Federica Bietta is the Deputy Director of the Coalition for Rainforest Nations (CfRN) and a Director of Finance and Administration at the Columbia University Business School. In her capacity as Deputy Director of CfRN, she oversees the operation of an intergovernmental initiative of over 40 countries that is catalyzing new ecosystem service markets that align incentives with sustainable outcomes related to rainforests. She also acts as a liaison between developing countries and industrialized nations involved in the United Nations Climate Change negotiations. She is an internationally recognized expert in the development of international agreements related to climate change, the role of developing countries and specific mechanisms to included emissions resulting from tropical deforestation.
Bietta is also actively involved in the designing and implementation of internationally funded projects that address tropical deforestation, including the World Bank's Forest Carbon Partnership Facility and the United Nations initiative which was recently launched to address reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (UN-REDD). Her corporate experience is in corporate and investment banking. She previously worked for a major European bank in the United States and forged professional relationships with Fortune 500 Companies such as: Tyco, General Electric, ADP, AIG and IBM.
Raised in Italy, Bietta earned a Bachelors of Science degree in Economics and Finance from the University of Perugia. She pursued further studies in Finance in Brussels and in strategic management studies at California State University, Hayward. She earned an MBA from Columbia Business School and the London Business School.