Ivo Mulder is a Programme Officer for the UN Environment Programme – Finance Initiative (UNEP FI), based in Geneva. UNEP FI is a strategic partnership between UNEP and nearly 200 global financial institutions. He is responsible for managing UNEP FI’s work on biodiversity, ecosystem services and water.
Prior to taking up this post, he worked as a consultant for Triple E – a Dutch advisory firm that operates at the intersection between economy and ecology. He set up a Swiss counterpart of the firm, and acquired projects for the company, and supported these to completion. Mr. Mulder also worked for the Dutch National Fund for Rural Areas (National Green Fund), an organization, which advocates optimum use of government funds for investment in nature and landscape, and the activation of private sources of funding for rural areas in the Netherlands.
Other professional experiences include working as an environmental finance consultant for KPMG Sustainability and Sustainable Finance Ltd., as a junior professional associate for the World Conservation Union (IUCN) in China and Switzerland, for Forest Trends (a Washington D.C.-based NGO), for Wageningen University and the Foundation for Sustainable Development.
Ivo has written numerous articles and other publications on the business rationale to better account for environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues by financial institutions and other businesses. The last few years his focus has centred on demystifying the materiality for financial institutions to better integrate aspects of biodiversity and ecosystem services and water issues in lending and investment policies of banks and other financial institutions. He earned his BSc and MSc degrees in Environmental Sciences from Wageningen University, with a specialization in ecological and environmental economics.