Lead Natural Resources Specialist, The World Bank
Paola Agostini is a Lead Natural Resources Specialist in the World Bank’s Europe and Central Asia Region Environment, Natural Resources, and Blue Economy Global Practice (ENB ECA). Paola leads programs and projects in Central Asia that help to reverse land degradation and increase resilience of people, ecosystems, and infrastructures. She also works in the Black Sea region on a program to reduce pollution and increase resilience to climate change. Additionally, Ms. Agostini is coordinating the ECCA30 partnership for the World Bank with a special focus to restore 30 million hectares of degraded landscapes by 2030 in Europe, the Caucasus, and Central Asia. Previously, she was the Global Lead for Forests, Landscapes, and Ecosystems for the World Bank, working on projects and programs that aim to improve connectivity of Protected Areas, forests, agroforestry, Rangeland, and agricultural land for increased productivity. Ms. Agostini coordinated TerrAfrica, a regional partnership program in over 26 Sub-Saharan countries that promotes Sustainable Land and Water Management and served as the coordinator for the GEF Program in Latin America and Africa, overseeing a portfolio of over 100 projects dealing with climate change, biodiversity, land degradation, chemicals, and international waters. Paola Agostini holds a PhD in Economics from the University of California San Diego, and an MA in Economic and Social Sciences from Universita Bocconi, Milan, Italy.