David Osborn is the Coordinator for UNEP's Ecosystem Management Programme. One of UNEP's six priority sub-programmes, the Ecosystem Management Programme aims to build the capacity of countries to utilize the ecosystem approach to enhance human well-being.
A former Officer with the Royal Australian Navy and civil servant with the Australian Government's Department of the Environment and Heritage, David served with the UNEP GPA Coordination Office in The Hague from 2001 to 2005. In late 2005 he returned to Australia where he served as Director, Coastal Policy, and Director, Water Quality, with the Department of the Environment and Water Resources. He also spent time as a Director with the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority before rejoining UNEP in Nairobi in late 2008 as the Coordinator of the Global Programme of Action for the Protection of the Marine Environment from Land-based Activities. David was appointed Coordinator of UNEP's Ecosystem Management Programme in May 2011.
David holds a Bachelor of Applied Science, specialising in natural resource management and environmental science, from the University of Canberra, and a Master of Environmental Law from the Australian National University. He and his wife Ingrid are the proud parents of four daughters.