About Us


To be the leading and most trusted global data services company in the measurement, monitoring and evaluation of natural capital assets


To make every hectare count to achieve global climate, biodiversity and food security goals

Management Team

Josephine Wapakabulo

Chief Executive Officer

Josephine brings over 20 years' corporate, entrepreneurial and board experience to Downforce Technologies and served as inaugural CEO of Uganda's National Oil Company.

An electrical engineer with a PhD in data standards and executive MBA from INSEAD, she spent most of her early career at Rolls-Royce.

She is also an Adjunct Teaching Fellow at the University of Western Australia and Advisory Board Member of the Bloomberg New Economy Forum.

Jacquie McGlade

Co-Founder and
Chief Scientific Officer

Jacquie is a highly respected and experienced scientist and technologist.

Jacquie was Chief Scientist of the UN Environmental Programme and Executive Director of the European Environment Agency.

Jacquie has been a pioneer in the use of satellite technology for measuring and understanding the environment. Jacquie is also a hands-on technologist.

Maria Whittaker

Co-Founder and
Chief Development Officer

Maria brings extensive experience building data businesses particularly in the financial sector.

She was the Director of Strategy at DataExplorers (successfully exited to Markit), Global Head of Machine Readable News and Head of Ratings amongst other roles at Thomson Reuters (now Refinitiv).

Maria began her career in Investment Banking at JP Morgan and Salomon Brothers, has an MBA from INSEAD and a family background in farming in Argentina.

Aeham Abushwashi

Chief Technology Officer

Aeham has extensive experience in the software industry and has led tech teams in several successful start-ups.

Before joining Downforce, Aeham was CTO at OXMT, where he was responsible for R&D, technology strategy and information security.

Aeham holds an MSc in Software Engineering from the University of Oxford.


Mary Catherine Di Nunzio

Chair of the Board

Mary Catherine is a Chemistry graduate, a qualified lawyer in New York and England, and a US patent attorney.

She is a Trustee of The Downforce Trust and general counsel for several companies, including AI spin-outs from the University of Oxford.

Charles Brecque

Director of the Board

Charles was one of the first employees of Mind Foundry, an Oxford University spin out specialising in automated data science and AI. As an engineering graduate of the École Centrale de Lyon, Charles both mastered Mind Foundry's technology and built up its commercial presence.

In April 2020, Charles founded Legislate, a legal tech start-up and is also a Trustee of The Downforce Trust.

Deborah Kiers

Director of the Board

Deborah is a Non-Executive Director, Advisor and Consultant. She is Chair of the Tiverton Agriculture Impact Fund, a Non-Executive Director of IFM Investors, where she Chairs the Responsible Investment and Sustainability Committee and a Non-Executive Director of the Bank of Queensland.

Deborah brings over 30 years of corporate advisory and consulting experience to boards, CEOs and executive management teams across a range of industries including Financial Services, Energy and Resources, Industrials, Property, Infrastructure and Regulated Utilities, in Australia and internationally.

Kristin Vaughan

Director of the Board

Kristin has been investing in early- and growth-stage companies for almost 16 years, as a director at private equity firm CHAMP Ventures, as a director at Australia’s Clean Energy Finance Corporation and now as Managing Partner of Virescent Ventures. She has invested across a range of industries including climate tech, education, and food, from pre-seed to growth and buyouts.

Kristin is currently director of several other climate tech companies including lithium technology developer Novalith Technologies and alternative protein company All G Foods.

James Alexandroff

Board Observer

James studied law at the University of Bristol and qualified as a solicitor in London with Clifford Chance before becoming a fund manager in Edinburgh and then Hong Kong.

He co-founded Arisaig Partners, an emerging markets focused investment management firm headquartered in Singapore, gifting his ownership to the Perivoli Trust.

He is now a Trustee of the Perivoli Foundation and the Perivoli Africa Research Centre at the University of Bristol.

Advisory Board

Alyson Greenhalgh-Ball

Alyson is founder of Conscious Impact and has over twenty-five years' experience in the public health sector and was a global nutrition lead within the food industry at the Kellogg Company.

Alyson is a board member for several private and public sector organisations, a former Business Fellow at the Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment University of Oxford and an active member of the United Nations SDG2 Advocacy Hub.

Hadi Michel

Hadi is a Product Manager, with experience working across the US, UK, and Australia.

He's helped build products for precision agriculture and environmental science, and has supported multiple start-ups through successful exits.

Ida Kubiszewski

Ida is Associate Professor at University College London in the Institute for Global Prosperity.

She was also a climate change negotiator, representing the Dominican Republic. Ida holds a BA in Astronomy and Physics, an MA in Energy and Environmental Analysis, and a PhD in Ecological Economics.

Her background, as well as her work with farmers and the banking sector, give her a unique insight into opportunities for Downforce Technologies.

Paul Hawken

Paul is an environmentalist, entrepreneur, author and activist who has dedicated his life to environmental sustainability and changing the relationship between business and the environment.

Paul founded Project Drawdown, a non-profit dedicated to researching when and how global warming can be reversed; and edited the ground-breaking Project Drawdown: The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming.

Robert Costanza

Robert is Professor of Ecological Economics at the Institute for Global Prosperity, University College London.

His areas of expertise include: ecosystem services, landscape ecology, integrated ecological and socioeconomic modelling, and social traps and addictions.

He is the author or co-author of over 600 scientific papers and 28 books. His work has been cited more than 130,000 times in Google Scholar with an h-index of 135.