Rowena Andrea Valmonte-Santos joined IFPRI as a Program Analyst in December 2003 under a joint appointment with the Communications Division and the Environment and Production Technology Division. She became a full time staff member as a Research Analyst in EPTD in August 2004. Her current work focuses on natural resource management with emphasis on food security in developing countries, participatory approaches to community based fisheries management and gender, threats and opportunities of climate change, and to some extent biosafety and biotechnology in selected Asian countries. She also conducted trainings on common tools used for surveys in social science research and water quality assessment for collaborators from government and non-government organizations and universities in Asia. Prior to joining IFPRI, Rowena worked as an Assistant Scientist in Policy Research and Impact Assessment Program, WorldFish Center, Malaysia.
A citizen from the Philippines, Rowena received her MSc in Environmental Studies from the University of the Philippines Los Baños, Laguna, Philippines in 1993.