Election of Dr. Anna Stewart-Ibarra as the new IAI Executive Director


Inter-American Institute for Global Change Research (IAI) is pleased to announce that Dr. Anna Stewart-Ibarra was elected as the new Executive Director at the 2023 Extraordinary Meeting of the Conference of the Parties, held on 18 April 2023 via videoconferencing. 


Dr. Stewart Ibarra will begin her mandate as Executive Director on 1 June 2023. Over the last four years, Dr. Stewart-Ibarra has led the IAI’s scientific programs as the Institute’s Science Director. She has been instrumental in positioning the IAI and partner organizations at the science-policy interface to address the challenges of global change in the Americas. Her work demonstrates a strong commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion.


Dr. Stewart Ibarra has spearheaded successful fundraising for the IAI science program from international development banks, foundations, and national funding agencies to support transdisciplinary science on various global change challenges. Of note, she has strengthened the IAI’s collaboration with the Belmont Forum, increasing the participation of IAI member states in research funding calls (Collaborative Research Actions, CRAs) and associated training and networking opportunities.


Dr. Stewart-Ibarra is an expert on transdisciplinary science focused on the nexus of climate, environment, and health in the Americas. For more than 15 years, she has collaborated with academic, community, and government partners to support the development of climate adaptation strategies for health sectors.


Before joining the IAI, she served as the Director of the Latin America and Caribbean Research Program of the Institute for Global Health and Translational Science at the State University of New York Upstate Medical University. 


She holds a Ph.D. in ecology from the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry and a Master in Public Administration from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University. 


On behalf of the IAI Directorate, please join us in welcoming Dr. Stewart-Ibarra as the IAI’s Executive Director.


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