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Below is a list of the speakers, facilitators and panel guests who appeared at the inaugural World Forum on Natural Capital in November 2013.

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  • Alex Salmond MSP
  • Alex Salmond MSP

    First Minister of Scotland

Alex Salmond was born in Linlithgow in 1954. He attended Linlithgow Academy before studying at St Andrews University, where he graduated with a joint honours MA in Economics and History.

In 1978 he entered the Government Economic Service as an Assistant Economist in the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries for Scotland. In 1980 he joined the Royal Bank of Scotland where he worked for seven years: first as an Assistant Economist before being appointed Energy Economist in 1982, and from 1984 Royal Bank Economist. Mr Salmond is now a visiting Professor of Economics at Strathclyde University.

He was first elected as MP for Banff and Buchan in 1987 and was elected as National Convener for the Scottish National Party in 1990. He served as leader of the opposition in the Scottish Parliament when he was elected MSP for Banff and Buchan Constituency in 1999. He stood down as SNP National Convener in 2000 and left the Scottish Parliament in 2001.

He was re-elected as Leader of the SNP in 2004 and elected as MSP for the Gordon constituency in May 2007.

He became the first ever SNP First Minister of Scotland on 16 May 2007.

  • Jochen Zeitz
  • Jochen Zeitz

    Director and Chairman of the board's Sustainable Development Committee, Kering & Co-Founder and Co-Chair, The B Team

Jochen Zeitz is Director of Kering and Chairman of the board’s sustainable development committee and Co-Founder and Co-Chair of The B Team after having been the CEO of the Sport & Lifestyle division and Chief Sustainability Officer of Kering since 2010. Prior to this, Zeitz served 18 years as Chairman and CEO at PUMA.

Upon becoming PUMA’s CEO in 1993, Zeitz turned it from an undesired brand nearing bankruptcy into one of the top 3 brands in the sporting good industry. He pioneered a ground-breaking environmental profit and loss audit (E P&L) at PUMA that puts a monetary value on the impacts across a businesses supply chain and believes in contributing to a new paradigm of corporate social and environmental sustainability.

In 2008, he founded the Zeitz Foundation for Intercultural Ecosphere Safety to support sustainable solutions that balance conservation, community development, culture, and commerce. In October 2012, Zeitz co-founded The B Team with Sir Richard Branson to help transform the future of business.

Zeitz has been a member of the Board of Directors of Harley-Davidson since 2007 and has also served as the Chair of Harley-Davidson’s sustainability committee since its inception in 2011. He is also a member of the TEEB (The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity) Advisory Board and a Board member of Wilderness Safaris and Chair of its Sustainability Committee.

  • Peter Bakker
  • Peter Bakker

    President, World Business Council for Sustainable Development

Peter Bakker joined the WBCSD in January 2012 after having been involved as a member for a number of years in his role as CEO of TNT NV, the Netherlands based holding company of TNT Express and Royal TNT Post.

Peter is a respected leader in corporate responsibility.  He is the recipient of Clinton Global Citizen Award in 2009 and the SAM Sustainability Leadership Award in 2010, and is a UN WFP Ambassador Against Hunger.

In addition to his role at the WBCSD, Peter is the Chairman of War Child Netherlands; a Co-Chair in the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN-LN); Council member for China Council for International Cooperation (CCICED); and Deputy Chairman for International Integrated Reporting Council (IIRC).

Peter holds a masters degree in Business Economics from the Erasmus University Rotterdam and a Bachelor Degree in Business Administration from the HTS Alkmaar.

  • Julia Marton-Lefevre
  • Julia Marton-Lefevre

    Director General, International Union for Conservation of Nature

Julia is Director General of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), the world’s oldest and largest global environmental organization which brings together states, government institutions, non-governmental organizations, scientists and experts around a unique worldwide partnership.
Prior to this position, she was Rector of the University for Peace, Executive Director of LEAD International and Executive Director of The International Council for Science. She is a member of several boards, including the UN Global Compact, the Geneva-based Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, and Oxford University’s James Martin School. She is a Fellow of the World Academy of Art and Science and a member of the World Future Council. Ms. Marton-Lefèvre has co-authored numerous books and papers. She is a recipient of the AAAS Award for International Cooperation in Science, Chevalier de l’Ordre national de la Légion d’Honneur (France), Chevalier dans l’Ordre de Saint-Charles (Monaco) and the ProNatura award (Hungary). Born in Hungary, Ms. Marton-Lefèvre studied history, ecology and environmental planning in the US and in France.

  • Professor Dieter Helm
  • Professor Dieter Helm

    Chair, Defra Natural Capital Committee

Dieter Helm is a Professor at the University of Oxford and a Fellow in Economics at New College, Oxford. He has chaired the Defra Natural Capital Committee since its inception in March 2012, having previously been chairman of the Economics Academic Panel at  Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs for over a decade.

Dieter is an Associate of the University of Oxford's Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment, and an Associate Editor of the Oxford Review of Economic Policy.

Dieter is a member of the Economics Advisory Group to the UK Secretary of State for Energy & Climate Change. During 2011, Dieter assisted the European Commission in preparing the Energy Roadmap 2050, serving both as a special advisor to the European Commissioner for Energy and as Chairman of the Ad Hoc Advisory Group on the Roadmap.
Previous appointments include: membership of the DTI's Sustainable Energy Policy Advisory Board from 2002 to 2007, the Prime Minister's Council of Science and Technology from 2004 to 2007, and the DTI's Energy Advisory Panel from 1993 to 2003.

Dieter is an Honorary Vice President of the Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire Wildlife Trust.

He has recently published The Climate Crunch (Yale University Press) and is joint editor (with Cameron Hepburn) of Nature in the Balance: the economics of biodiversity, to be published in January 2014 (Oxford University Press).

  • David Jones
  • David Jones

    Global CEO, Havas & Co-Founder, One Young World

Honored by the World Economic Forum as a Young Global Leader, David Jones has distinguished himself as an industry visionary and proponent of corporate responsibility and social change. He is the youngest global CEO in the history of advertising, heading both Havas and Havas Worldwide, and is the only British CEO of a French publicly traded company. He was the driving force behind Kofi Annan’s TckTckTck Campaign for Climate Justice, one of the most successful cause campaigns in history, with 18 million people signing on as climate allies, and is co-founder of One Young World (described by CNN as the “Young Davos”), a nonprofit organization that provides brilliant young people with a global platform through which to effect positive change. He also worked closely with David Cameron and the U.K. Conservative Party from 2007 up to and including Cameron’s election as prime minister in 2010.

David is the creator of the Social Business Idea® and author of best-selling book Who Cares Wins: Why Good Business Is Better Business, published in English in 2011 by Pearson/FT Publishing, with subsequent editions in Arabic, Bulgarian, Chinese, French, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Spanish, and Thai.

David was inducted into the American Advertising Federation’s Hall of Achievement in 2005, was voted one of the two top executives of the decade by readers of Adweek, was nominated as one of CR Magazine’s 2011 Responsible CEOs of the Year, and was named to the "40 Under 40" lists of both Crain's New York Business and Advertising Age. He is a member of the Facebook Client Council. In 2013, the Guardian named David Sustainable Business Leader of the Year in recognition of his ongoing efforts to engage businesses in creating solutions to the world’s most pressing problems.

  • Sir Philip Hampton
  • Sir Philip Hampton

    Chairman, RBS Group

Sir Philip Hampton was appointed to the Board of RBS Group as Deputy Chairman in January 2009 and to the position of Chairman on 3 February 2009.  In November 2009 Philip was appointed a non-executive Director of Anglo American plc.

Philip retired as Chairman of J Sainsbury plc in October 2009 after five years in the Chair and is the former Chairman of UK Financial Investments Limited, the company established to manage the UK Government’s shareholding in banks subscribing to its recapitalisation fund.

He joined the auditors, Coopers & Lybrand, in 1975 and worked in London and West Africa.  In 1981 he joined Lazard Brothers working on mergers and acquisitions, business restructurings and capital markets.  In 1986 Sir Philip was seconded to Lazard Freres,New Yorkand also worked extensively with Lazard Freres inParis.  From 1990, he worked for British Steel plc as Group Finance Director.  He became Group Finance Director of British Gas in July 1996 and BT’s Group Finance Director in October 2000.  From June 2002 until March 2004 he was Finance Director for LloydsTSB.

Sir Philip was a non-executive Director of RMC Group from 2002-2005, Belgacom inBelgiumfrom 2004 - 2010 and a former Vice Chairman of the CBI from 2008-2009.

In 1975 Sir Philip graduated from Lincoln College,Oxford with an MA in English and qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1978. He is an Associate of the Institute of Chartered Accountants.  He obtained an MBA from INSEAD in Fontaine bleau during 1980-1981.

  • Jo Confino
  • Jo Confino

    Executive Editor, The Guardian

Jo Confino is an executive editor of the Guardian,  chairman and editorial director of Guardian Sustainable Business and sustainability consultant to parent company Guardian Media Group (GMG).

As a journalist for the past 24 years, he has worked on regional and national newspapers and websites.

He was Wall Street correspondent for the Daily Telegraph and subsequently finance and business news editor for the Guardian.

As well as producing the Guardian's award-winning annual sustainability audit,  he launched one of the world’s first interactive sustainability reporting websites (

He created a unique multi-stakeholder development project in the Ugandan village of Katine ( and helped create the Guardian Global Development website (

Jo supports the strategic direction for the Guardian Sustainable Business website, as well as chairing events and writing stories, features and blogposts.

He has completed an MSc in Responsibility and Business Practice at the University of Bath and is also a qualified executive coach.

Jo is on the management board of environmental justice NGO Capacity Global and is also a trustee of the charities Theatre for a Change and Chance for Change.

  • Katherine Garrett-Cox
  • Katherine Garrett-Cox

    Chief Executive, Alliance Trust

Katherine Garrett-Cox was appointed Chief Executive of Alliance Trust PLC in September 2008, having joined the company in 2007 as Chief Investment Officer. 
Prior to joining Alliance Trust, she was Chief Investment Officer and Executive Director of Morley Fund Management, now Aviva Investors, where she was responsible for more than £160bn invested in equities, fixed income, private equity and alternatives.  Before that, Katherine was Chief Investment Officer and Executive Director of Aberdeen Asset Management PLC.  She began her career as a portfolio manager at Hill Samuel Asset Management, where she was Investment Director, Head of American Equities. 
Katherine is a member of the UK Society of Investment Professionals, CFA Institute and has worked in financial services for more than 23 years.  She is a Founder Member of the Advisory Council of The CityUK, a member of the UK Prime Minister's Business Advisory Group and is a member of the Supervisory Board of Deutsche Bank AG.   In October 2005 Katherine was nominated a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum.
  • Dr Lailai Li

    China Country Director, World Resources Institute

Dr. Lailai Li is the China Country Director for WRI China. Dr. Li serves as the lead representative for WRI China and is responsible for formulating, leading, and implementing WRI’s vision and strategy in China. She manages relationships and guides its work to advance China’s environmental and sustainability goals. Dr. Li works closely with the program leads in China and with WRI’s headquarters in Washington, D.C., to achieve our mission and ensure that our projects and approach are strategically aligned.

Prior to joining WRI, Dr. Li was the Deputy Director of the Stockholm Environment Institute and Director of SEI Asia Centre. She also served as a deputy director of China Urban Sustainable Transport Research Centre based in Beijing. Previously, she directed the LEAD-China program for 10 years, which is a worldwide network of new generation leadership in the environment and development arena.

Dr. Li is a globally recognized leader in sustainability and environmental issues with nearly 20 years of experience, including a focus on poverty alleviation and environment issues, climate change adaptation, low-carbon urban transport, and more. Her recent research work and research include: economics of climate change in China; China’s ecosystem services and management strategy; low-carbon development of small and medium sized cities in China; the regional climate change adaptation knowledge platform in Asia; and the Sustainable Mekong Research Network, among others.

Dr. Li is a widely recognized expert and published author. She received her Post-Doctoral Fellow at Peking University, in Beijing, and received her PhD and MA from the University of Pittsburgh, in the United States.

  • Nelmara Arbex
  • Nelmara Arbex

    Chief Advisor for Innovation in Reporting, Global Reporting Initiative

Nelmara Arbex is the Chief Advisor for Innovation in Reporting of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) since last October 1st.  Since 2010 she was the Deputy Chief Executive at GRI leading the Guidance, Support and Innovation area at GRI, supervising the development of the internationally recognized GRI Sustainability Reporting Framework – particularly the development of the new generation of the GRI Reporting Guidelines - G4. She also led the GRI Learning and Coaching Programs and the Reports Services area. These activities involve a global network present in more than 30 countries.

Previously Nelmara started the Corporate Responsibility area at Natura Cosmetics, Brazil, where she developed and implemented the company's management system for corporate responsibility, implemented national social and environmental campaigns, and was responsible for the company’s internal sustainability education program for managers and executives.

