David McCauley leads globally WWF’s engagement with bilateral and multilateral development agencies and funds in addressing pressing environmental problems around the world. These partners include national and multilateral development banks, bilateral development agencies, and the Global Environment Facility and the Green Climate Fund for which WWF serves as an accredited implementation partner. Joining WWF in 2013, he has previously led US climate and public policy programs, and before that oversaw climate change investments at the Asian Development Bank.
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 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 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.