John Kadyszewski is responsible for working across the institution to identify opportunities to implement bold initiatives that integrate Winrock’s unique experience and strengths to achieve its mission. Kadyszewski managed an annual innovation fund, allocated by Winrock’s board of directors, which invested in water, food security, sustainable agriculture, women’s leadership, girl’s education, entrepreneurship, climate change, biofuels and information technology.
Kadyszewski is also Director Emeritus of the American Carbon Registry (ACR) a business unit of Winrock that operates a voluntary carbon offset registry, and was approved as an Offset Project Registry for the California compliance market in December 2012. In the Rockefeller tradition, ACR applies strong science and economics to develop methodologies and effective and independent measurement and monitoring systems in support of well-designed markets that can achieve environmental objectives in the most cost-effective way.
Prior to ACR, Kadyszewski led development of the Ecosystem Services team at Winrock with a focus on analytical tools and platforms that can help decision makers facing complex social and environmental choices. He managed development of advanced monitoring tools that combined aerial and satellite imagery with ground data to compare performance of agricultural and forestry production systems.
Kadyszewski has pioneered solutions to resource management issues for 38 years, leading and evaluating clean energy and environmental projects and programs in the United States and more than 20 countries in Africa, Latin America, Asia and Europe. In India and Brazil, he directed groundbreaking work with the sugar industry resulting in more than $1 billion in capital investment in clean, sustainable power. He currently serves on the advisory boards for the Coalition on Agricultural Greenhouse Gases, the Dairy Innovation Center, the Climate and Corn-based Cropping Systems Coordinated Agricultural Project and the Association of Climate Change Officers.
Kadyszewski joined Winrock International in 1989. He has an engineering degree from Princeton University.