Juan Pablo Bonilla – Lab Principal

Manager of the Climate Change and Sustainable Development Sector, Inter-American Development Bank


Juan Pablo Bonilla, is the Manager of the Climate Change and Sustainable Development Sector. Previously, he was Chief of Staff to the Executive Vice President of the Inter-American Development Bank.

Dr. Bonilla has worked on environmental sustainability, climate change and energy for more than 20 years. Dr. Bonilla was the driving force behind the transformation of the IDB into a climate sensitive organization by leading the Sustainable Energy and Climate Change Initiative, a major strategic step for integrating climate change and sustainability as a priority for the Bank. Before joining the Bank, Dr. Bonilla worked as Senior Specialist at the World Bank, and Member of the CDM Executive Board to the United Nations.

In Colombia, after being the Executive Director of a new think tank Fundesarrollo, and a National Environmental Manager of ANDI. Dr. Bonilla sprung new initiatives such as the Climate Change National Policy and the Biotechnology National Policy as principal advisor to the Vice President of Colombia. Dr. Bonilla served as Deputy Minister of Environment, acting Minister of Environment, Housing and Territorial Development in charge of redesigning the structure of the ministry and strengthening the National Environmental System as well as the Water and Sanitation Sector.

Dr. Bonilla obtained a BA in Civil Engineering from the Universidad Javeriana in Bogot√°, Colombia, and then received a MSc in Engineering Management and Systems Engineering and a Ph.D. in Environmental and Energy Management from George Washington University.