Richard Burrett

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"Richard Burrett spent over 25 years working in international banking. After an initial period with NatWest, he joined AMRO Bank in 1988, where he gained wide experience of working on structured and project financing in the energy and infrastructure sectors, becoming Managing Director and Global Head of Project Finance in 2001. In this role he was instrumental in the development of the Equator Principles, creating a market recognised standard for the management of environmental and social risk within project financing. He started to work directly on ABN AMRO's award-winning sustainability agenda in 2004, becoming Global Head of Sustainability before leaving the Bank in May 2008. He was Co-Chair of the UNEP Finance Initiative from 2010 to 2012 and led their Biodiversity and Ecosystems workstream. He is a Partner at Earth Capital Partners LLP, a sustainability-focused investment group, and a Board Director of the Union Bank of Nigeria PLC; a Board Member of Forest Renewables, developing the renewable energy potential of Scotland's national forest estate, and also a Board Member of Forest Trends, a Washington-based organisation promoting market-based approaches to forest conservation. He holds a BA in German and a MBA from Durham University.

"Richard has contributed a chapter to Iveta Cherneva's book: The Business Case for Sustainable Finance. Read more on our Faculty Publications page."[1]


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  1. Institute for Sustainability Leadership Fellows, organizational web page, accessed May 8, 2014.