Meet the team

Steven Stone

Chief of UNEP's Economics and Trade Branch (ETB) and the Green Economy Initiative

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Steven Stone

Chief of UNEP's Economics and Trade Branch and the Green Economy Initiative

Steven Stone is the Chief of UNEP’s Geneva-based Economics and Trade Branch (ETB).  He holds a PhD in Resource Economics from Cornell University and has more than 20 years of professional experience in environmental and natural resource management.

Steven Stone is the Chief of the Economics and Trade Branch, part of the Division of Technology, Industry and Economics, at the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), a post he has held since 2010, where he directs a team dedicated to furthering the knowledge base and outreach and support to countries on environmental and resource economics as key components of economic and trade policy.  Some of the key flagships under his leadership include the Green Economy Initiative, the Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity (TEEB), and the Partnership for Action on Green Economy (PAGE), among others.

Prior to joining UNEP, Steven worked at the Inter-American Development Bank, serving in a number of capacities from Resource Economist in Washington to Environmental Specialist in the Bank’s offices in both Jamaica and Ecuador to Country Representative in Honduras.   Before joining IDB, Steven led field research in Brazil as part of the team at the Instituto do Homen e Meio Ambiente in Belem, Para for a number of years.   He has also worked at the World Bank on resource and agricultural economics with Uma Lele, among others.

Steven earned an M.Sc. and  Ph.D. in Resource Economics from Cornell University, following his B.A. with Honors from Swarthmore College.  He has authored and co-authored numerous journal articles and blogs in the field of environmental and resource economics, and in addition to his ongoing responsibilities at UNEP also serves on the Advisory Board of the Center for International Environmental Studies at the Graduate Institute in Geneva.

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Sheng Fulai

Head of the Research and Partnerships Unit, Green Economy Initiative

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Sheng Fulai

Head of the Research and Partnerships Unit, Green Economy Initiative

Fulai is the head of the Research and Partnerships Unit of ETB based in Geneva. His areas of expertise include integrated public policymaking, international payments for ecosystem services, and integrated economic and environmental accounting.

He designed and managed the implementation of UNEP's Green Economy Initiative launched in 2008. He is the coordinator of the UNEP report "Towards a green economy" and the UN inter-agency report "Working towards a balanced, inclusive green economy", both published in late 2011. 

Mr. Sheng holds a Masters degree in economics from the Shanghai University of Finance and Economics (1985). Prior to joining UNEP in 2005, for over twenty years, he had served the Chinese Ministry of Finance, the World Bank, the World Wide Fund for Nature, and Conservation International. His most recent publication is a guidance manual on green economy policy assessment.

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Anja von Moltke

Head, Trade, Policy and Planning Unit

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Anja von Moltke

Head, Trade, Policy and Planning Unit

Anja von Moltke is the Head of the UNEP's Trade, Policy and Planning Unit. She has almost 20 years of experience in the field of international environmental and economic policy, international negotiations and capacity-building in various environmental sectors. Prior to leading the trade unit, Anja served as Senior Advisor for Rio+20 and co-developed a number of initiatives including the Partnership for Action for a Green Economy (PAGE) and the United Nations Forum on Sustainability Standards (UNFSS). She has furthermore led various programmes and projects for UNEP relating to climate change and biodiversity, economic instruments and subsidies reform.

Before joining UNEP in 1999, Anja worked for the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety as a negotiator for the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the Kyoto Protocol. She has also worked for several other agencies of the United Nations, including the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), the Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD).

Anja holds an MPhil in Environment and Development from Cambridge University and a BSc in Management from the London School of Economics (LSE).

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Joy A. Kim

Programme Officer, Green Economy Initiative

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Joy A. Kim

Programme Officer, Green Economy Initiative

Dr. Joy A. Kim has been working in the area of maco-economic and environmental policies for nearly 20 years. Especially she has been focusing on the interface between fiscal policy, trade policy and green economy policy. She is currently leading a 'fiscal policy for green economy' project and managing a 'Green Economy in Africa' project which supports more than 10 African countries' transition to a green economy through Green Economy Assessments and Policy Analyses. She also serves as a co-chair of the Fiscal Instruments Research Committee of the Green Growth Knowledge Platform (GGKP).

Before joining UNEP, she worked as an economist/senior policy analyst at the Environment as well as the Trade/Agriculture Directorates of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) in Paris; a research associate at the United Nations University Institute of Advanced Studies (UNU-IAS) in Tokyo; Visiting Professor at the Aoyamagakuin University in Tokyo; PhD researcher at the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research in the UK; and Assistant researcher at the Korea Institute for International Economic Policy in Seoul.

