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.