AbsoluteClimo LLC

AbsoluteClimo LLC is a U.S. (Honolulu) headquartered world leading business-to-business climate forecasting and risk management company founded by pioneering reputable climatologists, meteorologists and seasoned entrepreneurs with accomplished industry track record including NASDAQ/NMS listing and successful M&A. We also have an outstanding multi-continental global advisory team. Contact AbsoluteClimo: info@absoluteclimo.com

AbsoluteClimo Co-Founders

Melissa Barrington

Melissa is a climatologist and physical meteorologist with over 25 years of experience as weather and climate practitioner. Melissa has worked as an on-camera television, radio, social media meteorologist for The Weather Channel, ABC, NBC, CBS and Fox TV in America. In 2001, Melissa received the International Americas Award from the International Weather Conference/Festival in Paris, France, where Melissa presented and fielded questions on climate and climate change.

Melissa authored The Barrington Report (monthly reports including seasonal climate forecasts and related discussions on droughts, floods, heat waves, El Niño / La Niña) in partnership with WeatherLabs. Melissa holds a B.S. degree in Meteorology from Northern Illinois University.

Brendan Lane Larson

Brendan is a climatologist, physical meteorologist and seasoned entrepreneur who previously founded WeatherLabs where he created its weather analytics software and intellectual property foundation on NextStep™®. WeatherLabs pioneered online and web-based delivery of weather services to marquee customers including American Express Travel, America Online (AOL), Apple, Excite, News Corp., and The Microsoft Network (MSN), along with strategic technology partners NeXT (acquired by Apple), Nokia and Sun Microsystems (Java).

Brendan helped take WeatherLabs public on the NASDAQ stock exchange (NMS listed) as the world's first publicly-held online weather company, and helped negotiate a $12M e-commerce marketing alliance with America Online. WeatherLabs was later acquired by The Weather Channel / weather.com prior to the $3.5B NBC Universal, Bain Capital, Blackstone acquisition.

Brendan taught the world's first graduate course on Environmental Finance Weather Derivatives at the University of Hawaii's Master's of Financial Engineering program, co-founded and co-invested in the program's hedge fund. Brendan has been a discussant on climate change, finance and weather risk management panels at the UH School of Ocean and Earth Science Technology, and is an invited business school guest lecturer on enterprise risk management / insurance.

Brendan has been quoted by The Wall Street Journal and interviewed by ABC News Nightline and CNN Headline News. Brendan holds a B.S. in Meteorology from Northern Illinois University / John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences University of North Dakota.

AbsoluteClimo Advisors

Sudhir Ispahani

Sudhir Ispahani founder and CEO of Alpha Global Partners LLC, serves on numerous boards/advisory boards and is an investor in emerging technology firms in Silicon Valley. Having served previously, as the Chief Technology Officer and Chairman of the Technology Board for Liberty Global, United Pan European Communications and Chello Broadband. Sudhir was responsible for the strategic technology roadmap and implementation of triple play services serving 15 million subscribers across Liberty Global Europe and its affiliated subsidiaries. He led the  architecture, engineering and operations efforts to establish broadband hvideo, voice and high speed internet across Europe.

Sudhir was the first founding President of EuroCableLabs, the center for vendor testing/certification, emerging technology testing and technology standards development for digital broadband technologies in Europe.

In 2003, Sudhir was awarded Europe’s prestigious (Euro 50) as one of the top 50 European executives in the broadband Industry. In 2005, he was also awarded the coveted European Cable & Communications Association Award for his contribution as the founding President of EuroCable Labs.

Prior to Liberty, Sudhir served as Executive Director at MCI (WorldCom) where he pioneered many new and innovative approaches to effectiveness and efficiencies in managing MCI’s network engineering, IT and Operations organizations.

Sudhir has a BS in electronics and telecommunications and a post graduate diploma from The Institute of Telecommunications, Vienna, Austria. He is a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, USA.

Thomas Schmitz

Thomas started his career in 1994 with Deutsche Bank, Germany, initially with Private Wealth Management and then Investment Banking. In 2000 he joined Enron Europe’s physical gas business and then moved to trading European power markets. He then worked in similar trading and sales roles for Aquila, BHP Billiton and BNP Paribas before joining Constellation Global Commodities as Head of Origination for Continental Europe. In 2009 Thomas relocated to Sydney, Australia, taking on the role of Global Head of Business Development for d-cyphaTrade (now ASX Energy).

In 2013 Thomas joined the European Energy Exchange AG where he initially ran their London office as Head of Sales – Clearing & ISV, Coal & Freight. In 2017 he was appointed Head of Sales EEX Group – Global Commodities; Member of the Executive Management Team of Cleartrade Exchange in Singapore; to lead EEX Group’s Global Commodities portfolio and leading the group’s expansion in Asia from Singapore.

Most recently, Thomas joined Goldwind Australia, the World Leader in PMDD Turbine Technology, as Head of Trading, Wholesale Markets & Commercial Analytics. Thomas is also part of the Zero Carbon Project taking on responsibility for developing and launching the global green electricity marketplace.