The BNCFF Team

The Facility Manager

As the Facility Manager, IUCN will execute the implementation of activities and support the evaluation of activities and results. The day-to-day management will be executed by its Global Marine and Polar Programme ( in consultation with other IUCN global thematic programmes.

Dorothée Herr

Dorothée Herr is managing the day-to-day activities of the Blue Natural Capital Financing Facility (BNCFF) and providing her expert advice for BNC projects in terms of nature-based solutions’ benefits and challenges. Dorothée has been pioneering for the IUCN’s Global Marine and Polar Programme

The Expert Support Unit

An Expert Support Unit supports the Facility Manager in assessing proposals for their potential to comply with the Positive Impacts Framework and the compatibility of their business model.

Nathalie Roth

Nathalie Roth is the BNCFF Senior Advisor for environmental and international carbon markets, climate finance, valuation of climate change impacts and sustainable development benefits and its integration into the financial structuring of the projects.

Moritz von Unger

Moritz von Unger is the BNCFF Senior Advisor who will support BNCFF projects with transaction and technical guidance related to coastal nature-based interventions as well as small-scale renewable energy and clean water solutions.

Torsten Thiele

Torsten Thiele is the BNCFF Senior Advisor on project structuring and financing as well as modern data systems & marine technology. He will advise on opportunities to combine multiple income streams in BNC project to become bankable while achieving appropriate risk-return profiles.

The Environmental and Social Committee

An Environment and Social Committee evaluates the proposals ensuring proper environmental and social safeguards are observed and positive impacts met.

Minna Epps

Minna Epps is the Director of IUCN’s Global Marine and Polar Program. She has over 20 years of international environmental work experience primarily in the marine field; from policy work in Geneva to field work in Madagascar, as well as with the MSC, UNEP, WTO and the European Commission.

Christopher Knowles

Christopher Knowles has been engaged in the finance of infrastructure, climate and environmental assets for over 40 years, much of this time with the European Investment Bank. He is is acknowledged internationally as a thought leader on climate finance.

Eric Schauls

Eric Schauls focuses on marine ecosystems, ecology, oceanography, remote sensing and management of the marine environment. His work mostly covers international (CBD, IPBES, CITES, AEWA) and EU dossiers (biodiversity strategy, marine issues).

The Executive Committee

The Executive Committee approves BNCFF project proposals and requested funds, presented to them by the Facility Manager after having undergone a thorough assessment process, including reviews by the Expert Support Unit.