Andrew Mitchell

Senior Advisor

Andrew is the Founding Director of the Global Canopy Programme, an environmental think tank based in Oxford and is Senior Advisor to Ecosphere+. He is an international thought leader on tropical forests and climate change with extensive field experience in Asia, Africa and Latin America. Andrew has 40 years of experience at the frontline of conservation policy in developing countries and was the co-founder of Earthwatch Institute in the UK. At GCP he has strongly advocated for a halt to the global destruction of tropical forests and the inclusion of Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation (REDD+) in the UN climate regime.

Andrew has a strong track record of working with the corporate and finance sector on sustainability. He initiated the Forest Footprint Disclosure Project (now CDP Forests) that is today backed by 365 investors managing assets of USD 22 trillion. Andrew also jointly established the Natural Capital Finance Alliance, that engages 160 banks, insurers and investors and civil society organisations on designing tools to help the financial sector take natural capital into account in its future lending and investments. Andrew was Special Adviser to the Prince of Wales’ Rainforests Project and has experience developing green bonds in tropical landscapes for capital markets.

Andrew trained as a zoologist at the University of Bristol and spent his early years pioneering research in the high canopy of tropical rainforests. He is an Emeritus Fellow of Green Templeton College, Oxford and was a Research Associate at the University’s Zoology Department.