Our Team

  • Martijn Wilder AM 

    Martijn is head of Baker and McKenzie’s Global Climate Change where he focuses on climate change law and policy, climate and conservation finance and climate change projects and investments.  He is Chair of the Baker & McKenzie Law for Development Initiative. His other roles include Honorary Professor of Climate Change Law at the Australian National University, Chair of the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA), Chair WWF (Australia) and a Director of the Climate Council. He holds advisory roles as Chair of the NSW Climate Change Council, a Governing Board Member of the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership (REEEP) and as a member of the Wentworth Group of Concerned Scientists. He has written widely especially on climate change law, environmental law and Antarctica. In June 2018 Martijn was awarded the Financial Times, Legal Innovator of the Year Award.  In 2012, Martijn was awarded a Member of the Order of Australia in recognition for “service to environmental law, particularly in the area of climate change through contributions to the development of law, global regulation, public policy and the promotion of public debate, and to the community”. Mr Wilder holds a Bachelor of Economics (Hons) from the University of Sydney, LLB Honours from the Australian National University, LLM from the University of Cambridge and has studied at the Hague Academy Centre for Studies and Research in International Law and International Relations. He is also a Graduate Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

    Sam Johnston

    Sam developed, managed and successfully delivered the first phase of the International Savanna Fire Management Initiative feasibility study from 2011-2015.  He has worked on the Technology around the world for over a decade.  Sam also has over 20 years’ experience in delivering international climate and development projects for a range of donors.  He is a qualified legal practitioner in Australia and has 29 years of legal experience in many developed countries and developing countries across all regions of the world.  He also has 25 years of relevant experience in international legal practice, in a wide variety of contexts, including in private practice, an international merchant bank, the UN and two of the most internationally prominent universities.

    Ariadne Gorring

    Ari has over 20 years of experience working with the Kimberley Land Council in Indigenous led cultural conservation, community development and native title. For over a decade Ari worked with a team and many partners to establish a system of Indigenous Protected Areas covering 90,000km2 – ¼ of the Kimberley region – managed by the Kimberley Ranger Network employing more than 100 Indigenous cultural conservation managers.  In recent times, Ari led the registration of the North Kimberley Fire Abatement Project which now an Indigenous owned savanna carbon project covering an area of 32,000 km2 that has generated and sold into compliance and voluntary markets over 555,000 Australian Carbon Credit Units.

    Professor Jeremy Russell-Smith

    Jeremy is a consultant ecologist with 35 years’ experience in northern Australia. He coordinates fire research programs for the Darwin Centre for Bushfire Research and works on other natural resource management projects in South-East Asia. He has an abiding interest in the ecology, biogeography and management of savannas, monsoon rainforests and sandstone heaths. He often works with Indigenous people on landscape and resource management issues. Professor Russell-Smith has authored many articles and books on traditional approaches to fire management, fire ecology, and savanna burning greenhouse gas accounting methodologies, and is a leading global expert in this field.

    Lauren Drake

    Lauren Drake is an Associate within Baker McKenzie’s Global Climate Change Team specialising in climate change and renewable energy law. Lauren advises on climate change policy, focusing on building enabling environments for climate change action in developing countries, along with advising on carbon markets and emissions trading, including drafting emissions reduction purchase agreements for various Australian and international carbon abatement projects. Lauren holds a Bachelor of Science (Advanced) and a Juris Doctor from the University of Sydney. She is an alumni of the Centre for Sustainability Leadership Fellowship Program and the Wentworth Group of Concerned Scientists Master Class.