Erica Allis has ten years of professional experience in the sustainable development field. Prior to joining the IRI, Allis worked at the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) in Paris, France, where she coordinated program activities in Asia, Africa, and Europe designed to mainstream best practices and resource-efficient technologies into the fisheries, agricultural, energy, tourism, and manufacturing sectors. Before joining UNEP, she worked at SNV Netherlands Development Organization in Nepal, where she developed and led capacity building sessions for private sector companies to enhance environmental management. She also worked six years at URS Corporation, a private sector engineering firm, where she fostered environmental compliance within various industry sectors and specialized in groundwater investigation and remediation. She has a BS in geology from the University of Arkansas, and a master of public affairs from the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin, specializing in the development of tools to facilitate policy discussions with real-time groundwater model simulations.
Allis’s research interests include:
- Sustainable management of water resources and conflict resolution methods in water scarce regions
- Mechanisms and tools to enhance poverty alleviation through environmental management
- Enhancing the incorporation of scientific research in the decision making and policy development processes
- Stakeholder engagement
Role at the IRI
Erica serves as the coordinator of the Asia and Pacific Regional Program at the IRI, contributing to the operational and strategic objectives of the Program, its committee members and more broadly the Institute. She facilitates relationships among key stakeholders in international agencies, national and local governments, civil society organizations, and research institutions to achieve Program objectives.