Cases in Conservation Finance
Learn about a range of conservation finance issues and tools through guest speakers and case studies.
Next session: October 13
The Case Studies in Conservation Finance webinar series will seek to answer questions like:
- What’s new in Conservation Finance?
- Who is doing exciting and innovative work in the field?
- How are various innovative tools being used to address the finance of conservation outcomes?
- What can be learned from practical conservation finance experiences on the ground?
We will answer these questions by looking at case studies and talking to practitioners in this space. Each month, we will talk to, and hear from, a different guest speaker about the work they are doing and the tools they are employing to invest in the conservation of ecosystems and the services they provide. We will hear how different organizations and projects are utilizing market mechanisms to align environmental, social and economic returns, and better understand the challenges they’ve faced and how these were overcome.
Each webinar will be structured as a discussion between the moderator and guest to hear about what they are doing and how they have either succeeded or failed in the field of conservation finance. It will then be followed by an open Q&A with the speaker.
Second Tuesday of the Month at 10am PT/11am MT/12pm CT/1pm ET
Case #5: Zach Knight, Blue Forest Conservation
Tuesday, October 13 - 12:00pm - 1:30pm CDT
About Zach: Before working as a high-yield bond trader, Zach began his career at Merrill Lynch working in structured finance, derivative structuring and correlation trading. Zach is a seasoned financial engineer who left the Wall Street trading floors behind to pursue his passion for environmental investing. At Berkeley-Haas, Zach focused on sustainable investing and impact evaluation. He enjoys his wife's Brazilian cooking and attempts to work off the meals by taking long walks on the beach with Dexter, his canine companion. Zach is an avid skier and soccer player and considers himself an award winning chili chef.
This webinar series is moderated by Ricardo Bayon of Encourage Capital.
Ricardo Bayon is a Partner and a member of the Board of Directors of Encourage Capital. Ricardo leads the water team and new business and innovation at Encourage and works across several other investment sectors. Ricardo is a member of the Investment Committee of the EKO Green Carbon Fund. Prior to co-founding EKO in 2007, Ricardo helped found and served as the Managing Director of the Ecosystem Marketplace, a web site and information/analysis service covering the emerging environmental markets. In that capacity he co-authored a number of publications on voluntary carbon markets, mitigation banking, and ecosystem services, including The State of Voluntary Carbon Markets 2007: Picking up Steam and Voluntary Carbon Markets: An International Business Guide to What They Are and How They Work, and Conservation and Biodiversity Banking: A Guide to Setting Up and Running Biodiversity Credit Trading System. For nearly two decades he has specialized on issues related to finance, banking, and the environment. He has done work for a number of organizations, including Insight Investments, the International Finance Corporation (IFC) of the World Bank, IUCN, The Nature Conservancy, Domini Social Investment, among others. His articles have appeared in publications such as The Washington Post, The Atlantic Monthly, and the International Herald Tribune. He has also written numerous publications and chapters on mitigation banking, biodiversity markets, markets for water quality, and other environmental markets. He was born in Bogota, Colombia, and is currently based in San Francisco. Ricardo graduated with a B.A. degree from Brown University.
Ricardo currently serves on the Kinship Conservation Fellows Advisory Council and is faculty at the Kinship Conservation Fellowship program.