Manager, Restoration Finance
Venkat is the Manager, Restoration Finance for WRI’s Global Restoration Initiative (GRI). He leads strategy development and implementation for the GRI Finance team with a direct focus on the Land Accelerator, TerraMatch, and TerraFund. Prior to joining WRI, Venkat worked at the United Nations Environment Program and Wildlife Conservation Society to develop sustainable finance solutions for wetlands and forests in Asia, Africa, and South America. Venkat holds a bachelor’s degree in Applied Economics from Cornell University, with a specialization in Natural Resources, and a master’s degree in Environmental Science and Policy from Columbia University.