Anna Costova

Senior Policy Analyst

As a Senior Policy Analyst, Anna fosters the understanding of carbon removal and its inclusion in the EU regulatory framework. Motivated by a passion for innovative climate solutions and a profound belief in individual environmental responsibility, she became a part of the organisation, driven by a commitment to climate optimism. Prior to joining Carbon Gap, Anna spent two and a half years as an Energy & Climate consultant at FleishmanHillard, where she co-authored a policy handbook on carbon removal. She is a skilled public affairs professional with expertise in strategic…

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Francesca Battersby

Policy Analyst

As Policy Analyst based in London, Francesca contributes to analysis, content development, and advocacy across UK and EU policy files thanks to her experience working across carbon removal governance issues. Prior to joining Carbon Gap, Francesca was a sustainability consultant at dss+, working on a range of projects including developing circular value chains for batteries, sustainability reporting for the tire industry, and mapping heat sharing rules under the EU ETS. She also gained research experience as a Research Consultant at Foresight Transitions, where she undertook hands-on research with stakeholders mapping…

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Thibault Aubert

Associate Research & Policy Analyst

As Associate Research & Policy Analyst, Thibault focuses on stakeholder mapping over issues pertaining to the establishment of a certification framework at the European level. Thibault joined Carbon Gap with the ambition to contribute to the development of an efficient and ambitious climate action, for the sake of people and the planet. He believes that Carbon Gap’s science-led, actionable, and rigorous advocacy is crucial in encouraging Europe to acknowledge the importance of carbon removals to combat climate change. Thibault started as an intern based in Paris, where he focused on…

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Valter Selén

Associate Policy Director

Valter Selén is an Associate Policy Director at Carbon Gap. His mission is to help make Europe the leader in integrating carbon removals through the development of Carbon Gap’s advocacy strategy in Brussels and Europe. This involves establishing contacts in European countries and creating partnerships and joint initiatives with key national and local players. Valter is responsible for Carbon Gap’s Policy Tracker, a flagship initiative tracking carbon removal progress across Europe to help the CDR community navigate a rapidly changing policy landscape. Leveraging his Swedish nationality, Valter is especially focused on…

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Alexis Dunand

Senior Policy Analyst

Alexis is Senior Policy Analyst at Carbon Gap, where he focuses on expanding the Policy Tracker’s coverage. He joined Carbon Gap to contribute to the fight against climate change, being convinced that carbon dioxide removal constitutes a key, yet missing and often misunderstood, element of climate policy. Prior to joining Carbon Gap, Alexis was acting as a civil servant at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL). He previously served as a research consultant at Carbonfuture, focusing on EU and US CDR policy. Before that, he was part…

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James Townsend

Chief of Staff

James is Carbon Gap’s Chief of Staff, responsible for a range of cross-functional projects, developing and supporting strategy execution, facilitating engagement with its Trustee Board, supporting relationships with donors and interfacing with ecosystem partners. Before joining Carbon Gap, James spent over four years in Teneo’s strategy consulting team based in London. He managed a wide variety of engagements across corporate strategy, commercial due diligence, pricing & packaging and bid support, supporting clients across the software, private equity, transport, and business services sectors. He also managed Teneo’s UK Sustainability Taskforce, responsible…

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Clotilde Besson

Associate Communications Officer

Having worked previously on social media and editorial communications with the think tank Friends of Europe, Clotilde Besson joins CarbonGap as a full time Communications Officer. Convinced that every effort matters, she hopes to help make climate action accessible to everyone at their own level. A tireless optimist, she has found in climate communications the perfect combination of philanthropy and creativity she wishes to build her career on. She is also involved in the business development of the youth-led Young Global Thinker organisation and was a country ambassador for UNITE2030. …

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Matteo Guidi

Associate Policy Lead

As an Associate Policy Lead at Carbon Gap, Matteo focuses on supporting the development of an ambitious and science-based EU carbon removal policy, promoting the key role of CDR to reach climate neutrality by 2050 and negative emissions thereafter. Before joining Carbon Gap, Matteo worked as a policy advisor for European associations in the fields of energy efficiency and urban green infrastructure. He has proven experience in developing advocacy campaigns on EU energy and environment policy and engaging with relevant policymakers and stakeholders. Matteo holds a Master’s degree in European…

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Lydia Loopesko

Communications Officer

As Communications Officer, Lydia is responsible for making Carbon Gap, and its mission of helping Europe become a world leader in deploying carbon removal, more accessible to the public and key stakeholders. Lydia joined Carbon Gap because she understood the importance of promoting the solutions and policies to reverse climate change. Prior to working at Carbon Gap, Lydia worked as a Buildings Archaeologist in the UK for three years before transitioning into sustainability by working with Startup Basecamp, a community of climate tech founders and investors working to accelerate capital…

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Robert Höglund


Robert Höglund is an advisor in carbon dioxide removal (CDR) and climate policy. He manages the charitable Milkywire Climate Transformation Fund, co-founded the CDR market overview, and writes regularly on carbon removal and corporate climate contributions. For Carbon Gap he co-authored the report Bridging the Ambition Gap. He is also a member of the EU Expert Group on Carbon Removals (observer status), and of the Science-based Target initiative’s (SBTi) Technical Advisory Group. Robert previously headed Oxfam Sweden’s policy and communications team and founded the Climate Goal Initiative in Sweden.

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