Paula Caballero is Global Director, Climate Program of the World Resources Institute.
Before joining WRI in August 2016, Paula was the Senior Director of the Environment and Natural Resources Global Practice of the World Bank Group where she oversaw a portfolio of over USD 7 billion that responded to an array of development issues in productive landscapes and forests, fisheries and aquaculture, pollution and environmental health, environmental economics, and environmental safeguards.
She has a long trajectory in development having worked for the Colombian government at various moments, most recently as Director for Economic, Social and Environmental Affairs in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. In this capacity, she contributed to policy development on a range of sustainable development issues working closely with both national and international counterparts. Paula was lead negotiator for Colombia for the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. She is widely recognized as the lead proponent of the Sustainable Development Goals, and was awarded a Zayed International Prize for the Environment in 2014 for her contribution to “environmental action leading to positive change”. Earlier in her career, she served with the Energy and Environment Unit for Latin America & Caribbean at UNDP. She has also worked with NGOs, academia, media, and the private sector.