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IUCN’s Role

IUCN, represented by its Global Business and Biodiversity Programme, was the official coordinator of the ASI standard-setting process from 1 January 2013 to 31 August 2015.

IUCN’s role was to ensure that the standard-setting process is transparent, inclusive and effective. IUCN was responsible for the design and implementation of the standard-setting process, in particular for the:

  • selection of the stakeholder representatives for the Standard Setting Group;
  • implementation of the stakeholder outreach programme;
  • management of the budget and all administrative requirements; and
  • development and implementation of the communication strategy and plan.

The IUCN team included:

Name Bio
Deviah Aiama

Deviah Aiama is Programme Officer at IUCN. He manages projects with businesses that are interested in advancing the ecological sustainability of the bioenergy, agriculture and forestry sectors. He also supports the development of broader sustainability standards for value chains and works with businesses on adopting technical tools for improving their biodiversity performance.
Previously, Deviah was a policy analyst with the Government of Canada and a biologist for the U.S. consulting firm AECOM.
Deviah has a master’s in environmental studies and a bachelor of science degree in environmental biology, both from Queen’s University, Canada.
Giulia Carbone

Giulia Carbone is Deputy Director of the Business and Biodiversity Programme at the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).
Her current responsibilities include management of the Aluminium Stewardship Initiative and coordination of tourism-related projects. She also managed the IUCN-Holcim engagement from 2007 to 2010.
Previously, Giulia worked for the United Nations Environment Programme, where she was the coordinator of UNEP’s tourism work, and developed and led the Tour Operators’ Initiative.
Giulia has a master of science degree from the London School of Economics in marine policy (1993), a master’s in environmental engineering from the Turin Polytechnic (1991), a bachelor of arts in economics from the University of California, Santa Barbara, USA (1990) and the Laurea in geography from the Università di Genova, Italy (1997).
Evelyne Clarke

Evelyne Clarke is Administrative Assistant in the Business and Biodiversity Programme at IUCN, supporting all BBP members in the implementation of projects, consultancy contracts, agreements and MoUs; organising meetings and workshops at IUCN HQ and events outside of the office; maintaining the smooth running of all administrative tasks, including financial procedures; and internal team communications.
After raising her two children, Evelyne worked for many years in the airline industry at Geneva Airport. She joined IUCN in 1992, managing the reception desk at IUCN Headquarters in Gland for more than five years. In 1997, she left Switzerland to live in Perth, Western Australia, where she spent seven years with her husband. After obtaining a Certificate II in Business at Perth Commercial College in 2003, she worked part-time for a large food processing company in Perth as receptionist/administrative assistant.
Evelyne returned to Switzerland in 1994 and worked for an American software company in Geneva as receptionist/administrative assistant. She came back to IUCN and joined the Business and Biodiversity Programme in 2006.
Evelyne is of Swiss and Australian nationality and has seven grandchildren. She speaks fluent French and English and has a good knowledge of German.
Gillian Martin-Mehers

Gillian Martin Mehers is the founder of Bright Green Learning (Atadore SARL). She has been a learning and capacity development practitioner working within the global sustainability community for more than 20 years. Gillian's expertise is in creating dynamic experiential learning environments, designing and facilitating results-focused multi-stakeholder dialogues, and working with groups and teams on institutional learning and organisational effectiveness.
Gillian was formerly the Head of Learning and Leadership at IUCN, and prior to that, the Director of Capacity Development at LEAD International (Leadership for Environment and Development) in their London headquarters.
Gillian is a Certified Professional Facilitator and a leadership skills trainer, and has developed and implemented training-of-trainers and facilitators activities internationally. She has a particular passion for working inter-culturally, and is the co-author of Training Across Cultures: A Handbook for Trainers and Facilitators Working Around the World. She has worked in more than 50 countries, from Armenia to Zambia. Her blog, You Learn Something New Every Day ( offers tips and tools for institutional learning and personal effectiveness, with a particular focus on the sustainable development community.
Thad Mermer


Thad Mermer is responsible for designing and managing the ASI's online presence, as well as the ASI's print materials.
Over ten years of work as a consultant at UNEP's Division of Technology, Industry and Economics, Thad gradually changed his focus from cleaner production and industrial ecology to graphic design, multimedia support and communications.
Thad has a Master's Degree in development economics from Dalhousie University in Canada.