Nafiseh Jafarzadeh, Ph.D.

Senior Fellow for International Engagement

Nafiseh Jafarzadeh is the senior fellow for international engagement at GCSE. In this role, she supports the GCSE international portfolio and its engagement with the related international environmental organizations, and academia to strengthen the science-policy interface at the global level. She has a diverse and interdisciplinary background in industry, government, and academia. Prior to joining GCSE, she worked as a policy analyst at the Environmental Law Institute and as an independent international consultant for various institutions on issues related to resilience and fragility, sustainable development goals, and illegal wildlife trade. Previously, she was a research associate at MIT, Department of Urban Studies and Planning, and at the Center for Governance and Sustainability at UMass Boston. She served as an environmental safeguard specialist in large-scale oil sector working on environmental and social impact assessment and compliance monitoring of projects. She also has been involved in various research networks and collaborations such as the IUCN-World Commission on Environmental law, IPBES Global Assessment of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services, IPCC, and the Earth System Governance. Nafiseh received her doctorate in international environmental law, focused on reporting and performance assessment mechanisms in environmental conventions, from Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia.