Mehrdad Nazari, ESRM, ESIA, ESG, ISDS, GRI & Sustainability Advisor

Mehrdad has over 25 years of international experience, including 10 with the European Bank (EBRD), advising responsible developers and investors. His practice focuses on renewable energy, mining and private equity. He makes ESIAs bankable, contributes to Independent Engineer/Monitoring Groups on behalf of investors, provides sustainability reporting and assurance service, and serves on Independent E&S Expert Rosters of the independent accountability and grievance mechanisms of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the Green Climate Fund (GCF). As an expert witness, he has also contributed to an investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) case before the World Bank’s International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID), at which the claimant was awarded $740 million. 

Previously, Mehrdad headed CR/ESG Research at Fitch’s CoreRatings, London (divested to DNV and Innovest), working with a team of 20 analysts and advising socially responsible asset managers; served as Principal Environmental Specialist at the EBRD (London), appraising, trouble shooting and monitoring a high risk investment portfolio exceeding $3 billion; and was Project Manager and EHS Auditor with Dames & Moore Frankfurt (now AECOM), supporting blue chip clients with their compliance and M&A-related due diligence initiatives.

Mehrdad studied in Germany (BSc-equivalent, Mineralogy, J.W. Goethe) , USA (German Fulbright grantee at UW-Milwaukee) and the UK. He holds an MBA (Henley, UK) and MSc (Hydrogeology, University of Birmingham, UK). Mehrdad is also a GRI-certified sustainability reporting consultant, an AccountAbility licensed assurance service provider, a MAC/TSM approved verification service provider, and attended numerous courses ranging from ISO 14001 EMS to Human Rights and Impact Assessment. He has also delivered numerous courses related to the IFC Performance Standards, Equator Principles, and GRI Standards. Mehrdad is based in the USA.

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