Keryn James


Keryn is the Group Chief Executive of ERM, the largest pure-play sustainability consulting firm in the world. ERM has 5,200 staff in offices in 47 countries around the globe and operates in North America, Asia Pacific, Latin America and Europe, Middle East and Africa. Keryn commenced this role in April 2017, having previously been the Global Director of Operations and the Regional CEO for Asia Pacific. Keryn joined ERM in Australia in 1993 and has worked with clients across a range of geographies including Asia, Africa, Europe, North America and Latin America.

She has over 25 years’ experience in sustainability and Environment, Health and Safety (EHS) consulting across a broad range of sectors including oil and gas, mining, chemicals, infrastructure and power. She has supported clients in the development of sustainability and EHS strategy, evaluation of mergers, acquisitions and divestments, as well as project development and implementation and operational performance management, working at corporate and site level. Her specific technical
expertise includes social and environmental impact assessment, due diligence and management. 

Keryn is a regular speaker at sustainability fora through which she leverages ERM’s purpose of shaping a sustainable future with the world’s leading organisations. This includes IHS CERA Week, Bloomberg Sustainable Business Summits, Environmental Analyst Annual Conference, Greenbiz USA, and the BNP Paribas Sustainability Summit.

ERM has been a member of the WBCSD since its inception (first through Robin Bidwell and then John Alexander) and has played an active role in many of the workstreams. Keryn became ERM’s Council Member in 2018, taking over from John Alexander. She was a WBCSD Leading Women award Excellence winner in 2018.

Other Details:

  • Nationality – Australian
  • Resident – United Kingdom
  • Academic Qualifications
    • BA Arts (Hons) Geography, Australian National University, 1989
    • Post Grad Dip EIA & Env Mgmt, Murdoch University, Western Australia, 1997
    • Chicago Booth Business School, ADP Program, 2011
    • Harvard Business School, AMP, 2015

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