Ch. Des Pleiades 5
St Legier la Ciesaz 1806 nationality:
date: 23 May 1970
My ambition is to find pathways for societies to
transition to sustainable growth using business as a driver for achieving a
better future. I am interested in innovations around impact investing, social
enterprise and B Corporations. I aim to be part of the cadre of people creating
the new generation of business models which have at their core a regenerative
relationship with nature and society. I have a solid knowledge of the global
business and biodiversity agenda and have contributed to innovations such as
the integration of biodiversity into impact assessments, the development of IUCN’s
due diligence procedures for engaging the private sector, and the design of
biodiversity offsets frameworks. While much of my career has been working with
multinational companies and global policy frameworks, I have more recently
transitioned to regional and field focused work with the intention of building
my understanding of the constraints and opportunities of putting theory into
practice. I have excellent contacts in the global business and biodiversity
communities. I am self driven and results oriented with experience managing a
team of ambitious professionals.
Program Design Officer, African Wildlife Foundation
for generating funds from public sector sources for AWF's expanding portfolio
of landscape conservation programmes in Eastern Africa. Achievements include:
Developing an innovative approach to fundraising for a
series of large landscapes in Southern Tanzania leveraging agriculture sector
investment plans in the region to bring conservation outcomes in key
Expanding AWF networks and reputation with the global
business community including the World Economic Forum and the World Business
Council for Sustainable Development.
Improving the financial planning, project management
and reporting of Maasai Steppe Heartland.
Submitting eight project proposals and concepts of
over USD 1 million.
Programme Officer, IUCN - The World Conservation Union
for IUCN’s work on energy, ecosystems and livelihoods, involving:
Leading the conceptual development of IUCN’s energy programme
Advising Programmes (thematic and regional) on the
development and delivery of energy results, including project fundraising and
Managing the team of professionals implementing IUCN’s
global energy project portfolio.
Building multidisciplinary and multi-stakeholder
networks for supporting the conceptualisation and delivery of IUCN’s energy
work. Networks included experts from the conservation community, energy sector,
corporate partners, and government agencies.
Senior staff member of the
Business and Biodiversity Programme, involving:
Building up the business and biodiversity programme
including developing IUCN’s strategies for work with the mining and energy
Advising senior management on private sector issues.
Advising colleagues on private sector relationship
management, strategic direction, and technical issues (particularly relating to
Establishing and managing relationships with Shell,
Rio Tinto Alcan, and Nespresso.
Expanding IUCN’s networks to include private sector
partners and experts.
Representing IUCN in global business and biodiversity
policy fora and expert groups.
Pursuing innovations in technical areas including
biodiversity offsets, payments for ecosystem services, and biodiversity and
Officer, IUCN - The World Conservation Union
for IUCN’s extractive industries work, involving:
Chairing the interim committee on energy and
Leading the strategic planning for the business and
Managing a project portfolio with an annual turnover
of over 1 million CHF.
· Advising companies on approaches to integrate
biodiversity into environmental impact assessments and management systems.
Developing the IFC business and biodiversity guidelines.
Managing a portfolio of innovative financing
mechanisms for biodiversity oriented SMEs.
Adviser, Shell International (secondment from IUCN)
UK Responsible for developing and implementing The Shell Group
Biodiversity Standard. Achievements include:
Advising Shell on biodiversity issues at corporate and
Identifying biodiversity risks and opportunities using
Building the business case for strategically
Designing processes and tools to support the implementation
of the biodiversity policy.
Producing training and communications materials and
Representing Shell in international fora.
Assistant, IUCN - The World Conservation Union
Switzerland Responsible for
implementing Economics programme. Achievements include:
Representing IUCN’s position on environmental economic
issues in international policy forum and expert meetings.
Building networks with businesses, the scientific
community, governmental and intergovernmental organisations, academia, and NGOs;
Co-authoring two books and over 30 papers on biodiversity
finance, impact assessment, valuation, and incentives;
Assistant, London School of Economics
UK Conducted research
environmental management systems in SMEs.
