XV World Forestry Congress


Ludwig Liagre

Rio Impact

Chief Executive Officer


Ludwig Liagre is the founder and managing director of Rio Impact, a consulting enterprise specialized in financing solutions for the implementation of Rio conventions on biodiversity, land and climate. Between 2009 and 2014 Ludwig operated as forest policy and finance advisor for the German Development Cooperation (GIZ) in Middle East North Africa and Latin America, implementing impactful projects at the interface of the three Rio conventions. From 2014 to 2017 he advised public and private organizations as international consultant. Ludwig worked with development cooperation agencies such as GIZ, UNDP and FAO. More recently he operated as Climate Change Specialist at the European Investment Bank (EIB) and as Programme Officer at the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), where he supervised work on Land Degradation Neutrality Transformative Projects and Programmes. Ludwig has been operating as Sustainable Finance Lead for the Global Landscapes Forum (GLF) since 2019. He holds MScs in Agricultural Sciences & Environmental Economics from AgroParisTech, France and a MBA from Le Collège des Ingénieurs, France-Germany. He recently presented his PhD thesis on National Forest Funds at the University of Padova, Italy.