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Muhammed A. Omotola

Muhammed (Adesegun) Omotola is an Associate Programme Officer in the secretariat of the Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM), located within the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Chemicals Branch/ DTIE in Geneva, Switzerland.

His career in UNEP began in the summer of 2001, where he worked briefly with the Secretariat of the Basel Convention as an Intern developing projects on 'Handling of Health Care Waste' and as a consultant in the Secretariat of the Stockholm Convention tasked with the successful implementation of a GEF global medium sized project on "Support for the Implementation of the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs)".

At the end of his consultancy, Muhammed changed hats briefly to work for the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR), Chemical and Waste Management Unit, with a focus on assisting countries in the preparation of their National Chemicals Management Profiles and for United Nations Office for Projects Services (UNOPS) as a Special Services Officer. He returned to UNEP in 2004 to the Chemicals Branch/DTIE as one of the pioneer members of the SAICM secretariat where he played a key role in the development of SAICM and in its adoption by the International Conference on Chemicals Management (ICCM), in Dubai in February 2006.

Muhammed continues to play a crucial role in the SAICM secretariat leading the work of the secretariat on Hazardous Substance within the Life-Cycle of Electrical and Electronic Products (HSLEEP), promoting and maintaining the network of SAICM stakeholders, promoting the exchanges of scientific and technical information, managing relations with donors and facilitating governing body meetings.
He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Ado-Ekiti, Ekiti State, Nigeria, a Master’s degree in Environmental Engineering from the University of Nottingham, United Kingdom, with a written thesis on 'Effective Control and Response to Oil Spills in Nigeria: Overview of Pipeline Spills as Medium' and received Certificate on Project Management. Before leaving Nigeria for the United Kingdom, he worked for a German multi-national construction company on National Service, in the City of Abuja, as a Project/Site Engineer.

Muhammed is UNEP DTIE Chemicals Branch Focal Point for Electronic Waste and plays an important role in advancing UNEPs work on the issue.? He is a member of Club Diplomatic de Gen?ve and supports several charities.

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