Managing Director, Programs
Craig Hanson is the Managing Director and Executive Vice President for Programs at World Resources Institute. In this role, he is responsible for ensuring WRI’s programs and centers catalyze the systemic transformations necessary for a just and sustainable transition to a net zero world.
While a program director at WRI from 2008-2022, Craig co-developed a number of leading initiatives, including Global Forest Watch, the Global Restoration Initiative, the Forest Legality Alliance, the Food Loss and Waste Protocol, Champions 12.3, the Better Buying Lab, Resource Watch, the Food and Land Use Coalition, Cities4Forests and the Ocean initiative. He was a co-author of the World Resources Report, Creating a Sustainable Food Future, and lead author on publications such as The Restoration Diagnostic and the Corporate Ecosystem Services Review.
When Craig joined WRI in 2002, he managed the Green Power Market Development Group, a coalition of a dozen Fortune 500 companies that helped pioneer corporate energy markets in the United States. This initiative won a U.S. EPA Innovation Award in 2004.
Craig spent five years as a management consultant with McKinsey & Company in Chicago and Copenhagen. He holds a Masters degree in Environmental Change & Management from Oxford University. While at Oxford, he also earned a Master’s degree in Philosophy, Politics, & Economics with an emphasis on environmental economics while on a Rhodes Scholarship.
AqueductLaunch PlatformLaunch Platform Visit Project
Using cutting-edge data to identify and evaluate water risks around the worldPart of Water
Forests and Landscapes in IndonesiaVisit Project
Data-driven analysis to support government and civil society actions for effective and equitable land-use in Indonesia.Part of Climate
Global Restoration InitiativeVisit Project
WRI is partnering with governments, businesses, and communities around the world to restore millions of hectares of deforested and degraded land.
Global Forest WatchLaunch PlatformLaunch Platform Visit Project
Offering the latest data, technology and tools that empower people everywhere to better manage and protect forest landscapes.
Forest Legality InitiativeLaunch PlatformLaunch Platform Visit Project
The Forest Legality Initiative (FLI) works to achieve better forest management and governance through preventing illegal logging and supporting legal sourcing.
Champions 12.3Launch PlatformLaunch Platform Visit Project
Inspiring ambition and mobilizing action to reduce food loss and waste globally.Part of Food
Food Loss & Waste ProtocolLaunch PlatformLaunch Platform Visit Project
Addressing the challenges of quantifying food loss and waste.Part of Food
Resource WatchLaunch PlatformLaunch Platform Visit Project
Resource Watch provides trusted and timely data for a sustainable future.Part of Climate
Assisted Natural Regeneration AllianceLaunch PlatformLaunch Platform Visit Project
The Assisted Natural Regeneration Alliance is building a technical assistance facility that collects requests from ANR practitioners and connects them with experienced peers, funders, policymakers, and researchers.Part of Forest and Landscape Restoration