CINCS LLC is a research, analysis and development company headquartered in New York City that specializes in climate change risks and natural resource impacts.
Since its founding in 2006, CINCS has built an international reputation through its extensive repository of research and in-depth global analysis on water, land and carbon trends and the related risks to companies and communities. The company’s Primers, Trackers, In-Focus Reports, Corporate Case studies and White Papers are respected worldwide with more than 15,000 weekly subscribers.
Businesses, investors and insurers are facing significant financial risk related to the impacts of extreme weather and natural resource depletion on their operations and supply chains. Competitive, regulatory and stakeholder pressure is increasing to monitor, mitigate, measure and report against these triple bottom line threats.
Our cloud based technology platform aggregates previous disparate silos of climate change and natural resource risk data into horizontal layers that can be analyzed and prioritized against company assets. Through its proprietary design, Climate.IQ provides an essential and affordable tool for operational and investment decision-making. It integrates with internal risk management systems and exports to external compliance reporting products.
The CINCS team holds deep understanding of natural capital systems and their associated financial risks and opportunities. Our technology development partner, subject matter experts and advisory council members complement and complete the organizational intelligence and operational capacity necessary for success.
Chief Executive Officer
As CEO, Heather leads the formulation and execution of the company’s strategic direction and the development of its technology platform, Climate.IQ. She has served as a key member of the CINCS Executive Leadership team since 2013 in the role as Chief Strategy Officer before her appointment as CEO in December 2014.
Heather brings a diverse professional business background that includes fifteen years of corporate consulting with a focus on sustainability and corporate social responsibility. She is a founding partner in the sustainability consulting firm Burns & Hammond, where she led many of the high profile corporate and social enterprise engagements. Prior to her strategic business development career she spent ten years in the media industry rising from the ranks of freelance writer to editorial director.
Since 2013, she has served as Vice Chair of the NSF International Joint Committee, responsible for the development of NSF391 – the first ever sustainability standard for services and service providers, designed in response to E.O. 14513 U.S. Federal Leadership in Environmental, Energy, and Economic Performance. Heather is also a certified CSR reporter with the Global Reporting Initiative. In 2014, she was recognized by The Green Awards for her “positive contributions to society”.
Heather studied psychology and women’s studies at The Ohio State University and earned a B.S. in General Studies from Post University and is a certified CSR reporter with the Global Reporting Initiative. She has lived and worked around the world including Greece, Cambodia, Laos, Malaysia, Thailand and Taiwan.
As President, Olivia provides guidance and oversight in support of executing the company’s business plan and the achievement of its corporate milestones and financial performance. In addition she has responsibility for cultivating and generating capital investments.
Olivia has a 30-year history of entrepreneurship. In 1989, she founded Fussell Development Corp., a residential real estate development and Construction Company based in New York City; in 2006, Carbon Credit Capital (CCC) LLC, a renewable energy and low carbon investment advisory firm; and CINCS LLC – a research, analysis, and technology development firm focused on carbon sequestration in tropical forests and other landscape profiles.
Olivia also co-founded the Council of Alumni for Social Enterprise, a 501c3 organization that had a well-constructed model of helping graduate students who wrote case studies on successful and impactful social enterprises worldwide. She also managed Pro-Natura, U.S. an NGO tackling social, economic and environmental problems that face rural communities in the Developing World with headquarters in Paris.
Olivia holds a Masters in International Affairs, from Columbia University with an emphasis on Environmental Finance; A Masters in Landscape Architecture with an emphasis on Land Use Planning, from Harvard; and a Bachelor’s of Science, from London University in Landscape Design, Planning, and Development. She grew up in Africa and the UK and has travelled the globe extensively.
Chief Financial and Operations Officer
As Chief Financial and Operations Officer, Doug’s primary operational responsibilities focus on ensuring sound organization development and functionality. He oversees business operating plan, budget, cash flow, and related finances to ensure alignment with business goals, strategy, priorities and milestones. In addition, Doug participates in investor cultivation and relations as well as other development opportunities related to capital and revenue generation.
