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Katie Leach

Senior Programme Officer | Business and Biodiversity

Katie’s role in the Business and Biodiversity Programme involves linking the scientific and technical functions of UNEP-WCMC with private sector partners and their influencers. This includes delivering data, information and technical support to help companies, governments and financial institutions understand and respond to potential impacts on natural capital.

Previous experience & expertise

Katie holds a PhD in Biological Sciences at Queen’s University Belfast in which she explored species’ responses to climate change using a variety of analytical techniques, including species distribution modelling and network analysis. Prior to this, she completed a four year MSci degree at the University of Nottingham. In her final year project, she studied the effectiveness of the Egyptian Protected Area network under future climate change.

Recent work by Katie Leach

Advancing Environmental Risk Management |

Katie is working with the finance sector through the Natural Capital Finance Alliance to catalogue the impacts and dependencies of businesses on ecosystem services and natural capital assets, and compile natural capital data inventories suitable for integration into financial risk models.

Proteus |

Katie supports the delivery of the Proteus Partnership, a collaboration between UNEP-WCMC and leading extractive companies dedicated to improving global biodiversity data and strengthening business approaches for biodiversity management.

Integrated Biodiversity Assessment Tool |

Katie coordinates UNEP-WCMC’s engagement in Integrated Biodiversity Assessment Tool (IBAT), a tool designed to deliver combined biodiversity data to businesses, development finance institutions and research and conservation organisations. IBAT is managed through the collaborative partnership of BirdLife International, Conservation International, IUCN and UNEP-WCMC.