Steering Committee

CCF’s Steering Committee is responsible for the strategic direction and development of CCF as well as developing key linkages with China’s climate change stakeholders. CCF’s Steering Committee is a group of professionals representing Chinese and international organizations and companies operating in the energy, consulting, government and non-profit sectors in China.

Dr. Anton Smitsendonk, Chairman

Born in the Netherlands, Dr. Anton Smitsendonk studied law at the University of Utrecht, and banking at the NIBE, Amsterdam. He also took courses on the creation of new enterprises at the University of California, Los Angeles. He obtained a doctorate in law in the USA. Dr. Smitsendonk was Netherlands Ambassador to China (1981-1986) and later to the OECD in Paris (1987-1992). His diplomatic functions took him earlier to Yugoslavia, Italy, Brazil, (Sao Paulo), the United States (two terms in Washington), Indonesia, Turkey, and Paris (OECD). In the Academie Diplomatique Internationale de Paris,he founded a working group of refugee political leaders from former Yugoslavia. Since leaving his diplomatic career, Dr. Smitsendonk serves now as the National Commissioner for Thailand and for Indonesia in the International Chamber of Commerce, the World Business Organization, where he participates in Commissions on Environment and Energy, Trade and investment and financial services.

Mr. Dimitri de Boer, Vice Chair

As Team Leader for EU Programs of United Nations Industrial Development Organization in China, Dimitri de Boer has an extensive track record of carrying out international cooperation projects from 2003 to date. He is widely recognized in China’s environmental community for developing successful and innovative new projects on low carbon development, environment, energy and climate change; for rapid progression in a new ocean energy technology known as Dynamic Tidal Power; and for contributing to a series of World Bank projects on sustainable urban development. He has been awarded a special foreign expert permit (basis for working visa) by the Chinese government for outstanding contributions to environmental protection. Mr. De Boer has studied Chinese language in Beijing, and has a Masters of Business Administration degree with distinction marks from Edinburgh. Mr. De Boer is highly fluent in Chinese, Thai, English and Dutch, and has lived and worked in Asia since 1994.

Ms. Chaoni Huang, Treasurer

Chaoni Huang joined Trucost in 2012 as the Head of Business Development in Asia, a leading environmental data consultancy that helps organizations worldwide to understanding the economic consequences of natural capital dependency. Prior to Trucost, Chaoni was a senior ESG (Environment, Social, and Governance) investment analyst at MSCI in London and Beijing, and was instrumental in the team and research expansion in China and India. Between 2006 and 2007, Chaoni worked as a project manager at the UNEP Finance Initiative in Geneva. Chaoni is also an executive board member of China Carbon Forum, a guest researcher for the China Economy and Sustainable Development Centre at the Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business, and a regular public speaker on environmental matters in Asia. Chaoni has an honours degree in Economics from the University of Warwick (UK) and is fluent in English, Mandarin and Cantonese.

Mr. Calvin Quek, Steering Committee Member

Calvin Quek, based in Beijing, China, is head of Greenpeace East Asia’s Sustainable Finance Program and leads its engagement of the financial community. Calvin served as the first Executive Director of the Beijing Energy Network, which brings together energy and environment professionals in China. Prior to joining Greenpeace, he was with Citigroup for close to a decade, with the investment research team in Singapore, and led Citigroup Singapore’s CSR & Volunteerism committee in 2008. Calvin has an MBA from Peking University, and an MSc in Wealth Management from Singapore Management University.

Mr. Hugh Kater, Steering Committee Member

Mr. Hugh Kater is the China representative for the US nuclear waste services firm, EnergySolutions. Mr. Kater acted as China Carbon Forum’s General Manager from 2011 to 2014, where he drove the organisations’ planning and strategic development. Hugh’s achievements include developing CCF’s research services and communications arms, and tripling the organisations revenue between 2012 and 2014. Mr. Kater co-authored China’s first Carbon pricing survey in 2013. He conducted more than 20 high-level climate change events in Beijing; and established new cooperation with Governments, consulting firms, and academic institutions. Prior to 2011, Mr Kater worked in the private sector in Australia, including in corporate environmental program management and procurement. Mr Kater holds a Masters degree in Environmental Management & Development from the Australian National University. He has lived in China since 2011 and is proficient in Chinese.


Mr. Federico Abbasciano, Council to the Chairman

Federico Abbasciano is an associate at Strategy613, where he works on projects in sectors including energy, real estate, commercial banking and F&B, as well as in-house research on Chinese elite politics and economic reforms. Federico holds an MSc in Modern Chinese Studies from the University of Oxford and an MA in East Asian Studies from Ca’ Foscari University, Venice (Italy). Federico is fluent in Chinese, English, Italian and French.