Manish Bapna

Acting President and CEO
World Resources Institute

Manish Bapna is the acting president and CEO of the World Resources Institute, a global research organization that works to address the urgent sustainability challenges related to food, forests, water, climate, energy, cities and the ocean.

Manish previously served as WRI’s executive vice president and managing director, with duties that included overseeing WRI’s programs, chairing WRI’s management team, and working to strengthen the impact of WRI research. In that role he led WRI’s efforts to establish offices in China, India and Brazil and helped launch WRI programs on cities, energy, finance and adaptation. He was a lead architect of several multi-stakeholder platforms including the NDC Partnership, New Climate Economy, Global Commission on Adaptation (where he was the team lead for the Commission’s flagship report released in late 2019) and the International Research Forum on the SDGs.