Before Natura, Nelmara was the head of the Knowledge Management and International Relations area at Ethos Institute and was also an associated consultant at McKinsey & Co in Brazil.

In the last decade she has developed and co-authored several articles and publications in the sustainability and business field. She is currently author of the Portuguese sustainability website and blog "Sustentabilidade com Pimenta".

Nelmara holds a PhD in Theoretical Physics from Marburg University, Germany (1997). 

  • Barry Gardiner MP
  • Barry Gardiner MP

    Shadow Minister for the Natural Environment & Fisheries, Labour

Barry Gardiner MP has been the Member of Parliament for Brent North since 1997 and is Labour’s Shadow Minister for the Natural Environment & Fisheries.

Barry has previously held a number of Ministerial posts, having been a Direct Rule Minister in Northern Ireland, Competitiveness Minister in the Dept of Trade and Industry and served as the country’s first Minister for Biodiversity. He was later appointed as The Prime Minister’s Special Envoy for Forestry.

In Parliament, Barry chairs the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Biodiversity, co-chaired the APPG on the Green Deal and was, until recently, a member of both the Energy and Climate Change Select Committee and the Environment Food and Rural Affairs Select Committee.

Barry is a former Chairman of GLOBE International with whom he worked to develop international policy in such areas as illegal logging, land use change, fisheries, climate change and Natural Capital accounting.

Barry is a regular speaker at various international environmental summits and was an advisor to the Commonwealth Business Council on Green Economic Growth and Climate Change. In 2011 Barry was appointed Special Envoy for Climate Change & The Environment by the Leader of the Opposition, Ed Miliband and has been on Labour’s front bench as Shadow Minister for the Natural Environment & Fisheries since July 2013.

  • Tony Juniper
  • Tony Juniper

    Independent sustainability and environment adviser

Tony Juniper is an independent sustainability and environment adviser, including as Special Advisor with the Prince’s Charities International Sustainability Unit, a Senior Associate with the University of Cambridge Program for Sustainability Leadership and as President of Society for the Environment. He is a founder member of the Robertsbridge Group that advises international companies. He speaks and writes on many aspects of sustainability and is the author of several books, including the award winning Parrots of the World, Spix's Macaw and How Many Light Bulbs Does It Take To Change A Planet? He was a co-author of Harmony, with HRH The Prince of Wales and Ian Skelly. His best-seller, What has Nature ever done for us? was published in January 2013. He began his career as an ornithologist, working with Birdlife International. From 1990 he worked at Friends of the Earth and was the organisation's executive director from 2003-2008 and was the Vice Chair of Friends of the Earth International from 2000-2008.

  • Jessica Fries
  • Jessica Fries

    Board Member & Working Group Deputy Chair, International Iintegrated Reporting Council

Jessica Fries was previously the Director of A4S and the International Integrated Reporting Council (IIRC).  Jessica remains involved in A4S as its Executive Chairman, and is on the IIRC’s Board and is Deputy Chairman of its Working Group.  During the remainder of her time, Jessica works with PwC to lead global activities on integrated reporting and accounting for sustainability. Jessica is a chartered accountant, has an MSc in Economics from the London School of Economics and a BA in Economics from Cambridge University.

  • James Griffiths
  • James Griffiths

    Managing Director, Natural Capital, World Business Council for Sustainable Development

James has worked in the public and private sectors, operating at both national and international levels, as a government regulator, industrial policy and international trade advisor; trade policy negotiator; university assistant lecturer; diplomat and trade commissioner; forest products marketer; and business sector advocate on sustainable development. James has degrees in Psychology, International Politics and Political Science from Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand, and in Political Science from the University of Hawaii, USA.

James joined WBCSD in August 2002 based in Geneva, Switzerland. His primary responsibilities are to manage the Council’s Ecosystems Focus Area, a multi-sector program of leading international companies addressing risks and opportunities associated with ecosystem impacts and dependence; and WBCSD’s Water Project focusing on strategies and solutions for sustainable water management. He also coordinates the Sustainable Forest Products Industry (SFPI) sector project, working with global forestry companies to promote sustainable forest management (SFM); enhance customer confidence in using paper, wood and bio-energy from sustainable sources; as well as build-up stakeholder confidence in the industry. James is on WBCSD’s Executive Management Team.

James currently serves on the Steering Committees of The Forests Dialogue, a multi-stakeholder forum involving business, environment and social advocacy groups addressing critical SFM challenges; the Growing Forest Partnerships (GFP) initiative of The World Bank, the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) which aims to catalyze and support local level partnerships for SFM; and the industry advisory group of the Forest Legality Alliance (FLA), a US based multi-stakeholder initiative to reduce demand for illegally harvested forest products.

He is also participates on the Advisory Committee of Conservation International’s Center for Environmental Leadership in Business (CELB); the Global Reporting Initiative’s (GRI) Advisory Group on Ecosystem Services; is a private sector observer to the Government of Netherland’s Green Development Initiative (GDI) and the Planning Group of the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) hosted by the UN Environment Program.

  • Dr. Monika Weber-Fahr
  • Dr. Monika Weber-Fahr

    Director - Knowledge, Learning & Results Sustainable Development Network, The World Bank Group

Monika Weber-Fahr

Director, Knowledge, Learning & Results

Sustainable Development Network
World Bank

Dr. Monika Weber-Fahr leads strategy and performance management efforts for the World Bank’s knowledge and learning services in support of sustainable development.  An advocate for evidence-based and participatory client engagement strategies, Monika has introduced greater reliance on key performance indicators while also championing the deployment of new facilitation and learning strategies. 

Prior to this, Monika has worked with the International Finance Corporation (IFC) to set up and lead its Sustainable Business Advisory practice, and with the World Bank Institute (WBI) where she built and led the Global Development Learning Network and Multimedia Division at the World Bank Institute (WBI), spearheading the Institute’s engagement with an international partnership of independent Learning Centers.  Monika brings private sector experience from working several years with the Boston Consulting Group.  She holds a PhD in business economics.  Monika and her family live in Washington DC.

  • Stephanie Hime
  • Stephanie Hime

    Lead Specialist - Natural Capital, KPMG

Stephanie is a manager and the lead specialist on Natural Capital for KPMG's UK team on climate change and sustainability team.

KPMG's climate change and sustainability team has operated in the sustainability space for more than 20 years and advised a number of corporate clients, industry associations and NGO's on the risk posed to business through the loss of and dependency on natural capital.

Stephanie has represented KPMG on a number of academic and industry panels in relation to biodiversity and ecosystem services and published several thought leadership pieces including most recently: Is Natural Capital a Material Issue? A Joint publication with the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) and Fauna and Flora International (FFI). Stephanie is also a regular public speaker on both natural capital and sustainability issues.

Before joining KPMG Stephanie worked as a senior environmental economist for economics for the environment consultancy and as a senior research associate at the Centre for Social and Economic Research on the Global Environment based in the University of East Anglia (UEA). Stephanie holds a PhD in marine biology and environmental economics from UEA and MScs in Oceanography and Internet technology.

  • Andrew Cave
  • Andrew Cave

    Head of Group Sustainability, RBS Group

Andrew Cave is Head of Group Sustainability at RBS. The Group Sustainability team are responsible for the co-ordination of RBS’s programme of work on a broad range of social, ethical and environmental issues. They work with the RBS executive team and business units to integrate sustainability considerations into the day to day operations of the business.  

As well as advising on strategy and helping to develop relevant policies, the team produce the Group’s sustainability communications and engage with external stakeholders and opinion formers on these issues. The team are also responsible for the design and delivery of a number of community investment programmes, currently focussed on financial education, support for enterprise and employee engagement.

Andrew has worked in the Group Sustainability team since it was set up in 2004, and has a long-standing interest in sustainable development. He has a masters degree in Economic Development from London’s School of Oriental and African Studies and a Diploma in Sustainable Business from the University of Cambridge.

 He is a Board Member of the AA1000 Standards Board, a past Chairman of the UK chapter of the UN Global Compact, the world’s largest responsible business initiative, and works with the Steering Committee of the Equator Principles, the leading voluntary standards body for banks. Andrew grew up in Northern Ireland, and is married with three young children.  

  • Dr Holly Dublin
  • Dr Holly Dublin

    Director of Strategies, The B Team

Dr Holly Dublin has spent the past three decades as an active practitioner in the field of sustainability - linking the inherent values of biodiversity and ecosystem services to human livelihoods and well-being.  Holly contributed to and supervised programmatic work on long-term ecological monitoring; the international trade and use of wild species of animals and plants; community-based conservation and empowerment with local people in developing countries; strategic planning and programme implementation for the conservation of species (raw materials) ecosystems and relevant policy on all these issues at all levels.  After 20 years on the staff of WWF’s Africa & Madagascar Programme, she served as the elected Chair of the Species Survival Commission, the largest of six Commissions of the IUCN with over 7,500 conservation scientists and practitioners. Holly has been the Chair of the IUCN SSC’s African Elephant Specialist Group for over 20 years. She has led many technical evaluations for the GEF, UNEP, IUCN, WWF and other NGOs and development agencies. 

Between 2009 and the end of 2012, Holly brought to bear these many years of experience to work closely with PPR (Kering) in the establishment of its new sustainability department, PPR HOME.  As an integral part of PPR HOME’s development, Holly became Director and Special Advisor for Sustainability in Spring 2011.  She was responsible for the programme side of PPR HOME, overseeing the team of specialists and advising the brands of PPR on key challenges in their supply chains. Among the key pioneering brand initiatives that PPR HOME supported was the Environmental Profit & Loss (E P & L) account and Holly was a member of the core team in its development and strategic rollout.  Last year she oversaw a major feasibility study into the development of a Social Profit & Loss account and now leads the B Team’s work to establish their E P&L Consortium in her capacity as Director of Strategies.

Holly has been an active player in local, national and international policy forums including the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Fauna and Flora (CITES), The Convention on Migratory Species (CMS) and the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and has served as a Liaison Delegate to the World Business Council on Sustainable Development (WBCSD).  She serves on the Sustainability Technical Advisory Group of Kering and is a Specialist advisor for the Zeitz Foundation.

She has received many distinguished awards and published over 100 peer-reviewed articles.  An accomplished speaker and writer, she has a proven track record of deeply understanding the issues, thinking analytically and putting lessons from diverse realms into operational practice.  Living in Africa allows her a daily “reality check”.

  • Richard Spencer
  • Richard Spencer

    Head of Sustainability, ICAEW

Richard Spencer is Head of Sustainability at the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW). He joined ICAEW in 2005 in order to set up the sustainability practice within the Technical Strategy department. During this time Richard has led on the ICAEW’s thought leadership and engagement programme in sustainability. He is a co-convenor of the Finance Innovation Lab that this year was named by the Observer and NESTA as one of the Top 50 of Britain’s New Radicals. He has also recently helped established and led on the TEEB for Business Coalition.
Before joining ICAEW Richard worked as a strategy consultant in the Natural Resources division of Accenture. Prior to that he held a number of roles at N M Rothschild & Sons Ltd in the bank’s treasury and natural resources project finance teams. Richard began his career at the Bank of England.
Richard holds degrees from the universities of Leeds and London. He is a Visiting Fellow of the Cass Business School, Senior Visiting Fellow at the University of Hull Business School and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. He is a member of the FTSE4Good Policy Committee, the Climate Disclosure Standards Board Technical Working Group and the Fédération des Experts Comptables Européens (FEE) Sustainability Working Group.
  • Duncan Pollard
  • Duncan Pollard

    AVP Stakeholder Engagement in Sustainability, Nestlé

Duncan’s work is to support Nestlé’s operations in defining solutions to improve the company’s sustainability performance and approaches to create shared value, in particular in the responsible sourcing of commodities and on rural development. He is providing advice and support on a range of sustainability issues including in the development of Nestlé’s approach to water stewardship, deforestation and natural capital. An important aspect of the role is to maintain and enhance relations and collaboration with a variety of environmental and social non-governmental organisations and other outside stakeholders.

Before joining Nestlé, Duncan’s career has seen him move from the corporate sector, to the non-profit sector and back again. With a degree in forestry he worked for a variety of forest companies and spent 9 years with Shell firstly in their London head office, and then in Chile and Uruguay. He spent almost 10 years with WWF International heading their Forest Programme in Europe, then as Director of the Global Forest Programme and finally as the Director responsible for WWF’s global thematic work on energy, water, forests, species, oceans and policy. In 2010 he joined Nestlé as independent Sustainability Advisor, and became a permanent employee in 2013. 

  • Rashila Kerai
  • Rashila Kerai

    Sustainability Director, Holcim Technology Ltd

Rashila joined Holcim in 2002 and is currently part of the corporate sustainable development team.  One of her projects is leading the global biodiversity programme.  Her experience includes creating policies and strategies to embed sustainable development within the company and managing environmental issues including air, water, oil, waste, and biodiversity impacts.  She has worked on developing and implementing global projects, communicating and influencing stakeholders, and building organizational capacity.  Her work includes conducting assessments to identify emission reductions levers, developing project permitting strategies, conducting multi-media audits, implementing management systems, and training site personnel.

