Managing Director, Strategy, Learning and Results
Janet Ranganathan is the Managing Director and Executive Vice President for Strategy, Learning and Results at World Resources Institute (WRI), a global research organization that addresses the urgent sustainability challenges related to food, forests, water, climate, energy, cities and the ocean. She leads the development and execution of WRI’s five-year strategy and oversees WRI’s Research Integrity, Managing for Results, and Data Lab teams.
During her tenure, Janet has helped transform WRI from a U.S.-centric organization to a global entity. Janet has held diverse positions across WRI’s programs and helped roll out numerous multi-stakeholder initiatives, including the Partnership for Resilience & Preparedness (a Public-Private Partnership with the U.S. Government, technology companies, and local communities to empower decision makers with a data-driven approach to climate resilience), Better Buying Lab, and Creating a Sustainable Food Future. Janet co-founded the Greenhouse Gas Protocol Initiative, an international multi-stakeholder partnership convened by WRI and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development to develop international greenhouse gas accounting and reporting standards. She was the lead author of the Greenhouse Gas Protocol Corporate Standard, which has become the accounting and reporting standard for businesses around the globe.
Janet has written extensively on a broad range of sustainable development topics, including planetary health monitoring, food sustainability, plant-forward diets, business and markets, environmental performance measurement, environmental accounting, climate change, greenhouse gas measurement and reporting, ecosystem services, forests, and global environmental governance.
Janet is Vice-Chair of the Ceres Board of Directors and a member of WRI Europe and WRI Brazil’s Boards. She serves on the advisory boards of WRI Africa, the Sustainable Development Solutions Network, SAI (Sustainable Agriculture Initiative), Global Commons Alliance, and the U.K. Research and Innovation and Natural Environment Research Council Digital Environment Expert Network. She is a member of the Vatican Covid Commission and Earth League.
Janet grew up in Cornwall, England. She is married to Kumar and has two daughters, Angela and Serena.
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