Sustainable Futures brings together a committed and passionate team of professionals from around the world, that take on climate change and sustainability challenges and make a positive difference in the world. Our team members have international experience, in-depth expertise in their respective fields and an established track record with major organisations.
Richard Denly is an irrigation and water specialist and Sustainable Futures Associate based in Zambia with over 25 years of experience in irrigation farming in Africa. He has an Honours degree in Crop Production Science from Edinburgh. He has been a key expert in several feasibility studies for irrigation schemes in East and Southern Africa including the World Bank funded Irrigation Development Support Project in Zambia and Nile Basin Initiative’s projects in Tanzania and Uganda.
He specializes in the agronomic, economic and management aspects of irrigation projects. He has undertaken assignments for both donor-funded (e.g. WB, DfID, Danida) and private organizations (CEPA, InfraCo Africa, AgDevCo, Amatheon Agri). He has practical experience in managing large-scale tree-crop plantations in Zambia and Papua New Guinea, and developed and co-managed an export vegetable business.
He has worked with Sustainable Futures on the climate change assessment carried out by CRIDF for the Kikonge dam project in Tanzania, and undertaken feasibility studies on CRIDF irrigation projects in Zambia. He has worked with Z&A Consulting Engineers International on 4 projects in Africa over the past 5 years, and is a director of their Zambian branch.
As a council member of the Zambia National Farmers Union and Chairman of the Farm Employers Association for 15 years, Richard has acquired a good understanding of the legal framework in Zambia with respect to labour, water and the environment. He also has also collaborated in the preparation of ESIA reports.
Stavros is Sustainable Futures’ lead researcher based in Brussels, Belgium and specialises in climate change adaptation policies and practices, disaster risk management and development policy analysis for the Global South. Stavros has a strong academic and research background. He holds a PhD in the field of International Environmental Law and Development with focus on Climate Change Negotiations in the case of Small Island Developing States (SIDS). He brings more than a decade of experience as a researcher in institutes with global outreach such as CICERO, IIED and UNEP-GRID Arendal (Norway).
Martin is a Sustainable Futures associate based in Berlin, Germany. Martin is an innovative and passionate climate change adaptation specialist that has led projects and programmes in sustainable land/ soil management and natural resource management. His expertise comprises 15 years of professional experience in bi-lateral, inter-governmental and non-governmental development organisations, such as UNEP, GIZ, FAO, UNCCD, IFAD, ACF and Oxfam GB.
Yiannis is Sustainable Futures’ founding director, based in London. Yiannis is an expert in climate change risk, strategy, adaptation and resilience and applies participatory methods for engaging with project stakeholders. He uses scenario planning approaches to support decision making under uncertainty and has delivered numerous assignments for private and public clients during his career. He holds BSc in Business Administration and a MSc. in Environmental Management & Sustainability from IIT, Stuart Graduate School of Business in Chicago.