Prior to joining Holcim, Rashila was an environmental consultant working with clients in automotive and public sectors, covering a broad range of environmental issues.  Her main projects included obtaining permits, certifying plans, and identifying bottlenecks in wastewater distribution systems.

Rashila is licensed Professional Engineer and holds both a Bachelor and Master of Science in Civil/ Environmental Engineering and an MBA.

  • David Norman
  • David Norman

    Senior Manager - Sustainable Development Policy, SABMiller

David Norman is Senior Manager for Sustainable Development Policy at SABMiller, responsible for the company’s engagement in policy processes across sustainable development issues.

Before this role, he was WWF-UK’s Director of Campaigns and Director of External Affairs for five years, working on a wide range of environmental issues with UK and European policy-makers and businesses. 

He was previously Director of Policy and Communications for the Liberal Democrats, co-Chair of the Commonwealth Education Fund’s Management Committee and global Education Adviser for Save the Children UK.

He has an MPhil in Sociology and Politics of Developing Countries from Cambridge University.

David is also a trustee of Saferworld, a not-for-profit organisation working to create safer communities in places affected by violent conflict.


  • Ivo Mulder
  • Ivo Mulder

    UNEP Finance Initiative, Founder - Natural Capital Declaration

Ivo Mulder joined UNEP Finance Initiative in 2010 and leads the programme on ecosystem, water and biodiversity. He initiated and manages a number of innovative projects, such as the Natural Capital Declaration and the E-RISC project on sovereign bonds. He has also successfully set up the REDD+ and Sustainable Land Use Programme. Ivo has published extensively, including how environmental issues can be financially relevant for business.

Prior to this, he worked for consulting firms including KPMG and Triple E. He furthermore worked for the National Green Fund (Nationaal Groenfonds) in the Netherlands, a finance facility set up to provide debt to landowners and farmers to protect nature areas by leveraging both public and private capital. Earlier on he worked as a junior professional associate for IUCN in China and Switzerland and as a consultant for Forest Trends.

Ivo earned his BSc and MSc degrees in Environmental Sciences from Wageningen University, with specialisations in ecological and environmental economics.

  • Alastair MacGregor
  • Alastair MacGregor

    Chief Operating Officer, Trucost

Alastair MacGregor is Chief Operating Officer at Trucost Plc, the leading provider of natural capital measurement and valuation. Alastair manages Trucost’s corporate services team, as well as overseeing Trucost’s large bespoke projects. He led Trucost’s research on behalf of the TEEB for Business Coalition Natural Capital at Risk: The Top 100 Externalities of Business and isan Industrial Advisor on the application of environmental economics in business to Cranfield University’s Environment Program.  

Prior to joining Trucost he was a manager of Japanese hedge fund and pension fund investments, and has experience across a broad range of business sectors including FMCGs, automotive, technology, machinery and basic materials.

Prior to joining Trucost in 2011 he was a sustainability consultant. He is a CFA charterholder and holds an MSc in Economics for Natural Resource and Environmental Management from Cranfield University.  He also holds a BSc (Hons) in Chemistry from Newcastle University.

  • Gerard Bos
  • Gerard Bos

    Head of Global Business & Biodiversity Programme, International Union for Conservation of Nature

Gerard has a degree in European Business Administration from the European Business School (Paris, London, Frankfurt) specialized in International Bank Finance. Dutch national, married with two young children, he speaks fluently five languages and really enjoys multicultural environments. He started as a banker and worked for 5 years for Barclays Bank in London and Madrid.  For 12 years he worked for Holcim, one of the largest building materials producers, in Europe, USA and Africa, mainly in Procurement and Logistics. Gerard joined the Sustainable Development team at Holcim headquarters in 2007 and managed the relationship with IUCN developing the biodiversity strategy for the Group. He also represented Holcim in WBCSD (World Business Council for Sustainable Development) Ecosystems focus area, Vision 2050 and CSI (Cement Sustainability Initiative) activities.

In May 2012, Gerard joined IUCN as Head of Global Business and Biodiversity Programme (GBBP). He has overall responsibility for managing GBBP both programmatically and operationally. He is also the focal point for all business and biodiversity related matters in IUCN regarding policy, programme development, resource mobilization and representation.

His passion for bringing different parts of society together to find the optimal solutions for transformational change is what brought him to IUCN.

  • Dr Gemma Cranston
  • Dr Gemma Cranston

    Programme Manager - Natural Capital Leaders Platform, CPSL

Dr Gemma Cranston is a Programme Manager at the University of Cambridge Programme for Sustainability Leadership. Gemma works within the Natural Capital Leaders Platform, which brings together influential companies with a global reach to work on addressing the impacts of natural capital loss and degradation on business, their customers and wider society.  She is leading projects focusing upon externality valuation and water risk. 

Prior to CPSL, Gemma was the Lead Scientist at Global Footprint Network leading projects out of the Geneva office as well as supporting the organization’s Research and Standards Department by contributing to research on the Ecological Footprint methodology and applications.

Gemma has co-authored and shaped a variety of innovative projects, including the ‘E-RISC’ project on the inclusion of environmental risk in sovereign bond assessment, ‘Innovation through Collaboration’ on water stewardship and the WWF 2012 Living Planet Report.   

Gemma completed her Ph.D. focusing upon Ecological Footprints in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Bath, UK. She also holds a Masters of Aerospace Engineering from the same institution. 

  • Ian Marchant
  • Ian Marchant

    Chairman, Scotland's 2020 Climate Group

Ian was appointed Chief Executive of SSE in 2002, having been Finance Director since 1998. He stepped down from SSE in the summer of 2013. He has worked in the energy industry since 1992, when he joined Southern Electric. He is now president of the UK's Energy Institute whilst also: a member of the UK Business Council for Sustainable Energy; Chairman of the Scottish Climate Change Business Delivery Group; Chairman of the 2020 Climate Delivery Group; a member of Ofgem’s Environmental Advisory Group; a member of the Energy Research Partnership; Senior Independent Director of John Wood plc and Chair of Maggie’s Cancer Centres; and became Chairman of the Engineering Construction Forum in 2009. A long time ago he qualified as an accountant

  • Michael Beutler
  • Michael Beutler

    Director of Sustainability Operations, Kering

Michael Beutler joined Kering as the Director of Sustainability Operationsin September 2011. Prior to Kering, Michael served 6 years at SAP in Senior Management positions including his last role as Global Director of Sustainability and Strategy for 3 years, and has worked at international corporations DHL, PWC and Ford over the last 20 years.

During his tenure at Kering, Michael has been integral to operationalizing Kering’s new sustainability department. He oversees a team to implement cross-cutting innovative approaches and is responsible for implementing Kering’s Luxury and Sport & Lifestyle brands’ individual Environmental Profit & Loss Accounts (E P&L) to construct the final Group E P&L, and as a core part of the next phase in the E P&L development. 

  • Dr Lisa Emelia Svensson
  • Dr Lisa Emelia Svensson

    Ambassador for Oceans, Seas and Fresh Water

Dr Lisa Emelia Svensson is a diplomat by training, currently Sweden’s Ambassador for Oceans, Seas and Fresh Water, providing advice and expert guidance to the Minister for the Environment on the action needed to move forward on Sweden’s international ocean and water agenda.

Prior posts include Ambassador for Corporate Social Responsibility, where she involved with the private sector on how to incorporate environmental and social values in business models for enhancing competitivenss and economic growth.

She was Sweden’s national expert to European Commission Directorial General for Trade, where she led negotiations on sustainable development chapters in EU Free Trade Agreements and Economic Partnership Agreements. Dr Svensson has been a Diplomat in Residence at Johns Hopkins University-SAIS, Washington D.C., where she carried out research on climate, energy and environmental issues and published the book “Combating Climate Change – A Transatlantic Approach to Common Solutions” published in August 2008.

She has been posted in New York, Washington D.C. and Brussels. She holds a PhD in Business Management, focusing on policies and action programmes to stimulate economic growth and innovation.

  • Dr Jason Clay
  • Dr Jason Clay

    Senior Vice President - Market Transformation, WWF US

Jason Clay leads the Market Transformation work of WWF-US for agriculture, aquaculture, business and industry, finance, fisheries and forests. Over the course of his career he has worked on a family farm and in the U.S. Department of Agriculture. He has taught at Harvard and Yale and spent more than 30 years with human rights and environmental organizations.

In 1989, Dr. Clay invented Rainforest Marketing, one of the first fair-trade ecolabels in the United States, and was responsible for co-creating Rainforest Crunch and more than 200 other products with combined retail sales of $100 million. From 1999-2003, he co-directed a consortium with WWF, World Bank, UN Food and Agriculture Organization and National Aquaculture Centres of Asia/Pacific to identify the most significant environmental and social impacts of shrimp aquaculture and analyze better management practices that measurably reduce them. Since then he has co-convened (with the IFC and others) multi-stakeholder roundtables of producers, investors, buyers, researchers and NGOs to identify and reduce the social and environmental impacts of such products as salmon, soy, sugarcane, cotton and tilapia. Dr. Clay leads WWF’s efforts to work with private sector companies to improve their supply chain management, particularly with regard to ingredient sourcing as well as carbon and water impacts. He also leads WWF's efforts to transform entire sectors by improving their overall performance.

Dr. Clay is the author of more than 15 books, 400 articles and 700 invited presentations. His most recent books are World Aquaculture and the Environment, Exploring the Links between International Business and Poverty Reduction: A Case Study of Unilever in Indonesia, and World Agriculture and the Environment. In addition to his role at WWF, Dr. Clay is National Geographic's first ever Food and Agriculture Fellow. He also won the 2012 James Beard Award for his work on global food sustainability. Dr. Clay studied at Harvard University and the London School of Economics before receiving a Ph.D. in anthropology and international agriculture from Cornell University.

  • Andre Veneman
  • Andre Veneman

    Corporate Director of HSE & Sustainability, AkzoNobel

André Veneman graduated as a Medical Doctor in 1983.  From 1983 - 1988 onward he worked as a Medical Coordinator in emergency and refugee situations in the tropics.

In 1989 he joined Shell International with responsibilities in the areas of Occupational Health Management and Public Health.

Andre transferred to AkzoNobel in 1999 where he was appointed as Corporate Director, Sustainability and HSE.

In addition to his role in AkzoNobel, he is Chairman of the Supervisory Board of the Dutch Sustainable Trade Initiative and the Dutch branch of the European Ecolabel Foundation / Stichting MilieuKeur,  board member of the True Price Initiative,  the Amsterdam Climate Initiative and the Amsterdam Initiative against Malnutrition (AIM).

  • Andrew Heald
  • Andrew Heald

    International Stakeholders and Sustainable Plantations, UPM

Andrew Heald is a professional forester and a Member of the Institute of Chartered Foresters. He has been involved in a wide range of sustainable forestry projects in Europe, South America and Africa. Andrew works for UPM, the world’s leading sustainable forestry, pulp and paper Company, the only European paper company listed in the Dow Jones Sustainability Index

In 2008 he was appointed UPM UK’s Head of Assurance, responsible for company compliance with ISO certification and FSC Chain of Custody; in addition to managing the UK's largest FSC Forest Management Group Scheme accounting for 45% of the privately owned certified forest in the UK.

In December 2010 Andrew was appointed Sustainable Plantations Manager, for UPM with global responsibility for all aspects of sustainability for UPM’s plantation projects. In the last three years Andrew has worked on existing and potential new project sites in Uruguay and Africa, and participated in conferences and workshops in Brazil, Korea and Malaysia. Current work includes a new UPM website called “Plantation Life” and managing UPM’s global Biodiversity Program Partnership with IUCN.

Andrew also lead’s UPM international stakeholder engagement, working with IUCN, World Business Council for Sustainable Devlopement and Forest Stewardship Coucil. Since 2010 Andrew has been a key participant in WWF’s New Generation Plantation Project.

Examples of projects he has been involved in:

Parallel testing of forest certification standards

A cooperation project with WWF and Det Norske Veritas testing seven forest certification

standards (FSC, PEFC, SFI and CSA) in forests managed by UPM in Canada, Finland and the

Coed Llandegla – Visitor Centre

Project manager - million pound project and is the first privately owned and managed mountain bike centre in the UK, attracting 200,000 visitors per annum. This project has attracted a number of national awards.

Stump and Forest Residue Harvesting

Prepared industry wide best practice guidance for the sustainable harvesting of forest residues including stumps, and ensuring compliance withUKlegislation and FSC.

