Lesley Y.  Cordero

Lesley Y. Cordero

Senior Disaster Risk Management Specialist

Lesley Y. Cordero is a Senior Disaster Risk Management Specialist based in Singapore, managing a two-billion-dollar Disaster Risk Management (DRM) program in the Philippines. She worked on innovative policies and instruments such as recovery frameworks; emergency cash transfers and adaptive social protection measures; multi-hazard vulnerability assessment tools; resilient infrastructure program; local government catastrophe risk insurance; and contingent financing facility for disasters.

Mainstreaming the DRM agenda, Lesley is currently leading the implementation of the $500 million Fourth DRM contingent credit facility to support the Government’s response and recovery efforts for recent disasters and leading the delivery of another $500 million DRM and Climate standby loan and a $150 million Sustainable, Inclusive, and Resilient Tourism Project in select destinations in the Philippines. She also worked on various DRM projects in East Asia and the Pacific. On fragility, conflict and violence, Lesley co-led the technical support and policy advisory for the Marawi Post-Conflict Recovery and Reconstruction Program.

Prior to joining the Bank, Lesley served as an Undersecretary at the Office of the President of the Philippines. She coordinated the recovery efforts of the Philippine Government for Typhoon Haiyan in 2013. In 2011, Lesley served as Undersecretary at the Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO).

Lesley has a Juris Doctor of Laws from the Ateneo de Manila University School of Law and a Master’s degree in National Security Administration from the National Defense College of the Philippines. She is an Adjunct Faculty at the Asian Institute of Management teaching disaster risk and crisis management. She was awarded as one of The Outstanding Young Men of the Philippines in 2020.