Naoko Ishii

Naoko Ishii

Global Environment Facility
Chief Executive Officer


Naoko Ishii has served as the CEO and Chairperson for the Global Environment Facility (GEF) since August 2012 and in 2015, the GEF Council unanimously agreed to extend her tenure for a second term until August 2020. Previously, Ms. Ishii was Deputy Vice Minister of Finance of Japan, where she was responsible for the country's international financial and development policies, as well as global policies on environmental issues such as climate change and biodiversity. She led the Japanese delegation on the Transition Committee for designing the Green Climate Fund. For nearly half of her career, Ms. Ishii has worked on international assignments, including the World Bank and International Monetary Fund (IMF). At the World Bank, she was the Country Director for Sri Lanka and the Maldives (2006-2010). She also served as the World Bank's country program coordinator for Vietnam, a project manager at the Harvard Institute for International Development (1996-1997), an economist at the IMF working on Africa and Asia, and a visiting fellow at the Center for International Affairs at Harvard University. Ms. Ishii taught sustainable development and environment at Keio University. and she has published numerous papers and several books, two of which were awarded the Suntory Prize (1990) and Okita Memorial Prize for International Development Research (2004). She is the inaugural recipient of the 2006 Enjoji Jiro Memorial Prize. She holds a B.A. and a Ph.D. from the University of Tokyo.










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