Joaquim Leite is a Country Engagement Specialist for the NDC Partnership. His work focuses on strengthening country ownership and donor coordination as well as mainstreaming Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) and the Sustainable Development Goals into the development strategies and policies of African and Latin American countries.
Before joining the NDC Partnership, Joaquim worked for ten years with diverse climate and sustainability-related strategies, policies, and projects in developing countries. His experience includes projects focused on integrating sustainability into high-level decision making and management systems in the energy, mining, forestry, agriculture, and infrastructure sectors; projects for the World Bank/GEF to elaborate and implement Climate and Ecosystem Services Policies and Programs; and multiple projects in the Amazon Region, including for the UN Development Programme and International Finance Corporation. Joaquim has also worked on developing CDM and REDD+ projects, GHG inventories, and climate strategies for the private sector.
He holds a Bachelor's in Engineering with a concentration in Forestry from the Federal University of Paraná (UFPR) in Brazil and specialization courses in environmental finance, climate change, project management, sustainable development, and business strategy and management. Currently, he is concluding a Master’s in International Development and Management at Lund University. In his free time, he enjoys traveling, cycling, swimming, meditating, and listening to music.