Senior Scientist, Center for International Forestry Research
Grace Wong is senior scientist for the REDD+ Benefits Sharing Project. Prior to joining CIFOR, Grace worked for the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Vientiane, Lao PDR, as a Senior Technical Advisor on the Poverty-Environment Initiative, and for Conservation International (CI) Washington, DC, as Senior Director of the Economics and Planning Program.
Grace has a PhD from the University of Florida. Her educational background and professional experience have largely converged on issues relating to economic trade-offs between conservation, local community needs and national development goals in tropical developing countries. Her work in Lao PDR included assessments of the impacts from investments on land use, environmental and social change; use of poverty-environment indicators in national statistics and district-level planning; and in leveraging economic incentives towards sustainable development objectives.