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Mark King

Founding Partner and Safeguard Policy Specialist

Specialism Areas

Natural Sciences and Biological Sciences, Equity Investments, Lending and Investing, Extractives, Transport and Energy

Mark has a natural sciences background with a strong focus on biological sciences. As a former CEO, he built Earth-Active into a successful multidisciplinary consulting practice.

He has over thirty years’ experience in assessing and managing the environmental, health and social risks, impacts and opportunities associated with equity investments (including OTC), fungible/non-fungible debt, bonds, guarantees, insurance and leasing products. He has worked on development projects across the full range of economic sectors and in scores of countries for both public and private sectors.  These projects range from lending/investing in micro, small and medium enterprises to mega-projects in the extractives, transport and energy sectors. Latterly, with a focus on renewables and on financial institutions (small investment funds to large well-known multinationals). He has provided advice and guidance on a diverse range of issues including the protection of endangered species and critical habitat, labour and rights-based issues, resettlement, management of construction impacts, indigenous peoples and inclusion/discrimination issues.

With an aptitude for teaching and capacity building, Mark has also made significant contributions to building competencies in environmental, health, safety and social management in a variety of companies, financial institutions and government agencies.

Recently he has been consulting to the AfDB, IDB and IFC as well as private sector clients.

"I would like to warmly thank you for your professionalism and excellent content delivery during our ESG training. I particularly appreciated your interactive approach, and your efforts to encourage participants to engage actively with the content, which is exactly what we stand for"  United Nations Institute for Training and Research

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