Michele Candotti joined UNEP in December 2010 as Principal Advisor to the Executive Director and Head of the Office for Policy and Inter-Agency Affairs (OPIA).
Michele brings to UNEP over 25 years of international professional experience in the fields of development cooperation, programme & policy management and the environment, as well as a strong commitment to environmental sustainability.
Michele has work experience both in international organizations and in the non-governmental sector. He began his professional career as a Research Officer at a Regional Centre for Agriculture Research in Italy between 1984 and 1986, after which he joined the European Commission as a Junior Professional officer posted in Zambia until 1988. He was subsequently appointed Coordinator of the European Commission's Microprojects Programme in Zambia until 1991.
As Adviser to the National Authorising Officer of the European Development Fund (EDF), initially in Zambia from 1988 and 1994 and later in Kenya, between 1994 and 2000, he was responsible for ensuring coordination of the EDF Country Programme and the liaison between the European Commission and the Governments of Zambia and Kenya.
Subsequently, he joined WWF Italy towards the end of 2000 as a Regional Secretary in Northern Italy. He was appointed Secretary-General of WWF Italy in 2003 and held this position for seven years until his appointment to UNEP.
Michele holds a University Degree in Agriculture Sciences from the Catholic University in Italy and is an Italian national.