Ms. Tomoko Nishimoto joined UNEP as the Director, Division of Regional Cooperation in May 2010. She is responsible for overseeing the six regional offices of UNEP: North America; Latin America and the Caribbean; Africa; Asia and the Pacific; West Asia; and Europe.
Ms. Nishimoto has over 23 years of experience in sustainable development work within the United Nations. Her professional career has included assignments with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), for 18 years, and with the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), for 5 years. She has held senior posts in seven countries. Among other roles, she served as the UNDP Country Director for Kenya (2008-2010), the UNDP Deputy Resident Representative in Ethiopia (2005-2008) and the UNICEF Zambia Deputy Representative (2001-2005).
During these assignments Ms. Nishimoto supervised and managed diverse functional groups across a wide spectrum of programmes and operations, including programme management, monitoring and evaluation, financial management, human resource management and communications. She provided guidance to a wide variety of programmes and projects in areas such as environment and energy, poverty reduction, water and sanitation, disaster risk reduction, sustainable livelihoods and recovery, food security, good governance, HIV/AIDS, gender, and ICT.
She has been involved with projects executed by various United Nations agencies (such as the United Nations Office for Project Services, the Food and Agriculture Organization, the International Labour Organization, the International Trade Centre, the United Nations Industrial Development Organization, UNESCO, and the World Health Organization) with funding from key donors, including the European Commission, the UK Department for International Development, the United States Agency for International Development, Norway, the Netherlands, Denmark, Finland, Japan, Sweden, Germany, Canada and the World Bank. Ms. Nishimoto has also worked extensively with civil society organizations throughout her career.
Ms. Nishimoto is a trained Facilitator for Human Rights-based Approach to Programming. She is a Japanese national, and holds a BA from Kobe University in Kobe, Japan, and a Masters degree in International Relations from the Graduate School of Sophia University in Tokyo, Japan.