Joe Leitmann is the World Bank’s environment coordinator for Indonesia, with responsibility for activities related to climate change, natural resource management, pollution, global environmental issues, and environmental safeguards for all sectors. He is also the Bank’s Disaster Management Coordinator and was the founder/first manager of the $650 million Multi Donor Fund for Aceh and Nias following the tsunami.
With over two decades at the World Bank, Joe has worked on projects, programs and policies related to: post-disaster reconstruction, natural resource management, urban environmental management, urban poverty, and renewable energy. In addition to short-term assignments in over 50 countries, he has had multi-year field assignments in Turkey, Brazil and Indonesia. Leitmann began his career in development work as a U.S. Peace Corps volunteer.
Leitmann holds a PhD in City and Regional Planning from the University of California/Berkeley and a Master’s Degree in Public Policy from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. He is the author of Sustaining Cities: Environmental Planning and Management in Urban Design as well as numerous articles on sustainable development.