ABOUT US

LobbyMap accurately assesses, ranks and communicates the extent to which corporations are lobbying climate and energy policy worldwide. Corporate influence plays a major role, both positive and negative, in the creation, implementation, and effectiveness of policy - we have therefore created an interactive and open-source scoring table to capture this influence. To provide balanced rankings, we map and analyze large amounts of data on corporate and trade association lobbying, communications and spending, collected from a wide range of sources, and then we assign those organizations with a grade — ranging from an A+ to an F. In addition to our on-going, dynamic rankings, we also issue periodic reports on a range of industries, associations and public policy topics. Today, LobbyMap data is being used by investors, policy makers, campaigners, the media and the corporate sector itself.


 

LobbyMap - Ending Corporate Opposition to Climate Policy

The Team

Will leads InfluenceMap’s engagement with strategic European partners in the non-profit, policymaking, finance, and corporate sectors. His key focus is the European Green Deal as the bloc implements policy to reach its new 2030 emissions reduction target. Prior to joining InfluenceMap, Will was a Senior Policy Advisor in the climate strategy team of the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), in the UK Government, working on the delivery of the UK net-zero commitment.

Jake leads InfluenceMap’s data analysis across multiple streams of work. This includes InfluenceMap’s ongoing research into how social media advertising influences the climate debate, as well as analysis of how the Federal Reserve conducted their corporate bond buying COVID-19 relief scheme. Jake has also developed tools to help automate aspects of InfluenceMap’s research process, such as the data gathering for our ongoing analysis of lobbying and corporate influence. Before joining InfluenceMap, Jake completed an integrated master’s course in Physics at the University of Sussex.

Working as an Analyst within the corporate climate lobbying team, Kalina tracks and analyses lobbying activities of corporations and trade associations on climate policy, with a particular focus on the automotive sector. Prior to joining InfluenceMap, she spent a year in Spain working in sustainable energy, and also has experience in the international development field. Kalina holds a BA Geography degree from the London School of Economics, and an M.Sc. in Emerging Economies and International Development from King’s College London.

Tom joined InfluenceMap in November 2020 after completing his MSc in Environment and Development at Lancaster University. He wrote his thesis on the suitability and feasibility of using carbon offsets for international aviation emissions, having previously gained a BSc in Geography from Manchester Metropolitan University. At InfluenceMap, Tom works as an analyst as part of the Australia project, assessing corporate lobbying activity on climate-related policy as well as conducting analysis on the aviation sector’s global climate targets.

Sejin joined InfluenceMap in October 2021. As an Analyst, she assesses the lobbying activities and engagements of South Korean corporates on climate policy and conducts research on South Korean climate and sustainability policy. Prior to joining InfluenceMap, she conducted research on sustainability transformations and geopolitics at Linköping University in Sweden. Sejin holds a double BA in Sociology and in Spanish Language and Literature from Korea University and a MSc in Human Ecology from Lund University.

Sanober joined InfluenceMap in December 2020 as a climate policy analyst in the US team. Before joining, Sanober finished a Master’s in International Conservation and Development from the University of Montana, completing a thesis on transboundary conservation with a particular focus on southern Patagonia. Sanober will contribute to InfluenceMap’s efforts to cover more sectors and regions within the United States.

Vivek joined InfluenceMap as an Analyst in November 2020 after completing his Master’s in Economics and Policy of Energy and the Environment at University College London. His thesis focused on understanding the mini-grid policy environment in Ethiopia and identifying barriers to policy implementation. He also holds a Bachelor’s in Economics from the University of York. In the corporate climate lobbying team, Vivek tracks and analyses lobbying activities of corporations and trade associations on climate policy, with a particular focus on utilities in the EU.

Venetia holds a bachelor’s degree in French and Spanish from the University of Leeds and a MSc in Environment, Politics and Society from UCL, writing a dissertation on investment banks and fossil fuels. As an Analyst in the corporate climate lobbying team, Venetia assesses and analyses the lobbying activities of corporates and trade associations and their impact on climate policy with a focus currently on the EU.

Aria joined InfluenceMap in December 2020 after completing a MSc in International Politics at SOAS, writing her dissertation on Africa-China relations. At InfluenceMap, Aria works as an analyst assessing corporate lobbying activities on climate policy and analyzing financial institutions’ climate policies, governance, and company stewardship; with a special focus on China and Chinese speaking regions.

