Dr. Jose Di Bella is currently a Researcher in the TRANSFORM project at the University of Waterloo in Canada and director of the regional project on business model innovation for Latin America. His research focuses on the social and economic aspects of climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction. His work aims at impact and innovation, therefore, it is designed and implemented in close collaboration with research users, mainly private sector companies, non-governmental organizations and international development organizations.
Dr. Di Bella has worked as an international consultant in the design and implementation of climate and sustainability strategies, and community level programs in Latin America, and was the leader of the Parliamentary Program on Climate Change for the Americas and the Caribbean for the Canada-based Parliamentary Center that is made up of the 35 national legislatures of the Americas and Caribbean region. He has worked on regional disaster resilience and development initiatives with the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction, the International Development Research Center of Canada, and with the regional office of the Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), and being one of the selected delegates to participate in the Talanoa Dialogue in the Climate Negotiations of the COP23 in Bonn. He has carried out research field work and capacity building activities across Latin America, the US, the UK and the Middle East.
Dr. Di Bella holds a PhD from King’s College London in the United Kingdom, and did his MSc in International Cooperation for Development at the Institute of Advanced Studies on Development Studies at the University of Pavia, Italy. He has published articles on sustainability science, business strategy and development, and practice oriented toolkits.