Sumalee has over 17 years’ experience primarily around the nexus of climate change, sustainable development and finance. She has led and managed large multi-faceted programmes for a wide range of clients including development banks, international organisations, governments, non-governmental organisations and the private sector. Her regional experience spans East West and North Africa, Asia, the Pacific and Latin America.
Sumalee interacts closely with government ministries, the public and private sector including financial institutions and industry in the design of programmes and policies to unlock finance for clean energy and sustainable landscapes. With practical knowledge of international climate policies, climate finance and carbon markets, she devises solutions that address key barriers to accessing finance in developing countries. Through her in-country understanding of challenges to access finance, she advocates involvement of the financial sector early in the design of green bankable programmes and policies within the context of national development frameworks. She closely aligns relevant work to country Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs), Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and other national development priorities. She has worked with Carbon Finance Markets (compliance and voluntary) and mechanisms such as Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions (NAMAs) that provide solutions for the commercial viability of climate related development initiatives. Across her assignments, she strongly promotes south-south learnings and actively seeks to transfer her knowhow across regions. In addition to climate mainstreaming in programme and policy design, she champions considerations of gender equality, poverty reduction and social inclusion.