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For a Climate Secure and Sustainable World

We are a standard that stands for the best that can be achieved in climate and development projects.

Established in 2003 by WWF and other international NGOs as a best practice standard to ensure projects that reduced carbon emissions under the UN’s Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) also delivered on the dual mandate to foster sustainable development, Gold Standard now has more than 80 NGO supporters and 1400+ projects in over 80 countries, creating billions of dollars of shared value from climate and development action worldwide.

With the 2017 launch of Gold Standard for the Global Goals, we now certify a range of independently-verified UN SDG impacts in addition to our flagship carbon credits. 

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Gold Standard Team

Addressing climate change and sustainable development requires technical leadership, diversity and a global mindset. Our Secretariat is composed of experts stationed all around the world. Please feel free to contact our team with any questions or concerns.

  • Marion Verles
    Chief Executive Officer
    Zurich, Switzerland
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    Lisa Rosen
    Chief Operations Officer
    Cambridge, USA
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    Owen Hewlett
    Chief Technical Officer
    Bristol, UK
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    Sarah Leugers
    Director, Communications
    Geneva, Switzerland
  • Bernardo Lazo
    Director, Partnerships and Business Development
    Munich, Germany
  • Sandra Genee
    Director, Partnerships and Business Development
    Amsterdam, Netherlands
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    Miranda Bevc
    Finance Manager
    Geneva, Switzerland
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    Abhishek Goyal
    Senior Technical Director, Standards
    New Delhi, India
  • Vikash Talyan
    Technical Director, Standards and New Programmes
    New Delhi, India
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    Neha Rao
    Technical Director, Certification
    Hyderabad, India
  • Keith Black
    Technical Director, IS & Registry
    Dundee, UK
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    Claire Willers
    Communications Manager
    Geneva, Switzerland
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    Matt Thomas
    Programme Manager
    Bristol, UK
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    Annyta (Qun) Luo
    Certification Manager
    Beijing, China
  • Giancarlo Raschio
    Senior Manager, Land Use
    Berlin, Germany
  • Richard Iliffe
    Manager, Standards
    Bristol, UK
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    Deepak Kumar
    IT Manager
    New Delhi, India
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    Gabriel Kuettel
    Multimedia Officer
    Geneva, Switzerland
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    Arshi Vimal
    Certification Officer
    New Delhi, India
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    Anurag Juyal
    Certification Officer, India
    New Delhi, India
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    Sophie Jordi
    Finance Officer
    Geneva, Switzerland
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    Deepika Proothi
    Information Services Assistant
    New Delhi, India
Governance Board

Our board supports our mission by providing financial oversight and strategic governance.

Senior Advisors
  • Timothy King
    Head of Research, Australian Equities Core, Colonial First State
    Sydney, Australia
  • Daniel Wiener
    Founder and President, ecos and Global Infrastructure Basel
    Basel, Switzerland
  • Silke Karcher
    European Climate and Energy Policy and New Market Mechanisms, BMUB
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    Scott Harder
    Water Sub-Committee Chair
    Environmental Finance Group, USA
Gold Standard Governance Structure

Read our Technical Governance Guiding Principles and terms of references (TORs) here>>

Technical Governance Committee

Our Technical Governance Committee is responsible for ensuring the rigor and integrity in all our work. It's an independent body composed of market specialists that provide expertise, guidance and decisions on methodology approval, rule changes and appeals.

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    Matt Spannagle
    Energy Sub-Committee Chair & TGC Member
    Independent Consultant, Belgium
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    Anu Chaudhary
    Energy Sub-Committee
    SustainPLUS, India
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    Dr. Meinrad Bürer
    Technical Governance Chair & Board Member
    EcoAct, France
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    Steve Thorne
    Energy Sub-Committee
    SouthSouthNorth, South Africa
  • Tom Owino
    Energy Sub-Committee
    ClimateCare, Kenya
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    Dr. Jacqueline Gehrig-Fasel
    LUF Sub-Committee Chair & TGC Member
    TREES, Switzerland
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    Dr. Neil Bird
    LUF Sub-Committee
    Wood Rising Consulting, Austria
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    Shigueo Watanabe
    Energy Sub-Committee
    CO2 Consulting, Brazil
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    Sudha Padmanabha
    Energy and LUF Sub-Committees
    Fair Climate Network, India
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    Dr. Tony Knowles
    LUF Sub-Committee
    The Cirrus Group, South Africa
  • Dean Thomson
    Water Sub-Committee
    World Vision, Australia
  • Lawson Henderson
    LUF Sub-Committee
    Rainforest Alliance
  • Liza Murphy
    TGC Member

For more information on who we work with and how we are funded, please visit partners and supporters>>