Meet the team!

We are a group of passionate people who believe the purchasing power of 'conscious consumers' can transform the way business operate and create positive change in our world. Building a cool, simple to use platform which creates and informs meaningful sustainable business actions is what gets us out of bed each morning. Measuring and sharing the collective impact the CoGo community is having on global issues comes a pretty close second. 

Our global team is based in London (UK) and Wellington (NZ).

 

  Ben Gleisner,  CEO & Co-Founder  📍London  Ben is an economist, environmentalist and social entrepreneur. He has founded several businesses and charities, and worked for 6 years at the New Zealand Treasury - where he led the development of the Living Standards Framework. He co-founded CoGo while working at the New Zealand Treasury and his vision is a world where consumers and businesses work together for the good of people and the planet. Ben has recently moved to London with his wife and two children.

Ben Gleisner, CEO & Co-Founder

📍London

Ben is an economist, environmentalist and social entrepreneur. He has founded several businesses and charities, and worked for 6 years at the New Zealand Treasury - where he led the development of the Living Standards Framework. He co-founded CoGo while working at the New Zealand Treasury and his vision is a world where consumers and businesses work together for the good of people and the planet. Ben has recently moved to London with his wife and two children.

  Melissa Keys,  Head of Impact & Co-Founder  📍Wellington, NZ  Melissa's mission is to enable the CoGo community to create more positive environmental and social change in our world through ensuring CoGo has a robust impact model and impact framework. She is passionate about living sustainably and has ten years experience in business, central and local government sustainability roles in New Zealand.

Melissa Keys, Head of Impact & Co-Founder

📍Wellington, NZ

Melissa's mission is to enable the CoGo community to create more positive environmental and social change in our world through ensuring CoGo has a robust impact model and impact framework. She is passionate about living sustainably and has ten years experience in business, central and local government sustainability roles in New Zealand.

  David Clearwater,  General Manager  📍Wellington, NZ  David leads CoGo HQ and New Zealand teams out of Wellington. He has spent the majority of his career running digital teams, spanning enterprise (Vodafone), startup (Milkround Online), and agency (DNA Design). Prior to this role, David was coaching social enterprises at Ākina Foundation, facilitating Startup Weekend Wellington, and chairing the CoGo board.

David Clearwater, General Manager

📍Wellington, NZ

David leads CoGo HQ and New Zealand teams out of Wellington. He has spent the majority of his career running digital teams, spanning enterprise (Vodafone), startup (Milkround Online), and agency (DNA Design). Prior to this role, David was coaching social enterprises at Ākina Foundation, facilitating Startup Weekend Wellington, and chairing the CoGo board.

  Gardner Bickford,  Lead Developer  📍Wellington, NZ  Gardner is a veteran technologist from the Silicon Valley with 12 years experience launching start-ups, committing on open source projects and working with fortune 500 companies. He has excellent technical skills in a broad range of code-bases and has managed many development teams.

Gardner Bickford, Lead Developer

📍Wellington, NZ

Gardner is a veteran technologist from the Silicon Valley with 12 years experience launching start-ups, committing on open source projects and working with fortune 500 companies. He has excellent technical skills in a broad range of code-bases and has managed many development teams.

  Sam Gleisner,  Product Manager  📍Wellington, NZ  As Product Manager, Sam works with the team to understand and define what CoGo members and businesses need. Prior to joining the CoGo team, Sam was a Senior Business Analyst in central government, and has held roles in central government administration, and executive search.

Sam Gleisner, Product Manager

📍Wellington, NZ

As Product Manager, Sam works with the team to understand and define what CoGo members and businesses need. Prior to joining the CoGo team, Sam was a Senior Business Analyst in central government, and has held roles in central government administration, and executive search.

  Julian Gommans,  Frontend Developer  📍Wellington, NZ  Julian is an intermediate-senior front end developer with some experience working in backends. He has worked with several small businesses and startups in his career and developed in a wide range of coding languages, focusing on javascript throughout. He has a passion for improving environmental conditions, equality and rationality wherever he can.

