We're led by a knowledgeable board of trustees dedicated to protecting rainforest and fighting climate change. Alongside our Director and Senior Leadership Team, the board leads Cool Earth's team across three continents in delivering the day-to-day activities of our organisation.
Co-chair and Co-founder
Johan Eliasch, co-founder of Cool Earth, is no stranger to radical thinking and rainforest action.
In 2007, together with British politician Frank Field (Lord Field of Birkenhead), Johan set out to disrupt the existing outdated (and often out of line) conservation model to put local and indigenous people back in control of their rainforest. At the time, recognising rainforest as not just a home but life and livelihoods to millions of people, rather than a “pristine, Eden-like” ecosystem, was significant.
The well-worn slogan “Save the Rainforest” should have always been “Back the People” and thanks to Johan and Frank’s vision, hundreds of thousands of acres protected by people best suited to do so.
That was then, this is now.
Johan continues to tackle deforestation on many fronts, from advising the British Government (The Eliasch Review) to serving on the board of the World Peace Foundation, to driving climate protection in his most recent appointment as President of the International Ski Federation.
Samantha Cohen CVO
Co-chair of Trustees
Samantha Cohen CVO
Samantha Cohen, CVO joined Cool Earth with a wealth of professional experience including time in the Australian Government and as the Head of Royal Communications, with a personal passion for protecting the world’s forests.
And this isn’t limited to rainforest – Samantha also plays a key part in the Queen’s Green Canopy, of which Cool Earth is a proud partner.
She is currently CEO of The Commonwealth Enterprise and Investment Council (CWEIC) and previously served the Royal Household for 18 years, as Her Majesty The Queen’s Assistant Private Secretary and Press Secretary, and Head of Royal Communications.
Co-founder and Trustee
Bringing over 50 years of campaigning experience to our board, Lord Frank Field is well-equipped to help Cool Earth achieve its mission.
As co-founder of Cool Earth, he is deeply committed to halting deforestation in rainforests.
In 2007, together with Swedish businessman Johan Eliasch, Frank set out to disrupt the existing outdated (and often out of line) conservation model to put local and indigenous people back in control of their rainforest. At the time, recognising rainforest as not just a home but life and livelihoods to millions of people, rather than a “pristine, Eden-like” ecosystem, was significant.
With 50 years of campaign experience, Frank Field has done more to improve the lives of children in poverty and low-paid workers than any of his former parliamentary colleagues. In 2007 he turned his attention to climate change and launched Cool Earth.
Johan’s research as joint director of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research and role as Chief Scientist with Conservation International continues to be a global call to arms.
Having led an international group’s work to identify planetary boundaries, he has committed his career to lead the way on all things climate science, sustainability, and ensuring environmental thresholds are not crossed.
Gillian is a passionate conservationist and wildlife champion. With a degree in Biology from Bristol University and a distinguished career in natural history filmmaking, Gillian’s variety of experiences makes her an ideal board member to drive Cool Earth’s rainforest conservation work.
“Cool Earth, very much signals the possibilities in terms of working with the people who literally are on the front line of deforestation.”
Author of several award-winning books, Tony has worked on efforts to conserve tropical forests for nearly 30 years.
His experience on the frontline of the fight to save the world’s most precious resources has inspired many to do the same.
Baroness Anne Jenkin of Kennington is a PR consultant and member of the House of Lords. She’s campaigned to increase the number of female MPs and was made a life peer in 2011. She co-chairs the Conservative Friends of International Development and is passionate about reducing waste.
Mark pretty much invented independent travel when he launched the Rough Guides in 1982. As well as helping us all “make the most of your time on Earth”, he has published the most interesting books on saving the planet and the best ones on world music.
John Gummer, Baron Deben is a former MP for Suffolk Coastal and a member of the House of Lords.
He’s the chairman of the UK’s Independent Committee on Climate Change.
He also chairs the sustainability consultancy Sancroft International. He was instrumental in the passing of the Climate Change Act in 2008.