GEC Governance

The Green Economy Coalition is governed by a Steering Group which meets every two months to decide on strategic and management issues (see minutes), and is coordinated by a small Secretariat housed at IIED's offices in London (contact secretariat).

Steering Group role
The Steering Group of the Green Economy Coalition is responsible for guiding the overall direction and overseeing the affairs of the Coalition, and reports to Members of the Coalition. Its core roles are:

  • To frame the strategic direction, goals, and work streams of the Green Economy Coalition, for validation by wider Coalition.
  • To plan global and regional meetings of the Green Economy Coalition.
  • To admit members to the Green Economy Coalition.
  • To report to members on matters of strategic interest related to the objectives of the Green Economy Coalition.
  • To publicize statements on significant issues concerning the objectives of the Green Economy Coalition.
  • To fundraise for Green Economy Coalition.

Steering Group Terms of Reference

Steering Group members - Current

Aban Marker Kabraji, Regional Director, IUCN Asia
Aban is currently the Regional Director for IUCN Asia, overseeing an active presence in 15
countries and responsible for more than 70 wide-ranging environmental initiatives. With more than
30 years of experience, her leadership has been instrumental in bringing awareness to gender,
culture, and the sovereign dimensions of conservation. Ms. Kabraji serves as the Co-Chair for the
Mangroves for the Future, the Chair for TRAFFIC, and a member of the Advisory Committee of the
UN Centre for Regional Development. She led the External Review of the IIED (2011-2012) and is a McCluskey Fellow visiting Professor with the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies.

Thibaut Portevin, Policy Officer - Green Economy, DG DEVCO, European Commission
Thibaut currently leads the development of DG DEVCO's SWITCH TO GREEN flagship programme on green businesses, and manages EU support to relevant initiatives, including a EUR 3 million contribution to GEC. Thibaut was previously posted at the EU Delegation to Indonesia where he was in charge of forestry and climate change cooperation. He also worked with NGOs, managing humanitarian and development programmes in the Balkans, Latin America, Central Africa and South East Asia. He holds master degrees in business management and development studies.

George Varughese, President, Development Alternatives
George has over three decades of experience in various facets of environment and development, including activities related to national and international policy formulation, technical support to programmes and projects, conducting training programmes, building partnerships and managing large-scale field programmes, involving community participation. His areas of expertise include Programme Planning and Management, Institutional Design, Regional Environmental Planning, Environment Impact Assessment; Natural Resource Management, Information Systems Management, Policy Formulation and Construction Management.

Steve Bass, Senior Associate, IIED
Steve works with IIED in support of institutional change for sustainable development, with a focus on dialogue and diagnosis for inclusive green economies and reform in key sectors (currently small-scale mining). He is known for work that integrates environment and poverty policy, chairing the Board of the 8-year Ecosystem Services for Poverty Alleviation research programme (ESPA), and serving on technical committees for the World Bank WAVES project and the UN Poverty Environment Initiative. Previously, Steve was Chief Environment Adviser at the UK Department for International Development (DFID), Warren Weaver Fellow at the Rockefeller Foundation in New York, and manager of IUCN’s Southern Africa office.

Oliver Greenfield, Convenor, Green Economy Coalition
Convenor is a carefully considered title to reflect network leadership, inviting people from diverse institutions and networks to work together, and enabling them to influence collectively. Prior to this role Oliver spent 7 years leading WWF’s Sustainable Business and Economics work, where he pioneered systemic stakeholder change programmes: One Planet Business, One Planet Finance and One Planet Economy. Before WWF, Oliver managed change in industry and the public sector, as a corporate strategy consultant for Booz Company and as the senior strategy advisor for the BBC World Service.

Steven Stone, Chief - Economics and Trade Branch, UNEP

Steven holds a PhD in Resource Economics from Cornell University and has more than 15 years of professional experience in environmental and natural resource management. Prior to his position with UNEP Steven worked for the Inter-American Development Bank in Ecuador as a Senior Environmental Specialist, and in Honduras as IADBs Country Representative. Dr. Stone has also worked in Jamaica and Brazil on large scale capacity building, technical assistance and investment projects in areas related to natural resources management.

Peter Poschen, Director - Job Creation and Enterprise Development Department, ILO

Peter is currently Director of the Job Creation and Enterprise Development Department of the International Labour Office (ILO) in Geneva, where he continues to be responsible for the coordination of the ILO Global Green Jobs Programme. After joining the ILO in 1986, Mr Poschen served in various capacities: most recently as team leader in the Sectoral Activities Department (1996-2002), coordinator of the Decent Work Pilot Programmes in the Policy Integration Department (2002-2005) and as Senior Advisor on Sustainable Development (2006-2009). 

Mike Wilson, Executive Director, Smart Prosperity Institute
Raised in New Brunswick, Mike began his career as a lawyer in Toronto, left to become senior policy adviser to the federal Environment Minister, and then went on to hold a series of increasingly senior roles in government working at the intersection of the environment, economy and innovation. Mike's skills as a manager and innovator earned him rapid promotion in government - most recently, leading a staff of 80 with a $10 million budget. Mike has long held a firm belief that 'green' and 'growth' can go hand in hand and a passion for making that happen. He brings passion and experience to his role at the helm of Smart Prosperity Institute.

