Environmental Finance’s Board of Directors cover a variety of backgrounds and bring a wealth of experience, with nearly 65 years of innovative investment management and environmental impact expertise.



With almost 20 years of industry experience, James has been involved in the social impact sector as an expert business growth strategist, entrepreneur and proposition builder. Previously he was Co-Founder and Executive Director of Zopa, the word’s first and Europe’s largest P2P Lender. James also counsels a number of innovative finance payers including Seedrs, Loot, giffgaff money, LandBay and Spacehive. He has also advised social ventures and charities including The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds where he was a Trustee, the GoodLab, the Suffolk Wildlife Trust, and Green Thing.



With over 25 years of impact, ethical and social investing, Danyal has experience working with industry giants. Danyal is currently CEO of The Big Issue Invest, leading the organisation’s social investment arm. He brings with him a wealth of experience in providing finance and support to social enterprises and charities seeking to eradicate poverty while creating opportunities for people across the UK. Prior to his role as CEO, Danyal served as Head of Social Investment with the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, where he led the foundation’s social investment allocation. In addition to deploying a £15 million fund, Danyal selected and executed investments and deployed new strategic programmes such as the Poverty Premium Fund.



Karen Dolenec Environmental FinanceBringing to EF nearly 20 years of investment experience, Karen’s current role as Partner with Ancala Partners combines her experience in private markets investment experience mostly focused on asset-backed strategies including infrastructure, real estate and natural resources. Prior to joining Ancala Partners, Karen was Managing Director of Terra Firma Capital Partners (formerly Nomura Principal Finance Group). Karen was responsible for managing one of the transaction teams which involved deal sourcing and execution, and overseeing key aspects of the portfolio businesses.

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