Javier Gonzales Iwanciw
Specialist in Climate Change Adaptation, Risk Analysis, and Water Management
Ph.D. candidate in Public Administration, Master of Engineering in Food Technology
Special Consultant on Bolivia and Mexico & Senior Consultant on Climate Change Adaptation, Risk Analysis, and Water Management
Transcarbon International
Javier Gonzales Iwanciw is a senior climate change researcher and consultant with almost 20 years of experience in the climate change field and in water management, supporting climate change adaptation efforts in Bolivia and in other Latin American countries since 2004. He is currently active in international climate change adaptation policy research linked to Nur University in Bolivia and collaborating with different international think tanks and research institutes like the Stockholm Environment Institute, the Public Administration and Policy Group of Wageningen Ur., and the World Resources Institute (WRI) among others.

Since 2014, Javier serves as Transcarbon’s Special Consultant on Bolivia and Mexico and as Senior Consultant on Climate Change Adaptation, Risk Analysis, and Water Management for projects worldwide. As such, in 2015-2016 he integrated Transcarbon’s team for the World Bank Group (WBG)’s global project “Regulatory Indicators for Sustainable Energy (RISE)” in the Latin America and the Caribbean region, having played a leading role in collecting RISE data for Bolivia, Mexico, and Nicaragua.

Also, since 2011, Javier has been advising on the process of mainstreaming climate change in the water sector in Bolivia, on behalf of the Swiss Cooperation. Moreover, in 2013-2014, he has provided technical assistance to the Green Climate Fund (GCF) readiness program in Colombia (United Nations Development Programme, UNDP -United Nations Environment Programme, UNEP-WRI). In year 2011, on behalf of the Bolivian government and in coordination with the World Bank and the Inter-American Development Bank (IADB), he led the preparation of the Strategic Program on Climate Resilience (SPCR) presented to the Climate Investment Fund-Pilot Project on Climate Resilience (PPCR) and since then advised the technical assistance provided to the water sector by HELVETAS Swiss Intercooperation in Bolivia including monitoring and evaluation (M&E) of climate change interventions and water infrastructure resilience. Previously, he worked for almost 10 years for the Bolivian Climate Change Program of the Viceministry of Environment (1998 – 2008) as one of the facilitators of the Bolivian climate change strategy, mainstreaming climate change adaptation in the food and agriculture sector (2000–2002) and providing support to Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) readiness processes (1999–2003) and local adaptation plans (2004–2008). Additionally, he has rendered technical backstopping and research services for climate change adaptation projects in Bolivia, Colombia, Mexico, Nicaragua, and Guatemala and the regional offices on the IADB, the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC, in Spanish CEPAL), and the UNDP, and has supported the UNDP and the Colombian government in the launching of climate change adaptation plans in key sectors of Colombia, including financial means for implementation and capacity building activities, in particular assessing potential financial instruments for risk reduction in the agriculture sector in Colombia, Nicaragua and other Central American countries, together with the IADB.

Javier is a graduate of Food and Biotechnology studies and holds a Master’s of Engineering degree (M.Sc.) in Food Technology from Humboldt University in Berlin (Germany), and is a Doctorate (Ph.D.) candidate in Public Administration, at Wageningen University, Department of Social Sciences (The Netherlands).

He is a national of Bolivia and Argentina, a Spanish native speaker, fluent in English, and proficient in German.