Dr. Naoko Ishii is the CEO and Chairperson of the Global Environment Facility (GEF), the largest public funder of programs to benefit the global environment. Dr. Ishii was unanimously selected by the GEF Council in June as the GEF’s fourth CEO and took office August 1, 2012. Previously Dr. Ishii served in the Japanese Government as Deputy Vice Minister of Finance where she provided oversight of Japanese development policies on Multilateral Development Banks and global environmental funds.
Prior to her most recent appointment in the Ministry of Finance, Dr. Ishii served as World Bank Country Director for Sri Lanka and Maldives. She has spent time in high impact institutions including the World Bank, International Monetary Fund and Harvard University’s Institute for International Development.
Dr. Ishii has published a number of books and papers, and her writings have been awarded the Suntory Prize (1990) and Okita Memorial Prize for International Development Research (2004).