WWF - New Generation Plantation Project

Active participant developing framework and guidelines for the development and management of plantation projects -

  • Chris Brown
  • Chris Brown

    General Manager for Environmental Sustainability, Olam International

Chris joined Olam in 2012 as their General Manager for Environmental Sustainability. Olam is a leading agri-business present in 65 countries, active across the value chain  from growing and sourcing to, trading and processing, covering food and food ingredients, as well as industrial raw materials.

He is responsible for supporting the business to develop and integrate the strategies and actions to deliver environmental governance and leadership across Olam’s global operations. Key thematic areas include water stewardship, land management, climate change, natural capital and reporting. 

In his role Chris works closely with colleagues in all areas of the business from finance to farm management in order to operationalise environmental value as one of the key tools for driving Olam forward. It is also increasingly important that he grows those relationships with organisations and stakeholders including financiers, communities, customers and development agencies; which can support the delivery of mutual sustainable value in a more efficient manner through partnerships and collaborations.

Chris holds an honours degree in Chemical Engineering and a Diploma in Environmental Management and Technology. He brings 20 years of environmental experience from a variety of sectors including the automotive sector with Toyota and the energy sector with E.ON. 

  • Eva Zabey
  • Eva Zabey

    Manager - Natural Capital, World Business Council for Sustainable Development

Eva leads the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD)’s work on ecosystem-related tools and implementation, including valuing nature in a business context.

During the past eight years at WBCSD - a coalition of about 200 leading companies - she has led a number of projects, such as the Water Scenarios to 2025 and the Global Water Tool to map companies’ water-related risks, as well as the roll-out of the Guide to Corporate Ecosystem Valuation.

Eva is an ecology specialist having gained a BSc from Imperial College London, and a Masters in environmental management from EPFL, Switzerland. In 2012, she completed a University of London on-line course on valuation techniques.

Her interest in business was sparked by a WWF biodiversity study she led for a cement company.


  • Nigel Topping
  • Nigel Topping

    Chief Innovation Officer, CDP

Nigel is Executive Director at CDP, a global NGO transforming the global business system through the power of information.  CDP works on behalf of 722 institutional investors, representing assets under management of over $87 trillion, to engage with over 10 000 of the world’s largest corporations on the business implications of climate change and water scarcity. Nigel has been the principle architect of CDP’s ambitious program of innovation which has recently included new programs in Supply Chain, Water disclosure and Cities and is now looking to broader natural capital issues.  Nigel is responsible for CDP’s technical roadmap and IT systems, including major partnerships with Accenture, SAP, Microsoft and Bloomberg.  He also acts as CDP’s representative on the Climate Disclosure Standards Board, Sustainability Accounting Standards Board and the Climate Bonds Standards Board and sits on the external sustainability advisory boards of SAP and P+G.
Prior to joining CDP, Nigel spent 18 years in the manufacturing sector, most recently as a member of the MBO team and Senior Vice President of Supply Chain for a global automotive component manufacturing company.
Nigel has extensive international experience, having worked in Spain, the USA, Germany and the UK at various times in his career. He also has significant experience in emerging markets, having led projects in Brazil, India and China.
Nigel obtained his undergraduate degree in Mathematics from Cambridge University where he also won two rugby Blues and his MSc in Holistic Science from Schumacher College.  He has spent a lot of time on ice caps on several scientific and mountaineering expeditions to Iceland, Greenland and Patagonia and plans to sail the Northwest Passage connecting Greenland to Alaska in the summer of 2014.
  • Stefanie O'Gorman
  • Stefanie O'Gorman

    Director - Economics and Policy, Jacobs Engineering Group

Stefanie is the Director of Economics and Policy at Jacobs, one of the world’s largest and most diverse providers of professional technical services, and has over a decade’s experience in sustainability, environmental valuation and economics.  Stefanie graduated from Trinity College with a BA in Natural Science, after which she completed an MSc in Ecological Economics at the University of Edinburgh.  Since joining Jacobs in 2002, Stefanie has worked in a broad range of roles across the environment business, on projects including benefit-cost analyses, cost effectiveness analysis and socio-economic impact assessments.  These roles have been within water management, infrastructure development, flood alleviation and in the areas of protected, coastal, freshwater and terrestrial ecosystems.  Stefanie is particularly interested in improving decision making within both public and private sectors and promoting a wider accounting of the benefits and costs of sustainability decisions.  

  • James Spurgeon
  • James Spurgeon

    Director, Sustain Value

James has 20 years consultancy experience assessing and valuing biodiversity, ecosystem services and sustainability issues. In 2011 he established Sustain Value, a consultancy firm that specializes in helping businesses evaluate and manage associated risks and opportunities. Particular areas of interest are natural capital accounting, evaluating 'net positive', corporate ecosystem valuation and biodiversity offsets. He is principal author of the WBCSD's 'Guide to Corporate Ecosystem Valuation' and their documents on valuing water, as well as the IPIECA 'Ecosystem Services Guidance' for the oil and gas industry. Amongst other projects, he has undertaken many Equator Bank ecosystem services assessments and developed numerous business decision-support tools that quantify and value biodiversity, ecosystem services and sustainability issues. He began his career training to be an accountant with KPMG before heading up the environmental economics teams at Posford Duvivier, Jacobs/GIBB and most recently, ERM. He holds a BSc, MSc and MBA covering zoology, environmental economics and sustainability topics.  

  • Michelle Lapinski
  • Michelle Lapinski

    Senior Advisor, Valuing Nature, The Nature Conservancy

Michelle advances the Conservancy’s thought leadership and innovation on the value of nature for business and the economy, including leading TNC’s Valuing Natural Capital initiative with Corporate EcoForum and the TEEB for Business coalition.  She frequently serves as the Conservancy’s spokesperson on the topic of nature and its value to business and our economy.

Prior to this role Michelle was Director of Corporate Practices, launching and leading the Conservancy’s new corporate program and team, and developing strategic engagements with Dow and other companies to incorporate the value of natural capita and infrastructure into business decision making. 

Michelle’s career has focused on advising leading global companies on more sustainable business practices.  She ran her own consulting business, SustainBiz, and has advised clients such as Coca-Cola, McDonald's, and Starbucks. As Director, Advisory Services at Business for Social Responsibility she led BSR’s consulting practices to Fortune 500 food, agriculture, consumer products and transportation companies. Michelle was the Global Environmental Health Safety manager at Gap Inc. where she developed the company's industry-leading initiative on responsible sourcing applied to 3500 suppliers in 53 countries.  Michelle holds a M.S. in Environmental Management from the University of San Francisco, where she also served as an Adjunct Professor, and a B. A. in Behavioral Biology from Johns Hopkins University.   She is vice board chair of Young Women Social Entrepreneurs.

  • Alan McGill
  • Alan McGill

    Partner, PwC

Alan is a Partner at PwC in the UK and is a key person in the development of PwC’s global network around impact measurement.   He is developing the Total Impact Measurement and Management (TIMM) reporting framework for companies that will allow an organisation to understand their broader impacts across the environmental, social, economic and financial space that they operate in.

His experience includes leading the work from PwC with PUMA and the development of the worlds first Environmental Profit & Loss account (EP&L). Other companies like Gucci, Scottish and Southern Energy, Luxottica and a global motorcycle manufacturer – are all additional companies that he is leading work on around developing environmental and natural capital accounting and the broader societal issues that affect them.

He also has significant expertise in the development of corporate reporting around the measurement and assurance of sustainability information.  Leading a number of sustainability assurance engagements like Aviva, SABMiller and Lloyds Banking Group.

  • Amy OMeara
  • Amy OMeara

    Director, Corporate Eco Forum

Amy O’Meara is the Director of the Corporate Eco Forum, currently co-leading the Valuing Natural Capital Initiative, and author of The New Business Imperative-Valuing Natural Capital (2012).

Before joining CEF, Amy served as the Senior Manager for Environment and Energy at the Clinton Global Initiative, advising corporate and NGO members on commitments related to clean energy, corporate sustainability, green mobility, and waste management. Previously, she spent 5 years building and leading the Business & Human Rights Program at Amnesty International USA. Amy has also provided technical and research assistance to nonprofits and companies in a wide range of industries – including extractives, technology and banking – on cross-sector partnership development, stakeholder dialogue, and social responsibility. Amy holds a Masters Degree in International Educational Development from Boston University.

  • Monde Nkosi
  • Monde Nkosi

    Young Leaders Group, One Young World

Monde Nkosi is a Senior Associate Consultant at the global management consultancy Bain & Company, where he has covered telecommunications and financial services clients in West and Southern Africa.

He is an ambassador of One Young World, a non-profit organisation that provides young people with a global platform through which to effect positive change. He is currently leading the development of a youth engagement structure for South Africa’s largest business advocacy and business representation body. The purpose of the youth structure is to provide input into the social policy positions of South African business. After being voted on by professional and trade bodies, these positions are then negotiated with government and labour in the National Economic Development and Labour Council. He sees this as an important platform for young professionals and young entrepreneurs to play an active role in driving more sustainable and responsible business.

He has represented the youth of South Africa on global platforms such as the Youth G20 Summit and currently heads up the Young Professionals Action Network in Johannesburg, South Africa. 

  • James Ranaivoson
  • James Ranaivoson

    Managerial Adviser, European Investment Bank

James is a Managerial Adviser for Climate Change and Environment Finance Operations in the New Products and Special Transactions Department of the EIB. He originates and manages various EIB participations in infrastructure private equity funds in the sectors of carbon credits, renewable energy and natural/environmental assets. He is also designing fund and bond structures with guarantees and/or layered risk features that would catalyze co-investments from private institutional investors.

He was previously Chief Bond Portfolio Manager in the Treasury Department of the EIB, Deputy Treasurer of the Inter-American Development Bank and Director of Treasury of the African Development Bank. Before joining these supras, he worked in Paris in the asset management arm of Caisse des Depots, advising and investing on behalf of life-insurers and pension funds. Previously, he was proprietary trader, derivatives broker-dealer and financial engineer for investment banks and private banking boutique.

James is ABD in Finance from Doctorat HEC Paris, graduated masters’ degrees in Financial Economics and Mathematics from French universities. He is about to earn a master’s degree in environmental management with the University of Bath, U.K. and is an Associated Member of the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment (AIEMA) in the U.K.

  • Sandra Rapacioli
  • Sandra Rapacioli

    Head of Sustainability Research and Policy, CIMA

Sandra Rapacioli is Head of Sustainability at the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA), responsible for the development of strategy, research and policy on sustainable business. With a particular focus on the business benefits from sustainability and the role of Finance, Sandra has authored/ co-authored several reports including: Sustainability Performance Management: How CFO’s can unlock value and Thirsty Planet: Business Reponses to water scarcity. She has also advised the UK Government on adaptation skills for the built environment and worked with DEFRA to develop a Climate Resilience Toolkit for SMEs.

A linguist, with over twelve years research experience Sandra was previously Head of Consumer Finance at Euromonitor and worked on consumer policy issues as policy advisor at the Office of Fair Trading and senior researcher at Which? Magazine.

  • Professor Alison Hester
  • Professor Alison Hester

    Head of Safeguarding Natural Capital, James Hutton Institute

Professor Alison Hester is Head of ‘Safeguarding Natural Capital’ at the James Hutton Institute. Her role includes horizon-scanning global issues and pressing needs in natural capital research; identifying and involving the institute where appropriate in new and existing initiatives in this area.

She is a member of the Secretariat of the Natural Capital Initiative (NCI), a leading UK forum bringing together scientists, policy-makers, business, industry and others, to discuss how the ecosystem approach might be implemented in practice. The NCI achieves this through organising workshops, debates and seminars, and communicating the findings through reports, briefing notes and direct engagement. The NCI is a partnership between the Society of Biology, Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, the British Ecological Society and the James Hutton Institute.

Alison's own research experience is in applied biodiversity research, conservation and range management. In recent years she has taken a lead role in bringing together and managing diverse teams of scientists in biodiversity-ecosystem-related research, for example leading the Scottish Government-funded Workpackage on "Management of Biodiversity Change" 2006-2011 and the "Ecosystem Services" Research Programme, 2011-2016.

She is an active council member of the European biodiversity network: ALTER-Net, and is involved in a range of other global initiatives. Alison is a fellow of the Society of Biology and serves on a range of other Committees, Boards of Management and Steering Groups.
  • Neil Brown
  • Neil Brown

    SRI Fund Manager, Alliance Trust Investments

Funds Managed

Neil has been researching and managing money for over 10 years. Before joining Alliance Trust Investments in August 2012 he was an SRI Fund Manager for Aviva Investors for four years.

Neil’s investment career started at Pensions & Investments Research Consultants where he was a senior researcher focusing on companies with a corporate governance and SRI bias. In 2004, he moved to Threadneedle Asset Management where, as well as having the role of Pan European Equity Analyst, he was also Head of Governance and Sustainability.

Neil is also Chair of the UN PRI Integration Working Group. 

