Daniela Chiriac is a Senior Consultant for Climate Policy Initiative, where she leads research and management for the Global Innovation Lab for Climate Finance as well as contributing to the climate finance tracking program and CPI’s growing portfolio of climate adaptation projects.

Daniela has been managing the Sustainable Agriculture stream of the Lab and the establishment of the new Southern Africa Regional stream, including analytical work to develop and refine the Peace Renewable Energy Credit (P-REC) Aggregation Fund, TerraFund | Rural Prosperity Bond and West African Initiative for Climate-Smart Agriculture. She is also playing a leading role in managing and crystallizing the Lab impact assessment methodology of financial instruments active in agriculture, forestry and other land use (AFOLU).

For the climate finance tracking programme, Daniela is providing contributions to CPI’s flagship publication The Global Landscape of Climate Finance, as well as the International Development Finance Club (IDFC) Green Finance Mapping series. In addition, she was the lead author of the CPI report Examining the Climate Finance Gap for Small-Scale Agriculture, which provides a framework for tracking and first of its kind insights into the level of climate finance flowing towards small-scale agriculture in developing countries.

Daniela previously worked with International Development Enterprises (iDE UK) on projects focusing on market-based approaches to increase climate resilience of smallholder farmers in Africa and Asia. In her prior roles with consulting companies, she managed large international development projects.

She holds a MSc in Environmental Economics from the University of London as well as Master’s degree in Political Science from the University of Bucharest.

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