Elisa Tonda is the Head of the Business and Industry Unit in the UNEP Division of Technology, Industry and Economics Sustainable Consumption and Production Branch, whose main goal is the promotion of sustainable production and consumption practices in public and private sector through the engagement of the business community. She has been active in the strengthening of UNEPs active contribution to the greening of global value chains, and is current developing an initiative aiming at disseminating Eco-innovation in developing countries and emerging economies. Since the Rio Conference in 2012, Elisa has been actively supporting the government-led initiative the Group of Friends of Paragraph 47 on corporate sustainability reporting of the Rio+20 Outcome Document.
Prior to that, Elisa has been the Regional Officer of the UNEP Division of Technology, Industry and Economics based in the Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean in Panama City. She is in charge of supporting the implementation in Latin America and the Caribbean of the UNEP's initiatives addressing Resource Efficiency, Sustainable Consumption and Production and Green Economy.
During her professional experience with UNIDO (United Nations Industrial Development Organization), prior to joining UNEP in November 2009, she was responsible for project development and management in the area of Cleaner Production and sound chemicals management, contributing to the establishment and strengthening of the global UNEP UNIDO Resource Efficient and Cleaner Production Programme, through the work of the network of National Cleaner Production Centres.
Elisa has a Master degree in Environmental Engineering from the Polytechnic of Turin, Italy. During her former professional career, she also had been working with the private sector in the areas of environmental authorizations and permits, environmental certification including ISO 14001, the design of environmental service facilities, the design and operation of landfills, the environmental impact assessments of landfills and mining sites, and the remediation of contaminated industrial sites.