Nicole de Paula

Ph.D – Executive Director


Nicole de Paula is the Executive Director of Global Health Asia Institute (GHAI). Action-oriented, entrepreneurial, and resilient, her goal is to work with a diverse group of people to advance her organizations’ mission: to research and inform the linkages of health and well-being with sustainable development, environmental conservation, and social equity. She is convinced that improving sustainability communication is urgent and for that reason she voluntarily joined the Commission for Education and Communication (CEC) of the IUCN-The International Union for Conservation of Nature- for the period 2017-2020. Prior to joining GHAI, she coordinated the “Urban Governance and policies” work package under the European research project RAMSES, which aims to deliver quantified evidence of the impacts of climate change and the costs and benefits of a wide range of adaptation measures in selected cities. Previously, she also worked for the International Institute for Sustainable Development and International Relations (Iddri), as well as for the UN Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity. There, she assisted the Principal Officer of the Implementation and technical Support Division to advance the Business and Biodiversity Program. She holds a Ph.D. in Political Science/International Relations from Sciences Po Paris. Her doctorate received the “Young researcher prize” from Fondation des Treilles. During her PhD, she became the French Embassy Fellow at the Center for Transatlantic Relations (CTR), linked to the Johns Hopkins University (SAIS), Washington D.C. During this period, she was equally awarded a fellowship to study at the London School of Economics and Political Science as part of the Global Public Policy Network (GPPN). She also holds two M.A degrees in International relations, one from the Pontificia Universidade Catolica de Sao Paulo (PUC-SP) and the other from Sciences Po Paris. Her research focuses on global environmental governance (climate change and biodiversity), urban climate adaptation, multilateral trade negotiations, international organizations and foreign policies of Brazil, European Union and United States. In parallel, Nicole is also a consultant for international organizations, such as the World Bank, and part of the Earth Negotiations Bulletin (ENB) team, a publication tracking international negotiations on sustainable development published by the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD). She is originally from Brazil.