Aneesa Walji

Aneesa Walji

Sustainable Solutions

Advisor

Aneesa Walji is an independent Sustainability Advisor and former United Nations (UN) staff member. She helps actors across sectors navigate the growing complexities of business for people, planet and profit. A trained lawyer, she brings 15 years of multidisciplinary experience across Asia, Africa and North America, as well as at the international policy level.

In the course of her career, she has covered issues ranging from harassment of women workers in Sri Lankan tea plantations to air pollution and stakeholder engagement in Bahrain. She led the formulation of strategy, guiding research and rollout of various workshops and pitches for the UN Development Programme’s initial efforts on responsible business conduct in the Arab States region. Recently, she presented to a group of banks on regulation and modern slavery risks in supply chains from an investment perspective.

Her varied experiences mean that Aneesa offers a holistic understanding of the various interconnected elements of sustainability. In addition to strategy and risk/opportunity management, she brings knowledge and expertise in due diligence, multi-stakeholder engagement and training, among other areas—all with a strong understanding of global trends and the evolving regulatory landscape.

She holds a Bachelor of Arts in International Development Studies and Juris Doctor from the University of Toronto, as well as a Master of Laws from New York University. Aneesa also holds several certifications, including from the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership and the International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) Foundation.

My Sustainability Goals for 2024:

1. Conversations for new ideas and approaches – e.g. Re-Think!

2. Encourage recognition of the interconnections between environmental and social dimensions.

3. Promote win-win approaches through public-private partnerships.