Director and Co-ordinator, United Kingdom
Farhana is an internationally recognized lawyer and climate justice activist. She has provided legal and strategy advice to small islands leaders and ministers on UN climate negotiations for 30 years attending nearly every COP/UN climate summit since 1991. She runs the Climate Justice and Just Transition Donor Collaborative which brings together some of the world’s largest climate philanthropies to create climate solutions that also tackle systemic inequalities. She coordinates the Climate Reframe Project which seeks to amplify the voice of climate activists and experts from racialized minorities in the UK environment movement. She trained as an outdoor education leader, focusing on nature connection, including how to support racialized minorities access & enjoy green spaces.
She is Director of Impatience Ltd, an Honorary Fellow of Somerville College, Oxford University, a Senior Advisor to SYSTEMIQ, a FRSA and Visiting Professor, University of the Arts, London, and Deputy Chair of the Climate Vulnerable Forum Expert Advisory Group. She was voted Number 2 on the 2020 BBC’s Power List with the judges describing her a “powerhouse of climate justice” and is active in numerous community-based initiatives and social justice movements.
Partnerships & Programme Management, United Kingdom
Dominique is a climate activist and social entrepreneur working at the intersections of climate justice, philanthropy and technology. She is the co-founder and former Executive Director of Youth Climate Lab (YCL), a global organisation accelerating climate ventures, policy ideas and community projects in over 77 countries. Dominique now supports the Climate Justice-Just Transition Donor Collaborative and advises climate tech startups.
Communications Manager, United Kingdom
Katherine Buckland is a climate justice activist, with a background in student and grassroots organising. She is especially interested in how we communicate the climate crisis, which has led her to work in social media and digital communications roles for environmentally concerned groups and organisations.
Katherine has also previously worked at the National Justice Museum assisting on a creative project delivering workshops to people living in prison, at Letters To The Earth as social media coordinator during COP26, as well as completing an internship at non-profit On Our Radar researching the impacts of the climate crisis on frontline communities.
Climate Justice Map Consultant & Trainer, Tanzania
Tanzanian environmentalist and sustainability advocate who holds a bachelor’s degree in environmental health sciences. She is the founder of an NGO called Climate Hub Tanzania, which has made significant strides in building climate resilience and promoting inclusion of youth, women, and indigenous people in climate mitigation efforts. Laurel is recognized for her leadership and commitment to environmental conservation, she is currently serving as the Youth Environment Ambassador in Tanzania.
She also serves as the Climate Youth Envoy for the Southern African Youth Forum, representing 16 countries. She has recently been appointed SHE Changes Climate Ambassador. Her recent climate projects include advocating for zero plastic usage, developing sustainable eco-friendly products, as well as organising hybrid and in-person advocacy campaigns. She has also collaborated with esteemed institutions such as the French Embassy, UNEP, and various national and international organisations to address climate mitigation and adaptation.
Research Officer, United Kingdom
Leia Booth is a climate justice activist and first generation graduate with an MA in Environmental Humanities. Leia is currently the Research Officer of the Climate Justice – Just Transition Donor Collaborative leading the development of the Climate Justice Map: an open-source database of organisations and networks highlighting work led by women, people of colour, youth, and those with disabilities in the Global South with an aim of increasing funding to these organisations.
At COP27 in Egypt Leia also worked as part of the organising team of CultureCOP, a four day event and first of its kind gathering of artists, culture makers and indigenous leaders to unite the diversity of creative climate action and unlock the power of culture to help people imagine and realise climate-just futures. At COP26 in Glasgow Leia worked as a Campaign Assistant with the global campaign Letters to the Earth delivering Letters sent from around the world into conference halls and in delegate meetings, through arts venues and in business spaces and among people on the streets, reaching the hands of more than 3000 people.
Director, United Kingdom
Jake Hayman has spent almost two decades advising some of the world’s most generous families on how philanthropic capital can help drive transformation. He previously served as CEO to philanthropy advisory firm Ten Years’ Time, and has most recently founded Impatience Earth, a pro-bono consultancy firm helping donors become more confident about climate philanthropy.
We want to give special thanks and recognition to Aditi Shah, Isabella Noero, Isaac Aboah, Jorge Repiso, Josh Oduro, Safi Yule, and Yarden Menelzon for all their incredible work and ongoing support as part of the CJ-JT Donor Collaborative team.