ICEM’s Director, Dr Carew-Reid, has more than 35 years experience working in over 30 countries, including extensive experience in Vietnam, Cambodia and Lao PDR.

ICEM’s Director General, Dr Carew-Reid, has more than 35 years experience working in over 30 countries, including extensive experience in the Mekong region. He has a BSc Honours in freshwater ecology and a PhD in Environmental Impact Assessment. He specializes in integrated environmental assessments and in climate change vulnerability assessment and adaptation. Also, he has led many foundational biodiversity and climate change studies and assessments in the Mekong region.

Since 2000, Dr Carew-Reid has been Team Leader in more than 35 ICEM projects in Asia. He established ICEM’s regional and national offices with international and national staff. Earlier, Dr Carew-Reid was the Director of IUCN’s Global Conservation Services, Director of SPREP, the Secretariat for the Pacific Region Environment Program, and IUCN Country Representative in Nepal. He has acted as Chief Technical Advisor to the Nepal National Planning Commission and the Ministry of Planning and Investment in Vietnam.

Dr Carew-Reid was Team Leader of the Strategic Environmental Assessment of hydropower development on the mainstream Mekong River, which received an international award for excellence from IAIA. He was also Team Leader of the Urban Resilience in Mekong Towns Project, which received the Asia Urban Resilience Award from the UN and USAID for superior work in applying forward thinking innovation to urban resilience. He was Team Leader of the seminal study of climate change impacts on natural and agricultural systems in the Mekong region as part of the USAID-supported Adaptation and Resilience to Climate Change (ARCC) project which is cited in the latest reports from the International Panel on Climate Change. Dr Carew-Reid was Climate Change Specialist on the ADB Mekong Delta Bridges and Roads Climate Change Assessment and Director of the ADB project supporting the National Target Program on Climate Change, with a Focus on Energy and Transport in Vietnam.

Currently, Dr Carew-Reid is Climate Change Advisor to the Nepal Ministry of Population and Environment through the ADB Mainstreaming Climate Change Risk Management in Development Sectors project; to seven ministries in Nepal on the sister ADB SPCR mainstreaming climate change in infrastructure development project; and to the ADB GEF bioengineering for climate resilience demonstration project in Northern Vietnam. He is also Team Leader of the Strategic Environmental Assessment of the Hydropower Sector in Myanmar, and the Rapid Strategic Environmental Assessment of the Lancang-Mekong Development Plan.