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The BankTrack secretariat currently consists of the following people:
Johan Frijns, Coordinator (Director)
Johan has been the BankTrack coordinator since 2003. He also worked for twelve years as co-ordinator of various international networks of NGOs. In 1992, he helped cofound the worldwide A SEED activist network, where he worked until 1997 as co-ordinator on multilateral banks. In 1998 Johan became coordinator of the 'International Financial Institutions programme' of Friends of the Earth International, which he lead for four years. Johan studied linguistics and philosophy before getting a MA in Political Science/Development Studies from Nijmegen University, Netherlands. You can see Johan speak at the UNEP FI conference 2011 here (from minute 15 onwards)
Contact: email Johan
Yann Louvel, Climate and Energy Campaign Coordinator
Yann is the climate and energy campaign coordinator for BankTrack since September 2010. Before that he worked as private finance campaigner for Friends of the Earth France for 3 years, targeting the French banks involved in many dodgy deals. He also worked as the Quebec regional coordinator for the sustainable campuses project for the Sierra Youth Coalition, the youth arm of the Sierra Club of Canada. He holds a M.Sc. inenvironmental sciences from the Université du Québec à Montréal. Contact: email Yann
Raymon van Vught, Office and Financial Assistant
Raymon is the part-time office and financial assistant for BankTrack since September 2009. His tasks consist of taking care of financial matters, the website content and various other activities to keep our digital matters up to date. Besides working for BankTrack, Raymon works as a freelance illustrator and designer. Contact: email Raymon, Raymon's website.
Ryan Brightwell, Researcher and Editor
Ryan joined BankTrack in October 2012 as a part time Researcher and Editor. Before that, he worked at The Co-operative Group as a specialist in ethical finance, including implementing The Co-operative Bank’s Ethical Policy. He holds a BSc in Mathematics and Management Sciences from The University of Manchester and a MA in Sociology from Manchester Metropolitan University. When not working for BankTrack, he runs Bright Analysis, a research consultancy specialising in financial sector ethics and sustainability. Contact: email Ryan
Merel van der Mark, Forest Campaigner
Merel is supporting the work of our members focused on the financing of the palm oil and pulp and paper sector. Merel joined Banktrack as a volunteer in early 2014 Before, she lived for 12 years in the Brazilian Amazon, working for several social and environmental NGO's. For Greenpeace Amazon she did research on drivers of deforestation, like soy and cattle, and the funding behind it. She holds a M.Sc. in Biology from the University of Amsterdam. Contact: email Merel
Bart Bruil, Web Designer
Bart Bruil runs his own webdesign company, Easymind. Since 2003 he has designed both this website -and previous versions- as well as a number of websites for our ongoing campaigns.