Experts' profiles - John Horberry
John Horberry
John Horberry has over 30 years experience working in the field of Environmentally Sustainable Development mainly working with international development agencies and their client governments. During this period, he has worked for private consultancy firms, international NGOs and has been seconded to major international development agencies. He recently joined UNEP as the co-director of the UNDP-UNEP Poverty Environment Facility.

Originally trained as an economist and an anthropologist, he took a doctorate in international environmental policy with a focus on the need to integrate environment into development policy, planning and programmes. He has continued to work on these issues throughout his career.

Prior to joining UNEP, he worked for nearly two decades with Environmental Resources Management (ERM), the international consultancy firm, during which time he built up and directed ERMs International Development team to be the leading private consultancy group providing environmental policy and management services to international development agencies and their clients. He was fully responsible for client development, financial performance, project management systems, ensuring technical excellence and team building.

Between 1980 and 1985, he worked with the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) and the World Conservation Union (IUCN) during a period of intense focus on improving the environmental policies of international development agencies. From 1976 until 1980, he worked for the Environment and Social Assessment team at the consulting firm WS Atkins a pioneering initiative to provide new professional services to the international development market.

In recent years, he has worked on the challenge of mainstreaming poverty-environment linkages into poverty reduction and growth policies in developing countries. Environmental sustainability is critical to livelihoods, health and vulnerability of the poor policies aimed at poverty reduction and growth need to fully recognise how these linkages affect the poor and prioritise their budgets and programmes accordingly. Having worked on poverty environment mainstreaming programmes in Nepal, Pakistan and Tanzania, he undertook a review of donor efforts to launch mainstreaming programmes for DFID and an evaluation of the UNDP-UNEP poverty environment programmes in several countries in Africa. He has been an advisor to UNEP and UNDP on preparing a new programme to scale up the Joint Poverty Environment Initiative. He took up the post of co-director of the UNDP-UNEP Poverty Environment Facility in May 2007.
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