Christa Avery | Associate

Pangolin Associates: Christa AveryChrista assists Pangolin Associates’ clients with Environmental Social Governance (ESG) Strategy, Diversity Equity and Inclusion (DEI), Modern Slavery, integration of reporting frameworks and materiality assessments for risk reporting and disclosures. She is a Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) practitioner and an Australian Institute of Company Directors certified Company Director working with and serving on boards since 2010.

Before joining Pangolin Christa spent over ten years working in Asia Pacific (ASPAC) Markets, including with several Singapore and Thailand-based companies. She developed projects in emerging markets for private, international, and donor financed investors in the areas of clean energy, agribusiness, and infrastructure.

Christa has also worked with hybrid financed business models performing due diligence on companies and partners, impact investment criteria, and embedded governance and risk management systems. She developed stakeholder engagement plans (SEP), implemented Environmental Social Impact Assessments (ESIA), and designed sustainability reporting frameworks and effective grievance mechanisms for alignment to international standards (GRI, UNGP, UNGC, and others).

Christa’s experience extends to board and director training and developing training curriculums.  In 2018 she helped develop and launch the Myanmar Institute of Directors under the auspices of the UK government and International Finance Corporation of the World Bank bringing in the academic partnership with Singapore Management University and serving as the first Company Secretary.

Christa holds an Order of Merit from the Australian Institute of Company Directors, a Master of Environmental Management from UNSW, a GRI sustainability reporter certification, and a Certificate 4 for Training in Carbon Management Response Plans (CMRP). She is also a participant in the FutureBoards Cross Border Dialogue on Women on Boards and has participated in several notable panel discussions in Asia including the Euromoney Global Investment Forum 2017, the Women in Energy Asia Forum in Singapore 2017, the Women Corporate Directors Myanmar Chapter in October 2018, and the British Chamber of Commerce Energy Working Group (2016 – 2020).

Christa focuses on the climate emergency and the urgent need to replenish the planet in all aspects of her life. In her spare time, she researches and invests in alternative food systems and the circular economy.

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