Jon Ekstrom has a PhD in tropical ecology and a Masters in Cross-Sector Partnership. Jon spent the first half of his career in African and Asian protected areas management especially the relationship between local government and stakeholder communities.
Eleven years ago he founded The Biodiversity Consultancy, a team of 30 professionals who bring state of the art ecological expertise into industrial and financial decision making.
Jon was an architect of several corporate biodiversity policies such as Rio Tinto and the IFC Performance Standard 6. For IFC PS6, The TBC team led the successful field piloting of the landmark IFC PS6 policy on two $20bn mining projects in Mongolia and Guinea demonstrating that net gain is possible for large industrial projects.
TBC works from policy to implementation with government, finance and business to mainstream biodiversity into these sectors. Their focus has been with major oil and gas (Shell, Exxon, Chevron, Total), mining, renewable energy, agribusiness and consumer goods companies operating in emerging economies.
Jon is now focussed on the need for a new social architecture to achieve a Paris-type agreement for Biodiversity, and co-leads the Biodiversity Science-Based Targets Hub with IUCN.