VCA Team

vca-hosts-logosThe VCA Approach is hosted by Earthmind  at its office at the IUCN Conservation Centre in Switzerland. The initiative is co-hosted by the Global Footprint Network, which is based in Oakland CA USA.

There is a small VCA Team responsible for managing and developing the VCA Approach.

The Core Team

Francis Vorhies – VCA Operations

Francis is the founder and executive director of Earthmind. He has over 25 years of international experience in sustainable development and business. Previous experience includes CEO, Earthwatch Institute Europe; chief economist, IUCN; and resource economist, African Wildlife Foundation. Dr Francis has a PhD and MA in Economics from the University of Colorado at Boulder and a Diploma in Integrated Environmental Management from the University of Cape Town. He is a member of the IUCN Commission on Ecosystem Management (CEM), World Commission of Protected Areas (WCPA), Species Survival Commission (SSC), and Commission on Environmental, Economic and Social policy (CEESP).

Sebastian Winkler – VCA Partnerships

Sebastian is Vice President Programme & Outreach at the Global Footprint Network. He has over 20 years of international experience in biodiversity policy with particular expertise on the interface between biodiversity, business and the global economy. Sebastian has a Masters in Environmental Management from the University of Tried and a post-graduate certificate in environmental engineering from the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne.

Magnus Sylven – VCA Listings

Magnus is the former Chairman of the WWF Large Herbivore Initiative (LHI). He headed the LHI until 2010 and has worked for the Swedish government and WWF International, after which he became an independent conservation consultant based in Switzerland. Magus has a PhD in Animal Ecology from Lund University and is a Board Member of the European Centre for Nature Conservation.

Karl Wagner –VCA Listings

Karl is an independent environmental consultant and well known for his leadership of international campaigns for WWF, the EU, the World Academy of Arts and Science, the WILD Foundation, among others. Karl has an MA Freshwater Ecology from the University of Vienna.

Our Global Team

Johannah Bernstein, Verbier
Steven de Bie, Klarenbeek NL
Arthur Eijs, The Hague
Jan Fehse, Oxford
Alex Gabb, Geneva
Jennifer Gooden, Oklahoma City
Aurelien Guingand, Paris
Jesse Hastings, Geneva
Stephanie Presber James, San Francisco
Louise Kjær-Hansen, Copenhagen
Louise Lamb, Dublin
Julian Metcalfe, London
Anja Nikolova, Skopje
Michael ‘t Sas-Rolfes, Cape Town
Sam Young, Santa Barbara

Special Advisors

Sean Gilbert, Washington DC
Zeke Oman, Divonne-les-Bains, France
Joseph van der Stegen, Brussels