Mick Blowfield, Director - Shaping Sustainable Markets, IIED
Mick is Director of IIED’s Shaping Sustainable Markets group.  He specialises on the relationship between the private sector and sustainable development.  He has worked with the private sector, NGOs, trade unions and government in over 25 countries around the world, including 10 years in Indonesia.   He is emeritus professor at Wolverhampton University, and prior to joining IIED had senior research positions at Oxford University, Cambridge University and Boston College.


Holger Schmid, Director - Switzerland/Sustainable Economy Programmes, MAVA Foundation
Holger is responsible for the implementation of the MAVA strategy for Switzerland, as well as for the Sustainable Economy Programme. Together with the other Programme Directors and the Director General he also jointly manages MAVA’s overall project portfolio, including global projects. Holger is a member of the European Coaches Network for adaptive management using the Conservation Measures Partnership open standards for conservation practice. Holger joined MAVA in 2005 having previously worked for WWF in the Mediterranean and in Mongolia. He has a Master’s degree in biology from Bayreuth University in Germany. 


Steering Group members - Past

Alex Wood, Senior Director - Policy and Markets, Sustainable Prosperity

Alex is one of Canada’s leading experts on the green economy. Alex has over twenty years’ experience working at the interface of the environment and the economy, with a particular focus on the development of market-based policies that contribute to a sustainable economy.  He has worked in the non-profit (WWF), public (NRTEE), and private (TD Bank Financial Group) sectors, and is now Senior Director, Policy and Markets at Sustainable Prosperity. Alex is a graduate of the University of Toronto (B.A.) and the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (M.A.)

Rubens Born, Executive Director, Vitae Civilis
Ruben’s work for Vitae Civilis, which he founded in 1989, is forging a broad and diverse array of civil society organizations into networks and coalitions that increasingly influence environmental and development policies at regional, national, and international levels. Focusing on issues with important global dimensions, such as water management, conservation and sustainable use of forest resources, and climate change, and with the aim of strengthening the management of participating organizations and empowering their memberships, Vitae Civilis organises seminars and workshops on such topics as strategic planning processes and human resource development.

Constanza Martinez, Deputy Head - Global Policy Unit, IUCN

Connie is the Deputy Head of the Global Policy Unit of the IUCN. Her background is in international environmental law on which she obtained an LLM in 1998. Before joining IUCN in January 2008, she worked as a consultant for organizations such as ISDR, UNEP, UNEP/GEF, WIPO. In her current position, Connie works to influence cross-cutting fora processes and subjects such as the agendas of G8/G20 and development related negotiations. Her ambition is to contribute to bringing environmental protection into non-traditional environmental processes and “communities,” making the case for natural capital as an essential input in the development equation

Anabella Rosemberg, Policy Officer - Environment and OHS, ITUC

As Policy Officer on Environment and Occupational Health and Safety of the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) and the Trade Union Advisory Committee to the OECD (TUAC), Anabella Rosemberg has co-ordinated the international trade union movement’s input to major environmental intergovernmental processes, notably the UNFCCC, since 2007. She also acts as a liaison contact point between ILO Green Jobs Initiative, UNEP’s Green Economy work and the trade union movement. She holds a Masters Degree in Development Studies, Institut d’Études Politiques de Paris

Dorothea Seebode, Independent Sustainable Innovation expert

From April 2006 to July 2011, Dr. Dorothea Seebode was the Senior Director Sustainability for Philips Research. She represented Philips in the Vision 2050 project of the World Business Council for Sustainable Business (WBCSD), where she led the work-stream on human well-being. Since 2012 she has been a member of the steering board of the Sustainable Innovation Lab, piloted by the University of Exeter, UK. She is a visiting professor for Sustainable Innovation at the RWTH.

Sally Jeanrenaud, Senior Research Fellow in Sustainable Development, Exeter Business School
Sally has over twenty years experience in international sustainable development, with research, policy, management and field experience from Asia, Africa and Western Europe. After joining the Exeter Business School in 2011 she contributed to the One Planet MBA and developed a Business for Sustainability (B4S) initiative with faculty and partners. She is co-founder and former Programme Director of the Green Economy Coalition, and developed IUCN’s policy dialogues on the Future of Sustainability. Sally has also worked for organisations including CARE; DFID; ECE; IIED; ILO; ISD; FAO; UNRISD; and WWF.


Juan Marco Alvarez, Chairman and Sustainability Advisor, ALGA Investments

Juan has worked on sustainability, nature conservation management and green growth issues for over twenty years and has a Masters degree in Business Administration and Sustainable Development. He has worked at leading organisations such as the International Union for Conservation of Nature where he was the director of the Economic and Environmental Governance Program. Juan has also served as Executive Director of SalvaNATURA, El Salvador’s leading conservation NGO and has been involved with many similar organisations such as the Business Council for Sustainable Development in El Salvador.


Aron Belinky, Independent Consultant & Non-Profit Organization Management Professional
With a wide range of experience in consultancy and non-profit organization management, Aron Belinky’s previous roles have included working at the Ethos Institute for Corporate Social Responsibility and CVces in Brazil. He has also worked as a national coordinator for the Global Campaign for Climate Action in Brazil and continues to collaborate on climate campaigns today. Aron has now focused on working as an independent consultant on implementing sustainability and also as a Brazilian NGO expert. 


Steering Group minutes