The Green Economy Coalition is governed by a Steering Group which meets every two months to decide on strategic and management issues, and is coordinated by a small Secretariat housed at IIED's offices in London. Learn more here.

The Steering Group

Aban Marker Kabraji

Regional Director, IUCN Asia

Aban is Regional Director for IUCN Asia, overseeing 15 countries and more than 70 wide-ranging environmental initiatives. She has 30 years of experience and leadership raising awareness on gender, culture, and the sovereign dimensions of conservation. Ms. Kabraji is visiting Professor with the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies.

Thibaut Portevin

Policy Officer - Green Economy, DG DEVCO, European Commission

Thibaut leads DG DEVCO's SWITCH TO GREEN flagship green business programme, and manages EU support to relevant initiatives, including the GEC. Thibaut previously led on forestry and climate change with the EU Delegation to Indonesia, and worked with several international NGO programmes. He holds master’s degrees in business and development.

George Varughese

President, Development Alternatives

George has over three decades of experience working in various facets of environment and development. His expertise covers national and international policy formulation, institutional design, technical support to programmes and projects, conducting training programmes, impact assessment, natural resource management, building partnerships and managing large-scale field programmes involving community participation.

Steve Bass

Senior Associate, IIED

Steve works with IIED and GEC on sustainable development, focusing on institutions, dialogue and diagnosis for inclusive green economies. He is known for poverty and environment work including ESPA, the WAVES project and the UN PEI. Previously, Steve was Chief Environment Adviser at DFID, and a fellow of the Rockefeller Foundation.

Oliver Greenfield

Convenor, Green Economy Coalition

As Convenor, Oliver provides the GEC’s network leadership, enabling people from diverse institutions to work and influence collectively. Before GEC, Oliver spent 7 years enabling stakeholder change leading WWF’s Sustainable Business and Economics work. He previously worked in corporate strategy advisor with Booz Company and the BBC World Service.

Steven Stone

Chief - Economics and Trade Branch, UNEP

Steven has over 15 years of professional experience in environmental and natural resource management and a PhD in Resource Economics from Cornell University. Prior to UNEP, Steven worked for the IDB in Ecuador and Honduras, and worked on capacity building, technical assistance and natural resource investment in Jamaica and Brazil.

Peter Poschen

Director - Job Creation and Enterprise Development Department, ILO

Peter is based in ILO’s Geneva office and is responsible for the coordination of the ILO Global Green Jobs Programme. Joining ILO in 1986, Peter has been team leader in the Sectoral Activities Department (1996-02), coordinator of the Decent Work Pilot Programmes (2002-05) and Senior Advisor on Sustainable Development (2006-09). 

Mike Wilson

Executive Director, Smart Prosperity Institute

Mike began his career as a lawyer, before moving into senior policy roles in the Canadian government working at the intersection of the environment, economy and innovation. Mike has a firm belief that 'green' and 'growth' can go hand in hand and a passion for making that happen. 


Mick Blowfield

Director - Shaping Sustainable Markets, IIED

 Mick specialises on the relationship between the private sector and sustainable development, having worked with NGOs, trade unions and governments in over 25 countries, including 10 years in Indonesia. He is emeritus professor at Wolverhampton University, and has held 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, the Sustainable Economy Programme, and jointly manages MAVA’s overall project portfolio, including global projects. Holger previously worked for WWF in the Mediterranean and in Mongolia, and holds a Master’s degree in biology from Bayreuth University in Germany.

The Secretariat

Ben Martin

Marketing & Communications

Ben joined the GEC in May 2017 to help grow the reach and impact of our work, bringing his experience of climate communications and policy advocacy gathered during his years working with MPs around the world on climate & energy legislation. Ben has a MA in Social & Political Science from the University of Chicago, and a 1st class honours degree from Oxford University. Ben is the team's go-to source for photos of red pandas.

Catriona McLean

Project Manager

Catriona joined the GEC in May 2017 to support the GEC's project management and implementation activities. Her expertise includes project and grant management, M&E, donor reporting, and work on the social dimensions of conservation. Before the GEC, Catriona worked for WWF-UK coordinating implementation of a portfolio of programmes in Africa, Asia and South America. Catriona is the team's calm, organised centre - with the exception of Fridays which she spends entirely in the pub (we assume).

Chris Hopkins

Project Officer

Chris works on the GEC’s public policy and project implementation, having joined the GEC in May 2014. He works on green economy policy, sustainable economics and climate ethics, having spent 5 years as a freelance journalist in the energy sector. Chris holds BA and MA degrees in Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE) from the University of York. Chris is the team's chief provider of unwarranted political commentary.

Emily Benson

Programme Manager

Emily manages the GEC's external communications as well as stakeholder and outreach strategy. As lead on many of the GEC's published reports, Emily is author of the GEC's external voice and positioning. Emily was previously Head of Communications and Engagement at Stakeholder Forum, and initially worked in documentary-making as a researcher and producer. Through her TV past, Emily holds many of the GEC's most inexplicable celebrity contacts.

Oliver Greenfield


As Convenor, Oliver provides the GEC’s network leadership, enabling people from diverse institutions to work and influence collectively. Before GEC, Oliver spent 7 years enabling stakeholder change leading WWF’s Sustainable Business and Economics work. He previously worked in corporate strategy advisor with Booz Company and the BBC World Service. Oliver is the very proud owner of the team's most impressive drip-irrigation system.

Stuart Worsley

Programme Director

Stuart joined the GEC in July 2017 as Programme Director, and leads work on global green economy dialogues and natural capital implementation. With 27 years working for development agencies, Stuart has extensive expertise in facilitating system wide change for development. He has lead organizations and programs that address change in agriculture, natural resources, water and sanitation. Stuart is co-author of "Navigating Complexity in International Development".