Pavan Sukhdev is a sustainability thought leader, an experienced innovator in practice, and an influential voice amongst national environmental policy makers and institutions focussed on sustainable development.
As Special Adviser and Head of UNEP’s Green Economy Initiative and Study Leader of TEEB (2008-2011), Pavan led the path-breaking TEEB report suite (‘The Economics of Ecosystems & Biodiversity’) and UNEP’s landmark report ‘Towards a Green Economy’. He continues to support TEEB as Special Adviser to its new study “TEEB for Agriculture and Food”.
Pavan was awarded the McCluskey Fellowship (2011) by Yale University, where he taught a graduate course on TEEB and wrote his book “Corporation 2020”. Based on his book, his campaign “Corporation 2020”, launched at Rio+20 (2012) promotes tomorrow’s corporation as one with positive rather than negative externalities, presenting key policy reforms needed to transform today’s business for tomorrow’s world.
As Founder-CEO of GIST Advisory (a sustainability consultancy that advises corporations worldwide) and as Founder-Trustee of GIST, (an NGO that measures sustainable development at all levels in India) Pavan’s focus now is to demonstrate and mainstream the vision of TEEB, Green Economy and Corporation 2020.
A career banker, Pavan delivered TEEB’s Interim Report (2008) whilst still working full time as a Managing Director of Global Markets Division at Deutsche Bank. He also serves on the boards of Conservation International, the Global Reporting Initiative and Stockholm Resilience Centre. His work has been recognized through several awards, including the Gothenburg Award for Sustainable Development (2013) and the Blue Planet Prize (2016).