Sofia Bettencourt is the Lead Adaptation Specialist for the Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR).
She specializes in both disaster risk management and climate change adaptation, and was one of the first pioneers of adaptation projects at the World Bank. She has since worked extensively on inter-sectoral and participatory planning, institutional development, adaptation mainstreaming and coastal adaptation issues.
At GFDRR, she leads the facility’s program on climate change resilience and supports GFDRR's contribution to the loss and damage agenda. She also promotes a closer link between adaptation and disaster-risk management, and provides cross support to clients.
Bettencourt has a Master's in Resource Economics from the University of Rhode Island and a post-graduate degree from the Classical University of Lisbon in Coastal Resources Management.