Roland is a Senior Associate of the International Financial Flows and Environment (IFFE) Project. He leads IFFE’s work on Emerging Actors in Development Finance in Brazil. The goal of his research is to improve the environmental, social, and climate change policies that govern emerging actors’ investments, and to ensure that local communities and civil society organizations impacted by the investments are able to engage more effectively with “emerging actors” such as the Brazilian Development Bank (BNDES).
Prior to joining WRI, Roland led OneAdvisory, a Brazilian consulting company focused on finance, strategy and sustainability issues. In this capacity, he advised a first-tier bank on their sustainability strategy, provided training on the Equator Principles, and co-authored a study of Green Economy Initiatives in Brazilian states, among others. Before that, he led the Eco-Finanças Program at Amigos da Terra-Amazônia Brasileira where – among other things – he contributed to the revision of safeguards of development banks. Prior experience in his home country Switzerland includes research for a socially responsible investment fund, general management consulting and vendor management in a biotech company.
Roland holds an MSc in Responsibility and Business Practice from the School of Management, University of Bath (UK) and an MA in International Relations from University of Geneva’s Graduate Institute.
Roland enjoys outdoor activities, especially hiking and the occasional Ocean plunge in Rio de Janeiro, where he lives.