Lauren Sorkin

Executive Director, Global Resilient Cities Network (GRCN)

Lauren Sorkin serves as the Asia Pacific Regional Director for 100 Resilient Cities (100RC). She is a passionate environmentalist, development professional, dedicated mother, certified integrative nutrition coach and an avid yogi. Lauren has an enthusiasm that is contagious and a determination that is formidable. From the outset of her career, Lauren focused on communicating and scaling solutions to the world’s most pressing sustainability challenges. In 2005-2006, she worked with the European Commission and the Worldwatch Institute where she published work on biofuels, trans-boundary water management, climate change, infant mortality and HIV/AIDS. Moving beyond research and publication, Lauren worked through the USAID Initiative for Conservation in the Andean Amazon as well as with the USAID Eco-Asia Clean Development and Climate Program facilitating in-person and virtual knowledge sharing between conservation and clean energy experts in Latin America and Asia. Lauren then spent six years working with the Asian Development Bank, where she was a key member of the Team who led efforts to introduce climate responsive development to the Bank’s investment strategy. Her assignment included overseeing the development of the ADB’s first organization-wide Climate Change Implementation Plan and corresponding staff development program. Her efforts helped propel ADB’s climate change investments from $500 million to $2 billion per year. Lauren brought her passion for change to ADB’s Vietnam Resident Mission where she managed the integration of climate resilience into the Bank’s $7 billion investment portfolio in country and worked to advance the country’s payment for ecosystems services legislation. Through the application of GIS, she led a Team of environmental economists, technologists and policymakers to increase the efficiency of the government’s measurement and distribution of payments from hydroelectric power operators to communities maintaining forested areas. She joined 100RC in 2014 to help a global movement take shape, bringing her experience from both emerging market and developed cities in Asia and Latin America to the organization. She worked tirelessly to bring in more than 20 partnerships to the organization that could deliver appropriate technologies to cities with varying capacities. Her ability to operate across complex political and geographic contexts, as well as maintain a strong results-focused approach to building resilience led our organization to promote her as our youngest-ever Regional Director.

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