Andrew Steel

After a successful career that started in the military and took him to Sri Lanka in 2001, Andrew saw the opportunity as a social entrepreneur to develop a social enterprise in the renewable energy and forestry sectors and founded Equitech in 2005.

Seeing the need to take more action on climate change & deforestation Andrew also founded the PATT Foundation in 2005 as a UK registered charity and an established Thai Foundation working in reforestation and conservation throughout SE Asia; pioneering a microfinance scheme in Thailand utilising carbon offsetting. The charity to date leaps from strength to strength and continues to expand its model.

Andrew is also one of the founding director of Asia Forestry Management Ltd., a company specialising in investments into the forestry sector.

A Fellow of the Institute of Leadership and Management (UK) and a founder member of the Management Club (TMC) in Sri Lanka he is also a member if the Chartered Institute of Management (UK) and a Life Member of the XL Results Foundation. Andrew diligently works towards raising the profile of social enterprise and triple bottom line principles and the need to protect the planet.

Accredited with a Master’s degree in Business Administration from the Sydney Graduate School of Management (SGSM), Andrew received awards for e-commerce and management information systems and was the proud recipient of the SGSM Directors award for all round excellence in the MBA programme.

A keen sportsman partaking in a number of extra curriculum activities: Rugby, Diving- (Advanced Open Water), Golf, Wakeboarding, Squash and was also a member of the Fleet Air Arm Field Gun Crew (Royal Tournament -1995). An exemplary individual who displays well founded leadership qualities both on and off the field, having captained the Royal Navy Rugby League team for four years (1996-2001) he also represented the Combined Services at Rugby League and the Royal Navy at Rugby Union. A Qualified club coach, and ex-captain of the expatriate rugby team playing in the B Division in Sri Lanka now playing for the Southerners Sports Club in Bangkok competing in the Thai Rugby Union League.

Equitech/PATT and Asia Forestry are proud to have Andrew leading the team as the group moves onwards and upwards on the path to achievement in the renewable energy sector and social enterprise.

For more information, please visit equitech.biz.

Entries by Andrew Steel

What’s the Cost of a Great Life?

One of the most thought provoking pieces of advice I received came in the form of this question: “How much money do you really need to live a great life?” The answer? Ultimately, it’s not about the money! Many people have trouble understanding this and are consumed by making money to improve their standard of living, often feeling that money solves their problems. Of course money helps if you have bills to pay but it won’t necessarily make you happy. While financial worries can cause numerous problems, money isn’t the answer to living a successful life. Consider this. I have… Read more.