Jon Padgham


Program Director, START

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Jon Padgham is Program Director for climate change vulnerability and adaptation at the Global Change System for Analysis, Research, and Training (START), located in Washington, DC. Jon directs education and capacity building programs that promote and enable research and policy applications of science, related to climate change in Africa and Asia (

He has also held climate change-related positions at the World Bank and the US Agency for International Development. At the World Bank, he authored a report on climate change adaptation for the agricultural sector, and at USAID he designed and managed adaptation projects, helped to develop an adaptation guidance manual, and participated in negotiations on climate change adaptation as part of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change.

Jon was also a lead author on the recent International Assessment of Agricultural Science and Technology for Development. Prior to working on climate change issues, Jon researched plant-parasitic nematodes of rice in South Asia, and has also done research on conservation tillage. He earned a PhD in soil science from Cornell University.