Cristina Rumbaitis del Rio is a Senior Adaptation and Resilience Advisor with the Climate Resilience Practice.

Previously she was the Action Track Co-Manager for the Global Commission on Adaptation and Regional Programme manager for Action on Climate Today, a £23 million UK AID supported climate change programme that mainstreamed resilience into planning and budgeting at the national and sub-national level in India, Pakistan, Nepal, Bangladesh and Afghanistan. She managed an implementation team of approximately 40 people across the programme locations.

Cristina was a Senior Associate Director at the Rockefeller Foundation in New York from 2007-2015, where she developed and managed initiatives regarding building resilience to climate change, water management, small scale fisheries, and preservation of ecosystems and the services they provide to humankind. She managed a grant portfolio of over $100 Million.

Cristina was a post-doctoral fellow at Columbia University’s Earth Institute.

She has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Columbia University and a Doctorate in Ecology from the University of Colorado.

Cristina lives in Dorset, UK with her husband Allan.