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Andrea Athanas


Andrea Athanas

African Wildlife Foundation, Program Design Manager – Agriculture and Energy

Arusha, Tanzania

Andrea is a Program Design Manager – Agriculture and Energy with the African Wildlife Foundation. Her ambition is to find pathways for societies to transition to sustainable growth using business as a driver for achieving a better future, including energy futures. As a part of the Program Design team in AWF, she is responsible for fundraising in Eastern Africa and takes a thematic lead in the team for designing interventions relating to agriculture and energy.

Prior to joining AWF Andrea was the Senior Program Officer with the Business and Biodiversity Program of IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) in Gland, Switzerland. In this role she developed IUCN’s program on energy, ecosystems and livelihoods and led on engagement with the extractive industries. Andrea has experience in program design and development, project fundraising and implementation, and training and guideline development. She has field experience working with the conservation community, government agencies and the oil and gas sector in China, Russia and Italy. With an economics background, Andrea started with IUCN on integrating economic thinking and tools into the conservation agenda. She launched a global program of work on biodiversity and impact assessment with the Convention on Biological Diversity and the International Association for Impact Assessment, of which she has also been a Board Member. As a Fellow, she applies systems thinking across her various projects often in an effort to help bring about behavior change of key stakeholders. She is interested in innovations around impact investing and social enterprise as well as energy futures. Andrea has developed guidelines for integrating biodiversity into impact assessment processes, advised on the development of biofuels standards, and established a network of energy professionals for IUCN. While much of her career has been working with multinational companies and global policy frameworks, she has more recently transitioned to regional and field focused work with the African Wildlife Foundation.

Andrea has a Masters in Environmental Assessment and Evaluation from the London School of Economics and a Bachelors degree in Economics and English from the University of Michigan.

Selected Publications
Andrea published a paper in the Commonwealth Ministers Reference Book 2010 titled Bioenergy, Ecosystems, and Livelihoods, and presented another paper at the World Renewable Energy Conference in Abu Dhabi on Clean Energy that Safeguards Ecosystems and Livelihoods: integrated assessments to unleash full sustainable potential for renewable energy. Most recently she has contributed to a publication looking at the gender implications of the World Bank’s Climate Investment Funds titled Gender Review of the CIF.

Updated November 2013.