Experts' profiles - Ahmed Djoghlaf
Ahmed Djoghlaf
Dr Djoghlaf assumed the position of Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) in January 2006. He was previously Assistant Executive Director of UNEP and prior to that was Director and Coordinator of UNEP's Division of the Global Environment Facility (GEF), where he played a key role for seven years, raising UNEP's profile and increasing the portfolio from six projects worth US$ 28 million to 600 projects worth more than US $1 billion in 155 countries.

He was the General Rapporteur of the Preparatory Committee of the UN Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED) of 2002 - better known as the Rio Summit; Vice-Chairman of the Eleventh Session of the Intergovernmental Committee on Science and Technology for Development; Vice-President of the Negotiating Committee on the Framework Convention on Climate Change, as well as Chair of one of the two negotiating committees of the Convention to Combat Desertification. Prior to joining the United Nations, Dr Djoghlaf was adviser on environmental issues to the Prime Minister of Algeria and, prior to that, to three Ministers of Foreign Affairs of Algeria.

He holds a PhD from the University of Nancy, France, as well as four other post graduate degrees including Master of Arts, Government and Politics from St. Johns University, New York, and a Law degree from the University of Algiers.
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