Dr Francis Vorhies is the Director of Earthmind. He has over 20 years of international experience as a sustainability economist. In Johannesburg, he set up Eco Plus, an innovative consultancy focused on business, economics and the environment. In Nairobi, he worked for the African Wildlife Foundation under a UNDP/GEF grant to build biodiversity economics capacity in the forestry sector in East Africa. In Geneva, Dr Vorhies established new global programmes on economics and business for IUCN - The World Conservation Union. This work included joint feasibility studies with the International Finance Corporation on investing in biodiversity businesses in Africa and Central Europe. In Oxford, he was the chief executive officer of the European affiliate of the Earthwatch Institute and managed a unique partnership programme with a group of 40 large multinational corporations. In early 2005, Dr Vorhies followed his wife’s career back to Geneva and founded Earthmind.