Monitoring Program Manager,
Global Environment Facility
Dima Reda entered the FES/SOM joint degree program at Yale, because she realized, "in order to make significant changes in environmental impacts, industries must be involved in one way or another." She felt that a joint degree program at Yale could help her reach a new level of effectiveness and credibility in this arena. Prior to graduate school, she had earned an undergraduate degree in biology from Brown University and served as environmental research consulting in Boston.
Reda was drawn to the vibrancy of Yale's joint degree program, as well as the distinctive tradition of FES and the collaborative nature of SOM. There, she found a highly diverse and compelling student body. Her summer internships allowed her to test her business skill set, which re-enforced what she had learned in classes. She interned first with Boston Community Capital, a community-development financial intermediary that provides capital for environmental projects through loans and venture funds for low-income communities. The second summer, she worked with the Yale Entrepreneurship Program, where she provided support for growing businesses.
After graduating in 2003 Reda, spent a year in Beirut, Lebanon, as a consultant for United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) with a focus in energy efficiency. Her work involved the development and implementation of thermal standards or buildings. The goal was to make the technology available and, the real challenge, to encourage adoption. Reda spent the following two years with UNEP's International Environmental Technology Centre based in Japan, where she was in charge of capacity building for UNEP's project "Support for the Environmental Management of the Iraqi Marshlands." The initiative received the 2007 UN21 Award Commendation in the category of "field project."
Reda joined the Global Environment Facility (GEF) in January of 2007. The GEF is a multilateral financial mechanism that provides sustainable development funds to recipient countries. Since its creation in 1991, GEF has awarded $6.2 billion in grants to over 1,800 projects in more than 160 countries. As a Monitoring Program Manager on the Corporate Operations, Policies and Financial Services team, Reda's work focuses on designing and implementing a results-based management framework. She draws on her management background in analyzing the overall health of the portfolio and in considering risk factors associated with implementation. Reda's team monitors GEF's active portfolio of projects, which includes over five hundred projects under implementation in over 100 countries across the globe. Her team has about five billion dollars in grants currently under implementation, including over five hundred projects across the globe.
Reflecting on her time at Yale Reda said, " I had a great experience at FES and SOM. Both are unique places that allow students to forge their own path and both provide a lot of support. The schools also have an incredible alumni network filled with passionate people who are accessible and approachable."