  • Dr Richard Tipper
  • Dr Richard Tipper

    CEO, Ecometrica

Richard is an innovator and champion of evidence-based environmental action. He has worked as an adviser on climate change issues for many government, business and international organisations.

After studying Agricultural Science (Edinburgh University) Richard worked in Chiapas, Mexico as an advisor to farmers’ organisations. He went on to take an MSc in Technology Management, then doctoral research on the economics of contemporary Mayan farmers. Following his PhD (Stirling University), in 1994, he obtained research funding to develop systems for delivering payments for ecosystem services to communities and smallholder farmers (Plan Vivo System). While researching he obtained commercial investment to put theory into practice leading to projects in Mexico, India, Uganda and Mozambique.

With commercial interest growing in this area Richard founded the Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Management (ECCM), and built a team of experts on carbon accounting, providing consulting and advisory services. While at ECCM Richard was appointed to the UK Roster of Experts on Climate Change and was Lead Author on two IPCC reports. In 2007 his work on the IPCC was recognised as a contribution to the Nobel Peace Prize. Richard also advised on numerous standards, protocols and methodologies for accounting for greenhouse gas emissions, including the WBCSD-WRI GHG Protocol, European standards for biofuels and PAS 2060.

He is currently on the expert evaluation team of Norway’s international climate and forests initiative.

  • Strahil Christov
  • Strahil Christov

    Policy Officer, European Commission

Strahil Christov is a Policy Officer in the European Commission, DG Environment, Unit Biodiversity, working on TEEB and Business and Biodiversity. Strahil is the Commission contact point for Phase 2 of the European Business and Biodiversity Platform. He is also part of the TEEB Coordination Group.
Before joining the Commission, Strahil was a Management Consultant specialising in corporate valuation and financial analysis. He holds a B.Sc. in International Business Economics from the University of Manchester and a M.Sc. in Finance & Investments from RSM Erasmus University, Rotterdam.

  • Kerry ten Kate
  • Kerry ten Kate

    Director, Business and Biodiversity Offsets Programme

Kerry ten Kate directs Forest Trends’ Biodiversity Initiative and is also the Director of the Business and Biodiversity Offsets Programme (BBOP): a consortium of 80 companies, banks, government agencies and NGOs working for no net loss of biodiversity in the context of development projects.  Formerly a barrister practising in London, Kerry served on the Secretariat of the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development in 1992 (the "Rio Earth Summit") then founded the consultancy Environmental Strategies.  She was Director of Investor Responsibility at asset manager Insight Investment and policy adviser and head of the CBD Unit at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Kerry has written over 100 articles for publications including Science and International Affairs, broadcast for BBC Radio 4 and the World Service, and is a member of the UK’s Natural Capital Committee.  She’s a member of IUCN's Species Survival Commission, a Conservation Fellow at the Zoological Society of London and a member of the Aldersgate Group.

  • Mike Wilkins
  • Mike Wilkins

    Managing Director - Infrastructure Finance Ratings, Standard & Poor's

Michael Wilkins is a Managing Director in the Infrastructure Finance Ratings group of Standard & Poor’s Ratings Services based in London and also has responsibility for the firm’s global carbon and environmental finance sectors.

Michael experience at Standard & Poor’s includes seven years as Head of Infrastructure Finance Ratings, the analytical group within Standard & Poor’s which covers utilities, project finance, PPPs and transportation in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Michael was also co-head of the Corporate Securitisation group. He joined Standard & Poor’s in London in January 1994 and has also worked in the Melbourne and Hong Kong offices.
Michael’s expertise encompasses the European power, water, environmental, transportation and social infrastructure sectors.

Previously, Michael worked for Water UK, the trade body representing the UK water industry. He also worked for four years as a journalist on various UK daily regional newspapers and global business publications.

Michael is a frequent guest lecturer including at the London Business School MBA programme, Judge Business School, Cambridge University, MFin programme and Oxford University’s Smith School of Enterprise & the Environment. He sits on the advisory board of Cass Business School’s MSc in Management. He is also a member of the Climate Markets & Investment Association, the UK Government’s Capital Markets Climate Initiative, a board member of the World Economic Forum (WEF) Green Growth Action Alliance and the Climate Bonds Initiative.

Michael has a Bachelor of Arts degree within Modern Languages at Bristol University. He also holds an MBA in Finance from the Cass Business School and additionally has a Certificate of Carbon Finance & Analytics from the London Business School.

  • Helena Pavese
  • Helena Pavese

    Development Director - America Division, Conservation International

Leader of the TEEB for Business project in Brazil. Helena works with private companies and other key stakeholders in Brazil and Latin America to help mainstreaming biodiversity into corporate management and decision making process.

Currently, she holds the position of Development Director for the America Division within Conservation International.

Previously, Helena worked in consultancy company on the assessment of environmental impacts from large infrastructure projects in Brazil.

In 2005, Helena moved to Cambridge, UK to work for the United Nations Environment Programme World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC) on a wide range of issues, including protected areas, biodiversity information management and the convention on biological diversity.

In 2009, she was out posted to Brazil to coordinate UNEP-WCMC´s activities in the Latin American and Caribbean Region. Amongst those, was the coordination of the TEEB and Green Economy activities and projects in Brazil.

In early 2011 Helena left UNEP-WCMC and joined Conservation International to work as Environmental Policy Manager. In February 2012 she was promoted to the position of Director for Corporate Relations and within CI-Brasil and has also been selected as the recipient of the 2012 Terry McManus Business & Conservation Partnership Award, in recognition of her diligent work and persistent leadership in building strong relationships with companies across many sectors for Conservation International.

She holds a Bachelors degree in Biology from the University of Santa Catarina (UFSC), a Masters degree in Environment, Society and Development from the University of Cambridge (UK) and a Diploma in International Environmental Diplomacy and Law-making from the University of Kwazulu-Natal (South Africa). 

  • Shaun Kingsbury
  • Shaun Kingsbury

    CEO, UK Green Investment Bank

Shaun Kingsbury has been CEO of the UK Green Investment Bank since October 2012. Previously he served as an Investment Partner at Hudson Clean Energy Partners, a leading clean energy private equity firm where he was responsible for its European activities. He is a long time renewable energy investor and advisor having been a founding partner of Pulsar Energy Capital and an advisor to 3i on a number of renewable energy transaction opportunities in Europe.
  • Yuvan A. Beejadhur
  • Yuvan A. Beejadhur

    Partnership Specialist - Sustainable Development Vice-Presidency, The World Bank Group

Yuvan A. Beejadhur
Partnership Specialist

Sustainable Development Vice-Presidency

The World Bank Group

Tel: +1-202-569-3122


Yuvan A. Beejadhur is a Partnership Specialist at the World Bank Group. He leads the global engagement on Natural Capital Accounting (NCA) and the valuation of ecosystem services. His portfolio includes sustainable development, UN relations and the Post-2015 development agenda. Former to this position, he managed the relationship between the World Bank and the UN at large and has helped set up a number of global partnerships such as the Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL), the Global Partnership for Oceans (GPO), 50:50 Initiative on Natural Capital Accounting, etc.

Mr. Beejadhur is educated in international affairs, public administration and negotiations at the American University in Paris, the Sorbonne and Kennedy School of Government at Harvard. His research interests include the reform of international institutions, climate change and energy policy, leadership, negotiations and political affairs.

Prior to joining the World Bank, Mr. Beejadhur was an economist at the UN. He was also Special Assistant to a former UN Under-Secretary General for Political Affairs, and former Director General of the UN Offices in Geneva. Beejadhur worked also as a Research and Program Officer at the ILO, Consultant at ITC and advised a number of Governments on multilateral trade issues. He has also been an Associate Professor in Geneva, where he co-taught courses such as “The UN: Renaissance or Reforms?”, with the Ambassador of Norway to the US.

A national of Mauritius, Beejadhur speaks English, French, Creole and Hindi. His hobbies include photography, the fusion of world music, Indian sculptures, martial arts and biographies of key religious and political figures.

  • Dr Mathis Wackernagel
  • Dr Mathis Wackernagel

    President, Global Footprint Network

Mathis is co-creator of the Ecological Footprint and President of Global Footprint Network, an international sustainability think-tank. Global Footprint Network focuses on bringing about a sustainable human economy in which all can live well within the means of one planet. It proposes the Ecological Footprint, which measures how much nature we use and how much nature we have, as a tool for bringing ecological limits to the center of decision-making everywhere.

Mathis has worked on sustainability on six continents and lectured at more than a hundred universities. He previously served as the director of the Sustainability Program at Redefining Progress in Oakland, California, and ran the Centro de Estudios para la Sustentabilidad at Anáhuac University in Xalapa, Mexico. Mathis has authored or contributed to over 50 peer-reviewed papers, numerous articles and reports and various books on sustainability that focus on the question of embracing limits and developing metrics for sustainability, including Our Ecological Footprint: Reducing Human Impact on the Earth; Sharing Nature’s Interest;  Der Ecological Footprint, and WWF International’s Living Planet Report.

After earning a degree in mechanical engineering from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, he completed his Ph.D. in community and regional planning at The University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada. There, as his doctoral dissertation with Professor William Rees, he created the Ecological Footprint concept. Since 2011, he is also the Frank H. T. Rhodes Class of 1956 Visiting Professor at Cornell University.

Mathis’ awards include the 2013 Prix Nature Swisscanto, the 2012 Blue Planet Prize, sponsored by Asahi Foundation, the main 2012 Binding Prize for Environmental Conservation, the 2012 Kenneth E. Boulding Memorial Award of the International Society for Ecological Economics, the 2011 Zayed International Prize for the Environment (jointly awarded with UNEP), an honorary doctorate from the University of Berne in 2007, a 2007 Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship, a 2006 WWF Award for Conservation Merit and the 2005 Herman Daly Award of the U.S. Society for Ecological Economics. He was also selected as number 19 of the en(rich) list identifying the 100 top inspirational individuals whose contributions enrich paths to sustainable futures ( John Elkington identified Mathis in 2012 among the “Zeronaut 50” Roll of Honor, i.e., leading pioneers who are driving the world’s most significant problems to zero. 

  • Dr Camilla Toulmin
  • Dr Camilla Toulmin

    Director, IIED

Dr Camilla Toulmin is Director of the International Institute for Environment and Development based in London. (IIED). An economist by training, she has worked mainly in Africaon agriculture, land, climate and livelihoods. This has combined field research, policy analysis and advocacy. Her work has aimed at understanding how environmental, economic and political change impact on people’s lives, and how policy reform can bring real change on the ground.
As Director of IIED since 2004, Camilla has focused on developing the institute’s strategy and communications. The institute has grown under her leadership from £5m turnover per year in 2005 to more than £20m in 2010-11. IIED’s new strategy 2009-14 focuses on four principal goals that bring together the diverse areas of work on climate change, human settlements, natural resources, and sustainable markets. This year, the institute celebrates 40 years of ideas and action for sustainable development, to feed into the Earth Summit – Rio 2012.
Camilla studied Economics at Cambridge and London, before gaining her doctorate in Economics at Oxford. Camilla is fluent in English and French. She is trustee of ICARDA (Syria), the Franco-British Council and a number of other boards. Her latest book is Climate change in Africa (Zed Books, 2009).
  • Pushpam Kumar
  • Pushpam Kumar

    Chief - Ecosystem Services Economics Unit, UNEP

Dr Pushpam Kumar is Chief, Ecosystem Services Economics Unit, Division of Environment Programme Implementation, UNEP where he works on mainstreaming of the ecosystem services into development policy. He has been engaged in international scientific assessment efforts on biodiversity and ecosystems and climate change. Dr Kumar was Co-coordinating Lead Author and Co-coordinator, Responses Working Group for Millennium Ecosystem Assessment and Lead Author for the Fourth Assessment of the IPCC (Mitigation). He was also the Scientific Co-coordinator of the Conceptual Framework for the TEEB. Dr Kumar has taught and conducted research in Ecological Economics at the Universities of Liverpool, Cambridge and Delhi for last  more than two decades. His research has been on designing market based response options for management of biodiversity, economics of ecosystem services,  economics of land degradation, ecosystem accounting, and linkages of poverty and environment. Dr Kumar has numerous publications in peer reviewed journals of international repute.  He has authored, coauthored, edited and co- edited more than ten books including Values, Payments for Ecosystem management (Edward Elgar) Valuation of Regulating Services of Ecosystems: Methodology and Applications (Rutledge), Valuing Ecosystem Services and Biodiversity: Ecological and Economic Foundations. (Earthscan), Biodiversity, Land-Use Change and Human Well Being: A Case Study of Sundarbans(Oxford University Press), Payment for Ecosystem Services and Valuation (OUP), Ecology and Human Well Being (Sage) and Ecosystem and Human Well Being: Findings from the Response Policies Working Group (Island Press). Currently , Pushpam Kumar leads GEF supported “Mainstreaming of ecosystem services into development policies (project known as ‘Proecoserv’), Coordinates “Inclusive Wealth Report”, leads UNEP’s VANTAGE (Valuation and Accounting of Natural Capital for Green Economy) initiative,  and Co Chairs the Policy and Technical Expert Committee (PTEC) of the World Bank led Wealth Accounting and Valuation of Ecosystem Services (WAVES)

  • Professor John Barrett
  • Professor John Barrett

    Chair of Sustainability Research - Sustainable Research Institute, University of Leeds.

