The Global Canopy Programme comprises experts in forests, finance, water, climate and business who work globally to deliver impact.
A lawyer with 18 years experience in environmental and social management, Alberto has held many senior advisory posts including advisor to the Ministry of Environment, Peru. He is currently advisor to the President of the National Superintendence of Sanitation Services in Peru as well as Global Canopy’s Senior Advisor, Peru.
Alex has been at GCP since 2016, working in the core strategic communications team. Before GCP, he worked for a range of conservation organisations across research, communications and environmental campaigning, including the Polish Academy of Sciences and the UK Wildlife Trusts. Alex holds an MSc in Biodiversity, Conservation and Management and a BA in Geography, both from the University of Oxford.
Alexandra Pinzon is the Project Lead for the Unlocking Forest Finance project. She works with a small team researching innovative financial mechanisms to fund the transition to sustainable development in the Amazon region. Prior to joining GCP, Alexandra worked conducting quantitative and economic analysis of financial markets and regulation at the Colombian Financial Supervisory Authority (Superintendencia Financiera). Prior to this, she carried out financial risk and investment analyses at Ecopetrol, the largest oil and gas company in Colombia.
Andre joined Global Canopy in June 2017 and is currently a Research Assistant. He assists the Supply Chain team with research and analysis for projects mainly focused on Latin America. André has been working on conservation related issues for over eight years. In Brazil he has worked mostly on planning and implementation of strategic conservation plans within timber and paper certification context, providing support for large businesses and smallholders to comply with certification requirements, including High Conservation Value Areas (HCV) assessments.
Andrew W. Mitchell is the Founder Director of the Global Canopy Programme in Oxford and Senior Adviser to Ecosphere Plus (E+), an impact investment and marketing company specialising in environmental assets. He is an international thought leader on tropical forests, climate change and natural capital. He has extensive field experience in Asia, Africa and Latin America, across a forty-year career spanning scientific research, conservation and finance for forests.
Barbro has an MSc in Sustainable Resource Management from the University of Edinburgh and a BSc in International Environment and Development from the Norwegian University of Life Sciences. During her studies she has done environmental work for NGOs and worked as a municipality politician. Prior to joining GCP she conducted research on stakeholder attitudes towards protected areas in Norway.
Ben has a first class BA in Geography from University College London. He has worked on environmental issues in both NGO and consultancy contexts, and his independent research has been recognised by the Royal Geographical Society. Ben currently works on the Forest 500 and Trase projects.
Chris joined Global Canopy in 2017 to provide finance support for the Supply Chains Programme. He studied Spanish and Portuguese at University, and after initially working in language teaching and translation positions retrained as a Chartered Accountant and Auditor with PwC in 2008. In 2012, he left PwC to work in the charitable sector, and he has been working with grant-funded Education and International Development organisations in the not-for-profit sector since then.
Over a career spanning 18 years analysing, and investing in, UK and global companies in both the commercial asset management and in-house pension management industries, Chris became increasingly aware of both the rising threat of environmental and social impact issues to future investment returns and the lack of effective tools to help analysts, portfolio managers, and asset managers to assess, price, and manage these risks.
Christina has worked in conservation since 2004 when she joined Taiwanese NGO Wild at Heart Legal Defense Association. More recently, she co-ran a wildlife centre for the Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society (WDCS) in Scotland, and coordinated the media work of the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) in south east England. Her work has included writing, translating, lobbying and film-making, with a particular emphasis on birds and Taiwan’s Indo-Pacific humpback dolphins.