Principal Weston Fisher is a veteran of more than 30 years in natural resource policy, planning, and management. He is an expert in environmentally sound design, environmental impact assessment, and environmental management programs. He has served as a trainer and facilitator for more than 30 environmental assessment and environmentally sound design and management (ESDM) training courses in 21 countries in Africa, Europe, the Middle East, and Asia.
He is responsible for environmental impact assessment (EIA) management at Cadmus and serves as a senior technical expert/key technical contributor in EIA. Cadmus’ program builds capacity and provides other technical assistance in ESDM for clients and partners including NGOs engaged in on-the-ground development, multilateral development institutions, official development agencies, and the national governments of developing and transitional economies. Wes’ work supports the efforts of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) in ESDM and in the application of USAID environmental procedures by development partners and USAID staff under the Cadmus-managed USAID Global Environmental Management Support Project (GEMS).
Mr. Fisher came to Cadmus in 2005 from the Tellus Institute, where he was a senior research director. He has also served as USAID’s regional energy advisor for East and Southern Africa and the Africa Bureau’s energy advisor. He directed the Missouri Energy Agency and worked for the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency. Early in his career, Mr. Fisher was a Peace Corps biology and science teacher in Uganda.
Wes recently served as the Interim Executive Director of the International Association for Impact Assessment (IAIA), chair of IAIA’s board nominations committee, and co-chair of its climate change section. He was a key organizer of two 2010 IAIA symposia on Climate Change and Impact Assessment held in Washington, D.C., and Aalborg, Denmark, and was the program committee co-chair for IAIA ‘05 in Boston. He is the recipient of the organization’s 2014 award for Outstanding Service to IAIA.
He holds bachelor’s degrees in biology and geology and a master’s in geology, all from Stanford University.