John holds a Chair in Sustainability Research at the Sustainable Research Institute (SRI), University of Leeds. His research interests include sustainable consumption and production (SCP) modelling, carbon accounting and exploring the transition to a low carbon pathway.
John has been an advisor to the UK Government on the development of carbon footprint standards and continues to work with the UK Government on “Consumption-based Emissions” being responsible for providing the headline indicator for the UK. John also works closely with other government bodies such as the Committee on Climate Change having recently provided advice on the future consumption-based emissions of the UK.

John is an accomplished public speaker having presented to Government Select Committees and regularly appearing on Radio 4 while the research is regularly covered in the broad sheet media. John has managed numerous research projects and a large research team for over 10 years with 22 peer-reviewed papers. John is also a lead author for the International Panel on Climate Change, Working Group III.
  • Dr Stuart Poore
  • Dr Stuart Poore

    Director - Corporate Stewardship, WWF-UK,

Dr Stuart Poore is currently Director of Corporate Stewardship at WWF-UK, leading the

organisation’s interface with the business community across a range of global environmental

priorities including timber, seafood, freshwater, food, finance and extractives.

Prior to WWF, he worked as a Sustainability Consultant, specialising in supporting businesses

and NGOs with all aspects of Corporate Sustainability strategy and communications. His

diverse client portfolio included Virgin Management (designing the Virgin Group

Sustainability strategy) and TFT, a global non profit that helps major retailers such as Nestlé

and B&Q ensure the responsible sourcing of products.

Previously, Stuart spent 4 years as Director of Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability at

Virgin Media where he oversaw the company's management of its social and environmental

impact. Under Stuart's leadership, Virgin Media developed a distinctive focus on helping

people lead sustainable digital lifestyles and an innovative approach to communication and

engagement using digital entertainment. Prior to Virgin, he led Corporate Responsibility at

the QinetiQ Group, a leading international defence technology and security company.

He has a doctorate in International Politics and is Chairman of the Global Association of

Corporate Sustainability Officers (GACSO).

  • Will Evison
  • Will Evison

    Assistant Director - Sustainability & Climate Change, PwC

Will is an Assistant Director and environmental economist in PwC’s sustainability and climate change team specialising in advice around green economic growth, environmental policy and non-market valuation of the environment. He is an advisor to several high profile international conservation projects and also works with a number of leading corporates on building ecosystem value into business decision making. Will was PwC’s technical lead in the development of PUMA’s ‘environmental profit and loss account’ (E P&L) - which estimated and valued the environmental externalities caused by PUMA and its entire supply chain. He is now leading efforts to further develop and refine the E P&L methodologies and is applying them with a range of companies.
Will was a lead author and chapter editor for The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity Report for Business and Enterprise (TEEB D3) and an advisor and co-author of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development’s guide to Corporate Ecosystem Valuation (WBCSD CEV). He sits on the advisory committees of the NERC Valuing Nature Network, the Natural Capital Initiative and the Cambridge Programme for Sustainability Leadership ‘Right Value for Externalities’ Collaboratory and has previously been an advisor on corporate biodiversity strategy to the World Economic Forum and WWF.
  • Rafael Jiménez-Aybar
  • Rafael Jiménez-Aybar

    Director, GLOBE Natural Capital Initiative

Rafael Jiménez-Aybar is the Director of the Natural Capital Initiative of GLOBE (GNCI), The Global Legislators Organisation. He is responsible for political liaison with the legislatures of the countries under the GNCI, for the planning and coordination of GNCI international meetings, and has an advisory role to the Board in the overall development of the GNCI and in particular in the communication with governments, relevant UN Agencies,  the private sector, donors and international organisations.

Since 2008, he has also been the Director of the European regional organisation of GLOBE, GLOBE Europe. In this capacity he supports the leadership of the regional GLOBE organisation in designing and implementing its activity programme. Within the European Union system of multilevel governance, he facilitates the early and effective engagement of national GLOBE European legislators in the formulation of key EU environmental policies, in parallel to the engagement of the GLOBE legislators active in the European Parliament. Recent regional programmes have focused on climate and energy policy, biodiversity and fisheries.

Mr. Jiménez-Aybar holds a MA in Communication Sciences from the University of Valencia (Spain), a MA in European Integration and Social Development from the Free University of Brussels and a MA in International Relations from the Université Paris XI - John Hopkins Institute. Prior to joining GLOBE he worked as an assistant to Members of the European Parliament from Italy and from the UK, in EU public affairs and in environmental NGOs dealing with North-South issues.

  • Lois Guthrie
  • Lois Guthrie

    Executive Director, Climate Disclosure Standards Board

Lois Guthrie is Executive Director of the Climate Disclosure Standards Board (CDSB) and Technical Director to the International Integrated Reporting Council (IIRC) on secondment from Zurich Insurance Group. She is responsible for CDSB’s work to develop a framework for climate reporting in mainstream annual reports and for the development of technical aspects of IIRC’s work. She joined the Carbon Disclosure Project in 2004 after a career in international taxation and social security at PricewaterhouseCoopers and Zurich Insurance Group. Lois serves on the ACCA’s Global Forum on Sustainability. She is an Executive Board member of the National Physical Laboratory’s Centre for Carbon Measurement and a member of Carbon Tracker’s Advisory Board. Lois studied environmental policy at the Open University and holds an MSc in Responsibility and Business Practice.

  • Willem Ferwerda
  • Willem Ferwerda

    Executive Fellow - Business & Ecosystems, Rotterdam School of Management – Erasmus University

Willem is founder of the Ecosystem Return Foundation that scales up existing ecosystem restoration projects by shaping developing companies, generating four returns: on investment and natural, social and inspiration capital. He is Executive Fellow Business & Ecosystems at the Rotterdam School of Management – Erasmus University, special advisor of the IUCN Commission Ecosystem Management and partner at Camunico.

Between 2000-2012 he was director of the Dutch chapter of the International Union for Conservation of Nature. In that period he created the Ecosystem Grants Programme, that financed 1,500 local conservation projects in 40 tropical countries. In 2005 he founded Leaders for Nature, an international business network on biodiversity and ecosystems. He convened 80 CEOs to sign an open letter to the Dutch government, which led to the governmental Taskforce on Biodiversity and Natural Resources. In 2010 he signed an agreement on business & biodiversity between the Confederation of Netherlands Industry and Employers and IUCN NL. It resulted in the platform on Biodiversity, Ecosystems and Economy. Ferwerda is an expert in multi-stakeholder processes and bridge builder. He is board member and advisor of several institutions and companies, such as Princess Irene’s Nature College Foundation, the Charles Darwin Foundation and RWE-NL. He studied tropical ecology and agriculture, environmental science and management in the Netherlands and Colombia. 

  • Oliver Greenfield
  • Oliver Greenfield

    Convenor, Green Economy Coalition

The Green Economy Coalition is the world’s largest civil society network working together to accelerate the transition to a green, fair and inclusive economy.  

The coalition works in three areas: mobilizing a movement through national dialogues, building consensus of policy by shared analysis, projects and debate, influencing national and international economic policy decisions, processes and institutions.  

Oliver is the Convenor of this coalition.  Convenor is a carefully considered title to reflect network leadership, inviting people from diverse institutions and networks to work together, and enabling them to influence collectively.  .

Prior to this role Oliver spent nearly a decade leading WWF’s Sustainable Business and Economics work, where he pioneered systemic stakeholder change programmes: One Planet Business, One Planet Finance and One Planet Economy.    

Before WWF, Oliver managed change in industry and the public sector, as a corporate strategy consultant for Booz Company and as the senior strategy advisor for the BBC World Service.  He has degrees in engineering and business and has worked with many organisations and cultures for social, environmental and economic value.

He invites you to contribute to the Green Economy debate at

  • Andrew Mitchell
  • Andrew Mitchell

    Founder & Executive Director, Global Canopy Project

Andrew W. Mitchell is Founder & Executive Director of the Global Canopy Programme (GCP), a think tank based in Oxford studying on ‘forests as natural capital’. In 2009, with the support of the UK government, he launched the ‘Forest Footprint Disclosure Project’, now endorsed by institutional investors with over $13 trillion of assets under management.

In 2012, working with UNEP FI at the UN Earth Summit in Rio, Brazil, he brought together governments and business around the Natural Capital Declaration, a ground-breaking commitment to account for nature, by the financial sector. GCP manages the world’s most comprehensive on-line knowledge platform for reducing emissions from deforestation, known as The REDD Desk. He advises Governments and business on security risks from natural capital degradation and served for two years as Special Adviser to the ‘Prince of Wales' Rainforests Project’
  • Robin Dickinson
  • Robin Dickinson

    Director, Green Growth International

Robin is an active campaigner for synthesis of business scale environmental metrics that enable progressive local action.

After a successful career in enterprise software marketing at SAP AG, Robin moved to planning renewable energy projects and then into the Carbon Trust.  Focusing on the development of business scale metrics and labels covering carbon emissions over product life cycles, Robin ran international pilot projects that supported the development of the PAS 2050 standard and then went on to facilitate the international alignment of PCF schemes, tools and standards worldwide. Robin also spoke on behalf of the FCO in Europe and the Far East on the topic of the business benefits associated with early action on Climate Change. After a brief foray into Water Footprinting and Partner Development at PE International AG, Robin was instrumental in the formulation of the BIQ Forum, a partnership between his consultancy, Green Growth International Ltd, WWF UK and ADAS Ltd. The BIQ Forum’s purpose is to facilitate the creation of a nexus for the synthesis of open, free, material and affordable business scale biodiversity and ecosystem service metrics that will enable business managers to act, contribute to Natural Capital quantification and allow many of the emerging proprietary approaches to gain momentum by leveraging a common,  internationally agreed, platform. Robin is also a founding partner of AQOIA ltd and has developed an Environmental Cost to Serve overlay for their Enterprise Operational Analytics platform that facilitates the conversion of operational financial insight into returns from customer collaboration.

  • Mathieu Tolian
  • Mathieu Tolian

    Ecosystem Strategy Officer, Veolia Water

Mathieu Tolian is in charge of the Business Strategy and the Corporate Responsibility in relation with Biodiversity and Ecosystems at Veolia Water since 2011. He joined Veolia in 2002. He had previously worked at Veolia Environnement as Environmental Project Manager. He managed the indicators definition and reporting tool administration. He led several projects aiming at clarifying the Ecosystems and Biodiversity strategy of the Group.

Mathiey had previously worked in the field of Risk Management and Insurance for Veolia Transport, as well as Health and Safety for Veolia Water. He has degrees in Water Treatment and Quality (Hydro-ecology) and QHSE Management.
  • Ekaterina Grigoryeva
  • Ekaterina Grigoryeva

    Environmental & Social Policy Specialist, International Finance Corporation

Ekaterina Grigoryeva is an Environmental and Social Policy Specialist at the International Finance Corporation, a private sector arm of the World Bank Group. She currently works on development, review, and implementation of IFC’s policies and procedures that ensure adequate management of environmental and social risks in IFC’s investments. During her career at IFC over the past eight years, Ekaterina has focused on innovative approaches to embedding sustainability and responsibility in the financial sector’s operations, and collaborated with a wide range of stakeholders to advance this global agenda.

One of Ekaterina’s areas of professional interest is linking environmental risk analysis ‑ from the financial institutions’ perspective ‑ to financial and credit risk assessment, thus translating the high-level concept of green economy into the practical language understood by lenders and investors.

Ekaterina holds a PhD in Economics. She also completed her MBA at the University of Ottawa, Canada. 

  • Assaad Razzouk
  • Assaad Razzouk

    CEO & Co-Founder, Sindicatum Sustainable Resources

Assaad W. Razzouk is a Lebanese-British clean energy entrepreneur, investor and commentator.  He is Group Chief Executive and Co-Founder of Sindicatum Sustainable Resources, a global clean energy company; an Advisory Board member of ASrIA, the Association for Sustainable and Responsible Investing in Asia; and a commentator on climate change, natural capital and clean energy.   

Sindicatum runs a global portfolio of clean energy projects located in China, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, the Philippines and the United States.  Sindicatum has to date committed more than $350 m to greenhouse gas reduction and sustainability projects and has won multiple awards testifying to its excellence in sustainability and renewable energy.

Assaad regularly writes for the Independent on climate change and clean energy issues; a selection of his pieces can be found here. He has also been published frequently by Singapore’s Eco-Business, and his articles also appeared in The Ecologist and Canada’s Corporate Knights. 

