International Association for Impact Assessment

Leadership in Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA)

Leadership in Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA)

26, 27, 28 June 2024 | 14:00-17:30 UTC each day
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This course delves into the essential leadership qualities needed for the ESIA process. Explore different leadership styles, hone your communication with project stakeholders, and learn strategies for influencing project planning and design decisions. Develop the mindset and skills to lead your team towards achieving sustainable outcomes.

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Presented by: Palash Sanyal (Canada)
Course tuition:  US$480 for IAIA Members / $580 for Non-IAIA Members  (No bursaries available for Online Training Courses.)
Please register early! The course will be cancelled if the minimum number has not been reached
by the registration deadline. If the training course is cancelled at that time due to low enrollment, IAIA will notify you and provide refund information.
Payment & refund policies: Registration is not confirmed until payment has been received and a receipt has been issued. Pre-registration and pre-payment by individual course deadline is required. IAIA will refund registration fees upon written request received before the specific course deadline; a US$125 processing fee will be retained. After the course deadline date, no refunds will be issued for cancelations or no-shows. Substitutions for paid registrants may be made in writing without financial penalty. 

Course level:  Intermediate / Advanced      
Language of delivery: English        
Prerequisites:  General experience in EIA procedure and ESIA coordinator experience from a consultancy, regulator, or client perspective.  An interest in self-development, particularly leadership & management skills to enhance personal and project team performance.  Increasing workplace need and interest in influencing IA professional outcomes within projects and improve the effectiveness of IA practice in general.
Homework between sessions: Development of self-development action plans, some self-assessment and light reading.



  • Prepare to move into a future EIA team leader position
  • Enhance your leadership skills and learn to communicate as a leader
  • Try out different leadership approaches within a safe environment 


The ESIA process is enhanced through greater leadership, and those leadership skills are a vital part of the ESIA professionals’ development, influence, and ability to delivering sustainability outcomes.  

Leading (and managing) the EIA process and team is a complex activity.  EIA team leads need to work productively with technical specialists as well as engage effectively with project managers, clients and regulators, and stakeholders.  The increasing risk that environmental, social and compliance issues present to project costs and delivery schedules provides a particular opportunity for EIA leaders to play a critical influencing and communication role in large scale project planning and design decisions.  

To do this effectively, EIA team leaders need skills and knowledge beyond those taught in professional and academic institutes.  This course fills the gap, examining the leadership role in ESIA, how leadership styles can assist in team performance and communication, and the role EIA leaders can play in influencing the wider project team.

This 10.5-hour training course over three half-day sessions will provide insights into where in EIA process leadership skills are required, and ‘safe’ opportunities to put your learning into practice. With a strong emphasis on personal reflection and self-development, the intention is to draw out the skills you already possess, and to help you develop the mindset of an IA leader.

Feel free to connect with Palash on LinkedIn:

Ross publishes an online blog on Sustainability and Environmental leadership which includes several articles on EIA leadership within the Leading Green website at


Palash Sanyal (GCB.D, PMP) works as an Advisor, Coach, and Trainer on climate change, impact assessment, and management of sustainability risks. An Executive and Certified Emotional Intelligence (EQ) Coach, he works with leaders in multiple industries, focusing on the environment: building teams, exploring edges, and resolving conflict among groups and project stakeholders. 

Palash holds degrees in environmental engineering, development economics, and water security. He is committed to creating space to listen and learn together while addressing global water security − one of the world’s most pressing challenges. Palash sits on the Boards of Sandbox Mutual Insurance, Royal College International, International Association of Public Participation (IAP2) Canada, and WaterAid Canada.