Elisa Dierickx (INSEAD MBA ‘21J) is an Associate at SYSTEMIQ Ltd and an FT change maker award-winner. Her particular expertise lies in biodiversity, and she explores why business and finance need to engage in saving life on Earth.
Dierickx's interests lie in environmental sustainability, biodiversity and nature conservation. She studied biology at Harvard and holds a PhD in Zoology from the University of Cambridge, where her research focused on the genetics of the Raso lark, a rare bird only found on the tiny island of Raso in Cabo Verde. Dierickx and colleagues set up the NGO Fundação Maio Biodiversidade (FMB) on Maio Island in Cabo Verde, a multi award-winning nature conservation organisation that recently celebrated its 10th anniversary. In addition, she has served as Eurasia Programme Development Manager at Fauna & Flora International, the world's oldest international wildlife conservation organisation.
Dierickx received the inaugural Alumni Change Maker Award from the Financial Times for her work with INSEAD bringing the story of Fundação Maio Biodiversidade and Maio Island into the INSEAD MBA classroom.
Today, Dierickx is an associate at SYSTEMIQ Ltd, a systems change company that partners with business, finance, policy-makers, and civil society to make economic systems sustainable.