Sean Penrith


Sean has travelled a deep trajectory of sustainability and climate change over the past two decades. He has built both for-profit and not-for-profit organizations around the globe that enabled him to develop his acumen for company building, sustainability, ESG, triple bottom line risk management, climate change, environmental policy, climate finance, impact investing, and environmental markets. Sean is a seasoned international business development executive and is passionate about developing market mechanisms for mitigating climate change impacts and revealing value for triple bottom line strategies.   

Sean previously held the positions of Managing Director of Thetus Corp, CEO of Climate Trust Capital, and as Executive Director of The Climate Trust for five years. Gordian Knot Strategies (GKS) is a strategic value-based consulting company with national and international scope. Clients in the U.S., Europe, Africa, and Latin America include endowments, impact investors, agencies, not-for-profits, multi-national corporations, and high net worth family offices.  

GKS has superior competency in developing comprehensive go-to-market strategies, designing and procuring environmental asset portfolios, impact fund design, ESG reporting, and structuring climate finance and investment mechanisms. Sean is frequently engaged as trusted advisor to support the deployment of ambitious high impact initiatives. He is currently the Senior Technical Advisor to the Integrity Council for the Voluntary Carbon Market (ICVCM), an independent governance body for the voluntary carbon market aiming to ensure the voluntary carbon market accelerates a just transition to 1.5C. 

 Sean presents regularly on topics that include climate finance, climate smart agriculture, carbon mechanisms, policy, and markets, the future of sustainability, and climate change. His love is being aboard his sailboat sailing with his family.