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Sissel Waage, Ph.D

Sissel Waage

Sissel Waage leads the Natural Capital and Ecosystem Services Working Group in addition to other projects on resilience, climate, and other issues.

She has more than 25 of experience working on sustainability and environmental issues in North America, Europe, and Africa with companies, nonprofit organizations, government agencies, and philanthropic foundations. She has developed new strategies, programs, and projects. She has also designed and facilitated more than a dozen multi-sector dialogues and conducted research on a range of issues.

Waage has delivered more than 50 speeches and briefings, including at the U.S. Capitol Congressional Center, the Commonwealth Club, and numerous universities and conferences around the world. She has edited two books and authored more than 100 articles and reports, as well as developed two television show concepts. Waage’s work has been published in, or cited by, Bloomberg, the Economist, Environmental Leader, the Financial Times, GreenBiz, and the Guardian, as well as numerous journals including Corporate Environmental Strategy, Environmental Finance, the Journal of Sustainable Forestry, the Journal of Cleaner Production, Political Geography, and Society and Natural Resources. Her work has also been reprinted by LexisNexus in Australia and Institute of Chartered Financial Analysts of India.

Before joining BSR, Waage worked for Forest Trends in various leadership positions, including as director of the International Katoomba Group. Prior to this work, Sissel launched and led the research and development program at The Natural Step (TNS), an international advisory services and research organization focused on sustainable business. She also served as core staff in TNS’ advisory services practice, advising Fortune 100 companies on integration of sustainability considerations into strategy, operations, reporting, and philanthropy. Earlier in her career, Waage worked with Sustainable Northwest and the World Wildlife Fund's East and Southern Africa Program.

Waage has a Ph.D. in Environmental Science, Policy, and Management and an M.S. in Forestry from the University of California, Berkeley, as well as a B.A. in Political Science from Amherst College. In addition, she has studied at the University of Oslo’s Institute of Human Rights as a Fulbright Scholar.


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