Mehrdad Nazari, Lead ESG & IESC 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 ESIA/ESMS and Non-Technical Summaries (NTS) bankable, performs Human Rights Screening and Reviews, contributes as Independent Environmental and Social Consultant (IESC) to Independent Engineer (IE)/Monitoring Groups (IMG) reviews on behalf of investors, provides sustainability reporting and licensed assurance service, generates TCFD-related studies, quantified and costed decarbonization strategies, 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 $760 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 European Bank (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, part of SASB’s Consultant Content Program, an AccountAbility licensed AA1000AS v3 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 in Canada, China, Panama, Peru, UK, USA and Venezuela. Mehrdad is based in the USA, was already vaccinated against COVID-19, and is available for site visits.

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