Baljit Wadhwa

Ms. Baljit Wadhwa served on the Board for the River Network from 2007-2016. River Network is a national not-for-profit, dedicated to river and watershed protection. During her tenure, Baljit increasingly influenced and focused River Network’s attention to diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) and was responsible, in 2015, for creating the board-level Working Group on Diversity and served as its first Chair culminating in the release of an organizational statement of commitment to DEI.

Baljit has more than 22 years of experience in environment and sustainability assessment. Baljit joined the GEF Independent Evaluation Office (IEO) in 2010 as a Senior Evaluation Officer where she leads evaluative work on performance, impact, cross-cutting and thematic topics. In this work Baljit endeavors to build evaluation capacities working alongside organization and government counter-parts.

Previously, as the Monitoring & Evaluation Lead with the International Finance Corporation (IFC)’s Sustainable Business Advisory Services, Baljit advised Program Leaders on results metrics and frameworks for projects that engaged the private sector in the broad areas of climate change mitigation and adaptation, biodiversity markets and labor & social standards. In addition to her experience as an evaluator, Baljit has worked alongside the financial community as a Senior Sustainability Analyst with Calvert Investments, reviewing publicly listed domestic and emerging market companies for environmental, social and governance performance. She has also worked alongside the infrastructure, oil, gas and mining industries, carrying out stakeholder engagements as part of environmental and socio-economic impact assessments for proposed energy, mining & transportation projects. Her focus was on community consultations and facilitating use of indigenous knowledge in impact studies.

Baljit holds a Master of Environment Studies, with a focus on biodiversity conservation, from University of Waterloo and Bachelor of Science in Molecular Biology from University of Calgary. She has certificates in “Environmental Economics for Development Policy” from the World Bank Institute and Climate Change Risks and Opportunities for the Finance Sector from UNEP-FI. She is also a LEED Accredited Professional with the US Green Building Council.