Montira Pongsiri was the first science advisor at the US Mission to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), based in Jakarta, where she led the Mission’s efforts to apply science and technology to support ASEAN’s sustainability goals and to improve the capacity and quality of science-based policymaking. She developed science programming including a sustainable cities partnership to support climate adaptation and resilience planning, as well as the US-ASEAN Science and Technology Fellows Program, aimed at improving science capacity in ASEAN member countries.
As an environmental health scientist at the US Environmental Protection Agency, Dr Pongsiri developed an interdisciplinary research initiative on biodiversity and human health. She was the agency’s lead on partnerships with the Smithsonian Institution focused on biodiversity-health research and education / outreach activities. Dr Pongsiri also led the EPA’s partnership with The Rockefeller Foundation’s 100 Resilient Cities Initiative to apply science-based tools to support community resilience.