Experts' profiles - Gabriel Grimsditch
Gabriel Grimsditch
Gabriel Grimsditch recently joined UNEP in July 2009 and holds the post of Programme Officer for oceans and climate change for the UNEP Marine and Coastal Ecosystems Branch in Nairobi, Kenya.

Holding dual British and Spanish nationalities, Gabriel was born in the UK but schooled in Spain, Austria and Switzerland before moving back to the UK to study at Manchester University where he gained a BSc in Environmental Science. He went on to attain an MSc in Conservation from the University College London.

Before joining UNEP, Gabriel worked for the IUCN Global Marine Programme where he coordinated the IUCN Climate Change and Coral Reefs Working Group. He was based at IUCN Headquarters in Gland, Switzerland for one year before moving to Mombasa - Kenya where he was based from 2005 to 2009.

In Mombasa, he collaborated with a local NGO called Coastal and Oceans Research and Development in the Indian Ocean (CORDIO) to carry out primary coral reef, resilience and climate change research along the East African coast as well as in the Caribbean.

He also acted as the IUCN focal point for oceans and climate change issues, and worked on a variety of related subjects including coral bleaching, ocean acidification, ocean fertilization and natural coastal carbon sinks.
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