AHC Group Senior Associate and Alliance Partner
Another key member of AHC Group’s ”Doing More With Less” client initiatives, Michael Spanos is involved in client development with a focus on innovation and sustainability.
A seasoned corporate executive with extensive hands-on entrepreneurial experience in sustainability, corporate responsibility, management consulting, investments, and business information, Michael possesses exceptional communication and networking skills and a demonstrable track record of delivering sustainability and business development solutions. He is an accomplished project manager, accustomed to working in international and multi-cultural environments, with solid analytical and quantitative skills and strong synthesis and strategic thinking ability. He is also an expert in representing initiatives in high-profile settings and venues, with outstanding stakeholder engagement skills and the ability to build meaningful and long-lasting relationships with clients and partners.
Michael is the founder and managing partner of Global Sustain, where he provides leadership in sustainability strategy issues; CR measurement and reporting; supporting CR activities; assisting companies in improving sustainability performance and recognition through metrics/indices, awards and initiatives; and serving as the critical link for the formation of external partnerships with NGOs/foundations, think tanks, institutions, governments, and other businesses to accomplish sustainability objectives. He is also engaged in organizing sustainability conferences and training events and offering practical guidance to companies on the implementation of responsible investment practices. He has presented in international events and produced international publications on responsible investments and sustainable leadership.
He is also an expert at the Directorate-General for Research and Innovation of the European Commission as a member of an independent Expert Group on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). In this role he provides advice on the role of science, research, technology and innovation for implementing the sustainability agenda agreed to at Rio+20 and, in particular, the SDGs. The EC’s new funding program for research and innovation, Horizon 2020, set a target of at least 60% of its budget to support sustainable development and 35% for climate change. The Group elaborates a reference framework that positions the EU research and innovation policy within the international sustainability agenda and the implementation of the SDGs in Europe and beyond.
In addition, Michael collaborates with sustainability-driven international organizations such as the Global Reporting Initiative, Principles for Responsible Investment, EFQM, Institute of Directors, Social Value International, and the European Commission & Parliament. He also serves as a member of the secretariat of the United Nations Global Compact Network as well as of the Advisory Board of the CEO Clubs International in Greece.
In the past he has held senior positions in a venture capital firm and a closed-end fund engaging in business plans for private investments, company feasibility and valuation, business training, and project management. For five years, Michael also worked for ICAP Group, the largest business information and consulting firm in Southeast Europe, as Senior Manager in risk management projects.
He holds an MBA and a diploma in Production Engineering & Management, and he speaks fluent English, French, and Greek.