Our partners and associates play a myriad of roles at TWACCI and have various degrees of participation. Currently, we are busy building our network of funders, researchers and supporters ... 

CEO / FOUNDER

LJ Johnson-Bell, is an international wine writer and author, her most recent work is Wine and Climate Change: Wine-making in a New World. More than 20 years of following the world’s wine harvests has given her a bird’s eye view of the effect of climate change on nature’s most susceptible agricultural crops, the Vitis vinifera.  She has founded the Wine and Climate Change Institute to focus on adapting EU appellation laws; the feasibility of irrigation; the determination of cool-climate regions; and the long-term sustainability of viticulture. 

This year she is presenting her research to the Royal Anthropological Institute's conference on Anthropology, Weather and Climate Change; the 1.5 Degrees conference in Oxford; the Oxford Adaptation Academy; and to the World Conference on Climate Change in Valencia. She received her wine training in France as former Editor-in-Chief of Vintage International Magazine in Paris, has a degree in International Relations and post-graduate diplomas in Law.  She regularly works as an international wine judge and has contributed to dozens of publications as well as writing for radio and television via her documentary production company, Bellissima Films. She lives in Oxford, London and Wales. Visit www.THEWINELADY.com for more about her wine work.


 

Partners, ASSOCIATES AND FRIENDS

 

LANCE FARNAM lives in Portland, Oregon. He recently obtained a Master’s degree in Geographic Information Science from the University of Southern California. He also holds Bachelor’s degrees in Environmental and Natural Resources and Philosophy from the University of Southern California. He works as a cellar hand and tasting room associate for Crowley wines and August Cellars in the Chehalem Mountains American Viticulture Area. When not working directly in the wine industry, Lance’s interests are focused on the impact of climate change on the wine industry. He uses his GIS expertise to conduct spatial analyses to help stakeholders in the industry to better understand the implications of a changing climate so they may make more informed decisions to mitigate impacts and plan for the future. 

 

KATE BEAL, CEO and Joint Creative Director, WOODCUT MEDIA

With offices in London and Hampshire (UK), Woodcut Media specialises in the production of documentaries, specialist factual and factual entertainment, as well as lifestyle programming, providing innovative and entertaining programmes for UK and international broadcasters. Woodcut Media’s operations are spearheaded by leading doc producer Kate Beal, who over the years has established strong relations with key broadcasters such as A+E Networks, Discovery Networks, ITV, and UK TV, to mention just a few, as well as partnerships with leading distributors such as DRG, Content Media, Sky Vision, TCB Media Rights and Flame Distribution. Working alongside her is former BBC Worldwide executive, Derren Lawford, as Joint Creative Director. 

Kate has developed a Taster Tape for her co-production with Linda's BELLISSIMA FILMS, "Extreme Wines". For more information or to view taster: kate@woodcutmedia.com

 

Lauren is Managing Director of One Planet Ventures, practitioners of responsible investment and credit, drawing on best practices across a broad range of disciplines, including impact investment, project finance, development finance and private equity, and geographies. Different organizations and change agents have unique values, objectives and priorities. Our goal is to create financing strategies, processes and instruments that match priorities and align stakeholder interests in a way that optimizes for triple returns - financial, social, and environmental - and minimizes risk. Lauren began working in social impact in 1983 at the OAS. Over the past three decades, she has held increasingly responsible positions in emerging markets investments at the IIC, Barclays Bank (BZW), Ariel Ventures and most recently as Chief Investment Officer at ACCION International. At ACCION, Lauren developed new funds, achieved significant impact (end beneficiaries increased from 1 million to 7 million in under 3 years) and generated important financial results. Her experience covers a range of financial instruments across a variety of priority sectors, including microfinance, SME, technology & telecoms, health/nutrition and energy. Lauren’s most notable transaction work includes participating in the establishment of BancoSol (first commercial microfinance bank) and ProFund (first microfinance fund) and in the execution of the Banco Compartamos (first microfinance IPO) and Equity Bank IPOs, as well as the creation of Gateway Microfinance Infrastructure Fund (global first for investing in companies that serve microfinance institutions).