A Passionate Team

An innovative team with BIG ideas.

Meet the brains behind Connect Earth.

Alex Lempka, Co-Founder and CEO

Alex has extensive experience in the FinTech space. He started his career in Business Development in the first FinTech that IPO-ed on SGX. His first venture was a localisation agency focused specifically on FinTechs. He spent several years consulting a range of startups, and found a love for the impact space. In 2021, he co-founded Connect Earth by combining his experience in FinTech with his passion for sustainability.

Nick Carmont, Co-Founder and CTO

Nick has a strong background in software, climate, and artificial intelligence. He was previously the CTO and co-founder of NetZero, a B2C carbon footprint app helping users understand their emissions from transactions. He later joined Amazon as a software engineer in their Softlines and Climate Pledge Friendly teams delivering sustainability insights to millions of users. Today, Nick co-leads Connect Earth as the CTO.

Ally Boulton, Chief of Staff

Ally (Aelwen) has a decade of experience working within business operations across international businesses and small startups. She started her career in the independent retail space and has since worked her way through various industries, including manufacturing, healthcare, education and software; to learn the intricacies of running a business efficiently and effectively. She has taken learnings from each of these sectors and brings them to Connect Earth as Chief of Staff with the hopes of making the team more streamlined, more impactful and an even more exciting place to work.

Oliver Malmed, Senior Account Executive, Europe

For the past decade, Oliver has been helping SaaS-based Seed and Series A-funded businesses scale their commercial operations to predictable revenue via expert qualification and sales processes. Previously, Oli helped companies like PassFort (now a Moody’s Analytics company) scale from inception to exit. The huge rise in demand for sustainability-related products has led him to make the decision to go ‘all-in’ on helping financial institutions execute more effectively when it comes to sustainability initiatives.

Andrei Ghergu, Senior Account Executive, Europe

Andrei is an experienced SaaS Sales Professional with a six-year track record in driving growth for identity, cybersecurity and tax solutions. With his passion for merging technology and sustainability to make a lasting impact on the planet, Andrei is leveraging his experience to help scale Connect Earth to new heights.

Mike Bittles, Director of Business Development, North America

Mike has over 13 years of experience in sales, working for some major players in the SaaS space. As our first US-based hire, he is passionate about spreading carbon literacy across North America and helping financial institutions reach their climate goals. As a Director of Business Development, Mike oversees direct relationships and partnerships for Connect Earth’s consumer and business products.

Carolina Gutiérrez, Head of Business Development, LATAM

Carolina brings over a decade of diverse industry experience, spanning fintech, banking, and beauty. As the Head of Business Development for LATAM, she leads our expansion into the Latin American region with a primary focus on empowering financial institutions to excel in executing sustainability initiatives.

Karolina Szweda, Head of Growth Marketing

Karolina is a mission-driven marketing professional, experienced in holding global, cross-functional roles across 5 countries. Having worked in a venture capital firm, a large corporation, an agency and a non-profit, she has a wealth of experience across industries as well as a strong understanding of the tech landscape. Today, Karolina is leading the marketing function at Connect Earth.

Callum Campbell, Product Lead

Callum has extensive career experience working for small and large organisations across a range of industries, countries, and technical and non-technical roles. His career started in technical operations and he quickly progressed into a managerial position. After running his own business and taking on contracting roles, he found his calling in product management where he now has 4 years of experience. Today, Callum is leading product at Connect Earth.

Josh Couchman, Head of Data Strategy

After gaining his MEng in Mechanical Engineering, Josh joined Connect Earth as employee #2. With his problem-solving pedigree and strong analytical ability, he quickly took on additional responsibility in managing the data acquisition processes, as well as honing his Python and data science skills. Today, Josh is leading data strategy at Connect Earth, where he uses his multi-disciplinary skills to help create Connect Earth's data products.

Lucy Limage, Content Marketing Manager

Lucy has 5 years of experience in the visual marketing space; with a BA in Photography and additional qualifications in Graphic Design and Interactive Media. She uses her knowledge to create impactful marketing content to raise awareness of Connect Earth's mission to empower people with the data they need to create positive, climate-centred, change.

Will Sault, Solutions Engineer

Will has nearly a decade of experience in the technology industry, working across a range of sectors from football to fraud. For 6 years, he has focused on enterprise sales, selling to large corporations and Tier 1/2 banks to help startups thrive. Most recently Will has contributed to the success of Ravelin and PassFort. Today, Will is a Solutions Engineer at Connect Earth.

Sagal Ahmed, Sales Development Representative

Sagal is a sales professional with experience spanning strategic business development, B2B and B2C sales and account management. Before joining Connect Earth, Sagal was an SDR at GoCardless, a leading fintech. With her experience across business development and her keen interest in sustainability, Sagal is looking to help scale Connect Earth.

Yentl Staelens, Carbon Modelling Specialist

Yentl gained his MSc degree in Environmental Sciences and pursued a minor in object-oriented programming. During the work on his Master thesis, he specialised in environmentally-extended input-output analysis using Python, bringing together both his interests in sustainability and coding. Today, Yentl works on iteratively improving the accuracy and coverage of Connect Earth’s carbon emission modelling.

Will Tiller, Data Associate

Will gained his Master’s degree in Climate Studies, where he explored the negative externalities of our society on the Planet and potential adaptation and mitigation strategies to incorporate in the face of climate change. With his knowledge of policy and deep understanding of climate change, he joined Connect Earth where he focuses on developing the company’s core database.

Alicia Ortiz Serrano, Senior Fullstack Developer

Alicia has 5 years of experience in software development. After finishing her studies at Politécnica de Madrid, she worked for a startup in the renewable energy sector, developing an application to monitor wind farms and analyse the performance of wind turbines. With her passion for programming and sustainability, she joined Connect Earth where she is a Senior Full Stack Developer.

Ross Maguire, Full Stack Engineer

Ross has 4+ years of professional experience as an engineer in the tech space. After graduating from Bournemouth University, he worked for a large consultancy where he developed his competency as a Full Stack Engineer. With a strong interest in sustainability, Ross joined Connect Earth as a Full Stack Engineer to further pursue his passion and make an impact on the world.

Carlos Fuentes Sánchez, Full Stack Developer

Carlos has over 5 years of experience in software development. After finishing his studies at Politécnica de Madrid, he worked at different tech companies, where he gained experience in different fields. With his passion for tech and sustainability, Carlos joined Connect Earth with the intention of building innovative solutions that can help reduce carbon emissions globally.

Emma Crighton, Financial Controller

Emma has 17 years of experience in finance. She started her career in the public sector and worked her way up from accounts payable to financial accountant. Then, she became a finance manager for a school trust, to later on move to do cost accounting in the food industry. Later on, she developed the finance team and processes as a financial controller at a transportation company. Today, Emma manages the finance function of the company.

Zixin Pan, Board Member

Zixin is an Associate Director at Gresham House Ventures and a Board Member at Connect Earth. Prior to joining Gresham House, Zixin spent 8 years in the Energy industry, working across various business lines including Trading, Retail and Renewable Energy Solutions. During her time as a Senior Investment Associate at Shell Ventures, she focused on early-stage equity investments into fast growing startups across Europe, China and India. Zixin’s experience in Sustainability and Sustainable Finance brings valuable industry insights to Connect Earth, fostering future growth.

Stewart Holness, Chairman

Stewart joined Connect Earth in 2023 as Chairman. With his engineering and marketing background, he has led and exited multiple businesses in Europe and the US, and helped two startups float onto the NASDAQ. Currently, he works with a number of businesses on their growth, funding and exit strategy.