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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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. German 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.