Experts' profiles - John Christensen
John Christensen

John Christensen, is a Danish national and has both his Masters and Ph.D. degrees from the Technical University of Copenhagen. John is an energy and climate specialist and first started work with UNEP in 1988 as programme officer in the Energy Unit in Nairobi. After going back to Denmark he was engaged in setting up a new UNEP Collaborating Centre the UNEP Risoe Centre on Energy, Climate and Sustainable development. He has been heading this Centre since 1990 and it currently has around 55 professional staff working with UNEP on analytical activities and project implementation.


The Centre works in three thematic clusters:

    i) Cleaner energy development,

    ii) Low Carbon Development and

    iii) Resilient Development.
The Centre mainly supports the work of the Energy branch in DTIE, but works wih all divisions and regional offices on the implementation of UNEP's climate change activities. In 2013 a new Energy Efficiency Hub for the Sustainable Energy for All initiative was established at the Centre. The Hub was officially opened by the UN Secretary General in October 2013.

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