Chizuru is Lead Environmental Specialist for the GEF Programming Unit. She heads GEF’s strategy and representation in multiple global environmental agreements for which the GEF serves as the financial mechanism, and leads GEF’s engagement with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. She also manages the Least Developed Countries Fund (LDCF), Special Climate Change Fund (SCCF), and the Capacity-building Initiative for Transparency (CBIT) Trust Fund.
Chizuru joined the GEF in 2010 as Senior Technology Transfer Officer and served as the Coordinator of the Climate Change Mitigation Focal Area since 2011. Prior to joining the GEF in 2010, she was Senior Programme Officer at the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), where she coordinated one of the largest UN-led environmental interventions in Iraq to facilitate ecosystem management and technology transfer. She was also a Fulbright Fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), receiving her Ph.D in Technology, Management and Policy in 2002. Earlier in her career, she managed a program to promote cleaner production in developing countries. Chizuru holds a BS in Civil Engineering from Rice University and a MS in Environmental and Water Resources Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin. She is a citizen of Japan.