Janot Mendler de Suarez
Climate Change and Gaming Researcher
Janot Mendler de Suarez is a founding member of the Games for a New Climate Task Force at Boston University’s Pardee Center for the Study of the Longer-Range Future, serves on the Council of Advisors for the Collaborative Institute on Oceans Climate and Security at the University of Massachusetts Boston, and co-chairs the Global Oceans Forum Working Group on Oceans and Climate. She launched a unique hybrid distance MSc. degree program targeting developing country junior environmental professionals, while a senior lecturer and honorary research associate in the Centre for Developing Areas Research, Department of Geography, Royal Holloway, University of London.
As a champion of climate-smart development, adaptation at the waterbody scale, gender mainstreaming, capacitation of parliamentarians, and the use of participatory peer learning techniques ranging from open space dialogue to video and interactive learning games, Mendler de Suarez was instrumental in the design, testing and development of GEF-IW: LEARN (the GEF International Waters Learning Exchange and Resource Network, www.iwlearn.org). With a 2010 Rockefeller Foundation grant, Mendler de Suarez designed a game-based series of workshops on resilience to help the Foundation enhance the impact and scope of current and future programming. Mendler de Suarez earned a bachelor’s degree from Mount Holyoke College in biological sciences and political science, and holds a master’s degree from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy.