Izabella Koziell is the former Program Director of the CGIAR Research Program on Water, Land and Ecosystems (WLE). She is currently Deputy Director General of the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD).
As Director for WLE, Izabella worked in Africa, Asia and globally as a development practitioner, negotiator, donor and thought leader on environment and development solutions. Based at the International Water Management Institute’s (IWMI) HQ in Sri Lanka, she led a global research-for-development program connecting 11 CGIAR centres, FAO and the RUAF Foundation.
Previously, Izabella spent ten years with the UK Department for International Development (DFID), where she led the Asia Regional Climate and Environment Unit in New Delhi, served as Lead Negotiator and Advisor for the Biodiversity and Desertification Conventions and as well as working at the Research and Evidence Division, and for DFID Kenya. In her earlier career she was Research Coordinator on Biodiversity and Livelihoods with the International Institute of Environment & Development (IIED), and as Environmental Management Advisor for the Lutheran World Service in Tanzania.