From 1993 to 2002, he was an investment banker at Nomura International plc in London, where he was last Deputy Head of Global Corporate Finance.  From 1988 to 1993, Assaad was at Price Waterhouse in New York City where his last position was as Manager, International Capital Markets.

He is a graduate of Syracuse University (Summa Cum Laude) and holds an MBA from Columbia Business School.

  • Ian Jardine
  • Ian Jardine

    Chief Executive, Scottish Natural Heritage

Ian Jardine has a Bachelor’s degree in Ecology and a Doctorate in Zoology. He began his public service career in 1984 in the Scottish Office, working successively on urban renewal, housing policy, criminal justice and industrial policy. He joined the Nature Conservancy Council for Scotland in 1991 as Regional Director and remained in that role with the formation of SNH in 1992. He was appointed Chief Executive of SNH in 2002. He served on the Council of the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland 2005-2008.  He was President of Eurosite, a network for organisations managing protected areas in Europe, 2007-2010, and is a member of ENCA (European Nature Conservation Agencies). He has also worked with Europarc and IUCN/WCPA, including as a member of the World Protected Areas Leadership Forum. He is proud to be a new member of the Uganda Wildlife Society.

  • Dr Jane Smart OBE
  • Dr Jane Smart OBE

    Global Director, IUCN Biodiversity Conservation Group

Jane Smart is Global Director of IUCN’s Biodiversity Conservation Group and Director of IUCN’s Global Species Programme. The Biodiversity Conservation Group comprises the Global Species Programme, Global Protected Areas Programme, World Heritage Programme, as well as the Invasive Species Initiative and TRAFFIC. Jane also takes a lead role in facilitating work to implement the Valuing and Conserving Biodiversity Area of IUCN’s Programme (2013-2016), and has a particular responsibility for the development and integration of IUCN’s knowledge products. As Director of the Global Species Programme, Jane is responsible for staff based in Switzerland, Washington DC, US and Cambridge, UK and is responsible for managing the compilation and production of The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species ™. She is focal point for the Species Survival Commission.
Jane trained as a botanist and began her professional life as a plant ecologist. In 1989 Jane founded Plantlife International, becoming its first Chief Executive. In 1993, she initiated Planta Europa, the network of organizations working for plant conservation across Europe. Prior to joining the IUCN Secretariat in 2005 Jane was Chair of the IUCN UK National Committee, as well as a long standing member of the IUCN SSC Plant Conservation Committee. In 2003 she was awarded the OBE for services to international conservation.
  • Laurent Piermont
  • Laurent Piermont

    Director of Biodiversity, Caisse des Dépôts

As Director of Biodiversity at Caisse des Dépôts (CDC)– France’s leading long-term investor serving local and regional economic development – and Chairman of CDC Biodiversité, Laurent Piermont has spent his entire career reconciling man and nature.

Laurent is an engineer in agronomics with a doctorate in ecology. In 1990 he joined Société Forestière, a subsidiary of Caisse des Dépôts and France’s leading specialist in forestry investment and served as Chief Executive Officer for over ten years. During this period, he also launched Mission Biodiversité within Caisse des Dépôts and in 2007 this culminated in the creation of CDC Biodiversité ­– France’s leading specialist in biodiversity offsetting – which he has headed ever since. Laurent Piermont has also helped to launch Mission Economie de la Biodiversité, which is part of CDC’s global commitment to innovation and biodiversity, and he has presided over the European Carbon Fund since 2005.

Laurent has also been awarded with both the Chevalier de l’Ordre national du mérite and Officier du Mérite agricole. He has written a number of articles and books, particularly two works published by Seuil: “L’énergie verte” (Green energy) (1981) and “Agir avec la nature – vers des solutions durables” (Acting in phase with nature – towards sustainable solutions”) Collection Science ouverte (April 2010).  

  • Phil Williams
  • Phil Williams

    Vice President of Sustainability and Technical Systems, Webcor

As a Vice President at Webcor, Phil is responsible for all sustainability and engineering efforts related to building construction, internal business processes and all institutional, private sector innovation, research and development. He directs all work relating to reducing environmental footprint and collaboratively promoting, innovative, sustainable processes, systems and materials.

Under his guidance Webcor was selected as the only construction firm to "Road Test" the World Resource Institute (WRI) carbon accounting/green-house-gas (GHG) scope 3 protocol.

To support construction industry research regarding Supply Chain Carbon Accounting, Phil lead Webcor along with six other west coast firms, through the University of Washington, to establish the Carbon Leadership Forum (CFL). He currently serves on the Industry Advisory Board for “CFL”.

Phil is Chairman of the San Francisco Mayor's Task Force on Green Buildings; which developed legislative recommendations that were adopted in 2008 for private sector green building requirements and was a key member of the Green Building Code working groups established for the Cities of San Jose and Oakland California.

In addition, he is the co-chair of the Strategic Development Council Building Information Management (BIM) subcommittee under the American Concrete Institute (ACI) foundation, a member of ACI Sustainability Subcommittee 130D.  In addition he is a member of Stanford University’s Center for Integrated Facilities engineering (CIFE) and is a member of the California American Institute of Architects (AIA) Integrated Project Delivery (IPD) working group.

He received his Bachelor’s in Engineering from Washington State University and holds a Professional Mechanical Engineering License in the state of California.

Webcor is acknowledge as one of the leading builders in California and is ranked in the top 40 largest specialty contractors in the United Sates. Webcor is a division of Obayashi Corporation who is regularly ranked in the top 10 of the world’s largest engineering and construction companies.

  • Daan Wensing
  • Daan Wensing

    Managing Director, Leaders for Nature

Daan Wensing is managing director of the Leaders for Nature network and head of all IUCN NL’s business and biodiversity programmes. This includes the international expansion of Leaders for Nature, to India and other countries.
Before joining IUCN NL, Daan co-founded the company Triple E and was the director of one of it’s business units. He developed business models for biodiversity and ecosystems in the Netherlands and abroad (including many EU countries, India, USA, Brazil). Mr. Wensing has a MSc in biology from Utrecht University and a Masters in Science and Business from Utrecht University in cooperation with the Netherlands Business University Nyenrode.
  • Nathalie Rizzotti
  • Nathalie Rizzotti

    Senior Policy Advisor for Biodiversity, Federal Office of the Environment (FOEN), Switzerland

Nathalie Rizzotti is the Senior Biodiversity Policy Advisor for International Affairs at Switzerland's Federal Office of the Environment (FOEN).

Nathalie Rizzotti holds a bachelors’ degree in Biology (Ecology) and two Master’s Degrees in Environmental Management and in International Studies of Development.

Nathalie Rizzotti worked for the Swiss government as a project manager for the River restoration programme before working in Niger for WWF Niger evaluating a Swiss Development Cooperation project and related public policies. Then, she continued her career working for the International Convention for Wetlands Ramsar, managing an international programme with the private sector to support poorest communities to natural resources and develop alternative livelihoods, but also to influence countries policies, with specific projects in Nepal, Thailand and Argentina and being part of the Convention’ negotiations. She then worked as the EPFL coordinator for the UNESCO Chair “Technologies for development”.  She always involved herself in parallel with associations working in  Human Rights. She is interested in linking international debate to local actions and in working with the private sector on public-private partnerships and corporate social and environmental responsibilities.

She is currently Senior Policy advisor for the International Affairs of the Federal Office of the Environment and in charge of participating to negotiations related to the CBD in particular for the Resource mobilization strategy, Business and Biodiversity and Corporate Ecosystem valuation.

She is also part of the TEEB coordination group and is involved in the Swiss Biodiversity Strategy and action plan for the activities related to Economy and sustainable consumption.

  • Andrew Deitz
  • Andrew Deitz

    Founder, Climate Earth

Andrew Deitz is Co-founder and Vice President of Business Development at Climate Earth. Founded in 2008 Climate earth is a leader in systems to help the largest organization manage sustainably.  With his guidance Climate Earth transformed academic research of Top Down Hybrid Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) into a commercially viable product offering.  The innovation of uniting the power of big data, systems, and LCA in a unique standards based patent pending approach to quantify sustainability enables large companies' to effectively manage and report environmental impacts.

Mr. Deitz is deeply involved in the definition and marketing of large-scale systems for sustainable management.  Climate Earth's data and services successfully support the deployment of Natural Capital Accounting (NCA) and Environmental Product Declarations (EPD). The company’s solutions efficiently integrate critical LCA, ecosystem services, environmental, supply chain and financial data from multiple, large, disparate sources into a cohesive model. Metrics are delivered in financial and business context providing a management reporting system to build brand, manage risk and reduce resource costs in a familiar web based format.  

Before Climate Earth Andrew was instrumental in launching human capital services for a newly-created private equity fund, and he led business development efforts for the start-up phase of a diversified recruiting company. Mr. Deitz began his career as an environmental research scientist at Oak Ridge National Laboratories after graduating from Earlham College with Bachelors of Science degree. He is also passionate cyclist and urban farmer.

  • Peter Head CBE
  • Peter Head CBE

    Executive Chair, The Ecological Sequestration Trust

Peter is a civil and structural engineer who specialised in major bridges, advanced composite technology and now in sustainable development in cities and regions. He  won the Award of Merit of IABSE and in 2009 the RAE Sir Frank Whittle medal.
He joined Arup in 2004 to lead their planning and integrated urbanism team.
In 2008 he was named by the Guardian Newspaper as one of 50 people that could ‘save the planet’.
He was cited by Time magazine in 2008 as one of 30 global eco-heroes.
In April 2011 he left Arup to set up The Ecological Sequestration Trust, which is creating an open-source systems platform for GIS data assembly which is agent based for humans and ecology and has an economic value component. The objective is to connect the value to humans of ecology and investments of all kinds.
He serves on UNSDSN–supporting the development of the Post 2015 Development Goals.
  • Sanath Ranawana
  • Sanath Ranawana

    Senior Natural Resources Management Specialist, Asian Development Bank

Sanath Ranawana is a Senior Natural Resources Management Specialist with the Asian Development Bank. He has over 15 years of work experience in the environment and natural resource sectors and has worked with several organizations including the United Nations Environment Programme and the World Bank. He currently manages a portfolio of environment and natural resource programs and projects in the Greater Mekong Subregion of Southeast Asia. He holds Masters degrees from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA and the University of Texas at Austin, USA

  • Mark Stokes
  • Mark Stokes

    Managing Director, Utilyx Asset Management

As Managing Director of the Asset Management business, Mark has helped to shape and direct an industry-leading ESCo (Energy Services Company), providing energy-performance contracts for both public and private sector clients in the emerging decentralised energy sector. For the last six years, Mark has been at the heart of MITIE’s decentralised energy offering, which provides investment in, and development of, on-site energy centres and other assets. Mark’s strategic insight and operational excellence have helped to develop the business into a market leader.

Mark is a passionate advocate and driver of the triple bottom line strategy which uses economic, ecological and social metrics for measuring organisational success - the key benefits provided by our decentralised energy and energy-efficiency strategies. He also leads our innovative Environmental Profit and Loss (EP&L) reporting on our current and emerging decentralised energy asset class.

Mark joined MITIE in 2002 as part of the start-up team for its Technology business, encapsulated in MITIE’s ‘Management Incentive Through Investment Equity’ model. He has a 20-year history of directing businesses, and delivering large and complex energy-intensive infrastructure on an international scale (EMEA, Asia Pacific, US), where risk management has been at the heart of the management ethos.

Mark regularly leads dialogue on energy reform and is a frequent contributor to government consultations and industry forums.

  • Katrina Mead
  • Katrina Mead

    Advisor, UK BCSD

Katrina has over 12 years of experience in working with business leaders of prominent financial sector organisations on global human capital solutions.

She has been instrumental in designing and implementing global projects and policies that need to be understood and motivate people at all levels of an organisation.  These have successfully aligned behaviours to business objectives, transcended cultural divides and met different regulatory regimes. 

Katrina recently began working as an advisor to the UKBCSD on strategies to improve the use of ecosystem-related tools in UK businesses.   Applying some of the principles for successfully implementing human capital strategies to environmental tools, this has focussed on encouraging whole-scale behavioural changes to embed these into business operations.   She is working with the WBCSD to identify opportunities to broaden the reach to the international business community.

She holds a BSc in biological sciences (Sheffield University) and MSc in ecological economics (Edinburgh University) as well as professional tax qualifications, which include accountancy and law qualifications.

  • Adrian de Grootz Ruiz
  • Adrian de Grootz Ruiz

    Executive Director, True Price

Adrian de Groot Ruiz is Executive Director of True Price. Previously, he was Assistant Professor of Finance at Radboud University, where he did research into behavioral economics and sustainable finance. Adrian holds an MSc in Econometrics and a PhD in Economics from the University of Amsterdam. Adrian is member of the Global Shapers (a World Economic Forum community) and member of think tank Worldconnectors. Adrian blogs for the Huffington Post.

