We are a group of passionate people who believe the purchasing power of 'conscious consumers' can transform the way business operate and create positive change in our world. Building an engaging, functional and beautiful platform is what gets us out of bed each morning. Measuring and sharing the positive impact our Conscious Consumers community is having on critical issues comes a pretty close second.

Our global team is based in London (UK) and Wellington (NZ). Here they are:

 

Leadership team

  Ben Gleisner,  CEO & Co-Founder  📍London  Ben co-founded Conscious Consumers / CoGo while working at the New Zealand Treasury (where he led the development of the Living Standards Framework). An economist, environmentalist and social entrepreneur, his vision is a world where consumers and businesses work together for the good of people and the planet. Ben has recently moved to London with his wife and two children.

Ben Gleisner, CEO & Co-Founder

📍London

Ben co-founded Conscious Consumers / CoGo while working at the New Zealand Treasury (where he led the development of the Living Standards Framework). An economist, environmentalist and social entrepreneur, his vision is a world where consumers and businesses work together for the good of people and the planet. Ben has recently moved to London with his wife and two children.

  Yossi Goldsmith,  Managing Director UK Market Growth  📍London

Yossi Goldsmith, Managing Director UK Market Growth

📍London

  David Clearwater,  COO  📍Wellington, NZ  David leads our HQ and New Zealand teams out of Wellington. He has spent the majority of his career running digital teams, spanning enterprise (Vodafone), startup (Milkround Online), and agency (DNA Design). Prior to this role, David was coaching social enterprises at Ākina Foundation, facilitating Startup Weekend Wellington, and chairing the Conscious Consumers / CoGo board.

David Clearwater, COO

📍Wellington, NZ

David leads our HQ and New Zealand teams out of Wellington. He has spent the majority of his career running digital teams, spanning enterprise (Vodafone), startup (Milkround Online), and agency (DNA Design). Prior to this role, David was coaching social enterprises at Ākina Foundation, facilitating Startup Weekend Wellington, and chairing the Conscious Consumers / CoGo board.

  Melissa Keys,  Head of Impact & Co-Founder  📍Wellington, NZ  Melissa's mission is to enable our community to create more positive environmental and social change in our world through ensuring Conscious Consumers / CoGo has a robust impact model and impact framework. She is passionate about living sustainably and has ten years experience in business, central and local government sustainability roles in New Zealand.

Melissa Keys, Head of Impact & Co-Founder

📍Wellington, NZ

Melissa's mission is to enable our community to create more positive environmental and social change in our world through ensuring Conscious Consumers / CoGo has a robust impact model and impact framework. She is passionate about living sustainably and has ten years experience in business, central and local government sustainability roles in New Zealand.


Product and Design team

  Sam Gleisner,  Product Manager  📍Wellington, NZ  As Product Manager, Sam works with the team to understand and define what our consumer and business members need. Prior to joining the Conscious Consumers / CoGo team, Sam was a Senior Business Analyst in central government, and has held roles in central government administration, and executive search.

Sam Gleisner, Product Manager

📍Wellington, NZ

As Product Manager, Sam works with the team to understand and define what our consumer and business members need. Prior to joining the Conscious Consumers / CoGo team, Sam was a Senior Business Analyst in central government, and has held roles in central government administration, and executive search.

  Nandini (Nanz) Nair,  Design/UX Lead  📍Wellington, NZ  Nanz is a product and brand designer who loves to design with purpose. She has a background in social impact projects across start ups, social enterprises, universities and non-profits in Wellington. She enjoys rapid prototyping and often puts her skills to the test at hackathons. At night, she dreams of a more peaceful, equal and sustainable world.

Nandini (Nanz) Nair, Design/UX Lead

📍Wellington, NZ

Nanz is a product and brand designer who loves to design with purpose. She has a background in social impact projects across start ups, social enterprises, universities and non-profits in Wellington. She enjoys rapid prototyping and often puts her skills to the test at hackathons. At night, she dreams of a more peaceful, equal and sustainable world.

