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IETA awards honorary fellowships to individuals in recognition of their contributions to developing market-based solutions to climate change and in strengthening the role of the IETA in building the profession. IETA Fellows are named each year.


Bruce retired from American Electric Power (AEP) in February 2016, after 18 years. During his tenure at AEP, Bruce was chairman of IETA and was an active member of the organisation’s US Working Group, and his fellowship recognises his contribution to IETA. He is currently a part-time lecturer at the Ohio State University on energy and environmental economics and public policy in the undergraduate and MBA programmes and also runs an independent consulting practice.


James, founder of Climate Change Capital, is one of the pioneering climate finance institutions in the early days of the global carbon market. James has been involved in climate change and carbon market issues for many years, as an advisor to the Alliance of Small Island States and to two COP Presidencies, and an advisor to the EU on the creation of the EU Emissions Trading System. He also established Baker & McKenzie’s Global Climate Change and Clean Energy Practice. 

Jean-Yves Caneill

Dr. Jean-Yves CANEILL obtained his engineering degree at ENSTA (Ecole Nationale Superieure des Techniques Avancées in Paris) and his PhD Thesis at University Paris VI. He then joined Electricité de France (EDF) and launched the first project devoted to the climate issue in 1990. He has been Head of Climate Policy of the EDF Group from 2005 to 2016. Jean-Yves has close to 30 years experience in international climate policy and in trading from a corporate perspective. He was heavily involved in the design of the EU ETS directive (organising with Eurelectric real carbon trading simulations and taking an active part in the official consultation launched by EC) and respective compliance efforts at EDF. Jean Yves is also pursuing different collaborations with think tanks and universities. He started working with IETA when the latter was formed in late ninetees and remained active with the asociation all along these years. He joined ERCST in 2018, where he works on EU and international issues related to climate change policy.

Jack Cogen

Jack was the founder and CEO of Natsource, which as an asset manager of carbon credit projects had over $1.2 billion in assets under management and in capital committed during the first Kyoto Protocol investment period. Jack originated, structured and syndicated some of the largest project-based carbon transactions in the world. From 2008 through 2010, Jack was Chairman of IETA. Currently, Jack is a private investor in early stage clean energy and technology companies and sits on corporate and charitable boards.

Pedro Moura Costa

Pedro is recognised for his contribution to developing the carbon market as the co-founder of EcoSecurities, one of the early pioneers of project-based emissions reduction initiatives.

Rutger de Witt Wijnen

Rutger was nominated in recognition of his contributions to the legal infrastructures around the carbon market, from the early days of the Dutch government’s carbon finance programmes to the Green Climate Fund, and legal support for IETA.


Ms Degouve is Head of Sustainable Business Development at Natixis, a major French financial institution active across 38 countries. She is a former board member of IETA and led the growth of Natixis’ climate finance business from the outset of the carbon market in 2005. She managed the pioneering European Carbon Fund at Natixis, which was one of the first private-sector led investment initiatives focused on delivering emissions reductions under the Kyoto Protocol. Karen currently coordinates sustainability strategies across the full range of Natixis’ business lines.


Vice President for Asia. For most of the past 20 years, he has worked to build EDF’s programme in China that explores how market-based approaches can advance its emissions objectives. Dan is widely credited with developing the cap-and-trade model that the Bush Administration adopted in the early 1990’s to control sulfur dioxide in the United States. That programme succeeded in reducing emissions below target levels and at a fraction of the predicted costs. More recently, he was a member of California’s advisory committee on the cap-and-trade program for greenhouse gases, which is now in operation and delivering climate benefits.


Christiana is former Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change – and an early supporter of IETA’s work. Christiana was instrumental in the negotiations leading to the signing of the Paris Agreement in 2015. Before being appointed Executive Secretary, Christiana held a number of key roles in the governance of the UNFCCC, including the Clean Development Mechanism Executive Board. 

Dirk Forrister

Formerly of Natsource, Dirk led IETA's CDM working group in its early days – and later led its Market Oversight Working Group. Previously, he worked in the US government as Chair of the White House Climate Change Taskforce under President Clinton. After being named a Fellow, Dirk returned to IETA in 2012 as President and CEO.

Richard Gledhill

While working as the Global Head of Climate Change Services at PWC, Richard served on the IETA Board and Chaired its Finance and Audit Committee. He helped guide IETA's strategic direction during the market challenges associated with the global financial crisis. He now works as an independent climate change and international development advisor.

Frank Joshua

Frank is being recognised for his role in establishing IETA in 1999.

John Kilani

Formerly Director for the Sustainable Development Mechanisms (SDM) Programme of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), John oversaw negotiations on carbon markets, both for the Kyoto Protocol and the Paris Agreement. The SDM Programme was also responsible for supporting the regulatory bodies for the Kyoto project-based mechanisms. John retired from the UNFCCC in 2016.


