Zonibel Woods

Senior Social Development Specialist
Profile / Bio: 

Zonibel Woods has dedicated over 30 years to address barriers to gender equality and create opportunities for women and girls to live healthy, productive lives free from discrimination and violence. She has extensive and diverse expertise in gender and development and sustainable development, including in the areas of gender mainstreaming, strategic planning, policy analysis and development, training, technical assistance, and capacity building. Zonibel has worked for civil society organizations such as the International Women’s Health Coalition, leading the organization’s global policy work.

As the Program Manager for the Ford Foundation’s Global Initiative on HIV and AIDS, she supported the leadership on HIV and AIDS organizations working all over the world. Ms. Woods has extensive experience on environment and sustainable development issues which has spanned over three decades since her involvement in the 1992 Earth Summit. She has been based in the Philippines since 2012, where she worked as a gender consultant focusing on gender and climate change.

In 2020 she joined the Asian Development Bank as Senior Social Development Specialist.

In her free time, she works on animal welfare. She holds a Master of Arts in Environmental Practice from Royal Roads University. Zonibel has written and published a number of articles and reports on gender, sexual and reproductive health, and climate change.


Title Date Learning Materials Topic
Increased Heat and Impacts on Women 08 May 2024 Slides Energy, Environment, Social Development and Protection
Gender-Transformative Education for a Climate-Resilient Future 19 October 2023 Multimedia Education
Addressing Intersecting Issues on Gender and Climate Change in Central Asia 09 October 2023 Slides Gender Equality, Climate Change
Addressing Intersecting Issues on Gender and Climate Change in Central Asia (Russian Version) 09 October 2023 Slides Gender Equality, Climate Change
Entry Points for Gender-Inclusive Energy 07 October 2021 Slides Energy
Enhancing Women-focused Investments in Climate and Disaster Resilience (WfIR) 03 June 2020 Slides Gender Equality, Disaster Risk Management, Climate Change