Janet Ranganathan is Vice President for Science and Research at the World Resources Institute, an action-oriented global research organization that works in over 50 countries, with offices in the US, China, India, Brazil, Indonesia, and Europe. Janet plays a lead role in ensuring WRI's research is robust and decision-relevant. She works with the Managing Director to strengthen the impact of research across WRI’s six programs: Food, Forest, Water, Climate, Energy, and Cities. Janet leads WRI’s Information into Action strategy, which combines open data platforms, information and communication technologies, transparency, and human networks to drive more sustainable management of the planet’s resources. She is also an architect and co-author of the current World Resources Report, Creating a Sustainable Food Future.
Janet 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 businesses. She has written extensively on a range of sustainable development topics, including business and finance, performance metrics, climate change, GHG measurement, ecosystem degradation, food security, forests, and governance.
Janet serves on the boards of Ceres and the University of Michigan Graham Institute and is a member of Mars’s Science Advisory Committee and Sustainability Working Group. She is also a member of the International Programme Advisory Committee for the Ecosystem Services for Poverty Alleviation Programme.
Prior to joining WRI, Janet worked as a Senior Lecturer at the University of Hertfordshire and as a regulator with the UK Waste Regulatory Authority. Janet was also a senior manager in the British National Health Service, serving at the Royal Marsden and Royal Brompton Hospitals.