Experts' profiles - Vera Weick
Vera Weick
Vera studied economics and business administration in Germany and the United States, specializing in development economics, environmental economics and marketing and completed her studies with a post-graduate training course at the German Development Institute.

Vera started her career with the German Technical Cooperation (GTZ) working in Indonesia assisting the Ministry of Environment to develop a cleaner production programme for textile, leather and other small and medium sized enterprises. As part of this, she worked on the development and implementation of training programmes for small enterprises on profitable environmental management, good housekeeping and chemical management. She also worked on a number of short-term assignments to support the implementation of these tools in South Africa, Thailand, Algeria and Vietnam.

Vera joined UNEP Economics and Trade Branch in 2003 to lead the capacity building programme on economics and trade and since then contributed to the development and application of numerous guidance and training manuals on policy assessment and economic instruments.

Over the last years, she has been is leading UNEP's Trade and Biodiversity Initiative, which supports countries to understand the social, economic and environmental impact of trade-related policies in the agricultural sector and the specific linkages to biodiversity. In the initiative, she has been working closely with governments and research institutions in six countries in Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific to design and implement trade-related assessments and develop policy recommendations that support the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity.

Vera recently joined the Green Economy Team to support the development of the Green Economy Report, particularly the chapters on buildings, cities and waste, the development of outreach and capacity buildings activities, and the further development of a Green Economy Partnership Network.
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