Brendan is the founding Director of the Sustainable Kazakhstan Research Institute (SKRI) and Associated Professor on Sustainable Development at Narxoz University. Brendan has been working globally for over a decade on solutions driven sustainability programs and research. Over the course of his career, he has been known as a sustainability leader with the ability to integrate its diverse aspects to drive solutions by connecting and leading teamwork across-sectors. His greatest success was leading the five year Framework Program "Education for Sustainable Development in the Western Balkans: Education for Sustainable Futures (2012-2017)".
Through his leadership the Program was instrumental in integrating sustainable development concepts and ideas into the broader educational reforms that are currently underway in the region as part of the global shift to the outcome based learning approach to education in the countries of Serbia, Montenegro and Kosovo. This success was selected as a best practice for the UNECE evaluation report "Ten Years of the UNECE Strategy on ESD (2005-2015)". He was also a TEDx speaker where he shared his views on how educational reforms can be used as a tool for sustainable development. Brendan holds a PhD in Environmental Sciences and Policy from Central European University. His academic interests include: Sustainable Development Goals, environmental and public policy, implementation, multi-level governance, educational reforms through ESD and transformational change management. He has taught classes on sustainable development, global environmental governance, environmental policy implementation, and the Sustainable Development Goals. He has multiple publications, including in internationally recognized peer reviewed journals.