Climate Transition Catalysts

Our team

Girish Narula is Urgentem’s CEO. He has a track record of driving success and innovation in risk analytics, portfolio management and strategic business planning across different geographies including India, US, UK and Africa. His outlook is entrepreneurial, and technology driven with a B.Tech. in Aerospace Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Executive training in Artificial Intelligence from MIT Sloan and an MBA from the University of Oxford.  

Girish Narula
CEO

Kasper leads the climate risk technology and research teams in data analysis for client portfolios and delivering client investment strategies. He has a passion for climate science and a background in data analysis, statistics, scientific research and ecology. Kasper holds a Bachelor’s in Marine Biology, Ecology & Biodiversity and Statistics and a Master’s in Marine Biology from Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand.

Kasper Brandt
Platform and Research

Darshan leads our technical team. He is a hands-on tech leader and data architect with experience in various entrepreneurial roles. He is a strong supporter of AI and Machine Learning. He has 19+ years of experience in AI, Data Science, Analytics, Big Data, Digital, Cloud, B2B/B2C products. He has a Masters from Carnegie Mellon in the US.

Darshan Gadkari
Technical
Stephen Fitzpatrick
Comms, Culture, and Wellbeing

Stephen leads Urgentem's Communications, Culture, and Wellbeing activities. He is our brand guardian, the go-to person for media relations and the designer of our Culture and Wellbeing Program which addresses the human challenges of our work in a rapid and profoundly changing world. He was Group Interactive Strategist at Saatchi and Saatchi and has led digital innovation and communication projects for Greenpeace, WWF, and Oxfam in addition to MindfulMoney.co.uk, an award-winning social news and networking venture sponsored by leading asset managers in the UK.

Constantine leads Urgentem’s advisory work stream and acts as a technical resource in the engagement process with clients and strategic partners.  An economist by training, he is passionate about advisory projects that empower investors to identify and manage climate-related financial risks and generate new sustainable investment opportunities. Constantine developed the TCFD-aligned Financial Services disclosure framework at CDP and worked at the Carbon Trust as a Consultant. He holds an MSc in Environmental Economics and Climate Change from LSE and is a committed marine conservationist.

Constantine Pretenteris
Advisory
Tom Nutton
Technical

Tom conducts data analysis for client portfolios, hosts technical discussions and develops bespoke products using Urgentem’s global carbon data set. Tom holds a First Class Master’s degree in Financial Technology and a joint Honour’s degree in Finance and Entrepreneurship from the University of Strathclyde. For his MSc dissertation, he explored the applications of machine learning to climate finance. He is currently developing Urgentem’s advanced suite of portfolio carbon risk management metrics and climate risk platform.

Ian Stannard
Senior Engagement Manager

Ian Stannard is a Senior Engagement Manager at Urgentem with extensive experience developing and producing macro research and data products for global financial market participants. Ian has a passion for generating actionable ideas and working closely with asset owners/managers, central banks and multinational corporates around the world. Ian developed his analytical and data skills at top tier investment banks and institutions, including Morgan Stanley, BNP Paribas, Chase Manhattan Bank and MNI Market News and is a regular media commentator on developments in the financial markets.

Ginevra Berti-Mei
Technical

As a technical developer, Ginevra contributes to building Urgetem’s Element6 platform. Passionate about exploring ways in which data and tech can be used to drive social and environmental change, she is committed to having a net positive environmental impact.

 

Ginevra holds an MSc in Climate Change Science and Policy from King’s College London, an MSc in Philosophy of Science from the London School of Economics and a BA in Philosophy from Ludwig-Maximilians University.

Adela Piontek
Data

Adela is a senior carbon data analyst at Urgentem, currently in charge of developing the Green Revenues data project. She holds a First Class Honours degree in Economics from Adam Smith Business School at University of Glasgow, and a Masters in Global and Managerial Economics.

Having worked in the European Parliament, she's well-versed not only in European public policy, but also in the EU's institutional processes. Economist by training and researcher by passion, she combines her sustainability-oriented ambitions with diverse data experience

As a Climate Finance Analyst at Urgentem, Gabriel focuses on data, quantitative analytics and research within the Climate Risk Technology and Research Team. Gabriel holds a first-class Master's degree in Physics from the University of Bristol, has multi-year experience in programming and computing supplementing his academic expertise and speaks German as a result of his time studying in south-west Germany.

 

Gabriel has a strong interest in domestic and international politics and economics and is passionate about driving forward the transition towards a green economy.

Gabriel Higgins
Climate Finance Analyst
Daria Babets
Technical

Daria is an experienced backend developer, who is working on different backend components of our Element6 platform. She is committed to finding optimal solutions even for complex issues. Daria has extensive experience in Python language and its "ecosystem". She has a degree in System Analysis.

Daria is also interested in civic-environmental responsibility.