Who is GEI?


Asad Naqvi 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.

At UNEP, he managed and coordinated the production of the Agriculture Chapter of the UNEP Green Economy Report, Green Economy Scoping of organic agriculture sector in EECCA region, Organic Business Guide, Integrated 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.

Currently, Asad is responsible for managing Green Economy Advisory Services in the Caribbean (Barbados, Haiti, Jamaica, and Saint Lucia) and Eastern Europe (Armenia, Moldova and Ukraine). Green economy reports of Nepal, Namibia, Peru and Barbados, that he managed, have been completed. In addition, he represents the Green Economy Team at the Poverty Environment Partnership, and OECD’s Joint Working Party on Agriculture and the Environment. 

Before taking on responsibilities of the Green Economy Initiative, Asad served as Coordinator of UNEP-UNCTAD Capacity Building Task Force on Trade, Environment and Development (CBTF) where he played a key role in the development of the East African Organic Product Standard (EAOPS) and various policy reforms in the region. He also contributed to the CBTF work on Wildlife Trade Policy Reviews in Uganda, Viet Nam, Nicaragua and Madagascar. This work led to the development of Framework for Reviewing National Wildlife Trade Policies, and a study on Social Dynamics and Wildlife Trade.

Prior to joining UNEP in 2004, Asad worked as Programme Advisor for UNDP’s Regional Governance Programme for Asia (2001-2004), and as a researcher and policy advisor (1994-2000) on a wide range of issues including poverty-environment nexus, indigenous people’s rights in national parks, and establishing poverty baselines.

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