Esther Wolfs
Partner and founder

Living in the Caribbean on a small tropical island, she knows how on small island economies, socio-economic development and wellbeing is intertwined with natural capital. She holds an MBA and an MSc. in Environment and Resource Management.

Her previous experience at commercial and nature conservation organisations provides her with the skills to intermediate between the private sector and non-governmental organisations. Her experience helps to clearly identify the specific criteria that make companies, governments and non-governmental organisations understand their dependence of natural capital, which is crucial for long-term sustainable development.

Viviana Luján Gallegos

Viviana grew up in Costa Rica, where she completed her law degree and became passionate about nature. During her first job at an international marine conservation NGO, Viviana developed an interest in public-private partnerships and market-based mechanisms as tools for conservation. In 2004, she moved to the Netherlands, where she obtained her Master’s degree in Environment & Resource Management from the Free University in Amsterdam.

Viviana started collaborating with Wolfs Company in 2014. She was previously a lawyer at two major international law firms in Amsterdam. Her areas of expertise include climate change law, emissions trading, renewable energy and transactional finance. Viviana has also worked and lived in Beijing, London and Brussels, which increased her interest in working within international contexts. In her current work with Wolfs Company, she combines her legal, financial and environmental experience to advise on issues like conservation & climate finance, ecosystem services valuations, environmental policies & regulation, resources’ ownership and sustainable development.

Stijn Schep

During his MSc in Development Economics Stijn felt that environmental issues where too often neglected. He continued with an MSc in Environment and Resource Management to learn about the strong relationship between economic development and environmental management.

Stijn started working for Wolfs Company in 2012, because this is exactly the focus of the research that is conducted by the company. As an economist, Stijn has the skills to incorporate the value of nature in economic methodology. Since his start at Wolfs Company, he has been working to bring environmental economic theory into practice. 

Amílcar Guzmán Valladares

Amílcar started working as an environmental consultant after obtaining his engineering degree in Chile. In 2013, he moved to the Netherlands to attend the MSc programme in Environmental Sciences at Wageningen University. Amílcar is strongly interested in public-private partnerships and sustainable financing mechanisms for the effective protection of ecosystems and their services.

During his professional career, Amílcar has advised and cooperated with environmental non-governmental and civil society organizations in the Netherlands, South Africa, Chile, Bolivia and several countries in the Caribbean. Furthermore, during his training in Chile and the Netherlands, he has developed practical skills to apply a broad variety of approaches and tools, such as environmental impact assessments, corporate ecosystem services reviews, economic valuations of ecosystem services and ecological characterizations.

Elena Palacios Nieto

Elena has a degree in forest engineering and carries broad experience as an environmental consultant. Her passion for nature and conservation has driven her towards the areas of natural resources management, water policy and sustainable rural development. Among other areas, she is experienced in spatial analysis and stakeholders’ engagement. She is furthermore exploring links between natural capital and the Sustainable Development Goals.

Her commitment to mainstream nature values into decision making brought her to the Netherlands to further her knowledge in ecosystem services valuation. Elena became part of Wolfs Company team in 2017, after completing the MSc in Environment and Resources Management at the VU University in Amsterdam.

Tim Polaszek

Tim has been interested in wildlife and ecosystems from a young age and completed his biology BSc at the University of Sheffield. He went on to build experience in environmental finance, having spent several years in London working for a large-cap bank and brokerage involved in the European Union Emissions Trading Scheme. Here he dealt with emission reduction projects and became a qualified investment advisor and associate of the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investments.

After living some years in France and Spain, he continued developing his interest in pricing externalities by studying an MSc in Environment and Resource Management at the VU, Amsterdam. Tim now brings his multi-disciplinary background to assist Wolfs Company in providing innovative solutions to environmental issues.

Daria Shvirikasova
Junior Consultant

Having been born and raised in Russia and living and studied in countries such as Canada, Spain and the Netherlands, Daria has realized early on the importance of protection and multiplying the resources provided by the nature in political and legal contexts. This interest led her to study Public International Law with focus on Environmental Law and Law of the Sea at Utrecht University where she grew passionate about environmental issues in the international context.

Daria joined Wolfs Company in 2018 after completing her LLM, and now brings her legal and international background to the work done by the company in the private and public sectors.