Sofia joined InfluenceMap as an analyst in August 2021. Her focus is on tracking and evaluating the lobbying activities of corporates and industry associations in the global oil, gas, and minerals sector, and assessing its impact on climate policy. She holds a Master’s in International History from Columbia University and London School of Economics, and a Master’s in Development Studies from the Indian Institute of Technology Madras.

As an Analyst on FinanceMap, Paula evaluates financial institutions' climate policies, governance, and company stewardship, as well as the engagement of the finance and corporate sectors on sustainable finance policies. Prior to joining InfluenceMap, Paula completed her Master’s in Global Development at the University of Copenhagen, carrying out field research in Tanzania and Myanmar, and writing her Master’s thesis on coal policy in Germany.

Kendra joined InfluenceMap in 2020 after earning her Master’s in Sustainable Development from University College London. She has a degree in International Relations and English and completed a U.S. Fulbright fellowship in South Africa. With a background in environment and corporate accountability issues, Kendra works across InfluenceMap's teams on engagement efforts with US-based partners in the non-profit, policy-making, finance, media, and corporate sectors. She helps develop ideas for US-focused content while contributing to InfluenceMap’s ongoing tracking and analysis of corporate lobbying on climate change.

Reina joined InfluenceMap in November 2021 as an Analyst, and she is based in Tokyo. She works on evaluating and scoring Japanese corporate engagement with climate change policy, as well as researching on Japanese climate and energy policy collaborating with Japanese partners including non-profit, policymaking, finance, and corporate sectors. She holds a BA in Human Geography from the University of British Columbia. Prior to joining, Reina worked for Sumitomo Forestry as an associate business planner and conducted research to design new business towards decarbonized society and regional revitalization.

Rodolfos joined InfluenceMap in May 2021 after completing a MSc in Public Policy at University College London, where he specialized in EU policymaking, law and regulation, and the theory of public administration. He also holds a MSc in Engineering and Management from Coventry University. Working as an Analyst within the corporate climate lobbying team, Rodolfos tracks and analyses the lobbying activities of corporations and industry associations on climate policy, focusing on the EU.

Country Manager, Japan

As Country Manager, Monica leads the InfluenceMap content development and JETI engagement efforts from the Tokyo office with strategic partners in the non-profit, policymaking, finance, media and corporate sectors based in Japan and Asia-Pacific. Prior to joining InfluenceMap in 2020, she conducted research on energy policy at the Institute of Energy Economics, Japan (IEEJ). Monica holds a Master’s in Environmental Policy and Energy from Sciences Po, a Masters of Law in International Relations from Peking University, and a BA in Environment and Information Studies from Keio University.

Prior to joining InfluenceMap in May 2021, Emilia worked on energy and global philanthropy projects with Acadia Center and Wellspring Philanthropic Fund. As an Analyst, Emilia contributes to InfluenceMap’s efforts to track corporate lobbying on climate change, particularly within the US power sector. Emilia holds a joint Bachelor’s & Master’s degree in Public Policy from the Bloustein School at Rutgers University.

Fiza joined InfluenceMap in September 2021, having completed an M.Sc. in the Control of Infectious Diseases from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. For her dissertation, she worked with UNICEF to conduct original research on the biodegradability of disposable sanitary pads in a humanitarian context. In her role as an Analyst at InfluenceMap, Fiza works as part of the EU project on partner engagement and corporate lobbying analysis, with particular focus on Circular Economy policies.

Ben re-joined InfluenceMap in 2020 as a Senior Analyst on the lobbying and corporate influence team. Before returning to InfluenceMap, Ben graduated top of his class for an MA in Public Policy, specializing in global climate policy, and worked for Patricia Espinosa's office at the UNFCCC, including at COP25. Ben previously worked for InfluenceMap for nearly two years, leading the program on the shipping sector. Currently, his work focuses on assessing the lobbying influence of corporations on climate policy for aviation, shipping, and transport.

Joe holds a bachelor’s degree in Law and an MSc in Environmental Policy from the University of Bristol. Prior to joining InfluenceMap in 2020, Joe spent 18 months working on the climate change team at responsible investment NGO ShareAction. As a Policy Analyst in InfluenceMap’s corporate climate lobbying team, Joe assesses and analyses the lobbying activities of corporates and trade associations and their impact on climate policy.

