Srabani Roy

Strategic Group Lead
Resilient mountain economies and landscapes (SG2)

Srabani Roy has led ICIMOD’s Resilient Mountain Economies and Landscapes strategic group since October 2023.

Srabani is an environmental specialist with over 20 years of experience in environment and sustainable development, providing technical and strategic leadership on natural resources management and policy, freshwater resources, ecosystems services, climate change adaptation, green growth, and environmental governance programs throughout Asia-Pacific and the U.S.

She has worked for several public and private sector organizations, managing and leading strategic programme and project development and planning, donor and partnership relations, program management, and communications.

Prior to joining ICIMOD, Srabani was the Senior Director for Partnerships for the Asia-Pacific Region for Conservation International (CI), a U.S.-based environmental non-profit organization. In this role, she led the team responsible for public and private partnerships and resource mobilization across the Asia-Pacific Region.

Before assuming this role Srabani was Regional Director for CI’s Greater Mekong programs, where she led a team of 50 staff, providing strategic development and implementation of CI’s conservation agenda in line with CI’s global vision and mission.

She developed new strategic and programmatic opportunities and partnerships within the region covering Cambodia, Vietnam, Laos, Thailand, and Myanmar. Srabani managed and cultivated government, donor, and partner relations and was responsible for fundraising and communications for all of CI’s programs in the region, as well as overall leadership for the regional programs, operations, staff, and consultants.

During her tenure, Srabani more than doubled the financial and staff resources for the programme.

Srabani previously served as the Deputy Director and Head of Programmes for Asia and the Pacific for the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI), an inter-governmental organization focused on ‘green growth’, in Seoul, Korea, and has also served as the Regional Director, Asia, for the International Water Management Institute (IWMI), an applied research centre that is part of the CGIAR Consortium, based in Colombo, Sri Lanka.

Srabani has also held senior leadership roles as the Environment Theme Director and Associate Director of Programs for The Asia Foundation, in San Francisco, California.

Her experience in environmental policy and international development and natural resources management began when she started her career with Abt Associates, Inc. in Cambridge, Massachusetts, followed by her first international assignment working with ICIMOD as the Project and Programme Development Specialist from 2003-2006.

Srabani has a master’s degree in energy and environmental analysis from Boston University, a master’s in journalism from the Columbia Journalism School at Columbia University, and a bachelor’s degree in geology from Beloit College, Wisconsin.

Srabani is an American citizen of Indian origin, born in Kolkata.

Srabani Roy