Orestes Anastasia is the Head of GGGI’s Thought Leadership Department based in Seoul, Republic of Korea, where he oversees GGGI global programs supporting strategic research, advisory services, development of tools and methodologies, capacity building, and knowledge platforms and partnerships. GGGI’s Thought Leadership programs provide technical assistance and build capacity in GGGI’s partner countries and support broad international engagement and partnerships on key green growth issues. This work includes support for: climate change planning and accounting, including Long-Term/Low Emission Development Strategies, Nationally Determined Contributions, carbon markets, and Measurement, Reporting and Verification (MRV); the application of green growth metrics indicators (including GGGI’s Green Growth Index, Green Growth Potential Assessment, and Strategic Outcomes framework); macroeconomics and green jobs; sustainable energy; and knowledge synthesis and knowledge sharing, including joint operation of the Green Growth Knowledge Partnership (GGKP) Secretariat in partnership with UN Environment.
Mr. Anastasia has worked for 25 years promoting initiatives, partnerships, and programs at global and regional levels and in 20 countries, including 15 years based in the field. Before joining GGGI, he served as Senior Regional Climate Change Advisor with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) based in Bangkok, Thailand, where he oversaw regional and country-focused programs addressing climate change, clean energy, forest conservation, sustainable cities, and governance. He led efforts to launch and establish regional knowledge partnerships on low emission development, and led the US Government’s program to develop tsunami and multi-hazard warning systems for the Indian Ocean region.
Earlier, Mr. Anastasia supported development of corporate greenhouse gas reporting systems for the State of California and the US Department of Energy, and, for USAID, supported climate change strategic planning, global monitoring and evaluation systems, and environmental law and compliance initiatives for developing countries.
Mr. Anastasia holds law and master degrees from Vermont Law School.