Sustainable development expert Dr Marc Stephens joins WRAP as Trustee

27th April 2016

Today, WRAP is delighted to announce that Marc Stephens has been appointed to the Board of Trustees.

Dr Marc Stephens is an economist and management consultant specialising in sustainable development with expertise in areas including climate change, environmental management, and economic growth.Dr Marc Stephens

Dr Stephens is the founder of OpenCities and works with a wide range of organisations including the World Bank, the Department for International Development, the private sector and international NGOs. He was previously Executive Director for the Mayor’s London Development Agency.  He has extensive international experience, having worked in Sub-Saharan Africa, the Middle East and North Africa, South Asia and Latin America.

Dr Stephens, holds a PhD in economics from New York University, an MSc in Climate Change Management from Birkbeck College, London, a history degree from University of York and is a qualified barrister.

Dr Liz Goodwin, Chief Executive, WRAP, said:

“Marc Stephens will be a real asset to WRAP’s Board of Trustees, as his knowledge of the environment, economy and society is well aligned to WRAP’s own mission”.  

“His impressive and wide ranging skillset will help us develop our growing international reach and champion our work on the benefits of a sustainable circular economy.”

Julie Hill, Chair, WRAP, said:

“It is a great pleasure to welcome Marc to the Board of Trustees and I look forward to working with him to achieve our goals”.

“Marc adds a completely new layer of expertise to our Board, and I know that his international experience and knowledge of the financial sector will be of great importance to WRAP”.

Dr Marc Stephens, said:

 “The economic case for transforming the way resources are used is overwhelming. WRAP’s work shows that the global economy could save over $300 billion per year from reducing food waste, and in the UK, we could see over 200,000 jobs created from continued uptake of the circular economy to use just two examples”.

“I look forward to helping WRAP accelerate the transition to a more resilient, resource efficient and sustainable economy in the UK.”



Marc Stephens

Notable work and skills

Between 2008 – 2010 worked in Libya as part of the McKinsey team where he led multiple workshops in Arabic to top leadership of Libyan central bank, sovereign wealth fund and major commercial banks on performance management, due diligence and risk management. 

Between 2007 – 2008, worked in Saudi Arabia for EMAAR as an ‘Expert consultant’ developing a business plan for the education and health sectors in a planned new city (King Abdullah Economic City) in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, which won the McKinsey 2008 global firm-wide competition for innovative work.

Between 2001 – 2006, worked for the Mayor’s London Development Agency where he was Executive Director for SME development and employment generation. During this time, he shaped the LDA’s growth to become London’s premier development agency, as well as managing £120 million annual budget, multiple government funding streams for SME support, and 150 staff. 

Between 1998 – 2001, worked for the Bank of England as both a Global Forecast Manager and a Senior Financial Advisor. In these positions, he was the lead advisor to the Governor of the Bank of England on European financial sector issues and authored the 2001 Capital Market Review on global financial integration. 

Between 1994 – 1998, worked as an Economist and Country Team Leader at the World Bank in Washington DC, where he led on strategic and economic appraisal of $9 billion debt relief programme in Mozambique, Mali and Bolivia. 

About WRAP

1. WRAP’s vision is a world where resources are used sustainably. It works in partnership with governments, businesses, trade bodies, local authorities, communities and individuals looking for practical advice to improve resource efficiency that delivers both economic and environmental benefits. 

2. Our mission is to accelerate the move to a sustainable resource-efficient economy through: 

a. re-inventing how we design, produce and sell products,

b. re-thinking how we use and consume products, and

c. re-defining what is possible through re-use and recycling.

3. First established in 2000, WRAP is a registered charity.  WRAP works with UK governments and other funders to help deliver their policies on waste prevention and resource efficiency.  WRAP is a registered Charity No 1159512 and registered as a Company limited by guarantee in England & Wales No 4125764. Registered office at Second Floor, Blenheim Court, 19 George Street, Banbury, Oxon, OX16 5BH.

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