Athena Ronquillo-Ballesteros is currently director of the Asia program at the Growald Family Fund, a catalytic philanthropy investing in rapid transition to a clean energy future. She leads the development and implementation of the foundation’s climate finance, energy transition and furthering the field initiatives. Prior to joining the fund, Athena was Director of World Resources Institute’s Center for Sustainable Finance program for over 8 years, where she led the program focused on shifting finance away from unsustainable activities towards low-carbon climate resilient development through data-driven and policy-actionable research. Athena is on the board of the Institute for Climate and Sustainable Cities (IcSC) in the Philippines, International Rivers, and Boston University’s Global Environmental Governance Initiative (GEGI). She is also one of the policy advisors to the China Council for International Development (CCICED) special policy study on China’s role in global environmental governance.
Athena has many years of leadership and management experience in environment, development, and natural resource governance in developing countries with a particular focus on climate change, clean energy, and sustainable finance. She is a long-time policy advisor to the Philippine government’s official climate change negotiating team at the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). She has been published widely on the issue of climate change, climate finance, clean energy, governance, and human rights.
She holds a Global Master of Arts from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University and bachelors and post-graduate degrees from the University of the Philippines and the Asian Institute of Management. Athena is from the Philippines and currently resides in Maryland with her husband and three young adults.