I am a scientist by education, an international banker by training, and an environmental economist by passion. My interest and work in sustainability and the invisible economics in nature led to my appointment to head the United Nations’ “Green Economy Initiative” and to lead the G8+5 study TEEB (The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity).
In my book ‘Corporation 2020’, which I wrote while I was a visiting Fellow at Yale University, I envision tomorrow’s corporation as a producer of not just profits for shareholders, but value for all stakeholders, a creator of positive as against negative externalities. I describe the four key changes in micro-policy and corporate regulation which can rapidly transform today’s corporation to deliver tomorrow’s world: a green and equitable “economy of permanence”. As founder and CEO of my sustainability consulting firm, GIST Advisory, I work with C-suite executives and senior government officials on transition techniques, with a particular emphasis on metrics, as we cannot manage what we do not measure.
I spend considerable time on my role as Goodwill Ambassador for UN Environment, promoting TEEB implementation and Green Economy transitions around the world. I am new to CCI, but for several years I have served on the boards of Conservation International (CI), the Stockholm Resilience Centre (SRC), TEEB, and the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI).