Edward Millard is Director of Strategic Partnerships at Rainforest Alliance, based in its London office. In this position, he identifies and develops external relationship opportunities with donors, companies and other key stakeholders to grow Rainforest Alliance’s work promoting sustainable land management and secure livelihoods in high biodiversity countries. He has additional responsibility for leading Rainforest Alliance work in Asia. He was a business development manager for Oxfam Fair Trade for 14 years and Conservation International for 11 years. In both roles he spent extensive amounts of time in Africa, Asia and Latin America supporting small-scale producers in the forest product, craft, agricultural and tourism sectors to improve their competitiveness and open new markets.
In Rainforest Alliance, he led the global team providing technical assistance to farmers and small holder producer groups to apply sustainable agriculture practices, improve their business operations and prepare for certification, and collaborating with international companies to plan and develop their sustainable sourcing strategies. Edward is a graduate in business administration. He has published three books and several articles on small-scale business development, is a board member of Goodweave International, an international body to eradicate child labour in the rug weaving industry, and an independent assessor for a UK charity.