Hari Balasubramanian

Hari is a senior environment professional who has been fortunate to have learned from and assist over 300 projects in 60+ countries and while influencing >U$2.8B in sustainability-oriented financing – helping protect threatened species, forests, oceans and the people who depend upon them throughout the world. Hari advises governments, foundations, corporations and individuals on values alignment and sustainable economic development at scale. He is driven by impact and the goals are clear: a vibrant and diverse planet on land and in the ocean, a stable climate, healthy and breathable air, 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. Learning from and working with communities on the ground was deeply fulfilling but Hari always felt that something was lacking. The constant worry about limited philanthropic dollars meant that passionate people couldn’t do enough good work, and he learned that the magnitude of the sustainability challenge could not be addressed through donations alone – real dollars needed to flow.

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 demonstrating the business value of sustainability and thereby growing the amount of capital flowing toward environmental impact. EcoAdvisors advises on, sources and oversees enduring sustainability solutions with funding from philanthropy, corporate operations, government, and the financial sector. The firm has since built a diverse portfolio of work, network of partners and roster of consultants, which are described through these pages.

Recognizing a clear gap in the global marketplace he went on to co-found EcoInvestors Capital – a global investment firm focused on advancing 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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