  Ryan Shu,  Senior Developer  📍Wellington, NZ  Ryan is a senior developer with more than 15 years software development experience. He has worked for a wide range of organisations including big companies, government agencies and startups. He has a passion for application development and enjoys creating high quality and attractive software.

Ryan Shu, Senior Developer

📍Wellington, NZ

Ryan is a senior developer with more than 15 years software development experience. He has worked for a wide range of organisations including big companies, government agencies and startups. He has a passion for application development and enjoys creating high quality and attractive software.

  Julian Gommans,  Frontend Developer  📍Wellington, NZ  Julian is an intermediate-senior front end developer with some experience working in backends. He has worked with several small businesses and startups in his career and developed in a wide range of coding languages, focusing on javascript throughout. He has a passion for improving environmental conditions, equality and rationality wherever he can.

Julian Gommans, Frontend Developer

📍Wellington, NZ

Julian is an intermediate-senior front end developer with some experience working in backends. He has worked with several small businesses and startups in his career and developed in a wide range of coding languages, focusing on javascript throughout. He has a passion for improving environmental conditions, equality and rationality wherever he can.


Marketing, Sales and Impact team

  Jean Mexted,  Marketing Manager  📍Wellington, NZ  Jean makes sure that the good work the CoGo community is doing reaches the ears of conscious consumers, businesses and organisations around New Zealand. With experience that ranges across agency, corporate and government marketing roles, she believes that change can be brought about through connections, and is convinced of the power that data has to drive decision-making and grow the conscious movement.

Jean Mexted, Marketing Manager

📍Wellington, NZ

Jean makes sure that the good work the CoGo community is doing reaches the ears of conscious consumers, businesses and organisations around New Zealand. With experience that ranges across agency, corporate and government marketing roles, she believes that change can be brought about through connections, and is convinced of the power that data has to drive decision-making and grow the conscious movement.

  Russell Golding,  Ops Admin & Customer Success Advisor  📍Wellington, NZ  Russell is passionate about supporting businesses in their sustainability journey and bringing visibility to their good practices. This flame for sustainability was lit during his undergraduate studies in psychology and political science. With further studies in sustainable practice and regenerative agriculture, he’s been involved both on the ground and in the office with several NGO's in New Zealand, Australia and India.

Russell Golding, Ops Admin & Customer Success Advisor

📍Wellington, NZ

Russell is passionate about supporting businesses in their sustainability journey and bringing visibility to their good practices. This flame for sustainability was lit during his undergraduate studies in psychology and political science. With further studies in sustainable practice and regenerative agriculture, he’s been involved both on the ground and in the office with several NGO's in New Zealand, Australia and India.

  Sofia Luz,  Impact Advisor  📍Wellington, NZ  With a background in sustainability and science, Sofia is part of CoGo’s impact team and leads our business accreditation systems. Prior to joining CoGo, she was living in Queensland, where she worked with a focus in marine conservation. Sofia is very passionate about sustainability and does whatever she can to ensure she is always walking her talk. When not at work, you can find her swimming, diving, dancing or hanging out outdoors with friends and family.

Sofia Luz, Impact Advisor

📍Wellington, NZ

With a background in sustainability and science, Sofia is part of CoGo’s impact team and leads our business accreditation systems. Prior to joining CoGo, she was living in Queensland, where she worked with a focus in marine conservation. Sofia is very passionate about sustainability and does whatever she can to ensure she is always walking her talk. When not at work, you can find her swimming, diving, dancing or hanging out outdoors with friends and family.

  Leonie Jarret,  UK Community Manager  📍London, UK

Leonie Jarret, UK Community Manager

📍London, UK

  Alan Duval,  UK Sales Support  📍London, UK

Alan Duval, UK Sales Support

📍London, UK

  TBC,  NZ Market Manager  📍Wellington, NZ   —>    We’re hiring!

TBC, NZ Market Manager

📍Wellington, NZ

—> We’re hiring!

 

Ops and Admin team

  Alex,  NZ Operations Administrator  📍Wellington, NZ

Alex, NZ Operations Administrator

📍Wellington, NZ

 

Think you’ve got what it takes to join our team and change the world? Check out our careers page!