Julian Ekelhof is an expert in the fields of Corporate Social Responsibility, sustainable business development, climate action, and creating ecologically, socially and economically sound nature-based projects. At FORLIANCE Julian is the Senior Director of Climate Solutions, connecting their work on corporate climate strategies with the implementation and financing of international forest carbon projects. Having worked in this field for more than a decade, Julian has experienced the different phases of carbon markets and how they impacted the work on local socio-economic impacts in the partner projects. As a sports economist by training, the professional path was anything but pre-determined. And yet the transition from the sporting goods industry and social impacts of sports NGOs to the relevance of international climate action for socio-economic development always seemed natural. In addition to his daily work at FORLIANCE, Julian is pushing the need for climate action as a speaker at international conferences, author of articles and as a member of working groups, expert panels and award juries.