Dale Sands worked with leading engineering firms of CH2M, AECOM and ABB and others for over 40 years in a wide range of executive leadership roles. At CH2M, Mr. Sands was the Senior Vice President of Global Practices for the Private Sector Division prior to the acquisition by Jacobs Engineering. At AECOM for nearly 20 years, Mr. Sands was Senior Vice President, in charge of the Global Practices for the Environmental Business Line, and for two separate, two-year assignments was Managing Director of Europe based in London (2001 to 2003), and then Managing Director of Europe, Middle East and Africa from 2012 to 2014. Mr. Sands provided overall leadership for comprehensive engineering, environmental and climate adaptation services. For ABB, Mr. Sands was President, ABB Environmental Services, and Managing Director of Industrial Environmental Services globally. Mr. Sands has lived and traveled internationally and has experience in 65 countries.
Mr. Sands is Chair, United Nations ARISE Network - United States and Co-Chair United Nations ARISE Global Board working with Ms. Mami Mizutori, Special Representative to UN Secretary General. ARISE is a private sector organization focused on the Sendai Framework disaster risk reduction goals. He is a contributing author to the Fourth National Climate Assessment Report: Climate Change Impacts, Risks and Adaptation in the United States (to be published Fall, 2018).
Mr. Sands has served as Vice Chair, United Nations’ Private Sector Advisory Group for International Strategy for Disaster Risk Reduction (2013 – 2015) and was a Board member from 2011 to 2015. While Vice Chair, UNISDR Private Sector membership grew to 100 companies/42 countries. With IBM, he developed the first Disaster Resilience Scorecard based on the UN’s Ten Essential for Disaster Risk Reduction-an innovative tool to assess preparedness of communities to respond and recover from natural disasters. The Scorecard received international acclaim including the Notre Dame Climate Adaptation Index 2015 Prize.
Mr. Sands is a frequently invited speaker to international climate and environmental conferences. He has over 40 years of environmental experience, including authoring 50 technical publications and presentations. Additionally, Mr. Sands is the elected Mayor of The Village of Deer Park, Illinois (2017-2021). Mr. Sands earned a B.S. in Chemistry (Central Michigan University), a M.S. in Environmental Science (University of Michigan) and a M.B.A. (California State University East Bay).