Experts' profiles - Maged Younes
Maged Younes
Maged Younes was appointed as Head of UNEP/DTIE Chemicals Branch on 1 February 2006. He is also Acting Executive Secretary of the Secretariat of the Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions.

Maged holds a MSc and a PhD degree in biochemistry/ physiological chemistry and a DSc (Dr. habil.) degree in toxicology and biochemical pharmacology. Chemicals Branch's work targets developing and promoting the implementation of policies and strategies for the sound management of chemicals. This includes overseeing actions on chemicals of global concern such as persistent organic pollutants and mercury; fostering the development of international law and coordinated intergovernmental responses in the chemicals area; providing technical assistance for implementing sound management of chemicals through MEAs.

Maged started his career as a researcher and professor of toxicology and biochemical pharmacology in Germany before joining the German Federal Health Office and later WHO. In his career with WHO, at both regional and global levels, Maged dealt with various aspects of environmental health policy and management and led various multi-disciplinary teams on several environmental health issues. He managed groups dealing with risk assessment (including burden of disease and cost-effectiveness of interventions assessment), chemical safety (including food chemicals), cross-cutting environmental health issues and occupational health. He performed work on establishing linkages between science and environmental health policies, on ensuring coordination with other international bodies and NGOs and on providing policy advice to counterparts in Member States. His last assignment with WHO, before joining UNEP, was as Director, Office of the Assistant Director General, Sustainable Development and Health Environments.
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