Our expert advisors.
We work with environmental and social experts from all over the world on client projects. Our expert advisors support our team through their decades of experience, deep technical expertise and on-the-ground knowledge.
International Environmental Law and Governance
Dr. Sandra Cassotta
Sandra is Associate Professor in International, Environmental and Energy Law at Aalborg University in Denmark. She was appointed Lead Author on Environmental Governance and Polar Regions (Arctic and Antarctic) at the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) United Nations. She is specialized in environmental damage and liability problems in a multilevel context. Her expertise is on environmental regime effectiveness in a multi-level governance perspective. Included in her areas of interests are Climate and Biodiversity law, Energy law (renewable and non-renewable) human rights, law of the sea (UNCLOS), and environmental security (particularly that of the Arctic Ocean), Energy Security and Geopolitics, environmental justice, and green energy transition. Though a traditional legal scholar, her approach is cross-areas and transdisciplinary combining law with international relations, economics, and elements of (climate) environmental science. Sandra is also Adjunt Professor of Law, School of Law, Western Sydney University (Sydney, Australia), Fellow at the Sustainability College Bruges – SCB (Belgium), Expert Research Fellow at the Institute for Security and Development Policy, ISDP working on the Sino-Arctic Research Programme (Stockholm, Sweden), Member of the Governamental Panel of Assessemnt for the Academy of Finland, Expert at the European Commission (DG Clima Adaptation) and the European Parliament, and Visiting Professor of Law and at Università degli Studi di Milan (Milan, Italy).
Biodiversity preservation and deforestation
Marioldy Sanchez Santivañez
Marioldy is a forest engineer with a Diploma in Monitoring and Evaluation of Development Programs and Projects and a diploma in Social Management. She has fifteen years of experience in managing forest conservation and sustainable development projects in the Peruvian Amazon and the northern coast of Peru. She is technical expertise in project design, planning, monitoring and evaluation, extension and training, systematisation of experiences and facilitation of participatory processes, sustainable forest management (SFM), community forest management, sustainable land management (SLM)and FSC forest certification.
Kristin Hughes is a global expert on circular economy issues, particularly focused on plastics and critical raw materials. She is the former Director of the Global Plastic Action Partnership and member of the Executive Committee of the World Economic Forum and Steering Committee member of the Global Battery Alliance.
Prior to this role, she founded Cranbrook International, a boutique firm based in London focusing on sustainability, communications, reputation, stakeholder engagement, and corporate responsibility. Kristin also worked at Mars serving as the Global Director of Sustainability, Health and Wellbeing in the UK and Global Corporate Affairs and Sustainability Director in Belgium. Before joining Mars, she held several positions in corporations such as Hasbro, Gap and Hewlett Packard, in addition to the public sector such as Press Advance Lead for the Dole-Kemp U.S. presidential campaign.
She holds a bachelor’s degree in International Relations, German and Political Science from Willamette University and a Juris Doctor from the American University’s Washington College of Law.
Dr. Alice Rizuti
Alice is a lecturer in criminology at the University of Hull. Her expertise lies in food crime, food fraud,environmental and green criminology, organised crime and mafia studies, corporate crime, and comparative criminal justice. Before joining Hull, Alice worked at the Department of Sociology at the University of Essex, where she completed her PhD with research on the institutional responses to food crime and the involvements of organised crime and mafia-type groups in the food supply chain in England and Italy. She previously worked as a Research Associate for the Countering Regional Italian Mafias Expansion project sponsored by the ESRC Impact Acceleration Account and partnered with Eurojust and Europol. Alice holds a five-year degree in law from the University of Palermo (Italy) and a second-level postgraduate Master in Corruption and Organised Crime Studies at the University of Pisa (Italy).
Biodiversity protection and deforestation
Dr. Robert Ewers
Robert Ewers is a Professor of Ecology in the Faculty of Natural Sciences, Department of Life Sciences at Imperial College London. He is an international leader in the discipline of landscape ecology, for which he has developed new theories for modelling the time-delayed impacts of habitat loss and fragmentation on species’ extinction rates. He is widely recognized for having established the Stability of Altered Forest Ecosystems (SAFE) Project—one of the world’s largest ecological experiments—which has provided key insights into the ecological resilience of human-modified tropical forests. By creating a computer simulation of one of the world’s most complex ecosystems, a tropical rainforest, Ewers’ research advanced the understanding of how rainforest systems perpetuate themselves, and gain insight into their ability to resist the ever-increasing pressures that people place upon these ecosystems.
Robert provides expert guidance to industry on biodiversity, carbon and sustainability strategies, including the planning of ecological assessments, habitat surveys and environmental impact assessments. Robert has spent 16 years at Imperial College London. He has been published over 160 times and featured in Trends in Ecology and Evolution, Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, and the Nature Ecology & Evolution. Robert was awarded the NOMIS Distinguished Scientist in 2021, the Scientific Medal from the Zoological Society of London in 2018 and 2019, and the NETEXPLO Innovation Forum Award from UNESCO in 2019. He is currently a member of the British Ecological Society, New Zealand Ecological Society, and New Zealand Entomological Society.
Professor Sankar Sivarajah
Sankar is a Technology Management and Circular Economy Professor at the University of Bradford School of Management. Before Bradford, he started his academic career at Brunel University London. He is the Deputy Editor of the Journal of Enterprise Information Management and has published over 70 scientific articles in leading peer-reviewed journals and conferences. His research tackling societal challenges such as energy-efficient digital currencies, consumer behaviour and waste reduction has featured in reputable media publications such as The World Economic Forum, BBC Yorkshire and The Conversation. To date, he has a successful track record as Principal and Co-investigator in over £3 million worth of Research and Innovation and consultancy projects funded by reputable funding bodies and commercial organisations on projects addressing business and societal challenges surrounding themes such as AI Innovation Strategy Development, Smart Cities and Sustainable Societies.
Professor Gill Main
Gill is an expert in poverty, social exclusion and well-being. Her career has included stints in academia and the voluntary sector, most recently as Professor of Childhood, Youth and Social Justice at the University of Leeds. She has extensive experience in conducting participatory and mixed methods research and is committed to incorporating experiential expertise into how social issues are conceptualised, defined, measured and acted upon. She has worked on a wide range of local, national and international projects designed to better understand and address issues relating to social justice and transformative social change.
Social Justice | Resource Circularity
Professor Aimee Ambrose
Aimee is a Professor of Energy Policy at the Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research (CRESR) at Sheffield Hallam University. She is also a Visiting Professor at Lund University, Sweden and founder and trustee of the Fuel Poverty Research Network- an international charity funding research into energy poverty and facilitating knowledge exchange between academia and policy and practice. Aimee’s PhD was on non-technical considerations in relation to domestic energy efficiency. Her research interests, pursued over a career spanning 18 years, are primarily concerned with understanding how policies designed to reduce the negative environmental impacts of energy systems and housing impact upon and are experienced in the everyday lives of marginalised households. Aimee is also very motivated to represent the interests of the non-human world in my research as am a vociferous advocate of justice for nature.