Vanja Westerberg

Vanja Westerberg

Environmental Economist

Vanja is a co-founder of Altus Impact. She is trained as an environmental economist and has 15 years of experience in applied research and consultancy combined with extensive fieldwork spanning Europe, Africa, South America and the Middle East.

Prior to embarking on the Altus Impact journey, Vanja worked with the International Union for Conservation of Nature, the French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS), the French National Institute for Agronomic Research (INRA), the Danish Institute for Local and Regional Government Research and European Commission’s Joint Research Centre.

Her work focuses on

  • assessing costs and benefits of ecosystem restoration and land degradation;
  • undertaking investment and impact analysis of primary land use and infrastructure developments;
  • advising on finance mechanisms for integrating the values of natural capital into policy decisions.

In doing so, she designs and implements stakeholder consultations, training and large-scale field surveys to respond to pressing policy questions and advance green economy agendas. Her research, teaching and data analytic skills, allows her to distill complex information into grounded and practical material for evidence based decision-making.

Vanja has a Ph.D. in Environmental Economics from University of Montpellier; a MSc of Agricultural Economics from the University of Copenhagen and a BSc in Economics from the University of St Andrews. She speaks fluent Danish, French and English with some conversational Spanish.

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