Scenario planning and economic strategy advisor to major companies and leading governments, including financial institutions and real estate firms and funds. International bestselling author of seven books including Connectography and MOVE. Young Global Leader, World Economic Forum. PhD from London School of Economics and BS and MS degrees from the School of Foreign Service (SFS) at Georgetown University.

Jim Goundry

Chief Growth Officer &
Chief Financial Officer

Expert in revenue growth, sales strategy, marketing, and customer success with 20 years of client-facing experience in technology, financial services, and climate change strategy. Designed, built, and led sales organization with a focus on team building, mentoring, and maximizing value for clients. Has lead sales teams at start-ups, MSCI, IHS Markit and S&P. Also, a CFA Charterholder and an avid ultra-marathoner and endurance athlete.

Dr. Michael Ferrari

Chief Scientific Officer & Chief Commercial Officer

Founder and Managing Partner of Atlas Research Innovations and Senior Fellow at the Wharton School, The University of Pennsylvania. NASA-trained climate/complexity/data scientist. Former Chief Science Officer and Chief Data Scientist at Engine No. 1, Portfolio Investment Strategist at Point72, Science Advisor to MIT Media Lab, and Head of AI & Data Science at IBM/The Weather Channel and Syngenta.

Abraham Wu

Chief Technology Officer

Expert in urban data mining and analytics with academic publications in top scientific journals in the domain of GIS and Urban Informatics. Chartered AI Engineer specializing in MLOps and deep tech commercialization. Evangelist of data-driven decision making in the built environment. PhD Researcher at the Singapore-ETH Center Future Cities Lab and the National University of Singapore (NUS) Urban Analytics Lab.

Greg Lindsay

Chief Communications Officer

Greg Lindsay

Chief Communications Officer

Award-winning journalist and advisor to cities and leading real estate firms on demographic and urban trends, mobility, and the future of work. Author of the acclaimed book Aerotropolis: The Way We’ll Live Next. An inaugural urban tech fellow at Cornell Tech, senior fellow at MIT’s Future Urban Collectives Lab, and a non-resident senior fellow at the Atlantic Council’s Scowcroft Strategy Initiative.

Xiao You Mok

Director, Corporate
Strategy & Development

Professional background in B2B fintech at global asset manager BlackRock, and in trade policy and economic diplomacy for the Government of Singapore. Experience engaging and advising senior stakeholders from the private and public sectors. BA from the University of Tokyo and MA from Harvard University in East Asian Studies.

April Zhu

Director, Design & Experience

Master of Architecture completed at the National University of Singapore. Winner of NUS-JTC Prize and BCA International Design Competition. Extensive client experience on visual communications and UI/UX design.

Julia Chang

Director, Marketing & Partnerships

San Francisco-based B2B sales and marketing specialist. Extensive experience with SaaS industry working at large enterprise organizations such as Oracle and Docusign in sales, and work-tech startups bringing new products to market and scaling growth. Bachelor’s from University of California Berkeley.

Mark Langan

Director, Client Relations &
Product Management

Professional background in B2B customer relations within the alternative market, with expertise in data management and product development through the creation of feedback loops and other client-focused solutions. Former roles include leading hedge fund market research and program management within the Chief Data Office at Preqin. Bachelor’s from Franklin & Marshall College.

Kailash Prasad

Director, Research

Client projects on international trade, financial flows, and real estate investment. Expertise is in international political economy, with a focus the intersection of economics and climate change. Statistical modeling and data visualization projects for major publications and institutions.

Board of Directors

Chris Marlin

Head of Strategy, CNN. Formerly Founding President of Lennar International. Responsible for over $12b in real estate transactions. Significant experience raising capital with SWFs, institutional investors, and family offices. Serves on the World Economic Forum Global Council on Cities of Tomorrow and is a Director of the Atlantic Council.

Dr. Parag Khanna

Scenario planning and economic strategy advisor to major companies and leading governments, including financial institutions and real estate firms and funds. International bestselling author of seven books including Connectography and MOVE. Young Global Leader, World Economic Forum. PhD from London School of Economics and BS and MS degrees from the School of Foreign Service (SFS) at Georgetown University.

Dr. Michael Ferrari

Founder and Managing Partner of Atlas Research Innovations and Senior Fellow at the Wharton School, The University of Pennsylvania. NASA-trained climate/complexity/data scientist. Former Chief Science Officer and Chief Data Scientist at Engine No. 1, Portfolio Investment Strategist at Point72, Science Advisor to MIT Media Lab, and Head of AI & Data Science at IBM/The Weather Channel and Syngenta.

Kathy Baughman McLeod

Senior Vice President and Director, Adrienne Arsht- Rockefeller Foundation Resilience Center at the Atlantic Council. Former Senior Vice President, Global Environmental & Social Risk, Bank of America. Former managing director of climate risk and resilience at The Nature Conservancy.

Steve Weikal

CRE Tech Lead, MIT Real Estate Innovation Lab; Head of Industry Relations, MIT Center for Real Estate. Lecturer, researcher, and thought leader focused on innovative new technologies and business models that are transforming traditional ways of developing, transacting, and managing real estate.

Chris Riebold

Head of Parian Black, a global investment firm. Led Cisco Systems global expansion. Served as Chief Credit Officer and managed $40b portfolio. Deployed and managed global operations infrastructure governed by numerous fiscal and regulatory authorities.

