Janet Ranganathan is the Vice President for Research, Data, and Innovation at the World Resources Institute (WRI), a global research organization that addresses the urgent sustainability challenges related to food, forests, water, climate, energy, cities and the ocean. She ensures WRI’s research is robust and its strategies evidence based. She leads WRI’s efforts to harness the data revolution, combining open data, information technologies, artificial intelligence, and human networks to drive more transparent and accountable management of the planet’s resources. Janet established WRI’s Data Lab and helps ensure WRI’s family of “data watches” provide trusted, actionable information. Janet plays a support role for WRI Brazil and WRI’s private sector sustainable finance work.
During her tenure, Janet has held diverse positions across WRI’s programs and helped roll out numerous multi-stakeholder initiatives, including Resource Watch, Partnership for Resilience & Preparedness (a Public-Private Partnership with the U.S. Government, technology companies, and local communities to empower decision makers with a data-driven approach to climate resilience), Better Buying Lab, and Creating a Sustainable Food Future. Janet also founded the Greenhouse Gas Protocol Initiative, an international multi-stakeholder partnership convened by WRI and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development to develop international greenhouse gas accounting and reporting standards. She was the lead author of the Greenhouse Gas Protocol Corporate Standard, which has become the accounting and reporting standard for businesses around the globe.
Janet has written extensively on a broad range of sustainable development topics, including planetary health monitoring, food sustainability, plant-forward diets, business and markets, environmental performance measurement, environmental accounting, climate change, greenhouse gas measurement and reporting, ecosystem services, forests, and global environmental governance.
Janet is Vice-Chair of the Ceres Board of Directors and a member of WRI Europe and WRI Brazil’s boards. She is a member of Mars’s Science Advisory Committee. She serves on the advisory boards of WRI Africa, the Sustainable Development Solutions Network, Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Centre, SAI (Sustainable Agriculture Initiative), and the U.K. Research and Innovation and Natural Environment Research Council Digital Environment Expert Network.
Janet grew up in Cornwall, England. She is married to Kumar and has two daughters, Angela and Serena.
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