She was also a leadership fellow at Harvard Kennedy School of Government and contributing author of the 4th Global Environmental Outlook of UNEP. She holds a doctoral degree from the University of East Anglia in the UK. Her major publications include 'The role of the G20 in governing the climate change regime' (2012, International Environmental Agreements: Politics, Law and Economics); Facilitating Trade in Services Complementary to Climate-friendly Technologies (2011, ICTSD), Matching support with nationally appropriate mitigation actions' (2012, OECD/IEA); 'Trade and climate policies in the post-2012 world' (2011, UNEP), 'Non-tariff barriers facing trade in selected environmental goods and associated services' (2008, Journal of World Trade); 'Facilitating trade in selected climate change mitigation technologies in the energy supply, building and industry sectors' (2007, OECD); 'Opportunities and challenges in liberalizing the trade in environmental goods and services' (2006, Journal of World Trade) and 'Institutional interplay: biosafety and trade' (co-editor, 2005, UNU Press).

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Asad Naqvi

Acting Head, Green Economy Advisory Services Unit

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Asad Naqvi

Acting Head, Green Economy Advisory Services Unit

Asad leads research and advisory services work of UNEP’s Green Economy Team on agriculture and food, poverty reduction and inclusiveness, and trade in biodiversity based products.  Asad has 17 years experience of policy research and advice, programme and project management and coordinating inter-agency initiatives.

Asad Naqvi has more than 18 years’ experience of providing technical assistance and policy advice through global, regional and national programmes in areas of green economy and development planning, economic policy, governance reforms, trade policy and negotiations, poverty reduction, and food security. Currently he leads a team which supports countries and regions in achieving their sustainable development and poverty reduction goals through greening of economies.

Asad joined UNEP in 2004 and has served as Acting Head of Green Economy Advisory Services Unit (2012-2013), Coordinator and contributing author of theAgriculture Chapter of the Green Economy Report (2009-2010 ), Manager for Green Economy Advisory Services for different regions (2011-2012) and Coordinator of UNEP-UNCTAD Capacity Building Task Force on Trade, Environment and Development (2004-2009).

In the Caribbean region, Asad is managing Green Economy Advisory Services for Barbados, Haiti, Jamaica, and Saint Lucia. In East European,  Armenia, Moldova and Ukraine have been receiving UNEP assistance under his supervision. In the past, he managed green economy assessments of NepalNamibia, and Peru. He played a key role in the development of the East African Organic Product Standard (EAOPS) and various policy reforms in the region. His projects have led to production of Organic Business GuideIntegrated Assessment of Organic Agriculture in Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda, a report on agriculture and food security in Africa, and an eight-country review of best policy practices to promote organic agriculture.

He also contributed to the CBTF work on Wildlife Trade Policy Reviews in UgandaViet NamNicaragua and Madagascar. This work resulted in the development of a Framework for Reviewing National Wildlife Trade Policies, and a study on Social Dynamics and Wildlife Trade.

Prior to joining UNEP, Asad served as Programme Advisor for UNDP’s Regional Governance Programme for Asia (2001-2004) and he also worked with theSustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI), IUCN, and The Asia Foundation in Pakistan (1994-2000).

Asad holds a Master of Arts degree in Environment, Development and Policy from University of Sussex, UK and a Master of Science degree in International Relations from Quaid-I-Azam University, Pakistan.  

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Ronal Gainza-Carmenates

Programme Officer, Green Economy Advisory Services Unit

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Ronal Gainza-Carmenates

Programme Officer, Green Economy Advisory Services Unit

Ronal, a Cuban national, has a multidisciplinary environmental education, with a PhD in Environmental Economics from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne, Switzerland (2011), a Master’s Degree in Environmental Engineering (2004) and a Bachelor of Biology (2000) from Cuban universities, as well as postgraduate certificates in Waste Management (Technological University of Dresden, Germany) and Environmental Management for Enterprises (University of Geneva). He is author of several articles published in peer-reviewed journals and books in the area of Economic Policy, International Affairs, Climate Change and Green Economy. He has also contributed in the past to some of UNEP’s publications on Green Economy and Sustainable Development.

