Global Canopy Programme Appoints New Executive Director

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International environmental NGO, the Global Canopy Programme (GCP), today announces the appointment of Niki Mardas as its new Executive Director. Andrew Mitchell, who founded GCP fifteen years ago, steps into a new role as Founder Director.

Niki Mardas, who takes up his new post with immediate effect, has worked for GCP since 2007, most recently as the NGO’s Deputy Director. In making the promotion, GCP’s Trustees cited his strategic vision and track record of excellence in both the private and non-profit sectors.  Andrew Mitchell, who founded GCP in 2000, to pioneer new thinking that could help value and preserve tropical forests, is taking up a new role within the organisation to spearhead leadership on natural capital within the financial sector and to maximise GCP’s impact around the world.

Commenting on his appointment, GCP’s Executive Director Niki Mardas said:

“GCP has catalysed so much innovation and impact in the forests and climate change space under Andrew’s remarkable leadership, and I relish the opportunity to build on this momentum.  The years ahead could not be more critical. Leading companies, investors and governments have made unprecedented commitments to remove deforestation from their activities and supply chains by 2020 – and it’s vital they deliver. We’ll be tracking and supporting their progress, identifying and pressuring the laggards still turning a blind eye, and helping to increase the flow of finance necessary to accelerate the transition to a deforestation-free global economy.”

Commenting today, GCP’s Founder Director Andrew Mitchell said:

 “After forty years at the frontline of conservation, fifteen of them with GCP, I am delighted our Trustees have offered this new leadership opportunity to Niki Mardas. Niki has tremendous dynamism and creativity, alongside the thoughtfulness and political skills needed to take GCP to a higher level. I am equally enthusiastic about the opportunity my new role at GCP offers to communicate, engage leaders and drive innovation for better stewardship of Earth’s natural capital. I am also pleased to continue as Co-Director of the Natural Capital Declaration, working with UNEP Finance Initiative to engage financial institutions on these issues as the world works towards a ‘better economy’.”

The Global Canopy Programme is a tropical forest think tank that works to demonstrate the scientific, political and business case for safeguarding forests as natural capital that underpins water, food, energy, health and climate security for all. Its pioneering initiatives include Forests Now, the Little Book series, the Forest Footprint Disclosure Project (now CDP’s Forests Program), the Natural Capital Declaration and Roadmap for the financial sector, and most recently Forest 500, the world’s first ratings agency for rainforests.