Experts' profiles - Sunday Leonard
Sunday Leonard
Dr Sunday Augustine Leonard, a Nigerian, joined UNEP in January, 2011 as a Programmer Officer in the UNEP Chief Scientist Office. In this role, he is responsible for assisting the UNEP Chief Scientist in strengthening the science-base of UNEP activities. His works therefore cuts across all UNEP priority activities including Climate Change, Ecosystem Management, Harmful Substances (Chemical & Wastes), Environmental Governance, Resource Efficiency, and Disasters and Conflicts.

Prior to joining UNEP, he worked as a Research Fellow at the University of Greenwich at Medway, United Kingdom, where he conducted research on industrial waste treatment, fate of chemical pollutants in the environment, carbon sequestration, and reuse options for industrial wastes. He has initially worked as a Research/Teaching Assistant at University College London also in the United Kingdom, while studying for his PhD in Environmental Engineering.

Dr Leonard has won several awards including the prestigious Dorothy Hodgkin Postgraduate Award, the UCL Graduate School Fellowship, and the UK Natural Environment Research Council award. His MSc studies also in Environmental Engineering at the University of Nottingham, UK was jointly funded by the British Council and the University of Nottingham under the Developing Solutions Joint Chevening Scholarship. His first degree was in Agricultural Engineering from the Federal University of Technology, Akure, Nigeria.

Dr Leonard has published papers in international peer-reviewed journals on hazardous waste characterization and treatment, fate of chemical pollutants in the environment, and reuse options for industrial wastes.
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