Our Team

Ryan Merrill
Managing Director
Ryan is a Doctoral Research Fellow in Sustainability, Strategy and Innovation and an Adjunct Professor at Singapore Management University. Ryan has spent 10 years in higher management in institutional finance, energy research, education, and consulting, and holds a PhD in Environmental Policy from the University of Southern California. Ryan is passionate about the promise of mangrove forestry to lead the fight against climate change.
Alan Laubsch
Director (Natural capital valuation & global outreach)
Alan is an entrepreneur, connector, and a thought leader in natural green finance and sustainability. His mission is to protect Earth’s most vital ecosystems by democratizing natural capital investment. Alan is a founder and Chief Strategist of GenBlue, a venture studio dedicated to building a liquid global natural capital marketplace. Previously, Alan established Natural Capital Markets at Lykke AG, and listed the world’s first mangrove and Blue Carbon-backed blockchain token (TREE). He has over two decades of risk management experience with leading financial institutions, and was a founding member of the RiskMetrics Group, a JPMorgan spin-off.
Simon Schillebeeckx
Director (Innovation & Technology)
Simon is an Assistant Professor of Strategic Management at the Lee Kong Chian School of Business at Singapore Management University and holds a PhD in Innovation from Imperial College London. Before his academic career, Simon studied commercial engineering in Belgium, Corporate Social Responsibility in the UK, and worked as a sustainability and innovation consultant in Belgium and the Netherlands. Simon’s work focuses on exploring FinTech, specifically blockchain technology, as a technological shock to both financial and other industries. Simon is also published in top management journals and has authored and edited books on SME business model innovation and sustainable natural resources management.
Linzi Hawkin
Director (Education & Curriculum)
Linzi is a brand strategist. She’s experienced the highs and lows of entrepreneurship. From teaching kids to surf, to running music festivals and working as a freelance brand & marketing consultant. For the last three years her focus has been on teaching start ups, entrepreneurs & non-profits how to build brands with purpose and guiding companies through the B Corp Certification process. Her latest project, SUPKids, is an educational program for kids, teaching sustainability, water safety & stand up paddleboarding. SUPKids is now partnered with Starboard, 5 Gyres, Parley for the Oceans & Sustainable Surf and has 38 SUPKids Schools teaching the curriculum in 18 countries.
Simran Mulchandani
Director (Funding & Technology)
Simran is a serial entrepreneur pursuing excellence across investment banking, brand building, music, technology and sustainability. He is a founder at Generation Blue, Singapore - an innovation platform aimed at transforming Natural Capital into an investable asset class. He was a director at Lykke Corp, a Swiss Fintech company building a global marketplace based on blockchain technology. He also worked to design and execute a music and arts programme called Project Rangeet for Kokuyo Camlin (India) and BRAC (Bangladesh) that aims to educate children around social issues like the Importance of our Forests, Gender Equality amongst others.