Who is GEI?


Ronal Gainza-Carmenates joined the Advisory Services Unit of the Green Economy Initiative at the Economics and Trade Branch of UNEP in July 2011. He has been supporting Latin America and Caribbean countries in implementing green economy policies as a pathway towards sustainable development. Ronal is currently involved in conducting green economy scoping studies which assess countries’ potential of greening various economic sectors and ultimately achieving a green economy transformation. 

Ronal has a multi-disciplinary environmental education. He holds a PhD in Environmental Economics and Climate Policy from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (2011). He obtained a Master's Degree in Environmental Engineering (2004) and a Bachelor Degree in Biology (2000) from Cuban universities. Ronal has also followed postgraduate studies on Waste Management at the Technological University of Dresden (2003) and on Environmental Management for Businesses at the University of Geneva (2006).

Ronal has over ten years of work experience in the environmental field, of which more than 5 years has been in an international environment. Prior to joining UNEP, he worked for four years as environmental officer for the Ministry of Science, Technology and Environment of Cuba (2000-2004).