Senior Advisor, Climate and Health
Save the Children
United States of America
Dr. Montira Pongsiri is the Senior Advisor on Climate and Health at Save the Children where she developed the organization-wide Climate and Health Strategy and programming priorities. She works with Country and Regional Offices across Asia, Africa and Latin America to develop and implement programming to address climate change with health benefits.
Dr. Pongsiri was the first Science Advisor at the U.S. Mission to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in Jakarta, Indonesia where she led the Mission’s efforts to work with Member States to apply science and technology to support ASEAN’s sustainability goals and to strengthen the capacity of science-based policy-making.
She was an Environmental Health Scientist at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Office of Research and Development where she led a research initiative on biodiversity and human health which studied the links between anthropogenic stressors, changes in biodiversity, and infectious disease transmission. Montira was the agency’s lead on technical partnerships with the Smithsonian Institution. As a member of The Rockefeller Foundation-Lancet Commission on Planetary Health, she brought expertise on environmental change-human disease linkages.
Dr. Pongsiri is a Council Member of the Southeast Asia Science Advice Network and serves on the Steering Committee of the Future Earth Health Knowledge Action Network. Her primary research and science policy interests are in applying scientific understanding of the relationship between the condition of natural systems and human health for long-term sustainability impact.