International Environmental Technology Centre 



Keith Alverson joins UNEP’s International Environmental Technology Centre (UNEP IETC) as its new director as of July 2016 following five years as the Coordinator of the Freshwater, Land and Climate Branch in UNEP’s Division of Environmental Policy Implementation in Nairobi, Kenya. In his previous position he oversaw UNEP’s global portfolio of projects in climate change adaptation, ecosystem based mitigation (including Reducing Emissions through Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD+), the landscape approach to terrestrial ecosystems management, development of freshwater quality guidelines for ecosystems and Integrated Water Resources Management.

Prior to joining UNEP, from 2004-2011, Keith served as Head of Ocean Observations and Services at the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO and director of the Global Ocean Observing System, based in Paris, France. Prior to 2004, he was executive director of the International Geosphere Biosphere Programme’s core project for paleoclimatic and paleoenvironmental research, Past Global Changes (PAGES) in Bern, Switzerland.

Keith has a degree in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, with a thesis from the Center for Energy and the Environment, along with a certificate from the department East Asian Studies from Princeton University (1988) and a doctorate in Physical Oceanography from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1995). His postdoctoral research in modeling past climate variability was in the Physics Department at the University of Toronto, Canada. Keith has over 100 publications including Past Global Changes and Their Significance for the Future (Elsevier, 2000), Paleoclimate, Global Change and the Future (Springer Verlag, 2002), Watching over the world’s oceans (Nature, 2005) and Taking the Pulse of the Oceans (Science, 2006). He has served on a number of high level scientific panels including as elected President of the International Commission for Climate of the International Association for Meteorology and Atmospheric Sciences, Secretary General of the International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics Commission for Climatic and Environmental Change and Chair of the United Nations Interagency Coordination and Planning Committee for Earth Observations.


Programme Team    
Mushtaq Memon  Senior Programme Officer              
 Mahesh Pradhan  Senior Programme Officer
  • Green Climate Fund (GCF)
  • Global Partnership on Waste Management (GPWM)
  • Knowledge Management and Outreach
  • Education
Shunichi Honda

Programme Officer

  • Hazardous Waste Management
  • Mercury Waste Management
  • Global Partnership on Waste Management (GPWM)
Claudia Giacovelli Associate Programme Officer
  • Knowledge Management and Outreach
  • Holistic Waste Management Proposals
 Programme Support Team    
Utako Aoike Programme Assistant           

Junko Fujioka Programme Assistant

Azumi Nishikawa Programme Assistant

 Administration office    
 Michiko Ota  Budget Assistant  
 Director's office    
Mayumi Morita

 Personal Assistant to Director