Gender Equity Consultant Africa Zanella appointed to the Climate Investment Fund

Climate Investment Fund

On behalf of the infrastructure, LifeWatch ERIC CEO, Christos Arvanitidis, would like to congratulate Gender Equity Consultant, Africa Zanella, for her appointment as Gender Initiatives Focal Point for the Climate Investment Fund (CIF) at the World Bank.

“This is not only a fantastic achievement for Africa, but also an important honour for LifeWatch ERIC as an organisation,” said the CEO – “This is a crucial role at the Climate Investment Fund, with great responsibility – one that we know she is well-equipped to carry out, not only due to her specialisation in social science and her experience in themes of sustainable development and green growth, but also because of her fervent activism for the empowerment of women across the globe.”

Africa Zanella has called for ‘the role of women in combating climate change’ to be a key topic of discussion at the COP27 in Egypt, as it is thought that women, particularly in developing regions, remain an untapped resource for practical solutions to climate mitigation and adaptation. LifeWatch ERIC is confident that in her new position at the CIF, she will be able to ensure that operational decisions take into account the profound interconnectedness of climate change mitigation, biodiversity preservation and gender equality. As she said just a few days after her appointment at the infrastructure: “sustainability depends on women having an equal role”.


The Bulgarian National Distributed Centre is represented by the  Agricultural University-Plovdiv.

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