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Kaveh Zahedi
Kaveh Zahedi
Kaveh has been developing, implementing and managing climate change, ecosystem and sustainable development programmes for two decades. In 2012 Kaveh was appointed the Deputy Director of the Division of Technology, Industry and Economics (DTIE) at UNEP, overseeing work covering green economy, resource efficiency, energy, chemicals, ozone and waste. In addition during this period he was also the interim Head of the Secretariat of the Climate and Clean Air Coalition (CCAC) for reducing short lived climate pollutants - a major initiative to help countries protect human health and the environment and slow the rate of near term climate change by reducing key pollutants such as methane, black carbon and HFCs.

In his wide ranging UNEP career Kaveh has also held the role of Climate Change Coordinator and responsible for the organisations climate programme and work with the UNFCCC as well as setting up major partnerships such as the UN-REDD Programme (with UNDP and FAO). Kaveh was the Acting Director of the UNEP World Conservation Monitoring Centre (2004-2007) and also worked at UNEP headquarters in Kenya (1995-1999) and the Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean in Mexico (1999-2004).

Before joining UNEP, he worked at a Non Governmental Organisation in the UK as project manager for development microfinance and credit projects in Latin America and the Middle East.

Kaveh holds a Masters degree from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University, USA, and a BSc (Econ.) first class degree in Economics & Geography, from University College London.
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