Business and Biodiversity

Gerard Bos: Director of IUCN Global Business and Biodiversity Programme

Gerard BosExpertise: business and biodiversity, sustainable development, Public-Private-NGO relationships

Language: English, Dutch, French, Spanish, German
Location: Gland, Switzerland


Gerard is Head of IUCN's Global Business and Biodiversity Programme. He is responsible for the implementation of IUCN’s Business Engagement Strategy and serves as focal point for all business and biodiversity related matters at IUCN.

Before joining IUCN in 2012, he worked for 5 years for Barclays Bank in London and Madrid and for 17 years for Holcim, one of the largest building materials producers, in Europe, USA and Africa. Gerard joined the Sustainable Development team at Holcim headquarters in 2007 and managed Holcim’s relationship with IUCN, developing the biodiversity strategy for the Group. He also represented Holcim at the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) on the Vision 2050 and the cement sustainability initiatives.

Gerard has a degree in European Business Administration from the European Business School, specialized in International Bank Finance. His passion for bringing different parts of society together to find optimal solutions for transformational change is what brought him to IUCN.


Giulia Carbone: Deputy Director, IUCN Global Business and Biodiversity Programme

Giulia CarboneAreas of expertise: tourism, extractives, industry initiatives, standard setting processes

Language: English, Italian, French
Location: Gland, Switzerland


Giulia Carbone has been with IUCN since 2006. She is the Deputy Head of IUCN’s Global Business and Biodiversity Programme. She is in charge of the Aluminium Stewardship Initiative and the development of a standard for aluminium sustainability. She also works on tourism related projects and coordinates the relationship with Nespresso. Before joining IUCN, Giulia worked for 8 years for the United Nations Environment Programme’s Division of Technology, Industry and Economics, where she coordinated the tourism programme and led the Tour Operators’ Initiative. Before joining UNEP Giulia worked as a consultant exploring various issues, including survey certification schemes for destinations, and engaging in marine mammals anti-captive campaigns in Italy.

Giulia is Italian, and has a Master of Science from the London School of Economics in Marine Policy and an undergtradute degree in Economics from the Univeristy of California, Santa Barbara.


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