Starting a Career in Sustainability | Diana Chen & Dmitry Andreev

In this episode, I speak with Diana Chen and Dmitry Andreev about how they got their start in sustainability, the work they are doing as generalists (who are specialize), and how they approach career development in a space where the size and scale of challenges continues to grow.

If you are a young professional, or student, looking to develop your career in sustainability, you’ll want to stay through the end as they provide some great career tips for viewers!

00:19 – Welcome to Sustainable Ambassador Podcast
01:04 – Diana Chen Introduction
01:42 – Dmitry Introduction
02:30 – Sustainability consulting vs inhouse
04:30 – Trends supporting developing sustainability careers
07;40 – Is it better to start as a generalist or specialist?
10:05 – Future of generalists & specialists
11:25 – Developing skillsets and value of sustainability certificates & degrees
15:05 – Ecosystem for sustainability-minded young professionals
16:55 – Benefits of being Asia-based
18:15 – Leveraging experience from Asia
19:35 – Approaching career development as mid-career professional
20:30 – Advice to aspiring sustainability professionals

About Diana Chen
Diana Chen is Associate Principal of Schneider Electric’s Sustainability Business in Hong Kong. She advises and helps enterprises deliver on climate change mitigation actions and decarbonization through consulting and technological solutions.

Prior to joining Schneider, Diana was Sustainability Advisor at The Purpose Business. Diana has a Masters in Sustainability Leadership from the University of Cambridge and a BBA in International Business from the University of South Carolina.

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About Dmitry Andreev
Dima is a Supply Chain Sustainability Senior Consultant based in Shanghai. He advises clients on carbon accounting, science-based targets (SBTs), sustainability and responsible sourcing strategy development, supply chain risk assessment and segmentation, due diligence and supply chain program design. His clients include those in retail, consumer goods and apparel brands, amongst others.

Prior to joining the consulting team, Dima worked as a program manager supporting leading international fashion brands and retailers with supply chain social compliance and environmental sustainability programs development and implementation. In that capacity he gained extensive experience with compliance data analytics, data management system development, better chemicals management, carbon accounting and sustainable materials topics.

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About Collective Responsibility
Based in Shanghai, Collective Responsibility is a strategic advisory firm founded by Richard Brubaker, one of Asia’s most recognized authorities on sustainability, innovation and responsible leadership.

Founded with the fundamental belief that a sustainable world can only be achieved through awareness of issues, finding tangibility in business cases, and development of cross-sector collaboration, Collective Responsibility acts as a knowledge base, catalyst, and facilitator between stakeholders.

Our mission is to:
– Create a knowledge base and catalyze discussion of issues related to the development of civil society, business sustainability and social development in Asia.
– Develop tangible interests, engagement, and action on issues of sustainability (economic, environmental and societal).
– Develop organizational capacity with the aim to help create stable and profitable enterprises.

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