He brings 35 years of experience in corporate responsibility, social entrepreneurship and sustainability. As a social entrepreneur, he has launched an array of enterprises utilizing his deep understanding of organizational design, operational development and market opportunity. He successfully built his first business at twenty-three into a nationally recognized model that integrated corporate responsibility and sustainable community economic development practices. The personnel company, the first of its kind in the U.S., employed more than 10,000 individuals during 30 years of operation and impact. He is also founding partner in the Sustainability consulting firm, Burns & Hammond, where he worked with companies to leverage sustainability as a strategic success driver.
Doug has been integral to the founding, successful development and leadership of many of today’s prominent national and international sustainable business associations including Business for Social Responsibility, Business Alliance for Local Living Economies and the American Sustainable Business Council. A native of the Garden State, Doug has called the Pioneer Valley of western Massachusetts his home for more than thirty years. He is a graduate of the University of Rhode Island with a BA in Political Science, emphasis in Political Theory, and Business Administration.
Ph.D., Climate Risk Advisor
Mark is the Climate Risk Advisor for CINCS and Climate.IQ, bringing more than 25 years of climate change and climate risk expertise and entrepreneurship to his role.
He founded the first U.S. consulting firm focused specifically on private sector climate risk management, Trexler Climate + Energy Services, working with sustainability leaders as well as energy sector multinationals around the world. He has also served as Director of Climate Risk for the global risk management firm Det Norske Veritas, and is currently Climate Risk Knowledge Broker for The Climatographers.
Through his management consulting work Mark has extensive experience with developing climate risk decision-support tools for clients, from carbon footprinting to global carbon market price forecasting, and from risk materiality assessment to corporate positioning strategies. He is widely published on topics of climate risk, has served as a Lead Author for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, and is lead developer of the Climate Web knowledge management system.
Mark’s clients have included federal and international agencies including the Global Environment Facility and the USEPA, electric utilities and oil and gas companies throughout the United States and Canada, and sustainability leaders including Stonyfield Farm, Nike, and Shaklee Corporation.
Mark grew up in many places around the United States and Europe, speaks five languages, and has called Portland, Oregon, home for the last 20 years. He is a graduate of Antioch College in Yellow Springs, Ohio, with a degree in Environmental Studies and Economics, and of the University of California at Berkeley with MPP and Ph.D. degrees from the Graduate School of Public Policy.
Mark has participated in almost every stage of software development and implementation throughout his 15-year career in the industry - from design & development, testing, business analysis, release scheduling, technical sales and support, to product sun-setting.
Mark is also the co-founder of RedMark analytics, an analytics and IT consulting company. Most recently, he served as the Director of Sales & Finance for Singlebrook Technology in Ithaca, NY, a web and mobile technology development company.
Mark has a broad base of knowledge in web and software development, sales, financial analysis, and the real estate industry. Mark holds a BS in Economics and Management with a concentration in Finance from SUNY Cortland.
Poney Carpenter has over 20 years of experience working with information technology.
He has worked in every phase of the software development life cycle. He has experience implementing and integrating several types of enterprise software, including ERP/Accounting, CRM, and HR systems. He has developed custom N-tier client server and SaaS applications. He has also implemented business intelligence systems.
Poney has worked directly with clients, managed teams of developers, and coordinating the work of third party vendors. He has been a business owner and entrepreneur, and has worked in enterprise (at Cap Gemini Ernst & Young), higher education (at Cornell University), philanthropy (with the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation), and several small businesses. Most recently he worked as Director of Services at Singlebrook Technology, a custom web application development company.
Poney attended Cornell University, where he studied Physics and Computer Science.
Ben has been associated with the environmental and sustainability movement for over five years now, starting with his time at The University of Vermont. He brings a vast scope to the team having studied environmental policy, environmental economics, renewable energy and environmental problem solving skills.
