Juan Pablo Bonilla
Manager of the Climate Change and Sustainable Development Sector
Juan Pablo Bonilla, is the Manager of the IDB’s Climate Change and Sustainable Development Sector (CSD). Previously, he was Chief of Staff to the Executive Vice President of the Inter-American Development Bank.
Dr. Bonilla has worked on environmental sustainability, climate change and energy for more than 20 years. He led the IDB’s Sustainable Energy and Climate Change Initiative, a major strategic step for integrating climate change and sustainability as a priority for the Bank. Before joining the Bank, Dr. Bonilla worked as Senior Specialist at the World Bank, and was a member of the United Nation’s CDM Executive Board.
In Colombia, after serving as the Executive Director of a new think tank Fundesarrollo, and as National Environmental Manager of ANDI, Dr. Bonilla launched new initiatives such as the National Climate Change Policy and the Natonal Biotechnology Policy as principal advisor to the country’s Vice President. Dr. Bonilla served as Deputy Minister of Environment, acting Minister of Environment, Housing and Territorial Development in charge of redesigning the structure of the ministry and strengthening the National Environmental System as well as the Water and Sanitation Sector.
Dr. Bonilla obtained a B.A. in Civil Engineering from the Universidad Javeriana in Bogotá, Colombia, and then received a M.Sc. in Engineering Management and Systems Engineering and a Ph.D. in Environmental and Energy Management from George Washington University.