The Board of Directors brings guidance, monitors performance and helps ensure the well-coordinated and efficient execution of our mission.

Board of Directors

The GBPN Board of Directors provides strategic and operational oversight of the GBPN Global Centre, and monitors its performance.

The Board is composed of 3 members:

Heather Thompson, Chair of GBPN Board of Directors

Heather Thompson, co‐founder of ClimateWorks, now works independently, focusing on advancing the strategies of Climateworks' Best Practice Networks. As founder, she now serves as Board Chair of the GBPN and the Institute for Industrial Productivity, and is on the Board of Directors of the Regulatory Assistance Project, the Collaborative Labeling and Appliance Standards Programme, and the Institute for Transportation and Development Policy. Previously, Ms. Thomson was a Principal at California Environmental Associates (CEA), leading the firm's work in philantropic strategy, covering marine resource management, land conservation, energy and Climate Change. She worked with leading foundations and numerous non-profit organisations, including the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, WWF International, the Environmental Defense Fund and  Conservation International. Ms. Thompson holds a MSc in environmental economics from the University of York,U.K. and a biological sciences from the University of California, San Diego.




Surabi Menon, Director of Research, Climate Works Foundation

Surabi Menon joined ClimateWorks as Director of Research in 2012. Previously, she worked at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory as a staff scientist and also as the leader of the Heat Island Group. Prior to that, she was a scientist at Columbia University and NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies. Her research explores the intersection of climate change, renewables, energy efficiency and economics. Ms. Menon has a PhD in atmospheric science, and an MBA. She has published over forty times in peer-reviewed journals, and was a co-author of the 2007 IPPC report that won the Nobel Peace Prize. She also started an environmental NGO in India.





William Sisson, Director of Sustainability, United Technologies Research Centre

William Sisson is presently UTC’s executive on point for the broad market transformation activities at the US Department of Energy’s Innovation Hub on energy efficiency in buildings in Philadelphia, with a professional focus on policy, markets and behaviour.  In addition to supporting UTC’s strategic and advocacy efforts on sustainable buildings and urban infrastructure, William continues to serve as Chair for the World Business Council for Sustainable Development’s Energy Efficiency in Buildings Projects. Prior, he led Carrier R&D Programmes, at UTC’s central corporate research centre, where he was responsible for Carrier’s longer range innovation portfolio, with technical emphasis on energy and environment.