Yuna is InfluenceMap's country lead for Korea and works with our global content teams to adapt our work for this market. She also leads in engagement and partner management in-country as well as media outreach. Prior to joining InfluenceMap, Yuna was a Partnerships Executive with climate data NGO CDP, focusing on East and Southeast Asia. She has also worked as a Research Manager and Acting Correspondent for the Economist magazine in Seoul. Yuna has a BA from Oxford and MSC in Environment and Sustainable Development from University College London.

Prior to InfluenceMap, Faye completed her MA in Environment, Politics and Globalisation at King's College London, for which she was awarded '2018/19 Best Thesis Award' for her research on the relationship between the framing of climate change in documentaries and political engagement. Faye joined InfluenceMap as an intern in November 2018 and is a member of the LobbyMap team where she is the lead analyst on the oil and gas and mining sectors. Additionally, Faye is the project manager for our Australia analysis and a core member of the new team analysing the impacts of social media advertising on the climate debate.

Karin joined InfluenceMap in October 2021 as an Analyst. She conducts the assessment and scoring of Japanese and Asian corporate engagement with climate change policy, as well as research on Japanese climate and energy policy in collaboration with Japanese partners. She holds a BA in Political Science from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and has previously worked in government relations and sustainable development.

Lucy holds a Bachelor's degree in Geography from the University of Bristol, and a Master's in Environment and Development from the University of Copenhagen, writing her thesis on the impacts of rural development policies in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Lucy joined InfluenceMap as an external consultant in October 2020 to advise on how agriculture and forestry can be incorporated into InfluenceMap’s methodology and is now a full-time member of the corporate lobbying team, leading the analysis of the land-use sector.

Cleo joined InfluenceMap in May 2021 after graduating from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, where she studied Political Science and International Political Economics; engaging in research on trade and immigration policy. At InfluenceMap, Cleo works as an Analyst evaluating financial services industry associations’ engagement on sustainable finance, looking into their efforts to influence policy in the United States at the federal and state levels.

Rebecca joined InfluenceMap in June 2019. Prior to this, she completed a master’s degree in Physics at the University of Oxford, specialising in the Physics of Atmospheres and Oceans. At InfluenceMap, Rebecca is an analyst in the lobbying and corporate influence team, assessing the engagement of the finance and corporate sectors on sustainable finance policies.

Advisors

Director of Business Task Force, Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES)

Yusuke Matsuo leads IGES’s work supporting corporate and policy actions. He is also the director of the secretariat of Japan Climate Leaders' Partnership, an independent business coalition, where he leads the team supporting the business group of more than 60 companies from across various sectors in Japan who are jointly driving corporate ambition for the transition to a net zero economy. Previously, he was a senior analyst at the Good Bankers Co., Ltd, an investment advisory firm, and at Sanwa Bank (current MUFG Bank). He received the Kaya Award from the Japan Society of Energy and Resources in 2008 and awards from the Ministry of Environment in Japan in 2007 and 2010 for his climate and energy policy proposals. He has MSc in Environmental Management and Policy from the International Institute for Industrial Environmental Economics (IIIEE), Lund University.

As Head of Policy at IIGCC, Rachel supports IIGCC's membership by building consensus and identifying key topics on which to engage and influence policy makers in Brussels and globally. Rachel joined IIGCC in 2017 having previously worked for the UK Civil Service for over ten years on EU and international climate change, energy and transport policy, including four years in Brussels with the European Commission and the UK Diplomatic Service. Rachel holds a BSc in International Management with French from the University of Bath, and an MA with distinction in European Interdisciplinary Studies from the College of Europe in Natolin, Poland.

Bill Weihl is an independent consultant helping companies and non-profits drive climate action. From 2012 to 2018, Bill was Director of Sustainability at Facebook. He built a team that directs work on sustainability and energy efficiency across the company; they also drive cross-industry collaborations, including playing critical roles in RE100 and the Renewable Energy Buyers Alliance. Prior to Facebook, Bill was Green Energy Czar at Google, where his team pioneered Google’s work to buy clean energy for its data centers. He is on the boards of several companies and nonprofits.