Finance 3.8 - A Biomimicry Design Challenge

Jamie is organising a Biomimicry Design Challenge for financial architecture to explore how nature's 3.8 billion years of experience at designing complex adaptive systems, from local to global, can inform the continued evolution of our financial system.  She works with the Biomimicry Global Network and the Global Ecovillage Network to develop and implement bioinspired models of community exchange.

Biomimicry Switzerland

Jamie is a Managing Partner of Biomimicry Switzerland, the Swiss regional network of the Biomimicry Institute. Biomimicry is the practice of learning from and then emulating life’s genius to create more efficient, elegant, and sustainable designs.  It is a branch of science, a problem-solving method, a sustainability ethos, a movement, a stance toward nature, and a new way of viewing and valuing biodiversity.

Public Banking Institute

Jamie advises the Public Banking Insitute (PBI) based in California. PBI is an educational non-profit organisation working to further the understanding, explore the possibilities, and facilitate the implementation of public banking at all levels -- local, regional, state, national and international.

Basel Financial Sustainability Forum

Jamie and colleagues are growing a Basel-based professional network committed to improving the relationship between financial architecture and sustainable development.  Contact Jamie for more information.

Ethical Biomimicry Finance

Jamie supports Ethical Markets and Biomimicry 3.8, who together launched the Principles of Ethical Biomimicry Finance.  2012 activities aiming to bring biomimicry closer to the finance community in Switzerland and Europe are described in Jamie's article here.  She is a candidate for Biomimicry 3.8's Specialist Certification with a focus on applying biomimicry to the architecture of the financial system.

BASE - a UNEP Collaborating Centre

Jamie was a Project Director at BASE (Basel Agency for Sustainable Energy) from 2007 to 2012.  Since then, she has continued consulting and partnering with BASE on select projects.  BASE was established in 2001 as a UNEP Collaborating Centre to mobilise finance for clean energy internationally, with a focus on developing countries.


UNEP National Climate Finance in Developing Countries

Jamie is a consultant for the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).  In 2013, she worked on UNEP's National Climate Finance Institutions Support Programme - "Fit for the Funds".  The programme aims to facilitate investment in activities to mitigate and adapt to climate change through greater awareness, coordination and exchange of experience among national climate finance institutions in developing countries.

UNEP Sustainable Energy Finance Alliance

As an employee of BASE, Jamie was the Founder and first Head of Secretariat of the UNEP Sustainable Energy Finance Alliance (SEF Alliance). Now a part of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), this is the first international convening body for public finance agencies in the clean energy sector. With a grant to BASE from the Oak Foundation and with advising from UNEP, BASE and Clean Energy Group, Jamie designed the Alliance and brought together five founding member organisations from Canada, Finland, Ireland, the UK and California to launch it. The SEF Alliance ran on its own business model thereafter, and Jamie managed the Secretariat function for the first 2.5 years of full operation. During this time, California left the membership while Chile and Mexico joined. Under Jamie's management, the SEF Alliance produced 6 specialised studies on public finance for sustainable energy (5 available publicly), 3 member conferences, 20 online webinars, articles in international publications, networking and international relations - including representation and presentation at relevant international processes and conferences such as the UNFCCC climate negotiations and the UNEP Green Economy Initiative. SEF Alliance activities were aimed at improving the effectiveness of public and publicly backed organisations to facilitate, finance and transform clean energy and clean technology markets.

IRENA Renewable Energy Finance in Developing Countries

Jamie was the lead author of this report for the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), providing analysis and recommendations for national policy to mobilise renewable energy finance in developing countries, with a focus on six country contexts: India, Thailand, Egypt, South Africa, Mexico and Brazil.

GIZ Smart Climate Finance

In Fall 2012, Jamie worked with the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and German development bank KfW on Financial Instruments to Promote Energy Efficiency – the experience of local financial institutions in Latin America and the Caribbean, with an emphasis on the role of National Development Banks.  Jamie's report of this work is here.

IDB/KfW Energy Efficiency Finance in Latin America

Jamie was lead author and presenter of "Smart Climate Finance: Designing publuc finance strategies to boost private investment in developing countries", a report for the German development agency GIZ in collaboration with BASE and Frankfurt School of Finance and Management, presented during a BMZ side event at the 2011 international climate negotiations in Bonn.

Global Infrastructure Basel

Jamie was Head of Investor Relations for the 2011 and 2012 editions of Global Energy Basel (GEB): The Sustainable Infrastructure Financing Summit, now called Global Infrastructure Basel (GIB).  GIB is both an annual conference and process bringing together city and government officials, investors, and industry service providers internationally to focus on solutions for sustainable infrastructure financing.