Maria Athena Ballesteros

About Maria Athena Ballesteros

Athena leads the development and implementation of the Asia Climate Finance strategy. Prior to joining the fund, Athena was Director of World Resource Institute’s Sustainable Finance program for 8 years.

Athena has many years of leadership and management experience in environment, development and natural resource governance in developing countries with a particular focus on climate change, clean energy and sustainable finance. She worked actively on climate policy, sustainable finance and clean energy in China, India, Philippines, Indonesia, Thailand and Japan. She is a long-time policy advisor to the Philippine government’s official climate change negotiating team at the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). She has published widely on the issue of climate change, climate finance, clean energy, governance and human rights.

Athena also holds strategic and leadership positions and serves on the board of several non-profit organizations such as the Institute for Climate and Sustainable Cities, International Rivers and, Greenpeace International. She holds post-graduate degrees in Development Planning from the University of the Philippines, in Development Management from the Asian Institute of Management, and a Bachelor’s degree in Communications and Journalism from the University of the Philippines.


Tackling Climate Change in Asia

04 Jun 2018

Read session notes here.  Session Description Climate change presents a serious threat to Asia’s economy, its people and ecosystems. Solutions exist to help transform Asian economies into a low carbon future but they need to be deployed at an unprecedented…Read More

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