Hari Balasubramanian

Hari has worked for over 15 years in international conservation and development with a core expertise in creating and communicating the business value of sustainability solutions. He is driven by impact and the goals are clear: a healthy planet on land and in the ocean, stable climate, abundant and diverse wildlife, prosperous communities and flowing, clean fresh water; not as a cost to society, but as an opportunity and previously under-recognized business value.

Hari has deep and expansive field experience at the front-lines of sustainability. Starting with coastal and marine projects in Portugal, Barbados, Malaysia, the Maldives and Cuba he later led the monitoring and evaluation function at Conservation International where he oversaw (and got to see!) over 150 projects in 45 countries around the world. Working with communities on the ground was deeply fulfilling but Hari always felt that something was lacking. The constant scrambling for limited philanthropic dollars meant that passionate people couldn’t do enough good work, and he saw firsthand that the magnitude of the sustainability challenge could not be addressed through donations alone.

In September 2012, he decided to trade in his SCUBA gear for a business suit and founded EcoAdvisors, a consulting firm with a specific focus on growing the pool of sustainability capital and guiding it to environmental impact. EcoAdvisors sources and oversees enduring sustainability solutions with funding from philanthropy, corporate operations, government, and private investment. The firm has since built a diverse portfolio of work, network of partners and roster of consultants, which are described through these pages. To date, the EcoAdvisors team has engaged in over 300 large-scale projects and influenced over U$2B in sustainability capital.

Hari is also the co-founder of EcoInvestors Capital, a global investment firm focused exclusively on achieving the environmental related SDGs through investments that generate competitive returns using flexible, private capital.

Hari holds a BSc in Biology from McGill University and an MSc in Geography (Distinction) from Oxford University. He currently sits on the Boards of the Nova Scotia Nature TrustThe Oceanic Society, Engage Nova Scotia, International Conservation Fund of CanadaLa Minga, Ecuador Azul and is on the High Level Advisory Committee to the President for Colombia Sostenible. Hari presents at popular and academic settings worldwide, largely about his luck stumbling into the sustainability field and the interface of business and positive societal impact. Even though he now rarely wears them, you should ask him about his beads.

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