Lauren Sorkin is Managing Director, Asia Pacific for 100 Resilient Cities based in Singapore where she leads a Team of interdisciplinary professionals to deliver resilience building services in 12 countries and 21 cities between Pune, India and Wellington, New Zealand. She was formerly working as Director of 100RC’s Platform of Partners and was responsible for bringing on more than 20 partners with a focus on providing urban solutions for emerging markets. Before joining 100RC, Lauren spent six years working with the Asian Development Bank promoting climate responsive development in the Asia Pacific region. Her assignment included overseeing the development of the ADB’s first organization-wide Climate Change Implementation Plan and corresponding staff development program. She also served in the ADB Vietnam Resident Mission in Hanoi where she managed the integration of climate resilience into the Bank’s $7 billion investment portfolio in country. Prior to this, Lauren worked through the USAID Initiative for Conservation in the Andean Amazon to promote green growth in the region as well as with the USAID Eco-Asia Clean Development and Climate Program facilitating in-person and virtual knowledge sharing between clean energy experts in China, India, Indonesia, the Philippines, Thailand, and Vietnam. She has also worked with the European Commission and the Worldwatch Institute where she published work on biofuels, trans-boundary water management, climate change, infant mortality and HIV/AIDS.
Lauren holds a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations from Tufts University and a Master of Science in Environment and Development from the London School of Economics. She is also a certified holistic health counselor and yoga instructor. She speaks fluent Spanish and Hebrew.