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Joanna Wolstenholme

Programme Officer | Business and Biodiversity

Positioned within the Biodiversity and Business team, Joanna works across a number of projects in the sustainable agriculture and land use space, helping to facilitate economic incentives for the production of deforestation-free commodities. She is currently leading UNEP-WCMC's work on the Land Use Finance Programme, which aims to proactively unlock public and especially private capital for deforestation-free commodity production, restoration of degraded land and improvement of smallholder farmer livelihoods. Within this, UNEP-WCMC are developing Environmental and Social Impact Frameworks to ensure positive impacts of investments are monitored and tracked. 


Previous experience & expertise


Before starting at UNEP-WCMC, Joanna was the Programme Manager for an international and multidisciplinary research project led by the University of Cambridge, called MillNETi. There she managed a team of crop scientists, nutritionists and social scientists, from the UK, Ethiopia, The Gambia and India. Prior to MillNETi, Joanna worked for two London-based start-ups, one focused on technology transfer, and the latter in the digital agriculture space. She has an undergraduate degree in Plant Sciences from the University of Cambridge and a Science Communication MSc from Imperial College London. 

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