Ms. Noelle O’Brien
Chief of Climate Change and Disaster Risk Management Thematic Group concurrently Director, Climate Change and Disaster Risk Management Division, Sustainable Development and Climate Change Department, Asian Development Bank
Noelle is the newly appointed Chief of Climate Change and Disaster Risk Management Thematic Group concurrently Director, Climate Change and Disaster Risk Management Division of the Sustainable Development and Climate Change Department of ADB. Previously, Noelle was a Principal Climate Change Specialist for the Pacific region and has worked on expanding ADB’s work on mitigation investments and scaling up adaptation investments in the 14 Pacific member countries, as well as raising climate finance. A comprehensive climate and disaster risk assessment to inform resilience planning for Tonga has been a highpoint of recent work over. Prior to joining ADB, Noelle spent 7 years working with UKAID’s Strengthening Adaptation and Resilience to Climate Change in Kenya. The program invested in achieving transformational change by scaling up public and private sector innovation and investment in low carbon and adaptation products, services and assets. Noelle holds a Natural Science Degree from Trinity College Dublin and Masters’ Degrees in Applied Environmental Science and Development Management and has worked with the Mekong River Commission, the Center for People’s and Forests and a number of international organizations in Southeast Asia and Africa.