Crown Prince Court

Biography of the speakers

Pavan Sukhdev, President of WWF-International

Biography and Career Highlights

  • Pavan Sukhdev is a sustainability thought leader, an experienced innovator in practice, and an influential voice among national environmental policy makers and institutions focused on sustainable development.
  • As Special Adviser and Head of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP)s Green Economy Initiative and Study Leader of TEEB, Sukhdev led the path-breaking TEEB report (‘The Economics of Ecosystems & Biodiversity) and UNEP’s landmark report, ‘Towards a Green Economy.
  • He is Goodwill Ambassador for UNEP and TEEB and Special Adviser to its new study, TEEB for Agriculture and Food.
  • In 2011, Sukhdev was awarded the McCluskey Fellowship by Yale University, where he taught a graduate course on TEEB and wrote Corporation 2020, a book and campaign on transforming business for tomorrows world. It promotes tomorrows corporation as one with positive rather than negative externalities, and describes the four most important corporate change drivers for moving to an inclusive green economy.
  • A career banker, Sukhdev is Founder-CEO of GIST Advisory, a sustainability consulting firm which works with companies and governments to mainstream the recommendations of TEEB, Green Economy and Corporation 2020.
  • In January 2018, Sukhdev was appointed President of WWF-International. The World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) is among the worlds largest networks for nature conservation.
  • He was awarded the Gothenburg Award for Sustainable Development in 2013 and the Blue Planet Prize in 2016.