Special Advisor to the Director
Role At IRI
Haresh Bhojwani plays a lead role in establishing partnerships with governments and international development organizations. His work has helped to implement science-informed economic development, adaptation, and disaster risk management programs and policies. He advises and supports researchers in their efforts to establish partnerships, programs, and funding sources. Bhojwani also works internationally to advocate for equity-based science supported collaborations such as the Global Framework for Climate Services and the Climate Services Partnership. He is a member of the senior management team, which is responsible for institutional strategy, planning, execution, reporting, and evaluation.
Bhojwani has more than 20 years of experience in international development, social reform, equity, and justice issues. He worked in El Salvador with refugees and ex-combatants to establish communities during the transition to peace in 1993 and 1994. He created the first legal services for the indigent in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and represented long-term detainees and human rights victims in the U.S. and Spain. From 1999 to 2005, Bhojwani worked with indigenous communities, NGOs, the private sector, and government agencies to establish and manage economic development programs in Peru, Bolivia, Ecuador, and Brazil. His experience in legal, management, negotiation, training, and science-policy interactions have led him to consult for and advise organizations working in South Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa, Latin America, and the Caribbean.