Peter Gilruth is the Director of the Division of Early Warning and Assessment at UNEP headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya.
The division serves to provide the world community with timely, scientifically credible, policy-relevant environmental data and information for decision-making and action planning for sustainable human development.
Working through UNEP-Nairobi and six regional offices with a large number of global partners and collaborating centres, the division monitors, analyses and reports on the state of the global environment, assesses global and regional environmental tends.
The division also maintains an office at the UNEP World Conservation Monitoring Centre in Cambridge, UK as well as administering the Secretariat for the United Nations Committee on the Effects of Atomic Radiation (UNSCEAR) in Vienna.
Prior to joining UNEP, Peter served as a Project Manager for Raytheon Corporation, NASA Synergy Program, in United States from July 2001 to early 2007. The Synergy Program is widely regarded as one of the most influential and highly respected corporations in the applications of NASA data in disaster management, forestry, and water resource management, urban growth range management and precision agriculture.
From 1992 to 2001 Peter served as a Senior Technical Advisor to the United Nations Development Programme providing capacity development in environment information management to governments in Africa and Asia.
Peter is an American national and his academic background includes a BA from Blackburn College, MA from Duke University as well as a PhD from the University of Arizona with specialization in biology, environmental conservation, agriculture, forestry and fishery. He speaks English, French and Swahili.