Benjamin Simmons is Head of the Trade, Policy and Planning Unit in UNEP’s Economics and Trade Branch, located in Geneva, Switzerland. He is responsible for managing UNEP's trade programme and for guiding the policy work for UNEP's Green Economy Initiative. Benjamin also coordinates UNEP's implementation of "The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity" (TEEB) initiative and serves as the principal UNEP representative in the World Trade Organization’s trade and environment negotiations. Prior to joining UNEP in 2003, Benjamin worked as an environmental lawyer for a private law firm in New York City. He holds a Juris Doctorate from Columbia University School of Law, a Master in International Affairs from Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs, and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Buena Vista University.