Roshan Cooke is a Lead Technical Specialist for Environment and Climate at the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD). As Lead Technical Specialist for Environment and Climate Change in the Asia and Pacific region, Cooke supports the mainstreaming of environment and climate change concerns into the regional investment portfolio through policy advice to divisional and country strategies, technical support to project design and mobilization of environment and climate finance.
Prior to joining IFAD in 2011, Cooke worked on implementing the Convention to Combat Desertification and Drought (UNCCD) with UNDP in East Africa, the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), and the Global Mechanism of the UNCCD. Cooke has over 20 years of experience working on community-based natural resource management programmes and projects in East Africa and Asia/Pacific.
Cooke has a master’s in Forest Conservation, a BA Specialist in Environmental Studies, and a minor in Political Sciences from the University of Toronto.