Contact the team behind SPOTT — ZSL’s Business and Biodiversity Programme (in alphabetical order):
Annabelle Dodson joined ZSL in 2016 as Business and Biodiversity Engagement Coordinator. Her current role as SPOTT Research Coordinator involves assisting the Palm Oil Technical Advisor on company research, assessments and engagement, as well as the development of SPOTT’s map, database and indicator framework. She has previous experience working in Malaysia as a sustainability consultant and has volunteered with London Sustainability Exchange as well as on other field conservation projects. 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 an MSc in Environmental Technology and Ecological Management from Imperial College London.
Michael Guindon joined ZSL in 2018 as Palm Oil Technical Advisor. He manages the palm oil component of SPOTT, including related research methodologies and engagement approaches. He also represents ZSL in external initiatives – including the RSPO Board of Governors and RSPO BHCV Working Group – and regularly engages with palm oil companies. Michael has worked in various capacities to improve agricultural commodity sustainability – including at Global Canopy, WWF-International, and Radboud University in the Netherlands. Prior to this he coordinated natural resource management projects for the Canadian government. Michael has an MSc in Environment and Resource Management from Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and an Honours BSc in Geography from the University of Victoria.
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 impact and sustainability working group. Alexis has a BSc in Anthropology from University College London and an MRes in Primate Biology and Conservation from Roehampton University.
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.
Claire Salisbury joined ZSL in 2018 as Business and Biodiversity Engagement Coordinator. Her role involves contributing to the Business and Biodiversity Programme’s communications and to SPOTT website and social media content. She also undertakes company assessments for both the palm oil and timber and pulp sectors. Prior to joining ZSL, Claire was a regular contributor to Mongabay as a freelance writer, and a volunteer and communications consultant with the Asian elephant conservation charity Elephant Family. She has an MSc in Evolutionary and Behavioural Ecology from the University of Exeter, and a PhD from the University of Oxford, focusing on the diversity and ecology of Amazon birds.
Eleanor Spencer re-joined ZSL in 2018, as SPOTT Engagement and Impacts Coordinator. Her role involves engagement with the finance sector and other SPOTT user groups, as well as supporting on company assessment. She originally worked in the SPOTT team from 2015-16 on both assessments and engagement, and has also worked at Global Canopy in Oxford, with a focus on the supply chains of soy and cattle products originating from South America. Eleanor has a BSc in Wildlife Conservation from the University of Kent (DICE), and an MSc in Biodiversity, Conservation and Management from the University of Oxford, through which she focused on seaweed supply chain governance in the Philippines.
Eszter Wainwright-Déri 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 and pulp 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.
Samir Whitaker joined ZSL in 2018 as Business and Biodiversity Programme Manager. His role involves leading ZSL’s Business and Biodiversity Programme and coordinating business engagement support to ZSL programmes and country offices. Working closely with ZSL’s Corporate Partnerships team he is involved in developing and managing strategic partnerships with the corporate sector, mobilising corporate partners to help ZSL achieve its conservation objectives. Prior to joining ZSL, Samir first worked on biodiversity management within the private sector, and subsequently on developing and managing business and biodiversity partnerships for BirdLife International. Samir has an MSc in Environmental Chemistry and an MPhil in Conservation Leadership, focusing primarily on biodiversity offsets in the mining sector.