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Who we are

Bank.Green was founded by a group of volunteers โ€“ Albert Carter, Ilias Ism, Neil Simpson, and Zak Gottlieb โ€“ in late 2020. Each of us had been working on ways to raise awareness about the climate crisis, without paying much attention to our money. We became united by one, almost ridiculous question:

Are we working to help the environment, while our own money is simultaneously destroying it?

We asked our banks this question, but it was difficult to get a full answer. Unfortunately, the biggest retail banks in the world are indeed supporting environmentally-destructive projects.

Why is this still happening? Why is it not being talked about enough? We believe there are many answers to these questions. We also believe that if a bank was facing significant challenges from a large number of its own customers, it would divest from projects that are harming us. When we concluded this, Bank.Green was born.

There are many environmentally-harmful activities that banks enable, but Bank.Green has decided to focus its efforts on fossil fuel extraction. This is both to streamline our mission and to tackle one of the biggest drivers of global heating.

Time is running out. If you feel the same, join us, because having your support will make all the difference.

Our Directors

  • Zak Gottlieb ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง

    Zak joined the climate movement in 2019 after feeling the world was sleep-walking towards catastrophe and wanting to use his knowledge of digital marketing to do something about it. At Bank.Green, he is responsible for our growth and partnerships, while liaising with banks about how we represent them. When he is not working towards systemic change, he enjoy climbing and is an avid movie goer.

  • Albert R Carter ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ ๐Ÿ‡ป๐Ÿ‡ณ

    Driven by the disastrous impacts of the 2010 BP oil spill on the Vietnamese fishers and shrimpers in his Gulf Coast childhood community, Albert is always looking for high-leverage ways to fight climate change. Trained as a software engineer, and scrum master, he is the Director of Research and of Product & Engineering at Bank.Green. Outside of environmental activism, he enjoys bike touring, climbing, and hiking.

Meet the Team


  • Nicole Gustas ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ

    Nicole has spent her career creating and optimising tourism content and marketing campaigns. She put her skills to work for climate activism when she realised that the climate crisis was destroying all of the beautiful places she promoted. She is currently Director of Content for Bank.Green.

  • Rory Joy ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช

    Rory has three years of experience as a freelancer content and creative writer. He turned to volunteering while looking to do something more meaningful in his life and and take real action against the climate crisis. In his free time he enjoys hitting the ski slopes!

  • Jenny Brodie ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ

    Jenny has over 10 years of experience working in design and marketing across the UK charity sector. Now working as a freelancer based in Canada, she is interested in using her skills to help organisations that are working for both people and the planet.


  • Dave Goslyn ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ

    Dave is a charity sector professional who's worked for NGOs in the UK, Canada and Colombia, and currently leads on fundraising for both a Toronto-based charity and Bank Green.ย  He loves designing and arguing the case for new programmes, campaigns and product ideas, and if he's not deep in a fundraising proposal he's busy thinking up new ways raise the funds we need to achieve our essential mission.ย  Either that, or taking any opportunity he can to practice his Spanish, play football or go paddle boarding!ย 

  • Andrew Selzer-Wong ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ

    Andrew has been active in the startup and impact investing space in numerous roles including venture capitalist at MDC Ventures, CFO at ImpactAlpha and Banger Games, founder at Fundie Ventures impact consulting, entrepreneurship professor at Geneva Business School, and a startup advisor at EIT Food Accelerator Network. Andrew holds a Masters in Advanced Finance from IE Busines School, an MBA from Vienna's Walker School of Business, and was twice named Forbes 30 Under 30 in Europe and Spain.ย 

Product & Engineering

  • Sophia Auer ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช

    Soph is a Software Engineer, specialized in Frontend and has been in the tech industry in other positions since over 6 years. They're passionate about using their skills to have a positive impact on climate justice, education and other causes. In their free time, they have more hobbies than time allows but currently love spending time on music, art and skateboarding.

