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Lena Weingärtner

Senior Research Officer

Global Risks and Resilience

Portrait of Lena Weingärtner

Lena is a Senior Research Officer in ODI’s Global Risks and Resilience Programme, working primarily on disaster risk management and financing. She has experience in researching and informing financial instruments and delivery mechanisms at micro, meso and sovereign levels. This includes approaches – such as parametric insurance, adaptive social protection, or anticipatory action – that link climate and weather information with rapid availability of funding to enable timely action.

A further focus of Lena’s work is on financial inclusion and the role of financial services for enhancing resilience to climate change and disasters.

Lena holds a MSc in International Development Studies from the University of Amsterdam and a BA in Political Science with a minor in Economics from the University of Mannheim.

Prior to joining ODI, she worked as a Consultant for the Munich Climate Insurance Initiative (MCII) hosted at the UN University’s Institute for Environment and Human Security (UNU-EHS), for Kimetrica, and as a Research Assistant for the German Institute for Human Rights on various topics including disaster risk knowledge platforms, sovereign risk pooling mechanisms, contingency planning, and food security.
 

  1. Mapping financial flows for disasters: strengthening resilience and response to crises

    Research reports

  2. Enhanced preparedness for extreme weather across the Caribbean: a joint work plan

    Toolkit/guidelines

  3. Preparing for extreme weather in the Caribbean: what role for forecast-based early action?

    Working papers

  4. Investing for sustainable climate services: insights from African experience

    Research reports

  5. How to take early action in the eastern Caribbean to avoid climate extremes becoming disasters

  6. Strengthening forecast-based early action in the Caribbean

    Briefing/policy papers

  7. Anticipatory action for livelihood protection: a collective endeavour

    Working papers

  8. The evidence base on anticipatory action

    Working papers

  9. Risk-informed approaches to humanitarian funding: using risk finance tools to strengthen resilience

    Research reports

  10. Integrating ‘anticipatory action’ in disaster risk management

    Briefing/policy papers

  11. Financial flows mapping: the potential for a risk finance facility for civil society

    Working papers

  12. Layering and tailoring financial services for resilience: insights, opportunities and challenges from BRACED projects in Ethiopia, Kenya, Nepal and Senegal

    Working papers

  13. Linking financial services and social protection for resilience: lessons from Kenya

    Briefing/policy papers

  14. Anticipatory crisis financing and action: concepts, initiatives and evidence

    Working papers

  15. Linking financial services and social protection for resilience in Kenya

    Working papers

  16. Investing in financial inclusion for climate resilience and adaptation: the role of Islamic financial services

    Briefing/policy papers

  17. Scoping and design for taking forecast-based early action to scale: three case studies

    Working papers

  18. The role of multilateral climate funds in supporting resilience and adaptation through insurance initiatives

    Briefing/policy papers

  19. Map showing FbA initiatives and short descriptions of selected pilots

  20. FbA, early response and late response in the case of droughts and cyclones