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Ms Deborah Vorhies

Advisor - Interim COO

Advisor - Interim Chief Operating Officer

Ms Deborah Vorhies is an expert with a demonstrated history in the fields of management, policy, finance, sustainability and corporate social responsibility. She holds an MBA in Finance (University of the Witwatersrand) and a MA in Philosophy (University of Buckingham).

She currently serves as interim Chief Operating Officer for AWEI based on her exceptional expertise and long-term experience in strategic management, with previous positions such as Managing Director, International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development; Senior Biodiversity Finance Officer, International Finance Corporation; and Financial Institutions Initiative and Trade & Environment Unit Coordinator, UN Environment Programme.

Deborah is also the CEO of the FairWild, a standard and certification programme for the equitable and sustainable harvesting of wild plants.