The Executive Team

With extensive experience developing, managing and operating businesses internationally across aviation, fintech and carbon trading, CTX Global have the capabilities to support our mutual goals in reducing global greenhouse gas emissions.

Wayne Sharpe
Chairman & Founder

Wayne is a pioneer in the digital age, utilising the internet’s global reach to link people with products through electronic exchange platforms. 

After selling Bartercard’s flagship operation in Australia in 2007 ($25.5 million), Wayne attended the UN climate change conference in Bali, and shifted his technological and entrepreneurial skills to the global challenge of climate change. For the past 15 years Wayne has devoted himself to bridging the nexus between financial markets and the environment, creating marketplaces and platforms that make it simple, secure and transparent for finance to achieve environmental outcomes.

Lee Barton
Executive Director & Chief Operating Officer

Lee has spent the last 22 years managing multiple exchanges and exchange technology and currently manages all operations at Carbon Trade Exchange (CTX).

Previous Director and Executive Manager for Bartercard International for 18 years.

An extremely efficient person capable of implementing and driving a wide range of business-critical initiatives and programmes. Lee oversees the delivery of all new development projects and enhancements to existing IP.


Valentina Kasyanenko
Client Services & Trading

6+ years experience in client services, business development.

B2B Sales and Business Development sales across a wide range of carbon-producing industries

Bachelor of Economics (Durham), MBA & Master in International Business & Level 7 Strategic Management from The Chartered Management Institute.


Melanie Pickering
Operations Manager

Melanie Pickering is the Operational Manager for the Gem Global Group and is based out of Australia.  She is responsible for the Administration, Finance and Human Resource requirements across all continents.

Being a part of CTX and its Mission is fundamentally important to Melanie and she is passionate about the future of the planet and all it’s inhabitants.

 “The work we do here at CTX is incredibly important and to see so many companies now joining CTX to voluntarily offset their carbon footprint is so encouraging and I feel now there is hope for the future”

With 25+ years experience in Operational Management, Melanie brings her specialist banking and FX knowledge to the CTX Team.


Joelle Rahme

Joelle has over 25 years of government and private sector experience where she has lead negotiations and execution of private-public partnerships to the benefit of the government, country and private sector entering new domestic and international markets in current and future markets. 

Joelle has worked with governments and businesses across Asia, Africa and South America providing solutions to new markets and generating US$billions of revenue for both governments, citizens and businesses.