Mr Achim Steiner
Executive Director, United Nations Environment Programme
Before joining the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) in 2006 as fifth Executive Director in UNEP history, Achim Steiner served as Director General of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) from 2001 to 2006, and prior to that as Secretary General of the World Commission on Dams. His professional career has included assignments with governmental, non-governmental and international organizations in different parts of the world including India, Pakistan, Germany, Zimbabwe, USA, Viet Nam, South Africa, Switzerland and Kenya. He worked at grassroots level as well as at the highest levels of international policy making to address the interface between environmental sustainability, social equity and economic development.
Mr Steiner, a German and Brazilian national, was born in Brazil in 1961. His educational background includes a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Oxford as well as a Master of Arts degree from the University of London with specialisation in development economics, regional planning, and international development and environment policy. He also studied at the German Development Institute in Berlin as well as at Harvard.