Emma Lear

ESG & Impact Director

Emma is responsible for coordinating the environmental, social and governance (ESG) aspects of Althelia’s investments. She supports and works closely with Dr Jill Shankleman to assess the environmental and social impacts of projects, and alongside portfolio investments to ensure compliance with Althelia’s environmental, social and governance standard.

Emma has worked for Althelia Ecosphere since September 2013, initially in the role of logistics manager,  contributing to the due diligence process of all investments and conducting research.

Previously Emma has worked as a scientific researcher on large mammal grassroots community conservation projects in East Africa and Europe, where she studied elephants, lions and brown bears. She has been involved in a variety of research projects assessing human-wildlife conflict and using spatial, biological and bio-economical modelling to explore habitat suitability, population dynamics and policy change, as well as community conservation programmes working with local people to promote positive behaviour changes towards conflict species. She was the lead author of a paper that assessed the Croatian brown bear population and hunting quotas published in the European Journal of Wildlife Research in 2013. Emma has also volunteered with Save the Rhino International and the Chagos Conservation Trust.

Emma has an MSc in Conservation Science from Imperial College London and a BSc in Zoology from the University of Durham.