Eero Yrjö-Koskinen is the new Executive Director of GBE. He was appointed in June and will start in his new post on 1 st September 2017. During the first year, he will work on a part-time basis in Brussels and Helsinki, restructuring the activities and fundraising of GBE, while managing the work of the Finnish Network for Sustainable Mining. Previously, he was the Executive Director of the Finnish Association for Nature Conservation, the biggest environmental NGO in Finland. In addition, he has extensive experience from international organisations, as he worked for seven years at the European Parliament and four years at the United Nations. He was a member of GBE Board in 2012-2014 and participated in the establishment of the organisation in 2014. He holds a Masters degree from political science (international relations), and has co-published a book on the future of European integration.
Damian Ludewig is an economist. He is working for GBE as interim managing director until August 2017. Previously he led Green Budget Germany for 7 years as managing director and is now member of its advisory board. He is also a member of the board of extractive industries transparency initiative Germany (D-EITI), of the curatorship of the institute for solidary modernitiy (Institut solidarische Moderne, ISM) and co-editor of movum – letters of transformation. He worked as associate lecturer at the Leuphana university of Lüneburg and was a member of the board of climate alliance Germany and of the German League for Nature and Environment (DNR). At GBE he covers strategic and organisational development, fundraising, finance and HR.
Jacqueline Cottrell is Senior Policy Advisor to GBE, and has worked with GBE from its inception in 2008. Jacqueline works as an environmental policy consultant for numerous international organisations, including GIZ, the German development agency, the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) and the United Nations Office for Sustainable Development, and has worked for GBE’s founder organisation, FÖS, since 2004. Jacqueline has published widely in the field of environmental economic policy, as co-editor of Critical Issues in Environmental Taxation, Vol VI (Oxford University Press 2009), lead author of Green Revenues for Green Energy (IISD and CNREC 2013), and as contributor to Paying the Polluter (Edward Elgar 2014). Jacqueline has an M.A. in International Peace and Security and is on the international programme committee of the Global Conference on Environmental Taxation.