Janet Ranganathan

Vice President, Science & Research

Janet Ranganathan is the Vice President for Science and Research at the World Resources Institute, an action-oriented global research organization that works in more than 50 countries. She plays a lead role in ensuring that research is robust and actionable across WRI’s six programs: Food, Forest, Water, Climate, Energy, and Cities. Janet leads WRI’s Information into Action strategy, combining open data platforms, technology, transparency, and human networks to drive more sustainable management of the planet’s resources. She is also the global lead for WRI Brazil. During her tenure, Janet has held diverse positions across WRI’s programs, rolling out numerous initiatives to address the root causes of poverty and environmental degradation. These include: Sustainable Food Future, Ecosystem Services and Forest Landscapes. She also founded and directed the Greenhouse Gas Protocol Initiative, an international multi-stakeholder partnership convened by WRI and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development. The Greenhouse Gas Protocol is now the international accounting and reporting standard for business. Janet’s is a member of CERES Board of Directors, Ecosystem Services for Poverty Alleviation International Program Advisory Committee, WRI Europe Board of Directors, University of Michigan Graham Institute, Mars’s Science Advisory Committee, and the World Economic Forum Global Future Council on Food Security and Agriculture. Janet was born and raised in Cornwall, England and began her career with the British National Health Service. She is married to Kumar and has two daughters, Angela and Serena, and enjoys gardening, squash, and promoting conservation in her local community.