Served as co-chair of the UNFCCC’s Article 6 negotiations during her tenure at the European Commission and now works as Assistant Vice President for International Climate at the Environmental Defense Fund, a position that continues to draw on her deep expertise, contagious enthusiasm and consensus-building skills.

Bill Kyte

Formerly of E.ON and Powergen, Bill participated in numerous IETA working groups. His contributions to the UK emissions trading scheme in the late 1990's as a leader of the UK "Emissions Trading Group" helped pave the way for the EU ETS. He was awarded an OBE by the Queen in 2003 for ‘services to the environment in the power sector’.

Joan MacNaughton

Formerly of Alstom, Joan served on the IETA Board. As a former UK energy official, she drew upon deep experience in the interactions of policy, technology, finance and markets. Joan continues to provide thought leadership as Chair of the World Energy Trilemma at the World. Energy Council.

Ken Newcombe

As the former head of the World Bank’s Carbon Finance Unit, Ken developed the business concepts around public-private partnerships for generating and trading greenhouse gas emissions reductions. He designed and managed the first global carbon fund, the Prototype Carbon Fund, and grew the Bank’s carbon finance business to over a billion dollars under management before leaving in early 2006 to join the private sector. Ken was also a member of the small team that designed the multi-billion-dollar Global Environment Facility. He is now CEO and a co-founder of C-Quest Capital, which aims to bring clean energy efficient technologies and sustainable fuels to communities in developing countries.

Sir Charles Nicholson

While at BP headquarters, Sir Charles helped launch IETA and shepherd it during its early years. He served on the IETA Board and helped expand the membership ranks in its early years.

Bob Page

From 1997 to 2007, Bob was Vice President for Sustainable Development at Transalta in Calgary, Alberta. He served as Chair of the IETA Board for a number of years. Now at the Enbridge Center for Corporate Sustainability at the University of Calgary, Bob continues to contribute to environmental standards and reporting at the International Standards Organization.

Mark Proegler

A former executive at BP in Houston, Mark served on the IETA Board for many years, and he chaired numerous working groups. His command of business strategy, climate policy and carbon markets helped advance the organization's reach into the US.


Richard is one of the original contributors to the UN Conference on Trade and Development’s Carbon Forum series that led to the creation of IETA. In addition to being a pioneer in financial markets, Richard founded the Chicago Climate Exchange and the European Climate Exchange.

Frances seymour

Frances Seymour is a Distinguished Senior Fellow at the World Resources Institute, focusing on realizing the potential of tropical forests to contribute to climate change mitigation and adaptation, including mobilizing REDD+ finance from public and private sources. Prior to WRI, Seymour was a Senior Fellow at the Center for Global Development where she led research on tropical forests and climate change, co-authoring the landmark volume Why Forests? Why Now? The Science, Economics, and Politics of Tropical Forests and Climate Change. She served as Director General of the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) based in Bogor, Indonesia, 2006-2012.

Gudmundur Sigurthorsson

As Senior Vice President of DNV, Gudmundur developed its carbon verification business to support the UN's Clean Development Mechanism and Joint Implementation programs. He served on the IETA Board, and later as Chairman of the Board of the Verified Carbon Standard.

Marc Stuart

As a co-founder of EcoSecurities, Marc helped lead one of the largest project developers in the early carbon market. Marc served on the IETA Board and chaired the Board of the Verified Carbon Standard. He is now Founding Partner and CEO of Allotrope Partners, a California firm specialising in the transition to a sustainable energy future.

Anne-Marie Warris

Dr Anne-Marie Warris has over 25 years experience in sustainable matters and is a leading expert in climate change and environmental issues. A former IETA board member, she is recognised for her tireless efforts to bring standards and transparency to the wider carbon market, including efforts on shipping and in establishing the first version of the Verified Carbon Standard in 2006.


Until recently, Mr. Widge served as the Global Head of Climate Finance and Policy at the International Finance Corporation (IFC), the private sector focused arm of the World Bank Group. During his 25-year tenure, he developed and managed IFC’s carbon finance business, including delivering products like the Carbon Delivery Guarantee to bridge credit risk between emerging market sellers and European buyers, and the award-winning Forests Bond that linked interest payments to forestry carbon credits. For a period, he oversaw the Group’s cross-cutting carbon market development work, including the Partnership for Market Readiness (supporting countries preparing carbon pricing programmes), the initiative on the next generation of Networked Carbon Markets, and the Pilot Auction Facility. He is currently affiliated with the Arsht-Rockefeller Resilience Center at the Atlantic Council in Washington, DC.

Errick "Skip" Willis

A longtime champion of carbon market solutions while at ICF in Toronto, Skip was a fixture in Canadian climate policymaking. He passed away in 2011, just weeks after being named to the first class of IETA Fellows. In his memory, a group of IETA members and friends established the Skip Willis Undergraduate Scholarship at the University of Toronto's School of the Environment, where his legacy of mentorship in sustainability continues.

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