Matthew Spencer

Global Director Landscapes

IDH, the Sustainable Trade Initiative

Matthew Spencer is Global Director, Landscapes at IDH - The Sustainable Trade Initiative, overseeing a business unit that includes regional landscape teams in Asia, Africa and Latin America, a Landscape Finance team, and a Markets team working to raise demand for sustainable commodities. Matthew is also part of the Management and Leadership teams of IDH and leads the organization’s work on carbon finance.

Matthew trained in environmental biology, began his career working on forest protection and rural development in the Andes of Ecuador and has spent 30 years working in the not-for-profit sector. Before joining IDH in 2019, Matthew worked as Strategy Director for Oxfam GB, where he also led its campaign on fairer food systems, served as Director of Green Alliance, where he secured government agreement for the UK’s coal power phase-out, and was founding CEO of Regen SW, where he brokered an expansion of renewable energy projects.

Matthew loves road cycling, outdoor adventures with friends and family and being absorbed in a good novel. He is based in the UK.