Sissel Waage

Sissel Waage, Ph.D. is BSR’s Director of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services. She has over twenty years of experience working on sustainability and environmental issues in North America, Europe, and Africa. Previously, she worked for Forest Trends in various leadership positions, including as Director of the International Katoomba Group. Prior to this work, Sissel launched and led the R&D Program at The Natural Step, an international advisory services and research organization focused on sustainable business. She also served as core staff with The Natural Step’s Services Group, advising Fortune100 companies on integration of sustainability into strategy, operations, reporting, and philanthropy. Earlier in her career, Sissel worked with Sustainable Northwest and the World Wildlife Fund's (WWF) East and Southern Africa Program. Sissel’s work has been published in journals including: The Economist, The Guardian, GreenBiz,  the Journal of Sustainable Forestry, Corporate Environmental Strategy, Environmental Finance, Society & Natural Resources, Political Geography, and the Journal of Cleaner Production. She has edited two books entitled, Ants, Galileo, and Gandhi: Designing the Future of Business through Nature, Genius, and Compassion (Greenleaf Publications, 2003) and Ignition: What You Can Do to Fight Global Warming and Spark a Movement (Island Press, 2007). She completed her Ph.D. at the University of California, Berkeley in the Department of Environmental Science, Policy and Management, her M.S. (in forestry) also at UC Berkeley, and her B.A. magna cum laude from Amherst College. She has also studied at the University of Oslo’s Institute of Human Rights, in Norway, as a Fulbright Scholar, and at the National University of Singapore.


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