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 30 professional staff working with UNEP on analytical activities and project implementation.
The Centre works in three thematic clusters: i) Energy and Poverty, ii) Carbon and Energy Finance with a focus on CDM and iii) Climate change and Adaptation. The Centre supports the work of the Energy branch in DTIE and the implementation of UNEP climate change activities more broadly.