Experts' profiles - Angela Cropper
Angela Cropper

UNEP Special Advisor to the Executive Director

Former UNEP Deputy Executive Director and
United Nations Assistant Secretary General


Angela Cropper joined UNEP as Deputy Executive Director in February 2008, serving in that role until 2011 when she was appointed Special Advisor to the Executive Director. She brings to UNEP profound experience in environmental policy, analysis and negotiations combined with high-level engagement in intergovernmental environmental negotiations and processes as well as a strong sense of vision and strategy setting. She also brings strong leadership and management qualifications and experience. In her current capacity, she has played a leading role in coordinating UNEPs preparations and input to the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20).
Starting her career as an economist, Angela has also held senior positions with the Caribbean Community and Common Market Secretariat (CARICOM) and the World Conservation Union (IUCN) followed by positions as interim Executive Secretary of the UN Convention on Biological Diversity and as Senior Adviser on Environment and Development with the United Nations Development Programme.
Throughout her career, she has advocated for the equitable use of natural resources and has actively participated in many high-level processes at the cutting edge of sustainable development. She played a key role in the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment and led two sub-global assessments on the Northern Range in Trinidad and the Caribbean Sea.
Angela has received a number of environmental awards in recognition of her advocacy for equity, peace and sustainable development at both international and local levels.
She has served on a number of international advisory boards of sustainable development organizations.
Angela has also been a Visiting Distinguished Fellow with the Woods Hole Research Center and a Visiting Distinguished Fellow and McClusky Fellow with the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies.
She has degrees in development economics and law from the Uiversity of the West Indies in Trinidad and Tobago, and Barbados, respectively.
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