Specialist, US Forest Service
USA Designed, managed and
promoted environmental education programmes.
Hungary Taught English to
secondary school students and adults.
Environmental Assessment & Evaluation, London School of Economics
Environmental Management Systems, Environmental Impact and Risk Assessment,
Strategic Environmental Assessment, Environmental Policy and Regulation,
Economics and BA English, University of Michigan
Skills, and Professional Affiliations
English mother tongue, proficient in French, basic
knowledge of Swahili and Hungarian
Competent user of a range of computer programmes and
capable of learning new technologies and programmes.
Board Member International Association of Impact
Assessment (IAIA) (1999-2003)
Member Executives International (2005-2008)
Sustainability Institute Dana Meadows Fellow
African Wildlife Foundation
Technical Design and Knowledge Management
Dr. William Jackson
+61 (03) 8627 4699
Shell International Ltd
Manager Environmental Footprint Innovation
+44 20 7934 5346
Publications from 1997-2000 under the name of Andrea
Athanas, A. (2010) Bioenergy,
ecosystems and livelihoods. Commonwealth
Ministers Reference Book 2010.
Athanas, A. And N.
McCormick (2010) Clean energy that
safeguards ecosystems and livelihoods: integrated assessments to unleash full
sustainable potential for renewable energy. World Renewable Energy Congress
XI (won award for best paper).
Athanas, A. (2005) Business
Involvement in Biodiversity and Impact Assessment to be published in IAPA
in March 2005.
Corporation (2006) Handbook on Business and Biodiversity
Shell International Exploration
and Production (2003) E&P Guidelines for Integrated Impact Assessment (contribution
to biodiversity component).
Bagri, A. (2000) Harnessing
private industry’s investment in biodiversity: The global picture. Presented
at the Southern and Eastern African Regional Biodiversity Forum.
Bagri, A. (2000) Developing
Biodiversity Business Assessment Tools. Presented at the annual meeting of
the International Association for Impact Assessment.
Phillips, A. (series
editor), Bagri, A.; Vorhies, F. (2000) Financing Protected Areas: Guidelines
for protected area managers. IUCN, Gland, Switzerland.
Bagri, A. (1999) Problématique
de la relation Biodiversité – Évaluation d'Impacts à l'échelle Globale). Presented
at a national workshop on Biodiversity and EIA in Cameroon.
Bagri, A.; Vorhies, F.
(1998) Options for Biodiversity Finance: Insights for Desertification. Presented
at the Global Biodiversity Forum prior to the 2nd Conference of the Parties of the Convention to Combat
Bagri, A.; Vorhies, F.
(1999) The Ramsar Convention and Impact Assessment. Presented at the 7th Conference of the Parties of the Ramsar
Convention on Wetlands.
Vorhies, F.; Bagri, A.
(1999) Incentive Measures to Encourage the Application of the Ramsar
Convention’s Wise Use Principle. Presented at the 7th Conference of the Parties of the Ramsar Convention on
Winkler, S.; Vorhies, F.
Bagri, A. (1999) Trade Measures in Multilateral Environmental Agreements:
Effectiveness of trade measures contained in CITES. Prepared for the
Economics, Trade and Environment Unit of UNEP.
Phillips, A. (series
editor), Bagri, A.; Vorhies, F. (1998) Economic Values of Protected Areas:
Guidelines for protected area managers. IUCN, Gland, Switzerland.
Bagri, A. (1998) Opportunities
for Biodiversity and Impact Assessment in Global Forum. Presented at the annual
meeting of the International Association for Impact Assessment.
Bagri, A.; McNeely, J., and
Vorhies, F. (1997) Biodiversity and Impact Assessment. Presented at the
annual conference of the International Association for Impact Assessment.
Bagri, A.; Vorhies, F.
(1997) Biodiversity Impact Assessment Discussion Paper. Presented at a
meeting of the Standing Body for Scientific, Technical and Technological Advise
of the Convention on Biological Diversity.