Namita Khatri is the ICRC’s Diplomatic Adviser for the Asia Pacific, and the lead on climate finance policy. In this role, she has supported ICRC’s engagement with States across the Asia Pacific region with operational, legal and policy issues; she contributed to the framing of ICRC’s priorities on climate change and conflict in its current institutional strategy, and now leads the specific work on examining the gaps in climate finance in conflict and fragile settings.
Namita came to this position at the ICRC after 15 years in diplomacy, serving as a Fijian diplomat in Brussels, New York, Geneva, and New Delhi in addition to progressively senior roles at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Fiji, as Deputy Permanent Representative to the UN in New York and in Geneva, ending her work as a Fijian diplomat as Fiji’s High Commissioner to India. Highlights across her diverse diplomatic career include Chairing the Group of 77 and China during Fiji’s chairmanship of the group in 2013 in New York; negotiating and managing Fiji’s peacekeeping deployments while in New York; negotiating fisheries subsidies disciplines on behalf of the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group at the World Trade Organization in Geneva, and representing Fiji at the Human Rights Council and the Platform for Disaster Displacement. She holds a Masters of Arts in International Relations from the Australian National University, and is married with two children.