  • Moshood Liasu ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฌ

    Embarking on environmental awareness journey during his undergraduate years, Moshood has been a dedicated advocate for climate initiatives. Now, part of the Bank Green team, he leverages his expertise in managing cloud solutions, including Microsoft 365 and Azure, to contribute meaningfully to combating the urgent climate crisis.

  • Aaron Hoffer ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ

    Aaron is a Software Engineer and Data Scientist from San Francisco specialising in building SaaS platforms that use data to help improve the decision-making capabilities at scale. He's passionate about applying these skills to climate solutions in finance and transportation. Recently, his free time has been taken up by hobbies that were most relevant before cellphones, including photography and watch repair.

  • Devante Agu ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฌ

    Devante is a Product Manager with experience in delivering SaaS and Marketplace products that meet user needs and business objectives. Passionate about climate and environmental initiatives, he's motivated to create change in financial industry by empowering people and businesses through technology. Outside of building and growing products, Devante remains committed to personal growth through reading, fitness, and connecting with open-minded individuals.

  • Joscelyn Vรกsquez ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ช

    Jos is a UX Designer with experience in web-based solutions. As a former environmental consultant, her interaction local people and communities shaped her mindset, driving her transition to UX. Her goal is to contribute to the development of solutions that help people and organizations mitigate climate change.

  • Ahmed Lamidi ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฌ ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ

    Ahmed is a software engineer and computer science student at University of South Florida. He is passionate about combating climate change becauseย he believes in the power of technology to create lasting solutionsย and is proud to bring his professional tools and skills to the fight.

  • Pooria Taghdiri ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ท ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ

    Pooria is a passionate software engineer, eager to learn new technologies and gain insights from others. He enjoys making even a small positive impact on the environment. Riding a bike, rock climbing, Physics, Astronomy, reading books, and listening to music are integral parts of his life.

  • Nikita Pardeshi ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ณ ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ

    Nikita is an experienced Software Automation Tester, who is now transitioning her career into software development. She is currently working as Junior Software Developer on a project aimed at preserving the environment and making a positive impact on the planet. In her free time, she likes staying active, cooking.

  • Michael Scheiwiller

    Michael is a data scientist specializing in sustainability and clean tech, using his skills trying to make impactful solutions in these critical fields. He recently developed a passion for open source and tries to contribute in the ecosystem whereever possible. Outside of work, he enjoys sports in all variations and spening time with friends and family.


  • Katherine Markova ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ

    Katherine is a climate consultant and a sustainability educator. She pivoted into climate work in 2022 after a 20-year career in finance and currently heads up Bank.Green's Research Team. In her spare time, Katherine is an environmental activist and a green banking champion.

  • Marcos Oliveira ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ท

    Marcos is a Senior Data Scientist and Computer Science Professor passionate about data-driven solutions. He holds a BSc. and an MSc. in Computer Science, as well as a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering. With over 10 years of experience, he has applied data manipulation, visualization, statistics, and artificial intelligence in various research projects. He aspires to make a positive impact on society by being part of Bank.Green.

  • Alia Yusuf ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ฉ ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง

    Alia is a research assistant with a background in international organisations and public policy. Conscious of the urgency of the climate crisis, she is looking for other more direct ways to help out. In her spare time, you will likely find her playing badminton or creating illustrations.

  • Fionรกn Fitzpatrick ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช

    Fionรกn has a background in climate policy research. Having worked and travelled in different parts of the world for the past few years, the pervasive nature of climate change in all aspects of life provided the motivation to take a more active role in the fight to create positive change. In his spare time he likes running and reading (often about climate!)

  • Sugam Upadhayay ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ต ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ

    Financial Analyst with a focus on Circular Economy for a sustainable future. Previously worked in the banking and hospitality industry. Currently researching ways to move from the Linear Economy to the Circular Economy model for mitigating the effects of irresponsible consumption, and adverse climate change.

Bank.Green is a project of Empowerment Works Inc. 501(c)(3)