Ibrahim Thiaw has been the Director of the Division of Environmental Policy Implementation (DEPI) in the United Nations Environment Programme since February 2007. DEPI leads UNEPâ€™s activities on ecosystem management and services, including both terrestrial (land and freshwater) and marine ecosystems; activities on conflicts and disasters and; the adaptation component of climate change.
Ibrahim started his career with the Ministry of Rural Development of Mauritania. He worked as IUCN Regional Director for West Africa and as the Acting Director-General of IUCN before joining UNEP. He has held senior leadership positions with significant responsibilities and has contributed strategically to shaping the future of environmental conservation in West Africa and beyond. He has more than 22 years of experience in the fields of natural resource management and environmental policy at national, pan-African and global levels. He has advised both intergovernmental processes as well as collaborated with government agencies, civil society and private sector organizations. His particular contribution has been in the successful development and implementation of large scale environmental programmes and projects.
Mr. Thiaw holds an advanced university degree in Forestry and Forest Product Techniques, executive training at the Harvard Business School combined with extensive management and leadership experience.
He is fluent in French and English.