Ms. Ampai Harakunarak joined the UNEP/DGEF/ROAP in May 2009 as the UNEP/GEF Task Manager, responsible for developing and implementing (oversight and monitoring) GEF-funded international waters projects in the Asia and the Pacific region. Prior to joining UNEP, she served as a Senior Director of the Thailand Environment Institute (an NGO), the Environment Unit Manager at the UNDP’s Thailand Office, an Operations Officer of World Bank’s Bangkok Office, and a Policy and Plan Analyst of Thailand’s Office of the National Economic and Social Development Board (a government agency). Ampai has over 20 years of experience in natural resources and environmental management and planning, poverty alleviation and rural development, marine and coastal policy and management, and institutional support and capacity development programs in Asia and the Pacific. Her major areas of work before moving to UNEP included sustainable development policy advice and research, coastal erosion management and planning, community-based environmental management, environmental education, disaster preparedness education, and education for sustainable development (ESD). Ampai holds a doctoral degree in Marine Studies (Marine Policy) from University of Delaware, USA; a master’s degree in Natural Resources Management from Cornell University, USA; and a master’s degree in Economics from Thammasat University, Thailand.