Before co-founding CQC, Dr. Ken Newcombe was Managing Director at Goldman Sachs in the Fixed Income, Currency and Commodities Division in New York; Vice-Chair and Co-manager of Carbon Markets for Climate Change Capital. Before joining the private sector, Ken pioneered the global carbon trade at the World Bank, where he launched and managed eight carbon funds with one billion dollars under management.

He has a doctorate in the epidemiology of the energy/natural resource management health nexus from the John Curtin School of Medical Research, Australian National University and Business Management training from Harvard Business School.

Before coming to the United States, he was CEO of the Papua New Guinea Power Utility and Founding Head of Energy Planning for PNG. As an intrapreneur in the World Bank, Ken led the World Banks pilot phase of the Global Environment Facility which established the basis for one billion a year permanent GEF to support the incremental costs of aligning investment decisions with externalities of global environmental change and pioneered the investment portfolio of the Multilateral Fund of the Montreal Protocol to phase our ozone-depleting substances. He established the Forest Market Transformation Initiative which led to the launch of the leading NGO Forest Trends and its Ecosystem Marketplace and the successful Global Alliance for Forest Conservation and Sustainable use with the World Wildlife Fund.