Experts & Staff

WRI brings together 1,400 experts and other staff in working in seven programs: food, forests, water, energy, cities, climate and the ocean and four centers of excellence for business, economics, finance and equity. Our staff and researchers work globally to produce data-based solutions that generate real change on the ground.

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13 Featured Experts

Program Experts & Staff

Natalia Akopian

Research Assistant, Forest Legality Initiative

Bernadette Arakwiye

Research Associate, Forest Program, WRI Africa

Behruz Baizayee

Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning Associate, Clean Air Catalyst, WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities

Jelena Bukin

Senior Accountant

Sod-Erdene Davaadorj

Grants & Finance Specialist II, Natural Infrastructure

Michelle Gonikman

 Intern, Special Projects, Operations

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Kai Kresek

GIS Product Manager

Julie Margolin

Sustainable Investing Intern, Finance Center

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Maggie Marsh

Intern, Sustainable Cities Impact Program, WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities

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Sevdalina Rukanova

Foundation Relations Manager, WRI Europe

Tina Schneider

Deputy Director, Forest Legality Initiative

Donald Spencer

Global Grants and Contracts Director

Kaitlyn Tykhonovska

Grants and Finance Specialist, Food Program

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