Experts' profiles - Sheila Logan
Sheila Logan
I am a graduate in Veterinary Medicine and Surgery from the University of Melbourne in Australia. I worked for a few years as a veterinary surgeon, then decided on a change from the practical life, and moved to Canberra, taking on a job in the Australian Public Service. Soon I was working in the Pesticides Registration Authority. After a few years, I decided my interests were more in the policies underlying the use of pesticides in agriculture, both in Australia and internationally, and moved to the Department of Agriculture. I had my first introduction to the work of UNEP here, as I participation in negotiating meetings for both the Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions as a member of the Australian delegation.

Following this, I worked for a time with the Australian Health Department, assessing the health effects of chemicals, both pesticides and industrial chemicals. I presented the findings of these assessments to a range of audiences, including expert and parliamentary committees, industry groups and public interest groups. I also did further work on international policy relating to chemicals.

In early 2003, I joined the secretariat of the Rotterdam Convention, moving to Geneva with my family and taking on the technical work in relation to industrial chemicals. My work including supporting meetings of the Convention, developing issues papers relevant to chemicals and providing technical assistance to countries in support of their implementation of the Convention.

Late in 2006, I joined the Mercury and other metals programme, where I have been involved ongoing work on mercury related issues. I have also worked to develop the partnerships program for mercury, and assisted with the small grants program providing direct assistance to countries. I am now working on the mercury negotiations, supporting the meetings of the intergovernmental negotiations committee.
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