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Warren Evans, former Director of World Bank Environment Department

Warren Evans

Warren Evans, formerly Director of Environment and Sr. Adviser for Sustainable Development at the World Bank, is an independent adviser to international organizations, governments, civil society and private sector. He currently holds several positions including senior advisor on climate change to the Asian Development Bank, senior advisor to the Clinton Climate Initiative, and senior advisor to the Chief Executive of Birdlife International. He is an International Advisory Board Member of the Institute for Global Sustainabiliy at Yonsei University in South Korea and the Korean Green Technology Center. Warren is also on the Advisory Boards of Hydrobee, a startup clean-tech company based in Seattle, Washington.

From 2003 to 2011, Warren served as the World bank’s Environment Director. During that time he led the World Bank team responsible for the establishment of the Climate Investment Funds; expanded the World Bank carbon finance business from about $185 million to over $2.5 billion, including establishment of new funds for communities and natural resource management, and initiated a number of natural resource management/biodiversity conservation initiatives including the Wealth Accounting and Valuation of Ecosystem Services (WAVES) partnership. In 2011-2012 Warren supported the design of the Green Climate Fund. His final role in the World Bank was in an advisory capacity, leading a small team to consider future scenarios for development assistance and the potential roles the World Bank might play in supporting global and regional public goods.

Prior to joining the World Bank, Warren lived and worked in Asian developing countries including (i) assisting the (then) new Thai environment agency to establish environmental impact assessment procedures and develop capacity (USAID funded from 1978 to 1981); (ii) establishing and managing a Bangkok-based boutique environmental consulting firm which operated across Asia (1981-1987); and serving as one of the first environment/development specialists and later as the Director of Environment and Social Safeguards at the Asian Development Bank (1988-2003).

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