Timothy Thomas is a Research Fellow in the Environment and Production Technology Division of the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI). He currently leads the IMPACT modeling team. IMPACT is a global economic model which evaluates the impact of climate change on agriculture, food availability, and undernutrition, taking into account GDP, population, and change in agricultural technologies. He was one of the lead authors of three books on climate change and agriculture in Africa and has done similar studies for the Pacific Islands, Latin America, Central Asia, and the Philippines, and smaller studies for Bangladesh and Cambodia. Prior to coming to IFPRI, Tim worked a number of years at the World Bank, studying tropical deforestation and rural development. Tim has a Ph.D. in agricultural economics from the University of Maryland College Park.
Prapti Bhandary is a senior research analyst in the Environment and Production Technology Division at the International Food Policy Research Institute. Her research focuses on climate change adaptation/resilience, climate smart agriculture, ecosystem services and natural resource management with regional experience in Sub Saharan Africa and South Asia. She also has experience in designing, analyzing, and managing household surveys, facilitating enumerator trainings, and communicating with developing country partners and government officials. Prior to joining IFPRI, her research focused on the role of institutions in managing climate change adaption in Nepal. Prapti holds a Master’s degree in Environmental Policy from Bard College’s Center for Environmental Policy and B.S. (Hons) in Environmental Science from Kathmandu University, Nepal.
Elizabeth Bryan is a Senior Research Analyst in the Environment and Production Technology Division at the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) where she is conducting policy-relevant research on sustainable agricultural production, natural resource management, small-scale irrigation, climate change adaptation, and gender. Her role in G-CAN is to support integration of gender into climate change programs and to investigate the evidence gaps regarding the linkages between gender and climate-resilient agriculture. Prior to joining IFPRI, Elizabeth worked as a consultant for the Poverty Reduction Group of the World Bank and the Latin American Program of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. She has published numerous articles on climate change adaptation, and gender and climate change, and tradeoffs in biomass energy uses in sub-Saharan Africa. Elizabeth holds an MA in International Development with a concentration in Development Economics from American University.
Alex De Pinto is a Senior Research Fellow in the Environment and Production Technology Division at the International Food Policy Research Institute where he leads IFPRI’s work on climate change and is also IFPRI’s liaison with the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security. He is an environmental and natural resource economist with 20 years of experience working in economically depressed areas. Dr. De Pinto has a PhD in Agricultural and Consumer Economics from the University of Illinois, and currently works on a series of climate smart agriculture research activities in Latin America, South Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa with a focus on agricultural risk management, resilience and low emissions development strategies. His research focuses on economic spatial analysis and he uses a series of modeling techniques that make it possible to simulate location specific effects of policy changes and their consequent environmental effects.