Who we are

Market Forces believes that the banks, superannuation funds and governments that have custody of our money should use it to protect not damage our environment.

Our work exposes the institutions that are financing environmentally destructive projects and help Australians hold these institutions accountable. We work with the community to prevent investment in projects that would harm the environment and drive global warming.

Market Forces was launched in January 2013.

What we do

How we work

Market Forces is proud to be an affiliate project of Friends of the Earth Australia and a member of the BankTrack international network, connecting us with passionate campaigners, environmental issue experts and advocates of environmentally sustainable behaviour from the finance world.

Our vision

Our vision is a future where institutions invest with a high degree of respect for the environment, utilising our money to deliver solutions to major environmental issues, and where the community holds to account the custodians of their money to ensure it is used to benefit the environment.

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The Market Forces team

Julien Vincent

Executive Director
Lead campaigner

Julien has been an environmental campaigner and activist for over two decades. He was Climate and Energy Campaigner with Greenpeace Australia Pacific and Greenpeace International from 2006-2012, leaving in order to found Market Forces. In 2022 he was awarded the Goldman Environmental Prize for outstanding environmental achievements in Islands and Island Nations.

Rachel Deans

Campaigner (Asset management/Superannuation team)

A former Melbourne Uni environment officer, Rachel started an internship with Market Forces in 2016. This quickly led to a campaigning position, with a particular focus on working with and empowering shareholders. She was the shareholder action campaigner for five and a half years and is now the superannuation fund campaign. She works with super fund members to hold their companies accountable to action on climate.

Will van de Pol

Campaigner

Will started at Market Forces in early 2015 with a desire to play a more active part in the fight for climate justice. After a stint as our online content coordinator, Will now conducts legal research and campaigning, mostly in support of our superannuation, shareholder activism and corporate governance work.

Pablo Brait

Campaigner

Pablo has volunteered and worked on climate, fossil fuel and renewable energy campaigns since 2007. His main focus is helping people work together to build the power they need to win.

Bernadette Maheandiran

Director, Asia Energy Finance

Bernadette joined Market Forces in early 2017 and has quickly become an integral member of the team. Coming to us from Canada with a background in law, Bernadette leads Market Forces’ work in Asia.

Munira Chowdhury

Analyst

Munira joined Market Forces in 2017 after finishing her Masters in Environmental Management and Sustainability. She is passionate about climate justice and formerly worked as a policy researcher in Bangladesh.

Antony Balmain

Media and Communications Manager

Antony joined Market Forces in 2022, after many years working as a journalist, senior media adviser and communications manager. Most recently Antony headed Media and Communications in the Asia Pacific for the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies. Previously Antony led media and communications at Australian Red Cross, VicHealth and worked for media organisations including ABC Australia, SBS TV, AAP and has written for leading news outlets in Australia and internationally.

Matt Tomkins

Digital Campaigner

Matt joined Market Forces in 2020 with a desire to apply the skills he developed working in the digital marketing sector to the efforts to tackle climate change. Matt’s focus is on amplifying the reach and influence of our campaigns through the use of digital tools and tactics. 

Kate Simpson

Digital Campaigner

Kate has a Bachelor of Journalism and previous experience in the arts and government sectors. Before joining Market Forces she was the Communications Officer at the Australian Marine Conservation Society. Her focus is engaging supporters through Market Forces’ digital channels.

Paula Martinez

Digital Content Creator

Paula joined Market Forces in late 2019 after completing a bachelor of Media and Communications, majoring in Media Industries. Her focus is creating visual content for Market Forces’ digital platforms to assist campaigns and engage supporters.

Manny Perez

Website Manager

Sachiko Suzuki

Japan Climate and Energy Finance Researcher

Sachiko started volunteering at Market Forces in December 2018, which quickly led to a climate advocacy position. Building on her previous work experience in public development finance and commercial finance, she is passionate about shifting the flow of finance away from unsustainable sources of energy to sustainable ones.

Meg Fukuzawa

South East Asia coal finance campaigner

Axel Dalman

Company Analyst

Axel joined Market Forces in 2022, having previously worked as an oil and gas analyst at London-based think tank Carbon Tracker. His research is focused on calling out the fossil fuel industry’s weak transition planning. Axel holds an MSc in Comparative Politics from the London School of Economics.

Michelle Surowiec

Assistant Campaigner (Domestic team)

Michelle started out volunteering with Market Forces in 2015 and joined the team formally in early 2021. Originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, and completing her BA at UCLA in Geography and Sustainability in 2009, she has volunteered with several other climate action groups over her time in Australia.

Kumiko Kitano

Japan Digital Campaigner

Kumiko joined Market Forces in 2022 after working as a communications planner and HR officer at the marketing agency Dentsu’s Tokyo headquarters. She holds an MA and Social Entrepreneurship program from Monash University. Kumiko is passionate about bringing her experience and skills in the communications field to address climate justice.

Brett Morgan

Campaigner (Asset management/Superannuation team)

Brett is a climate campaigner and postgraduate public policy student with a background that spans research, community organising and financial services. Having worked and volunteered in the climate movement for several years, he joined the Market Forces team in early 2021 to work on super fund campaigning. Brett’s focus is on driving divestment from climate-wrecking companies across the superannuation sector.

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Vishad Sharma

Shareholder Action Campaigner

Vishad joined Market Forces in 2022. His experience in devising campaign and impact strategies for international and Australian organisations and shareholder advocacy and corporate governance assist him in understanding how people can be empowered to demand change.

Binbin Mariana

Indonesia Coal Finance Campaigner

Binbin joined Market Forces in February 2020 and works from Indonesia. Her role interfaces between community organisations and investors, holding the latter accountable to communities over the health and climate impacts caused by coal power and mining companies in Indonesia. A former banker, she believes that financial institutions must stop contributing to the climate crisis.

Nellie Malseed

Operations Coordinator (human resources, onboarding and FOE liaison person)

Nellie graduated with a Bachelor of Science (Conservation Biology) and a Bachelor of Arts (International Relations), her role at Market Forces is Operations Coordinator and helps with compliance and administrative support. Prior to Market Forces she was facilitating sustainability change in the agriculture industry.

Kyle Robertson

Researcher

Kyle joined Market Forces in 2022, having previously worked as a sustainability consultant for Point Advisory, specialising in the climate change sector. Kyle will be an analyst at Market Forces, specialising in Australian banks research and the financial sector’s ongoing investment in the fossil fuel industry. Kyle holds a Master of Environment and Sustainability from Monash University. 

Kentaro Nunokawa

Japan Energy Campaigner

Kentaro joined Market Forces in 2022, after finishing post-grad studies in Political Ecology: Degrowth and Environmental Justice. His work mainly focuses on bringing just and substantial transitions to Japanese corporations operating in carbon intensive businesses.

Want to join the team? Keep an eye out for occasional advertised positions on EthicalJobs