Gunars Platais joins the CU Community after 20+ years at the World Bank. He is a Senior Fellow at the Sustainability Innovation Lab at Colorado (SILC). At the World Bank he focused on environmental and natural resources economics and environmental risk management. He led multidisciplinary teams in lending operations and analytical work and specialized in the integration of natural resource management and conservation in policy and decision-making processes. Interested in innovative mechanisms for conservation finance, he has been instrumental in introducing operationally concepts such as Payment for Environmental Services (PES) at the project level all the way to country level National Green Accounting in developing countries. He has worked extensively throughout Latin America and provided cross-support to Bank teams in Asia, Africa and Europe. As a fully accredited environmental risk management specialist he worked on the application of environmental safeguards throughout multiple sectors. His work reflects a belief in the necessity to find integrated solutions to the complex environmental challenges of our times.
Fluent in several languages he has a degree in Forest Engineering from his native Brazil, a MSc from Colorado State University in mathematical optimization of natural resources management and a PhD from the University of California at Berkeley in Wildland Resource Science where he focused on Natural Resource Economics and Policy.
Gunars enjoys being outdoors especially with his daughter and son. Depending on the season you might find him out there somewhere running, biking, swimming, hiking or skiing.