Associate Fellow, Energy, Environment and Resources
Jade Saunders

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Jade Saunders has been an associate fellow of the Energy, Environment and Development Programme at Chatham House since 2002, working extensively on forest governance and the FLEGT Agenda. She is currently a senior policy analyst at Forest Trends in Washington DC. Between 2007 and 2010 she was a policy analyst in the FLEGT Facility, responsible for policy analysis and strategic advice and support on governance and trade matters to the European Commission in the negotiation and implementation of FLEGT VPAs (a series of bilateral trade/aid agreements between the EU and timber-producing developing countries). She has also worked on environment, development and trade issues in a number of other sectors including global textile supply chains, natural resources and conflict, marine governance, the trade in illegal ozone-depleting substances, sustainable tourism in least developed states and climate change. She has degrees in international history and politics (BA, University of Leeds), and social anthropology (MSc, University College London). 

Areas of expertise

  • Natural resource governance (timber, fisheries)
  • Environmental crime and trade
  • Green Public Procurement
  • Multinational supply chain risk management
  • Sustainable finance

Past experience

2014-PresentSenior Policy Analyst, Forest Trade and Finance Program, Forest Trends, Washington DC
2003-PresentAssociate Fellow, Chatham House
2008-2011Policy Analyst, European Forest Institute
2001-2003Policy Researcher, Chatham House
2000-2001MSc Social Anthropology, UCL
1999-2000International policy researcher, ASH
1998-1999Journalist, BBC
1997-1998Parliamentary Researcher, Energy Saving Trust
1996-1997Parliamentary Researcher, Parliamentary Renewable and Sustainable Energy Group