Geneva List is a Staff Associate with the Financial Instruments Sector Team (FIST) and Monitoring and Evaluation Lead for ACToday—Adapting Agriculture to Climate Today, for Tomorrow—the first Columbia World Project. With FIST, she provides technical support and conducts participatory processes with local farmers and stakeholders to facilitate climate risk mitigation and risk transfer in the Global South. She was also the Program Manager for COMPAS, a NASA-funded project supporting the integration of climate information into decision-making for preparedness action in the Rohingya refugee camps in Bangladesh.
Prior to joining IRI in October 2018, Geneva worked in partnership development for climate finance and agricultural programming in Latin America and the Caribbean at the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) where she helped draft the Accreditation Agreement to the Green Climate Fund and supported various Multi-Donor Trust Funds. In her home country of Canada, she worked as a climate change and environment sustainability Policy Analyst at the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) and on the Canadian International Food Security Research Fund (CIFSRF) at the International Development Research Centre (IDRC). She is passionate about working with stakeholders and beneficiaries in the field and has contributed to NGO programming on disaster relief and socio-economic development in Nicaragua and Peru.
Geneva holds a Master’s of Arts from McGill University in Geography and Development Studies. For her thesis, she conducted interdisciplinary, mixed methods research in the Peruvian Amazon on flood hazards, decision-making under risk and uncertainty, and index insurance. She has published her research in Climate and Development, Natural Hazards, and the Journal of Hydrology.