Joaquim L Ribeiro Ferreira Leite

Head of Climate Finance


Joaquim is the Head of Climate Finance at the NDC Partnership. His work focuses on supporting NDC Partnership member countries in Africa, Asia, and Latin America in increasing access to climate finance to implement their Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) and the Sustainable Development Goals. Joaquim leads the finance team and manages the finance work of the NDC Partnership.  

Before joining the NDC Partnership in 2017, Joaquim worked for more than ten years on diverse climate and sustainability-related projects in developing countries. His experience includes the: (i) ESG integration into high-level decision-making, investment portfolios, and management systems for leading organizations in the energy, mining, forestry, agriculture, and infrastructure sectors; (ii) design, implementation, and evaluation of sustainable investment projects for corporations and institutional investors;  (iii) elaboration and implementation of Climate Change Programs, and (iv) development of CDM and REDD+ projects, GHG inventories, and tailored climate strategies for companies and governments. 

His experience includes assignments to national and subnational Governments, the private sector, research institutions, bilateral donors, and multilateral organizations. Joaquim holds a bachelor's in Engineering with a concentration in Forestry and Ecosystems from the Federal University of Paraná (UFPR) in Brazil and a master's in International Development and Management from Lund University (Sweden). In his free time, he enjoys water sports, travelling, cycling, meditating, and listening to music.