Doug Smith, Lead Assessor
Doug Smith is an independent consultant with twenty-five years of international experience in social and environmental assessment and due diligence, with focus on renewable energy including hydropower. Mr Smith is a leading specialist on the Hydropower Sustainability Assessment Protocol, and was one of the first assessors to be accredited to provide official Protocol assessments. He has led eight official Protocol assessments and participated in more than 20, assessing all Protocol topics, on projects from 3 MW to 14,000 MW. He is a highly experienced trainer, providing training in environmental and social sustainability to audiences of up to 30 participants, providing over 30 events to project developers and financial institutions in the past five years in all regions. He led the first Early Stage assessment in Croatia in June 2014, and a further Early Stage assessment in Ghana in April 2015. Mr Smith has high familiarity with IFI environmental and social standards, repeated experience in preparing environmental and social assessments, environmental and social action plans, and due diligence reports. He has previously held senior positions in leading environmental and carbon consulting businesses. He has a Masters degree in Conservation (University College London), and a BA (Hons) from Oxford University in Pure and Applied Biology. His experience amongst international financial institutions and Equator Banks encompasses the World Bank, IFC, FMO, DEG, Proparco, Citibank, HSBC, and Standard Chartered. He has experience in over 35 developed and developing countries in all global regions: Africa (Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Mozambique, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia), Asia-Pacific (Australia, Bhutan, Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Laos, Malaysia, Mongolia, Myanmar, Vietnam), Europe (Albania, Austria, Croatia, France, Germany, Iceland, the Netherlands, Norway, Russia, Slovenia, Sweden, UK), Latin America (Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Peru), Middle East (Pakistan, and West Bank and Gaza), and North America (Canada).
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