Julian Gommans, Frontend Developer

📍Wellington, NZ

Julian is an intermediate-senior front end developer with some experience working in backends. He has worked with several small businesses and startups in his career and developed in a wide range of coding languages, focusing on javascript throughout. He has a passion for improving environmental conditions, equality and rationality wherever he can.

  Ryan Shu,  Senior Developer  📍Wellington, NZ  Ryan is a senior developer with more than 15 years software development experience. He has worked for a wide range of organisations including big companies, government agencies and startups. He has a passion for application development and enjoys creating high quality and attractive software.

Ryan Shu, Senior Developer

📍Wellington, NZ

Ryan is a senior developer with more than 15 years software development experience. He has worked for a wide range of organisations including big companies, government agencies and startups. He has a passion for application development and enjoys creating high quality and attractive software.

  Nandini (Nanz) Nair,  Product Design Lead  📍Wellington, NZ  Nanz is a product and brand designer who loves to design with purpose. She has a background in social impact projects across start ups, social enterprises, universities and non-profits in Wellington. She enjoys rapid prototyping and often puts her skills to the test at hackathons. At night, she dreams of a more peaceful, equal and sustainable world.

Nandini (Nanz) Nair, Product Design Lead

📍Wellington, NZ

Nanz is a product and brand designer who loves to design with purpose. She has a background in social impact projects across start ups, social enterprises, universities and non-profits in Wellington. She enjoys rapid prototyping and often puts her skills to the test at hackathons. At night, she dreams of a more peaceful, equal and sustainable world.

  Sofia Luz,  Impact Advisor  📍Wellington, NZ  With a background in sustainability and science, Sofia is part of CoGo’s impact team and leads our business accreditation systems. Prior to joining CoGo, she was living in Queensland, where she worked with a focus in marine conservation. Sofia is very passionate about sustainability and does whatever she can to ensure she is always walking her talk. When not at work, you can find her swimming, diving, dancing or hanging out outdoors with friends and family.

Sofia Luz, Impact Advisor

📍Wellington, NZ

With a background in sustainability and science, Sofia is part of CoGo’s impact team and leads our business accreditation systems. Prior to joining CoGo, she was living in Queensland, where she worked with a focus in marine conservation. Sofia is very passionate about sustainability and does whatever she can to ensure she is always walking her talk. When not at work, you can find her swimming, diving, dancing or hanging out outdoors with friends and family.

  Jean Mexted,  Marketing Manager  📍Wellington, NZ  Jean makes sure that the good work the CoGo community is doing reaches the ears of conscious consumers, businesses and organisations around New Zealand. With experience that ranges across agency, corporate and government marketing roles, she believes that change can be brought about through connections, and is convinced of the power that data has to drive decision-making and grow the conscious movement. She is committed to improving her individual sustainable impact (and uses CoGo to do so), and is happiest in the mountains with a good book nearby.

Jean Mexted, Marketing Manager

📍Wellington, NZ

Jean makes sure that the good work the CoGo community is doing reaches the ears of conscious consumers, businesses and organisations around New Zealand. With experience that ranges across agency, corporate and government marketing roles, she believes that change can be brought about through connections, and is convinced of the power that data has to drive decision-making and grow the conscious movement. She is committed to improving her individual sustainable impact (and uses CoGo to do so), and is happiest in the mountains with a good book nearby.

  Russell Golding,  Operations Administrator & Customer Success Advisor  📍Wellington, NZ  Russell is passionate about supporting businesses in their sustainability journey and bringing visibility to their good practices. This flame for sustainability was lit during his undergraduate studies in psychology and political science. With further studies in sustainable practice and regenerative agriculture, he’s been involved both on the ground and in the office with several NGO's in New Zealand, Australia and India. Russell believes collective action will transform our world.

Russell Golding, Operations Administrator & Customer Success Advisor

📍Wellington, NZ

Russell is passionate about supporting businesses in their sustainability journey and bringing visibility to their good practices. This flame for sustainability was lit during his undergraduate studies in psychology and political science. With further studies in sustainable practice and regenerative agriculture, he’s been involved both on the ground and in the office with several NGO's in New Zealand, Australia and India. Russell believes collective action will transform our world.

 
 

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