Anahita Yousefi is policy director at Waxman Strategies, and focuses on forest conservation in Latin America, climate policy, and carbon markets. She has spent the bulk of her career working on international climate change policy, focusing on initiatives aimed at reducing deforestation in developing countries. She is based in Europe.
Before Waxman, Anahita held senior positions with the Government of Norway, where she was responsible for leading several bilateral partnerships with Latin American forest countries, including Norway’s flagship $1 billion partnership with Brazil.
As Special Envoy to Brazil for Forest and Climate for the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, she was responsible for managing Norway’s contributions to the Amazon Fund, and served as liaison for the Norwegian Government to the Brazilian Development Bank (BNDES), the Brazilian Government and civil society.
Through Norway’s Climate and Forest Initiative, she also led the Ministry’s public-private partnerships in forest countries like Liberia, Peru, Colombia and Indonesia, and directed efforts to establish a secretariat for the Tropical Forest Alliance 2020 at the World Economic Forum. In addition to these accomplishments, her work helped deliver major private sector commitments to reduce deforestation.
Prior to her work in government, Anahita was a volunteer for several civil society organization, where she was involved in campaigns and outreach to promote strong climate policies.
Anahita holds an MSc in Environmental Change and Management from the University of Oxford and a B.A. from the University of Oslo.