David McCauley leads WWF’s work on domestic and international public policy and finance as well as ensuring coherence in its programs to address climate change. He joined WWF in early 2013 from the Asian Development Bank, where he oversaw its climate change investments totaling more than $3 billion annually. At WWF he manages engagement with public sector institutions in the US as well as relations with multilateral organizations such as the World Bank, the Global Environment Facility and the Green Climate Fund.
Dr. McCauley’s career has focused on bringing environmental sustainability to international economic development, including design of national environmental policies, brokering international resources management agreements, and guiding international assistance policies covering climate change, deforestation, air pollution, marine conservation and other issues. While at the Asian Development Bank he was active in organizing and leading regional programs to strengthen environmental and natural resources policy and management such as the Coral Triangle Initiative. At the International Resources Group, a leading US environmental consulting firm, he managed environmental policy programs in Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Central Asia, Southern Africa and Egypt, serving as Asia-Pacific Region Director. He has worked for the US Agency for International Development in Indonesia and Washington, DC and began his career with the Ford Foundation and Harvard Institute for International Development working in Indonesia as an economist and environment specialist.
David’s undergraduate training is in the environmental sciences with a PhD in agricultural and resource economics from the University of Hawaii / East-West Center. He has held faculty or affiliate positions at the Environment and Policy Institute of the East-West Center in Honolulu, the University of Indonesia in Jakarta, Peradeniya University in Sri Lanka, and Gadjah Mada University in Yogyakarta, Indonesia and has published on environmental finance and policy in fields ranging from forest and coastal resources conservation to water pricing and transboundary river basin management.