RMI Announces Appointment of Three New Board Members and Committee Chairs
Anjali Bansal (Avaana Climate and Sustainability Fund), Martha Brooks (Volvo AB, Constellium), and Dr. Enki Tan (Giti Tire Pte. Ltd.) embody RMI’s commitment to working in the sectors critical to addressing climate change globally.
Boulder, CO – February 5, 2024
RMI, founded as Rocky Mountain Institute, has appointed three new members to its board of trustees and several new committee chairs. From aluminum production to climate tech and tire manufacturing, these new trustees have unique expertise across critical sectors, yet all share a passion for RMI’s work advancing an equitable clean energy future globally. “We’re excited to welcome these experts to our board, an extraordinary group of leaders that reflect the complexity and diversity of RMI’s international work,” noted Marty Pickett, board co-chair.
Anjali Bansal, founding partner of Avaana Climate and Sustainability Fund, board director of Tata Power, Nestle India, former global Partner at TPG Growth PE, Chairperson of Dena Bank, and strategy consultant at McKinsey and Company, joins the board with a wealth of experience in climate tech and finance. Named one of the “Most Powerful Women” by India’s leading publications, Bansal brings widely recognized leadership to the board. She has steered numerous climate tech start-ups and financial institutions toward success and climate alignment and now brings her expert guidance to RMI’s board.
When asked why she was excited to join RMI’s board, Bansal answered that it was RMI’s nature as an “independent, entrepreneurial, non-profit think-do tank” that drew her to become more engaged. Our focus on “accelerating the transition to a clean, prosperous, and secure low-carbon energy future” aligned with her passion for climate solutions.
Martha Brooks, director of Volvo AB (VLVLY), Constellium (CSTM), and CARE, reflects RMI’s commitment to cross-cutting research with her diverse background in corporate systems change, transportation equipment and machinery, aluminum rolling and recycling, and global business/collaboration. Brooks also has a passion for equitable economic development and chaired the board of CARE, a leading poverty-fighting global NGO, and the Yale-China Association.
“The partnership between for-profit business, government policymakers, and innovators is the most powerful way to make and scale change,” says Brooks. This is why she is excited to join RMI’s board. She also hopes to explore RMI’s global work and identify spaces for CARE to scale ideas for climate solutions in developing countries.
Brooks has also been named the development chair, overseeing all-board fundraising responsibilities.
Dr. Enki Tan joins the board as the executive chairman of Giti Tire Pte. Ltd., a tire manufacturer with plants in China, Indonesia, and the United States. Dr. Tan is a renowned business leader, serving on boards of companies listed on the Singapore, Jakarta, Shanghai, and Australian stock exchanges; the Asian School of Business; the World Economic Forum Automative and New Mobility Group; and Conservation International.
He has a deep interest in conservation, seen through his work as the founding chairman of Konservasi Indonesia and his work supporting the formation of marine protected areas and whale shark satellite tagging and protection. Dr. Tan also works on climate-aligned solutions as a board member of the Center for Nature-Based Climate Solutions at the National University of Singapore.
“RMI and its Board are committed to addressing the climate crisis across borders and sectors critical to securing a low-carbon and prosperous future for all,” said Jon Creyts, CEO, RMI. “Anjali, Martha, and Enki’s illustrious careers reflect the diverse backgrounds required to shape a global clean energy transition. RMI is thrilled to be guided by a board of solutions-oriented pioneers as we strive to be a difference-maker at this critical moment.”
In addition to these new board members, RMI’s Board of Trustees has voted on several new committee chairs.
- Bryan Hannegan, CEO of Holy Cross Energy, has been elected chair of the People Committee.
- Dennis McGinn, formerly active duty in the United States Navy and assistant secretary of the Navy for Energy, Installations, and Environment, has been re-elected chair of the Governance and Nominations Committee.
- Jessica Uhl, president of GE Vernova and vice chair for the Mission Possible Partnership, has been elected chair of the Finance/Audit/Investment Committee.
- Audrey Zibelman, former CEO, board member, and government leader for numerous decarbonization and innovation efforts, has been elected chair for Strategy across the entire board.
Sumant Sinha, chairman of RMI’s Board of Trustees and CEO of ReNew Power, had this to say: “I am delighted to welcome Anjali, Martha, and Dr. Enki as new members of RMI’s Board of Trustees. I am also excited that several colleagues on the Board are taking over as Chairs of important committees. Their collective executive leadership experience, insights, and expertise across sectors and geographies will be a valuable asset in advancing RMI’s impact.”
Caroline Bennett, director of media relations, firstname.lastname@example.org, 720.646.4647.
RMI, founded in 1982 as Rocky Mountain Institute, is an independent nonprofit that transforms global energy systems through market-driven solutions to align with a 1.5°C future and secure a clean, prosperous, zero-carbon future for all. We work in the world’s most critical geographies and engage businesses, policymakers, communities, and NGOs to identify and scale energy system interventions that will cut greenhouse gas emissions by at least 50 percent by 2030. RMI has offices in Basalt and Boulder, Colorado; New York City; Oakland, California; Washington, D.C.; Nigeria and Beijing. Find more information at www.rmi.org and follow us on LinkedIn @RMI.