14 July 2020
The role of private organisations in matters of public health is evolving as the world grapples with COVID-19. In response to the pandemic global automakers and conglomerates have teamed up to manufacture ventilators in support of national health systems; independent distilleries have created hand sanitiser to bolster stretched supply chains and tech giants have established multi-million dollar funds to help small businesses and governments respond to the crisis.
Gavin is Head of Sustainable Finance, Green Investment Group, responsible for leading the Climate Finance Advisory function, which works with governments globally as they seek to transition to a low carbon economy. He also works on the development of Green Investment Group’s Green Investment Principles, which sets a benchmark for integrating green impact into investments, having previously led the team that created them.
He supports Macquarie Group CEO, Shemara Wikaramanayake in the wider global green investment movement in her roles on the Global Commission on Adaptation and the Climate Finance Leadership Initiative.
Having worked in the financial and commodity markets for over 25 years, Gavin began his career at BP before moving to Morgan Stanley, Rabobank and VTB Capital. Over his career he has worked in roles covering investment, sales, marketing, business development, origination, trading and analysis.
Gavin is a member of the Founders Committee for the new Green Bank Design Platform which is expected to launch in 2020. He is also a board member of City of London’s Green Finance Initiative and an internationally recognised leader in sustainability. He has worked on the sustainability agenda since the beginning of the European Emissions Trading Scheme and United Nations Clean Development Mechanism, as well as financing renewable energy and emission reduction projects across Europe, Africa, Asia and the Americas.
Brooks has been working with MIRA since December 2017 with a focus on sustainable asset management, product development, and strategy.
Before joining Macquarie, Brooks served as Vice President and Head of Investment Funds for the Overseas Private Investment Corporation from 2014 to 2017 and served on the Executive Management Committee of the bank. He also sat on the Investment Committee of the bank which deployed more than $8 billion during his tenure in project finance, corporate debt, fund commitments and insurance contracts. As Head of Investment Funds, Brooks was responsible for fund commitments that held more than 250 impact investments in the infrastructure, microfinance, energy, healthcare, financial services, agriculture, credit, housing and real estate, and other sectors.
Prior to OPIC, Brooks was the co-managing partner of the Virgin Green Fund Emerging Markets and a member of its Investment Committee. VGF EM focused on growth and infrastructure investments in the sustainability sectors in Central and Emerging Europe. Prior to founding VGF EM, Brooks was a Principal at Wolfensohn & Company, an emerging market private equity impact fund where he focused on direct investments in low carbon energy businesses in global emerging markets. From 2003 to 2008, Brooks had senior management roles at BP plc, including head of global business development and M&A for BP Solar in the Alternative Energy division, and chief of staff to a Group Vice President in the Refining and Marketing part of the business.
Before attending business school at Stanford Graduate School of Business, Brooks was Chief of Staff to the Under Secretary of Natural Resources and Environment and Acting Deputy Under Secretary for Forestry at USDA in the Clinton/Gore Administration. He wrote 15 environmental laws passed by the U.S. Senate as Professional Staff Member at the Senate Committee Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, where he covered forestry legislation for the U.S. Senate. Brooks has a BA from Dartmouth College (Geography & Environmental Studies) and studied abroad in Nairobi, Kenya.
Scobie Mackay is a Managing Director within the Commodities & Global Markets (CGM) Business at Macquarie, based in Houston.
Amongst other things, he is working with desks in various centers on the build out of Macquarie’s international voluntary carbon offset business. He joined Macquarie in 2015 in Singapore in the Commodities Markets & Finance team looking at structured physical commodity and structured commodity-linked financing transactions before moving to lead the Supply Chains Solutions team in Houston in early 2017.
Prior to joining Macquarie Scobie headed the Commodity Traders & Agribusiness Trade Finance Team for Standard Chartered Bank in Singapore. Scobie had been a lawyer before joining Standard Chartered Bank in 2010, holding positions with Norton Rose Fulbright in their Paris office and, earlier, the Australian Federal Government in both international and domestic law roles.
Scobie is an admitted solicitor in both England and Wales and Australia and holds Master of Laws (International Law), LLB(Hon) and BSc degrees from the Australian National University and is currently an MBA candidate at the University of Oxford.
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