Charles E. Di Leva is Chief Counsel of the Environmental and International Law Practice Group in the World Bank Legal Vice-Presidency and is the Bank’s Legal Advisor to the Climate Change Solutions Area and the Environment and Natural Resources Global Practice Group. Since 1992 he has worked in all regions, specializing on issues pertaining to sustainable development, such as climate finance, development and implementation of multilateral environmental agreements, and national laws. He leads the Bank’s legal work in the development and implementation of its environmental and social safeguard policies, including the recently adopted Environmental and Social Framework for Investment Project Finance. He is also the Bank’s legal advisor on the Green Climate Fund.
Mr. Di Leva is a former Director of the Environmental Law Center of IUCN – The World Conservation Union, in Bonn, Germany, and a Senior Program Officer with the Environmental Law Unit for the United Nations Environment Program in Nairobi, Kenya. Mr. Di Leva served as Trial Attorney for four years with the U.S. Department of Justice, Environment and Natural Resources Division and for five years with the State of Rhode Island with the Department of Environmental Management the Attorney General’s office. He worked for three years in private environmental law practice in Washington D.C., representing clients for environmental counseling and litigation.
Mr. Di Leva is an adjunct professor at the American University Washington College of Law teaching courses related to international law, international financial institutions, the environment and development. He is a graduate of Vermont Law School.