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Technology Partners: Addo AI

Climate Alpha has partnered with Addo AI, a leading artificial intelligence solutions company. Addo AI’s team includes professional data engineers, machine learning specialists, full-stack developers, and statisticians.

Dr. Ayesha Khanna

Co-Founder & CEO

Ayesha is CEO of Addo AI and brings over 15 years of experience in technology innovation. She worked for over a decade on Wall Street advising clients on information analytics systems. Ayesha serves on the Board of Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA), the Singapore government’s lead agency for its smart nation, and was named one of South East Asia’s groundbreaking female entrepreneurs by Forbes magazine. Ayesha has a BA in Economics from Harvard University, an MS in Operations Research from Columbia University and a PhD in Information Systems from the London School of Economics.

Dr. Faisal Kamiran

Co-Founder & President

Faisal is President of Addo AI and a respected expert in data science and machine learning. He was awarded an internationally competitive award for innovation in machine learning research by The World Bank Group. He has over 10 years experience on creating data analytics solutions to guide government and corporate entities. He is Associate Professor and the Director of Data Science Lab at Information Technology University (ITU) in Lahore. Faisal received his PhD in data analytics and machine learning from The Eindhoven University of Technology in the Netherlands.

Climate Alpha @ Addo AI

Mehroz Ahmad

Principal Software Engineer

More than five years professional experience in the software industry with a bachelor’s degree in computer sciences from CIIT. Focus areas include microservice architecture, cloud-based solutions, and full-stack application development.

Sabaina Haroon

Senior Data Scientist

Fulbright Scholar and Master’s degree holder in Computer Engineering from the University of Central Florida. Specialized in computer vision and deep learning, including motion detection in videos.Also designs data science courses for industry professionals.

Dr. Yusra Ghafoor

Data Researcher

Doctorate in Social Networks and Human Centered Computing completed at Academia Sinica and National Tsing Hua University, Taiwan. Expertise in data research and analysis with major projects on urban planning, emotion recognition modeling and social communications. Published academic articles in multiple domains. Received outstanding dissertation and international student award during Masters.

Madeeha Akbar

Senior Project Manager

Accomplished project manager with more than five years experience and a Master’s degree in Analytical Chemistry. Managing and tracking projects from inception through execution in the IT sector by combining technical and analytical skills.

Nabeel Abbas

Front End Developer

Software engineer holding a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science. Innovative front end developer with three years of experience designing, developing, and maintaining responsive designs and websites.

Laraib Kamal

Data Researcher

Policy and data analyst, previously worked at the Center for Economic Research in Pakistan as a Senior Associate. Specialized in data analysis and social policy with a focus on housing. Holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics and Political Science, Master’s in Public Policy, and Masters in Public Informatics.

Salahuddin

Data Researcher

A certified data analyst with a passion for using evidence-based and data-driven economic policies for sustainable social change. Highly adept at policy analysis and managing donor-funded programs within the development sector. A Fulbright scholar with a bachelor degree in Business Administration and a Masters’s degree in Global Policy.

Syeda Nagia

Senior Software Engineer

A passionate software professional with 6 years of experience in full-stack development. Dedicated to building and optimizing user-focused applications and customer-driven dashboards. Worked with numerous multinationals and holds Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from FAST.

Ahmad Qureshi

Senior Data Scientist

Seasoned Data Scientist with 7 years of experience in multiple industries including financial, telecommunication and healthcare. Expert in delivering end-to-end data products ranging from automating high-velocity data pipelines, scalable data science solutions to
data designs and business intelligence solutions. Holds a Bachelor degree in Computer Engineering from NUST, Pakistan.

Senior Advisors

Michael Beckerman

Michael Beckerman is the CEO of CRETech, the largest global conference, media and consulting company devoted to technological innovation in the built world. Michael led the launch of CRETech Climate, an initiative paving the way for climate tech innovation. Michael also hosts the CREtech Climate podcast.

Dag Detter

Dag Detter advises private and public sector clients across the world on the unlocking of value from public assets. He led the comprehensive restructuring of the Sweden’s $70bn national portfolio of commercial assets. He is the author of The Public Wealth of Nations, an Economist and Financial Times best book recipient, as well as The Public Wealth of Cities.

Reza Bundy

Reza Bundy is the CEO of Atlas Capital, an asset management firm that supports the development of climate resilient communities across North America while also insulating against inflation and the potential decline in the real value of the US dollar. Mr. Bundy was the founder and CEO of IronPlanet, the leading online inspection-based marketplace, which was sold to Ritchie Bros for $758 million.

Calandra Cruickshank

Calandra Cruickshank is the founder and CEO of StateBook International and Co-Founder of Viral Insights. Passionate about data, Calandra is one of the leading technology innovators in economic market data analytics and advises proptech, fintech and govtech firms on how data can be integrated to derive deeper and more meaningful insights.

Our Investors

Jungle Ventures

Thunderbolt Ventures

Gaia Global Ventures

TC Capital

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Masik Enterprises

PTK Capital

Generator Advisors

Balaji Srinivasan

Adam Levinson

Pavel Bains

Jon Klein

Barney Schauble

Hanli Mangun

Hari Rajan

Brent Morgans & Sarita Singh

Lutfey Siddiqi

Bay Development LLC

* Some investors have opted not to publicly disclose their names or affiliations

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