Change Brings Opportunity

We are a group of investors, scientists, business people and experts in change.

And we, like you, are deeply concerned citizens of a world in crisis.

The world is heating, and while carbon emissions eased ever so slightly in 2020 it took a full-blown global pandemic to do so. Those emissions add increasing layers to the blanket that is retaining heat in the world.

We need to do our bit, and we have high quality investment targets with potential generate outsized returns and vast emission reductions.

We want to take advantage of and accelerate an entirely predictable revolution. We intend to move quickly to make investments, locally and offshore.

Transformation on a Global Scale

The remaining global carbon budget requires us to sharply reduce emissions, and we need to get to a zero-emission world as quickly as possible.

It will take a team of 7.8 billion to achieve the goal, including vast commitments from Governments, industry and society.

It will also generate demand for technology and businesses that will transform the world.

The Partners.

Rohan MacMahon

25 years of executive, consulting and analyst experience including with climate-related change projects.

  • Substantial experience at large-scale infrastructure-type projects/ firms. 
  • Senior roles at Telstra including helping commercialise and bring to market dozens of new technology products and services 
  • Strategic planning expertise including role as strategy director at Crown Fibre Holdings (now Crown Infrastructure) which led the Government’s successful Ultra Fast Broadband programme in the 2010s 
  • Through Wollemi Consulting, provides strategic advice to major NZ and Australian firms, organisations and Government agencies on climate change, sustainability and technology issues 
  • Longtime involvement in climate change, environmental and human rights causes 
  • Skills in complex programme management, technology change and industry engagement are key capabilities for the Climate VC Fund
  • Former Ministerial advisor on technology/ digital policy 
  • Engaged on multinational consulting projects through global consultancy Accenture in industries including chemicals, food manufacturing ICT & financial services
  • B.Ec. and LLB, Sydney University. Member, Responsible Investment Association & Sustainable Business Network 

Lance Wiggs

LWCM founder with a wealth of global experience including with high growth companies and major emitters.

  • Science commercialisation experience as a previous member of Physical Science and former chair of ICT Return on Science Committees. 
  • Experienced in working with major emitters, industrial supply chains and large-scale projects: 
    • Led a successful turnaround programme for a major aluminium smelter 
    • Experience with other resources firms including a nickel refinery and a global oil company 
    • Co-founder of Pacific Fibre, the ambitious project to build a new subsea cable system between Australia, New Zealand and the United States.  
  • Advised TradeMe on 2003-04 valuation and was the sole advisor on their NZ$750 million exit to Fairfax.  
  •  Deep ICT expertise, having made over 100 investments as manager of the Punakaiki Fund, and is a director of multiple companies in the Punakaiki Fund portfolio 
  •  B.Tech. (Product Development, Hons), Massey University; MBA (Strategy, Finance), Yale 

Dr Jez Weston

An expert in climate policy & science matched with experience in science investment & managing commercialisation funds.

  • Five years as manager of the Commercialisation Partner Network and the PreSeed Accelerator Fund, growing these funds from $8.7m to $13.3m, designing and delivering investment processes, and supporting Auckland UniServices and KiwiNet to create economic growth from research
  • Four years of early-stage investment experience as an Investment Committee member for Return on Science, reviewing, supporting and making funding recommendations for 30-40 applications each year
  • Provided strategy, business & regulatory advice and networking support through this Investment Committee to firms including Tectonus, Zenno Astronautics, Vortex Power Systems, Energia Potior, Cirrus Materials Science, Alimetry, Formus Labs, Dotterell, Power-On, The Insides Company, and Strutfit
  • Deep experience in climate policy and science, including ten years’ leading the Royal Society of New Zealand’s advice to government on climate change, including energy futures, biofuels, sea level rise, ocean acidification, ecosystem services, and sustainability
  • Managed over $500 million of contracts for Government
  • PhD in Engineering (Cambridge), BEng Materials Science (Bath) and GradDipComm Economics (Victoria University of Wellington)

The Climate Impact Committee.

An independent Climate Impact Committee will support the Climate VC Fund.
Tasked with governing climate impact and measurement, it will have power of veto over proposed investments by the Fund.

Dr Jodi York

ImpactAbility Solutions & U.Melbourne.

Jodi is an expert in impact – how to fund, create, measure, communicate, manage, and multiply impact to tackle entrenched social problems. She works with the Impact Management Project, Impact Investment Partners, Kilara Capital, and Brightlight Impact.

Lucie Greenwood

KPMG

Lucie works to deliver practical solutions to transform the economy to one that is socially and environmentally fair by design. Her current focus is climate change strategy for some of Aotearoa’s largest businesses. She has been a researcher with the Akina Foundation and the Lowy Institute and has a Masters from Cambridge.

Juhi Shareef

Chief Responsibility Officer at Tourism Holdings Limited & Chair of the Battery Industry Group.

Juhi helps firms introduce resilient, regenerative, and exponential technologies and business changes. She has worked as a global sustainability strategy advisor for firms  including Vector, Marks & Spencer, the Kering Group, Stella McCartney, Wembley Stadium, and the Football Association and has a Masters from Harvard.

Nicolette Boele

Responsible Investment Association Australasia.

Nicolette works to enable new ideas, skills & capital for private, public and third sectors to work together for fuller participation, increased productivity and sufficient prosperity. Her work has included the Clean Energy Finance Corporation, the Investor Group on Climate Change, The Climate Institute, and the Sustainable Energy Development Authority.

Professor Shaun Hendy

Te Pūnaha Matatini & Toha NZ.

Shaun leads Auckland University’s Centre for Complex Systems and Networks, co-founded the Toha NZ environmental marketplace for climate and environmental impact, and leads COVID-19 epidemic modelling for the National Crisis Management Centre. His book “#NoFly – Walking the Talk on Climate Change” explored the hard questions about adaptation to a low-emissions future.

LWCM team track record.

Chris Humphreys

LWCM co-founder with significant investment and corporate finance experience.

  • Corporate finance expertise across more than 100 investments placed by Punakaiki Fund. 
  • Has acted as lead on valuation, due diligence and formal processes such as contract review for a large portion of Punakaiki Fund’s investments to date. 
  • Formerly an associate director at PwC, where he performed complex financial modelling, due diligence, deal structuring and advisory work 
  • Acted as finance director at Pacific Fibre, the ambitious project to build a new subsea cable system between Australia, New Zealand and the United States. 
  • BSc and PGDipCom (Finance), University of Otago; BComm (Accounting, Finance, Information Systems), University of Canterbury; CFA charterholder 

Nadine Hill

 An experienced investment professional with strong record in international capital.

  •  15 years of experience in international capital 
  •  Previous roles with Westpac and NZTE before joining LWCM in 2020 
  •  Significant experience in originating, structuring and executing funding solutions for Australasian companies to support their growth 
  •  Strong network in the start-up ecosystem 
  •  Has helped over 35 start-up companies to raise capital 
  •  B Comm/ Finance (Massey University)