NATURAL STRATEGIES CURRENTLY WORKS IN THESE COUNTRIES
Founder & Director
Alexander is the Founder & Director of Natural Strategies. He has supported ecosystem conservation & sustainable land use in more than 20 countries in Africa, Latin America & Asia with the UN & the private sector.
Working with the Finance Unit of UN Environment for nine years, including as its REDD+ focal point person, he designed the largest global programme for UN Environment to help developing countries prepare to access the Green Climate Fund.
He also co-managed a pilot programme in seven African countries to launch forest & agroforestry projects through the carbon markets, including one of the first registered African REDD+ projects, and provided a broad range of technical assistance on
climate change & biodiversity, in support of governments, private sector & NGOs.
Alexander holds a University Master's Degree in Environmental Management & Restoration, a German University Law Degree & a University Diploma in Wildlife & Natural Areas Management.
Lead, Climate and Biodiversity Solutions
As Natural Strategies' Lead on climate and biodiversity consulting, Pablo advises our clients on sustainability challenges in complex supply chains, helping to establish deforestation-free, water resilient and climate-smart supply chains.
In his 11+ years of professional experience as climate change adaptation and mitigation consultant, Pablo built strong expertise on identifying environmental and socio-economic impacts, designing solutions and implementing them on site and measuring, reporting and verifying the outcomes of projects and programs. He gained on-site experience in more than 23 countries on five continents and has provided advisory services to the public, the private, the multilateral and the civil sector.
Pablo holds a Master of Science in Tropical and International Forestry from University of Gottingen (Germany), a Master of Science in Energy Efficiency and Sustainability from University Jaume I (Spain) and a Bachelor of Science in Forestry from Polytechnic University of Valencia (Spain).
Lead, Land Use Projects Africa
Based in Cape Town, South Africa, Marie-Ange leads Natural Strategies' project portfolio in Africa. She has 10+ years of experience on climate change with a focus on adaptation in least developed countries (LDCs).
Her expertise includes project design for the GEF and the GCF, project evaluation (MTR), capacity building and technical assistance to access and use climate finance (especially through the GCF). Marie-Ange worked extensively in Africa, including in Benin, Burkina-Faso, Comoros, Djibouti, Ethiopia, the Gambia, Guinea, Madagascar, Mauritius, Seychelles and Swaziland. Previously, she worked as a university researcher and lecturer on climate change and sustainable development.
Marie-Ange holds a PhD in Environmental Science, a postgraduate degree in Development Studies, and a Master's degree in International Policy from the Free University of Brussels, Belgium.
Finance and Markets Analyst
Oliver is Finance and Markets Analyst at Natural Strategies. He analyzes investment opportunities through public-private partnerships for sustainable land use, conducts research on greening commodity supply chains in Latin America, Asia and Africa and helps mobilize sustainable finance for landscape conservation in central Africa.
Oliver has a strong background in the environmental economics field, with an academic profile focused on the link between economics, finance and biodiversity conservation. Among others, he has conducted research in the Input-Output framework at the Spanish national level and its environmental implications (emissions and energy consumption patterns).
Oliver has also been part of the sustainable finance ecosystem, working to accelerate sustainable finance engagement of the public and the private sectors.
Jillian is a global climate finance professional with 12+ years of experience supporting access to climate finance in the Asia-Pacific, Africa and Middle East regions for governments and international organizations.
For over four years, Jillian supported the largest global climate fund, the Green Climate Fund (GCF), helping operationalize its Readiness programme to access the Fund.
For over 10 years she supported the Government of Rwanda in establishing its environment and climate fund, with over USD 55 million in seed financing.
She holds a Masters in Environmental Change and Management from Oxford University, and Bachelors Degree from Georgetown University in Science, Technology and International Affairs. She is also pursuing her Masters in Finance from Georgetown University.
Senior Associate Consultant
Jesica is a global climate finance & governance expert. She has worked with project developers, governments, development banks and the UN across 35 countries to support climate-friendly finance flows and institutional governance and develop institutional capacities, climate-related projects & strategies and risk/opportunity frameworks.
Her recent tasks include developing Green Climate Fund Proposals, structuring blended finance opportunities, supporting national development banks to build Environmental and Social Safeguards, supporting countries in Green Climate Fund readiness and supporting strategy development for TCFD inclusion in ESG products.
Jesica holds a Master’s in Finance from University of Cambridge and a BA in International Politics from University of New Mexico.
Monika Bertzky has worked in international nature conservation for 15 years, using her academic background in natural & social sciences to generate knowledge products for environmental policy & decision-making. She has a record of accomplishment at developing and contributing to projects with UN bodies, governments, NGOs, academia & civil society in Africa, Asia & Latin America, as an employee & independent consultant.
Her main areas of expertise include social & environmental safeguards & standards (Cancun, UNDP, UNEP, GCF/IFC), risk assessment, SESA, ESMF, the role of biodiversity & ecosystems in climate change mitigation & adaptation, and protected area mgmt & governance, among others in the context of the GCF.
Monika holds a PhD in Human Geography, a University Diploma in Biology & has completed additional trainings, e.g. in Environmental Security & Sustaining Peace, Climate Change Mitigation in Developing Countries & Protected Area Management in Africa.