He has since built upon his extensive knowledge in this space and aligned himself with CINCS as a Sustainability Analyst. Ben provides the CINCS team with detailed analysis and input regarding strategic planning, market research and sustainability knowledge. Ben also has experience working with various businesses, consulting with them on sustainability strategy techniques and best practices.
Ben holds a B.S. in Natural Resources Planning from the Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources at the University of Vermont.
Pianpian adds value to the CINCS Team by performing in-depth research and analysis on climate-change-related projects, regulations and policies. She also plays a key role in developing risk assessment and management models for CINCS.
Pianpian Wang is a graduate of Environmental Law Program at Pace University School of Law. Prior to that, She studied environmental law in Sun Yat-sen University, China and passed Chinese Bar Exam in 2009. With multi-national experiences in both the public and private sector, Pianpian has consistently focused on renewable energy regulation and sustainable practices in the context of climate change.
Hannah Wang is an analyst at CINCS where she utilizes her extensive science background to lend a unique perspective to various projects. Previously interning with companies in the chemical industry only increased her concerns on the industry’s business model and sustainable development. With more frequent, severe weather events occurring and companies increasing their attention of environmental issues, Hannah wants to analyze the impact of climate change to companies and help them reduce costs, by integrating sustainability practices.
Hannah Wang is a master’s candidate majoring in Chemical Engineering at Columbia University. Not satisfied with just an engineering background, Hannah immersed herself with hannaheting, consulting strategy and entrepreneurship at Imperial College London Business School. With a variety of interests and a diverse academic background, Hannah is now continually focused on company business models and corporate social responsibility related to climate change.
Mengqi, currently an analyst at CINCS, performs intensive research on the data and algorithmic modelling that the Company is reviewing to use in its Climate.IQ solution platform; some open source and some lodged in private sources and academia. She is responsible for up-dating this and providing intensive and practical input weekly.
With her valuable earth science background, she contributes to the team by helping with the development of the information essential for corporate risk management and financial planning for businesses.
Mengqi Shi is an MPA student of Environmental Science and Policy at Columbia University. Before coming to New York, she studied Environmental Policy and Biology at Sewanee-the University in the South in Tennessee. Having multiple experiences in environmental NGOs, Mengqi is dedicated to improve sustainability practices by all social sectors. Her current focus is on corporate sustainability and climate change strategies that support the best ways for companies to make the right decisions against their forecasted liabilities.
Josh has been a social entrepreneur for the past 20 years, creating and leading successful organizations in both the non-profit and for-profit sectors. His ability to spot emerging trends in technology and how they can be used for the betterment of society and the environment have caused him to be considered a leading expert in the field. In spring of 2010, Josh was appointed by the Obama Administration to a working group of President Obama’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology. He’s been featured in Time, Fortune, Newsweek and Wired.
Prior to Rhiza Labs, Josh led MAYA Design’s Information Commons project. Before that, he founded and served as CEO of Green Marketplace, a clearing-house for socially and environmentally responsible products, services and information, which he sold to Gaiam in 2002. In 1991, Josh founded and served as Executive Director of the EnviroLink Network, a nonprofit foundation dedicated to helping organizations adopt emerging technologies, and was one of the first .orgs on the Internet.
Involvement in the community is very important to Josh. He enjoys speaking with students about being an entrepreneur and has mentored many up-and-coming entrepreneurs who are creating socially and environmentally responsible businesses.
David is the founder and CEO of Hummingbird. Hummingbird designs & creates acceleration ecosystems focused on addressing the profound global challenges of the 21st century. He is a fellow of the Finance Innovation Lab, and the International Futures Forum and also serves as an advisor to the Dalai Lama Fellows, Reinventors Network, Shareable, and Startup Nectar.
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Nancy is a cum laude graduate of Occidental College and earned her MBA with distinction from Columbia University. She currently works with ACE for the homeless, is branding New York's historical Battery Park, and is a guest lecturer in innovation at NYU Stern and Columbia Business School.