WASHINGTON (October 19, 2021)—World Resources Institute (WRI) is pleased to announce that Preety Malhotra Bhandari is joining the Institute as a Senior Advisor. At WRI, Bhandari will provide strategic advice and guidance to climate-vulnerable countries via the Allied for Climate Transformation by 2025 (ACT2025) initiative, focusing on issues related to adaptation, resilience, finance, and loss and damage, amongst others. She will also provide strategic expertise to supporting WRI’s efforts on international climate action including a focus on climate finance and on just transition.

Prior to joining WRI, Preety was the Chief for Climate Change and Disaster Risk Management at the Asian Development Bank, and she guided the institution to committing to ambitious climate finance targets and aligning its operations with the goals of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change, while encouraging a greater focus on adaptation and resilience. Prior to this, in her role as the Coordinator of Finance, Technology and Capacity Building at the secretariat of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, she led support for international negotiations on the $100 billion annual climate finance goal and establishing the Green Climate Fund and the Standing Committee on Finance. She started her career with The Energy & Resources Institute, a leading think tank in India.

“Preety Bhandari has an impressive track record on delivering solutions to the critical issues in the international climate arena, including delivery of finance for adaptation and resilience, and is a great champion of vulnerable countries,” said Helen Mountford, Vice President for Climate and Economics at WRI. “We are looking forward to Bhandari bringing her deep expertise and passion to advance important work in collaboration with our ACT2025 partners and with WRI’s Global Climate Program and Finance Center.”

“I am delighted to join WRI and work with colleagues with a missionary zeal to enhance people’s lives and protect the environment” said Bhandari. “We are at a critical juncture in international climate action. I look forward to contributing to WRI’s mobilization of various resources—intellectual and financial—to bring the vision of the Paris Agreement closer to reality.”

Bhandari officially joined WRI on October 1 and is based in Arlington, Virginia, USA.

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