Annawati van Paddenburg

Annawati (Anna) van Paddenburg is Thematic Head of Sustainable Landscapes, Deputy Director at GGGI’s Investment and Policy Solutions Division and leads GGGI’s global strategy on Sustainable Landscapes working closely with Latin America, Africa and Asia-Pacific GGGI Member Countries. Her portfolio covers forest, agriculture, coastal and marine sectors with relevance to climate and food security, sustainable growth and development. In collaboration with GGGI’s member countries, and in partnership with financiers and private sector, her team originates projects and designs business models, develops and scales jurisdictional investment projects/programs in the above sectors by means of reducing risks through good business model design, financial and policy instruments. Prior to this function, Anna shaped GGGI’s Indonesia Program on plans, policies and scaling of REDD+, energy and economic zones projects at both national and subnational levels.

Anna, has over 15 years of experience in emerging and developing countries. She comes with a wealth of knowledge on valuations of ecosystem services and the integration of these in investment decisions. She completed her MSc in Geo-information Science in the Netherlands and her Honours degree in Environmental Science in Australia. Anna authored the Heart of Borneo: Investing in nature for a green economy publication, a cutting edge spatial-economic assessment on a local geography highlighting environmental and social impacts of a green economy. With a diverse background, Dutch by nationality, a youth in remote parts of Papua New Guinea & the Indonesian archipelago, Anna is now based at GGGI’s headquarters in Seoul, South Korea.