Vivek is an associate with the Economic Law & Policy Program who has over 10 years of experience working in sustainable development. He currently supports the State of Sustainability Initiatives, which assesses and reports on the characteristics and market performance of voluntary sustainability standards to enable sustainable consumption and production.
Along with his work on voluntary sustainability standards, he contributed to the China Council for International Cooperation on Environment and Development's policy research on China's role in greening global value chains and the State of Sustainable Markets joint report. His past work at IISD includes projects related to market-based instruments for sustainability, sustainable agriculture and water management, establishing a World Heritage Site, natural capital and ecosystem services.
Before joining IISD, Vivek gained a wide range of work experiences in the environmental and sustainable development fields, which include: environmental representative for a manufacturing operation; laboratory technician and supervisor for stratospheric ozone, air quality and greenhouse gas monitoring laboratories; project assistant for wastewater/stormwater quality monitoring and improvement initiatives; consultant for wind energy development projects.
Vivek is a professional engineer who holds a Master of Science in Environment and Management from Royal Roads University and an International Master of Advanced Studies from the Graduate Institute of Development Studies. He is currently a PhD candidate in the Environmental Sciences and Policy program at Central European University where his doctoral research focuses on the intersection between voluntary sustainability standards and the water, energy and food security nexus.