Informed by over 15 years of direct engagement with palm oil producers on the ground in Indonesia, the Zoological Society of London (ZSL) developed the Sustainable Palm Oil Transparency Toolkit (SPOTT) to engage these companies via their influencers — investors and buyers, in particular — as well as other industry stakeholders, and support the conservation of habitats for tigers and other endangered species.
Meet the team behind SPOTT — ZSL’s Business and Biodiversity Programme (in alphabetical order):
Liz Clarke joined ZSL in 2011 as Business and Biodiversity Programme Manager. Liz oversees the ZSL strategy for working with industry to minimise negative impacts on species and habitats. Liz has overall responsibility for the SPOTT initiative and provides technical support to the private sector components of ZSL’s South Sumatran landscape management partnership, KELOLA Sendang. This includes ensuring that SPOTT supports landscape approaches and provides the mechanism necessary for external influencers to incentivise sustainable production. Liz is co-chair of Biodiversity and Ecology for the International Association for Impact Assessment (IAIA). She previously worked as an environmental consultant, and has environmental degrees from Imperial College London and Cambridge University.
Izabela Delabre joined ZSL in 2016 as Palm Oil Technical Advisor after studying for a PhD at the University of Reading examining the governance of land and labour rights issues in the palm oil industry in Malaysia and Indonesia. Izabela previously worked on the sustainable business platform 2degrees, and has had various sustainability roles in local authorities in London. Izabela is responsible for the delivery of SPOTT’s company assessments and the related research methodologies and engagement approaches, often involving direct communication with the companies globally, especially Indonesia, and with operations in South Sumatra.
Annabelle Dodson joined ZSL in 2016 as Business and Biodiversity Engagement Assistant after working in Malaysia as a sustainability consultant and volunteering with London Sustainability Exchange. Her role involves assisting in the development of website and social media content and producing collateral for engagement. Annabelle also assists other staff with associated research, communications and engagement for the Business and Biodiversity Programme in general. She has a BSc in Geology and Biology and an MSc in Environmental Diagnosis and Management from Royal Holloway, University of London.
Chris Eves joined ZSL in 2016 as Forestry Officer, working with the SPOTT team to expand the reach to timber and pulpwood at a global scale, and to support landscape and forestry concession activities in South Sumatra as part of the Kelola Sendang partnership. Chris joined ZSL from AECOM where he specialised in forestry policy, natural capital accounting, and payments for ecosystem services. His past work includes developing a tool to support corporate reporting of the multiple benefits of afforestation and valuing the ecosystem services provided by UK protected areas. Chris has a MSc in Environmental Technology and Ecological Management from Imperial College London.
Alexis Hatto joined ZSL’s education department in 2013, before coordinating the Sustainable Palm Oil Platform during the launch of SPOTT in 2014. As Business and Biodiversity Engagement Manager, Alexis is responsible for the development, design and content management of the SPOTT website, associated publications, press and social media, and the wider technical needs of the Business and Biodiversity Programme. He also represents ZSL on the British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums (BIAZA) environmental sustainability and climate change working group. Alexis has a BSc in Anthropology from University College London and an MRes in Primate Biology and Conservation from Roehampton University.
Siobhan Kenney joined ZSL in 2016 as SPOTT Research Coordinator. Her role involves assisting in company research and assessments, as well as the development of SPOTT’s map, database and indicator framework. She has previously worked at the RGB Kew’s Millennium Seed Bank on monitoring and improving progress towards banking 25% of the world’s plant species, as well as at UNEP-World Conservation Monitoring Centre (WCMC), focusing on protected areas, certification standards and with businesses on their use of biodiversity data. Siobhan has an MSc in Biodiversity, Conservation and Management from Oxford University.
Moritz Koenig joined ZSL in 2016 as SPOTT Engagement and Impacts Assistant, supporting the team’s engagement work and research. Before joining ZSL, Moritz worked as a legal researcher on the Climate and Forests team at ClientEarth where he focussed on supporting CSOs in a number of African countries advocating legal reform in the forest sector. He later relocated to Rwanda working on the EU Delegation’s rural development team. Moritz has also co-authored a report on climate finance. He holds an LLM in International Law from SOAS, University of London, specialising in climate change policy, forest law and community rights.
Joyce Lam joined ZSL in 2017 as SPOTT Manager after spending over a decade with Proforest. She has over 15 years of experience in responsible sourcing of timber and paper products, including provision of advice to companies on how to meet the EU Timber Regulation. Joyce has experience in auditing of timber product manufacturers, developing and delivering training courses on responsible sourcing, and has been involved in several projects related to Forest Law Enforcement Governance and Trade (FLEGT) in Vietnam and China. Previously, she worked for the Forest and Trade Network in WWF Hong Kong generating the demand for FSC certified forest products. Joyce speaks fluent English, Cantonese, Mandarin and some French.
Clara Melot joined ZSL in 2016 as SPOTT Engagement and Impacts Manager. Her role within SPOTT is to lead on engagement with the finance sector, consumer goods manufacturers and other user groups relevant to the impact of SPOTT. Clara has an MA in Marketing and Advertising from La Sorbonne University, through which she gained experience in the corporate partnerships department of WWF-France. She then obtained an MSc in Environmental Policy and Regulation from the London School of Economics and went on to join the Climate and Forests team at ClientEarth where she spent three years working on DFID projects (Forest Governance, Markets and Climate) as a Project Officer.
Eszter Wainwright-Deri joined ZSL’s EDGE of Existence Programme in 2014, before transferring to the SPOTT team in 2015. As SPOTT Research Coordinator her role involves assessing companies, analysing data, and developing indicators and the database for both palm oil and timber, pulp and paper sectors. She previously worked at RGB Kew on the integration of complex databases and at Friends of the Earth Hungary where she coordinated projects on sustainability and biodiversity conservation. Eszter has an MSc in Conservation Ecology from Szent István University and a PhD in Environmental Sciences from University of Debrecen focusing on better understanding the impacts of conservation management on biodiversity of grasslands.