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Michael Spanos, Managing Director, Global Sustain
Michael is the Founder and Managing Director of Global Sustain*, an Expert Advisor to the European Commission on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs); an AHC Group Senior Associate; and a member of the secretariat of the United Nations Global Compact Network and of the Advisory Board of the CEO Clubs in Greece.
Michael is a corporate executive with extensive hands-on entrepreneurial experience in sustainability, corporate responsibility, management consulting, investments, and business information, with exceptional communication and networking skills and a demonstrable track record in delivering sustainability and business development solutions. He is an accomplished project manager, accustomed to working in international and multicultural environments, with solid analytical and quantitative skills and strong synthesis and strategic thinking ability. He is an expert in representing initiatives in high-profile settings and venues, with outstanding stakeholder engagement skills and the ability to build meaningful and long-lasting relationships with clients and partners.
Since 2006, Michael has served as the Managing Director of Global Sustain, providing leadership in sustainability strategy issues, corporate responsibility measurement, and reporting; supporting sustainability activities; assisting companies in improving sustainability performance and recognition through metrics/indices, awards, and initiatives; and serving as the critical link for the formation of external partnerships with NGOs/foundations, think tanks, institutions, governments, and other businesses to accomplish sustainability objectives. He is also engaged in organizing sustainability conferences and training events and offering practical guidance to companies on the implementation of responsible investment practices. He presents at international events and produces international publications on responsible investments, sustainable leadership, innovation, globalization, and other sustainability issues.
Michael collaborates with sustainability-driven international organizations such as the UN-backed Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI), the United Nations Global Compact, the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI), the European Commission & Parliament, the Academy for Business in Society (ABIS), the EFQM, and the CEO Clubs International.
In the past he has held senior positions in a venture capital firm and an investment firm engaging in business plans for private investments, company feasibility and valuation, business training, and project management. For five years, Michael also worked for the ICAP Group, the largest business information and consulting firm in Southeast Europe, as Senior Manager in risk management and regulatory compliance projects.
Michael holds an MBA and a diploma in Production Engineering and Management, and he speaks English, French, and Greek.