Ronal brings more than 10 years of work experience in the environment sector. He started his career as an environmental officer in the Ministry of Science, Technology and Environment of Cuba (2000-2007), advising enterprises on adopting environmental management practices. More recently, he worked for three years (2007-2010) with the Research Group on Economics and Management of the Environment at EPFL, Switzerland, where he undertook research in the field of climate change and political economy, particularly the economic implications of a post-2012 global climate policy on developing countries. Prior to joining the team, Ronal worked for more than 3 years as a consultant for international environmental organizations including UNITAR, UNEP and IISD. He has a special interest in macroeconomic analysis of green fiscal policies, use of models and other quantitative methods for applied policy analysis as tools for estimating benefit flows from investments in the environment that can spur economic growth, job creation and social inclusion.

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Vera Weick

Programme Officer, Green Economy Initiative

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Vera Weick

Programme Officer, Green Economy Initiative

Vera Weick, Programme Officer, has worked on environmental economics, environmental management and sustainability assessments with a focus on capacity building over the last 12 years. She is currently working on training programmes, outreach activities and programming for the Green Economy Initiative and leading the implementation of a number of partnership initiatives.

Vera Weick has worked on environmental economics, environmental management and sustainability assessments with a focus on capacity building over the last 12 years. She is currently working on training programmes, outreach activities and programming for the Green Economy Initiative and leading the implementation of a number of partnership initiatives. She coordinated the production of three sectoral chapters in the Green Economy Report, including waste, cities and buildings.  

Before that, Vera was managing UNEP’s Trade and Biodiversity Initiative supporting countries, specifically in the African, Caribbean and Pacific Region, to analyze the social, economic and environmental impact of trade-related policies in the agricultural sector and the specific linkages to biodiversity. She also led the development of guidance and training manuals on policy assessment and economic instruments.

Vera started her career with the German International Cooperation (GiZ) in Indonesia assisting the Ministry of Environment to develop a cleaner production programme.  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, including assignments in South Africa, Thailand, Algeria and Vietnam. 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.

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Chiara Moroni

Communications Consultant, Economics and Trade Branch (ETB) and the Green Economy Initiative

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Chiara Moroni

Communications Consultant, Green Economy Initiative

To contact Chiara Moroni, email Chiara Moroni [at] UNEP.org

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Anita Beck

Communications Consultant, Partnership for Action on Green Economy (PAGE)

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Anita Beck

Communications Consultant, Partnership for Action on Green Economy (PAGE)

To contact Anita Beck, email Anita Beck [at] UNEP.org

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Eirik Lindebjerg

Consultant, Partnership for Action on Green Economy (PAGE)

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Eirik Lindebjerg

Consultant, Partnership for Action on Green Economy (PAGE)

To contact Eirik Lindebjerg, email Eirik Lindebjerg [at] UNEP.org

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Hameeddullah Jamali

Consultant, Advisory Services Unit

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Hameeddullah Jamali

Consultant, Advisory Services Unit

To contactHameeddullah Jamali , email Hameeddullah Jamali [at] UNEP.org

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John Maughan

Consultant, Trade, Policy and Planning Unit

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John Maughan

Consultant, UNEP Trade, Policy and Planning Unit

To contact John Maughan, email: John Maughan[at]UNEP.org

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Nicolas Cisneros

Consultant, Trade, Policy and Planning Unit

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Nicolas Cisneros

Consultant, UNEP Trade, Policy and Planning Unit

To contact Nicolas Cisneros, email Nicolas Cisneros [at] UNEP.org

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Lennart Kuntze

Consultant, Trade, Policy and Planning Unit

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Lennart Kuntze

Consultant, Trade, Policy and Planning Unit, Economics and Trade Branch

To contact Lennart Kuntze, email Lennart Kuntze [at] UNEP.org

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Rowan Palmer

Consultant, Research and Partnerships Unit

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Rowan Palmer

Consultant, UNEP Research and Partnerships Unit

To contact Rowan Palmer, email Rowan Palmer [at] UNEP.org

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Gisele Mueller

Consultant, Research and Partnerships Unit

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Gisele Mueller

Consultant (Economist), UNEP Research and Partnerships Unit

To contact Gisele Mueller, email Gisele Mueller [at] UNEP.org

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Zhengzheng Qu

Consultant, Research and Partnerships Unit

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Fatma Pandey

Administrative Assistant

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Fatma Pandey

Administrative Assistant

To contact Fatma Pandey, email Fatma Pandey [at] UNEP.org

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Désirée Leon

Administrative Assistant

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Désirée Leon

Programme Assistant / Focal Point for Publications

To contact Désirée Leon, email Désirée Leon [at] UNEP.org

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Rahila Somra

Administrative Assistant

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