Welcoming Bianca Rahill-Marier to the NCX team!
Cheryl Sansonetti
Cheryl Sansonetti
21 March, 2022 min read

We are excited to announce Bianca Rahill-Marier has joined the NCX team as Head of New Markets. In this role Bianca will lead a new team responsible for expanding NCX’s programs to countries outside of the United States, starting with Mexico and Canada in 2022. 

Before joining NCX, Bianca spent over eight years at Palantir Technologies, an enterprise data software company. There she led international business development in Europe and Asia for several years, followed by three years as a Product Management Lead for Palantir’s software platform. Bianca also held the role of Sustainability General Manager, overseeing Palantir’s first public climate pledge and reporting cycle as well as development and sales of a carbon accounting module.

Bianca holds a BSc and MSc in environmental engineering from Columbia University. She was part of the inaugural Sustainable Engineering Graduate Scholars program funded by the NSF, and completed her thesis research at the Columbia Water Center.

I sat down with Bianca to discuss her career and vision for NCX.

Q: Why did you decide to join the NCX team?

I wanted to join a company with potential for direct near-term impact on the climate crisis. Coming from a decade in tech, there were climate tech companies closer to my network, but I felt many of them were safe software plays that weren’t really getting involved in the most complex and scary parts of the crisis. Every effort matters, but NCX appealed to me because they are diving into the complexity of actually creating landscape-level change at scale. The challenge and tangible impact were hard to resist.

I’ve spent the past decade in business development and product across a range of industries, so I was thrilled to join a team with deep roots in forestry and natural capital economics. Aside from being an incredible opportunity to learn, NCX’s track record gave me confidence in the integrity of the NCX team and their deep connection to the field and especially to stakeholders like landowners and foresters. That initial impression has been confirmed in my first few months; while we are constantly learning and improving in a fast-moving industry, the internal bar we hold for our work and its impact is incredibly high.

Q: Can you tell me about your work developing Palantir’s first public climate pledge? 

This was a ground-up initiative that started as a ‘hack week’ project led by a small group of employees who were motivated to increase visibility of our internal emissions footprint. At the time, I was looking to get closer to my roots in the environmental space, and one of the things I was able to do was take this nascent effort under my umbrella and give it some resources and support to grow. We worked not only on Palantir’s first climate pledge, but also focused a lot of our efforts on how to work with some of our customers to support their net zero efforts. Our approach focused heavily on how Palantir could uniquely impact the space by applying our core competencies in data integration and modeling; we used our own software to do our carbon accounting. What we discovered in doing our own accounting – as well as that of many customers –  is that one of the hardest parts of carbon accounting is the data integration required to build an integrated view of complex operations and products. If you have an end product made up of 30 different components coming from dozens of suppliers, it’s an incredible challenge to understand where you can make long-term changes that reduce your footprint. Multiply that by millions of different unique SKUs, and you get complexity that is incredibly difficult for companies to change quickly. It was obvious that beyond low-hanging fruit, changes might take years to unfold and that emphasized to me the importance of high-quality credits to deliver near-term climate impact. 

Q: What do you see as the potential for NCX’s program outside of the U.S.?

NCX aims to be the number one provider of nature positive forest carbon credits – within and outside of the U.S. I’m especially excited about reaching more landowners who don’t have access to carbon markets today. Our objective in any program is to lower cost and complexity of participation through our technology and methodology, and therefore allow forests to remain standing for longer. At times this will look similar to our harvest deferral program in the U.S.; working with private landowners who harvest for timber. I’m especially excited to have NCX expand to areas where we are addressing other drivers of forest loss – such as expanding agricultural or grazing land – and interfacing with a greater diversity of land ownership models and economic drivers of deforestation. 

Our goal in 2022 is to identify some of the key differences we’ll need to incorporate into our program and to work towards demonstrating those extensions on a smaller scale, before expanding more broadly in 2023.

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Cheryl Sansonetti

Cheryl Sansonetti

Director of Marketing
Cheryl is Director of Marketing at NCX. Prior to joining NCX, Cheryl was a marketing leader at global customer experience management company, Merkle. She was nominated as a "Mobile Woman to Watch" for helping to shape the emerging mobile technology space while at a mobile technology start-up and worked in production for feature animated films. Cheryl earned her MBA from University of San Francisco's Business School.