Michael Spanos

Managing Partner, Global Sustain

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 of delivering sustainability and business development solutions. Michael is an accomplished project manager, accustomed in working in international and multi-cultural environments, with solid analytical and quantitative skills and strong synthesis and strategic thinking ability. His 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 is the Managing Partner of Global Sustain, providing leadership in sustainability strategy issues, corporate responsibility (CR) measurement and reporting, supporting CR activities, assisting companies in improving sustainability performance and recognition through metrics/indices, awards and initiatives, 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 organising sustainability conferences and training events and offering practical guidance to companies on the implementation of responsible investment practices. He presents in international events and produces international publications on responsible investments, sustainable leadership, innovation, globalization and other sustainability issues.

Michael collaborates with sustainability driven international organisations such as the UN-backed Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI), the United Nations Global Compact (he is a member of the secretariat of the Global Compact Network in Greece), the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI), the European Commission & Parliament and Academy for Business in Society.

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 South-East Europe, as Senior Manager in risk management and regulatory compliance projects. Michael holds an MBA and a diploma in Production Engineering and Management and speaks English, French and Greek.