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Annelisa Grigg, M.A., M.Phil – Director

Annelisa has more than 20 years of experience advising companies and civil society on the business risks and opportunities associated with the loss of nature. She combines a technical background in conservation biology with financial accounting knowledge. She started her career as a sustainability consultant with accounting firm KPMG, later working in leadership roles within environmental groups Fauna & Flora International and the United Nations Environment Programme World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC).

Annelisa recently spearheaded efforts to create broad agreement on corporate biodiversity indicators creating the Aligning Biodiversity Measures for Business Initiative.

Annelisa now specialises in the integration of biodiversity into natural capital assessments, corporate biodiversity indicators and disclosure and the integration of biodiversity into business strategy and financial decision making. She is a long term advisor to Aviva on the inclusion of biodiversity criteria within its stewardship fund range. Annelisa has an M.Phil. in Environment and Development and a B.A. in Zoology from Cambridge University.


Laura Fox, M.Sc., Senior Associate

Laura has more than 15 years of experience working in international conservation with companies and farmers on how to integrate biodiversity risk and management into company policies and farm management. She has an in-depth understanding of the challenges faces by marginalized farmers living in and around protected areas and areas of high conservation value.

Laura started her career in the private sector and moved to working with conservation NGOs on forestry and agriculture including leading and developing the Agricultural Landscape programme at Fauna & Flora International (FFI). She has helped develop tool kits to improve farmer access to market whilst protecting biodiversity, reviewed and strengthened multiple certification schemes for biodiversity, developed and implemented landscape level projects for agricultural companies and developed and applied a landscape level biodiversity risk and opportunity assessment for agricultural companies to use as an entry point into landscape level collaborations.

Laura now specialises on the integration of biodiversity into agricultural companies’ decision making, farmer incentives to act, use of landscape level approaches by companies and related biodiversity indicators. Laura has a BA (Hons) Travel and Tourism Management, and an MSc in Environmental Development from the University of East Anglia.


Annelisa has a network of associates on which she can call to undertake joint projects as required.


Andrew Mitchell, CEO and Founder, Equilbrium Futures

Andrew W. Mitchell is an international thought leader on natural capital finance and tropical forests. Founder of Equilibrium Futures, he provides strategic advice on natural capital to the finance sector; he is also Senior Adviser to Oxford think tank, Global Canopy, which he founded in 2001. As Founder and Senior Adviser to the Natural Capital Finance Alliance, he helps to design natural capital tools for banks, investors and insurers and is Senior Adviser to Mirova Natural Capital, a global impact investment fund.

James Spurgeon

James Spurgeon, Director, Sustain Value

James has 30 years’ experience in impact valuation – quantifying and valuing natural, social and human capital impacts and dependencies for businesses, financial institutions and governments. He has undertaken hundreds of environmental and social valuation studies and developed numerous decision-support tools for multiple sectors throughout the UK and worldwide. James was a lead author of the Natural Capital Protocol and the Integrated Capitals Assessment Principles, and an author of the Natural Capital Protocol Finance Supplement. He has authored many other business guides covering natural and social capital accounting, and ecosystem and water valuation.

James sits on the Advisory Panel of the Capitals Coalition, and has previously been a technical advisor to the Prince of Wales’s Impact Value Working Group and leader of the Natural Capital Accounting work stream of the EU’s Business and Biodiversity Platform. James has an MBA focusing on sustainability and environmental markets, an MSc in coastal resource management focusing on environmental valuation, and a BSc in Zoology.

Rosie Dunscombe, Independent Consultant

Rosie has over 17 years’ experience as a Chartered Accountant and subsequently an environmental economist, working on using valuation to integrate natural, social and humancapital into business decisions. Until recently she supporting the Capitals Coalition as their Technical Director, before moving to work as an independent consultant.

Rosie is the lead author of the Coalition’s Biodiversity Guidance, a collaborative effort that brought together business, policy and conservation stakeholders to develop guidance to address why and how biodiversity can be better integrated into core business decisions. She was also a key contributor to the Science-Based Targets for Nature Initial Guidance for Business, which sets out the process for setting and working towards these targets.

Rosie supported the original development of the Natural Capital Protocoland is an author of many subsequent supplementary guidance documents;training materials and natural capital assessments (including for Defraand Crown Estate Scotland).She also sits on the Climate Disclosure Standards Board’s Technical Working Groupand the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales’ Sustainability Committee.