Johan Schaar is Co-Director of WRI’s Vulnerability & Adaptation Initiative, together with Heather McGray. The Initiative aims to support building adaptive capacity in developing countries with a focus on: institutions and their mandates, roles, and linkages; climate finance for use at national and local levels; and, climate information that is designed and provided in such a way that it meets local adaptation needs. An integral part of his work is focused on tools that support decision-making under uncertainty and systems for monitoring and learning from adaptive action.
Before joining WRI, Johan undertook humanitarian and development work for many years in the Red Cross Red Crescent Movement, working in Pakistan, Vietnam, Malaysia, and Geneva; at the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) where he led departments for humanitarian affairs, environment, and climate change and policy support. He was also Director of the Commission on Climate Change and Development.
Johan holds a PhD in agricultural sciences from the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences.