Global Director of the Sustainable Finance Center
World Resources Institute
Leonardo Martinez-Diaz is the Global Director, Sustainable Finance Center of the World Resources Institute. In this capacity, he leads our engagement with governments, development finance organizations, and private financial institutions to rapidly accelerate the shift to sustainable finance. He also guides and amplifies the Finance Center’s research, analysis and influence strategies, and oversees the technical support that the finance team provides across WRI. Leonardo joins WRI after six years at the U.S. Department of the Treasury. As Deputy Assistant Secretary for Energy and Environment, he was responsible for overseeing multilateral climate and environmental funds, directing Treasury's domestic and international work on climate finance, and leading on climate change elements of international negotiations, including at the G7, G20, UNFCCC COP, and the U.S.-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue. He stands out for his intimate knowledge of relevant institutions—he has worked for the IMF, World Bank and USAID, and served on the board of the Green Climate Fund—as well as his fresh ideas and force of intellect. He brings a wealth of international experience, including time in Indonesia and Mexico, and continues WRI’s tradition of close and trusting working relationships with all stakeholders, especially developing countries.