Sustainable Forestry Investing: New Forests' Head of Impact & Advocacy, Radha Kuppalli on her Carbon Forestry Strategy, Climate Change Mitigation, Carbon Finance, the Bio-economy & More…(#015)
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Radha Kuppalli is Managing Director of Impact and Advocacy at New Forests, a leading asset manager in institutional funds management business, providing forestry and land-based investment solutions through sustainable forestry investments. Her 20-year career has been focused on driving capital markets toward investing in climate change solutions and sustainable development.
Radha is a director of the Board of New Forests Pty Ltd, member of the company’s Executive Committee, and a member of all Investment Committees. She is also a Non-Executive Director for Timberlink Australia and Greening Australia and chairs Greening Australia’s investment committee. She earned an MBA and a Masters in Environmental Management from Yale, serves on the university’s Advisory Board at the Center for Business and Environment, and is an associate of the Yale World Fellows Program.
In this episode, we discuss Radha’s studies, her early career, the ‘sliding doors’ moments that led to her working at Natsource and joining New Forests back in 2006, and how Radha’s care for the environment has shaped her career. We learn how New Forests select their investments, who their typical investors are and the attractions of investing in forestry as an asset class. We discuss New Forests’ three main regions and the different approaches used in each. And we talk about the California Cap and Trade Scheme emissions trading system, conservation easements, repatriating land back to the Yurok tribe and much more.
Show notes: https://sri360.com/podcast/radha-kuppalli
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