SONAL I. PANDYA
Manager, Carbon Offsets Program
Center for Environmental Leadership in Business
Drew University: B.A., Biology
University of Maryland: M.S., Conservation Biology and
Sonal Pandya works with corporations intent on reducing and offsetting their greenhouse gas emissions, through investment in forestry-based carbon mitigation projects that will offset emissions of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases. She develops projects that promote protection of threatened native forests, reforestation of degraded lands, agroforestry and other land-use-change and forestry activities.
Previously, Pandya worked with The Nature Conservancy, where she designed a portfolio of carbon offset projects in Latin America and Asia. She also worked to build capacity for developing countries seeking to develop projects and influence policy related to the Kyoto Protocol. Pandya also specializes in timber certification issues and has worked with a variety of environmental nongovernmental organizations and research institutions, including Rainforest Alliance (SmartWood), the Union of Concerned Scientists and the Smithsonian Institution.