Meet the Team

Dr Cristiano Marantes

Dr Cristiano Marantes

Chief Executive

Dr Cristiano Marantes is a highly experienced energy sector executive with an extensive engineering background and an informed worldview on the potential of technologies and business opportunities that will likely emerge in a low-emissions energy future. Personally, he brings to the position a life-long passion for enabling this future, through strong leadership, innovation and knowledge of new low-emissions energy solutions.

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Jonathan Young

Jonathan Young

Head of Policy, Research & Insights

For the past 12 years, Jonathan served the MP for the New Plymouth electorate. Through his role as Energy & Resources spokesman, he travelled throughout New Zealand gaining a thorough knowledge of the integrated energy system. He has travelled overseas gaining insight into other countries energy systems, gaining a broad understanding of the global energy transition.

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Lucy Graydon

Lucy Graydon

Operations Manager

Lucy has a background in law, strategy and policy and extensive experience working for purpose-driven organisations across private sector, not-for-profit, central, state and local government. She is passionately committed to the kaupapa of supporting a strong and resilient energy sector to underpin the transition to a low-emissions future.

Germán Pérez Gaido

Germán Pérez Gaido

Project Manager

Germán has broad experience in engineering, project management, asset valuation and asset developments. After more than a decade of working in the Oil & Gas industry, he decided to join the low emissions energy industry. Germán is completing a Master of Energy which provides him with the tools needed to transfer his experience, allowing him to contribute to developing a clean energy world and a better future for the next generations.

Caroline Gunn

Caroline Gunn

Communications & Digital Manager

Caroline played a key role in establishing Ara Ake through her role as Project Coordinator & Researcher at Venture Taranaki. Prior to that she was the Transitional Economy Coordinator at Venture Taranaki and assisted in the delivery of the Taranaki 2050 Roadmap and the developing Transition Pathway Action Plans. Caroline holds a Bachelor of Commerce in marketing and management and is passionate and committed to a strong new energy sector for Aotearoa.

Rebecca Buis

Rebecca Buis

Finance Manager

As our Finance Manager, Rebecca is responsible for overseeing the day-to-day management of the finances, producing timely, accurate financial information, budget planning and comprehensive support to the Chief Executive, Board, and Aka Ake team.

Prior to joining Ara Ake, Rebecca was the Finance and Administration Manager at Venture Taranaki where she worked for 16 years.

Glen Baxter

Glen Baxter

Business Analyst

Glen is an engineer with broad knowledge spanning the energy system, with particular experience in providing decarbonisation solutions for industrial sites. With his early work being in the Taranaki petrochemical industry, his passion now lies in supporting a resilient energy sector that is transitioning to a low-emissions future. As a part of this, Glen’s interest is to help bring about an energy transition that is both efficient and just for Aotearoa businesses.