ClimateGains, is a collective name for three organisations founded by Dr. Tim Reutemann and Nadia Alter. They have separate governance structures, but use common management practices and infrastructure for communication, knowledge management and coordination (documented here):
- Carbon Project Development Company (Switzerland)
- Technology Company (Belgium)
- Non-profit Association (Switzerland)
We aim to hack carbon markets to mobilise resources towards climate mitigation, crisis response and regeneration to serve the most vulnerable. We develop and run our projects and are open to collaborations with others around activities to reduce greenhouse gasses and improve the social-ecological well-being of vulnerable communities worldwide. Our criteria is that the initiative must adhere to climate- and environmental justice principles and be at least compatible with the transparency requirements of the Paris Climate Agreement and present a hopeful narrative trajectory into future decades. To us this includes a commitment to adhere to the following to the best of our ability:
- Respect and Protect all Human Rights.
- Support the Right to Development.
- Share Benefits and Burdens Equitably.
- Ensure that Decisions on Climate Change are Participatory, Transparent and Accountable.
- Highlight Gender Equality and Equity.
- Harness the Transformative Power of Education for Planetary Stewardship.
- Use Effective Partnerships to Secure Climate Justice.
- Affirm Justice and Mutual Respect for all Individuals without Favouritism or Prejudice.
- Affirm every Individual’s Right to Express Agency, Autonomy and Self-Determination.
- Radical Transparency of Collectively Owned Data
- Cooperations and Teams form by Alignment of Purpose
With over a decade of experience as a social entrepreneur, she has spearheaded ventures addressing critical global challenges including climate change, internet security, and youth unemployment. Prior to founding ClimateGains with Tim Reutemann, she served as the CEO of Quad9, where she led teams enhancing privacy and cybersecurity for millions worldwide through one of the top DNS recursive resolvers. Before Quad9, she co-founded Edgeryders, a company specializing in computational social science tools to identify errors in AI-generated inferences.
Tim is a seasoned climate professional with extensive experience in evaluating and writing climate project applications, co-authoring the Swiss compliance carbon market bylaw, participating in bilateral Article 6.2 negotiations and contributing to the development of the development of the UNDP Digital Public Good Carbon Registry. His work is fuelled by transforming the call for "Climate Justice Now" into actionable financial support.
Victor is a seasoned finance director and CEO with over 20 years of experience in business development and financial management, specializing in driving growth and profitability through strategic planning and effective financial oversight. His expertise in finance and real estate has enabled him to successfully manage large-scale projects and navigate complex financial markets. Additionally, Victor has a demonstrated history of expanding revenue and market share, along with experience in developing small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and non-profit organizations, particularly in financing.
With a decade of experience in international affairs and diplomacy, particularly with the EU, he has significantly influenced public policy and political advocacy. As the Ambassador of El Salvador to the EU, Belgium, and Luxembourg, he advanced El Salvador’s standing through strategic initiatives focused on digital and green policies, and democracy building. His efforts were pivotal in strengthening commercial ties between El Salvador, Belgium, and Luxembourg, attracting key investments for economic development.
Matthias is a computer scientist leading the IT systems, software, and hardware development teams. He earned the "European Social Innovation Award 2013" for his groundbreaking work in computational barter networks. Prior to ClimateGains, he co-founded Edgeryders with Nadia Alter.
Earnest is a renowned renewable energy expert, specializing in clean cooking solutions, with a notable achievement of distributing over 700,000 fuel-efficient stoves in Ghana, significantly improving health and reducing carbon emissions by more than 1.5 million TCO2e. His dedication to empowering local manufacturers led to a landmark deal for 500,000 stoves, enhancing clean cooking accessibility. In his role at Climate Gains, Earnest expertly manages the Ghana Green School operations, ensuring schools benefit from healthier, smoke-free cooking environments.