Thomas is a conservation scientist specialising in the interface between business and the environment. With a degree in biology from the University of Durham, an MBA from the University of Cambridge Judge Business School and a PhD in anthropology from University College London, he has a diverse educational background as well as 20 years professional experience establishing, managing and developing environmental projects all over the world. This includes 10 years working in southeast Asia and four years in Africa with organisations including WWF, ZSL, The World Bank and the University of Cambridge. Today he works as a senior specialist for Fauna & Flora International (FFI).
At FFI, Thomas has a particular interest in how society can address the economic drivers of environmental problems. This includes the application of natural capital approaches, the role and development of voluntary production standards in transforming industries, and the role of finance in driving change. He is a non-executive director of Responsible Steel and the lead author on the World Bank’s Forest Smart Mining report.
FFI is one of the UK’s oldest environmental charities with a focus on biodiversity and a long-standing reputation for pragmatic conservation in partnership. Today, it has over 140 projects in 40 countries working with over 300 partners.
FFI has a particularly long history of working with business and was one of the first to move from traditional CSR-based funding relationships into more integrated partnerships to better manage core environmental impacts and dependencies.
FFI has a particular focus on the extractive industries and works with several companies on horizon scanning, compliance with International Finance Corporation performance standards and offsetting, voluntary production standards and the application of REDD+ and landscape approaches. FFI is currently at the forefront of the environmental response to the growing field of deep-sea mining.