Garo Batmanian

Lead Forests and Landscapes, Environment and Natural Resources, World Bank
World Bank

Garo joined the World Bank in 2004 and worked in the Latin America and Caribbean (LAC) region as a Senior Environmental Specialist in Brazil. He led the preparation and supervision of natural resources conservation and management in the Amazon, and Cerrado regions, national level development policy operations; and managed the Pilot Program for the Conservation of the Rain Forests-PPG7. In 2013, he became the World Bank’s Lead Environment Specialist for China and Mongolia, leading initiatives on air pollution, forests, biodiversity conservation, and climate change issues. In 2017, Garo joined the World Bank’s Environment and Natural Resources Global Unit where he leads implementation of the Forest Action Plan, oversees the World Bank Forest Investment Program portfolio, and manages the Program on Forests (PROFOR).  Earlier in his career, Garo was the LAC Program Director of WWF-USA, and the first CEO of the World-Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) Brazil.  Garo is also the founder of FSC-Brazil and led the process of developing national standards for natural forest management in the Amazon and for plantations.  Garo holds a Ph.D. in Ecology from the University of Georgia, USA.