We are a team of creative thinkers, driven by a profound sense of service and desire for positive impact. We are courageous in our questioning and we inspire boldness in others.
Sophie has two decades of professional services and consulting experience and is a globally recognised thought leader on gender and climate action. Over the years, she has developed global content strategies, produced high profile strategic content, and led the development of research-based insights for leaders across different industry sectors and geographies. At Kite Insights, Sophie and her team help organisations navigate, communicate and positively impact issue areas relevant to their business as well as our economies and societies at large - focusing on gender, climate and the ethical application of technology. Most recently, she has founded The Climate School - recognising the urgent need for companies to accelerate solutions to address climate change and its impact - through tools and resources to unlock climate-focused innovations at every level of the organisation.
Before founding Kite Insights, Sophie was the head of Global Thought Leadership and External Affairs for PwC. Before this, Sophie initiated, established, and led European Business Forum Ltd (EBF) as Executive Director, Member of the Board and Publisher.
Sophie is originally from Belgium and lives in London with her husband and two children.
Rachel is a graduate of Boston College and Boston University where she earned degrees in Communication and Public Relations.
Her interests include environmental sustainability, behavioural economics and the role of technology in society. In her spare time Grace reads catholically, enjoys hiking and taking part in road races.
He specialises in uncovering novel methods of research enquiry. Previously, Julian has worked in research and support roles at companies such as CNBC and Google, and as a research associate at the University of Glasgow.
Julian has published on issues regarding NGO strategy, and business and human rights governance. Julian is from Scotland and currently lives in London.
She is obsessed with uncovering novel insights on these topics and exploring how to bring research and ideas to life through events and conventions that drive action.
Darcy holds a Masters of Public and International Affairs and a BA in Chinese Studies from the University of Pittsburgh, a certificate in CSR from the University of Geneva, a Circulab Circular Economy Catalyst Facilitator certificate, and is an #IamRemarkable – a Google initiative - certified facilitator. Darcy volunteers for many charities that address women’s issues, founded a professional women’s network, and has a podcast which introduces listeners to global women contributing to the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals.
In her spare time you can find Darcy behind the camera lens, scuba diving, hiking and skiing in the Alps, or stand up paddle boarding on Lake Annecy.
In his spare time Jake can be found in your local independent bookstore, making loud and often sparkly music with his friends, or running along the side of an implausibly muddy looking hill. He holds a Master of Arts & Social Sciences in Politics and Philosophy from the University of Glasgow.
Gabi lives between London and Lisbon and outside of work loves exploring Portugal's national parks, local cuisine and music.
Deleted: Anusha’s primary responsibilities in projects include qualitative and quantitative research, writing, planning, management, curation, and ideation. Anusha applies a unique perspective to projects at Kite. Anusha’s perspective and skills have been accumulated from her Bachelor’s degree in Economics, Mathematics and Statistics as well as 3 years of work experience in research and grassroots development organisations in India. As part of her experience, Anusha has worked extensively with educating women and children from low income communities in slums and villages across Southern India.
Deleted: Passionate about social justice, Grace volunteers in her spare time in the Research & Campaigns team at Citizens Advice, a nationwide charity that gives free legal advice to those in need, and campaigns to improve the policies and principles that affect their clients.
Eleanor’s interests in climate and sustainability stem from her previous work at Inside Revolution, a climate and policy communications firm. There, she led research and writing of op-eds, articles, and blog posts and engaged in thought leadership, content creation, and project management for clients including the G20, the United Nations, and leading nonprofits.
Anna leads Kite’s event production and logistics for client events as well as in house activations in an end-to-end capacity. Particularly those related to Kite Live.
Anna’s background includes a Mayfair member’s club where she created, developed, curated and delivered the club’s eclectic events calendar; the publishing industry, within the luxury sector where she managed brand activations and award ceremonies in an end-to-end capacity. As well as years of successful freelance opportunities which provided Anna with a deep knowledge and understanding of the event industry at large.
She possesses a combination of being both hugely creative and at the same time is a hyper-organised logistics junkie.
Based in South London, she loves spending time exploring London’s green spaces with her dog Bo and in her spare time, she is never without a crafty project and a fantasy novel.
Previously, Upasana has gained experience in the chemical and quality assurance industry and as a third-sector consultant for two non-profit organisations where she increased employee engagement in social enterprises and devised a strategy to increase volunteer collaboration during the pandemic. She holds a Bachelor of Technology degree in Fibre and Textile Processing from Institute of Chemical Technology, Mumbai and a Master's degree in Management from Imperial College London.
If not watching a movie, Upasana likes to explore the UK and enjoys playing football when it is sunny at Hyde Park.
During his free time, you’ll find Tejas actively searching for new music, window shopping at record stores, exploring new towns or be at the stadium supporting his favorite football club.
Originally from Italy, Lara has experience living all over Europe and speaks 5 languages. She now enjoys an active outdoor lifestyle living with her husband and children in Munich (Germany).
We are supported by an international network of subject-matter experts from the fields of geopolitics, corporate finance, technology & innovation, journalism, social media and beyond.
A passionate advocate of collaboration and digital storytelling, Herman has written and co-authored thought leadership content around digital marketing and social strategy, which has elevated the global debate on a number of issues, including digital marketing, consumer electronics, and augmented and virtual reality technologies.
Mil is currently leading TMP’s research and thought leadership on the critical, and oft ignored, role that applying a gender lens to climate initiatives plays in accelerating impact from the grassroots through to the top levels of government. Mil pioneered the Integrated Gender and Climate Framework (IGC) currently being used by a group of Fortune 500 companies. She has trained women climate leaders on negotiation, through the UN and NGOs such as the Pan-African Climate Justice Alliance, as well as on strategies to ensure that they are routinely included in decision- making processes. Previously, Mil was the Director of Policy at Verité – a leading human rights organization -- for 14 years, where she led several initiatives including Verité’s work on women in the workplace and other multi-stakeholder initiatives for clients that included Mondelez, Reebok and Levi Strauss, among others.
Mil is Co-President of the International Cocoa Initiative, a climate and women’s rights advisor to the International Center for Research on Women and the Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship and was founding Co-Chair of Amnesty International USA’s first business and human rights group. Mil is also a frequent public speaker including for the World Bank, IFC, Climate Investment Fund, the Women’s Forum for the Economy and Society and various universities. She is a bi-lingual French – English speaker.
Charlotte also heads the strategic board of the newly-created Feynman Foundation which aims to create an ethical and inclusive framework for the development of quantum technologies.
Fokko worked as executive at DSM as the architect of its Sustainability and PPP strategy, accelerating DSM’s Good Growth to prepare for the future, create Purpose while delivering business results and making DSM a sustainability leader in its field. Prior to that, he led businesses in South America and Egypt.
He is the co-founder of SDG Netherlands, an NGO stimulating Dutch organizations to work towards the 2030 goals. He has been a board member of and advisor to various companies in emerging markets. Fokko also set up WBCSD’s large-scale food reform program FReSH, bringing food companies together to actively take their role in food systems change.
He is an activist for equitable 1-planet strategies, requiring a systems approach, accelerating the move away from retrofitting 3-planet strategies.
Proud father of two children, living in Geneva.
Working in the intersection of money and purpose since 2000, she co-founded two social enterprises (Karmafy Ltd and Socential/sosense.org) and serves in foundation and social enterprise boards (Frey Charitable Foundation, Barefoot College Int’l, Fundación Avanzar)
Naoko speaks English, Spanish and Japanese and lives near Zurich with her husband since 1988.