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Katie Leach

Senior Programme Officer | Business and Biodiversity

Katie leads a portfolio of work on natural capital and corporate biodiversity measurement. Her role in the Business and Biodiversity Programme involves linking the scientific and technical functions of UNEP-WCMC with private sector partners and their influencers. This includes delivering data, information and technical support to help companies, governments and financial institutions understand and respond to their impacts and dependence on natural capital.

Previous experience & expertise

Katie holds a PhD in Biological Sciences at Queen’s University Belfast in which she explored species’ responses to climate change using a variety of analytical techniques, including species distribution modelling and network analysis. Prior to this, she completed a four year MSci degree at the University of Nottingham. In her final year project, she studied the effectiveness of the Egyptian Protected Area network under future climate change.

Recent work by Katie Leach


Katie leads UNEP-WCMC’s work with the Natural Capital Finance Alliance (a collaboration between UNEP FI and Global Canopy) to manage the ENCORE tool. Developed primarily for the finance sector the web-based tool enables users to visualise and explore natural capital opportunities, risks and exposure.

Corporate Biodiversity Indicators |

Katie is leading the development of a methodology that enables extractive companies to understand their performance in mitigating impacts on biodiversity. She also manages the Aligning Biodiversity Measures for Business collaboration which seeks to form a common view on the measurement and disclosure of corporate biodiversity impact and dependence.

Natural Capital Protocol Supplementary Guidance on Biodiversity |

Katie leads UNEP-WCMC’s engagement in a project with the Natural Capital Coalition and the Cambridge Conservation Initiative to strengthen the way biodiversity is covered in the Natural Capital Protocol - a decision making framework that enables organizations to identify, measure and value their impacts and dependencies on natural capital.