The Team

Consisting of market experts and academic researchers, Universal Owner's team works at the nexus of finance, climate, and data
Thomas O'Neill
Founder
Before Universal Owner, Thomas O’Neill co-founded InfluenceMap where he led the development of its analysis of corporate lobbying and FinanceMap to benchmark the climate performance of asset managers until June 2020. Thomas has worked internationally in Canada and Germany and has a degree in Politics and an MSc in International Security and Global Governance from Birkbeck, University of London. Thomas is on the 2018 Forbes 30 under 30 list for Europe Law and Policy.
Kate Mackenzie
Advisor​
Kate Mackenzie is an independent consultant who advises organisations pursuing the Paris Agreement goals on climate change, particularly in relation to finance and economics, strategy, and communication. She is also a regular contributor for Bloomberg Green, where she writes the "Stranded Assets" column. Kate was formerly director of Finance, Policy and Decision Metrics at Climate-KIC Australia, and before that, Head of Finance & investment at The Climate Institute. Prior to that she worked as a financial journalist at the Financial Times in London and Sydney, including as founding editor of FT Energy Source and Asia correspondent for FT Alphaville.  She is a member of the stakeholder advisory committee for the NESP Hub, an Australian science research network, and a fellow at the Centre for Policy Development, an independent, research-focused thinktank. 
Louis Fletcher
Senior Research Fellow
Louis recently graduated from a PhD at the University of Edinburgh in Politics. Before that, he read for an MPhil in the History Faculty of the University of Cambridge. He has undertaken research in the past for organisations including Campaign Against the Arms Trade and the 'Judging Political Violence' project, and has won awards for his writing on existential risk and climate change from The Future of Humanity Institute and The Guardian. 
Nia Hunjan
Analyst
Nia graduated with an MSc in Carbon Management from the University of Edinburgh where her research focus was on power relations in climate change decision making. Before this she studied Politics, Philosophy and Economics at Goldsmiths University. She has previously undertaken internships at the Greater London Authority and at the pressure group Compass, researching as part of its progressive alliance general election campaign. 
Sam Brown
Analyst
Sam recently graduated from the University of Cambridge with a BA (Double First) and MPhil (Distinction) in English, writing prize-winning theses on ecological psychology and cyclical economic narratives. He has previously worked at The Week and The Sunday Times, where he conducted research into the financial underpinnings of climate disasters. At Cambridge, Sam edited Varsity and The Cambridge Globalist, while also publishing multiple columns on the intersections of indigenous rights, global health, and climate policy. 
Lucia Saborio Perez
Analyst
Lucia recently graduated with an LLB in Politics, Philosophy and Law at King’s College London, and is undertaking a part-time LLM in Environmental Law and Policy at UCL. While an undergraduate, she received a bursary to undertake a research fellowship in Climate Finance Law. She has also undertaken legal research assistance and provided legal advice through her university’s legal clinic in international law, international human rights law and environmental law. Lucia is committed to using law as a tool for change to achieve a just energy transition and a climate-stable planet.  
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Syed Hashmi
Analyst
Syed is currently studying Geography and Economics at the LSE.  He has previously completed placements at PWC, KPMG and Dubai Islamic Bank.  Syed joined Universal Owner as a research analyst hoping to gain a deeper understanding of financial institutions and how they can bring about indelible systemic change. Before Universal Owner Syed has been actively involved in volunteering and was the co-founder of Eik Koshish, an NGO based in Pakistan dedicated to reducing plastic pollution on beaches