Who is GEI?


Moustapha Kamal Gueye, Acting Head, Green Economy Advisory Services Unit, Economics and Trade Branch, UNEP/DTIE

Current responsibilities, duties

Kamal’s primary responsibility is to coordinate the delivery of UNEP green economy advisory services to developing countries and emerging economies. This involves helping countries better understand and assess the opportunities and challenges of a green economy transition in terms of potential contribution to economic growth, employment creation, poverty reduction and environmental improvement, along with enabling policy conditions. In addition, he is involved in UNEP’s research and analysis on green economy, including contributing to the UNEP Green Economy Report.

Capabilities / areas of expertise

Kamal has a keen interest in a range of development economics, sustainability, and economic law areas of practice, combining experience in several developing and emerging economies in East Asia, Southeast Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa.

Work history

Prior to joining UNEP in March 2009, Kamal served for three years as Senior Programme Manager-Environment Cluster at the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development in Geneva, advising developing countries on the environment agenda of the WTO Doha Round of multilateral trade negotiations. Previously, he worked and researched for twelve years across Asia, managing policy research projects on renewable energy, environment and sustainable development at the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies in Japan. In that capacity, he serviced the secretariat of the Asia Pacific Forum for Environment and Development chaired by the late Japanese Prime Minister Ryutaro Hashimoto.  In the year 2000, he assisted the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development in a "needs assessment for attracting Asian investment into Africa," and the production of the World Investment Directory. Between 1994 and 1995, Kamal worked as a consultant to the Food and Agriculture Organization on the improvement of the legal framework for fisheries cooperation, management and development of in West Africa. Kamal was a consultant to Toyota Motor Corporation on corporate social and environmental initiatives in Africa at the Toyota World Convention 2003. He is a visiting lecturer at the University of Tokyo and the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva.

Educational background

Kamal holds a Ph.D. and an MA in Foreign Direct Investment and Economic Integration in Southeast Asia from Nagoya University, Japan. He received a post-graduate degree DEA) and LL.M. in International Economic Law from the University of Dakar, Senegal. Kamal holds Executive Certificates from the World Bank Institute and Columbia University, USA; the Foundation for Advanced Studies on International Development (FASID) in Japan; and the Integrated Research and Action for Development (IRADe) in India.

Other information

Kamal speaks Wolof, French, English and Japanese.  A citizen of Senegal, Kamal has a keen interest in promoting good governance and democracy in Africa.