Board of Trustees

  • Victoria Bakulumpagi is a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (FCCA) with a higher degree in business administration (MBA) from The University of Manchester. She is currently part of the senior leadership team at Habitat for Humanity Great Britain where she heads the finance and administration function.
  • Kate Cook is a barrister at Matrix Chambers. She specialises in environmental law and public international law. Before joining Matrix she worked as a legal adviser to the UK Department of the Environment. She has experience in international environmental negotiations and argued cases in the International Court of Justice.
  • Richard Dyton is the Pro Bono Partner at Simmons & Simmons. He has been a solicitor for over 20 years and is also a trustee of several other charities.
  • Silke Goldberg is a partner at Herbert Smith Freehills and currently the chair of LRI. She is qualified in England, Wales and the Republic of Ireland and specialises in, amongst other issues, clean energy projects. She has published on the legal aspects of climate change and European Union energy law.
  • Anne Miller is the director of The Creativity Partnership, Cambridge. She has been leading teams developing innovative products for 20 years and registered 39 patents for a diverse range of products. She is the author of “How to get your ideas adopted (and change the world)”.
  • Matthew Morton is a Counsel at Weil, Gotshal & Manges where his practice focuses primarily on environmental aspects of complex business transactions. He is a US attorney based in Washington.
  • Nicola Mwase-Vuma is Global Head of Reporting at Marie Stopes International. She is a chartered accountant with seven years experience in the not-for-profit sector in the UK and Malawi.
  • Seth Osafo is a consultant to the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA), UNEP and the African Development Bank. He is the legal advisor to the African Group of Negotiators in the UN climate negotiations. Previously, he was the senior legal adviser to the UNFCCC secretariat and Head of the Legal Division of the Special Envoy of the United Nations Secretary General for the Future Status of Kosovo.
  • Joss Saunders is the General Counsel of Oxfam-GB and one of the LRI founding members. He has been a solicitor for over 20 years and previously worked in Uganda and in Eastern Europe.
  • Niall Watson has been a solicitor in commercial and governmental practice for over 25 years and chaired LRI between September 2009 and January 2012. He used to be WWF-UK’s Legal Advisor.

Team

  • Flávia Bellaguarda is LRI’s legislation advice coordinator for Latin America. She is a qualified lawyer in Brazil and co-founder of the Youth Climate Leaders, a social enterprise for young leadership training on climate change.
  • Pascale Bird coordinates LRI’s legal advisory service. She is a qualified solicitor who has worked at Simmons & Simmons and previously project managed a climate litigation book.
  • Steve Brown is a chartered accountant who maintains LRI’s financial records and accounts. He has his own company Accounting Solutions for Charities.
  • Caroline Dihl Prolo is an attorney at the Brazilian law firm Stocche Forbes. She has worked with LRI for many years and leads an initiative to establish an LRI like service in Latin America.
  • Brian Lucas has built LRI’s website and database and provides technical support when necessary.
  • Christoph Schwarte is LRI’s Executive Director. Before joining LRI Christoph worked at the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS) and the Foundation for International Environmental Law and Development (FIELD).

LRI Friends

LRI relies on the support and advice of a wide network of friends and supporters. Some of them have been involved since the organisation’s inception in 2009. This includes:

  • Raj Bavishi is senior counsel at the Green Climate Fund. Prior to this, he was an energy and environment solicitor at Simmons & Simmons. He holds an LLM in international law and has been one of the organisation’s most active expert advisers.
  • Subhi Barakat is a Canadian lawyer and senior researcher in the climate change group at the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED). He previously worked at the Special Court for Sierra Leone, volunteered with LRI for several months in 2011 and 2012, and attended various climate meetings as a Liaison Officer.
  • Achala Abeysinghe is principal researcher in the climate change group at IIED and the legal adviser to the Chair of the Least Developed Countries Group in the UNFCCC negotiations.

  • Nicola Peart works at Three Crowns where she specialises in international arbitration and public international law. Prior to joining them, she clerked at the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague. She passed her Bar examinations in 2013, and holds an LLM in international law. She attended many UNFCCC meetings as a Liaison Officer.
  • Kate Weinberg is head of sustainability at Ovo Energy. Prior to joining Ovo, she was a consultant at the international strategy firm Irbaris LLP where she worked on sustainability issues for the private and public sectors, focusing on climate change adaptation, water and low-carbon development. Between 2010 and 2011 she was the Executive Officer of the LRI.