Stephen Lonergan and Svein Tveitdal appointed to senior positions within UNEP - 1 Aug 2003

Nairobi, 1 August 2003 - Prior to his appointment, Stephen Lonergan was a professor in the Department of Geography at the University of Victoria, British Columbia. He holds dual Canadian and United States citizenship. Mr. Lonergan replaces Timothy Foresman of the United States.

Mr. Lonergan has had a long and distinguished career in academia and national and local government as well as the private sector. He is a lead and co-author of numerous research papers, reports and books specializing in such fields as water problems in the Middle East, indicators of sustainable development and the impacts of climate change to environment and security, environmental change and population displacement, water resource management and energy.

From 1986 to 2003, he was based in the Department of Geography at the University of Victoria becoming Professor in 1993. Before that he held numerous posts including that of Visiting Professor in the Department of Geography at the University of Auckland, New Zealand; Assistant Professor, Department of Geography, McMaster University in West Hamilton, Canada, from 1980 to 1986 and Faculty Research Associate at the Horn Point Environmental Laboratory, University of Maryland, between 1978 and 1979.

Mr. Lonergan has also been a consultant to a variety of inter-governmental and governmental organizations including the World Bank, Environment Canada, the Canadian International Development Agency and NATO/Department of National Defence as well as for the private sector including Shell and Esso Resources Canada.

Born on 28 February 1950, he is married with two sons

Svein Tveitdal, a Norwegian, was Managing Director of UNEP/GRID Arendal in southern Norway. He succeeds Donald Kaniaru of Kenya, who retired as Director of DEPI, after serving UNEP for more than 30 years with distinction.

Mr. Tveitdal has had a distinguished career in management, engineering, planning and surveying.

Prior to joining UNEP/GRID Arendal in 1992, he worked with the Norwegian consulting company ASPLAN VIAK SOER from 1978 where he held various positions including Chairman of the Board, Director for Overseas Operations and Head of its Surveying and Mapping Division.

Between 1976 and 1978, Mr. Tveitdal was General Planner and Surveying and Mapping Engineer for the Norwegian State Power Board. He has published several reports on issues such as the “Economics of Geographical Databases” and “IT as a tool to increase efficiency in environment reporting”.

Svein has been Chairman of the Board or a member of more than 20 private companies, research institutes and non-governmental organizations.

Svein is a member of the Norwegian Society of Chartered Engineers. He was born in 1947 and is married with two children.

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