Mafalda Duarte is the Executive Director of the Green Climate Fund, the world’s largest multilateral climate fund, since 1 August 2023. For decades, Mafalda has challenged business as usual to drive innovative and pioneering development and climate-responsive investments globally. Prior to joining GCF, Mafalda was CEO of the Climate Investment Funds, where she steered a multibillion-dollar portfolio of investments pushing the frontiers of clean energy, sustainable land management, and resilience across more than 70 middle and low-income countries. Originally from Portugal, Mafalda is a proud mother to three daughters and a champion of social inclusion and equity. She made the decision to focus her international development career on climate action after witnessing climate impacts in countries in Africa and learning about climate science.