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Dale Sands

Senior Vice President & Global Director, Metro Regions and Climate Adaptation Services

AECOM

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Dale Sands is Global Director of Metro Regions and Climate Adaptation Services for AECOM’s flagship environmental business, a position held since October 2015. Previously Mr. Sands was the Managing Director of the Environment Business Line in Europe, The Middle East and Africa (2012-2014). He also served as Global Practices Director for seven years (2007-2014) where he established and directed a global knowledge network, which became a ‘best practice’ for AECOM. Mr. Sands has worked for AECOM, and predecessors, for 20 years, and has lived and worked internationally with experience in more than 65 countries. Mr. Sands recently completed service as Vice Chairman of the United Nations’ Private Sector Advisory Group for the International Strategy for Disaster Risk Reduction from 2013 to 2015, and was a Board member from 2011 to 2013. While Vice Chair, the UNISDR Private Sector membership grew to 100 companies from 42 countries.

As Metro Region and Climate Adaptation Services Director, Mr. Sands provides leadership to the rapidly expanding service area of Climate Adaptation and Resilience, leveraging his international experience as well as enterprise-wide knowledge of engineering services to the public and private sector.  In his capacity of Global Practices Director, Mr. Sands oversaw the firm’s technical experts in Air Quality, Environmental Health & Safety Management Consulting, Impact Assessment & Permitting, Remediation Services, EHS Management Information Systems, Climate Adaptation Services, Water & Natural Resources and Waste Services. Mr. Sands is a frequently invited speaker to international climate and environmental conferences, serving as key note and plenary speaker and panelist. Mr. Sands has over 40 years of consulting experience in environmental matters, with more than 40 technical publications and/or presentations.

Prior to joining AECOM, Mr. Sands has held senior management positions with leading global organizations such as ABB Ltd (Zurich, Switzerland), CH2M Hill (Denver, CO), Environmental Resources Management (London, England) and McKesson Corporation (San Francisco, CA).

Mr. Sands holds an M.B.A. from California State University East Bay, an M.S. in Environmental Science from The University of Michigan and a B.S. in Chemistry from Central Michigan University.


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