Mr. Desta Mebratu has more than 22 years of experience working for industries, government agencies, universities and international organizations. He joined UNEP in August 2003 and worked as the Regional Industry Officer for Africa until July 2008. From August 2008 to July 2011, he worked as Head of the global Business and Industry Programme of UNEP. Since July 2011, he is serving as the Deputy Regional Director of UNEP Regional Office for Africa.
His main areas of expertise are: Resource efficient and cleaner production, environmental management systems, sustainable development policies and sustainable energy systems. He published more than 40 articles in peer-reviewed journals, books and conference reports. A chemical engineer by background, Mr Mebratu has a PhD of engineering in Industrial Environmental Economics and an MBA in International Business.