  • Tobias Hartmann
  • Tobias Hartmann

    Programme Manager, Global Nature Fund

Tobias Hartmann is programme manager at the Global Nature Fund (GNF), an international foundation for the protection of environment and nature based in Germany. The GNF is the coordinator of the European Business & Biodiversity Campaign aiming to strengthen private sector commitment for biodiversity and ecosystem services. Tobias currently leads GNFs work related to natural capital accounting and ecosystem valuation.


He has a MSc in environmental economics from the University of Mannheim and Heidelberg.

  • David Steuerman
  • David Steuerman

    Business & Biodiversity Consultant, Convention on Biological Diversity

David started working with the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity in early 2011 to help them with their program of engagement with the business community. Prior to joining, David worked for the Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, where he was in a variety of positions including Disarmament and Nonproliferation, Climate Change and (most recently) as Deputy Director of Canada-US Commercial Relations. David also served overseas as a trade commissioner in Tokyo. David has a BSc in Biology and an MA in Political Science.

  • Dr Marie Parramon-Gurney
  • Dr Marie Parramon-Gurney

    Head of Conservation and Business, Endangered Wildlife Trust

Dr. Parramon-Gurney has obtained the equivalent of a LLB in Judicial Law in France and the equivalent of a LLB in Business Law in Scotland.  She also successfully completed a Masters in Environmental Law at the University of the Western Cape, during which she developed an expertise in marine pollution law. Marie has successfully completed her LLD on the regulation of land-based marine pollution in South Africa and France. In addition, Marie has earned a certificate in marine pollution management from the international ocean institute (SeaTrain Coast Program), a certificate in organisational sustainability (from Imprint Sustainability Academy) and a certificate in project management and in public relations. Through her academic and practical experience, Marie has developed specific knowledge and expertise in national as well as international environmental law and management, including in the areas of climate change, EIA, biodiversity management, protected areas management, conservation, waste management, marine and coastal law, EMS, environmental risk assessment and environmental liability.Marie is also specialised in environmental governance and institutional arrangements. She has worked on various projects regarding the legal and governance framework applicable to protected areas and conservations areas in South Africa. She has 10 years’ experience in project management, including multi-countries projects. She has very strong skills in terms of performance assessment and monitoring of project implementations. She has also a strong commercial law and business management background.  Marie is also specialised in business, sustainability and environmental strategy development. Marie joined the EWT in April 2012. Her main role is to:


  • To position strategically the EWT conservation strategy, six Strategic Conservation Imperatives, related programmes and projects within the broader context of sustainability and development, nationally and regionally.

  • To oversee, support, direct and develop strategically the EWT work in the sphere of sustainable development and the human‐environment nexus, through either established EWT Programmes and / or projects or through independent activities and projects.

  • To make the EWT work more relevant and useful (added-value approach) to business, industries and government, within the context of sustainability and development, ultimately positioning the EWT as a preferred strategic partner for conservation objectives.

  • Overall, to mainstream biodiversity conservation into the broader context of sustainability and development (as a tool to support sustainable development).

  • Paul Clements-Hunt
  • Paul Clements-Hunt

    Co-Founder, The Blended Capital Group

Co-Founder of The Blended Capital Group ( Head (November 2000 - March 2012) of the United Nations Environment Programme Finance Initiative ( ) and a Founding Board member, as well as original UN backer, of the United Nations-backed Principles for Responsible Investment, an initiative supported by more than 1,000 of the world's largest institutional investors representing more than USD 32 trillion in assets.
In a 25-year career Clements-Hunt has worked across business, investment, international affairs and the media to promote the case for sustainable finance and responsible investment. Clements-Hunt, who lectures regularly on finance, investment and sustainability issues, founded The Blended Capital Group in 2012.

  • Simon Milne MBE
  • Simon Milne MBE

    Chief Executive, Scottish Wildlife Trust

Simon has been Chief Executive of the Scottish Wildlife Trust since 2004. Previously he was Director of the Sir Harold Hillier Gardens & Arboretum, Hampshire (2000-2004). From 1976 to 2000 he served with the Royal Marines (invalided in the rank of Lieutenant Colonel). His service ranged from Bosnia and Northern Ireland to the jungle, Whitehall, and the Arctic.  He was appointed MBE in 1996.
He is a Graduate of the University of St Andrews and Royal Naval College Greenwich. His is a member of the Scottish Biodiversity Committee, National Species Reintroductions Forum, Scottish Beaver Trial Steering Group and the national Partnership Against Wildlife Crime Executive Committee.
  • Tom Bosschaert
  • Tom Bosschaert

    Director, Except Integrated Sustainability

Tom Bosschaert is the director of Except Integrated Sustainability, a research, strategy, and development agency based in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, since 1999. Except brings together 30 experts from science, engineering, design, and business to collaboratively on innovative solutions for urban (re)development, industry, food, and business. Tom is the main developer of Except's integrated systems analysis and development framework Symbiosis in Development (SiD), which enables cross-disiplinary, integrated system-level innovation.

Tom has been committed to developing the foundations for a sustainable future from early on in his master studies Industrial Design Engineering at the Delft University of Technology. He continued investigating a systemic approach to sustainable development at the University of Western Australia and in his master studies architecture and planning at Yale University.

He discovered that the knowledge of a single, or even a couple of disciplines is not sufficient to truly engage the issues of sustainability head on, and started work on a theory and working-method for multi-disciplinary collaboration across sectors. He developed SiD, that now lies at the core of Except’s structure, approach and toolset, and which continues to be in development. SiD measures sustainability system wide, including system resilience, social justice, and self reliance.

As director and systemic designer, he has been the driver behind Except's bio-based architectural and urban designs, such as the Merredin Algae plant, Shanghai vertical agriculture tower systems and the urban redevelopment of Schiebroek-Zuid. In addition he has designed refugee housing for Katrina victims, developed innovative software solutions for knowledge management and worked on Polydome, the sustainable agriculture system. Tom was also the founder, together with Richard Boeser, of the Rotterdam Collective, a social workspace for socially engaged entrepreneurs in Rotterdam, the Netherlands.

Tom advises national and regional governements as well as multi-national corporations on sustainability strategy. He has worked in Australia, Canada, China, the Netherlands and the United States. He has taught in various schools and institutions and publishes articles and a variety of magazines and journals regularly. He lectures on congresses and events as a keynote speaker on sustainability, resilience and innovation practices.

  • Dr Jyotish Prakash Basu
  • Dr Jyotish Prakash Basu

    Associate Professor & Head, Department of Economics of West Bengal State University

Dr. Jyotish Prakash Basu is an Associate Professor & Head, Department of Economics of West Bengal State University, Barasat, Kolkata,West Bengal, India. He holds Master in Economics from the University of Burdwan, India, having Statistics & Econometrics as specialization and he did Ph.D. in Economics from Vidyasagar University in India. Dr. Basu has more than 22- year teaching as well as research experiences.
His broad area of research is on agricultural economics, environmental economics and forest economics. His expertise is towards agriculture and forestry sectors and econometric model building, statistical analysis especially for deriving policy implication for developing countries with special reference to the Indian economy. His focus of current research is more towards economic, social and environmental dimensions of climate change adaptation, ecosystem services, forest resource management, non-timber forest products and multidisciplinary research on sustainable development, poverty and vulnerability, food security of forest dependent people.  

His two current research projects are running notably “Adaptation to climate change & Household economy: A study on Forest dependent communities in drought, coastal and mountain regions in West Bengal India’ and “Ecosystem Services and Human Well-being: A study in Coastal Sunderbans, West Bengal, India”, which are funded by the Government of India. In the capacity of dynamic researcher he visited 15 countries such as Japan, Australia, Sweden, UK, Denmark, Switzerland, Netherlands, Portugal, Ireland, Iran, China, South Korea, Philippines, Vietnam & Sri Lanka and he published a lot of papers/ articles in the international as well as national journals.
  • Penda Diallo
  • Penda Diallo

    Project Advisor, Bioclimate

Penda Diallo is a Project Adviser with Bioclimate. She is currently completing a PhD at the University of Edinburgh on natural resource governance in West Africa, with a focus on Guinea.
She worked previously as an environmental consultant with AECOM and as a Research Associate and Assistant with the Conflict Security and Development Group, King’s College London/ African Leadership Centre (ALC), with whom she is a Visiting Research Associate. She has also worked with Helen Keller Worldwide in Guinea, She was a Peer-Educator for the Institute of Labor and Community in New York and was an intern with UNICEF in New York.
Penda Diallo has a MLitt in Peace and Conflict Studies from St Andrews University and a BA (Hons) in Marketing Communications and Advertising from De Montfort University (Leicester). 

Penda’s research interests and expertise include natural resources management, corporate social responsibility, conflict, security and development, the environmental impact of mining activities on local communities and renewable and non-renewable energy in Africa. She is also interested in issues of youth vulnerability and exclusion in West Africa.
  • Martin Sneary
  • Martin Sneary

    Manager - Biodiversity Risk Assessment and Corporate Decision Support, IUCN

Martin Sneary is the Manager for Biodiversity Risk Assessment and Corporate Decision Support with IUCN, and also the Programme Director for IBAT, the Integrated Biodiversity Assessment Tool – a multi-institutional programme of work involving BirdLife International, Conservation International, IUCN and UNEP-WCMC. His focus is on promoting, developing and implementing key safeguards, guidance and decision-support tools to improve business practices while delivering significant net positive impacts for healthy ecosystems. He is knowledgeable on a broad suite of environmental and policy-related issues and their relevance to industry, with a strong desire to assist companies to better understand and value the importance of our natural heritage. Prior to joining IUCN, Martin spent almost 10 years with BirdLife International, leading their Biodiversity Information Management division, including a 2 year secondment with Conservation International where he served as a Senior Adviser. Before this, he has spent time with UNEP-WCMC and also 3 years in the private sector. 

  • Carl Obst
  • Carl Obst

    Honorary Fellow, University of Melbourne

Carl is currently an honorary fellow at the University of Melbourne and consults to international organisations and national governments on projects related to environmental-economic accounting. His work in this area extends from his role, from 2010-2013, as Editor of the UN System of Environmental-Economic Accounting (SEEA) in which he led the drafting and preparation of the SEEA. The SEEA includes an international statistical standard covering all aspects of environmental-economic accounting at the national level and encompasses significant advances in describing accounting for ecosystems.

Carl's background for this work is a 19 year career with the Australian Bureau of Statistics, with experiences across a range of topics within economic statistics including quarterly national accounts and GDP measurement, productivity and capital stock analysis, financial sector output, balance sheets, tourism satellite accounts, natural resource accounting, composite leading indicators and price indexes.

Carl has held executive roles as head of the ABS National Accounts Branch from 2003 to 2008, and as Regional Director of the Victorian ABS Office from 2008 to 2010. He also worked for 3 years with the OECD in Paris on economic data and sustainable development indicators. 

  • Professor Steve Albon
  • Professor Steve Albon

    Environmental Sustainbility Champion, James Hutton Institute

Prof Steve Albon, FRSE, is a population ecologist based at the James Hutton Institute, in Aberdeen. Since 2009, Steve has played a major role co-chairing the UK National Ecosystem Assessment, with Prof Sir Robert Watson, FRS, then Chief Scientific Adviser, Defra, and now Prof Kerry Turner, CBE. The UK NEA published in 2011 ( is one of the most thorough sub-global integrated assessments ever undertaken, and also led to innovation in the development of methods for the valuation of ecosystem services. Steve is particularly interested in demonstrating the links between ecosystem function and human well-being, and is pursing this line of research asCoordinator of the NERC Valuing Nature Network (VNN).The rationale for the VNN ( is that unless we understand the value of natural resources, ecosystems and biodiversity then decision making regarding this natural capital will remain highly problematic and arguably flawed. The network seeks to bring together the diverse interdisciplinary community necessary to tackle these challenges. 

  • Jonathan Hughes
  • Jonathan Hughes

    Director of Conservation, Scottish Wildlife Trust & Global Councillor, IUCN

Jonathan Hughes is director of conservation and deputy chief executive with the Scottish Wildlife Trust, part of the family of Wildlife Trusts in the UK with a collective membership of over 830,000.

In 2012, Jonathan was elected to the global Council of the International Union for the Conservation (IUCN). The IUCN is the world’s oldest and largest global conservation organisation, comprising both state and NGO members. In January 2013, Jonathan was appointed by fellow Councillors to chair the Council’s policy and programmes committee which oversees strategic policy and programmatic decisions made by the IUCN.

Jonathan is the programme director for the World Forum on Natural Capital, an initiative led by the Scottish Wildlife Trust in partnership with United Nations Environment Programme, IUCN, the World Business Council for Sustainable Development and the TEEB for Business Coalition.

Jonathan is also chair of the People’s Heroes Trust, a member of the board of Architecture and Design Scotland (a public appointment) and a scientific advisor to the European Outdoor Conservation Association.

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