Lister Hannah has for over 35 years headed leading schools (both international and national) and educational institutions in North America, Europe, Africa, Australia, and more recently in South East Asia. He has a deep commitment to embedding in schools a mission to educate for a sustainable future. He established school environmental initiatives in the 1970s and 80s; in the 1990s was on the Board of Trustees of the Jane Goodall Institute (UK) and helped launch Roots and Shoots in Europe; and he also trialled implementing the Natural Step approach to sustainability in a major Australian school. In 2008, together with Alan AtKisson and Robert Steele, he led the start of Compass Schools, now Compass Education, and continues to work with this initiative and promote it particularly with international educational organizations (e.g. the International Baccalaureate – IB, and the East Asia Regional Council of Schools – EARCOS). He is a Senior Associate with the AtKisson Group.