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Roger-Mark De Souza

Director of Population, Environmental Security, and Resilience, Wilson Center
Global Sustainability and Resilience Program

Contact Information:
T 202/691-4229 // F 202/691-4001
Expertise:
Democracy
;
Environment
;
Biodiversity
;
Climate
;
Environmental Security
;
Gender
;
Global Health
;
Environmental Health
;
Maternal Health
;
Reproductive Health
;
International Development
;
Population
;
Africa
;
Asia

Roger-Mark De Souza is the Director of Population, Environmental Security, and Resilience for the Wilson Center. He leads programs on climate change resilience, reproductive and maternal health, environmental security, and livelihoods, including the Center’s Global Sustainability and Resilience Program, Environmental Change and Security Program, and Maternal Health Initiative.

Before joining the Center in 2013, De Souza served as vice president of research and director of the climate program at Population Action International, where he provided strategic guidance, technical oversight, and management of PAI’s programs on population, gender, climate change, environment, and reproductive health.  From 2007 to 2010, as the director of foundation and corporate relations at the Sierra Club, he led a multi-million dollar foundation and corporate fundraising program. Prior to working at the Sierra Club, he directed the Population, Health, and Environment Program at the Population Reference Bureau for 10 years, where he designed and implemented research, communications, and capacity-building projects in the United States, Africa, Southeast Asia, and Latin America and the Caribbean.

De Souza holds graduate degrees in international relations and development policy from George Washington University and the University of the West Indies. Born and raised in the Caribbean, he lives in Virginia with his wife, two teenage sons, and two dogs.

Major Publications

Mutunga, Clive, Eliya Zulu, and Roger-Mark De Souza. (2013, September). Population Dynamics, Climate Change, and Sustainable Development in Africa. Washington DC; Population Action International and African Institute for Development Policy.

De Souza, Roger-Mark. (2009, September). “Taking Stock: Linking Population, Health and the Environment.” In A Pivotal Moment: Population, Justice and the Environmental Challenge, ed. Laurie Mazur (321-328). Washington DC: Island Press.

De Souza, Roger-Mark. (2009, June). “The Integration Imperative: How to Improve Development Programs by Linking Population, Health and Environment.” Environmental Change and Security Program FOCUS Report. Issue 19. Washington DC: Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.

De Souza, Roger-Mark, Geoff Heinrich, Shannon Senefeld, Katharine Coon, Peter Sebanja, Jessica Ogden, Daulos Mauambeta, Nancy Gelman, and Judy Oglethorpe. (2008, May). “Using innovation to address HIV, AIDS, and environment links: intervention case studies from Zimbabwe, Uganda, and Malawi.” Population and Environment 29(3-5): 219-246. Netherlands: Springer.

De Souza, Roger-Mark. (2008). Scaling up Integrated Population, Health and Environment Approaches in the Philippines: A Review of Early Experiences. Washington, DC: World Wildlife Fund and the Population Reference Bureau.

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